Welcome to the jungle! An Amazon River cruise will take you through one of the most astonishingly biodiverse landscapes in the world. Monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds inhabit the trees, jaguars prowl the forest, and manatees, dolphins, and otters float through the river's murky waters. Rio is one of a kind; it's a combination of many things that make it so captivating. Spot monkeys and toucans as you stroll through the city’s parks, listen to jam sessions around Lapa, visit the famed Maracanã stadium, and greet the sunrise—after an early morning or late night—from Copacabana Beach. In moments like these, you realize just how special this city is. But above all the incredible things Brazil has to offer, the carioca spirit comes out on top. It’s about being spontaneous, good-natured, and living life to the fullest.
Trip Summary: Brazil | 10 Days
Trip Dates: On Sundays
Group Size: Max 16 Participants
Price From: $4200
Dates & Prices:
Private dates upon inquiry.
All inclusive package including accommodation for all nights, in-country transport by private bus, train, or flight, lecture and instruction materials from our expert guides, all activities, and meals as listed on the itinerary. *International Airfare and Visa Fees are not included.
This Acanela Expedition © is the perfect fusion between comfort & adventure. Embark on this small group exploration and have hands-on encounters with local peoples and cultures, while experiencing all the historical & culinary highlights along the way.
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Tour the many neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro
Visit Christ the Redeemer—one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Explore the Amazon by river cruise
Marvel at the stunning Teatro Amazonas opera house
Splash around with pink river dolphins
Bask in the endless breathtaking views
Day 1: Welcome to Brazil! Today we’ll check into our comfortable accommodation in one of the most scenic locations on earth. This expedition is guaranteed to be jam-packed with adventure, so we’ll take today to relax and adjust to our new surroundings. After an afternoon of leisure, we’ll feast on a delicious dinner and get out first taste of Rio de Janeiro's stellar culinary reputation. Accommodation: Harbour Hotel
Days 2-3: The next two days will be full of exploration. We’ll depart from the hotel in a private bus for our guided tour. We’ll start out at São Conrado Beach, where hang gliders land after taking off from Pedra Bonita. From there, we’ll travel to Tijuca National Park to catch a glimpse of the lush tropical rainforest and the legendary Christ the Redeemer statue. Named one of the Seven Wonders of the World, this beloved statue receives over two million visitors every year. The following day, we’ll get to see another side of Rio with a visit to a favela—a crowded, working-class town. There are close to 1,000 favelas in Rio, and while they’re mostly placed on formerly public hillsides and are home to 20% of Rio's population, they remain largely unknown to visitors. This guided tour will not only explain the history of favelas, but will give us a whole new understanding of the different aspects of Brazilian society. Accommodation: Harbour Hotel
Days 4-6: Today we will depart for Manaus, the Amazon’s largest city. Upon arrival, we’ll board a luxury cruiser that’ll take us down the Amazon River for the next several days. While cruising the remote waters along the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, our local naturalist guides will educate us on the importance of the reserve for much-needed wildlife and natural resources. We’ll also learn about the enduring lifestyle of the indigenous people residing in and adjacent to the reserve. We’ll take a guided tour through Teatro Amazonas—an opera house in the heart of the rainforest. Marvel at the intricate architecture of the Belle Époque era. Built between 1884 and 1896, the Teatro Amazonas is a showcase of furnishings imported from far-off places, such as Italy and France, including nearly 200 Italian chandeliers and a hand-painted curtain from Paris. The opera house is known for its beautiful pink exterior and incredible dome, consisting of 36,000 tiles painted in the colors of the Brazilian flag. Accommodation: Amazon River Cruise
Days 6-8: Tour the Amazon basin, a place bursting with diverse plant and animal life. Splash around with the pink river dolphins—unique to South America’s Amazon and Orinoco river systems. The species has unique physical adaptations well-suited to the environment, including a bulbous head, a ridge instead of a fin, a long nose to snatch fish and crabs, and an unfused neck vertebra; this allows it to move its head up to 180 degrees to maneuver around trees, which is especially important when the river floods and the forest floor becomes part of its habitat. Accommodation: Amazon River Cruise
Day 9: On the last day of our Brazilian adventure, enjoy the most authentic and fulfilling one-of-a-kind wilderness experience, surrounded by breathtaking views and memorable encounters with wildlife. We’ll have a rare opportunity to spend time in the absolute peace of a remote, forested area, taking in the rich natural beauty of the Brazilian Amazon. Afterwards, we’ll fish for piranhas, keeping an eye out for other sea creatures. We’ll learn all about the sharp-toothed fish, including how to eat them, the different species, which bait to use, and their attacks. Piranhas can be wild, but guided by the right hands we’ll experience a piranha fishing trip like no other! Accommodation: Amazon River Cruise
Day 10: It’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Brazil and the incomparable Amazon after over a week of endless adventure and new experiences. We’ll eat one last delicious, traditional breakfast before heading to the airport for our flights home.