Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, the Pantanal and Salvador de Bahia
 
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DAY 1  Rio de Janeiro

Arrive Rio and transfer to selected hotel in Rio.

DAY 2  Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast at the hotel, get to know “Rio” with a half day tour. See the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. Continue on to Flamengo Park with its gardens and monuments, through Botafogo and pass the harbor, with its spectacular view of Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. Stop at the 20 story ultra-modern Metropolitan Cathedral with its four magnificent floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows, then travel to the "Sambodromo", and finally, on to Maracana Stadium with its capacity for 200,000 spectators, en route to the Rebouças Tunnel. (B)

DAY 3  Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast at the hotel, explore Corcovado: Departure for the Corcovado railway and ride through the forest to the top of the Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, 710m above sea level. On the way back the tour continues through the "Rebukes" tunnel, passing the lake "Rodrigo de Ferias" to Sao Conrado, Barras da Tijuca and returning via the beaches of Barra, Sao Conrado, Vidigal, Leblon and Ipanema. (B)

DAY 4  Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel then enjoy a full day free to shop, see the sights and explore more of Rio. In the evening celebrate your last night in Rio with dinner accompanied by the tropical rhythms of an excellent Samba Show. Overnight Rio (B, D)

DAY 5  Rio de Janeiro - Pantanal 

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuaiba and the Pantanal, the vast marsh area of Mato Grosso state. Upon arrival transfer by road and canoe to Araras Ecolodge for three nights including breakfast. Tonight take a nocturnal hike in the Pantanal (B, D)

DAY 6  Pantanal

Take a full day guided tour to get to know the area by car, horseback and hiking. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 Pantanal

Take another guided excursion by canoe paddle to search for aquatic wildlife, birds and plant life, peculiar to the area. (B, L, D)

DAY 8  Pantanal - Salvador

After breakfast at the lodge, head back to Cuaiba via the transpantanal road, with stops to photograph and enjoy the scenery. Depart the airport for the flight to Salvador. Upon arrival in Salvador, transfer to the hotel for 4 nights including breakfast (B)

DAY 9  Salvador

Get to know Salvador on a half day city tour. Balance of the stay at leisure (B)

DAY 10  Salvador

Free to enjoy Salvador (B)

DAY 11  Salvador

Free to enjoy Salvador (B)

DAY 12  Salvador - Departure

Transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for departure (B)

INCLUDES: EXTRA:
  • 11 nights accommodation at selected hotels including breakfast
  • Return airport transfers and transportation for included excursions
  • Excursions as specified in the itinerary -Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
  • Hotel taxes
  • Airfares and applicable taxes
  • Meals and excursions not specified by itinerary
  • Gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Visas, airport and departure taxes if applicable
Notes:
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    Some day tours/transfers may be private or pooled with other travelers. If this is not acceptable please advice your booking agent and we will be able to provide private tours.
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