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Rio, Iguazu and the Amazon


Jungle, World Wonder, & Wildlife Adventure
10 days starting at $1,795/Person
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Why you'll love this tour!

This Brazil travel experience which will take you deep into the natural wonder of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest before exploring the magic of Iguazu Falls and Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival atmosphere. The natural beauty and diversity of the Brazilian Amazon is simply incomprehensible, the power of the World Wonder of Iguazu Falls will leave you stunned and, exploring Rio de Janeiro’s cityscape, beaches and highlights is the perfect way to end a vacation.

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of.

What you can expect in every tour:
  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations
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10 Day Travel Itinerary

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simply, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list” must see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Manaus

Arrival to Manaus, Brazil

The city of Manaus is in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and while flying in today, make sure to look out the window for your first unforgettable view of the green carpet of the rainforest below. Depending on the time of your arrival and have settled into your accommodation in Manaus, the rest of your day is free to explore the city at the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon on your own. We recommend exploring the beautiful Amazonas Theater and Opera House and the lively Adolpho Lisboa Market where you can indulge in the sweet fruits of the Amazon. Tonight, head out to one of the local restaurants in Manaus where you can enjoy fresh and locally caught fish straight from the Amazon.

Included: Private transfer from the airport to your hotel; Accommodation in Manaus. (Meals – None)

The city of Manaus is in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and while flying in today, make sure to look out the window for your first unforgettable view of the green carpet of the rainforest below. Depending on ...

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Day 2 - Amazon Jungle Reserve

Into the Amazon

You will embark on your adventure from Manaus, the city at the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, and take a boat to see the Meeting of the Waters. This famous sight is where the almost black waters of the Rio Negro and the brown, sandy ones of the Rio Solimões meet up. Due to the difference in temperature, speed, and density, these waters run side by side for over 3 miles before mixing and this is just the appetizer to the rest of your Amazon experience. You’ll feel the excitement build as you continue your journey deeper into the Amazon where you’ll be able to spot wildlife on the banks and in the river. You’ll pass by local villages for a glimpse of what life is like in the Amazon before finally arriving at your Amazon lodge.

Have some lunch, take a siesta, or just listen to the sounds of the Amazon before you start the afternoon excursions. We particularly enjoyed a guided canoe trip through the Igarapes (Amazon waterways) and Igapos (flooded forests) near to the lodge as it is a great introduction to the wildlife abound, and the Amazon’s flora and fauna living on your doorstep. Following an action-packed day, tonight you can relax at your lodge over drinks and dinner before falling asleep to the sounds of the wildlife around you.

Note: Activities may vary upon the selected lodge.

Included: Private transfer to the port; Activities at the lodge, Accommodation in the Amazon (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

You will embark on your adventure from Manaus, the city at the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, and take a boat to see the Meeting of the Waters. This famous sight is where the almost black waters of the Rio ...

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Day 3 - Amazon Jungle Reserve

Exploring the Amazon

Rise and shine bright and early, trust us it’s worth it to watch the sunrise and the jungle come alive! The very early morning is the best time to spot many of the rainforest’s wildlife inhabitants and is also before the heat and humidity of the day kicks in. After sharing your breakfast with some curious monkeys while listening to the beautiful soundtrack of the rainforest, you’ll go on a hike through the jungle where your knowledgeable local guide will be on hand to help you spot wildlife and introduce you to the forest’s medicinal plants.

Following lunch back at the lodge and having freshened up there’s plenty more to explore so what are you waiting for it’s time for a spot of fishing with a difference. Today’s catch of the day is piranha! Despite their man-eating reputation, these toothy fish usually feast on fallen fruit instead of people so you’ll even sometimes see the guides and locals happily swimming in these waters, your friends back home don’t need to know you had your hands and legs firmly inside the canoe. On the way back to your lodge, keep your eyes out for friendly pink and grey river dolphins that will happily swim alongside your canoe.

Jump back in the boat after dinner for a little game of “Find the Caiman/Alligator” during a twilight river excursion. Look out for owls, capybaras, and of course the glistening eyes of caimans and alligators. The professional guide will pick up some of the smaller ones to give you a closer look before letting it go about its nightly business. Feeling brave after fishing for piranha? If you’re feeling up for it and depending on the size of the alligator or caiman, your guide may give you might get the chance to hold it as well!

Note: Activities may vary upon the selected lodge.

Included: Activities at the lodge, Accommodation in the Amazon (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Rise and shine bright and early, trust us it’s worth it to watch the sunrise and the jungle come alive! The very early morning is the best time to spot many of the rainforest’s wildlife inhabitants and is also before ...

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Day 4 - Amazon Jungle Reserve

Meeting the Locals

Slept well after last night’s twilight river excursion? Then this morning, set out for a local village to meet with some families. Now is an excellent time to get your questions answered about how they live their lives and have adapted to this environment as well as the challenges they face living in the Amazon. You’ll also see how a lot of the foods and goods are produced, such as cassava, rubber, Brazil nuts, and herbs. Cassava is one of the main staples in the Northern Brazilian diet and is usually eaten with rice and beans or fish. Your expert guide will be on hand to translate and explain a little more about the different uses of some of the plants native to the Amazon, including those used for medicinal, culinary, and hunting purposes.

Then it’s time to return to the lodge for lunch before taking the afternoon to relax, gently swinging in a hammock, listening to the sounds of the jungle and perhaps even spotting some wildlife at the lodge.

Note: Activities may vary upon the selected lodge.

Included: Activities at the lodge, Accommodation in the Amazon (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Slept well after last night’s twilight river excursion? Then this morning, set out for a local village to meet with some families. Now is an excellent time to get your questions answered about how they live their lives and have ...

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Day 5 - Amazon Jungle Reserve to Rio de Janeiro

Travel to Magical Rio

This morning you can make the most of your last day in the Amazon as you leave to visit a local village to meet with some families. Now is an excellent time to get your questions answered about how they live their lives and have adapted to this environment as well as the challenges they face living in the Amazon. You’ll also see how a lot of the foods and goods are produced, such as cassava, rubber, Brazil nuts, and herbs. Cassava is one of the main staples in the Northern Brazilian diet and is usually eaten with rice and beans or fish. At the designated time, you’ll head back to Manaus airport for your flight to Rio.

Landing in Rio de Janeiro, our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport to greet and take you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, the rest of the day is free to explore some of our favorite local spots. Stroll along the long boulevards next to the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon, and of course Copacabana while humming the song, Girl from Ipanema’. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of huts selling delicious freshly squeezed juices and coconuts which will refresh you as you soak up the breathtaking cityscape of Rio de Janeiro and realize why the city is known as The Marvelous City’!

Relax and watch the sunset at the beach before going out for dinner at one of the restaurants along the promenade. We recommend trying one of Brazil’s most famous and traditional dishes, feijoada carioca (a stew of beans with beef and pork served with white rice and farofa) washed down with a refreshing caipirinha cocktail or a local beer Brahma and Skol are our favorites! Following dinner, you can go back to your hotel to relax or go to one of the local samba bars to dance the night away!

Note: Activities may vary upon the selected lodge.

Included: Transfer to the airport, Private transfer from Rio Airport to Hotel with English speaking driver; Accommodation in Rio. (Meals – Breakfast).

This morning you can make the most of your last day in the Amazon as you leave to visit a local village to meet with some families. Now is an excellent time to get your questions answered about how they ...

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Day 6 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio like a local

The tour starts at 9 am at the meeting point: in front of the famous “Copacabana Palace Hotel”, an icon of the ’30s / 40’s golden Copacabana years. After learning a bit about this place, you will walk a few blocks to get to the Subway Metro Station, main´s Carioca´s transport around the city every day. You will then reach the Municipal Theatre built on an eclectic style in the first years of the XX century, located in the center of the city. A few blocks away, you will find and jump in the Bondinho Santa Teresa, a cable car built in 1872 that runs on the top of an old aqueduct called Arcos da Lapa. After few stations, we reach the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, passing by many old antique mansions from the first years of the XX century. You will find here the Parque das Ruinas (closed on Mondays), an old Palace ruins that was rebuilt and became the center of many arts and cultural activities of the city with panoramic views in all its splendor. If clouds allow, you will see from here the City Center, Sugarloaf, Guanabara Bay and many others. A few Kodak moments later, you will get to the Celaron Colorful Stairs, a cultural main spot at Lapa neighborhood, the core of the Carioca´s nights. Finally, you will enjoy the Confiteria Colombo, an old Art Nouveau coffee store from the latest 1800, chosen as one of the ten most beautiful coffee stores in the world (closed on Sundays). When this visit is over, you will either we dropped at the Sugarloaf to get into the cable car or take the metro back to the Copacabana Palace where the tour ends. Our guide will give you directions on how to get to the Christ the Redeemer by your own in the afternoon or can pre-buy your Christ the Redeemer entrance fee as availability can be little during some periods.

Following the tour and returning to your hotel or heading straight for the beach, the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Tonight keep to the beachside restaurants and feast on a long list of salgadinhos (finger food) such as fried cod cakes, all washed down with a nice cold caipirinha, be careful though, their sweet and smooth taste packs quite a punch, so drink them with caution!

Included: Private excursion with Guide and Public Transportation; Accommodation in Rio. (Meals – Breakfast).

The tour starts at 9 am at the meeting point: in front of the famous “Copacabana Palace Hotel”, an icon of the ’30s / 40’s golden Copacabana years. After learning a bit about this place, you will walk a few ...

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Day 7 - Rio de Janeiro

Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to take our optional tour: Backgrounds of Carnival

Rio is internationally recognized for its grandiose Carnival Parade and Samba. But only a few people really know how the parades are made. With this tour, you will get to know the origins of this world-known festivity, visiting the Sambadrome (Carnaval stadium) and its cultural center; the revitalized port area where the samba has its roots, including a visit to the charming port area neighborhood of Morro da Conceicao, an old hidden historical area nowadays full of artists and ateliers; the historical site Pedra do Sal, where the samba started, familiarize yourself with the African-Brazilian culture, the period of slavery and all the pillars that have supported the modern-day Carnival. Undoubtedly the highlight of the tour is the visit to a samba school atelier, where you can experience how the carnival in Rio is being done behind the scenes and the impressive and gigantic work of designing and building all the magnificent floats that will be used in the famous parade at the Sambadrome during carnival.

Included: Accommodation in Rio. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day at leisure to take our optional tour: Backgrounds of Carnival

Rio is internationally recognized for its grandiose Carnival Parade and Samba. But only a few people really know how the parades are made. With this tour, you will get to ...

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Day 8 - Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls

Flight to the Falls

Your private transfer will take you to Rio airport for your trip to the falls.

Upon arrival to Foz do Iguacu’s Airport, you’ll dive straight into the action and waste no time as your transfer and guide pick you up to take you to begin your tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls. To make the most of your time at the Natural World Wonder of Iguaçu Falls and to explore the Brazilian side of the Falls you’ll first have a private guided tour of the Brazilian side before being taken to your hotel on in the town of Foz do Iguacu on the Brazilian side of the Falls. Iguazu Falls border Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and, today you’ll have a private guided tour of the Brazilian side. Amidst a vibrant jungle of exotic trees and colorful butterflies, the Brazilian side offers a more panoramic view of the falls as well as an up-close and direct view of Iguaçu’s largest waterfall that stands at over 262 ft. Ominously known as the Garganta del Diablo (or Devil’s Throat), this is the waterfall that made Eleanor Roosevelt say, “Poor Niagara…” If you want to experience the falls from above you can organize an Iguazu Helicopter Ride; just make sure to mention it at the start of the day so that your private guide can make time for it.

Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Rio Airport, Private excursion with Transport, Guide and Entrance fee from the airport; Accommodation in Iguazu. (Meals – Breakfast).

Note: In case you have an evening flight into Foz do Iguacu, we will schedule the Brazil excursion on Day 3 before your flight out of Foz do Iguacu.

Your private transfer will take you to Rio airport for your trip to the falls.

Upon arrival to Foz do Iguacu’s Airport, you’ll dive straight into the action and waste no time as your transfer and guide pick you up to ...

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Day 9 - Iguazu Falls

Argentinean side of Iguazu

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for as you travel just 18.6 miles (30km) from the town of Foz do Iguaçu to the Tancredo Neves Bridge where you’ll cross over the Iguaçu River and arrive at Argentina’s National Park of Iguazu. Climbing aboard a small train your first stop will be the ominously named Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) which standing at over 262ft. is the biggest waterfall in Iguazu. Having soaked up the enormity of the Devil’s Throat your guide will take you along the wooden walkways and trails of both the upper and lower circuit.

With over 270 separate waterfalls and surrounded by the verdant jungle of Iguazu, exploring the Natural World Wonder of Iguazu is one of the most unforgettable moments. You’ll notice that the various trails that take you through the jungle, above and around waterfalls are built a few feet above the jungle floor and waterways. These raised platforms not only protect the natural habitat of the jungle wildlife but they will also take you to secluded viewpoints offering unimaginable views across the whole National Park.

After a full day exploring Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls, it’s time to cross back over the border as your transfer takes you back to your accommodation in Foz do Iguaçu where the rest of your evening is free to spend at your leisure.

Included: Private excursion with Transport, Guide and Entrance fees; Accommodation in Iguazu. (Meals – Breakfast).

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for as you travel just 18.6 miles (30km) from the town of Foz do Iguaçu to the Tancredo Neves Bridge where you’ll cross over the Iguaçu River and arrive at Argentina’s National Park ...

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Day 10 - Iguazu Falls

Departure from Iguazu

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination where if you are planning to, you can enjoy exploring the beauty and vibrant, Carnival atmosphere of Brazil further. Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward journey.

Included. Private transfer from your hotel to the airport with assistance. (Meals – Breakfast).

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination where if you are planning to, you can enjoy exploring the beauty and vibrant, Carnival atmosphere of Brazil further. Your private transfer will take ...

Sustainable & Shared Experiences

We have over 20 years experience building relationships with a short list of some of the best hotels and guides in Central & South America, from 7 regional offices in Latin America. We always aim to offer our tour packages with as little impact with the culture, by using shared transportation and/or private “like a local” excursions using public transportation. Let us know your travel dates and destination preferences, and we’ll match you with YOUR PERFECT Latin America experience. 

Shared Hotels & Pricing

(Price estimate for 2 people traveling together)

Option 1: Comfort
$1,795 /person
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Option 2: Superior
$2,129 /person
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Option 3: Luxury
$2,999 /person
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What our travelers are saying

David & Apryl Imboden
from the United States to Peru
Dear CAT, Thanks so much for an incredible time in Peru. The service that you provided during our private tour was amazing. The guides were knowledgeable, the hotels were above the level we expected and everything that was included was more than we could have imagined. We loved traveling along the coast and of course Machu Picchu was a greater highlight than any pictures can do justice. Sincerely, David and Apryl Imboden, Orange, CA
Andrew & Debra Lee
from the United States to Argentina, Brazil & Peru
Hi Sarah, We had a wonderful time and it was a great trip overall! Could not have had the experience that we did without your help - no regrets at all in booking with CAT! (I have already forwarded a link to your website to a co-worker who is interested in traveling to South America in the future). Thanks for all of your and Alex’s help in making our trip a memorable one! Regards, Andrew
Angela Willis & Son
from the United States to Brazil & Peru
Sarah, The vacation to Brazil and Peru was great! All of the guides were good, but Luiz and Fernando were exceptional! Both of them went out of their way to accommodate us and make our trip special. Pascuale was also very good, he certainly knows his way around Machu Picchu. I would recommend this trip to anyone! The hotels were wonderful as well. We even enjoyed the Andean Wings. I found the staff to be welcoming and the hotel quaint. The Sonesta Posada was a real stand out. Thanks again for your help in putting everything together. We had a great time! Angela
Annalena Burbridge
from the United States to Argentina
Dear CAT Travel, We had a most wonderful time in Argentina. Working with Marcos was a real joy.  He proved to be very helpful and knowledgeable about his product and services.  All the transfers were executed punctually with friendly and professional staff.  The tours for the most part were excellent, depending on the guide, their overall knowledge, delivery and fluency in the English language. The hotels were all very clean, comfortable, and for the most part in good locations in respect to the center of town.  I can honestly say that it was a once in a lifetime trip and our best travel experience. It is a really wonderful travel destination, we loved, loved,loved Argentina! Annalena Burbridge
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