(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.
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".
This tour in Downtown Rio de Janeiro will take you back to the times when Rio was the capital of the country. The historical center is rich in cultural attractions, architecture of many different churches, public buildings and squares - Brazilian history was written in this region. The tour begins at Cinelândia, in a square where several attractions such as the Municipal Theater, National Museum of Fine Arts, National Library, Pedro Ernesto´s Palace (House of Aldermen), among others are situated. Continue riding in the main downtown avenues such as Beira Mar and Primeiro de Março. Along the way, ride by the Palace of Justice, The Imperial Path, XV Square, Tiradente´s Palace (House of Deputies) and many churches built in the 18th century. There will be a stop for pictures and explanations along the way. Afterwards, you will reach Candelária Church, where Rio de Janeiro´s main avenues (Rio Branco and Presidente Vargas) and the financial center of the city meet. The tour continues and on the way, pass by Tiradentes Square, The Presbyterian Cathedral (the only church built in gothic style) and Carioca Street (with it´s characteristic colonial houses). After that, you will reach Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Cathedral. Close by, is the neighbourhood of Lapa, a traditional bohemian corner of Rio, illustrated by it´s famous archeduct. Visit the amazing Selarón Stairways, a declaration of love to Rio built by a Chilean artist. Make your return, passing by the Public Path (first leisure area built in Rio), to Cinelandia, the starting and ending point of your tour.
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).
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.
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.
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!
The Windsor Excelsior Copacabana Hotel is situated right on Copacabana Beach, facing the ocean, at one of the most elegant addresses in Rio de Janeiro. All the Windsor Excelsior Hotel rooms and suites were designed with charm and elegance to provide guests with comfort and moments of relaxation. 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 one's heart could desire.
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.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.
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.
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 guestrooms and 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. Bourbon Cataratas Resort is only 22km from the Iguassú Falls, and is also 3km from downtown Foz do Iguassú.
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. "
Janet Huebert ,
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!!"
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. "
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"
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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