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Si! Brazil (13 days)

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil To Manaus, Brazil

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2018


Day 1
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas None

Morning arrival in Rio de Janeiro and make connection for flight to Iguassu Falls, arriving midday. Meeting and transfer to your hotel, the Orient Express Hotel Das Cataratas, located in the National Park right at the falls. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 2
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Today you will spend exploring these awesome falls from the Brazilian side with 275 falls spanning a 2-mile wide precipice and awesome panoramic vistas. Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed upon viewing them: "Poor Niagara! This makes Niagara look like a kitchen faucet!". In the morning enjoy a guided walking tour on the Brasilian side. In the afternoon take the Macuco Safari and motor launch excursion for a ride along the turbulent river for different views of these falls, including ducks in and out of the cascades themselves. Also stop by the Parque de Aves for a visit to the hugh walk-though aviaries and butterfly farm.

Day 3
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace Breakfast

This morning you will cross over the border to the Argentine side for yet another series of walks to view these spectacular falls. One catwalk takes you to the edge of Devil's Throat; two others take you down along the base of the falls, offering an "Up Close and Personal" encounter with the falls. Afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Rio de Janeiro. Meeting and transfer to the Copacabana Palace on famed Copacabana beach for three night stay.

Day 4
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace Breakfast, Lunch

Full day excursion visiting this naturally beautiful city called "Cidade Maravilhosa", the Marvellous City. Visit the Largo do Boticario (Apothecary Square) with just seven colorful colonial facades around a cobblestoned square and shaded by ancient trees. You'll take the modern cogwheel train for 20-minute ascent up famed Corcovado Mountain and ascend by elevator and escalator to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer for a spectacular 360-degree panorama of Rio. Time for photographing Rio from this vantage point. Then continue with two-stage cable car ascent to the summit of Sugar Loan for yet another panoramic vista of the city, bay and, on the horizon, Christ the Redeemer statue. En route enjoy lunch at one of the popular "churrascarias", Brazil's barbeque restaurant with a never-ending array of food.

Day 5
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Belmond Copacabana Palace Breakfast

Day at leisure to explore at your own pace. You might want to arrange an optional excursion to Petropolis. The imperial city of Petropolis is located 55 miles from Rio with a scenic drive through the countryside of the Serra da Estrela mountains, to visit the summer residence of Emperor Dom Pedro II. This has been restored to its original splendor and today is the Imperial Museum. The museum is home to a collection of tapestries, colonial furnishings and portraits, as well as the Imperial Crown with over 600 diamonds and pearls. Pricing and details on request.

Day 6
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Pousada Convento do Carmo Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Salvador, Bahia. Upon arrival, meeting and transfer to your hotel, the Pousada Convento do Carmo, in the heart of historic Pelourinho. Spend the afternoon exploring Salvador, Bahia, first city founded in Brazil and a treasure house of colonial architecture. Visit the city's important sites including newly rejuvenated "Pelorinho", the city's colonial center, filled with churches, cobblestone streets and colonial houses; Sao Pedro Fort where the independence of Bahia was proclaimed; Castro Alves Square and Terreiro de Jesus surrounded by five churches. Here you will find one of the most spectacular churches in the world: Sao Francisco Church with its magnificent gold-leaf interior. It is a tour through the history of Salvador and its beautiful buildings which are hundreds of years old.

Day 7
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Pousada Convento do Carmo Breakfast, Dinner

Day at leisure to explore this historic city at your own pace. Pelourinho, the historic district, is filled with shops, art galleries and boutiques, in addition to restaurants and bars. You can also arrange optional schooner cruises in the bay. This evening you will enjoy a performance of the Bale Folclorico de Bahia, one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. They perform in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candombie; puxada de rede, a song by fisherman in honor of Yemanja, the goddess of the sea; maculele, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with its origins in the came fields; capoeira, a martial art/dance of Angolan origin; and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance. After the show dinner will be served in one of the many fine restaurants in the area.

Day 8
Manaus, Brazil
Brasília, Brazil
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Hotel Tropical Breakfast, Lunch

Morning transfer to the airport for you flight to Manaus with a stopover in Brasilia, the capital of the country and a thoroughly modern city. Founded in 1960 and completely pre-planned, Brasilia is a space age city often call the "City of Tomorrow". Visit the Dawn Palace, Houses of Congress, the underground Cathedral and Embassy Row, among other places of interest. Lunch included today during your tour. Late afternoon return transfer to the airport to continue on to Manaus, deep in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Evening arrival and transfer to Hotel Tropical, a huge sprawling hotel on the banks of the Rio Negro.

Day 9
Amazon River (Cruising), Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Motor Yacht Tucano Breakfast, Dinner

Morning visit to the points of Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, and a great "free port" city with a mixture of architecture from the varying past. Stop by the famed Opera House, built during the rubber boom days, brought piece by piece from Europe including some 6000 tiles on the roof. The interior has been restored to the original opulence. Also stop by the market, a miniature copy of the now-demolished Parisian Les Halles, built in 1882 and filled with exotic regional produce. Stop by the regional museum with an excellent collection of Indian artifacts and flora/fauna of the Amazon. Afternoon embarkation on the Motor Yacht Tucano. Depart upstream on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream enjoy the first talk about Amazon environments. By late afternoon you'll enter one of the world's largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, you will go for an excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the Igapo. Along the river bank you may see some Squirrel Monkeys and hear the other worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collections of birds in the world and you are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.

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 launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon's crocodile. You may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa moths. Later this evening the vessel will weigh anchor and 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.

Day 10
Amazon River (Cruising), Brazil
Motor Yacht Tucano Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rising early, enjoy an excursion in the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee colored water of the Amazon River. Explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth, keep your eyes open for monkeys, three toed sloths and the occasional collared anteater. By mid-morning return to the the M/Y Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. By late morning leave the vessel again to explore this environment rich in life.

Near midday, following lunch, navigate downstream to the "Encotra das Aguas", the several mile long joining of two of the world's greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often pink river dolphins and also grey river dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. Then begin to navigate upstream on the Amazon River until the late afternoon.

On Brasilian maps this river is given the name Rio Solimoes, but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know as the Amazon. At this point in its course, it has truly become the most magnificent river on the planet and carries fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth.

Travel upstream on the Amazon River into the late afternoon to a channel on the south bank of the Amazon where, conditions permitting, the ship can access a large lake called Lago Janauaca. Here you'll encounter a new and fascinating environment known as the Varzea. In launches glide down narrow channels where we expect to see creatures found only on the south side of the Amazon River. Tonight launches take you to hunt for nocturnal life. In the beam of powerful spotlights you should see the glowing eyes of caiman, the Amazon's crocodiles.;

Day 11
Amazon River (Cruising), Brazil
Motor Yacht Tucano Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin the day with an early launch excursion and mid-morning excursion walk to a small village. You'll appreciate the slow pace of life that follow the rhythms of the seasons and river cycles. About midday the M/Y Tucano will return to the deep brown and forceful current of the Amazon River. The afternoon's destination depends on the vessel's captain: either to the north or south side of the Amazon River, depending on the season, the weather and the best chance of observing wildlife. Late afternoon, further explore the wilds of this tropical paradise.

Day 12
Amazon River (Cruising), Brazil
Motor Yacht Tucano Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning scout for more of the bizarre creatures of the Amazon and visit local homesteaders where you walk through their gardens and learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior. Time permitting also visit one of the river towns where trade still thrives in goods that have been grown, caught or collected in this vast rainforest.

During lunch the M/Y Tucano heads downstream on the Amazon River and navigates east with the swift current. Through the afternoon the ship weaves in and out of islands that dot the north bank of the river offering vistas of forest and homesteads along the river banks. In the late afternoon, near the Rio Negro, you'll venture out for one more excursion along a narrow channel called Parana Xiborena or return to Lago Janauari Ecological Park. At sunset the ship slowly ascends the Rio Negro, passing along but not stopping at 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. You'll see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent sized forest. Tonight sample the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha, and have a farewell dinner.

Day 13
Miami, FL United States
Manaus, Brazil
Amazon River (Cruising), Brazil
None Breakfast

Morning arrival in Manaus and disembarkation at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical. Meeting and transfer from the dock to the airport to check in for your departing flight.

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  • Brazil's Mysterious Amazon

  • Spectacular Iguassu Falls

  • Fabulous Rio de Janeiro

  • Historic Salvador Bahi

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Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
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Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
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Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
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Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

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Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

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Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

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Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

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Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

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Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

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Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

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By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

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Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

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By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
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