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Amazon River Boat Cruise, Brazil: Manaus + Meeting of Waters (Holiday & Vacation)

Brazil: Iguassu + Rio de Janeiro + Amazon River Boat
JRO12I
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Amazon River Boat Cruise Brazil Manaus Meeting Of Waters Holiday Vacation

This Amazon River Boat Cruise explores the highlights of Brazil, including visiting the Iguassu Falls & vibrant Rio de Janeiro, before flying to Manaus to embark on a fascinating journey up the Amazon River on the Tucano riverboat, exploring by boat & canoe (with 4-nt & 6-nt cruise options). Also see the unique 'Meeting of Waters' on this holiday. All transfers & specified vacation sightseeing included.

Amazon River Boat Cruise Brazil Manaus Meeting Of Waters Holiday Vacation
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Iguassu Falls, Brazil
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Tour to Devils Throat
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Rio de Janeiro Holiday
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Statue of Christ
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Copacabana Beach
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Manaus Vacation
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Amazon River Boat Cruise
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Explore by Canoe & Boat
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Meeting of Waters Holiday
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Iguassu Falls, Brazil
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Tour to Devils Throat
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Rio de Janeiro Holiday
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Statue of Christ
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Copacabana Beach
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Manaus Vacation
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Amazon River Boat Cruise
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Explore by Canoe & Boat
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Meeting of Waters Holiday
Day 1
You will be met at Foz do Iguassu Airport and transferred to your hotel near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world and regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
The mighty Iguassu Falls, whose name means "Great Waters", straddles the border between Argentina and Brazil - although almost 80% of the falls are on the Argentinian side. It is situated in a huge tropical rainforest that has been declared a World Heritage Site, with countless flora and fauna species.
Day 2
This morning enjoy a half day tour of the Brazilian side of the incredible Iguassu Falls, with panoramic views of the nearly 2-mile (3 km) cliff edge. We take an elevator down to the base of the waterfalls and stop at different viewing points.
 
The volume of water flowing over the falls varies greatly depending on seasonal rainfall, but the falls are a spectacular sight at any time of year. The waterflow is highest between October and March, with the heaviest rains from December to February, when many trails are closed.
 
Afterwards we visit the Bird Park, one of the largest and most important in the world, with over 1,300 exotic bird species as well as 25 species of reptiles & butterflies. Your afternoon is at leisure to relax at your hotel or explore further independently.
Day 3
Today enjoy a half day tour of the Argentinian side of the incredible Iguassu Falls.
 
Comprising approximately 275 separate cascades, the falls form a curtain of foaming water that crashes over a vast granite amphitheatre and into the jungle below. Resembling a reversed letter "J", most of the Iguazu River plunges down through an area known as The Devil’s Throat, with the rest spreading out over a wide shelf that splits into hundreds of different waterfalls.
 
There are a series of walkways that lead above, below and behind the falls, with breathtaking views. You can also hope to see monkeys, toucans, parakeets and other wildlife in the rainforest.
 
Note: Take your passport for the border crossing. Also take rain gear, as you will get wet visiting the Argentina side of the falls.
Day 4
Transfer to Foz do Iguassu Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Rio de Janeiro Airport and transferred to your hotel  in this iconic city - famous for its magnificent setting and enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down from Corcovado Mountain - one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
 
Rio is also home to the magnificent Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon and Barra da Tijuca beaches and known for its samba and bossa nova dancing, carnivals and music festivals.
Day 5
Today enjoy a half day shared coach tour of Rio de Janeiro, known locally as Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvellous City').
 
After a tour of the downtown area, we stop at the huge Metropolitan Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Sebastian), built in the form of an ancient Mayan pyramid.
 
We then continue driving past Flamengo Park, the largest public park in Rio, to one of the most famous symbols of the city - Sugarloaf Mountain. Here we travel all the way to the top, in two cable cars. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point with beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. The second cable car takes us all the way to the top, with wonderful views over Copacabana beach, Santa Cruz fortress and the beaches of Niterói.
 
We return by cable car and transfer back to your hotel, with your afternoon free to explore more of Rio independently.
 
Note: Shared day tours have a maximum of 44 people.
Day 6
Today enjoy a half day shared tour to one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
 
We start by boarding the cog train from Cosme Velho Station to Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy the steep 20-minutes train journey through the dense Atlantic rainforest of Tijuca, with wonderful views of the lush tropical vegetation, and scenic landscapes of the city and its beaches below. Disembark and climb the steps or take the escalators to the base of the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the 7 wonders of the modern world - and enjoy its spectacular 360 degree panoramas.
 
After descending by cog train, you will drive past some of Rio's most famous beaches - Leblon, Ipanema & Copacabana - before you are dropped off at your hotel, with afternoon at leisure.
 
Note: Shared day tours have a maximum of 44 people.
Day 7
At leisure to relax on famous Copacabana Beach or on quieter Ipanema.
 
Many optional tours are available, such as a full day shared tour via Sao Conrado to Barra De Tijuca Beach, which stretches for over 11 miles (18-km), with panoramic views over Olympic Park - the heart of the Rio 2016 games.
 
You can also visit the lovely Botanical Gardens with their tall palms, giant Amazonian water lilies and wonderful orchid house, with flowers the size of your palm. A troop of cauchin monkeys roams free in these sprawling gardens, that are home to over 8,000 different plant species.
Day 8
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Manaus Airport and transferred to this city situated on the banks of the Rio Negro and the gateway to the rainforests of the Amazon.
 
Check into your hotel in this city that has preserved the cultures of its native Brazilian tribes.
Day 9
Early this morning transfer from your hotel in Manaus and embark on your thrilling Amazon River Expedition Cruise that ventures deep into these untouched rainforests.
 
The Amazon Basin is a 2.7-million square mile (6.7 million sq. km) conservation area that is the largest in the world, spreading across nine countries - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guyana. Weaving in and out of small channels of the Rio Negro, the least inhabited river in the Amazon, we travel upstream to seek out the colourful tropical birds and fascinating wildlife that live here, with daily excursions led by experienced naturalist guides.
 
As we leave Manaus, we cruise through the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the world’s largest river island system. The boat will weave along a winding channel, with rainforest on both sides and from the observation deck you can see the riot of brilliant vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon we leave the city behind, with both shores covered by dense rainforest. Here we may see some squirrel monkeys and perhaps hear howler monkeys. We may also see pink river dolphins. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and we are sure to see some of these brightly coloured jewels perched in the treetops.
 
In the late afternoon we board the launches in search of wildlife. After returning to our riverboat for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck, enjoy a rainforest sunset. Following dinner we set off in our launches again - this time in search of nocturnal creatures such as the caiman (a type of Amazonian crocodile). We may also see one of the large night birds, such as a potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallowing huge moths.
 
Note: The exact routing of the boat will be adapted according to water levels and river conditions.
Day 10
Shortly after sunrise we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago - a reserve that includes areas of tall dense rainforest. Travelling in a launch accompanied by a naturalist guide, we should hear howler monkeys as well as a morning serenade of toucans. We will also see a flooded freshwater forest called an 'igapó' that grows out of the dark black waters of the Rio Negro, before returning to our riverboat for breakfast.
 
After some time to relax, weather permitting we again disembark mid-morning for a walk in the 'terra firme' rainforest. Here we may see signs of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar, although sightings of this magnificent creature are rare. Around midday we return to the boat for lunch and a siesta.
 
In the afternoon we take to the launches for an expedition along the edges of the dense rainforest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we also search for nocturnal creatures, with us very often seeing arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the branches.
Day 11
Today we sail along the western bank of the Rio Negro and continue searching for wildlife from our launches and on foot in the rainforest. Depending on the weather and water depth, we can perhaps visit areas rarely visited by anyone else.
 
Tonight we start to travel back downstream and, river depth permitting, enter a small east bank tributary of the Rio Negro to explore deep into the rainforest. After our nocturnal exploration in our launches, we return to our riverboat for a 'Caipirinha Night' (Brazil's national drink) and some samba dancing on the top deck.
Day 12
We begin today with a dawn excursion searching for wakening wildlife, followed by breakfast. We then visit the rainforest one last time.
 
In the midafternoon we begin our journey downstream, arriving late in the afternoon at the famous 'Meeting of the Waters' where two of the world’s largest rivers - the Amazon and the Rio Negro - join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark (almost black) waters of the Rio Negro run alongside the opaque brown waters of the Rio Solimões for several miles without mixing, as they join to form the Amazon. This strange natural phenomenon is due to differences in the temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers.
 
At sunset our riverboat will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the city. As we pass Manaus, you can marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities that is located over one thousand miles from the sea. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.
Day 13
This morning we disembark early in the city of Manaus, situated on the banks of the Rio Negro.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to Manaus Airport for your flight home.