Rio de Janeiro (3N) + Foz de Iguacu (3N) + Sao Luis to Maranhão (2N) + Barreirinhas (1N) + Natal (2N)
Day 1. Rio de Janeiro
Arrival day in Rio de Janeiro, accompanied by the guide, we will bring you to your hotel and spend the night relaxing. Maybe you will want to see and feel the lush life of the city, or if you want to be alone with yourself, then, for this there is always a corner somewhere in between the palm trees, sand and ocean waves.
Day 2. Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our guide picks you up at your hotel in the morning and takes you to the bottom of the Corcovado Mountain. Here you board the little train that takes you through tropical rainforest, passing tropical trees and exotic fruits. A short walk from the final station you find yourself at the foot of impressive Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Enjoy the spectacular views over Rio de Janeiro. At the end of the tour your guide will accompany you to the hotel.
Day 3. Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, our guide will take you to red beach (Praia Vermelha) from where we take a cable car up to the Urca mountain. From here an amazing view on Rio opens up before us. We take yet another cable car up the Pao de Acucar Mountain (Sugarloaf). From here we have a wonderful view of the city nestling between the mountains and the sea, and the sight of the sun going down over Copacabana beach is magical. After riding down the cable car, we will discover the historical part of Rio. At the end of the tour your guide will accompany you to the hotel.
Day 4. Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguacu
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport without a guide (only the driver). Flight to Foz do Iguacu. Arrival in Foz do Iguacu airport. Meeting at the airport with a guide. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 5.Foz do Iguacu
After breakfast you will visit the Brazilian site of the magnificent Iguaçu Falls following the walkways which border the canyon of the Iguassu River. It is possible to observe hundreds of small waterfalls until ending up in front of the magnificent Devils Throat, the strongest and mightiest of all falls. The splashes coming from the falling water make you FEEL the falls grandeur and cover the sky with thousands of rainbows.
The Iguacu Falls receive their name from the Caigangues Indian word meaning 'great waters'. The falls are formed by the Iguacu River and consist of 275 separate falls; they are surrounded by the virgin jungle of Iguacu National Park which is home to about 2000 species of flora and 400 bird species (including parrots and toucans). The highest fall, the 'Garganta do Diabo' (Devil's Throat) reaches 70m (230ft), which is one and a half times the height of the Niagara Falls.
Discover different types of rare birds in Foz do Iguassu Bird park! You are driven to the entrance of the bird park where you meet you guide. Now you have the opportunity to meet Tucans and Aras during a walk through the amazing ambiance of the bird park. Maybe a cute butterfly catches your eye when making your way.
The big adventure begins at the Macuco Safari entrance gates, located at kilometer 25 of the Cataratas Highway inside the Iguassu National Park, with embarkation in open jeep-towed wagons that permit an unobstructed view of the scenery along the trail. During the stretch of three kilometers through the jungle, multi-lingual guides point out examples of the flora and fauna of the Park. Orchids, palm trees, bromeliads, centenaria trees, as well as wild animals that occasionally cross the trail are pointed out by the guides. The hike - The second stage, a stretch of 600 meters (optional), is a hike on a trail that leads to a waterfall baptized "Macuco Falls". The waterfall - perfect for a refreshing dip on days of intense heat - spills down from a height of approximately 20 meters. Access is via a stairway carved into the ancient rock. The last stop is the Macuco Safari docks on the Brazilian side of the Iguassu River. In the water, inflatable bi-motor boats, constructed to withstand the rigors of the excursion, are secure and efficient vessels. Before embarkation, passengers receive life-vests and plastic containers in which to protect photographic and filming equipment. The boat travels up-river passing the canyon facing the rapids at a speed that permits the appreciation of the scenery, but will also give you the adrenaline and fun. Rocks, animals and a lot of greenery completes the scenery until the base of the Falls is reached, next to the "great horseshoe" know as the "Devil's Throat". Waterfall shower - Rainbows, blue sky, mist and water in profusion, punctuate the spectacle that has as its high-point the area of the Falls baptized "The Three Musketeers". There the captain maneuvers the boat in order to get close enough to provide the passengers with a quick and refreshing shower. Since at the end of the fun everyone normally ends-up wet, the passengers more sensitive to cold should not dispense with extra clothes to use after the boat excursion. Another important detail: use comfortable shoes and clothes.
Day 6. Foz do Iguacu
Breakfast at hotel.
Guide picks you up at the hotel for a full day adventure in Foz do Iguacu. The Argentinean side is different from the Brazilian; you will walk on paths through the falls which give you the opportunity to have a look under the falls. You feel the strength of the falling water from up close and enjoy the 55.500 hectares natural park surrounding this spectacular beauty! Within the park, take the train to the marvelous devils throat the strongest of all the waterfalls. Stand directly above the falling water and admire the strength of this natural phenomenon.
Day 7. Foz do Iguacu – Sao Luis do Maranhão
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport for flight to São Luis do Maranhão. Upon arrival in São Luis do Maranhão you will be meeting your guide and be transferred to your hotel. After check-in at the hotel you will have a three hour City Tour of São Luis do Maranhão. The architectural heritage of San Luis stands beauty of fountains, squares and buildings, most of which were built by lords who managed cotton plantations. All the facades are made of tiles imported from Portugal, Germany and France. São Luís (lit. Saint Louis) is the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. The city is located on São Luís island in the Baía de São Marcos (St Marcus Bay), an extension of the Atlantic Ocean which forms the estuary of Pindaré, Mearim, Itapecuru and other rivers.
São Luís is the only Brazilian state capital founded by France (see France Équinoxiale) and it is one of the three Brazilian state capitals located on islands (the others are Vitória and Florianópolis). The city has sea ports Ponta da Madeira and Porto do Itaqui, through which a substantial part of Brazil's iron ore, originating from the (pre)-Amazon region, is exported. The city's main industries are metallurgical with Alumar, and Vale do Rio Doce. São Luís is home of the Federal University of Maranhão. São Luís was the home town of famous Brazilian Samba singer Alcione, Brazilian writers Aluísio Azevedo, Ferreira Gullar and Josué Montello, Belgian-naturalised soccer player Luís Oliveira, the musician João do Vale and Zeca Baleiro, a Música Popular Brasileira (MPB) singer
Day 8. Sao Luis do Maranhão - Barreirinhas
After breakfast we will departure to Barreirinhas and the entire journey is approximately 3.5 hours. Upon arriving, you'll head to the National Park Maranenses with a guide.
Lençois Maranhenses National Park is located in the state of Maranhao (Barrerinhas nearest town) and is considered to be one of the most beautiful places along the Brazilian coastline. It is a sea of sand dunes that covers 70 km of coastline and advances 50 km inland. This formation provides impressive views comprised of countless lakes with blue and green water, which, during the rainy season, contrast with the white sand of the dunes, which can reach 40m in height. The strong heat is compensated by the refreshing crystal clear ponds and the deserted beaches. The Blue Pond is the most famous and beautiful. There are two oases inside the Park, the Queimada dos Britos and the Baixa Grand. Crabs and sea turtles can be seen along the beaches. The best time of year to visit the region is during the rainy season – from December to July – when the ponds are fuller and not so hot.
Maranenses is an amazing area of 1,000 square meters; combining with white sand dunes up to 40 meters and framing the multicolored freshwater lakes. At first glance, the landscape in the park is like a desert, but in the rainy season water is collected between the dunes, creating an amazing beautiful landscape: a combination of blue-green water and white sand. For its beauty Lençóis Maranenses is also called "The sheets of Maranhão", for its resemblance to white sheets drying in the wind. Ski, stroll or sleigh down the dunes and land up swimming into the crystal clear lagoons or go for a swim in the nearby ocean.
Day 9. Barreirinhas – Sao Luis do Maranhão
Breakfast at the hotel. We will have a tour with English speaking guide on a boat on the river Preguica with short stops to observe the monkeys if we’re lucky. Then we disembark the boat at the place called "little Maranhão". Here we climb small dunes that are even more beautiful then the big ones we saw yesterday. Time for a stroll on the dunes before heading back to Barreirinhas and catching our transfer to Sao Luis.
Day 10. Sao Luis do Maranhão - Natal
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to Natal. Arriving in Natal. Meeting at the airport with an English speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel.
Natal is the capital and largest city of Rio Grande do Norte, a northeastern state in Brazil, with amazing beaches such as Ponta Negra, Pipa and Genipabu.
Day 11. Natal
Breakfast at the hotel.
City Tour + Tour by boat (about 8 hours, with an English speaking guide). The tour starts in the area of Ponta Negra. You will visit the Fort of the Three Kings, the fortress of the 16th century has the shape of a star which still preserve old cannons. Then we will walk through the areas from where Natal started to be built: Santos Reis and Rocas and Ribeira. Then we will go on "Cultural Corridor" of the city, which includes the Cathedral and other attractions. Next stop - the tourist center. Here you can enjoy the local flavor and maybe even buy some local trinket on the market. Return to Ponta Negra. Visiting the symbol of the area - Dunes Morro Careca. Then you will find a fascinating and relaxing boat trip.
Return to your hotel.
Day 12. Natal
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport with an English speaking guide, for your flight back home.