Brazil Packages

Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro (B,D)
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro – Capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and also Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1961, is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificent shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Flying into Rio is a beautiful sight, whether it be at night or during the day, the visitor quickly finds out why Rio is known as the Wonderful City. It is also an important center for art and fashion.
Transfer to hotel . Balance of day at leisure. Tonight, features Gafieira night … – A “GAFIEIRA”, is a Brazilian dance hall, one of the country’s most beloved and popular forms of entertainment. Visit the oldest dance in Rio, a simple place located on a historic downtown square, and sway to the Brazilian Big Band sounds of mache, bossa nova, samba, lambada and more. Start with dinner to taste the traditional feijoada. Overnight Hotel Rio Othon Palace.

Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro (B)
AM: City tour with Sugar Loaf with Barracao ( Barracao is available for visitation only from Oct through Feb – a week before carnival). Visit to the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of the Guanabara Bay, from where one of the most breathtaking views of the city of Rio can be seen. Proceed to Downtown, to visit the barracao (a warehouse) where local artisans are putting together the Carnival incredible floats. Learn the tradition and folklore behind the scenes of Carnival. Overnight Hotel Rio Othon Palace.

Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro (B)
Day at Leisure. Overnight Hotel Rio Othon Palace.

Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro/ Buzios (B)
Am transfer to Buzios. Buzios, a peninsula in the northern coastline of Rio (180km from Rio) , Búzios attracts many Brazilian and foreign visitors by its natural beauties and a unique climate, that combines simplicity and sophistication. After 1964, when the French actress Brigitte Bardott spent her vacations in the city, the fishermen village became famous internationally. There are lots of beaches, with different characteristics (over 27 different beaches), Beaches with very charming inns and restaurants that serve elaborated Brazilian and international dishes. By night, Rua das Pedras (Pedras’ Street), a real walkway in the city center, is very by people searching for fun, shopping, or a nice dinner restaurant. The next 3 nights will be enjoying the city and relaxing by the beach. Overnight at Pousada Vila D´este.


Day at leisure. Overnight at Pousada Vila D´este.

Day 6 – Buzios (B)
Day at leisure. Overnight at Pousada Vila D´este.

Day 7 – Buzios / Rio de Janeiro/Salvador (B, D)
This morning, transfer back to Rio de Janeiro airport for flight to Salvador. Arrive in Salvador, transfer to hotel.
Salvador, Capital of the State of Bahia, and was also Brazil’s capital until 1763, is divided in two parts. The “Lower City” is at sea level
and contains the old port and the commercial area where visitors will find a complete and varied assortment of Brazilian arts and crafts
at the Modelo Market. It is also the best place to witness a demonstration of “capoeira”, a martial art developed by African slaves in
Brazil, originally as a form of combat and later as a type of dance and folklore tradition. The “Upper City” can be reached by stone steps,
alleyways or the famous Lacerda Elevator. This part of the city contains the old government buildings, the residential districts,
museums, churches and much of the newer architecture. Evening, Pelourinho by night with Dinner – The restoration of the historical
Pelourinho district has resulted in a new lease of nightlife to this, the largest complex of colonial architecture in the America’s. We have
dinner in one of the first class restaurants in the area. After dinner stroll the busy streets where many of the bars offer live music.
Overnight Hotel Bahia Othon Palace.

Day 8 – Salvador (B)
Morning h/d Historical Tour – We start in the modern suburb of Barra and make our way slowly by to the old historical section of town, the Pelourinho area with the largest and the best preserved complex colonial architecture in the Americas. We visit the church of S. Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior and the Pelourinho Square, the heart of the old town. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador, the new and the old, concentrating on the early expansion of the city. Overnight Hotel Bahia Othon Palace.

Day 9 – Salvador (B)
Day at Leisure
Overnight Hotel Bahia Othon Palace

Day 10 – Salvador (B)
Transfer out to Salvador airport for flight to Sao Paulo to connect for international flight.

Best of Brazil
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Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel.
Rio de Janeiro is the Capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and was also Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1961. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificent shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Flying into Rio is a beautiful sight; whether at night or during the day, the visitors quickly find out why Rio is known as the Marvelous City. It is also an important center for art and fashion.
The afternoon consists of a half day tour to Sugar Loaf: visit the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of the Guanabara Bay, which offers one of the most breathtaking views of the city. The tour also offers a ride to downtown Rio which features a panoramic view of the city. Overnight accommodations at Leme Othon Hotel.

Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro (B,D)
The morning will start with a tour to Corcovado. After a beautiful scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, passengers arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado hill where they will embark on a comfortable train ride to the top of the beautiful mountain, where the statue of Christ, the Redeemer is located. From the summit, enjoy the most breathtaking view in Rio! Return to the Hotel early in the afternoon.

That evening experience Rio by night with dinner and a show. Take in an elegant dinner in one of Rio’s famous barbecue restaurants. After dinner, enjoy a show at Plataforma (does not operate on Sundays), a samba house with elaborately costumed morenas, singers and dancers, presenting Brazil’s folklore. Overnight accommodations at Leme Othon Hotel.

Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro (B)
The morning starts with a Tijuca Forest tour by Jeep. Tijuca Forest is known as the world’s largest urban forest. With its paths, waterfalls and greenery, Tijuca forest is a mix of history and nature. The Afternoon is free to independently travel around the city. Overnight accommodations at Leme Othon Hotel.

Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro/Manaus (B)
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport for flight to Manaus.
Manaus is the capital city of Amazonas, which is the largest state in Brazil. It is a modern city and one of the fastest growing in Brazil. It is also the ideal point of departure for visiting the rest of the Amazon region. Tour boats leave Manaus to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the black waters of the Negro River meet the light waters of the Solimões River, which flow side by side without mixing for several miles. Visitors can also explore river banks and “igarapes” (creeks), swim and canoe in placid lakes or simply walk in the lush forest.
After arriving in Manaus, the group will transfer to Hotel Tropical Manaus. The afternoon city tour of Manaus will visit some of its typical neighborhoods as well as the Museum of Indigenous Peoples, where guests can see some of the traditions, tools and garments used by these people. Next, visit the Teatro Amazonas (Opera House), the primary tourist attraction in the city. Overnight accommodations at Hotel Tropical Manaus.

Day 5 – Manaus (B,L,D)
On this day the group will transfer to the Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge for a 2 night program. Depart Manaus pier to see the Meeting of the Waters tour before arriving at the lodge. Lunch is included. Accommodations, dinner, overnight at Amazon Ecopark lodge.

Day 6 – Manaus (B,L,D)
The morning will commence with nature hike at a nearby forest followed by lunch. That afternoon visit the home of local Amazonian residents (cablocos) and have dinner with them. There will be an alligator spotting tour at night. Overnight accommodations at Amazon Ecopark Lodge.

Day 7 – Manaus/ Salvador (B)
This morning visitors will visit Monkey Jungle. Next the group will transfer to Manaus airport for a flight to Salvador.
Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, was the capital of the country until 1763. The city is divided into two parts. The ´´Lower City´´ is at sea level and is where the city´s original port and commercial area, including Mercado Modelo, are found. It is also the best part of the city to experience a capoeira demonstration, a Brazilian martial art developed by slaves, which is an important aspect of Afro-Brazilian cultural expression. The ´´Upper City´´ is reached through the Lacerda elevator. This part of the city is where the majority of museums, churches and modern architecture are located. The city, without a doubt, keeps in touch with its African roots and traditions with respect to its cuisine, religion, and artwork.
Arrive in Salvador and transfer to the hotel. Overnight accommodations at hotel Bahia Othon Palace.

Day 8 – Salvador (B,D)
The day will begin with a half-day historical city tour. Participants start in the modern suburb of Barra and head towards the old, historical section of town, Pelourinho, with the most expansive selection of preserved colonial architecture in the Americas. The tour will visit the church of Sao Francisco and its exuberant gold-leafed baroque interior and the Pelourinho Square, the heart of old town. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador: the new and the old worlds, concentrating on the early expansion of the city.

That evening witness Bahia by Night withdinner and a show at the intimate Miguel de Santana Theatre, in Pelourinho. The Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia) is one of the most respected folklore dance teams in the world. The troop performs a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that permeate Bahian culture. Perforfances include the sacred dances of the Candomblé; puxada de rede, a song by fishermen in honor of Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea; maculelê, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with origins in the cane fields; capoeira, a martial art/dance created by Brazilian slaves and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of the exuberant national dance. After the show dinner will be served in one of the many traditional restaurants in the area.
Overnight accommodations at Bahia Othon Palace Hotel.

Day 9 – Salvador (B,L)
This day features a full day schooner cruise with lunch. Transfer to the pier and board a schooner to cruise to some of the 36 islands in the bay. Stop with time to relax in the sun or swim in the warm waters. Re-board for a short crossing to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch. Enjoy more time to relax on the beach or an optional visit to the colonial town of Itaparica before returning to Salvador.
Overnight accommodations at Bahia Othon Palace Hotel.

Day 10 – Salvador / Ouro Preto (B)
This morning visitors transfer out Salvador, for a flight to Belo Horizonte. Arrive in Belo Horizonte and get picked up at the airport and immediately transfer to the city of Ouro Preto.

Ouro Preto was founded in the early 18th century. It was built on rocky ground and declared a national monument in 1933. It is a masterpiece of Brazilian colonial architecture with fountains, churches, ruins and towers with shining colored tiles. Due to its distance from the coast, it is the only town in Brazil to remain as an outstanding artistic and architectural example of that era. Ouro Preto’s baroque architecture can be viewed upon as traditionally Brazilian. Overnight accommodations at Pousada Minas Gerais.

Day 11 – Ouro Preto (B,L)
Start the morning with a walking tour of Ouro Preto followed by lunch: see some of the remaining sights of Ouro Preto and some of the surviving masterpieces of its colonial architecture. Ouro Preto is a trip back in time. Lunch is included, as are overnight accommodations at Pousada Minas Gerais

Day 12 – Ouro Preto/Iguassu Falls (B)
The morning starts with a transfer back to Belo Horizonte Airport for a flight to Iguaçu Falls.
The Iguaçu Falls are one of the planet’s natural wonders. Thousands of Brazilian and foreign tourists alike visit one of the country´s main tourist hubs. Iguaçu Falls is the municipality where tourist attractions and stunning natural beauty are one in the same. In the “Land of the Falls” it is possible to take in the splendor of the Native and man-made forests, rivers and lakes, and still have the opportunity to shop for unique gifts, souvenirs, and intriguing local art; not only in the Iguaçu Falls, but in Ciudad del Leste (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguaçu (Argentina).

Formed on the Iguaçu River, the falls go down from an average height of 60 meters (with a high of 82 meters), while the face of the falls is 2700 meters wide. The number of falls varies from 150 to 275, depending on the river’s outflow. The major part of the falls is located in Argentina, but all its lush, green beauty can be admired on the Brazilian side. Surrounding trails offer visitors a closer looks at the subtropical forests of Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Iguaçu National Park) and take visitors to catwalks and lookouts to observe the falls. Arrive in Iguaçu and transfer to the hotel. Overnight accommodations at Das Cataratas Hotel.

Day 13 – Iguassu Falls (B)
The morning begins with a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, starting from the hotel (located inside the Brazilian side of National Iguaçu Park). The 45-minute journey takes guests through the local subtropical forests. In the afternoon, enjoy a Macuco Safari boat tour: towed by jeep, visitors are driven through the forest with a chance to observe birds, wild animals and exotic vegetation. At the end of the 2 mile ride, a boat takes visitors upstream to the closest possible location under the thundering water falls. Overnight accommodations at Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 14 – Iguassu Falls / Sao Paulo (B)
The final day starts with a morning tour of the Argentinean side of the falls. Visitors cross the Argentinean border and end up in the Parque Nacional del Iguassu, 40 km away from the Brazilian border. A walking tour of the falls will follow. The trip will conclude with a nighttime transfer to the airport for a flight to São Paulo to connect to guests´ flights back home.

Celebration of Brazilian Life
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Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro
Morning: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro with accomodation at selected hotel.
Afternoon: African Heritage Tour
This orientation tour of Rio offers a fascinating introduction to the roots of African culture in Brazil. We will visit a temple of Candomblé where this uniquely Brazilian religion combining both the Yoruba and Catholic faiths will be explained and used to illustrate
how African culture shaped the Brazilian identity of today.
Evening at leisure.

Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro (B, L)
Daytime: City Tour
This exciting tour will take you to Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro’s famous mountain set at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, and reached by a series of thrilling cable car rides. After enjoying the view, you will begin an excursion into the Afro-influenced world of samba and Carnival, with your first stop at the Sambadrome, the locale for the city’s famous carnival parades. Here, the cultural and historical aspects of this incredible celebration are explained at the Carnival Museum. Next, you will proceed to the Samba City, where you will meet the local artisans designing and creating the fantastic floats and costumes that will appear in the renowned parade (visit to barracão available from October to February only).
Evening: Traditional Afro-Brazilian Dinner and Dance.
In this excursion, you will enjoy dinner in a restaurant specializing in feijoada, the native Brazilian dish developed by slaves. Next, you will proceed to downtown Rio and stop by a famous gafieira, or traditional dancehall originally established by emancipated slaves.

Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro (B)
Daytime: Corcovado Excursion
After touring Rio´s beautiful beaches, you will pass through the charming neighborhood of Cosme Velho, home to the base of Corcovado Mountain.From here, take a small gauge railroad through the lush Tijuca Rainforest to the mountain’s top, where the fabled Christ the Redeemer statue stands. Enjoy an unsurpassed view of the Cidade Maravilhosa from this worldrenowned landmark.
Evening: At leisure
Optional excursion, “Rio by Night”, will be offered to those interested in a trip to one of the city’s favorite nightspots for a review of Brazilian Carnival, dance and folklore. We also suggest dinner at a churrascaria, a typical all-you-can eat Brazilian barbecue dinner at a fine restaurant.

Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro/ Salvador (B)
Transfer to Rio airport for flight back to Salvador.
Arrive Salvador da Bahia, meet and transfer to your selected hotel.
Evening at Leisure.

Day 5 – Salvador (B)
After breakfast departure for an African-oriented historical city tour.
We trace the African roots of Salvador on a city tour which combines the
newer, modern section and the older Historical Center of Salvador, the
Pelourinho area, so called after the pillory which stood in the main square, in front of the central slave market.
We visit the Afro-Brazilian Museum which traces the West African origins of the city and see the superb wooden, sculpted panels of the orixá’s by Salvador’s most celebrated artist, Carybé. We visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, the famous Black church, built with meager resources over a period of almost 100 years. The Casa do Benin (Benin House) nearby further investigates this permeating African influence. We look in on artists and sculptors at work and let the senses do the rest as we soak up the feel of this vibrant city. The buildings may be European but the rest is African.

Evening excursion to a uniquely Bahian event: a rehearsal (show) of one the many Afro-blocos, or musical
groups, enjoying great success in the current renaissance of Afro-based rhythms in Salvador. This frenetic, pulsating music is directly derived from the music of West Africa.

Day 6 – Salvador (B, L)
We leave the city behind and drive through the oldest farmland in Brazil. This is the land of sugar cane and tobacco plantations, peaceful colonial towns and busy country markets. We visit an experimental cacao plantation. Nearby we stop at a small but self-sufficient farmstead with it’s own manioc flour mill and have a great insight into rural life in Brazil.
We also visit the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a sorority which traces it’s origins back to the time of slavery. A journey back in time to the Brazil of yesteryear!

Day 7 – Salvador ( B, D)
Daytime: Candomblé – Religious and Social Focus
We visit a traditional candomblé house of worship, established at the turn of the century, a long way from the then center of the city. The expansion of the city has meant that the temples grounds have been surrounding by the burgeoning metropolis but the temple maintains the traditional religious and social values of African daily life. Our visit will focus on the religious and social traditions of the temple and its role within the community. We later visit the shrine for Yemanja in the Rio Vermelho district, a simple shrine in an annex of a local fishing colony, next door to a Catholic church.

Evening: The Bahia Folklore Company (Balé Folclórico da Bahia) is one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. The company performs in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candomblé; puxada de rede, a song by fishermen in honor of Yemanjá, the goddess of the sea; maculelê, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with its origins in the cane fields; capoeira, a martial art/dance of Angolan origin and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance.< br>

Dinner will be served in one of the many restaurants in the Historic Centre.

Day 8 – Salvador (B)
Check out and transfer to Salvador International airport for flight back home.

Circuit of Gold Circuit of Gold
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Day 1 – Belo Horizonte/ Sabara /Ouro Preto
Arrival at Belo Horizonte and depart to Ouro Preto. On the way, visit the historical city of Sabara (25km from belo Horizonte), where the gold was first found in Minas Gerais. Its remarkable artistic heritage is a good example of early baroque. Visit the “Capela de Nossa Senhora de O (a chapel), Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Museum of Gold and the theater. Continue to Ouro Preto for overnight.

Day 2 – Ouro Preto and Mariana (B)
Today visit the most important historical city of Minas Gerais – Ouro Preto which got from UNESCO the title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity, being also part of Brazil´s Circuit of Gold. Ouro Preto also has the most valuable collection of the baroque art, the biggest homogeneous complex of Brazilian’s baroque architecture and the biggest complex of baroque in the world. Our next destination is the enchanted city of Mariana, founded in 1696 which was for a short time the capital of the State of Minas. A walk down the picturesque streets allows you to see houses which date from the beginning of the XVIII century, with their balconies of wood, iron and even soapstone. Return to Ouro Preto for Overnight.

Day 3 – Ouro Preto / Congonhas / Tiradentes (B)
After breakfast, by bus to the city of Congonhas, where we will find the masterpieces of Master Antonio Francisco Lisboa, known just as Master ALEIJADINHO (the little cripple) – the twelve Prophets, carved in soapstone and his sculptural representation of the Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross), done in polychromatic woodwork. His works in wood and stone were the “trademark” that decidedly defined the Brazilian Baroque style. The set of life-sized sculptures is Brazil’s greatest artistic treasure. Continue to the charming historical city of Tiradentes (about 20km). The city has its name because of our first martyred hero – Joaquim Jose da Silva Xavier, nicknamed Tiradentes . Comfort, sophistication and style make Tiradentes one of the most alluring towns in Minas. Its shops are inviting, the craftworks of the finest quality, the inns and restaurants enchanting. All very romantic. Afternoon at leisure to get to know this charming city. Great shopping and nice restaurants. In Tiradentes, overnight at Hotel Solar da Ponte, one of the most charming colonial hotels in Brazil.

Day 4 – Tiradentes
Visit the Church of Santo Antonio, Rosario Church, Colonial fountain and the Museum. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the pousada.

Day 5 – Tiradentes / Sao João del Rey (B)
Morning departure to visit Sao Joao del Rey, about 14km distant. Sao Joao del Rey is a city from the “golden era”, combining modern and colonial. During the tour you will visit the Church of Sao Francisco de Assis, Regional Art Museum, Carmo Church, Rosario and Cadeia bridges. Transfer back to Belo Horizonte airport.

Colonial Treasures
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Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro (D)

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the hotel.
Rio de Janeiro is the Capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro and was also Brazil’s capital from 1763 to 1961. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificent shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Flying into Rio is a beautiful sight; whether at night or during the day, the visitor quickly finds out why Rio is known as the Marvelous City. It is also an important center for art and fashion.
That evening experience Rio by night with dinner and a show. Enjoy a nice dinner in one of Rio’s best barbecue restaurants. After dinner take in a show at Plataforma, a samba house with elaborately costumed morenas, singers and dancers, presenting Brazil’s folklore and capturing the carnival rhythms. Overnight at Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Hotel.

Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro (B)
The day begins with a morning tour to Corcovado. After a beautiful scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the group will arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado hill where it will embark on a comfortable train ride that will climb the beautiful mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located (2,300ft above sea level). From the top, discover why Rio is known as the Marvelous City! This tour also includes a drive along Rio’s famous beaches. That afternoon explore the secrets of Old Rio: an interesting walking tour in the colonial part of town. This area, in downtown Rio, is where the 400- year-old city started to grow and is now a bustling trade center. Despite this busy setting, one can discover interesting places, combining baroque and modern styles, little cafes, and pedestrian streets. Overnight accommodations at Hotel Sofitel Rio de Janeiro.

Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro (B)
The morning will consist of a tour to Petropolis. The city of Petropolis, located in the mountains outside of Rio, is known as the Imperial City. This is due to the fact that it was chosen at the time of Brazil’s monarchy to be the summer residence of the Emperor of Brazil, Pedro II. Visit the Imperial Museum, the Crystal Palace and the São Pedro de Alcantara Neolithic Cathedral (Most sites are closed on Mondays). Overnight accommodations at Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Hotel.

Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro/ Belo Horizonte (Ouro Preto) (B)
This morning the group be transfer to the Rio airport for a flight to Belo Horizonte. After arrival the group will immediately head to the city of Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto was founded in the early 18th century. It was built on rocky ground and declared a national monument in 1933. It is the masterpiece of colonial architecture in Brazil with fountains, churches, ruins and towers shining with colored tiles. Due to its distance from the coast, it is the only town in Brazil to remain as an outstanding artistic and architectural example of that era. Ouro Preto’s baroque architecture can be viewed upon as typical of that era. Overnight accommodations at Pousada Minas Gerais.

Day 5 – Ouro Preto (B, L)
The morning will start with a walking tour of Ouro Preto with lunch. Overnight accommodation at Pousada Minas Gerais.

Day 6 – Ouro Preto/ Salvador ( B, D)
In the morning visitors will transfer back to Belo Horizonte Airport for flight to Salvador.
Salvador, the capital of the state of Bahia, was the capital of the country until 1763. The city, without a doubt, keeps in touch with its African roots and traditions with respect to its cuisine, religion, and artwork. It is divided into two parts. The ´´Lower City´´ is at sea level and is where the city´s original port and commercial area, including Mercado Modelo, are found. It is also the best part of the city to experience a capoeira demonstration, a Brazilian martial art developed by slaves, which is an important aspect of Afro-Brazilian cultural expression. The ´´Upper City´´ is reached by alleyways, stone steps or the famous Lacerda elevator. This part of the city is where the majority of museums, churches, modern architecture and the Pelourinho neighborhood are located. The restoration of the Pelourinho area has given Salvador a new lease on nightlife. Guests will dine in one of the finest restaurants in the area. After dinner enjoy a stroll down the bustling city streets, where many bars offer live music. Overnight accommodations in Hotel Bahia Othon Palace.
After arriving in Salvador guests will transfer to their hotel.
That night features “Bahia by night”, an excursion that takes guests to Pelourinho to enjoy dinner at a restaurant and sample typical bahian food, then enjoy a show at Miguel de Santana Theater, a dazzling folklore performance of Bahian music, dance and pageantry follows, illustrating all that is unique in the Afro-Brazilian culture.
Overnight accommodations at Hotel Pestana Convento do Carmo

Day 7 – Salvador (B)
On this half day historical tour the group will start in the modern suburb of Barra and slowly makes its way to the old historical section of town, the Pelourinho area, with the largest and the best preserved complex colonial architecture in the Americas. We visit the church of Sao Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed baroque interior and the Pelourinho Square, the heart of the old town. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador: the new and the old, concentrating on the early expansion of the city. Overnight Hotel Pestana Convento do Carmo.

Day 8 – Salvador (B, L)
Guests leave the city behind and drive through the oldest farmland in Brazil. The group visits an experimental cacao plantation and has lunch in Cachoeira, a charming colonial town set on the banks of the Paraguassu River. Later take a walking tour of the town with its many wood sculptors ateliers, bustling market (Wed, Fri and Sat) and visit the Sisterhood of the Boa Morte, a convent which traces its origins back to the time of slavery.
Overnight accommodations at Hotel Pestana Convento do Carmo.

Day 9 – Salvador (B)
Free day for visitors to explore Salvador.
Overnight accommodations at Hotel Pestana Convento do Carmo.

Day 10 – Salvador (B)
Guests will transfer to the airport for their flight back home.

The Naturalist Brazil Eco Tour
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Day 1 – Manaus
Manaus – Capital of Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, is a modern city. It is also the ideal point of departure for visiting the rest of the Amazon region. Tour boats leave Manaus to see the Meeting of the Waters, where the black waters of the Negro River meet the light waters of the Solimoes River, flowing side by side without mixing for several miles. Visitors can also explore river banks and “igarapes”, swim and canoe in placid lakes or simply walk in the lush forest.
Arrive Manaus – transfer to hotel Overnight at Hotel Tropical Manaus.

Day 2 – Manaus (B, D)
This morning, Half day city tour of Manaus – Visit to some typical neighborhoods in Manaus with a stop at the Rio Negro Palace, where the local Mayor lives, visit to the Indian Museum, where we can see some of the tradition, objects and costumes used by this people. After that, visit to the Teatro Amazonas (Opera House), the mainly tourist spot in the city.

In the afternoon, board the Amazon Clipper Premmium boat, for a 3 nights cruise on the Amazon Forest (Departures only on Wednesdays) Leaves the Hotel Tropical landing-stage at 02:30 pm. Presentation on board of the staff, route and facilities.
Navigation to the Ariau river (tributary of Rio Negro). Canoe trip shortly before sunset, returning after dark, with the possibility of observing nocturnal animals and perceive the change in the forest as night falls. Dinner. Navigation to Açu-Creck or nearby tributaries. Overnight at Amazon Clipper boat.

Day 3 – Manaus (B, L, D)
Walk in the forest with commentaries by specialists. Observation of flora. Visit to a “Caboclo” family. Change to see the local way of life, preparation of manioc flour (the staple food stuff of the Amazon), the health and education situation of children, etc. Lunch.
Navigation through the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Visit to the small, isolated town of Novo Airo with opportunity to see local boat building sawmills, market, sometimes the commerce of palm-fiber and ornamental fish, and other activities. Navigation. Dinner.
Night trip to see Caymans and possibly frogs, sloth, snakes and other species, depending on the season. Overnight at Amazon Clipper boat.

Day 4 – Manaus (B, L, D)
Breakfast. Navigation to Praia Grande or other while-sand beach. Swimming if conditions permit, and observation of vegetation of sandy areas. Canoes trip in Lake Acajatuba or adjacent lake to see typical flora (rubber trees, Brazil nuts, useful palm trees of various types). Fishing for piranhas. Lunch. Depending on water-level and wind: stop at the Paricatuba community to see old, abandoned rubber-boom buildings, now overgrown with strangler fig trees, or canoe trip in the Jacareubal area. Dinner. Navigation.
Overnight at Amazon Clipper boat.

Day 5 – Manaus / Cuiaba (B)
Lake Januari. Canoe trip at sunrise for bird watching. Breakfast. Navigation to the “Meeting of the Waters”. Return to the Hotel Tropical landing-stage, with fine views of Manaus waterfront buildings, activities and commerce. Arrival at 11:30am in Manaus. Transfer to airport for flight to Cuiabá.
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Deville Cuiabá.

Day 6 – Pantanal (B, L, D)
Pantanal – Along with the Amazon Basis, the Pantanal is one of the last virgin areas on the face of earth. A huge lowland plain, it is entirely overgrown by luxuriant vegetation dotted by thousands of rainbow colored flowers which bloom during the rainy season (Dec to March). It shelters innumerable rivers and crystal clear lakes. Along their shores are rare species of animals such as jaguars, peccaries, bob-cats, wild boards not to mention flocks of ducks, Gray Teals, pigeons, partridges and herons who live in total and undisturbed freedom protected by the laws that created the National Parks.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to PousadaRio Mutum passing through the small village of Mimoso, where Mal. Candido Rondon was born. On the way, observation of many kind of birds, small mammals and typical landscapes. After check-in, introduction to the lodge and area around it and lunch. Afternoon with activiities at the pousada. In the evening a delicious piranha soup is served just before dinner. After dinner, introduction to the activities of the following days. Overnight at Pousada do Rio Mutum.

Day 7 – Pantanal (B, L, D)
After breakfast, horseback trail riding in the jungle, up to the edge of the Siá Mariana bay. During the whole year, a big variety of birds, animals and reptiles can be observed. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, boat ride for a photographic safari in Mutum River. In its crystal clear water it is possible to see giant otters, stingrays and shoals of small fish. At the Mutum river banks, a large variety of birds can be observed. Return to the lodge for dinner, then nocturnal animal spotting by jeep in the lodge surrounding area. Overnight at Pousada do Rio Mutum.

Day 8 – Pantanal/ Iguassu Falls (B)
Early morning (4:30am) – Canoeing in the Mutum river to observe the sunrise and the beauty of wildlife at the break of dawn in the Pantanal. Return to the lodge, breakfast and check-out. Transfer to the Cuiabá airport for flight to Iguassu.

Iguaçu’s falls are one of the planet’s natural wonders. Thousands of Brazilian and foreign tourists visit one of the main tourist attractions on the country. Foz do Iguassu is the municipality where the main tourist attractions go hand-in-hand with the most exuberant scenery provided by nature and mankind in the “Land of the Falls” it is possible to take in the splendor of the Native and man-made forests, rivers and lakes, and still in this ecological paradise, have the opportunity to shop for the most varied products, not only in Foz do Iguassu but in Ciudad del Leste (Paraguay) and Puerto Iguaçu (Argentina). Formed on Iguaçu river, the falls go down an average height of 60 meters by an extension of 2700 meters. The number of falls varies from 275 to 150, depending on the river’s outflow. The major part of the falls is located in Argentina, but all its beauty can be admired on Brazilian side. Surrounded trails by ostentatious subtropical forest of Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Iguaçu National Park) takes the visitor to runways and lookouts to observe the falls.
Arrive Iguassu, transfer to Hotel. Overnight Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 9 – Iguassu Falls (B)
Am tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls – Tour stars walking from the Hotel. Located Inside the Brazilian side of National Iguassu Park, a walk is undertaken inside the sub-tropical forest during 45 minutes . In the afternoon, Macuco Safari boat tour – Towed by jeep, visitors are driven through the forest watching birds wild animals and exotic vegetation. At the end of 2 miles ride, a boat takes visitors upstream the nearest possible under the thundering water wall. Overnight at Hotel das Cataratas.

Day 10 – Iguassu Falls / Sao Paulo (B)
Am tour of the Argentina side of the falls -Located inside Argentina’s side of National Park. Visitors cross the Argentinean border and
end up into the Parque National del Iguassu, 40 km away from the Brazilian border. A walking tour on the falls. Pm transfer to airport
for your flight to Sao Paulo to connect for your international flight back home.

Brazilian Sand Dunes
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4 days / 3 night Packages – Lençois Maranhenses .

Located at about 332km from São Luís, the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is considered the “Brazilian Sahara”, for it is a 155 thousand hectares dune desert which extends itself from the continent towards the sea, but with a great difference the deserts at Lençóis Maranhenses it rains 300 times more, which forms hundreds of emerald-green lagoons in the midst of gigantic dunes, offering to the traveler a beautiful scene with the white sands and the lagoons.
The entrance door to the park is through the city of Barreirinhas (240km from São Luís), a small city with reasonable tourism structure and an aircraft landing field . The best period to visit Lençois Maranhenses is from January to August when the lagoons are fullest, in the plenitude of its beauty.

Day 1 – São Luis / Barreirinhas
Departure (in the morning) from hotel in Sao Luis to Barreirinhas.
Accommodation in a Pousada, and take a tour to the famous natural lakes with crystal clear water(formed by rain) and dunes. Evening free.

Day 2 – Barreirinhas (B)
After breakfast departure from your pousada to a Fd tour by boat through Preguiça River until Cabure a simple, exotic and rustic place, bathed by the Preguiças River on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Here you can choose from several restaurants to have lunch (not included). During the tour we will stop at Vassouras to swim in one of the small Lençois, then will continue to Mandacaru to visit the Lighthouse that from the top of its 35m or 160 steps, it is possible to see the Preguiças River, the Lençóis Maranhenses and the white dunes along the margins of the Maranhão sea. It is located in the village of Mandacaru, at the edge of the Park. The Lighthouse is closed to visits on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Evening free.

Day 3 – Barreirinhas (B)
All day at leisure.

Day 4 – Barreirinhas / São Luis (B)
Morning at leisure. At appropriate time departure to São Luis.

World Cup Brazil 2014
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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD CUP 2014
The final draw for the World Cup will take place on the 6th of December 2013, to establish which teams will play where during the group stages.
There are 4 seeds for each group, 1-4, and the top seeded group games will be in the larger cities. The smallest cities (Cuiaba, Curitiba, Manaus and Natal) will only be hosting matches during the group stages.

The opening match will take place in Sao Paulo on the 12th of June, and the final will be in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, on the 13th of July.
The sale of tickets for the games begun the 20th of August, from 7 am (Brasília). The first phase of the sales will continue until the 10th of October 2013. Other four stages of purchase will be offered publicly until the start date of the World Cup.

The matches will take place in the cities below, and if you would like a package please e-mail us so we can put one together for you.

Belo Horizonte/Brasilia/Cuiaba/Curitiba/Fortaleza/Manaus/Natal/Porto Alegre/Recife/Rio de Janeiro/Salvador/São Paulo

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