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Rio, Uakari and Fernando de Noronha

14 days from £2245pp 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.

Itinerary
Rio de Janeiro

DAY 1: ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO

Arrive at Rio de Janeiro airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, your base for the next 3 nights. Relax after your journey and enjoy views of Copacabana Beach from the hotel and maybe take a refreshing dip in the rooftop pool.  
Rio de Janeiro

DAY 2: RIO DE JANEIRO TOUR

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 Redeeemer 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. 
Breakfast.
Rio de Janeiro

DAY 3: RIO DE JANEIRO

A free day to enjoy the sites of Rio. You may want to take a stroll along Copacabana Beach, indulge in some retail therapy or continue the sightseeing. Of course, you can always opt to take it easy at the hotel. As well as the outdoor pool, there is a sauna and relaxation room, a restaurant and 2 bars and, of course, those lovely ocean views. 
Breakfast.
Manaus - Tropical hotel

DAY 4: TO MANAUS

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon. On arrival you will be driven to your hotel, in a stunning rainforest location on the banks of the Rio Negro. The hotel's facilities include a large pool complex with a wave pool, an infinity pool with a sundeck and an aquatic bar. Relax here or hire a bike to explore the area. You can also take the walking trail through the lush grounds to the banks of the river. 
Breakfast.
Meeting of the Waters

DAY 5: MEETING OF THE WATERS TOUR

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 Solimões. 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. 
Breakfast.
Uakari Floating Lodge

DAY 6: TO UAKARI FLOATING LODGE IN THE AMAZON

Transfer to Manaus airport for the flight to Tefe followed by a 90 minute boat ride to Uakari Floating Lodge, which will be your home for the next 3 nights. The lodge is located in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, the largest protected area of flooded forest in the Amazon and is a great base for wildlife viewing. 
Full board.
Uakari Floating Lodge

DAY 7: AT UAKARI FLOATING LODGE

There are various activities available from the lodge including canoe trips, forest hikes, visits to local villages and nocturnal excursions. The scenery changes according to the season, but there is always plenty to see and do. Activities will take place in the early morning and the afternoon, leaving time for lunch and a siesta at the lodge in between. 
Full board.
Red-faced Uakari monkey

DAY 8: AT UAKARI FLOATING LODGE

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. 
Full board.
Tropical Hotel

DAY 9: TO MANAUS

Depart Uakari by boat for the return journey to Tefe and the flight back to Manaus, where you check in to the Tropical Hotel once again. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy the hotel's impressive range of facilities. 
Breakfast.
Fernando do Noronha

DAY 10: TO FERNANDO DE NORONHA

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 stay in a pousada here for the next 4 nights. 
Breakfast.
Fernando do Noronha

DAY 11: IN FERNANDO DE NORONHA

The pousada is located a 5 minute walk from the town of Vila de Rémédios and the beach of Cachorro, both worth a visit. If you want to venture further afield, you can hire a buggy to explore the area or take a trip in the hotel's motorboat to neighbouring islands. 
Breakfast.
Fernando do Noronha

DAYS 12 & 13: IN FERNANDO DE NORONHA

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 Leão and Baía do Sancho. Both offer crystal clear blue water with areas for swimming and snorkelling. And don't forget to sample the fresh seafood! 
Breakfast.
Fernando do Noronha

DAY 14: DEPART

After breakfast you will be transferred from the pousada to the airport for the flight to Recife, where your holiday ends. 
Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2245 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Accommodation on a twin share basis; transfers and ground transport; full day Rio tour; full day Meeting of the Waters tour; meals as specified.

Excludes: International and domestic flights; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; drinks; items of a personal nature; tips.

Getting there: 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 cab start on any day you wish. It can also be amended to suit your own individual requirements. 

places you will see

places you will see

Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio has 37 white sand beaches backed by lush green peaks, and from Christ the Redeemer to Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana beach, there are iconic spots throughout the city. 
Manaus
Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon rainforest is the planet's largest and most diverse tropical forest.
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha

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.  

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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.

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