Rio de Janeiro –
Foz do Iguaçu-
12 days / 11 nights
01.03.2019 – 12.03.2019
Unforgettable Carnival 2018
Janeiro (4n) + Foz do Iguaçu (2n) + Buzios (5n) + Services
Group with Russian guide
Ipanema Plaza STD +
Viale Cataratas Hotel LUXE + Rio Buzios Boutique STD + BB
Rio de Janeiro (4n) + Foz do
Iguaçu (2n) + Buzios (5n)
de Janeiro is
Brazil’s “Marvellous City”, and with good reason. The natural beauty of this
incredible place almost defies belief, from the deep sapphire water, to the
golden sands of Copacabana, to the vast mountain range surrounding it.
But that is not all that awaits you this March. For in the middle of
summer there is Rio Canrnival, an incredible celebration of life, colour and
community to the soundtrack of samba! Watch as the top samba schools of the
city go head to head to be crowned champion of Carnival, showing off their most
flamboyant costumes and intricate dance routines
“Breathtaking, spectacular and not to be missed” . The Falls are one of the
great natural wonders of the world and located in the National Park with its
unique flora and fauna, on the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. It
represents one of the most beautiful tourist destinations on the planet and it
has unrivalled natural richness.
Buzios offers a serene escape from the hustle of Rio, with
postcard-perfect tropical beaches and a calm, relaxing ocean.
Day 1. Rio de Janeiro
Take in the breathtaking view as your plane descends upon Rio de Janeiro – the 'Marvellous City' where rolling green hills, turqoise ocean, sandy beaches and high-rise urban development is all packed together in a unique blend of life and humanity. Your driver will take you from the airport to the hotel, during which time you can get a different perspective of the city, passing through the colonial style buildings and along the world-famous beachfront. The natural beauty of Rio is almost transcendental and gives you a taste of the Amazon rainforest while still retaining everything that is so incredible about a Latin American city. A walk along the mosaic tiles of Copacabana reveals much about the life of a 'carioca' (Rio local) – a refreshing caipirinha as the waves lap against the shore, a fiercely competitive game of foot volleyball, and thousands of beachgoers sunning themselves on the white sands. You have truly arrived in paradise
Day 2. Rio de Janeiro
Excursion to the Sugar Loaf & City Tour (4hours)
After breakfast in your hotel you will be taken to the mythical Sugarloaf mountain, protruding abruptly from out of the ground like an alsteriod just fallen from space. A magnificent cable car ride will take you up to Urca Mountain, the stop off between ground level and Sugarloaf. From there you can enjoy a smooth cocktail or sample some of Brazil’s many signature dishes. Once arriving to the top of Sugarloaf mountain you will see the captivating beauty of Rio from a different angle, To your left you can see Copacabana beach stretching off into the distance, and on the horizon the faint outlines of Two Brothers and Gávea mountains. Below you is the quaint and intimate Red Beach, while to your right you can see across Guanabara Bay to Niterói and, closer in, Rio’s Botafogo and central neighbourhoods, with the unmistakeable silhouette of Christ the Saviour casting its eternal gaze over the city. This trip is essential to gain a different perspective on Rio, and to truly understand its beauty.
After descending the mountain by cablecar, you will head into the Old Town and Centre, where colonial architecture still remains and many old churches such as the Candelária are still in use. The cobbled streets and bright colours are a stark contrast to the whitewashed, sunsoaked streets of Ipanema but in many ways are part of the authentic, nearly-forgotten Rio of old, and one can almost feel the hustle and bustle of hundreds of years ago when these streets were filled with merchants and citizens of the Portuguese Empire.
Day 3,Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time.
Get ready for the Carnival party! An incredible night of music, dance, colour and joy awaits you. You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Sambódromo, Rio’s stadium of samba. The samba schools parade down the avenue showing off their hip-swaying moves and elaborate costumes, along with flotillas often making humourous jokes about Brazilian politics. You may be taken back to the hotel at any time, or not at all!
Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the most famous and colorful festivals in the world, which is considered the national cultural heritage of Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the most famous and colourful festivals in the world, considered an essential part of Brazilian culture. Carnival involves the best samba schools in Rio competing against each other in huge parades to be crowned champion.
Millions of Brazilians and tourists descend on Rio for one week of samba-fuelled parties, taking place all over the city. From Ipanema beach to Rocinha favela, people from all different backgrounds join toether to enjoy the hot summer sun and the joyous sound of samba. Don’t miss this incredible cultural event!
Day 4.Rio de Janeiro
Tour to Corcovado Mountain + Crist the Redeemer Statue (4hours in the afternoon)
In the afternoon you will head out on a trip to see the world-famous Christ the Saviour statue on top of Corcovado Mountain. A specially designed train will take you from the foot of the mountain along a winding road through the magical Tijuca rainforest where you will see some of the enchanting tropical wildlife on constant display in Rio, such as toucans, monkeys and armadillos. At the summit of Corcovado, 700m above sea level, proudly stands the iconic image seen around the world – a 38m high statue of Christ the Saviour. But that is not the only breathtaking thing about this place – when up close to the statue you will be overwhelmed by the stunning panoramic view of the city, so high up it seems as though you are truly flying with the birds around you. From the far reaches of Guanabara Bay, to the Maracanã Stadium, all along to Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana, Ipanema and Gávea Mountain, you can see the whole of Rio de Janeiro.
Day 5.Rio de Janeiro - Foz de Iguazu
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport with a driver only. Flight to Foz de Iguazu. Arrival and meeting at the airport. You will be transferred to the hotel.
The tour will take you through the Argentinian side of the National Park. Often referred to as like being on stage compared to sitting in the audience from the Brazilian side, the Argentinian side allows you to fully interact with the falls as you walk across a spectacular maze of walkways over 3km long across two levels over the rushing water. Combined with the myriad rainbows, you are given the feeling of walking on water as you encounter the many waterfalls on display.
It all starts with the Lower Circuit: At a length of 1700m, wooden walkways penetrate the lush jungle to carry you to the edge of the twin beauty of the Salto Dos Hermanas (Two Sisters Falls), then the serene intimacy of Saltos Chico and Ramirez. The next stop on this magical spectacle of water is the gaping yawn of Salto Bosetti, followed by the tall and narrow but furiously powerful Saltos Alvar Nuñez, Elenita and Lanusse, all the while accompanied by the song of tropical birds, the howling of monkeys and the occasional amber flash of a toucan’s beak.
The second half of the day takes you to the Upper Circuit: make the quick journey upwards from the Lower Circuit to bring you up to another walkway, this time from an elevated height which allows you to walk right up to the edge of the waterfalls and observe this incredible sight from above via a series of smaller falls, eventually reaching the gargantuan Salto San Martin, which seems to stretch on endlessly. The ominous rumble of the Devil’s Throat can be heard in the distance.
The tour culminates in awe-inspiring Devil's Throat, this time seen from the top of the fall. To reach it, you take a scenic train ride through the rainforest, passing by the indigenous coati, armadillo and innumerable bird species. The cascade of flying mist can be seen from afar. It seems almost apocalyptic; however once you arrive at the Devil’s Throat you cannot help but be struck by the beauty as the spray crashes against your face. Water pours in a 150m-long horseshoe shape down an 80m drop, to the very place you were standing in yesterday. The sheer amount of water falling away each second is simply mind-boggling.
Day 6. Foz de Iguazu
After breakfast in the hotel your driver will take you to the Brazilian side of the falls. A tranquil and calming walk along the edge of the falls provides the most spectacular view you have ever seen; over 250 overflowing with millions of gallons of water racing furiously down straight from the Amazon River. The sunlight flashing off the water has the mesmerising effect of creating hundreds of rainbows as far as the eye can see. It is almost hard to believe, such is the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest paradise. After taking in the incredible views, the path takes you to the eye of the storm, the largest waterfall in the park, The Devil’s Throat. Water crashes off an 80m cliff edge into the Iguazu River, but you have the chance to meet the water via a walkway that leads you into the heart of the waterfall. Feel the power of the water as it surrounds you from all sides, before heading up a stairway to look down from above on the mother of all waterfalls. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off at your hotel.
Day 7. Foz de Iguazu – Rio de Janeiro – Buzios
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Arrival at the airport in Rio. Transfer to Buzios with a driver only. Accommodation in the hotel in Buzios.
Days 8,9,10,11 Buzios
While in Buzios enjoy your time and relax on the beach.
Day 12. Buzios- Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport in Rio de Janeiro for your flight home
The cost of the program includes:
Accommodation in hotels BB according to the program
Guide service during the program
Transfers with a driver according to the program
Meals according to the program
Transfer hotel- Sambodromo-hotel
The cost of the program does not include:
Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
Domestic flights Rio-Iguazu-Rio