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Tailor Made Holidays: Meeting of the Waters, Manaus + Amazon Brazil + Rio

Brazil: Rio de Janeiro + Iguassu + Amazon + Bahia
JRH12R
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Tailor Made Holidays Meeting of the Waters Manaus Amazon Brazil Rio

Our tailor made holidays explore the Brazilian rainforests & take you to see the unique 'Meeting of the Waters' at the confluence of the Negro and Amazon Rivers near Manuas in the Amazon of Brazil. Experience the wildlife & birds of this largest wilderness on earth. Also visit the thundering Iguassu Falls & vibrant Rio, before relaxing on Trancoso beach in Bahia province. All transfers & specified sightseeing included.

Tailor Made Holidays Meeting of the Waters Manaus Amazon Brazil Rio
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Tailor Made Holidays, Brazil
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Rio de Janiero
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ Statue
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Copacabana & Ipanema
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Iguassu Falls
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Manaus
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Amazon, Brazil
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Meeting of the Waters
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Bahia Beaches
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Tailor Made Holidays, Brazil
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Rio de Janiero
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ Statue
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Copacabana & Ipanema
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Iguassu Falls
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Manaus
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Amazon, Brazil
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Meeting of the Waters
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Bahia Beaches
Day 1
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 2
Today enjoy a full day private 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 also view the historical buildings around Cinelândia Square - including the Municipal Theatre, the National Library and Museum of Fine Arts.
 
We then visit the vast Sambadrome exhibition space, where the famous Rio Carnival is held. We also drive past the enormous Maracana, one of the largest football stadiums in the world and the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Finally we visit the Bohemian area of Lapa, to climb the colourful Selaron Steps.
 
After lunch (own account) we drive 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.
Day 3
Today enjoy a half day private 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.
 
 
Day 4
Transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Foz do Iguassu Airport, situated near one of the greatest waterfalls in the world.
 
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. It is regarded as one of Latin America's most awe-inspiring sights.
 
On arrival enjoy a tour of the Brazilian side of these incredible 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.
Day 5
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 6
Transfer to Foz do Iguassu Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Manaus Airport and transferred from 1 to 3.5-hours by road and boat to the Amazon Basin (depending on the location of your jungle lodge).
 
Check in and relax in your warm tropical rainforest surroundings, before visiting the home of a local Amazonian resident. In the evening board we a motorised canoe to search for caiman (small alligators) by spotlight.
Days 7 To 8
Today is devoted to exploring the birds and wildlife of the amazing Amazon Basin - a 2.7-million sq. 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.
 
Your guide will accompany you along the many trails that wind through the rainforest and navigate the waterways by motorised canoe. As you walk through woods and past waterfalls, you can marvel at the magnificent trees and the extraordinary variety of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, begonias, lichens and mosses that grow here.
 
You may see caimans (related to alligators), turtles, woolly monkeys, tufted brown capuchin monkeys, a variety of frogs and many other forest reptiles and insects. You may also be fortunate enough to see some of the colourful birds of the rainforest such as the brilliant golden-headed quetzal, grey-breasted mountain toucan, blue-crowned motmot, umbrella bird, blue-banded toucanet, fruit-eating tanager, red-crested cotinga, banded-tail fruit-eater and a variety of flycatchers.
 
Activities vary by lodge but can include climbing an observation tower for treetop views of the primary rainforest, visiting a parrotclay  lick to see these colourful birds or a peccary clay lick frequented by forest pigs, canoe rides in search of hoatzin (stinkbird), otters, macaws and other lakeside wildlife, piranha fishing, learning about traditional and medicinal plants, visiting a local village, observing pink dolphins or a night walk in the jungle.
 
If you are staying for three or more nights, on one day travel to see the famous Meeting of the Waters - where the dark (almost black) waters of the Rio Negro run alongside the sandy coloured waters of the Rio Solimões (Amazon River) without mixing. This strange natural phenomenon is due to differences in the temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers.
 
Note: Daily programme is subject to change, according to weather conditions.
 
A headlamp is essential in the Amazon. Assume there will be no mobile phone coverage and weak (or non-existent) WiFi.
Day 9
Transfer by road and boat back to Manaus Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Porto Seguro Airport and transferred 1.5-hours to your hotel in the trendy beach resort of Trancoso.
 
Formerly a fishing village and still laid-back today, this beautiful place is where the Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabal landed in 1500.
Days 10 To 12
At leisure to relax in Trancoso with its magnificent white semi-deserted beaches protected by reefs, that form natural swimming pools at low tide.
 
Praia dos Nativos, Praia dos Coqueiros and Praia do Espelho are the most famous of these, but you will also enjoy exploring the main village green - the Quadrado - which is bordered by colorful houses and the small white Sao Joaoa Batista church that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, all of which are UNESCO protected.
Day 13
Transfer 1.5-hours to Porto Seguro Airport for your flight home.