(Manaus, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Praia do Forte, Pantanal, Foz do Iguaçu)
Brazil is a grandiose country, and to truly do it justice, one needs time. This Grand Tour touches on all of the must see highlights, from deep in the Amazon jungle to high atop Corcovado Mountain.
Visit the cities of Rio and Salvador, and the natural wonders found near Manaus, in the Pantanal, and at Iguassu Falls. Tour the ruins of Brazil’s first Portuguese building and visit a sea turtle conservation project in Praia de Forte. Stroll pastel streetscapes, fish for piranhas, and dine in an iconic Rio restaurant chosen by Saveur magazine as one of the top 100 in the world.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance. Please note flights are not included, but our air experts are standing by to assist.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A valid passport is required for all American or Canadian citizens, including children, intending to visit Brazil. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity. In addition, all Americans & Canadians are required to have a valid Brazilian Visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into the country.
Arrival in Manaus. Pick-up at 1:30 pm and transfer to the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge.
Check-in and welcome drink after which guests will be shown to their rooms. Dinner and an evening tour by canoe for some Alligator spotting.
Breakfast followed by a nature hike. Lunch will be served afterwards. After a short rest, visit the home of local Amazonian residents or "natives", followed by a canoe tour with opportunity to do some fishing. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Start your morning with breakfest. Afterwards will be a visit to the Monkey Forrest. Lunch will be served afterwards. You will proceed on a cruise trip to discover local flora and fauna in the beautiful rainforest. Dinner. Overnight spent at the Lodge.
Breakfast, followed by check-out at 8:00 am.
Enjoy a shared transfer from the Amazon EcoPark Lodge to Manaus.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
Enjoy a full day private excursion with your own vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking guide to visit Corcovado and Sugarloaf. After being picked up from your hotel, the morning starts with a panoramic tour of the Rio beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, and the famous Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon as you head to the Cosme Velho district. Board the traditional cog-wheel train and enjoy the ride through the Tijuca rainforest up to the 125 foot-tall (38 meter) iconic Christ Redeemer Statue. The impressive statue hosts one of the best views of the city.Continue your tour to downtown Rio where you'll pass by the infamous Sambadrome, the exhibition area for the renowned Samba schools during Carnival. Continue through the city to see the Metropolitan Cathedral, made famous for its unusual pyramid shape, the traditional Cinelandia Square where you'll find various historic buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts.Enjoy lunch (included) at Confeitaria Colombo (except Sundays). Founded in 1894, the restaurant is living portrait of the Belle Époque era of Rio’s Downtown Business Center. Nominated one of the 100 best options of world gastronomy by "Saveur” Magazine, the food will not disappoint. After lunch head towards the Urca neighborhood, to visit one of Rio's most iconic symbols, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Traveling on a cable car, you'll first stop on Urca Hill at 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level to capture panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Ascend on a second cable car to reach the Sugar Loaf summit for breathtaking views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Note: Sites visited may change depending on current traffic conditions, weather, street closures or other factors that may arise.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a half day private city tour of Salvador in the company of an English speaking Guide, with your own vehicle and driver. Discover the essential sights of the city tracing the development of the city from its simple beginnings to the what is now the third largest city in Brazil. After your hotel pick up, you will be taken to the mouth of the immense bay and then via elegant tree-lined avenues and bustling city streets to the Pelourinho, a Unesco Heritage site and the largest complex of colonial architecture in South America. After leaving the vehicle at the Muncipal Square, by the towering Lacerda Elevator, with great views of the bay stretching out to the lower city, enjoy a stroll with your Guide through the narrow, bustling streets lined with buildings in pastel shades of an age gone by, soaking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Enjoy a visit of the church of São Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior and the Pelourinho square, the heart of the old town. Sample some of the local dishes at a great spot for lunch (included) before continuing oto the lower part of the city. This area offers another perspective of the sprawling city, taking you to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fishermen fish from dugout canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply syncretised with the Candomblé (visit). The tour continues on to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and on to the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local artefacts and souvenirs. This is also where you can test your bargaining talents! (Please note: Church of Bonfim is closed on Mondays). At day's end, you will be dropped back to your hotel.
Enjoy a private vehicle transfer from Airport/Hotel to Praia do Forte with a professional driver/guide. The duration of the transfer is about an hour.
Visit the town of Praia do Forte with a private guide that will show you around some of the wonderful attractions of this historic beach town on foot. Visit the majestic ruins of Casa da Torre de Garcia D´Ávila, one of the most important historic monuments of Brazilian heritage as it is considered the first great Portuguese building in Brazil. Among other attractions, visit the TAMAR project headquarters. TAMAR (stands for Sea turtles in Portuguese) is one the most successful marine conservation projects which has done an incredible job of preserving Praia do Forte as one of the main spawning areas of Sea Turtles in Brazil.
Enjoy a private vehicle trip to Salvador with professional driver and English speaking guide.
Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Pousada Rio Mutum, passing through the small village of Mimoso, where Candido Rondon was born. Once you arrive at the Pousada enjoy a welcome drink and get ready for a delicious dinner at the lodge. After dinner the facilities of the Pousada as well as the programs for the next days will be presented.
After breakfast enjoy an ecological hiking tour through the wilderness of the Pantanal, visiting some settlements of the native “caboclos” with their palm thatched huts. The native's hospitality will provide you with an great impression of their lives together with a very stimulating drink of genuine “guarana”. Lunch at the lodge. After lunch, enjoy a horseback ride through typical Pantanal landscapes. Reception at a Fazenda which is situated at lake Sia Mariana, awaiting the sunset here. From here, you will return back to the lodge by boat. On the way back there is an opportunity to do some Piranha fishing.
After breakfast, enjoy a boat ride until you reach a “corixo”, where a walking trail will begin. This trail will go to the Chacororé Bay that expands for more than 15 km. Lunch is served at the lodge, and in the afternoon a ride by vehicle or boat will take you to the Mutum River for a photographic safari of a practically unexplored area of the river, with a boat ride to observe as much of the Pantanal life as possible.
After breakfast return to the Cuiaba Airport.
Enjoy a shared transfer to the Cuiaba airport.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle and professional driver.
On this tour, one may get to the marvelous Brazilian falls, by walking through the wooden footbridges elevated over the river. Take photographs of the breathtaking panoramic views from the observation deck. A 40 min walk to admire the series of astonishing cascades up to the foot of "Floriano Fall". At the end of the path, an elevator brings visitors up. Crossing the Tancredo Neves bridge in the Iguaçú River, we get into the Argentinean National Park - a very nice ride through exuberant tropical flora. Guests are encouraged to get close to the falls, up to the famous Devil's Throat, the most impressive of the water falls, surrounded by deep jungle and different rare species of tropical birds and animals. A fantastic scenery decorated with rainbows appearing here and there, from the reflection of the numerous falls and the sparkling spray of their water show. Inside the Park, visitors may choose among several paths leading to exciting sights between the different falls, to admire them from above or from below.
The Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge is situated in the Amazon Rainforest along the Tarumã River. The lodge is not just a place to stay, but a place to experience the most enthralling side of Brazil. The lodge has 64 comfortable apartments that are divided into 20 wooden bungalows and one concrete bungalow. There are several fresh water streams, jungle trails with diverse vegetation, including virgin forests, natural savannas, and creeks for canoeing. This allows guests to have the opportunity to view different bird species, giant tress, exotic orchids, medicinal plants and so much more.
Designed for those who demand the best, the Windsor Miramar Hotel combines elegance, good taste and elegance in every detail. Located opposite the Copacabana beach and steps from Ipanema, here you will receive exclusive service with a magnificent panoramic view of Rio’s beachfront. The distinctive décor designed by the architect Paola Ribeiro, mixes classic and contemporary influences, and full leisure facilities and special services, such as accommodation for pets. Meet the Miramar and live an amazing experience!
Villa Bahia is a hotel like no other in Salvador da Bahia: two magnificent mansions with colonial charm, a journey through verdant courtyards, the pleasure of first-class gastronomy. Nestled in the heart of Pelourinho, the historic quarter of the UNESCO World Heritage listed city; the Villa is comprised of two adjoining 17th and 18th century colonial homes, remnants of the Portuguese era. Overlooking the colorful facades of the district, the 17 rooms have been carefully renovated to preserve their original spirit. The result is enticing: an authentic colonial atmosphere, enhanced by two garden courtyards, a refreshing plunge pool and a panoramic terrace, have combined authenticity and charm – it’s up to you to enjoy the good life that is offered here!
In Brazil, to the north of Salvador, Bahia, there is an idyllic place for lovers of Brazil eco tourism, which is both beautiful and luxurious. The Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte is a 5-star Bahia hotel where simple architecture is in harmony with the stunning scenery and the biodiversity of the surrounding area. Enjoy the extensive range of well-being treatments at the Thalasso SPA and relax among the colourful gardens and natural pools in Vila Praia do Forte. The rooms are truly inspiring! The simplicity of the natural shades used in the modern and welcoming design promise a dream like stay in a scenario which is perfect for all those seeking to combine relaxation with comfort and nature. With a sea facing balcony, your holiday will be exclusive and unforgettable.
The Pousada do Rio Mutum - Pantanal Lodge is located in the municipal district of Barão de Melgaço, one of the most beautiful regions of Mato Grosso´s Pantanal. The Pousada do Rio Mutum has been constructed according to international standards taking into account in particular the demands of modern eco-tourism and the interests of sport-fishing. It is situated between the lakes Sia Mariana and Chacorore within one of the most beautiful regions of the Pantanal of Mato Grosso. The cottages overlook a wooded park area. In this ecological paradise the sound of the birds at dawn, the enchantment of the waters, the blue sky and alligators enjoying the sun will give guests a unique and unforgettable experience.
Wish Golf Resort Convention is located in Foz do Iguaçu, in the extreme west of Paraná. The hotel is surrounded by magnificent lush gardens and is within a close proximity of world famous Iguaçu Falls. The hotel boasts highly trained staff intertwined with the impressive, luxurious infrastructure worthy of International standards. Wish Golf Resort Convention Foz do Iguaçu has 225 hectares of green area with an incredible, well-maintained golf course for you to practice your swing. This family-friendly hotel features a plethora of recreational service including a kids club, swimming pools, whirlpools, fitness center, tree climbing, tennis courts and perfectly manicured gardens.
December 12, 2014
"We are back. We did have a wonderful time with our daughter and I certainly had no reason at all for being at all nervous that things would not go smoothly. Everyone associated with our time in Iguazu Falls was helpful, more than pleasant and always on time. I thought originally that we could manage such a trip on our own. But when we got there and saw the hassles we would have run into with the visas, border crossings, transportation and such, I realized that going the way we did was the wise choice. Absolutely we would travel with you again. And if anyone asks about the best way to see that part of the country, I would not hesitate to recommend KT. "
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December 12, 2014
"Well, Cindy, we’ve been home for a week but I can’t stop replaying every day of our wonderful holiday in my head! It was all that I had hoped for and MORE! We enjoyed all of the locations we visited – the beauty of the landscapes, the sight of wildlife, the rich culture & interesting history of Argentina & the outgoing, positive attitude of its people. Our guides were terrific – so friendly & knowledgeable & helpful & enthusiastic! We had no delays or difficulties & our accommodations were outstanding. Have I mentioned that it was a FABULOUS holiday??!!! My thanks to you for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure. "
Ann Schiller ,
December 12, 2014
"Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond. "
December 12, 2014
"Wow! All my life, I have planned and organized our trips, requiring considerable research and contact time--not to mention, most significantly, all the stress involved at each destination to make sure all connections are made. This time, I put it in the hands of some extremely capable people--and sat back and relaxed. And relax I did! We were booked into full-service, quality accommodations at all times; our transport and tour guidance were all on an individual, private basis, except where public transportation was in order; and--most valuable to us--we were met and assisted through all travel/hotel connections. We truly felt pampered. At one point, in fact, we had a problem with an immigration paper that we had lost, and a Kensington representative personally accompanied us through the whole process of replacing it--even though we were officially "on our own" that day. That's what makes the difference--the responsibility and accountability toward clients. Kudos to Kensington and to our representative, Brandi Merchant. We are already planning more travel and see no reason to look any further than to an agency that has earned our trust. "
December 12, 2014
"We had a wonderful time on our trip. The accommodations were all great. The guides and drivers were all very pleasant and knowledgeable. We were very happy with our choice of destinations and with the way the trip was organized. It was a lot of flying in two weeks but well worth it. Erika was able to accommodate a short-notice addition (Nazca Lines) to our trip which we appreciated. Thank you Erika for your help. Great trip!!"
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"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
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"
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