Brazil - The Sense of Water

Brazil is a land of six senses where the soul of the place and its people is as perceptible as any of the physical senses, which are tantalized with the myriad of sights, sounds, scents and sensations of this multi-faceted country. Brazil is the largest country is South America. It is little wonder then that one can experience the wide expanses of the Amazon River as it carves through the largest concentration of rain forest in the world, and mercurial urbanity within one country. The cuisine is a reflection of this diversity with enticing combinations of flavors that tell the nose what the eyes have already seen, the ears heard, the skin felt, and the tongue anticipates. Welcome to Brazil and drink in the adventure.

Degree of Difficulty - Three Paws

Moderately Active. May involve some moderate hikes in forests and nature reserves, getting in and out of vehicles and rocking boats, and walking in uneven pavement in archaeological sites, in some cases in extreme weather conditions, heat, high elevation and humidity.

Weather Reports - When To Go

The Pantanal is an alluvial plain governed by the periodic flooding. The dry season is between April/May and September/October. The best time for birdwatchers is from July to September, when they are at their rookeries in great numbers, the waters have receded and the bright-green grasses pop up. In September and October, the driest two months, the chances for spotting jaguar rise dramatically – the Pantanal is the last great stronghold for the biggest and most elusive of the American cats. Temperatures are hot by day and cool by night, with occasional short bursts of rain. Porto Jofre is open between July and October, as it can be very rainy any other time in that area. Therefore, our program is offered during July through October, only. The program could be amended to travel at other times of the year as Pousada Araras is open year-round, but the Porto Jofre area will not be visited then.

The dry season in The Amazon runs from July to December. This period features intense heat and humidity but relatively limited precipitation. Water levels in lakes and rivers recede during these months, exposing trails and beaches while cutting down on the number of mosquitoes. The dry season is the best time to visit the Amazon if hiking or fishing is what’s most important. The wet season spans January to June. Heavy rains contribute to high water levels and flooded forests. Intermittent showers occur nearly every day, so you should expect to get soaked on a regular basis. On the positive side, the rainy season provides better boat access to wetlands and temporarily flooded forests. This makes it easier to cover greater distances on boat tours and see more wildlife in otherwise inaccessible areas. The wet season also offers slightly cooler temperatures, although the uncomfortable humidity remains.

Tropical Iguassu Falls are accessible any time of the year. December through March is summer and the hottest and most humid time of the year when most of the rainfall will occur, making the Falls impressive with their great volume of water. It is also the most crowded as Brazilians and Argentinians take vacation at that time of the year. The rivers run highest at that time and the Falls are generally covered in mist. The dry season is April through June, which may afford you the best photographs with blue skies, but the water levels at the Falls are lower. June through August brings cooler temperatures and less humidity.

Rio de Janeiro has temperate temperatures year round. During their summer – December through March, it can be quite hot, but refreshing showers in the afternoon cool the temperatures down. The winter months are July through September, but it never gets cold and this is the time with the least rainfall.

Day 1 MIAMI/MANAUS

Your journey begins as you board your flight to Brazil. Arrive Manaus where you will be met and transferred to your luxurious hotel, located on the banks of the Rio Negro in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. With two restaurants, three bars, numerous amenities and facilities and gorgeous accommodations, this resort ensures a comfortable and relaxing stay. TROPICAL MANAUS ECORESORT. (Welcome Dinner)

Days 2/3/4 RIVER CRUISE: AMAZON CLIPPER PREMIUM/ANAVILHANAS NATIONAL PARK

Today you will be treated to a brief tour of Manaus, founded as a fort in 1632. Transfer this afternoon to your premium river craft for a cruise up the Rio Negro, the world’s longest black water river. Receive a brief orientation on what you can expect to see, then retire to the sun deck for exceptional views of the river. The next morning board small canoes for an exploration of the riparian landscape. In a four square mile patch of the rainforest are as many as 1,500 flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds, and 150 species of butterflies. Return to the boat for lunch before heading out again for Anavilhanas National Park which encompasses one of the world’s largest fresh water archipelagos. See protected species such as the Amazon pink river dolphin, pirarucu, the world’s largest freshwater fish, and several species of freshwater turtle. On your last day aboard ship, angle your way through the morning testing your luck against that of some of Amazonia’s fish, such as piranha (mind the teeth). After lunch you will take a guided tour of a local village. Five hundred years ago, this ecosystem used to be home for over six million indigenous people. Today, less than 250,000 members of tribal communities are left. Aboard your vessel, relax in the comfortable cabins or let the sights and sounds of the Amazon soak in while you enjoy the outdoor whirlpool on the 3-story deck. AMAZON CLIPPER PREMIUM. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 5 MANAUS/IGUASSU FALLS

Spend part of the morning exploring the Lake January Ecological Park, located on a wedge-shaped delta that divides the upper Amazon River from the Rio Negro and home to the Victoria Amazonica, a giant water lily, whose leaves can reach a diameter of 6 feet and which can support the weight of rabbit sized animals. Navigate to the confluence of the world`s two largest rivers, the Amazon or Rio Solimões as it is called at its upper reaches, and the Rio Negro. Return to Manaus for your afternoon flight to Iguassu Falls, via Brasilia, arriving in the late evening. Here, you transfer to your luxury hotel on the Argentinian side of the Falls , set amongst the rainforest. LOI SUITES HOTEL. (B,L)

Day 6 IGUASSU FALLS: ARGENTINE SIDE

Witness the awe inspiring natural wonder of the Iguassu Falls. A World Heritage Site, this is the largest sequence of falls in the world. The subtropical forest of the encompassing Iguassu National Park, recognized by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage of Humanity, matches the spectacle of the falls with a plethora of indigenous flora and fauna. Your morning guided excursion to the falls will be on the Argentinean side. Trek along the wooden platforms built over the falls until you reach the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), the Fall’s fastest, most thrilling section. In the afternoon, take a 4x4 excursion into Iguassu National Park, then take a powerful riverboat and get up close and personal with the San Martin Falls and Devil’s Throat. LOI SUITES HOTEL. (B,L)

Day 7 IGUASSUFALLS: BRAZILIAN SIDE

Today you will experience the falls from a different angle. Return to Brazil and the Iguaçu National Park the Brazilian counterpart to the Iguassu National Park. Take in the astonishing cascades of the Floriano Fall and enjoy unforgettable breathtaking panoramic views from above the churning Devil’s Throat. Enjoy lunch then visit the very unique Bird Park. LOI SUITES HOTEL. (B,L)

Day 8 IGUASSU FALLS/RIO DE JANEIRO

Arise early and take some last photographs before your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Tonight delve into the heart of Brazilian cuisine at Brasileirinho and begin to learn the ways of the carioca, as Rio natives call themselves. Your home in Rio is the located at the northern end of Copacabana Beach, surrounded by shopping malls, cinemas, trendy bars and fashionable restaurants and the many attractions of Copacabana. MIRAMAR BY WINDSOR. (B,D)

Days 9/10/11 RIO DE JANEIRO/CORCOVADO/SERRA DOS ÓRGÃOS NATIONAL PARK/SUGARLOAF

Start off your day by taking the cog train through the luxuriant Tijuca Rain Forest to the top of the 2,310 foot Corcovado Mountain, the site of the inspirational Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the tallest Art Deco sculptures in the world. Enjoy the spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding countryside from the observation deck. Experience the history and culture of Rio when you have lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, founded in 1894. Next day, visit Serra dos Órgãos National Park, named for its organ pipe shaped mountains, for a full day of wildlife sightseeing and hiking. After a good night’s rest, ascend the iconic slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car or on foot and enjoy stunning views and a refreshment at the summit. Dinner at Zozô, an eatery infused with the culture and flavors of the carioca. MIRAMAR BY WINDSOR. (B,L; B,L,D; B,L)

Days 12/13 RIO DE JANEIRO/EN ROUTE/MIAMI

On your last day in Brazil enjoy a day at leisure, or optional activities (at an additional cost) such as:

  • Stand up Paddle Boarding Lesson in Copacabana
  • Morning Beach Yoga in Copacabana
  • Bicycle Tour of Rio
  • Brazilian Cooking Lesson

Late in the evening, depart on your overnight flight home, bringing with you the sights, sounds, scents and sensations of Brazil, as well as an added touch of carioca to your spirit. (B, Meals Aloft)

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • 4-Days/3-Nights Amazon cruise on the River Boat AMAZON CLIPPER PREMIUM with all meals included. Naturalist guide provided aboard the ship.
  • Breakfast daily; all meals during the Amazon cruise; other meals as indicated in itinerary. (B=Breakfast, L=lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All transfers in air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Specialist guide with 10 travelers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and at meals.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All entrance fees to national parks and attractions.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
Prices starting at $6,895. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.