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Experience the classic highlights of this vast country in this itinerary. Explore the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador, go on glorious hikes in less-known Chapada Diamantina, sample Amazon “Lite” in a largely mosquito-free area, feel the immense power of nature in Iguazu Falls, then samba the night away in Rio. 

12 DAYS CLASSIC BRAZIL

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

SAO PAULO

Take a helicopter ride to your hotel and fly overhead one of the densest metropoles in the world. Enjoy a walking tour of Liberdade, home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. 

2

DAY

SAO PAULO / SALVADOR

Fly to Salvador. Rich in cultural experiences, Salvador is the most African-influenced city of Brazil. Enjoy a folkloric show at Teatro Miguel Santana featuring traditional Afro-Brazilian dances. 

Optional Activities:

1) Learn Capoeira and/ or Percussion

2) Afro-Brazilian Religion- Candomble House Visit (Night)

3

DAY

SALVADOR

Explore the UNESCO site of Pelourinho on foot and observe its typical houses and encounter Baianas in their traditional dresses. Learn about the country's African History from the Afro-Brazilian Museum to the 'Queen of the Sea'.  

Optional Activity: 4/5 Days Chapada Diamantina Hike

4

DAY

SALVADOR / MANAUS

Fly to Manaus. Transfer to the Meeting of the Waters. A natural and unique phenomenon where the Negro and Solimoes River meet to form the Amazon River. Sail towards the Janauari Ecological Park on a Igapo canoe ride and admire the famous aquatic plant Victoria Amazonica.

5

DAY

MANAUS / NOVO AIRAO

Drive to your lodge.

6-

7

DAY

NOVO AIRAO

Enjoy 2 days of activities. Take a canoe trip to the local Caboclo community and get to know their lifestyle, traditions, agriculture and recreational piranha fishing or take a jungle hike into the flooded forest. In the night, explore the forest for its nocturnal wildlife.

8

DAY

NOVO AIRAO / MANAUS / FOZ DO IGUACU

Fly to Foz do Iguacu. Located in the Iguacu National Park and classified as a UNESCO site, the Uguacu and Parana Rivers unite to create the borders between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. 

9

DAY

FOZ DO IGUACU

Explore the falls starting with the Argentinian side. Making up two thirds of Iguacu Falls, watch the sharp fall from the water's edge at Devil's Gorge. After lunch, visit the Brazilian side of the falls for a panoramic view of more than 240 falls. Begin your Macuco Safari exploring the flora and fauna of the forest of Iguacu National Park to the Canyon Falls on a boat ride. 

Optional Activity: Forest Experience (Tue/ Thu Night)

10

DAY

FOZ DO IGUACU / RIO DE JANEIRO

Fly to Rio de Janeiro, a blend of metropolis and eco-paradise. Ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain on a privileged access via cable car and at the top, enjoy a caipirinha tasting accompanied with tapas. 

Optional Activity: Helicopter Ride over Rio

11

DAY

RIO DE JANEIRO

Go up to Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain. Visit the bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa known for its many workshops and street art, by the iconic yellow tram. Meet and prepare lunch with one of the artists in his house.

Optional Activity: Tijuca Forest Treasure Hunt with Gourmet Picnic

12

DAY

RIO DE JANEIRO

Ride the funicular to the top of Santa Marta to see the Michael Jackson statue and visit the community projects. Experience the incredible energy of the famous Rio Carnival! Visit the hangar of a samba school and learn some samba moves and join in a percussion workshop. Witness a different side of Rio on a guided tour of a favela. 

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS

Fasano Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Fasano Salvador, Salvador
Canto Das Aguas, Chapada Diamantina
Juma Opera Hotel, Amazon (Manaus)
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, Amazon (Novo Airao)
Hotel Das Cataratas, Foz do Iguacu
Gran Melia Iguazu, Iguazu
Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro
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