Travel the vibrant, historic Atlantic Coast and delve into the wildlife-rich Amazon
Day 1-4: Leme Othon Palace, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation, Leme Othon Hotel, where you will stay for 3 nights. After lunch at the hotel, you will visit the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain in the middle of Guanabara Bay, from where one of the most breath-taking views of the city of Rio can be enjoyed. The tour also offers a panoramic tour of downtown Rio. On the morning of your second day, enjoy a scenic drive to Corcovado, taking the train up the hill to the impressive statue of Christ the Redeemer, from where you will have an incredible view of the city. In the evening, you will be taken to one of Rio’s famous barbecue restaurants for dinner, with a samba dance show at Plataforma afterwards.
On your last full day in Rio, you will be taken by 4×4 on a tour of Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest, with the morning spent wandering leisurely along its paths and past its waterfalls, streams and verdant greenery. After lunch, you will return to the hotel and the rest of the day will be spent at leisure.
Info: Rio de Janeiro & Leme Othon Palace
Rio de Janeiro, 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, with views of the famous favelas, the Cristo Redentor statue and of the stunning coast. It is also an important centre for art and fashion.
Leme Othon Palace is perfectly placed opposite the famous Copacabana Beach in the heart of the touristic Leme district, meaning that it is ideal for exploring the city and soak up Rio’s famous party atmosphere. The hotel offers tastefully decorated, large rooms with air conditioning, a TV and a minibar, with some enjoying a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and the bay. Being on Avenida Atlantica, there is a huge choice of restaurants, shops and bars within walking distance of the hotel.
Day 4: Tropical Manaus, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
After breakfast, you will be return to the airport for your flight to Manaus. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for the night, Hotel Tropical Manaus. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a city tour, visiting the Teatro Amazonas (Opera House) and Indian Museum, where you can see interesting indigenous artefacts and learn about indigenous traditions and culture.
Manaus is the capital of Amazonas, the largest state in Brazil, and is a modern city in the heart of the amazon rainforest. The hotel itself, Tropical Manaus, provides a welcome break from the heat, humidity and frenetic feel of the city outside. The rooms are open, light and comfortable and all come with air-conditioning and black-out curtains, ensuring that the rooms stay cool. The hotel has two large restaurants serving international and Brazilian food and there is also a large pool, complete with a pool-side bar.
Day 5 & 6: Amazon Eco-Park Lodge, near Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Amazon Eco-Park Lodge by boat, where you will stay for 2 nights, enjoying a Meeting of the Waters tour en-route, where the black waters of the mighty Negro River meet the light waters of the Solimoes River, flowing side by side without mixing for several miles .
In the morning of your only full day at the lodge, you will be taken on a nature hike through the forest, learning about the diverse wildlife around you and hopefully spotting some of the more famed animals of the Amazon, such as the squirrel monkey and capuchin. After lunch, you will visit some local amazonian residents of indigenous descent, where you will learn about their history and the way they live in the modern world. After returning for dinner, there will be a boat safari to spot caiman along the riverbanks.
Info: Amazon & Amazon Ecopark Lodge
Amazon Ecopark Lodge allows guests to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the amazon. The hotel is formed of 20 wooden bungalows that are subdivided into 64 comfortable apartments, each with a private entrance, veranda and bathroom. The rooms are decorated rustically in order to use natural products and retain and authentic feel; however, they also have air-conditioning and electric showers. The lodge has a beautiful private beach which you can swim off, air-conditioned TV room, a bar and an open-air, thatched restaurant serving tasty traditional dishes of the Amazon.
The Amazon itself needs no introduction, being world renowned for its abundance of mammals, marine life,birdlife and reptiles. Visitors can explore the river banks and “igarapes” (water channels) by canoe, swim in one of the area’s placid lakes or simply walk through the lush forest, taking in the sights and sounds of the rainforest during their stay.
Day 7-10: Bahia Othon Palace, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Today you will fly to Salvador, where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for 3 nights, Bahia Othon Palace. In the evening, you will be able to see Bahia by night, starting with a show at the Miguel de Santana Theatre, giving you a taste of the rich cultural history of Bahia, highlighted in the diversity of dances and musical performances on show. After the show, dinner will be enjoyed in one of the local restaurants.
Info: Salvador & Bahia Othon Palace
Salvador, 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.
Bahia Othon Palace is a lovely beach resort hotel with comfortable rooms overlooking the beautiful bay and decorated in a Salvadoran, Caribbean-esque style. The hotel has two restaurants overlooking the ocean, serving a wide range of international and Brazilian dishes, a large pool, a pool bar and the beach on its doorstep.
Day 10 & 11: Pousada Minas Gerais, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
In the morning, you will be transferred to Salvador airport for your flight to Belo Horizonte. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in Ouro Preto, Pousada Minas Gerais.
After breakfast on your only full day here, you will be taken on a walking tour of the city, with a break for lunch. The evening will be spent at leisure, allowing you to wander around the city or relax at the hotel.
Info: Ouro Preto & Pousada Minas Gerais
Ouro Preto was founded in the early 18th century. It was built on rocky ground and declared a national monument in 1933. It is renowned as a masterpiece of colonial architecture, with distinctive fountains, churches, ruins and towers decorated with coloured 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 typically Brazilian.
Located in the historic centre, this lovely colonial, boutique hotel has 36 large rooms, which are all luxuriously decorated in a Baroque style. The restaurant is in a similar style and imbues a sense of romance in those that dine there, as all the tables are candlelight and are carefully laid.
Day 12 & 13: Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguaçu Falls, Paraná, Brazil
Upon arrival into Iguaçu Falls Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation for 2 nights, Hotel Das Cataratas.
On your first full day, you’ll be taken on a tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls, roughly a 45-minute walk through the forest to the various viewpoints. In the afternoon, you’ll be taken on a safari through the forest, spotting birds and other wild animals and learning about the flora and fauna of the forest. At the end of this 2-mile ride, you’ll be taken by speedboat to within a few metres of the thundering cascades coming over the falls.