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9-Day Active Rio and Iguazu Adventure

9-Day Active Rio and Iguazu Adventure

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9-Day Active Rio and Iguazu Adventure
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Day 1: Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

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Private transfer from the airport to the hotel in Rio de Janeiro (approx 17km - 30 min).

Overnight at South American Copacabana Hotel in luxury room with breakfast.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel South American Copacabana

Day 2: Sugar Loaf Hike (B)

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The Sugar Loaf hiking tour (Private) is definitely an unforgettable experience! The steep 03:00 hours trail will take you to the summit of this fabulous landmark at 1200 ft (400 mts)! The hike goes up a rocky trail with some scrambling sections and a short 80ft (25 mts) vertical rock climb! At the summit we relax and enjoy the views before taking the traditional Cable Car down to Urca Hill. No rock climbing experience is required, but you should be fit for this steep hike.

* On rainy days the rocky surface of Sugar Loaf gets too slippery. For safety reasons we will offer another hike or tour that are possible to be done under these circumstances (Pedra Bonita Hike, Tijuca Forest Hike, Half Day Cultural Tours). Another option for rainy days is the Urca Hill Hike (easy), and take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf (Additional not included: R$ 50,00 per person).

 Tour Info:

- Duration: 5-6 Hours
- Level: Moderate/Hard – 400mts high (Starting at sea level) – Rock Climbing Sections
- Pick-up: 13:00 (winter) or 14:00 (summertime) - To avoid the morning Sun!
- Recommendation: Bring light clothes, hiking shoes, small backpack, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.
 -On Weekends, Holiday and high season the tour can take longer than expected due to traffic and overcrowded tourist attractions.
-Included: French or English Speaking Guide, Assistant Climbing Guide for larger groups (3 or more), private car or van transportation, and climbing gear.

Overnight at South American Copacabana Hotel in luxury room with breakfast.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel South American Copacabana

Day 3: Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Tour (B)

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Visit three of Brazil's most heavy hitting icons in one day on this Rio de Janeiro tour. 1. Christ the Redeemer. 2. Copacabana Beach 3. Corcovado. This could just be the ultimate, big city travel hack!

Highlights:
> Check out the view from Christ the Redeemer, one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World
> Taste unique flavors as you eat and drink your way through the famous Copacabana beach area
> Admire the panoramas of Copacabana from our favorite non-touristy spot
> Kick back with new friends at a funky spot in a great local neighborhood
> Get the lowdown on the city from a local and get all the latest up to date information you won’t find in most guidebooks

Included: one draft beer and two local snack!

Schedule details:
Duration: 4 hours

Pick up from hotels/hostels in the southern area of Rio: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo, and Laranjeiras. Otherwise pick-up will be from the Copacabana Palace Hotel. We will notify you in advance of the pick-up time for your location.

Overnight at South American Copacabana Hotel in luxury room with breakfast.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel South American Copacabana

Day 4: Rio Jungle Bike Tour (B)

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Get ready for an unforgettable adventure into the Brazilian rainforest and beyond with an expert local guide. Beginning with incredible views of Rio de Janeiro from the top of the Corcovado mountain, you're instantly be reminded why this is one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

After gazing in astonishment at the world-famous Christ the Redeemer statue, we hop on our bikes for the most extraordinary bike ride of your life! Fingers crossed for wildlife encounters with monkeys, toucans, and other wild animals in this protected National Forest. Welcome to the Rio Jungle Bike Tour; you’d be crazy to miss it!

Highlights:
> Get a tantalising glimpse of the beautiful nature that lies in the Tijuca Forest in Rio De Janeiro
> Cycle alongside chirping birds, waterfalls, and stunning panoramas as monkeys perch on the trees above you
> Tick the legendary Christ the Redeemer statue off your bucket list as you admire one of the Seven Wonders of the World
> Take some truly astonishing shots of Rio from above that will make your friends and family green with envy!
> Learn about Brazil’s fascinating history as you cycle the oldest route in the forest, once used by the second Emperor, D. Pedro II

Schedule details:

-Duration: 5 hours
-Pick up from hotels/hostels in the southern area of Rio: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Botafogo, and Laranjeiras. Otherwise pick-up will be from the Copacabana Palace Hotel. We will notify you in advance of the pick-up time for your location
-Starting time: 8.00 AM

Overnight at South American Copacabana Hotel in luxury room with breakfast.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel South American Copacabana

Day 5: Day at leisure in Rio (B)

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Free day to enjoy the city. Check out out tips list:

Best Breakfast Spot: Parque Lage

What: For a memorable breakfast in Rio, it has to be Parque Lage. Away from Rio’s main attractions, this grand park offers a delicious breakfast surrounded by a mix of romantic-style gardens and the Mata Atlântica forest. After breakfast, head to the stately mansion in the centre of the park, home to Rio de Janeiro’s School of Visual Arts, which is open to the public.

Best Lunch Spot: The Aprazível Restaurant

What: The Aprazível Restaurant is located in the gorgeous Santa Teresa area. Enjoy typical Brazilian food on the terrace with stunning views over the city and bay area.

Best Dinner Spot: Churrascaria Fogo de Chão

What: The Churrascaria Fogo de Chão is a traditional Brazilian steakhouse, cooking the best barbecue the city has to offer. Seriously great kebabs.

Best Brunch Spot: Confeitaria Colombo

What: Enjoy a feast of traditional sweets, pastries and waffles for brunch at Confeitaria Colombo. The Confectionery Cafe is located at the Copacabana Fortress, with unique views of the Copacabana beach – it’s a must for any Rio newbie.

Best Bar: Rio Scenarium

What: The Rio Scenarium offers a taste of Carioca’s culture (local to Rio). With a mix of samba dancing, authentic food and lively locals, it makes for a very memorable evening. Be sure to check out their website, as they have a daily changing programme featuring live Brazilian music for every night of the week.

Best Street Food Vendor: Globo Biscuit or Açaí Bowl

What: Our travellers love to explore the colourful back alleys of Rio, bursting with vibrant vendors selling typical Brazilian cuisine. Try the renowned Globo Biscuit, a sweet snack that is sold on Rio’s beaches, or for a healthier option, the Açaí bowl, a thick smoothie of red fruits, topped with oatmeal and peanut butter.

Five Must Dos in Rio:

-Hike up the Morro da Urca Trail for beautiful views of the region, take a cable car on the way down!
-Visit the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) and enjoy the Kobra’s graffiti in MAR, next door.
-Take a Favela Tour (make sure it is a sustainable one and conducted by the residents of that Favela; be respectful).
-Rent a bike and ride along the edge of Zona Sul.
-For an early morning activity, try stand-up paddle boarding at Posto 6 in Copacabana.

Overnight at South American Copacabana Hotel in luxury room with breakfast.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel South American Copacabana

Day 6: Fly to Iguazu Falls (B)

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Private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Rio de Janeiro (approx 17km - 30 min)

Fly to Foz do Iguassu (flights NOT included)

Driver guide in Foz do Iguaçu for transfer in from the IGU airport.

Overnight at hotel Pietro Angelo in luxury room with breakfast

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Argentinean Falls Tour (B)

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Driver guide in Foz do Iguaçu for Argentinean Falls tour.

ARGENTINEAN FALLS:

The limits of the Brazilian park extends to Argentina. On the Argentine side of the park, we will embark upon the train that leads to two circuits - the Lower, of 1,700 meters and walkways running along the falls to the Moorhen level; and the Superior, with 650 meters and hanging bridges that reveal a complete picture of all the falls. Both routes end at the edge of the biggest and most exciting Falls: the Devil's Throat. At 90 meters high, it is one of the picture perfect postcards of the region. The Argentine side is more rustic than the Brazilian, with exuberant and heart exhilarating hiking trails.

For this tour it is necessary to cross the border to Argentina. Please, contact the responsible authorities to verify the visa requirement for your nationality.

Overnight at hotel Pietro Angelo in luxury room with breakfast

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Brazilian Falls Bike Tour (B)

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Driver guide in Foz do Iguaçu for Brazilian Falls tour.

Bike Tour Cataratas (Private):

The tour starts at the visitor center of the National Park and goes to the beginning of the trails of the Falls, the route is approximately 10km, the route is accompanied by an instructor and the guide of the group. When you arrive in front of where we find the first viewpoint, the bicycles are parked, and the pax make the trail on foot, because they have stairs, ascents and decidas, at the end of the trail the pax has the possibility to return to the visitor center with The bike again or if you are tired you can come back with the park bus. In the value of the bicycle rental includes safety equipment and water for the pax.

Overnight at hotel Pietro Angelo in luxury room with breakfast

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Departure

Driver guide in Foz do Iguaçu for transfer OUT to the IGU airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

9-Day Active Rio and Iguazu Adventure
from $1145 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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