22 de July de 2016

Rio + Iguassu Falls

$1,100

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SUGGESTED ITINERARY

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DAY 1- Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

  • Arrival in Rio de Janeiro
  • Private transfer to your hotel
  • Free day to relax from your trip
  • Overnight at the hotel

Leaving the International Airport you will start to experience the amazing natural beauty as you ride around Guanabara`s bay, through the Corcovado Mountain, by Rodrigo de Freitas` lagoon until you reach your hotel. The afternoon is free for you to relax on the beach or at the rooftop of your hotel, and start to get acquainted with this new life style.

Founded in 1565, by the Portuguese, Rio is the capital city of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

Rio is the most well known Brazilian city, with famous landmarks like Copacabana beach, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue; Maracana Stadium, among others

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 DAY 2 – Tour to Corcovado Mountain

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • S.I.B (regular) Tour to Corcovado Mountain (morning tour) – You will be taken on a ride through the city to a 19th. Century train station to go through Tijuca Forest, on a cogwheel train, to the top of Corcovado Mountain, to visit the statue of Christ Redeemer at 2,330 feet above sea level. From there, you will be able to see why people kindly say that God is Carioca (a local from Rio). After that, you will go to Sao Conrado`s beach to see the hang gliders land on the sand, and after that you will ride along the beaches of Sao Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and back to Copacabana.
  • Free Afternoon.
  • Overnight at the hotel

Christ the Redeemer – It is a statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It is 30 meters (98 ft) tall, not including its 8 meters (26 ft) pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 meters (92 ft) wide. It weighs 635 tons, and it is located at the peak of the 710 meter (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city. A symbol of Brazilian Christianity, the statue has become an icon for Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and covered up by soapstone, and it was constructed between 1926 and 1931. The statue is one of the Seven Wonders of the New World.

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DAY 3 – Free Day Optional (regular service)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free Fay
  • Optional Tour to Sugar Loaf + Downtown City Tour (afternoon tour) – You will be taken on a cable car ride to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Guanabara`s bay and the downtown historical area of Rio de Janeiro. Your sightseeing will continue along Botafogo`s and Flamengo`s beaches until you reach the downtown area, where you will visit the ultra modern Cathedral, the Sambodromo (Carnival`s dome), among other places.
  • Overnight at the hotel

Sugar Loaf – It is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean 396 meters (1,299 ft) above sea level. Its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf of sugar. The mountain is only one of several monolithic granite and quartz hills that rise straight from the water’s edge around Rio de Janeiro. A Glass-walled cable car, capable of holding 65 passengers, runs along a 1400-meter route between the peaks of Sugar Loaf and Morro da Urca every 20 minutes. From the top of the mountain belvedere is possible to see the Wonderful City.

Downtown Rio – Despite still having a large number of residences, the neighborhood is predominantly commercial. It has historical buildings as well as modern skyscrapers. The residential areas are mainly along Rua do Riachuelo and Castelo. It is the historic center and financial center of the city. Sites of interest include the Paco Imperial, Candelaria Church, Old Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and the modern-style Saint Sebastian`s Cathedral. Around Marechal Floraino Square, there are several landmarks of the Belle Epoque such as the Municipal Theatre and the National Library building. The Centro area also has several museums such as the National Museum of Fine Arts and the National Historical Museum. Other important historical attractions in downtown Rio are the imposing arches of Lapa (the Carioca Aqueduct). A small tram leaves from a station near Saint Sebastian’s Cathedral, crosses the aqueduct (converted to a tram viaduct in 1896) and rambles through the hilly streets of the Santa Tereza neighborhood nearby. Downtown remains the heart of the city’s business community.

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DAY 4 – Optional Tour (regular service) – Free Day

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free Day – Optional Tour – Today you are free to exploit the city on your own. Maybe you might want to get on an optional tour to the so famous Tropical Islands or to the historical Petropolis (40 miles from Rio). You can still join on a hang-gliding lifetime experience, or go on a Favela tour. Another option is to engage on a safari like Jeep tour or simply go shopping.
  • Tonight is time to celebrate this unforgettable city. You will enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner at local Barbecue Restaurant (churrascaria), where you will be able to taste all the different cuts of the worldwide famous Brazilian meat. After dinner you will go to a Samba Show, where you will have a small taste of World`s most famous party, Carnival.
  • Overnight at hotel

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DAY 5 – Departure to Iguassu Falls

Iguassu Falls, Brazil
  • Arrival to Iguassu Falls International Airport (IGU)
  • Reception and private transfer to your hotel
  • Overnight at the hotel in Iguassu Falls
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    DAY 6 - Iguassu Falls Park

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Visit to Iguassu National Park
    • Optional Tour: Macuco Safari boat tour, the nicest boat ride in the world,
    • Optional By Night Folkloric Show – Show with or without dinner included (according to your preference) where one experiences the different cultures of the three countries that share the border lines in that area (Brazil, Argentina & Paraguay).
    • Overnight

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    Macuco Safari is an unrivaled boat trip that will lead you on an exciting adventure at Iguassu Falls, where you will enjoy its entire splendor. The tour starts with an electric vehicle (environmentally friendly) which will take you through the exuberant forest of Iguassu National Park, accompanied by bilingual guides along the path. You will reach a dock where experienced professionals take visitors along Iguassu River until reaching the beautiful Canyon Falls. When you get there, you will see the beautiful landscape, feel the power of the falls that raise a mist forming a rainbow, you will feel the energy that will make this intense and breathtaking adventure become unforgettable..

    DAY 7- Free Day – Optional Tour

    • Breakfast at the hotel
    • Optional Tour to Itaipu Dam: It is the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant. The installed capacity of the power plant is 12.600.000 kilowatts (kW) with 20 generators of 700.000 kW each. The power plant is responsible for 89% of the energy consumed in Paraguay and 25% in Brazil.
    Itaipu Dam – The visit is guided by a bilingual guide and it takes about 2h30min. It is a seven-stop tour. – 1st stop – Central Belvedere and Poty’s Panel Station- visitors enjoy a panoramic view of the dam and the spillway, and see a tile panel depicting awe-inspiring scenes from the time Itaipu was under construction, created by Paraná artist Poty Lazzarotto. – 2nd stop – Concrete Dam Station: From the top of the dam where the generator units` water intake gates are located, visitors enjoy a privileged view of the power plant’s reservoir and the Paraná River, which resumes its course once it leaves the dam behind. – 3rd stop – Cathedral Station: Once inside the dam, visitors discover the hollow architecture similar to that of a cathedral. They also walk by ducts (huge white “tubes”) through which up to 700 thousand liters of water flow per second, or half the flow of the Iguassu Falls within each one. They also see the former Paraná River bed. – 4th stop – Production Building Station: This building holds the equipment that keeps the power plant in operation, including the generator units. – 5th stop – Central Command Room Station: Right before the eyes of visitors, technicians control the power plant’s operation by means of computers and electronic panels. A yellow strip on the floor represents the border between Brazil and Paraguay. The divide is merely symbolic once the power plant belongs to both countries. – 6th stop – Outflow Channel Station: from this viewpoint, visitors watch the water that go through the turbines flow back into the Paraná River and follow its natural course. – 7th stop – Gallery Station: Workers riding bikes or driving small electric cars give a sense of this gallery’s dimension, which is one kilometer long. The covers of the 20 generating units can be seen from here.
    • Transfer with english speaking guide to the local airport
    • End of our services
    Recomendation: provide waterproof clothing, mainly for the Macuco Safari optional tour,mosquitos repellent, sunscreen lotion

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    Our services include:

    • 2 nights at the chosen hotels with breakfast included;
    • All transfers mentioned in private basis;
    • All the tours in the above itinerary;
    • Entrance fees and meals mentioned on the above itinerary;
    • Assistance by our local (in English).

    Our services don’t include:

    • Drinks (during the included meals);
    • International flights and Domestic flights;
    • Tips;
    • Other personal expenses.