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The Amazon, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls: Explore captivating Rio along with two of South America's most iconic natural wonders

Days: 10 | From: $4,790/per person

Start with a stay in a boutique ecolodge in the Amazon, then spend a few days in Rio de Janeiro before finishing at magnificent Iguazu Falls.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Manaus
    1 night: overnight in this historic city in the middle of the jungle
  • Amazon Jungle
    3 nights: explore the teeming Amazon rainforest from your boutique-style jungle lodge
  • Rio de Janeiro
    3 nights: take in the rhythms and unique culture of this spectacular metropolis
  • Iguazu Falls
    2 nights: marvel at the thundering power of the world's biggest waterfall

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Manaus

Brazil - Manaus

Arrive to Manaus, a city in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, where your private guide will welcome you to the country and take you to your hotel.

Accommodations: Villa Amazonia

Located in the historic center of Manaus, the Villa Amazonia has 30 rooms, all facing an indoor garden and natural stone pool. The hotel is set in a restored historic mansion that dates back to the rubber boom era, and offers a restaurant and bar, pool, and fitness center.

Day 2

Journey Deeper into the Jungle

Head deeper into the Amazon to the beautiful Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, located on the bank of the Rio Negro. Settle into your thatched bungalow and begin getting to know this fascinating area.

Accommodations: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge sits across from Anavilhanas National Park, on the shore of the Rio Negro. Each of its 16 thatched, wooden bungalows are perched upon stilts. They have their own balconies and hammocks, with views of the jungle. Guests dine in a separate thatched lodge, where they savor local produce, including tropical fruits and fresh fish. The lodge also offers a pool and games room.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-4

Explore the Jungle by Foot, Boat, or Canoe

Amazon - Riverboat

Your exact activities will vary, but Anavilhanas offers a variety of excursions to discover this natural ecosystem: jungle hikes, seeing wild river dolphins, visiting local villages, boat trips, nighttime canoeing, and more. There is an incredible abundance of plant and animal life in this area, and your guides will help you spot the local species and make the most of your time.

Accommodations: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Day 5

Fly to Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Mountain View

Fly out of the jungle to Rio, a coastal metropolis, where your private guide will take you to your hotel on Copacabana Beach. This is one of the best locations in the city; many of Rio’s best restaurants, boutiques, and cafes are located here and in neighboring Ipanema and Leblon.

Accommodations: Porto Bay Rio

With panoramic views of the Sugarloaf, Corcovado and the Copacabana beachfront, and a bar with live bossa nova music, Porto Bay offers everything you'd want in a Rio hotel. Guests enjoy buffet breakfasts, late afternoon tropical cocktails, and international cuisine at the hotel restaurant. For your beach time, the hotel management provides towels, umbrellas and beach chairs. Treat yourself to a late afternoon tropical cocktail at the hotel bar, then take a short walk to Rio's famous clubs, shops and restaurants.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrade available: Belmond Copacabana Palace, 5 star luxury
Day 6

Christ Statue and Historic Santa Teresa

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Cristo Rendentor

Get to know beautiful Rio with your private local guide. Head to the top of Corcovado Mountain to the iconic Cristo Redentor statue, where you can take in one of the best views in the world. Afterward, visit the Tijuca Forest National Park, the largest urban forest in the world. Drive through the historic Santa Teresa neighborhood, filled with mansions dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and see Rio’s bustling downtown.

Accommodations: Porto Bay Rio

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7

Time to Relax and Explore Rio; Cable Ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain

Brazil - Rio de Janeiro - Suguarloaf Mountain

After a relaxed morning on your own, head up Sugar Loaf Mountain on a cable car for privileged views of Guanabara Bay, Corcovado, Rio-Niteroi Bridge, Santa Cruz Fortress, and the glittering scenery of Rio.

Accommodations: Porto Bay Rio

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8

The Natural Wonders of Foz do Iguaçu

Iguazu Falls

Fly to Foz do Iguaçu, home to magnificent Iguazu Falls. Enjoy a private walking tour of the Brazilian side, exploring the trails and catwalks around the falls. Guests upgrading to the Belmond Das Cataratas also have the unique privilege of being able to see the falls at close range after the park closes as it is the only one located within the Iguazu National Park on the Brazilian side.

Accommodations: Loi Suites Iguazu

Tucked away in the subtropical jungle of Iryapu, Loi Suites is remote yet luxurious, offering up-close views of the jungle and a tranquil ambiance. The hotel, located fifteen minutes from the Iguazu Falls, was designed with the idea of preserving native trees and incorporating them into the exterior area. On-site amenities include a restaurant and snack bar, spa, fitness center, and several outdoor pools alongside a Tiki bar.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrade available: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, for those who prefer to stay on the Brazilian side or in a boutique jungle lodge
Day 9

Iguazu Falls: Another Perspective

Iguazu Falls

Enjoy a trip to the Argentine side of the falls, getting a different perspective on this magnificent site. The majority of the trails and walkways are on the Argentine side of the falls, and most boat tours that take you up close to the falls also start on this side.

Accommodations: Loi Suites Iguazu

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

Aerial view of Anavilhanas Jungle LodgeAnavilhanas Jungle Lodge CanoeingAnavilhanas Jungle Lodge ExteriorIguazu Falls - Grass on river rocksIguazu Falls Closeup with RainbowHotel das Cataratas Aerial ViewCopacabana Palace PoolRio de Janeiro Cristo Redentor View

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Go on a private tour of Manaus to learn about the interesting history of the city, an integral part of the rubber boom that once brought great wealth to the area.

  • Take in a samba show in Rio; we’ll arrange an evening at one of our local favorites, an intimate and authentic venue.

  • Hike with your private guide up Tijuca Peak, the highest peak in Rio, for rewarding views of the city and coastline.

  • Enjoy a private tour of Rio’s street art, learning about the history and politics of this unique art form.

  • Visit the Itaipu Hydroelectic Dam, one of the world’s largest operating hydroelectric facilities, at Iguazu.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • Special Moments: So many!...Iguazu: Walking down to the base of the falls in the morning before the park was open (we did this both days, and also in the evening).
    Karen Agnew
  • This was an incredible trip. Quick-but a great view of an incredible couple of countries. Iguazu falls was a particular favorite of mine. What an incredible part of the world.
    Marissa Shadburn

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