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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Tailor Made Brazil: Iguazu Falls to Rio de Janeiro


9 Days from $7,495

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Discover the charms of Brazil's historical villages and the vitality of its modern cities on a journey that starts in São Paulo, explores spectacular Iguazu Falls, visits Ouro Preto, and leads you on a backstage tour of Rio's vibrant Carnival culture.

A&K Advantages

Immerse yourself in Brazil's colonial history, architectural grace and cultural charms, witness urban and small-town life, and explore magnificent Iguazu Falls

Visit São Paulo to view its many architectural gems

Explore the powerful cascades of Iguazu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentinian sides

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ouro Preto and other historical villages

Go behind the scenes of the Carnival culture in Rio de Janeiro and learn some samba moves

Enjoy the amazing views from Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains in fabulous Rio

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
ARRIVE SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL
Day 2
IGUAZU FALLS | FEEL THE POWERFUL CASCADES
Day 3
IGUAZU FALLS | UP CLOSE TO THE DEVIL’S THROAT
Day 4
OURO PRETO | ECHOES OF A GOLDEN AGE
Day 5
OURO PRETO | SECRETS OF HISTORICAL CITIES
Day 6
RIO DE JANEIRO | A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR
Day 7
RIO DE JANEIRO | CARNIVAL & CULTURE
Day 8
RIO DE JANEIRO | SUNSET OVER THE CITY
Day 9
DEPART RIO DE JANEIRO

Extend Your Journey

Amazon Pre-Tour Extension 6 Days from $2,995 Learn More
Pantanal Post-Tour Extension 6 Days from $7,995 Learn More
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Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
ARRIVE SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL

Arrive in São Paulo, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Set out with your private guide this afternoon on a city tour, visiting Estação da Luz, a train station dating to 1867, to view its unique architecture. Venture inside the Sé cathedral before heading to the Japanese neighborhood of Liberdade. Also view famed Paulista Avenue. Then, visit Ibirapuera urban park, with its museum designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Hotel Tivoli Mofarrej
Day 2
IGUAZU FALLS | FEEL THE POWERFUL CASCADES

Fly to Iguazu Falls and transfer to your hotel situated just a short walk from the cascades. This afternoon, explore the Brazilian side of the falls, enjoying panoramic views. Then, venture out on a catwalk over the falls, capping off your experience with a Scenic Sundowner.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3
IGUAZU FALLS | UP CLOSE TO THE DEVIL’S THROAT

Today, discover the Argentine side of the falls by train, taking in spectacular views of the falls as well as the tropical flora and fauna. After lunch, proceed to a catwalk above the lush basin called the Devil’s Gorge.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4
OURO PRETO | ECHOES OF A GOLDEN AGE

Fly to Belo Horizonte and transfer by land to Ouro Preto and your stunning hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure in this former colonial gold rush town.

Hotel Solar do Rosario
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5
OURO PRETO | SECRETS OF HISTORICAL CITIES

Explore Ouro Preto, a center for gold and diamond trading in the colonial era, to view the 18th-century São Francisco de Assisi Church, the Museum of the School of Mines, the Church of Our Lady of the Pilar and the Opera House, and see why this village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Mariana, founded in 1696, to stroll its picturesque streets. Continue to Minas Gerais Square to visit the church and other historical buildings. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, retiring for an evening at leisure.

Hotel Solar do Rosario
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
RIO DE JANEIRO | A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR

Fly to Rio de Janeiro, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure in this dazzling city.

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7
RIO DE JANEIRO | CARNIVAL & CULTURE

Get a taste of the Carnival culture with a tour that takes you backstage to see the construction process of costumes and floats. Then, enjoy a chance to dress up in carnival costumes, learn some samba moves and join a percussion class. After an exclusive lunch at a private estate, visit the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood to marvel at its architectural and cultural charms.

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
RIO DE JANEIRO | SUNSET OVER THE CITY

This afternoon, ride by cable car to the peak of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, where you toast the sunset with a cocktail, and drink in the amazing views.

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
DEPART RIO DE JANEIRO

Journey up Corcovado Mountain for a spectacular glimpse of Rio, and an up-close look at the majestic statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Return to the hotel for time at leisure, before transferring to the airport for your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

TAKE A PRIVATE HELICOPTER TOUR

Take off on a 10-minute private helicopter tour that affords a bird's-eye view of Iguazu Falls and the wild tropical forest of Iguazu National Park.

EXPLORE RIO’S NIGHTLIFE

Dine and dance like a Rio local as your guide accompanies you to a neighborhood restaurant and a live music venue. Samba the night away or simply marvel at the local Cariocas on the dance floor.

DISCOVER IGUAZU FALLS’ WATERFALLS & JUNGLE

Experience both essential aspects of Iguazu National Park: jungle and waterfalls. Traverse the lush Yacaratiá trail in an open-air vehicle; sail the Lower Iguazu River, encountering powerful rapids; see the falls from both Argentina and Brazil; and face the incomparable San Martín waterfall.

SIT DOWN TO A CHEF’S DINNER

Enjoy a singular gastronomic experience as you watch Chef Nicola Finamore prepare an array of dishes inspired by the day’s freshest ingredients. Then, enjoy what he’s prepared during an exclusive chef’s table dinner at Belmond Copacabana Palace’s award-winning Cipriani, lauded for its Northern Italian cuisine.

EXPERIENCE GUARANI STORYTELLING FIRSTHAND

Gather around a bonfire at Iguazu Falls as members of the indigenous Guarani people share their oral traditions and traditional rainforest foods.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES AT IGUAZU BIRD PARK

Partake in a private, behind-the-scenes experience at Iguazu Bird Park before it opens to the public. As you meet with a park biologist, learn about the reserve and the species it cares for, and help feed flamingos and toucans.

Amazon Pre-Tour Extension

Brazil Amazon River

6 Days from $2,995

Day 1
ARRIVE MANAUS, BRAZIL

Upon arrival in Manaus, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Villa Amazonia Hotel
Day 2
MANAUS | MEETING OF THE WATERS

This morning, explore the architecture and culture of Manaus. Begin at the Opera House, where you venture inside for a closer look at its beautifully restored interior. Next, browse the Indian Museum’s collection of indigenous headdresses, blowpipes and feather jewelry. Finally, pass by the iconic Rio Negro Bridge, an architectural marvel that rises and falls with the Amazon. After lunch at a local restaurant, cruise out to the Meeting of the Waters, a swirling confluence of the silt-tinged Rio Solimoes and tannin-rich Rio Negro.

Villa Amazonia Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
BRAZILIAN AMAZON | INTO THE WILD

After breakfast, you are transferred to your lodge on the Anavilhanas Archipelago of the Brazilian Amazon, a refuge of jaguars, river otters, giant armadillos, piranhas, manatees, black caimans, river dolphins, and spider monkeys. After lunch at the lodge, hike out to explore the mainland forest and learn the secrets to jungle survival. Return to the lodge by canoe, taking in a revealing new vantage of the river.

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
BRAZILIAN AMAZON | LOCAL VILLAGE LIFE

This morning, explore the river by wooden canoe, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife on the banks. After lunch at the lodge, set out for an isolated village on the Rio Negro, where you gain firsthand insights into the lifestyle and customs of the local community. Return to the lodge for dinner. Later, venture into the wilderness in search of nocturnal species.

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
BRAZILIAN AMAZON | A PARTING GLIMPSE

Rise before the sun and hike to a remote lake. Take in a vast array of exotic birds as they flit among the dawn-painted Amazonian skies. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Then, cast a line in hopes of catching a piranha (seasonal). After lunch at the lodge, set off in search of pink dolphins. Enjoy your final evening in the Amazon with dinner at the lodge and another nocturnal nature walk.

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
DEPART MANAUS

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Pantanal Post-Tour Extension

South America Brazil Pantanal Adventure Jaguar

6 Days from $7,995

Day 1
ARRIVE CUIABÁ, BRAZIL

Upon arrival in Cuiabá, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The drive traverses the Transpantaneira, a scenic dirt road that transects 90 miles of the northern Pantanal. At the road’s terminus in the tiny fishing village of Porto Jofre, board a small skiff and continue up the Piquiri River to your lodge. After lunch, set out for a safari by skiff exploring the Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet. Return to the lodge for a Scenic Sundowner cocktail. After dinner, gain expert insight into the Pantanal’s caimans from the lodge’s resident naturalist.

Jaguar Suites
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2
NORTH PANTANAL | LAND OF THE JAGUAR

Embark by skiff for the convergence of the Tres Irmãos, Cuiabá and Piquirí rivers. Keep your eyes peeled for the Pantanal’s iconic species: giant river otters, caimans, capybaras and the elusive jaguar. After dinner, enjoy a short lecture by an accomplished biologist on local wildlife behavior and conservation.

Jaguar Suites
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3
NORTH PANTANAL | WILD ENCOUNTERS

Continue your aquatic safari of the Pantanal, encountering new species as they hunt along the riverbanks in the morning and evening. Relax with leisurely meals and fascinating lectures back at the lodge.

Jaguar Suites
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
NORTH PANTANAL | LOWLAND GAME DRIVE

This morning, embark on your final skiff excursion from the lodge, keeping a lookout for any remaining elusive species. Disembark back in Porto Jofre to continue your safari by land. Your game drive of the Transpantaneira traverses 50 miles of the Pantanal’s northern lowlands, concluding at your next lodge in Fazenda Santa Teresa. After lunch, encounter a family of nesting jabirus from the lodge’s 40-foot-tall observation tower.

Santa Teresa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
LOWLAND PANTANAL | A PARTING GLIMPSE

After breakfast, set out on a piranha fishing expedition along the Pixaim River, keeping an eye out for giant river otters. Next, enjoy a wildlife safari on foot, by 4x4 or on horseback (weather permitting), pausing at strategically placed observation towers along the way. After lunch and a short rest at the lodge, transfer back to Cuiabá for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Gran Odara Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
DEPART CUIABÁ

This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure.

Meals: Breakfast


Priced from $7,495 in January 5 - December 20, 2018

Internal Air from $655 (São Paulo / Iguazu Falls / Belo Horizonte / Rio de Janeiro)

Prices are per person and based on double occupancy for 2018. Additional supplements may apply for travel over holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability.

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