(Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, São Paulo, Foz do Iguaçu)
Your trip starts in Rio de Janeiro, "Cidade Maravilhosa", the Marvelhous City. Enjoy the beaches and sidewalks of Copacabana and Ipanema, visit Corcovado (the Christ statue high above the city), and Sugarloaf mountain. Rio is set on a beautiful bay, and is surrounded by lush mountainsTravel by land to Paraty, a colonial city on the coast, and a UNESCO world heritage site candidate. Not only is Paraty bursting with history and colonial architecture, it is a city full of natural beauty. Spectacularly set amid peninsulas and secluded beaches, mountains surround this historical gem. The cobblestone streets and minimal car traffic make it easy to get around this ancient city by foot as well. The gorgeous white buildings with fancy borders and latticed windows envelop this beautiful town. You will especially enjoy the cosmopolitan influence in Paraty, dotting the town with some of the best artists, writers, and chefs in Brazil. Sao Paulo is the economic engine of South America, but it has a beautiful colonial history, a downtown that is great for walking around, and a municipal market that will leave you hungry for more. Leave the urban landscape behind and enter the national park at Foz do Iguacu, to see one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
The Windsor Excelsior Copacabana Hotel is situated right on Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, one of the most upbeat cities in Brazil. With 233 rooms and suites, there is little to dislike in this reasonably priced, comfortable and clean. Staff are warm and hospitable, and serve up the best of breakfasts, featuring fresh fruits and lots of continental options. When not lounging on the beach, check out the view from the hotel's rooftop pool. The hotel is also walking distance or a short cab ride to all the attractions ones heart could desire.
Begin a half day private guided tour by jeep starting with the statue of Christ the Redeemer located on the Corcovado mountain. Then pass through Paineiras road, in order to reach Afonso Vizeu Square, situated at the pleasant Boa Vista High. From here, you will enter into the heart of the exuberant Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, and stop (15 minutes estimated) at "Little Cascade", a landmark of the forest which offers a small souvenir shop, a place to rest and a restaurant. You will be introduced to the interesting history of the Tijuca Forest and the importance of the Atlantic Forest to the Brazilian ecology and its fauna and flora.
The tour then continues, passing by the Chapel Mayrink, where you'll have the opportunity of stretching your legs for a walk of approximately 30 minutes on an easy trail, in which both the botanical and ecological features and their relation to the ecosystem will be highlighted. Your jeep will be waiting at the end of the trail to take you out of the National Park where you will pass through "Loneliness Dam" and "Chinese View". Here a breathtaking view of Rio offers a wonderful photo opportunity. From here, the tour will continue, passing by "Emperor's Table", where the Brazilian Imperial family used to enjoy pleasant picnics. Admire the views on the return trip back to Rio as you pass by "Monkeys' Waterfall".
Departure from your hotel by jeep, heading up Sao Clemente road until the favela of Santa Marta, located on Dona Marta Hill, officially part of the neighborhood of Botafogo, in the city of Rio de Janeiro. From there we will take an elevator to the top of Dona Marta Hill and stop at the Michael Jackson Statue. The community is famous for having been the locale of a Michael Jackson music video, where there now sits a statue of the pop star. The statue, in Beco do Curió, is located next to the Church of the Assembly of God, on the terrace of the favela’s House of Culture. After touring the streets of Santa Marta, we will stop at the resident's association and return to the hotel by way of the "Lagoa" (Rodrigo de Freitas Lake).
Private transfer and vehicle with driver/guide from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty by road. The journey should take approximately 4 hours.
Different from the other colonial cities of Brazil, the architecture of Paraty has character, originality and definition forming a harmonious monument to the XVIII century. Paraty today is a Historic National Monument as declared by UNESCO. The tour has includes a guide that will tell you about legends and history of the last century, visiting churches, museum, and old houses. The tour is perfect for taking pictures and videos.
The churches charge a tax (it is not included in the tour price).
Pousada do Ouro is a small boutique hotel in the charming colonial town of Paraty, Rio de Janeiro. The hotel itself is located in a historic building, a colonial mansion from the 18th century, which gives it a unique appeal and atmosphere. Behind the whitewashed 18th-century façade, interiors are simple and stylish, with bold colours creating a lively tone against the fresh white walls and linens. Guests can spend their days laying out on the beautiful beaches in the area, walking around the hisotric colonial old town, dining out at restaurants or bar. Although the building is old, the hotel has all of the modern amenities guests can enjoy in the present day. There is a swimming pool, where guests can take a refreshing dip or a sauna where they can sit back and relax while enjoying the hot, therapeutic coals. So welcoming & stylish is this chic pousada that the likes of Mick Jagger and various important writers and photographers arriving for the town's literature and photography festivals have been among the celebrities to stay, though it still maintains an atmosphere of privacy & tranquillity.
Depart for your round trip by motor boat through Paraty Mirim. Your meeting point with environmental monitor at Paraty Mirim beach is at 9:00 am and you will make your crossing by an inflatable boat (Zodiac) until you reach the fisherman village of Cruzeiro in Saco do Mamangua. The duration is approximately 40 minutes. Trekking will begin through the Atlantic rainforest until you reach the top of the mountain. The level of trekking is difficult and the approximate length of the trek is 2 hours. Upon arrival on the mountain, you will have time to rest, admire the secenery and take some pictures.
You will then head back to Cruzeiro Beach in time for a relaxing swim. Return by inflatable boat (Zodiac) until you reach Paraty Murim, arriving approximately at 4:00 pm.
This tour is through Paraty Mirim / round trip by motor boat, includes transportation, bilingual guide and lunch at Cruzeiro Beach.
Enjoy a six hour private jeep tour inside the National Park of Serra da Bocaina visiting several waterfalls, distilleries of cachaça, the famous Gold trail and other attractions. This tour is an excellent opportunity to have a direct contact with the flora and fauna of the region and all its preserved biodiversity.
Departure is from your hotel and the tour begins in the direction of the National Park of Serra da Bocaina visiting the preserved area of Gold Trail which has a interesting exposition with pictures and history. The tour also visits Murycana's farm and its Distillery of Cachaça situated beside a little furniture museum. Then depart for the Tobogã’s Waterfall, a pleasant spot for taking pictures and the Tarzã Waterfall, where you can enjoy a pleasant swim.
After the swim, you will visit the distillery of Cachaça Engenho D’Ouro, where you can enjoy tastings, observe the interesting fabrication of the drink and you can also purchase it directly. Next stop is at Pedra’s Branca waterfall, one of the biggest of the region, a wonderful place to take pictures and enjoy swimming. On your return back to Paraty, visit the Exposition of Bromeliads where you can view more than 300 species of flowering plants.
At the end of your tour you will be brought back to your hotel by jeep.
Relax in a private transfer from Paraty to São Paulo in the comfort of your own vehicle and driver. The transfer is approximately 4 - 5 hours.
The hotel is located adjacent to the São Paulo International Airport. The hotel’s luxurious guest rooms offer a comfortable and sophisticated atmosphere for relaxing after a long day of work. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to the airport, room service, on-site jewelry store, flight departure information, broadband and wireless Internet in public areas, secure parking, nonsmoking floors and an executive floor. There is also a fitness center wtih Jacuzzi and sauna, swimming pool, table games, tennis court, sport court, outdoor barbecue area and loaner bicycles.
Discover the historical area of Sao Paulo including Sé Square, Pátio do Colégio, Solar da Marquesa de Santos and São Bento Monastery. Enjoy a visit to the Museum of Sacred Art, the Pinacoteca, the Garden of Light, the Palace of Industries and the bustling Municipal Market. Finally, Trianon Park and Casa das Rosas (House of Roses) round out the half day excursion.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide.
Fly from Sao Paulo to Foz do Iguacu. The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hour.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
Ideally located in a spectacular setting right on the Brazilian border that joins Argentina and Paraguay, Bourbon Cataratas Resort offers a multitude of land and space for travelers to wander. Bourbon Cataratas is surrounded by lush, tropical gardens. The tastefully decorated 299 guestrooms and 13 suites are comfortable and clean, embracing a North American style in decor. Each room and suite has a private balcony, cable TV and bathrooms with a bath and shower. It offers a variety of activities that can be enjoyed by all, including 2 swimming pools, a tennis court, and Kids Club. For relaxation there is a day-spa with massage services and sauna. The resort also offers a variety of restaurants and bars serving local and international cuisines.
Enjoy a private half day guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. After being picked up from your hotel, a scenic drive takes you through Iguassu National Park along the Cataratas Highway that leads to the border between Brazil and Argentina. Here, the river drops into a breathtaking canyon. You can descend a walkway and gaze at both sides of the falls and stop at the elevator to ride to the Brazilian side lookout point. Fantastic scenic and photographic opportunities abound, and your expert English speaking Guide will provide an educational and fun tour. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel in Iguazu.
You can’t miss this opportunity to fully experience the some of the most magnificent waterfalls in the World! After boarding the vehicles we will be taken 2 km along the rainforest, up to the Iguazú River coast. From there, we will sail 5 km up the River on the semi-rigid boats, struggling through the rapids, contemplating from the river-bed the majesty of water dropping from the different waterfalls and then we will start our way back. Tourist guides are in charge of explaining all concerning the tour. Degree of difficulty: low, no stairs. It is advisable to change clothes after this excursion and to wear raincoats. It gets quite wet!
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
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