On this 9-day Brazilian adventure, experience a combination of both city life and wildlife. Begin in Rio de Janeiro, and embark on a full-day city tour to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, and the best beaches in the area. Next, head to the Amazon to do tour Manaus, before arriving in Careiro to enjoy activities in the Amazon rainforest, including canoeing, piranha fishing, and nocturnal nature tours. You will experience river life during a speedboat cruise and see “The meeting of the Waters”. This natural phenomenon is where the Negro River meets the Solimões River to form the Amazon River. Then, visit Anavilhanas National Park and visit Bacaba Beach to soak up the sun and trek the dense jungle. Swim with pink dolphins and meet the giant “Macuco Trees” only found in the tropical rainforest. In this journey, you will also learn how the indigenous people track animals and read the signs of the forest. You will lead many guided hikes in the rainforest to see an amazing tropical birds and wildlife and you will also have many opportunities to relax or sunbathe on sandy river beaches and cool off in clear waters and natural river pools.

Memorable Moments

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro – Welcome to The Wonderful City!
Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro – Trekking and Hang-gliding Experience
Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro – Downtown Rio & Samba Schools
Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro to Manaus
Day 5 – Manaus to Amazon Lodge – Meeting of the Waters
Day 6 – Amazon – Explore Anavilhanas National Park
Day 7 – Amazon – Hiking in the Jungle - Madadá Caves
Day 8 – Trek and visit to Terra Preta Indigenous Village
Day 9 – Amazon – Return to Manaus – Fly home.


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Full Itinerary

You will be met by a private English-speaking guide who will transfer you to your hotel for the next 3 nights. After check in, your guide will give preliminary information about our city and the entire trip.  Then, you will visit the historic and bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, characterized by 19th-century Portuguese architecture and filled with quaint shops, restaurants and crafts stores. We will stop for an al fresco lunch at Aprazivel and enjoy panoramic views of the city and Atlantic coast. Next, head up the Corcovado Mountain to the statue of Christ the Redeemer, the fifth largest statue in the world, and the symbol of Rio and Brazilian Christianity.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Emiliano Hotel

Early Morning enjoy a trekking tour to “Pedra Bonita”, known as the hang-gliding and paragliding headquarter of Rio. We will take you even higher in a 40 minutes hike to the summit of Pedra Bonita. The views at the summit are astonishing. From the 2200 feet summit (695mts) you will be facing the massive “Pedra da Gavea Mountain” and the endless Atlantic Ocean. After the hiking, we will start a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Emiliano Hotel

This tour combines the historic highlights of downtown Rio with the modern attractions of the City such as “Porto Maravilha”, Rio’s newly developed port area, including the Olympic Boulevard. We will drive until the city Center and stop at Cinelândia area to see the Municipal Theater, National Library, and the fine arts museum.  After visiting the center of the city, passing through LAPA the bohemian area and the new beautiful new area, we will proceed to the “City of Samba”. This is the place where all Samba Schools create and design their Carnival Costumes and all that will be shown during Carnival, you can get a chance to see the backstage, planning and dance rehearsal.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Emiliano Hotel

Early in the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel in Rio to the airport. After arriving in Manaus, you will meet your local guide who will transfer you to your accommodation. Located on the banks of the Negro River in northwestern Brazil, Manaus is the capital of the Amazon region. It is a gateway to and from the Amazon rainforest. This afternoon you can explore the area around the lodge before heading out on a nocturnal safari through the forest.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge

Following breakfast, head to a port a private tour to experience the “Meeting of the Waters”. Cruise down the Rio Negro River and pass by the busy harbor of Manaus and admire the meeting of the black waters of the Rio Negro with the light brown waters of the Solimões, giving birth to the mighty Amazon River. For miles and miles these waters flow side by side without mixing. Visit the January Lake, an Ecological Park located between the two rivers and have the opportunity to see the giant Amazonian Water lilies “Vitória Régia”. The highlight of the day will be a canoe ride through the narrow channels (called igarapés) and flooded forest (igapós) of the Tropical Amazonian rainforest. Return to your hotel in Manaus, pick up your luggage and you will be transferred to your lodge in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. After sunset, spot alligators and other nocturnal animals in the Anavilhanas National Park by speedboat.

Meals: Dinner at Camu Camu Restaurant.
Accommodations: Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge

Today, join us in a speed boat tour to visit “Aracarí” and “Bacaba” communities, where you will have the opportunity to interact with local members and see their habits and lifestyle in the amazon. Then start a trekking in dense jungle and getting up-close to an array of unique wildlife and learn about the local flora and fauna. Following lunch, visit Bacaba Beach located in the heart of the Anavilhanas National Park. Then we will proceed to visit the Biggest tree found on the region, a Giant Macucu, an incursion into the floodplain forest and explanation of this peculiar ecosystem. On the way back, we will stop at the floating platform where is possible to interact with the pink Dolphins, by feeding them and touching through this platform. Back to the lodge and dinner.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge

Following breakfast, we will embark on a speed boat and sail through the labyrinth of islands of Anavilhanas. When we arrive at our destination, we will enter the jungle for a trek of 3 hours. The trekking is of easy level and it will allow us to visit the stunning Madada caves which are giant rock formations located inside the jungle. Lunch will be served at the location. When we return, we continue the navigation through the archipelago towards the Paraná do Boto and Três Bocas. In the afternoon, we will do a non-predatory fishing of the fearsome piranhas. In the evening, a canoe trip to observe the nocturnal animals, especially the alligators.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodations: Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge

Start your day off in Terra Preta, where there is an indigenous village. There we will find handicrafts made by Indians themselves – baskets, necklaces, wooden plates, bows and arrows. We will learn how cassava is grown and watch the process of producing flour, tapioca, gum and other derivatives. We will visit the Maloca (traditional straw house) of the Indians, where the Pajé of the tribe will welcome us with the presentation of a ritual with the participation of the tribe. Then, bathe on beaches of white sands, typical of the Negro River and Anavilhanas Islands. In the evening, a canoe ride gives us the experience of listening and observing the nocturnal animals of that ecosystem.

Meals: Dinner.
Accommodations: Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge

Morning at leisure. At lunch, enjoy a delicious menu of Brazilian and Amazonian cuisine. In the afternoon, we will check out from your hotel and depart towards Manaus airport.


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April to May and October to November are the best times to visit Rio de Janeiro. The city is not as crowded and the temperatures are slightly cooler than during the summer. Bear in mind that summer in Rio de Janeiro usually comes with very high temperatures, humidity and some summer storms. However, the city’s most notable events — including New Year’s Eve and Carnival — take place during Brazil’s summer which lasts from December through March.

The best time to travel to the Amazon is from June to September. There’s not really a dry season. Rather than considering them dry and wet seasons, it’s wiser to think of Amazon seasons in terms of very wet and slightly-less-wet seasons. Rain is what keeps this luscious paradise thriving and is ever present, with seasonal differences determining whether downpours last one hour or an entire day. The wettest months in the Amazon are December to May, whilst the driest are June to September, with August, on average, receiving the lowest amount of rain.

Rio de Janeiro is largely safe. But just like many large cities, there are neighborhoods you should avoid visiting. We do not recommend visiting a favela, even on a guided tour, and stick to Zona Sul (or Rio’s South Zone) which is made up of safer (and more popular) beachfront neighborhoods like Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, and Botafogo. The best way to get around Rio is with our local guide who will show you Rio’s cultural gems and will help you explore Rio de Janeiro with peace of mind.   

If you’re up-to-date on your standard vaccinations, then you’re all set. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends, that travelers get a yellow fever vaccination before traveling to Brazil. But proof of this vaccination is not required for entry into the country.

Brazil’s visa policy is based upon reciprocity, which means that if Brazilian citizens don’t need a visa to enter your home country, you don’t need a visa to enter Brazil. However, citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. are currently exceptions to this rule and do not need a visa to visit Brazil. You will simply need a valid passport. Visits are limited to 90 days per entry in Brazil. Contact the nearest Brazilian Embassy or Consulate for advice and consular assistance before booking your trip.

If you are planning to travel during peak season (mid-December through end of February) we recommend to book your trip 12-15 months in advance. If you are planning to travel during mid-season you can start booking 8-6 months in advance. As soon as you know when you want to go, contact us and we will help you with the planning and booking process.

WiFi is available in big cities and in most towns/villages so you can rely on having access a few times a week during your trip. However, in the Amazon you will have limited, if any, internet access. Few hotels have WI-FI access.

Tour rates do not include international flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately, and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. Alternatively, we can help you arrange these flights.

Yes. You are required to have full travel insurance cover. We strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance policy that also includes trip cancellation and other travel mishaps (e.g. flight cancellations or delays, trip interruption, theft or loss of luggage and personal effects).