Suggested Itinerary – 09 Days / 08 Nights
Day 1 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Arrival in Rio and transfer to chosen hotel. Accommodation and balance of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Day 2 - RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast, regular tour to Corcovado. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight.
Tour Description: Pick up at the hotel (vehicle will drive along the beach collecting other passengers). Tour starts its way to Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (except on Sundays). While crossing Lagoa to Cosme Velho, passenger can see the typical carioca lifestyle. Upon reaching Cosme Velho Station, sitting at the bottom of Corcovado Mountain, passengers will catch the Train, which will take them up to the top. The 20-minute ride up will give the chance to thoroughly appreciate the Tijuca Forest, which is considered to be the largest urban forest in the whole world. Once up, the views and the imposing statue will impress. From up there visitors can see most of the city, and will have about 40 minutes to get to know all the sides and views of Corcovado and take pictures. After riding the train back down, return to the hotel.
Day 3 – RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast, regular tour to Sugar Loaf. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight.
Tour Description: After collecting all guests, the group will make its way Downtown, passing through the charming Botafogo and the historic Laranjeiras neighborhood. After crossing the Santa Barbara tunnel, you will do a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, hearing all about the culture of Rio, while passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. After passing through the historical Rio Branco Avenue, Via the Aterro do Flamengo you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You will travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo and Botafogo beaches, Santos Dumont Airport, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Urca’s neighborhood and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes you up to the top. When you get there, you will understand why Rio is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. At 395 meters you’ll enjoy breath taking views from Copacabana beach, several beaches of Niterói and the Santa Cruz fortress, which was during the colonial times and Brazilian Empire the main defensive structure of Guanabara Bay and the Port of Rio de Janeiro. Explore Urca and Sugar Loaf hills for about 45 minutes before getting back to the bus. Return to the hotel.
Day 4 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Day at leisure to enjoy the city.
Day 5 – RIO DE JANEIRO / IGUASSU FALLS
Breakfast. Transfer only driver to GIG Airport. Arrival at IGU airport and transfer in. Private half day tour Brazilian falls with Bird Park. Return to hotel, overnight.
Brazilian Falls - Inside the Iguaçu National Park it is located one of the most beautiful postcards of the world, the Iguassu Falls with its 275 falls on an average flow of 1.400 cubic meters of water per second. Arriving at the Park, the first stop is at the Visitors Center. From there, the transportation is made in panoramic buses or private vehicles, in a 12 km path, providing a nice view of the local fauna and flora. Then the tour by foot starts, in a step way of 1200 meters. During this walking, it is possible to see several species of animals, especially coatis (considered the symbol of the park).
Bird Park - The Bird´s Park is a theme park created for the preservation and reproduction of animals, located a few meters from the Visitors Center of the Iguaçu National Park. In its 16 acres of bushland, it is home of more than 900 birds of 150 different species from all over the world, also butterflies, marmosets, alligators, pythons and hummingbirds. The tour is made by foot on a 1300 meters trail, where the visitors have the opportunity to spot the animals and make direct contact with some species.
DAY 6 – IGUASSU FALLS
After breakfast, regular full day tour to Argentinian falls. Return to hotel, overnight.
Argentinian Falls - Pick up at the hotel (vehicle will drive along the road collecting other passengers). The visits at the Brazilian and Argentinian side are completely different, so we suggest the visitors to take both tours for a total appreciation of the Falls. In Argentina, the falls are located in the Iguazú National Park, at Missiones province, 28 km away from Foz do Iguaçu city. Arriving at the park, the first stop is at the Visitors Center. From there, the transportation is made in ecological trains that take visitors to a very pleasant trip inside the forest, where many species of fauna and flora can be seen. The first stop is at the Cataratas Station and the tour is divided in two: Superior and Inferior Circuit. The next path is the Devil's Throat Station, the most beautiful and impressive fall of the Iguassu Falls. This contemplation is made of the top of Iguaçu River, about 1100 metres walking to appreciate its magnitude.
DAY 7 – IGUASSU FALLS / SÃO PAULO
Breakfast. Transfer to IGU Airport. Arrival at SAO and transfer to chosen hotel. Balance of the day at leisure, overnight.
DAY 8 – SÃO PAULO
After breakfast, half day private city tour. Return to hotel, balance of the day at leisure. Overnight.
Tour Description: The Kaleidoscope of Immigrants, who bestowed their various cultures while adding to the progress, beauty and history of this city high on a plateau, is infinitely visible. from its inception in 1554 when the Indians worked together with the Portuguese to build school and small village, to the contributions of European architects, engineers, Italian laborers (who, it is said, “constructed” São Paulo) and Japanese agriculturists, São Paulo has embraced and given opportunities to all who arrive her. On the tour through the city you will pass the residential area of Higienópolis with its modern apartment-buildings, the Pacaembu soccer stadium, the medicine school, the Hospital das Clinicas, the university campus with its various departments. A stop will be made at the Butantan snake farm. A stop for the photo lovers will be made at the top of Morumbi hill, a panoramic view of the upper part of the city can be seen. At the Morumbi area, you will visit (the outside only) of the state government Palace Morumbi, and soccer stadium of São Paulo, as well as the residential area of Europe Garden. One of the highlight’s of the tour is the Ibirapuera Park with beautiful gardens and lakes. At the entrance to this park, visitors can admire the famous monument of the Bandeirantes by victor brecheret. There is also the city hall, the planetarium and the Bienal, where exhibitions of international art can be seen the whole year. You will pass also by Praça da Republica, Itália building, Praça Roosevelt and Paulista Avenue.
Note: Butanta institute and museums are closed on Mondays.
DAY 9 – SÃO PAULO
After breakfast, check out. Transfer to the airport in time to take the international flight.
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