MONOGRAMS 2017: Amazonia Voyage with Rio & Iguassu (ISB)

10 days from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus

The Amazon Jungle? do you know anyone who's been lucky enough to say they've explored the Amazon? Now you do, and it's you! And Monograms makes it easy for you. Plus, we know if you're traveling all the way to Brazil, you'll also want to see Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls. That's why on this 10-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, daily buffet breakfast (plus 2 lunches and three dinners), sightseeing, and transportation within the cities. Plus, we want you to feel comfortable in Brazil so we've arranged a one-of-a-kind feature for you: a Local Host in each city-Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, & Manaus. Your Local Hosts will help make sure your vacation runs smoothly by answering questions, helping you personalize your trip, offering suggestions, and letting you in on little-known local secrets.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive, as we can whisk you from the airport to your selected hotel in Rio de Janeiro. There, your Local Host will present you with a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city and get you settled. The next day, after an included breakfast, we'll pick you up at your hotel for a private tour with an expert Local Guide that features Rio's famous beaches as well as Corcovado Mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Be sure to have your camera ready, as there are breathtaking, 360-degree, panoramic views of Rio and its beaches. During your free day in Rio, perhaps enjoy a samba show or visit Sugar Loaf Mountain via cable car to see amazing views.

The next day, after included breakfast, we'll take you to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls, where you'll have private guided tours of these magnificent waterfalls from the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Meaning "Mighty Waters" in the local language, these falls span almost three miles and contain 275 individual cataracts. Hear the deafening roar, see the rainbows forming in the mist, and stand in awe as you witness one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls.

Then your journey continues to Manaus, gateway to Brazil's Amazon, where we'll pick you up at the airport and take you on a private, guided sightseeing tour with a local expert. You'll hear the insider stories and see the opulent sights from the rubber boom days, like the Opera House, built from materials brought over from Europe. In Manaus, you'll embark your 3-night cruise up the Amazon. Your cruise includes excursions to explore the Amazon jungle and its vegetation, indigenous animals, and even local river communities. You'll enjoy Naturalist-guided walks through the rainforest to learn how the native people live off the land; hear lectures on the region; have the opportunity to try piranha fishing; take a cruise at night along the waterways to spot caiman; enjoy a birdwatching Safari in search of the many endemic birds; visit a local home for a personal experience with the native communities; and cruise the Amazon tributaries looking for wildlife, such as capuchin and howler monkeys. Before your vacation ends, you'll also cruise the Meeting of the Waters, where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro meets with the yellow-gray Rio Solimoes to form the impressive Amazon River.

And did we mention that we've included not only the cruise, but also sightseeing of both sides of Iguassu Falls including the Ecological Jungle Train in your package? In fact, between the sightseeing we've included, hotels we have booked, and the transportation we've arranged, Monograms has handled all the details for you. And, just think of the comfort you'll get from having a Local Host in each city, especially if you do not speak Portuguese. So grab your camera and get ready for a trip of a lifetime!

Call (520) 445-6812 for more information or to book today! Mention code 12912016

Tour Operator
Globus
Duration
10 Days
Escorted
Escorted - No
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Rio de JaneiroWelcome to South America's capital of glamour-Rio de Janeiro! Your Local Host will be available with suggested activities during your free time. Tonight, you may opt to join an outing to a fun churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style, followed by a Samba show, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza.
Day 2Rio de JaneiroToday, a private tour takes you to the Cosme Velho district, where you board a cog-wheel train that will take you through the lush tropical vegetation of Tijuca Forest to the top of CORCOVADO Mountain. This rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below is one of the new Seven Modern Wonders of the World and home to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panorama, which affords sweeping views of the city and beaches below. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. Tonight you may opt to join an outing to a fun churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats that are marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style, followed by a Samba show, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza. (B)
Day 3Rio de JaneiroEnjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional Jeep tour to the rainforest in the middle of the city, Tijuca National Park and its bird sanctuary. This afternoon you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and site of the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II, or take an optional excursion to visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain. (B)
Day 4Iguassu FallsFly to IGUASSU FALLS. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. This afternoon's private tour is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour from the Brazilian side. (B)
Day 5Iguassu FallsThis morning, take the ECOLOGICAL JUNGLE TRAIN and tour the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS with numerous walkways that wind under the crashing water. (B)
Day 6ManausHead to the airport for your flight to Manaus, gateway to Brazil's Amazon. Later, private SIGHTSEEING shows you opulent sites from Manaus' rubber boom at the turn of last century, like Sao Sebastiao Square and Palacio Rio Negro. Next, proceed to the famous OPERA HOUSE, built almost entirely of European materials during the rubber boom and inaugurated in 1896. (B)
Day 7ManausTransfer to the pier and embark your cruise ship, the Iberostar Grand Amazon, your home for the next three nights. Stops will be made at locations along the Amazon's Rio Solimoes, offering excursions to explore the Amazon jungle and local vegetation, see indigenous animals, and even visit local river communities. This evening, enjoy a Captain's welcome cocktail party before dinner. (B,D)
Day 8Cruising: Rainforest Walk & Piranha FishingThis morning, board a panga BOAT for a ride to the shore and embark on a Naturalist-guided WALK through the rainforest in the Manacapuru region. Along the trail, learn how natives subsist off the flora. You'll also hear about some of the medicinal qualities each plant possesses. Keep an eye open for Capuchin and Howler Monkeys! After a lecture on the region and lunch on board, head back out via Panga and try your hand at piranha FISHING. Tonight, under the dark of night, CRUISE the waterways on a Caiman-spotting expedition. (B,L,D)
Day 9Cruising: Bird Watching & Local Home VisitEnjoy the sunrise over the Amazon as you depart on a bird-watching SAFARI in search of the many endemic birds of the Janauaca Lake region. Later, visit a LOCAL HOME for an up-close view of how the native communities live and work. This afternoon, a CRUISE through some of the Amazon tributaries allows you the chance to spot wildlife. Your final evening on board begins with a gala dinner followed by a Brazilian Folkloric Show, the perfect finale to your vacation. (B,L,D)
Day 10ManausEn route back to Manaus, cruise the Meeting of the Waters, where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro meets with the yellow-gray Rio Solimoes to form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! Say goodbye to the Amazon when you disembark in Manaus, where your vacation ends. (B)
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