Wet and Wild Brazil: Rio, the Pantanal and Amazon Rainforest | Yampu Tours

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Wet and Wild Brazil: Rio, the Pantanal and Amazon Rainforest

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PRIVATE TOUR - 11 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $6442+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Taking a ride on a cog train through the world’s largest urban woodland, Rio’s Tijuca Forest, up towards the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
  • Whizzing up to Sugarloaf Mountain on a cable car, drinking in the views of Guanabara Bay, Copacabana Beach and the Santa Cruz Fortress.
  • Climbing the impressive Howler Monkey Tower, 25 meters (82 feet) above the ground, for an unbeatable aerial view of the surrounding countryside.
  • Rising early to enjoy the majestic morning Amazon skies and busy native birdlife.
  • Heading out on a fishing expedition in wooden canoes along the winding canals of the Amazon, keeping an eye out for Amazonian Dolphins and Piranhas!
  • Observing the wide variety of wildlife in two of Brazil’s most delicate eco-systems; the Wetlands and the Amazon.
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Tour Overview

Experience Wet and Wild Brazil: Rio, the Pantanal and Amazon Rainforest and see Brazil Wildlife and jungles. This tour combines the two best locations in Brazil for viewing wildlife, the Amazon Rainforest and the Pantanal, with visits to Rio de Janeiro. In the Pantanal you will stay at the Araras Ranch Eco Lodge and discover the world’s largest continual wetland. This impressive ecosystem is home to nearly 700 species of birds as well as deer, jaguars, and monkeys. In the Amazon Rainforest you will stay at the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge as you explore the largest and most biologically diverse ecosystem on the planet.

The tour begins in Rio de Janeiro.  Rio is the best place to recover from your flight and get in touch with the Brazil way of life.  Climb to the top of Sugar Loaf via cable cars.  Enjoy Sugar Loaf up close.  Explore the largest urban forest in the world at Tijuca Forest.  After eating, dancing, and taking in the sights of Rio, you will fly to the Pantanal.

Once out of the airport in Cuiaba, you will be whisked off to the remote Pantanal.  This is the largest wetland in the world, meaning this the best place in Brazil to see wildlife.  Here in the Pantanal one can spot up to 1000 bird species  such as Hyacinth Macaw, Crowned Solitary Eagle, and Owls.    The Pantanal ecology is so special it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Then you will take off to the Amazon.  The biodiversity of plant species is the highest on Earth here in the Amazon Rainforest.  There are hundred of thousands of species of plants, animals, insects, and birds.  An example of the wildlife here is a Sloth, Spider Monkeys, Amazonian Manatee, Pink River Dolphin, Vampire Bats, Black Caimen, Cougars, Anaconda, and Piranhas.  Wild and vigorous Amazon is the finale of this tour.

Inclusions
Prices include domestic air transportation from Rio to Cuiaba, Cuiaba to Manaus, hotel accommodation including daily continental breakfast, lodge accommodation at Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge including all meals, lodge accommodation at the Araras Ranch Eco Lodge with all meals, all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, guided tours including all entrance fees where applicable, guided tours of Rio de Janeiro, and the Amazon in English. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.

Notes:

* Pantanal itinerary may be changed at any time without notice.

* The order of the activities is subject to confirmation by the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge and will be confirmed upon arrival at the lodge.
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Double £$6442 £$6599 £$6957 £$8123
Single £$8962 £$9275 £$10017 £$12350

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Flight to Brazil

Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Day
2

Corcovado

Upon arrival in Rio, reception at airport and transfer to your hotel.
Note: check-in is normally after 2 pm. Early check-in may be granted subject to availability (not confirmed).
Afternoon private tour to Corcovado with private driver and guide. The tour begins in Cosme Velho's neighborhood. The cog train rolls through the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world and up to the statue. Once there, enjoy a panoramic and extraordinary view of Rio, including the Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara Bay, the beaches of Southern Zone and the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. At the peak of the hill is Christ the Redeemer, the art deco statue of Jesus Christ and icon of Rio. After the visit of the Corcovado, the tour continues to São Conrado area with a brief stop at the Pepino beach where you can appreciate hang glider overhead. Transfer back to your hotel.
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Day
3

Sugar Loaf

Today enjoy a private Half Day Tour to the Sugar Loaf with private driver/guide.
This tour begins with a stroll through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, in pyramid form, with internal diameter of 96 meters and height of 80 meters. Get to know the traditional Cinelândia square with the historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. By taking the Aterro do Flamengo, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where you will find one of the largest symbols of the city: the Sugar Loaf. This visit is made in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high and provides a beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. From this stage, a second cable car will be taken up to the top with 395 meters to find a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some beaches of Niteroi.
Note: if you would like to experience a typical Brazilian lunch after your tour, please let us know and we will add it.
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Day
4

Rio at Leisure - Rio Scenarium

Day free to enjoy Rio, or choose from one of our optional day tours.
Tonight, experience the show at the Rio Scenarium (this tour does not include dinner). Located in the Lapa area, Rio Scenarium is one of the premier places to listen to the best of Brazilian music, and where the real carioca spirit of bohemian way of life can be felt. The venue is an antique shop during the day, and a live music bar during the night. The programming changes every month. The show ends around midnight.
Note: If you prefer a traditional samba performace on a stage, we can include Rio Plataforma. After dinner, we will enjoy a Brazilian music presentation at the famous Rio Plataforma. Rio Plataforma is one of the premier places to listen to the best of Brazilian music. P lease ask your travel consultant.
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Cuiaba - Pantanal - Araras Lodge

Transfer to airport for flight to Cuiaba. Travelers will be greeted and transferred to the Araras Eco Lodge located in the Pantanal. Upon arrival, transfer to the Araras Lodge in the Pantanal. Lunch at a local restaurant in Pocone, and photo-safari during transfer to appreciate the local flora and fauna. Evening sunset observation hike. After dinner, night tour to see the nocturnal life at the lowlands.

Transfer to airport for flight to Cuiaba. Travelers will be greeted and transferred to the Araras Eco Lodge located in the Pantanal. Upon arrival, transfer to the Araras Lodge in the Pantanal. Lunch at a local restaurant in Pocone, and photo-safari during transfer to appreciate the local flora and fauna. Evening sunset observation hike. After dinner, night tour to see the nocturnal life at the lowlands.

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Day
6

Photo Safari

This morning after breakfast enjoy a photo-safari and canoe excursion. If one is visiting between August and December, enjoy lunch along the river, otherwise return to the lodge for lunch. This afternoon, hike to the Howler Monkey Tower, built 25 meters (82 feet) above the ground, for a unique view of the ecosystem below. This evening enjoy dinner and the option for a night drive.

This morning after breakfast enjoy a photo-safari and canoe excursion. If one is visiting between August and December, enjoy lunch along the river, otherwise return to the lodge for lunch. This afternoon, hike to the Howler Monkey Tower, built 25 meters (82 feet) above the ground, for a unique view of the ecosystem below. This evening enjoy dinner and the option for a night drive.

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Day
7

Rondon Trail and Horseback Ride

Today, hike the Rondon trail to the Tuiuiu Tower and enjoy lunch before departing on a horseback ride to enjoy the wildlife and scenery of the Pantanal. This evening after dinner enjoy a fireside presentation.

Today, hike the Rondon trail to the Tuiuiu Tower and enjoy lunch before departing on a horseback ride to enjoy the wildlife and scenery of the Pantanal. This evening after dinner enjoy a fireside presentation.

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Day
8

Cuiaba

After a sunrise hike and breakfast, depart to Cuiaba for photo-safari along Transpantaneira dirt road. Arrival at 11 a.m. and drop-off at hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day in Cuiaba at leisure.

After a sunrise hike and breakfast, depart to Cuiaba for photo-safari along Transpantaneira dirt road. Arrival at 11 a.m. and drop-off at hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day in Cuiaba at leisure.

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Day
9

Manaus- Anavilhanas Islands

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Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Manaus. Reception at the Manaus airport and transfer to the lodge in a van for a three-hour drive into the jungle. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome cocktail followed by a tour of the lodge. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon, departure through Anavilhanas Islands in regional watercraft. The numerous canals (paranas), lakes and islands of the largest river archipelago in the world are explored. Visitors disembark on one of the islands to examine its unique ecosystem, observing regional plant and wildlife. Dinner at the lodge. After dinner, caiman sightseeing. The unique sensation of living and feeling the forest at night is experienced in canoes during the exploration of riverbanks in search of caimans. ...read less

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10

Jungle Survival and Forest Hike

Early morning breakfast, followed by an exhilarating forest hike. Led by experienced local guides, explore the forest, where it is possible to observe some of the greatest Amazonian mysteries. One will also receive an educational lecture on the trees, wild fruit, herbs and jungle survival. The trail can be done entirely on foot, but one can also return to the lodge by means of a delightful canoe ride. Enjoy some lunch before the afternoon visit with the Amazonian dolphins and piranha fishing! This is a fun fishing expedition in wooden canoes through regional riverbanks, where one will be able to catch some piranhas as well as other fish while admiring the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. Dinner followed by a lecture on the Amazon region and Anavilhanas. ...read less

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11

Sunrise contemplation and bird watching

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Leaving before dusk, one will be led to a lake in Anavilhanas to observe birds and other animals in transit and contemplate the colors and nuances of Amazonian skies. Enjoy a delicious Breakfast then visit a handicraft studios and naval shipyard in Novo Airao. Visit two regional craft centers, where one can see the work of local craftsmen in their workplace and later visit a shipyard of regional wooden watercraft.
Note: The order of the activities is subject to confirmation by the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge and will be confirmed upon arrival at the lodge. After lunch, depart to Manaus and transfer to the airport for the flight home.
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Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cuiabá - State of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas, State of Amazonas, Brazil

Places You'll See

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    Rio de Janeiro

    The largest Art Deco statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer, welcomes travelers to the famous city, Rio de Janeiro. Let the local music, art, and food capture your sense as you visit its sandy beaches or watch an enchanting samba show. Try your hand at trekking up Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) for beautiful views of the bay and beyond.

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    Cuiaba

    In the exact center of South America, in the middle of Brazilian cattle country lies the city of Cuiaba. Here one can enjoy the local life with shopping, visiting local cathedrals or the Municipal Aquarium, along with hiking tours just outside of the city. Spot some monkeys while canoeing the nearby rivers or possibly a jaguar during a night safari!

  • Pantanal

    Home to the world’s largest tropical wetland area, the Pantanal provides excellent opportunities to view a wide array of wildlife and plant life. Unlike with the dense vegetation of the Amazon, the openness of the Pantanal makes it easy to observe the animals in their habitat. Catch a glimpse of some of the more endangered species in the Pantanal, like the Maned Wolf.

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    Manaus

    Located within the Amazon, and accessible mostly by boat and aircraft, the city of Manaus is the gateway to the Brazilian rainforest. At the conjunction of two differently colored rivers that form the Amazon, Manaus is the perfect place to take a riverboat tour to witness this natural phenomenon. While so close to the Amazon, take a guided tour of the lush forest.

Hotel Options

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Featured Accommodation

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

The Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a jungle lodge near Manaus in the Amazon, with 64 bungalows, surrounded by pristine rivers and nature. The bungalows feature comfortable and rustic furnishings, and are equipped with air conditioning, electric showers, and screened windows. The lodge offers a swimming pool overlooking the Rio Negro and islands, a 13m high Observation Deck with a stunning view over the river and the Anavilhanas Archipelago, Internet access, a local handicraft shop, and a fabulous restaurant serving regional and international cuisine.

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Featured Accommodation

Araras Eco Lodge

Built in harmony with the environment, without renouncing comfort, the Araras Eco Lodge is located in Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet. From this lodge, with its enviably preserved surroundings, it is possible to do first-class bird-watching, trekking in pristine forest, canoeing, horseback riding, truck photo-safaris, night tours, two exciting tree top look outs, and much more. A rustic and regional construction, offers 19 comfortable air conditioned rooms, windows with mosquito netting, ceiling fan and private bathrooms. Excellent regional food, bar, swimming pool with covered deck, and large verandas with hammocks are also offered.

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3 Star Properties

Rio de Janeiro : Copa Sul Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Atlantis Copacabana

Cuiaba : Golden Tulip Pantanal (standard)

4 Star Properties

Rio de Janeiro : Arena Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel

Cuiaba : Golden Tulip Pantanal (Superior)

5 Star Properties

Rio de Janeiro : Miramar

Rio de Janeiro : Pestana Rio Atlantica

Rio de Janeiro : JW Marriott Hotel

Cuiaba : Deville Cuiaba (deluxe)

Luxury Properties

Rio de Janeiro : Santa Teresa Hotel

Rio de Janeiro : Copacabana Palace

Cuiaba : Deville Cuiaba (Master Suite)

Testimonials

Jodi from Australia

Traveled May, 2009

I would love to encourage people to enjoy the same amazing experience as I had

We are back from our trip and I wanted to say a special thank-you for everything that you have helped us with. The trip was unbelievable; we had the best time of our lives. If I had it over I would not change a thing!We are definitely interested in a central-american tour, maybe in a few years time and I would not dream of going anywhere but straight back to you to help me plan it!!!! I’m also more than happy for you to use me as a reference; I would love to encourage people to enjoy the same amazing experience as I had!Thanks again for everything 🙂

Steven

Traveled March, 2011

My trip into the Amazon has been an eye opening experience

My trip into the Amazon has been an eye opening experience. I want to thank you for helping me organize everything, despite my many changes to the itinerary. I also met many great people, both travelers and employees at the lodge.

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Marianna R.

Traveled July, 2014

I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip.

I want to take this opportunity to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. We were so impressed with the whole experience. Thank you for your expertise and service which made our holiday so memorable!

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