Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to white-sand beaches nestled between mountains and sea. Settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free-time exploration.
Day 2 Rio De Janeiro
Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue and 360-degree views of the surrounding tropical forests, pristine beaches, and panoramic views of the bustling city and Guanabara Bay. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colorful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a local churrascaria, serving prime meats, seafood, and fish. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a folklore and Carnival show that includes a lively and colorful extravaganza of spectacular costumes, talented dancers, and the hot beat of the Brazilian Samba rhythm.
Day 3 Rio De Janeiro
A free day in marvelous Rio lets you relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II.
Day 4 Rio De Janeiro–Salvador
A morning flight takes you to Salvador, situated on a peninsula overlooking Todos los Santos Bay. Brazilians often refer to Salvador as the “Land of Happiness” because life here is a constant celebration of happiness.
Day 5 Salvador
On your guided sightseeing tour, learn why many think of Salvador as the “Soul of Brazil.” Serving as the first capital of Brazil between 1549 and 1763, Salvador is a melting pot of European, African, and Amerindian cultures. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a walking tour through the Pelourinho district in the Upper City. View the district’s well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings, representing some of the finest colonial architecture in all of the Americas. Visits include the 17th-century Jesuit CATHEDRAL and the baroque CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS with its intricately carved gold-leafed rosewood interior, fine paintings, and sculptures.
Day 6 Salvador
Today is free to explore on your own; possibly visit the Mercado Modelo, a must for securing wonderful souvenirs and experiencing the true Bahian life.
Day 7 Salvador–Manaus
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas region. Located in the dense Amazon Jungle area on the Rio Negro, Manaus preserves images of its opulent past when it became a rubber boomtown and is still a major port—even 1,000 miles inland! Your city tour features sites from Manaus’ glorious past at the turn of the century. See the downtown area, including São Sebastião Square, Palácio Rio Negro, the Customs House, and the cathedral. A highlight of your tour is a visit of the famous OPERA HOUSE, made almost entirely from European materials and completed in 1896 after 15 years of construction. Also visit a LOCAL MARKET, humming with locals selling anything from fruit to rubber.
Day 8 Manaus–Amazon Jungle
Depart Manaus this morning and head into the Amazon rainforest and your Amazon lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro. Sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to see what life is like on the banks of the Amazon River and to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. After lunch, enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. This evening, venture back out on canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night and to look for small alligators and other night creatures.
Day 9 Amazon Jungle
Floating past the clustered huts of locals living on the banks of the river, cruise down the Rio Negro to the MEETING OF THE WATERS. Marvel at the confluence of the dark-colored Rio Negro and the light chocolate-colored Rio Solimões, where the two rivers come together to form the mighty Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. For four miles, these two bodies of water flow side by side before they mix together. Later, disembark at a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna, where you will have lunch before returning to your lodge. This afternoon provides another opportunity to discover the Amazon with your Naturalist.
Day 10 Amazon Jungle
This morning, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates, like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys, and to reintroduce them to the jungle. This is your chance to get up close to the monkey denizens of the rainforest! This afternoon, depart the lodge by canoe and try your hand at piranha fishing.
Day 11 Amazon Jungle–Manaus
This morning after breakfast, transfer to Manaus for your return flights home.