UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro
Upon arrival, we transfer to the Mirador Rio Hotel (3T+), where we are greeted with a welcome drink. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Rio de Janeiro
Our adventure starts today with a true highlight - we board a cog-train to ascend 748 metres through the dense Tijuca Forest up Corcovado Mountain where, after climbing steps to reach its peak, we will be greeted with the magnificent sight of Christ the Redeemer, and share his breathtaking views over the city. Learn about the creation of this iconic 130ft statue in 1931, before descending by train. Our tour continues past Rio’s world-famous beaches to the Urca district where we board a cable car for a two-staged ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain. At the peak of this unforgiving natural landmark, we invite you to sip a typical Caipirinha while admiring the views of Niteroi, Copacabana and Santa Cruz Fortress at sunset. Dinner is included in a local restaurant this evening.
Rio de Janeiro
Today is free for you to explore this captivating city, or choose an optional excursion. Maybe take a unique walking tour of downtown Rio to hear the legends and stories, as you walk past the historical buildings. The excursion also includes Maracana Stadium, with a tour through the grandstand and locker rooms. Alternatively, choose an excursion to the Samba School warehouse, where carnival costumes and floats are manufactured and stored a year in advance.
Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls
This morning we depart Rio for a flight to Iguazu. On arrival, we transfer to one of the biggest wonders of nature in South America - Iguazu Falls. We travel through Iguazu National Park to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and walk beside cascades along a path that leads very close to the bottom of the Devil’s Throat to enjoy magnificent views. Continue to the Bird Park, where a walking trail through native woods offers the chance to spot 150 species of birds, as well as viewing a butterfly cage, hummingbird aviaries and the reptile section. The Recanto Cataratas Resort (4T) hosts us for two nights.
Today we cross the border for a tour of the Argentinean side of the falls. Once in Argentina, we take a scenic drive through the Argentinean Iguazu National Park, stopping at the Visitors’ Centre and proceeding by Ecological Jungle Train to the most impressive observation point of the falls - The Devil's Throat. Lunch is included in a local restaurant and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Iguazu - Manaus - Amazon
We fly via Brasilia or Sao Paulo to Manaus, the Amazonas State capital. On arrival we transfer to the Amazon Ecopark Lodge (3T) in Rio Tarumã, where we will be greeted with refreshments. Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and it may be necessary to amend the order of excursions on days 7-9. Dinner on day 7 may be replaced with lunch in Iguazu, before your flight.
Board a boat to sail down the Negro River, navigating along the shore of the city of Manaus with views of the Amazonas Theatre and the Port of Manaus, and interesting glimpses into local life including stilt houses. We arrive at ‘The Meeting of the Waters’, a spectacular merge of Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point the rivers form the legendary Amazon that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The waters of the two rivers run together for about 12kms, side by side, without mixing. The phenomenon happens due to differences in temperature, density and speed of the waters of the rivers. Lunch is included before your afternoon Manaus city tour - see the market place, the busy harbour and the Opera House, a magnificent example of Neo-classical architecture and considered one of the most beautiful theatres in the world. We return to the lodge in time for dinner and this evening we take to small boats to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility of spotting small alligators and other nightly creatures.
For today we have a full-day excursion to explore the variety of the flora and fauna of the Amazon region and visit a caboclo house to learn about the traditions and costumes of local Amazonians before continuing to the Monkey Forest. Since 1991, this non-profit making institution receives animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce and facilitates the rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals in their habitat. This evening you have the opportunity to take a fishing tour in the Amazon, in search of piranhas and other species.
Amazon - Manaus - Salvador
Transfer to the airport for a flight, via Brasilia, to Salvador, named by Brazilians as the ‘Land Of Happiness’. On arrival, we transfer to the Wish Hotel Da Bahia (4T).
We take a sightseeing tour of Salvador this morning, taking in its principal historical landmarks including the Farol da Barra lighthouse and Municipal Square with a stop at the art deco Elevador Lacerda, for a breathtaking view of Baía de Todos os Santos ‘All Saints Bay’. Walk through the cobblestone streets of the Pelourinho district, the city's historic, UNESCO-listed old town. Visit the Baroque Cathedral, built by the Jesuits in 1672 and Sao Francisco Church, Brazil's most famous religious structure with its intricately-carved gold-leafed rosewood interior, fine paintings and sculpture and silver ornamentation. We return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. This evening there is an optional dinner at a typical restaurant accompanied by colourful Afro-Brazilian dance and music show.
Today we explore Cachoeira, a town of fine colonial architecture founded by Diogo Alvarez, the only survivor of a shipwreck in 1510. The small town is one of the main centres of Candomblé, an African-based religion, and the beat of spirit drums can be heard emanating from tiny huts all over the region on Fridays and Saturdays. After a tour of the local market and historical churches, we take lunch at a farm and visit a local tobacco factory. After free time, you may like to spend your evening visiting a local Candomblé house to witness a traditional Candomblé ceremony that pays homage to the Orixas (African Gods).
Salvador - In flight
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, you will be met by a Titan vehicle for the journey home.