Brazil Nature Tours - Iguacu, Pantanal, Amazon, Sao Luis, Lencois, Rio

Discover all of Brazil's great landscapes and natural wonders

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Iguaçu falls
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Pantanal
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Amazon
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São Luis
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Lençois Maranhenses
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Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy one of the best Brazil nature tours.

13 DAYS AND 12 NIGHTS :

Price per person based on 2 pers  :  from $ 4,215.00
Price per person based on 4 pers  :  from $ 3,812.00
(Prices 2017 subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations - please go to BUDGET page for current dollar price up date)

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Day 1 : Iguaçu in
The Argentine side of the waterfalls
Day 2 : Iguaçu / Cuiaba
The Brazilian side of the waterfalls and Macuco Safari option, flight to Cuiaba
Day 3 : Cuiaba / Pantanal
Transfer to fazenda Pantanal and safari
Day 4 : Pantanal
Animal observation day in the Pantanal>
Day 5 : Pantanal /Amazon lodge
End of Pantanan tour, transfer to Cuiaba and flight to Manaus, transfer to Tropical Hotel
Day 6 : Amazon lodge
Manaus sightseeing, transfer to the lodge and sightseeing
Day 7 : Amazon lodge
Full day sightseeing on full board
Day 8 : Amazon lodge / São Luis
Last sightseeing, transfer to Manaus, flight to São Luis
Day 9 : São Luis / Barreirinhas ( Lençois Maranhenses)
Drive to Barreirinhas, 4x4 Lençois Tour
Day 10 : Barreirinhas ( Lençois Maranhenses) / São Luis
Morning at leisure (optional tours), pm drive to São Luis
Day 11 : São Luis / Rio de Janeiro
Private São Luis sightseeing tour, flight to Rio de Janeiro
Day 12 : Rio de Janeiro
Sugar loaf mountain and Corcovado sightseeing
Day 13 : Rio de Janeiro / out
Day at leisure and airport transfert
Vols Intérieurs Brésil
 

Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

D1 - Iguaçu in

Transfer hotel
Afternoon; visit the Argentine side of the falls.
28 km from the town, the Iguaçu falls on the Argentine side are 72 meters high and form a semi circle that gives a unique view of the complete falls. They are wedged in among the luxuriant vegetation which increases the impression of the primitive force of nature. A series of paths and bridges lead to other view points all very beautiful and different from those on the Brazilian side of the falls. The main attraction is the « gorge du diable » where you reach almost the bottom of the horse shoe shaped falls.
Night in a hotel with Brazilian breakfast.


Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

D2 - Iguaçu / Cuiaba

Morning, visit the Brazilian side of the falls.
The Iguacu falls are considered among the most beautiful waterfalls in the world along with the Zambezi and Niagara falls. Located on the border between Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil, the falls form a natural amphitheatre that looks very different depending on where you are situated. The Brazilian side is les spectacular but easier to reach and there is a better view of the whole waterfall.

Afternoon free or option Macuco Safari:
Excursion to the falls in a twin motor zodiac, the boats go up the river to the canyon where the falls are found...
The excursion starts off in open electric cars that drive 3kms through the national park, to allow better views of the local fauna & flora. Then a 600m walk in the forest to get to the boats (it’s possible to do the full distance in the open electric cars for those who don’t want to walk)
Total time of excursion : 1h45, from getting in the cars.
Transfer to airport & flight to Cuiaba.(18h/19h50 (-1))
Arrival in Cuiaba and transfer to Golden Tulip hotel, overnight with breakfast.

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D3 – Pantanal : Cuiaba / pousada Curicaca

Morning, departure by road (100 kms of tarmac road + 22 kms of track- about 2hrs15) to the Curicaca lodge.
Lunch
Afternoon, safari photo in a row boat on the Rio Novo River, watch the sunset from the observation tower near the lodge.

Dinner & night at the Curicaca lodge and Brazilian breakfast.


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Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil



D4 – Pantanal : Pousada Curicaca / Fazenda Santa Tereza

After breakfast, another boat ride to see the early morning wildlife then departure to the Santa Tereza lodge 44 kms along the transpantaneira track to the south – (about 45min) with safari on the way.
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Lunch
Afternoon  around 4pm, safari in a motor boat on the Pixim river, watch the sunset from the observation tower right in the middle of the forest by the river’s edge, appreciation of the observation tower.
Dinner
After dinner, nocturnal safari with a 4X4 from the lodge (not private).
Night at the Fazenda (farm) with Brazilian breakfast.

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D5 – Pantanal / Manaus

Early morning excursion by boat or horseback or on foot.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport of Cuiaba flight Tam to Manaus.
Upon arrival, transfer to Tropical Hotel
Night at the Tropical Hotel with Brazilian breakfast
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Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil


Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

D6 – Manaus/ Amazon Eco Park lodge

3 hours morning sight seeing tour in which you will visit the famous Amazonas Theatre built during the rubber era and inaugurated in 1896. This theatre is very inspired by the European style and is now the symbol of Manaus. You will visit the theatre with its superb ceiling, its stage curtain picturing the ‘meeting of the Waters’ and also the entrance hall with its Murano chandeliers, rococo mirrors, and its ceiling on which the fine arts triumph.
The visit will also take you to the municipal market where you can see famous Amazonian fish (tambaquis, pirarucus, tucunarés, jaraquis, etc.), regional fruits and local arts and crafts (necklaces made from seeds, basket work, ceramics, calabashes, bows and arrows etc.)
Then the vehicle will tour round to show you the other important monuments of the town : Justice Palace, Rio Negro Palace, etc.
Tour ends at your hotel.
Early afternoon transfer ( 1h) to Amazon Eco Park Lodge where you will start a 2 nights stay on full board with the following itinerary :
NATURE HIKE
Biodiversity is the main characteristics of ECOPARK. It includes uncatalogued species in virgin rainforest, natural savannahs and creeks. Several streams of crystal clear warm water run through the rainforest.
During tour the guide will lead clients, educating them about the local flora/fauna, how and where to find edible fruits and potable water, first aid , how to find their way in the forest and much more.

MONKEY FOREST
The facilities for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals in their habitat (known as the Monkey forest), was created in 1991 with the intention of receiving animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce. This is a joint project with the Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainability.
In this center, the animals are initially put into quarentine to be evaluated and taken care of by a team of veterinaries and biologists.

In partnership with the FFV (Live Forest Foundation), a non profit institution overseen by Amazon Ecopark Lodge, a unique feeding system has been developed.
Twice a day, (10:30 & 15:30), the animals receive supplements of their natural diet, ensuring that they are being fed the necessary nutrients.

VISIT TO THE NATIVE´S HOUSE
Depart the lodge on boat or motorized canoe, accompanied by a Bilingual guide to learn about the traditions and customs of local Amazonians ("natives").
Duration: it may vary according to the place visited / "low water level seasons" is closest to the Lodge and does not involve any kind of boat.
At "high water level season" distant communities can be visited (1 to 3 hours.)

FISHING TOUR
Depart lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, accompanied by a Bilingual guide. (Fishing of piranhas an other species, depending on season).

TOUR TO THE " MEETING OF THE WATERS "
Departs ECOPARK at 08h30am on board of a regional double deck boat. The boat goes down the Negro River navigating along the shore of the City of Manaus, allowing passengers to view the Amazonas Theater , the Port of Manaus, the Customs and the interesting aspects of the local life - the stilt houses for instance . Arrival at The Meeting of the Waters by 11h30am.

It´s a spectacular merge of Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point on both rivers form the famous Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the two rivers run together for about 12kms, side by side, without mixing. The phenomenon happens due to differences in temperature, density and speed of the waters of the rivers.

Continue the trip on the Amazon River to the Island of " Terra Nova " where lunch will be served in a typical restaurant (rustic yet clean restaurant with buffet style, international and regional dishes) .
Depending on the level of the waters , a visit to a typical " caboclo " (local inhabitants) villa will be included (at Terra Nova Island) during this full day tour (may not be available during the months of May, June, July and sometimes also August , when the villa is floaded) . This visit will happen prior or after lunch .

NIGHT TOUR IN CANOE
Depart lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility to spot small alligators (or other nightly creatures). Alligators are spotted because their eyes shine like small red lights. Once the alligator is spotted by the guide's spotlight, he will try to catch a small alligator with his own hands and bring it on to the canoe, and a brief explanation of their habitat follows. The alligator will then be safely released back to the river. (No harm is done to any of the animals)

SUNRISE TOUR
This is an optional tour and it is not included in the package rate.
In the early morning, depart Lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, accompanied by a Bilingual guide to appreciate the wonderful Amazonian sunrise, with opportunity to see some bird dormitories.

JUNGLE SURVIVAL
This is an optional tour and it is not included in the package rate.
Theoretical lecture with soldiers from " Jaguar Company (retired soldiers from Manaus Army) for orientation ; Instructions for orientation in the jungle with a compass and by the location of the sun.
Instruction for shelter construction, for building trap, for obtaining fire and water, about how obtaining food of plant origin, first aid , about venomous animals, to make straw crafts and much more.

 


D7 – Amazon Eco Park Lodge

Full day sightseeing.
Full board and overnight at the Amazon Eco ParK Lodge.

 



D8 – Amazon Eco Park Lodge / São Luis

Half day sightseeing, transfer to Manaus and flight to São Luis, upon arrival transfer to hotel. 

 
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Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

D9 –  São Luis / Barreirinhas (Lençois Maranhenses)

Morning drive to Barreirinhas (4h)

Pm departure in 4X4 to visit the Lençois Maranhenses (4hr) and return end of morning.

« A natural wonder » the « Lençois do Maranhão » or sheets of Maranhão, is a national park and owes its names to the immense dunes stretching over 1550 km2 and that look like giant white sheets. This unique feature comes from the desert that is dotted with lagoons of crystal clear water formed by the rain.

You can admire the amazing landscape while walking through it and bathing in the lagoons.

Overnight with Brazilian Breaksfast in the hotel of your choice.

 

D10 –  Barreirinhas (Lençois Maranhenses) / São Luis

Morning at leisure with optional sightseeing
Pm : drive back to São Luis
Overnight with Brazilian breakfast in the hotel of your choice.

 
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Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

D11 - São Luis / Rio de Janeiro

Morning private sightseeing tour of São Luis : Beautiful beaches, a lively carnaval and the largest collection of portugese architecture in Brazil :São Luís do Maranhão is all that and much more. Even though it was founded by the French, thecapital Maranhense doesn't show it,except for a few street names andmonuments – like the beautiful Palais La Ravardière – and its refinedcuisine. The main traits of the town are inherited from the Portugese : the incredible manor covered inazulejos (tiles) and the manylusitanian originating names, among otherinfluences.


In 1997, São Luís received the UNESCO title ofCultural Heritage of Humanity : The recognition of the preservation of thismagnificenthomogenious latin American colonial architecture from theXVIII andXIX centuries. There are more than3500historical andartistically unique buildings, retracing thehabits of the old richfamilles of this town.

São Luís is bathed in warm waters with the São Marcos bay and by theAtlantic ocean, and also continually warmed by the sun of course.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel of your choice.

Overnight with Brazilian breakfast.
 
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Le circuit spectacle de la nature du Brésil

D12 - Rio de Janeiro

One no longer needs to introduce "The Wonderful City" amazingly located between the tropical forest and the mountains. Its beaches, its samba and its famous carnival have made its reputation and the town lives up to the myth.

Morning : Sugar Loaf Mountain private sightseeing tour (4h entrance fee included). You can see the mountain as soon as you enter the Guanabara bay. There are two parts to it, One that goes down to the Red Beach (Praia Vermelha) and to the Urca hill, which reaches 224 meters high; the other goes from Urca hill to the Sugar Loaf reaching 395 meters in height. The cable car trip lasts about 3 minutes for each part.

Afternoon : Corcovado private sightseeing tour (4h entrance fee included).. The Corcovado mountain, with its summit topped by the image of Christ the redeemer, is one of the main symbols of the town. This enormous stone monument, vertical and imposing, immerging out of the forest and dominating all around, is without doubt one of the elements that makes Rio de Janeiro « the wonderful city ». The climb to the top can be done by funicular train.

Overnight in hotel & Brazilian breakfast.
 

D13 - Rio / out 

Possible optional tours, you can also discover Rio off the beaten track with a guide and a car (possible entrance fees at your expense).

Transfer to the airport. 


Prices* from - based on  low season prices :

(*Prices 2015 subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations - please go to BUDGET page for current dollar price up date)

Prices for a double room
Standard category (3*)Superior category (4*)
Based on 2 pers4215 US$ / pers4340 US$ / pers
Based on 4 pers3812 US$ / pers3937 US$ / pers
IGUACUHotel Continental InnHotel Bourbon
CUIABAHotel Golden TulipHotel Golden Tulip
PANTANAL on full boardCuricaca Lodge / Fazende StaTerezaCuricaca Lodge / Fazende StaTereza
MANAUSHotel Tropical / Amazon Eco ParkHotel Tropical / Amazon Eco Park
SAO LUISPousada Portas da AmazoniaHotel Pestana
BARREIRINHASPousada Encantes do NordestePorto Preguiças Resort
RIO DE JANEIROHotel Porto Bay InternacionalHotel Sofitel

 

Prices include :

Accommodation in a double room with Brazilian breakfast in the hotels chosen in the category (standard or superior), transfers, full board in Pantanal and at Amazon Eco park lodge, English speaking guide (or other language on request) for  sightseeing tours as per itinerary and monument entrance fees included. 

You may extend your tour with these vacation packages :

Buzios vacation package (3 nights)

BuziosBuzios, was a deserted beach 30 years ago and is now the most popular seaside spot around Rio. This is where all the wealthy young people from Rio get together to party at weekends.

Paraty vacation package (2 nights)

ParatyThis is a history museum in a tropical paradise. Surrounded by magnificent islands and beaches, this small wonder of colonial architecture admirably conserved is worth a stay.

Ilha Grande vacation package (3 nights)

Ilha Grande - Rio de janeiro3 nights in Sagu Mini Resort in Ilha grande. The pousada is charming and the island  has some beautiful features, beaches, cascades, lagoons, rivers and mountains.

Angra dos Reis vacation package (3 nights)

Angra dos ReisALL INCLUSIVE offer – For those who like everything included (meals and drinks) a beautiful resort with a children club at only 2hrs from Rio.