14 days from £2725pp plus international flights.
From the excitement and buzz of Rio, to the heart of the Amazon with its abundant wildlife and on to the perfect island getaway, this holiday is a feast for the senses.
Spend three days exploring vibrant Rio de Janeiro, including a guided visit of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) and Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain). Then travel to the jungle city of Manaus, famous for its grand opera house and the 'Meeting of the Waters' where the Solimoes and Negro Rivers meet to form the Amazon.
From Manaus, enter the Amazon proper. It is a one hour flight to Tefe and a boat ride to Uakari Floating Lodge located in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve. The excursions depend on the season, with canoe excursions in the wet season through the flooded forest, and dry season excursions by canoe to explore channels, creeks and lakes, as well as forest hikes. There are also visits to local villages, evening presentations about the Reserve, and night hikes/canoe trips.
The wildlife is abundant, and it is a strange experience in the flooded season to paddle through the flooded forest and observe species such as sloths, Red howler monkeys and the endemic red-faced white Uakari monkey at close range, whilst pink river dolphins, manatees and caiman swim amongst the submerged trees.
Time to relax! You'll be whisked a world away, to the northeast of the country and your very own island paradise. You have 3 full days to enjoy the beautiful scenery and marine life of Fernando do Noronho, not to mention its outstanding beaches and crystal clear waters, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and diving. A superb end to your journey through Brazil.
You have a full day guided tour of the city today, to help you get your bearings. Among the sites you will visit are Corcovado and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and the Sugarloaf Mountain from which there are fantastic views of the city. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is free.
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon. On arrival you will be driven to your mansion style hotel near the opera house. Enjoy some R&R by the pool, sip on a cocktail at the bar and dine on tasty fare in the bistro. Relax here and take a wander to explore the area or hire a bike if you prefer.
A full day tour to the Meeting of the Waters, the confluence between the Rio Negro, a river with dark, almost black, water, and the sandy-coloured Rio Solimoes. For almost 4 miles these waters run side by side without mixing. This natural phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers and is fascinating to observe.
A second day of activities in the Amazon. On walking excursions and canoe rides you will have the chance to see caiman, pink river dolphins, and the endemic, red-faced Uakari monkey. Howler, squirrel and black Capuchin monkeys also reside in the treetops, along with macaws, toucans, sloths and the fascinating-looking hoatzin.
Depart Uakari by boat for the return journey to Tefe and the flight back to Manaus, where you check in to the Villa Amazonia once again. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy the hotel's facilities, or step out to explore the town.
Today you leave the Amazon, with a flight to Fernando de Noronha. This beautiful archipelago of 21 islands is 215 miles off the northeast coast and was declared a Marine National Park in 1988. It has 2 of the best beaches in Brazil, excellent snorkelling and world class diving in crystal clear waters rich with marine life, backed by tropical landscapes. You'll stay in the Dolphin Hotel for the next 4 nights.
The hotel is located in 12 hectares of gardens at the foot of Pico Hill. Spend time relaxing by the pool or if you want to be more active and venture further afield, you can hire a buggy to explore the area or take a boat trip to neighbouring islands, take things at your own pace.
Two more days in which to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Fernando de Noronha. You could follow one of the many walking trails on the island or laze on a beach. Fernando de Noronha has 2 of Brazil's top beaches, Praia do Leao and Praia do Sancho. Both offer crystal clear blue water with areas for swimming and snorkelling. And don't forget to sample the fresh seafood!
After breakfast you will be transferred from the hotel to the airport for the flight to Recife, where your holiday ends.
Guide price from (pp sharing): £2725 (ex. international flights)
2019 guide price pp sharing: From £2725
2020 guide price pp sharing: From £2975
Accommodation on a twin share basis; transfers and ground transport; full day Rio tour; full day Meeting of the Waters tour; meals as specified.
International and domestic flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips.
The holiday starts in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Recife. International and domestic (Rio to Manaus, Manaus to Tefe return, Manaus to Fernando do Noronha and Fernando do Noronha to Recife) from the UK will start from £2250 per person.
Departure dates: This is a tailor-made holiday and can start on any day you wish. It can also be amended to suit your own individual requirements.
Several islands make up this national park 215 miles off the mainland. Its varied marine life makes for good snorkelling and diving, and it has 3 of Brazil's best beaches.
Enjoy life on the beautiful island of Fernando do Noronha while based at this charming hotel surrounded by verdant gardens.
Porto Bay Rio Internacional is a modern hotel located on Avenida Atlantica on Rio's Copocabana Beach.
A remote floating lodge in the largest protected area of flooded forest in the Amazon.
Your stylish bolt hole in central Manaus, Villa Amazonica's rooms, all with private balconies, are arranged around a courtyard garden and pool, and facilities include a gym, bistro and poolside bar.
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Time: GMT -3 hours
Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Visas: Not required for British nationals.
Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.