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In scale and biodiversity, there is no other rain forest like the Amazon. More than 1,000 bird species, 300 types of mammals, and 45,000 species of plants are spread over a jungle the size of the contiguous United States. Enhance your expedition with a thrilling exploration of this breathtaking place. You’ll get around like the locals do, by boat, and have up-close views of monkeys and safari outings to spot fascinating birdlife, nocturnal alligators, and more. You’ll call an eco-friendly lodge your home, dining on freshly prepared meals of exotic fruits and fresh ingredients and retiring each evening to your own bungalow where the songs of the forest lull you to sleep.
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Fly to Manaus, Brazil
Fly to Manaus today. You arrive after midnight and check into your hotel.
Explore the Brazilian Amazon
Transfer this morning to your Amazon lodge in the most thrilling way—by boat along the Tarumã River! After settling into your bungalow, take a walk through the monkey forest as your guide points out the various species cavorting in the canopy overhead. After lunch, return to the river and head out to visit a local family to learn about their traditions and customs. Then, stop by a fishing spot to go angling for the notorious piranha fish. After dinner at the lodge, take a canoe out with an experienced guide to see if you can spot alligators.
Witness the Meeting of the Waters
Following a delicious breakfast of Western favorites and locally harvested fruits like bananas and papaya, join a full-day tour to view the Meeting of the Waters. Where the Amazon and the Tapajós converge, their waters retain their own distinct colors for several miles as they flow side by side. It is one of the Amazon’s many remarkable phenomena.
Take a jungle walk and transfer to Manaus
Begin today with a walk into the Amazon so you may witness the jungle as it wakes from its slumber. Keep an eye out for macaws, toucans, and squirrel monkeys. Then return by boat to Manaus, taking in the lush riverbanks and cacophony of creatures as you go. Lunch is included. This afternoon, meet your fellow travelers just arriving for the base trip
When Eleanor Roosevelt first laid eyes on Iguassu Falls, she is famously said to have uttered, “Poor Niagara!” It’s easy to understand what overwhelmed the First Lady. This torrent of water separating Brazil and Argentina plunges over 200-foot-high cliffs in a roaring fury of water. (In fact, Iguassu translates roughly from the local Guarani into “great water.”) Judging from Ms. Roosevelt’s reaction, you’ll want to extend your expedition to view Brazil’s other breathtaking natural wonder. Explore the cataracts from both countries, getting as close to the falls as the spraying mist allows. Join us on this thrilling adventure!
Fly to Iguassu Falls for a day of trekking and a wet and wild Macuco Safari Boat Ride
Fly to Iguassu this morning and check into your hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls. Unforgettable Moment: Begin with a walking tour that includes views of Devil’s Throat, the largest of Iguassu’s 275 waterfalls, where torrents crash into a narrow canyon. The tour will end at Puerto Canoas, where you’ll have lunch on your own. Then, keep the adventurous momentum going with a Macuco Safari Boat Ride!
First, an open trolley ride brings you through the dense rain forest where you’ll view flowers, birds, butterflies, and even centenarian trees. Then, snap some photos or video footage when you board special speedboats bound for Iguassu’s gorge. And get ready to get wet! Your experienced river pilots, who know these waters extensively, will give you a thrilling ride through some of the rapids, guiding you right up next to the splashing cascades. (Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, casual clothes, and prepare to get soaked!)
Walk across the falls, feel the beat during a samba show
About 80% of the falls are in Argentina, so you’ll cross the border today for more breathtaking perspectives. You’ll view the park from the Upper Trail, where you’ll enjoy an eye-popping vantage point as you literally walk across the water! Enjoy a leisurely lunch in the park on your own, then return to the hotel.
After checking out of your hotel, you’ll have the morning at your leisure, with lunch on your own. Take this last chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Iguassu Falls with an optional tour to the Parque das Aves (Bird Park), where you’ll get to admire 150-odd species of colorful birds along with other wildlife.
Later, head to the airport for your flight back to the U.S.