(Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Amazon)
Three things come to mind when one conjures an image of Brazil; the adrenaline pulse of world-famous coastal cities, thundering natural wonders, and small estuaries cutting their way through dense tropical forest. On this trip you will see the true highlights of Rio, Iguassu Falls, and the Amazon jungle.
Rio is your first stop, and a veritable melting pot of European, African and South American history. Walk your way through the social, political and cultural past, and gaze upon modern icons, all with the insight of an expert private guide. Pyramid shaped cathedrals, “Belle Epoque” restaurants, lively boulevard-lined beaches, unparalleled nightlife; you’ll want to take advantage of every minute in Rio de Janeiro.
Be camera-ready as you first approach the falls, where dense vegetation parts to reveal gushing Tarza’s waterfall and pristine swimming holes. Tour both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of Iguassu, and understand why this site is on many a must-see list.
Finally head inland to your remote, stilted jungle lodge. Set amongst pristine rainforest, far away from the buzz of Rio, and the roar of Iguassu, you will find a quiet place populated only by wildlife, and abundant nature. Sunrise canoeing, village hikes, jungle picnics, piranha fishing, alligator spotting, tree climbing, any number of once-in-a-lifetime activities await.
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.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
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.
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.
Spend a half day today on a private historical tour of Rio de Janeiro in the company of a guide and private vehicle and driver. On your tour you will be lead through the colonial avenues, squares and back streets of the city, and your guide will explain the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America's most exciting city. Focusing on the period or architectural style, fine examples of Baroque constructions would be the "São Bento" and "Santo Antonio" Monasteries, which recall the times when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The French influence can be seen from buildings that were built as early as the 19th century and examples include the Municipal Theater and the Fine Art museum. The city's cultural and artistic diversity is showcased on various cultural institutions such as the Cultural Centre Bank of Brasil and the Brazil-France House. Some other features of this tour are "Candelária" Church, "Praça XV" and "Arco dos Telles".
Consider a walk along Avenida Atlantica, soaking up some rays at Copacabana Beach, or sipping a cool drink in Ipanema.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
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 Iguazu 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!
Join a shared boat-van-boat transfer, a 3-part journey to the Juma Amazon Lodge, which takes approximately 3 hours.
During your trip you might encounter some pink dolphins on the way and you will stop to see the amazing 'Meeting of the Waters', the spot where the muddy waters of the Solimões River and the black waters of the Negro River run side by side, without mixing, to form the great Amazonas River. Enjoy your first contact with the jungle and observe the giant water lily. At Juma Lodge, a welcome drink prepared with exotics fruits awaits you. Enjoy Amazonian cuisine for lunch.Please note: all planned activities at the lodge are subject to change, based on weather as well as other daily conditions (river level, potential for wildlife sightings, etc).
This afternoon, partake in a shared reconnaissance tour through the igarapés (Amazonian creeks) and the igapós (flooded forest) in motorized canoes. Later at night, go out in a canoe ride to observe the night fauna and meet alligators, frogs and birds. Stay alert to the mysterious sounds of the forest, and the starry sky above.
After breakfast, depart on a jungle hike in the wilderness surrounding the lodge. Once inside the Amazon Forest, feel its charm and greatness, and discover various types of wildlife that live deep inside this untamed territory, including sloths, parrots, monkeys, macaws, toucans, and perhaps even the elusive jaguar. All tours are led by a lodge guide with great knowledge of the area, and you're sure to gain some insight into this magnificent ecosystem. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, you'll go out by boat on a group fishing excursion and learn more about the indigenous species of the Amazon (piranha, peacock bass). While enjoying the sunset, your boat will return to Juma. Dinner will be complemented by the fish you caught earlier, cooked the Amazon way. Later, take part in a lecture conducted at the lodge by one of the guides about the Amazon life. This is a great interactive and educational experience for everyone in attendance.
After breakfast, join a shared hiking excursion through the Amazon forest, always keeping your eyes and ears alert for impressive wildlife spottings, as well as some truly impressive flora of the area - including some immensely large (and very old) trees. Your hike will continue until you're able to stop at a pleasant spot in the forest to eat lunch (regional cuisine baked over a fire) and rest in hammocks, as the natives do. In the afternoon, you will visit the house of a local native to learn more about their fascinating culture. A native will impart his knowledge about traditional medicine plants and demonstrate how manioc flour, the main economic resource in the region, is prepared. You'll also have the opportunity to see how latex is extracted from a rubber tree (rubber was responsible for the economic boom at the end of the 19th century). Afterward, return to the lodge and have dinner with regional and international cuisine.
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.
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.
Juma Amazon Lodge is a spectacular 23-bungalow jungle property fully integrated with the Amazon Rainforest. Designed to allow guests to feel the genuine enchantment and mystery of the Amazon, Juma's location is remote and relatively untouched. Located three hours away from Manaus by boat (or 30 minutes by hydroplane), the trip to the lodge is a spectacular tour by itself. Juma Amazon Lodge specializes in ecotourism, where education and preservation underline all aspects of property, and the wide array of nature-based activities provided for lodge guests.
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!!"
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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