Latin American Journey

Brazil Classic #1

9 Days / 8 Nights Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls

  • Flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Day 1

Flight - USA / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro "The most beautiful city of the world" according to the Cariocas. Rio enjoys a turquoise sea, stunning lagoons, awesome mountains and gorgeous sandy beaches. The best way to describe the Rio natives or Cariocas is: people with uncanny good humor and contagious happiness.

  • Sugar Loaf Tour, Half Day.

Day 2

Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Sugar Loaf Tour, Half Day
Drive to "Praia Vermelha" (Red beach), to take the two stage car up to the top of Sugar Loaf (270 meters-high), which grants the entrance to Rio's harbor and Guanabara Bay. The Italian made cable car holds 80 passengers and each of the two stages takes two minutes. The first stage is Morro da Urca with 170 meters, with a restaurant, amphitheatre and heli-port. The second stage goes on the Sugar Loaf itself, thus named for its resemblance to the loaves of sugar used by the Portuguese at the time of the city's discovery.

  • Corcovado Tour, Half Day.

Day 3

Brazilian breakfast at your hotel.
Optional Tour
Corcovado Tour, Half Day. We will drive to one of the older parts of Rio called Cosme Velho, from where we take the train to the Corcovado mountain with the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer (2.300ft above sea level). A modern Swiss-made cogwheel rail climbs the mountain from its base at 15meters almost to the summit at 710 meters. The trip up takes 17 minutes approximate, at a maximum speed of 15km/h. The trip down takes 22min. At a speed of 12km/h

  • Samba Show at Plataforma 1.

Day 4

Brazilian breakfast at your hotel.
Optional Tour
Samba Show at Plataforma 1 - Rio's nightlife has all you might wish and can be compared to any other major city's nightlife in the world. You will enjoy the allegoric Samba Show at the famous "Plataforma 1".

  • Free day in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 5

Brazilian breakfast at your hotel.
Free day in Rio de Janeiro - Stroll on Copacabana Beach where people watching is a popular event or if you are fashion conscious shop the favorite boutiques of Ipanema. For inspirational last minute shopping visit the stellar shopping malls favored by Cariocas. If today happens to be a Sunday, the Hippie Fair of Ipanema is full of local color and great buys.

  • Flight to Iguassu Falls.

Day 6

Brazilian breakfast at your hotel.
Transfer from hotel to the airport for departure. Flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival at the airport a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
Iguazu Falls The most spectaculars falls in the world. The Iguazu river throws an average of 1700 cubic meters of water per second from 70m (210 feet) high alone 275 falls spread in a half moon shape width 2.7 kilometers (4.32 miles). Most of the falls are in the Argentine side, but in order to get a good view the visitor must see them from both sides for a few hours at least. You can also have a close look to the flora and fauna walking through the Argentine catwalks in between the falls at the lower level or upper level, discovering the amazing varieties of ferns, begonias, orchids, birds, and butterflies. To get to the Devil's throat, which is another attraction, you will have to go to Puerto Canoas, where you will board little boats to approach to it, and enjoy the refreshing spray from the falls, which has a permanent rainbow and an oilskin in winter.

  • Guided tour of the Brazilian side of the falls.

Day 7

Brazilian Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning Guided tour of the Brazilian side of the falls - As the Das Cataratas Hotel is conveniently inside the Iguassu National Park property, you will go in a guided walking tour of the falls, considered to be one of the wonders of the world - Here you will see the waters of the Paran√° River plunge in 32 separate falls over a 200 foot precipice two and a half miles wide. These colossal waterfalls make the Niagara look like a tiny stream. This morning tour is a complimentary service provided by Hotel Das Cataratas. Please check at the front desk the departure time.
Optional Tour
Guided excursion of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls - This tour will introduce you to one of the wonders of the world: the Iguazu falls. Visit to the Argentina side falls. They are located inside Iguazu National Park, one of the first protected natural areas in America, declared Natural Patrimony of Humankind by Unesco. We will walk through the Inferior and Superior paths admiring the breathtaking 275 cascades that spread across a gulf of nearly 2 miles and pour past lush tropical vines as they crash into the waters below. After the walk the will drive to Puerto Canoas and take a boat ride to the Devil's throat observation deck to enjoy the most impressive view of the very heart of the falls.
Optional Tour
Nautical Adventure Boat Excursion - Boat excursion to the Argentinean and Brazilian side of the falls, to admire the falls from the bottom. Take a short walk down from the Inferior Path to board your speedboat to San Martin Island. You will have a view of the Brazilian side of the falls, navigate along the island shore for a view of the Argentine side of the falls.

  • Flight - Iguassu Falls / USA.

Day 8

Brazilian breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to the airport for departure.
Flight - Iguassu Falls / USA
Overnight return flight to the United States.

  • Arrival in USA.

Day 9

Arrival in USA
Arrive home full of great memories of the wondrous Iguazu falls, the rhythm of Samba and the beauty of Rio de Janeiro.

Prices available upon request

Hotels to use
Rio de Janeiro Iguassu Falls
Budget Ibiza Copa Das Cataratas
Tourist Class Copa Sul Das Cataratas
First Class Leme Othon Palace Das Cataratas
Deluxe Pestana Rio Das Cataratas
Luxury Copacabana Palace Das Cataratas
  • Our tour packages include:
  • All listed airport-hotel transfers with baggage handling at airports and hotels.
  • All listed tours and excursions.
  • Service of bilingual licensed tour guide.
  • All entrance fees during tours and excursions.
  • All transportation during the tours and excursions (bus, train, boat as applicable)
  • Hotel accommodation at indicated hotels
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • Daily breakfast when indicated as B, CB, AB, BB, CBB, ABB (see below for codes)
  • Meals listed in the itinerary as L for lunch and D for dinner
  • 24-hour emergency phone numbers
  • The assistance of a Tour Company with 22 years experience as destination specialist
  • Not included:
  • Airport departure taxes*
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, bottled water, etc.
  • Tips to tour guides, driver, and bell boys
  • Services not listed in the itinerary
  • *USA airport departure taxes and fees are included on your airline ticket.

For customized packages the services included are specific to each passenger request. When taking cash to Latin America, take bills in good condition, old bills or broken bills are most likely not to be accepted.

Breakfast Codes:
B Breakfast, CB Continental Beakfast, AB American Breakfast, BB Buffet Breakfast, CBB Continental Buffet Breakfast, ABB American Buffet Breakfast.

Visa Information:
Please verify all visa requirements for your chosen destination. At the time this page and our useful information page were updated Brazil is the only Latin American country requesting visas to U.S. citizens. For crossing the border from Argentina to the Iguassu Falls in Brazil, a visa is also needed. Chile does not require a visa but they collect a $100 administration fee to enter the country, this must be paid in cash.

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