Rio-Pantanal & Salvador Bahia
10 Days / 9 Nights
$2550P/P Double Occupancy
No better place to start your Brazil vacation than in vibrant Rio!Here you’ll see the city’s highlights, including one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer. Continue to The PANTANAL, the largest continuous wetland on the planet, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, is South America's primary wildlife sanctuary, do as the locals do: set your heart to the pace of the Pantaneiro horse, hike with ease the surrounding plains and forests, gently paddle canoes along the river, explore the region on an authentic photo safari, star gaze and enjoy the sounds of the night. Travel on to Salvador de Bahia, the center of the Afro-Brazilian culture, where you’ll be welcomed by beautiful white sand beaches and impressive cultural heritage.
Day 01 Arrival at Rio de Janeiro
Arrival in Rio de Janeiro airport, reception and transfer to your hotel Overnight at Golden Tulip Continental - deluxe ocean view room or similar x 3 nights B included.
Day 02 Half Day Corcovado Private tour (B)
On this tour, you will visit the amazing Christ the Redeemer, which is one of Rio's natural wonders.It stands on the top of the Corcovado Mountain (2,300 feet above sea level). To get there, we will drive through the Laranjeiras residential district and the quaint Cosme Velho to the Corcovado train station, where you will board a cogwheel train for a 15-minute ride that crosses Tijuca forest - the largest urban forest in the world. It has 8,000 acres of tropical rain forest right in the middle of Rio de Janeiro. Once on the mountaintop, guests will be amazed with the construction of the statue that consists of 120 feet of concrete and soapstone above the spectacular 360 view over the city. The return itinerary will take you through the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a mirror lake boarded by residential buildings and gracious mansions, rolling, green hills and exotic gardens. Returning to the hotel, you will be sure that you have enjoyed the most amazing tour in your life. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 03 Half day Sugar Loaf Private tour (B)
This tour begins with a city panoramic view through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral, in pyramid form, with internal diameter of 96 meters and height of 80 meters. Get to know the traditional Cinelandia Square with the historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. By taking the Aterro do Flamengo, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where it is located one of the largest symbols of the city: the Sugar Loaf. This visit is made in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high and from where one can have a beautiful view from the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado hill. From this stage, a second cable car will be taken up to the top with 395 meters to find a splendid view from Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some beaches of Niteroi. Return to hotel, afternoon at leisure.
Day 04 Rio de Janeiro-Pantanal (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel Transfer out to the airport Flight Rio de Janeiro-Cuiaba is not included (can be booked upon request) Arrival in Cuiaba airport, reception and transfer to your hotel Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Check in: 14h00 4 days/ 3 nights package at Araras Lodge - standard room Transfer is divided in two stages: the first, on a paved road for 100 km / 62.13 mi to Pocone, along farms and through the Brazilian savanna. After a short stop in Pocone, we start the second stage of the transfer entering at Km 0 of the Transpantaneira Park Road (dirt road) built on a level higher than the floodplain. The Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is at km 32 / 19.88 mi. and the transfer is meant to be a photo-safari for the many species of animals and birds found along its length. The vehicle will make several stops for photos. Arrival at the Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Greeting, welcome drink and accommodation. Late afternoon hike within the surroundings of the Lodge, reaching the Mirante da Garza - a 12m / 39.5 ft. high observation tower - for an unique view of the sunset. After dinner, a star gazing trek, to hear the sounds of the Pantanal. Overnight. (D)
Day 05 Pantanal Horseback ride and Hike (B, L, D, D)
Breakfast at the hotel Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal's flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve. After breakfast, the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horse ride through the grazing fields, woods and flood lands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, join a hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing you to watch and learn about this ecosystem. Overnight.(B, L, D)
Day 06 Pantanal Canoeing and photo safari (B, L, D)
After breakfast, departure to Clarinho River. Here take a canoe and explore the river banks, mangroves and forest. With some luck, you can spot a family of ariranhas (giant otters) fishing, playing and teaching the babies to swim and fish. Chance to fish the elusive Piranha, known for nibbling the bait off the hook without the fisherman noticing. Lambaris, another species of fresh water fish are an easy catch and are delicious when barbecued. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge at the end of the afternoon. Overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 07 Pantanal-Cuiaba- Salvador (B, L)
Breakfast at the hotel Check out 12:00 The day begins with a very early start to see the sunrise from the top of Mirante da GarzaÂ (Heron's Tower). Listen to the sounds of the birds leaving the nests for the day and the rising sun touching the vegetation. Breakfast and departure for a hike. Lunch and transfer to Cuiaba airport enjoying, once again, the beautiful road and the opportunity for last minute photos. (B, L) Flight Cuiaba-Salvador is not included (can be booked upon request) This part of the day can change according to flight schedules. Arrival at Salvador and reception at the airport, then transfer to the hotel Evening and dinner at leisure Overnight at Monte Pascoal Salvador - standard room or similar
Day 08 Half day Private Hisorical City Tour (B)
Breakfast at the hotel We start in the modern suburb of Barra at the mouth of the Bay with it's famous lighthouse and make our way slowly by car or coach to the old historical section of town, the Pelourinho area with the largest and best preserved complex of colonial architecture in the America's. We stroll through the narrow, bustling streets lined with buildings in pastel shades of an age gone by, soaking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. We visit the church of Sao Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior and the Pelourinho square, the heart of the old town. We return to our vehicle and hotel by an alternative route. This tour shows two distinct aspects of Salvador, the new and the old, concentrating on the early expansion of the city and is a very good orientation for those wishing to further explore the city. Overnight at Monte Pascoal Salvador - standard room
Day 09 Day at leisure (B)
Spend the day at leisure or exploring the city on your own. Optional tours are also available. Today the city is divided between the upper city which reflects the early colonial influence with its numerous baroque churches, narrow winding cobblestone streets and colorful architecture and the lower city which has become a modern city. Bahia is a city of tradition and culture. Many of the women still wear the traditional 17th and 18th century white dresses and the markets are filled with folk-art, much of which still reflects the superstitions and cultures brought from Africa by the slaves. This confluence of African rituals with many of the tenets of Catholicism has helped to create a unique and fascinating culture only found in Brazil ! Overnight at Monte Pascoal Salvador - standard room
Day 10 Departure (B)
Transfer to airport according to your flight schedule.