(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!
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you 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 can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. 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! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
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.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
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.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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