Monday, November 15, 2010
Brazil Vacation (with optional Peru beginning)
Day 1-Departure City
Board your flight to South America
Day 2-Arrive in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Welcome to Rio. Your Rooms are ready for immediate check-in
Day 3-Rio De Janeiro
An included city tour takes you to bustling downtown Rio. View the Sambodromo and the Cathedral before visiting Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Day 4-Rio De Janeiro
Perhaps take a Guanabara Bay cruise.
Day 5-Rio De Janeiro and Iguassu Falls
A flight takes you to Iguassu Falls. Spend the afternoon enjoying the magnificent panorama water falls from he Brazilian side on a guided tour.
Day 6-Iguassu Falls
Today on the Argentine side of the Falls, ride the Ecological Jungle Train and enjoy a walking tour of this side of the Falls.
Day 7-Iguassu Falls and Manaus
Fly to Manaus, gateway to Brazil's Amazon. Guided sightseeing shows you the opulent sites from Manaus' rubber boom, like Sao Sebastiao Square, Palacio Rio Negro, and the Opera House.
Day 8-Manaus (Embarkation)
Embark your cruise ship, the Iberostar Grand Amazon. Stops will be made along the Amazon's Rio Solimoes, offering excursions to explore the Amazon jungle and local vegetation, see indigenous animals, and even visit local river communities. This evening, enjoy a Captain's welcome cocktail party before dinner.
Day 9-Cruising:Rainforest Walk & Piranha Fishing
This morning, a Naturalist-guided walk through the rainforest teaches how natives subsist off the flora. You will also hear about some of the medicinal qualities each plant possesses. Keep an eye open for capuchin and howler monkeys! After an informational lecture on the region, head back out via panga and try your hand at piranha fishing. Tonight, cruise the waterways on a caiman-spotting expedition.
Day 10-Cruising:Bird Watching & Local Home
Enjoy the sunrise over the Amazon on a bird-watching safari in search of the many endemic birds of the Janauaca Lake region. Later, visit a local home for an up-close view of how the native communities live and work. This afternoon, cruise the Amazon tributaries looking for wildlife. Your final evening on board begins with a gala dinner followed by a Brazilian Folkloric Show.
Day 11-Meeting of the Waters and Manaus
Cruise the Meeting of the Waters, where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro meets with the yellow-gray Rio Solimoes to from the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side-by-side and never mix! Disembark in Manaus and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.
Optional Peru beginning
Day 1-board your flight to Lima
Day 2-arrive in Lima. Your included city tour focuses on Lima's rich colonial history.
Day 3-Lima-Cuzco. Fly to Cuzco, and enjoy a guided city tour before visiting Kenko and Puca Pucara.
Day 4-Cuzco. In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, learn about the importance of the alpaca(llama) at Awanakancha. Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
Day 5-Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Board a train for Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour.
Day 6-Machu Picchu and Cuzco. Morning at leisure in Machu Picchu allows you to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco.
Day 7-Cuzco to Lima. Fly to Lima.
Day 8-Lima to Rio De Janeiro. Fly to Rio.
Prices as low as $2,700.00 per person.
With Peru beginning as low as $4,100 per person
**all prices are subject to change and availability.