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RIO, MANAUS JUNGLE TOUR AND IGUAZU

The largest city within the Amazon rain forest, is Manaus. Manaus has a population of almost 2 million people, and the region represents almost 43 percent of the land mass of the country. Manaus is located in the middle of the rain forest.

 

One of the other top destinations in South America, is Iguazu falls - the most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of Niagara falls. The Iguazu Falls stretch in width for 2.7 kilometres (or 1.7 miles). Their height varies between 60 metres (200 feet) and 82 metres (or 269 feet). During the rainy season of November to March, the rate of flow of water going over the falls may reach up to 450,000 cubic feet (12,750 cubic m) per second.

Fast Facts

When: All year

Best: November to March

Tour: 11 days

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Iguazu Falls Itinerary

 

Day-1: Rio de Janeiro

Arrival in Rio, reception and transfer to Hotel.

 

Day-2. Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, a half day visit to Corcovado, the mountain home to the world famous, Christo de Redentor statue for a magnificent 360degree panoramic view of Rio. After, a trip to the Tijuca forest considered the largest urban forest in the world. It has 330 square kms of preserved Mata Atlantica (Tropical Forest), the highest mountaintops of Rio, waterfalls and hidden caves. The caves in the Tijuca Forest are formed of limestone and were originally formed by movements of the crust that caused the collapse of stones from the Papagaio Peak and the Archer Mountain. These stones started to form caves with rocky formations. Another important point is the great variety of bromeliads. The Tijuca Forest is considered to hold the largest concentration of different species of bromeliads in Brazil. Even more than the Amazon Jungle. Return to your hotel.

 

Day-3. Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, a half day visit of the marvelous city including a sightseeing tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain. A two-stage cable car takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where you will enjoy a splendid view of Rio, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay. Return to your hotel. *Option of a spectacular dinner and show.

 

Day-4. Rio de Janeiro (L)

Full day visit by boat to the tropical islands around Rio. The Tropical Islands, the islands of Sepetiba Bay, are a natural paradise situated only a few short kilometres from the city. We head towards the fishing village of Itacuruca, where we board a typical saveiro (schooner) for a cruise through Itacuruca Bay, passing by beautiful islands and tropical forests that rise from the sea.

During the cruise, we will make some stops for swimming on semi-desert beaches. Lunch is served on the island: a wonderful fish stew, assorted seafood, salads and barbecue of your choice. After lunch, there is free time to enjoy the beach on the island. Boarding of the schooner for your return to Itacuruca, and catch the bus back to Rio

 

Day-5. Buenos Aires - Iguazu

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Iguazu. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

 

Day-6. Iguazu Falls - Argentinean Side

A visit to the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu falls, the most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of the Niagara falls. The Argentinean side of Iguazu allows for a close appreciation. Set in a subtropical rain forest reserve of over 180,000 hectares, Iguazu is home to jaguar, puma, caiman and over 400 species of bird. Return to your hotel.

 

Day-7. Iguazu Falls - Brazilian Side

Cross the border into Brazil for a full day excursion to appreciate a wider view of the falls. The falls lie on the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The tour will include a "Macuco Safari" an exhilarating boat ride on the Parana River, heading towards the Iguazu falls themselves. Return to your hotel in Argentina

 

Day-8: Iguazu - Manaus

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Manaus. Trip by boat to the Amazon Eco Lodge, located on the Rio Taruma - a tributary of the Rio Negro and about an hour from Manaus. Set in the heart of the Amazon Forest, with an uncatalogued amount of wildlife in the surrounding area, which includes rainforest, natural savannahs and creeks. With over 6 miles of jungle trails, there is plenty of opportunity for exploration of the jungle for orchids, giant trees and various wildlife. After dinner, evening tour in search of caiman by canoe boat.

 

Day-9: Amazon jungle

After breakfast, a jungle trek into the rainforest in search of local flora and fauna. After lunch, excursion to see the local Amazonian inhabitants, known as caboclos. Return for free time to explore or enjoy the setting of the lodge.

 

Day-10: Meeting of the waters

After breakfast, an excursion to the meeting of the waters, a natural phenomenon caused by the joining of the Negro River's darker water with the muddy water of the Solimoes River. For over six kilometers, the rivers run side by side, without mixing. This happens due to the difference between their temperature, density and also, the speed of their currents: Negro River runs at about 2 km/h at a temperature of 22 C, while Solimoes River runs at 4 to 6 km/h with a temperature of 28 C. Chance for some piranha fishing before returning to the lodge.

 

Day-11: Manaus - Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, a visit to the monkey jungle before returning to Manaus for a panoramic city tour of Manaus heading for the airport and your return flight back to Rio de Janeiro and your return flight home.

 

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