NATURE OF BRAZIL

NATURE OF BRAZIL

3,680.00

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

4 Nights aboard the M/Y Tucano - Amazon Odyssey
1 Night Accommodation at Deville in Cuiaba
2 Nights Accommodation at Araras Eco Lodge in Pantanal
2 NIghts Accommodation at Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness Brazil's 3 Most Impressive Ecosystems including the lush and tropical Amazon, colorful Pantanal, and magical Iguassu Falls

  • Enjoy an array of exciting, inclusive Activities aboard M/Y Tucano and while exploring Pantanal

  • See Iguassu Falls from two sides! Witness its enormity from Brazil & Argentina with Macuco Safari


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 4 Nights aboard the M/Y Tucano - Amazon Odyssey

  • 1 Night Accommodation at Deville in Cuiaba

  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Araras Eco Lodge in Pantanal

  • 2 NIghts Accommodation at Belmond Das Cataratas in Iguassu Falls

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Full Board on board the M/Y Tucano & at Araras Lodge

  • Daily included excursions on board the M/Y Tucano & at Araras Lodge

  • Excursions and tours in Iguassu Falls as specified below

  • All airport and ground transportation (unless otherwise specified in the itinerary)

  • All entrance fees as mentioned on tour

  • *Not included: gratuities, visas (if applicable), international or internal flights, meals and drinks not described above, items of a personal nature

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 01 | WELCOME TO BRAZIL!

Welcome to Manaus! Upon arrival you'll be transferred to Tropical Hotel for embarkation of the MY Tucano at 4:00pm. Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano to depart upstream on the Rio Negro and cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge can be easily seen from the vessel’s observation deck. You will soon enter a wilderness area where both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Late this afternoon, your first excursion will commence as you embark in launches and search for wildlife. Perhaps go for a swim in some of the world’s cleanest and most refreshing water!

Return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner, embark in your launch once more in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians, or one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths.

Overnight on M/Y Tucano (D)


DAY 02 | AMAZON

Shortly after sunrise this morning, hop into a launch and explore the rainforest along the waters edge. Hear, and perhaps see, howler monkeys amongst a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast, go for a walk in the forest and learn about the wondrous ecology of the Amazon. Around mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon head back out in the launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, there will be an evening excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon’s crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. 

Overnight on M/Y Tucano (B, L, D)


DAY 03 | AMAZON

This morning we awaken to another remote rainforest area where we will explore in our launches early in the morning, and walk in the forest in mid morning. During the middle of the day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Late this afternoon we will visit this community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior.

Later this evening our vessel will weigh anchor and we will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world’s most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. 

Overnight on M/Y Tucano (B, L, D)


DAY 04 | AMAZON

After an early rise, explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Return to the M/Y Tucano mid morning for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. Afterwards, foray off the vessel again to explore this environment rich in life. Around midday the vessel will travel to the “Encontra das Aguas” a stark several miles long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here, the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At this point in its course it has truly become the most magnificent river on the planet and carries 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.

Late afternoon enjoy an excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea, perhaps witnessing piranhas or brightly colored birds. At sunset the vessel will slowly ascend the Rio Negro, cruising alongside the Porto de Manaus, one of the world’s great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. Witness boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent sized forest. Tonight, sample the national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Overnight on M/Y Tucano (B, L, D)


DAY 05 | MANAUS - CIUABA

Early this morning (7:30am) travelers will disembark the vessel at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical.

Transfer out to the airport for your flight to Cuiaba. Arrive in Cuiaba to meet by your guide and transfer to your hotel for the night. 

Overnight at Hotel Deville (B)


DAY 06 | PANTANAL

Along with the Amazon Basis, the Pantanal is one of the last virgin areas on the face of the earth. A huge lowland plain, it is entirely overgrown by luxuriant vegetation dotted by thousands of rainbow colored flowers which bloom during the rainy season (December to March). It shelters innumerable rivers and crystal clear lakes. Along their shores are rare species of animals such as jaguars, peccaries, bob-cats, wild boards not to mention flocks of ducks, Gray Teals, pigeons, partridges and herons who live in total and undisturbed freedom protected by the laws that created the National Parks.

After breakfast at the hotel you'll be transfered to Araras Eco Lodge. While crossing the area, it is possible to spot and appreciate the local flora & fauna. Late afternoon hike through a surrounding area to a 12 m observation tower and a spectacular view of sunset. After dinner, enjoy a night walk to observe the South American sky and immerse yourself in this nocturnal environment and watch the wildlife.

Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 07 | PANTANAL

After breakfast choose from two optional tours: a canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds, flora and possibly fish for piranhas; or Horseback Riding, which is the most traditional way of becoming acquainted with Pantanal. Take advantage of the opportunity to explore areas of difficult access, seeing cattle and the wild fauna. Return for lunch at Araras Lodge. After lunch, hike up the 25m /82 ft high Howler Monkey Tower for sunset.

Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge (B, L, D)


DAY 08 | PANTANAL - IGUASSU FALLS

Early this morning embark on a hike to watch the sun rise - Daybreak in the Pantanal occurs amid a symphony of night and daytime birds celebrating the arrival of a new day. Enjoy breakfast by the pool before your photo safari transfer to Cuiabá. Load a specially adapted open vehicle which is perfect for taking pictures of the ever-changing landscape and variety of wild animals. You will be dropped off at the airport for your flight to Iguassu. Upon arrival in Iguazu you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. 

Overnight at Belmond Das Cataratas (B)


DAY 09 | IGUASSU FALLS

Embark in the morning for a tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls. Located inside the Brazilian side of National Iguassu Park, begin a lovely walk inside the sub-tropical forest for approximately 45 minutes. In the afternoon, enjoy the Macuco Safari boat tour. Towed by jeep, you will be driven through the forest watching birds, wild animals and exotic vegetation. At the end of the two-mile ride, embark on a boat that will sail upstream toward the thundering water wall.

Overnight at Belmond Das Cataratas (B)


DAY 10 | IGUASSU FALLS - DEPARTURE

On your final day you will cross borders to visit the Argentinean side of the falls, located inside that country's side of the National Park. Enjoy a walking tour through the magnificent falls before returning to your hotel this afternoon for check out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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