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 ecofriendly 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.
Fly to Manaus, Brazil
Today, you'll board an overnight flight from the U.S. to Manaus, Brazil.
Welcome to Brazil
Today, you’ll arrive in Manaus, known as the Paris of the tropics. If you purchased your airfare or transfer from Vantage, upon arrival in Manaus, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure with time to explore Manaus on your own.
Explore the Brazilian Amazon
After breakfast this morning, transfer to your Amazon lodge in the most thrilling way — by boat along the Tarumã River! After the welcome reception with welcome drink, you’ll have time to settle in to your ecolodge and explore before lunch. Then, head out for a trek into the jungle; keep an eye out for macaws, toucans, squirrel monkeys, and a rich menagerie of wildlife. After a welcome dinner at the lodge, take a canoe out with an experienced guide to see if you can spot alligators at the water’s edge.
Witness the Meeting of the Waters
Following a delicious breakfast of Western favorites and locally harvest 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. Cultural Discovery: Later, your boat brings you to a serene lake where you can angle for the notorious piranha fish; you’ll get an up-close view of this sharp-toothed hunter as soon as your guide manages to catch one! Enjoy a delicious dinner back at the lodge.
Visit an Indian village and, later, join your base program
Begin today with a visit a local family to learn about their traditions and customs. After lunch at the hotel, you have the rest of the day to relax at the lodge or enjoy more activities or nature hikes on your own. After dinner, return by boat to Manaus, taking in the lush river banks and a cacophony of creatures as you go. Later, you'll join Day 2 of the base program.
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, Iguaçu translates roughly from the local Tupi-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!
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Discover the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls
Today's discoveries take you to the Argentinean side of Iguassu Falls, the world's largest waterfall system, with 275 falls in less than a two-mile radius. Your first views will be from the Upper Trail, which offers a premium vantage point of this natural wonder as you literally walk across the water! Lunch is on your own in the park. You'll then transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Dinner this evening will be at the hotel.
Explore the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls
Today you'll visit the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls on a walking tour with incredible views, including the Devil's Throat. This is the largest of the falls, where torrents crash into a narrow canyon. The tour will end at Porto Canoas, where you'll be free to have lunch on your own.
Keep the adventure rolling into the afternoon with a Macuco safari Boat Ride. An open trolley will whisk you through dense rainforest for vistas of flowers, birds, butterflies, and ages-old trees. Then, get your waterproof camera ready, as you embark on a speedboat bound for Iguaçu's gorge. Your experienced river pilot will give you a thrilling ride through the rapids, guiding you right up to the splashing cascades. (Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as you will likely get soaked!)
Tonight, you’ll embrace the spirit of Brazil with a night on the town. On the menu are drinks and a lively samba dance show. You’ll learn more about this vibrant dance and music genre, which originates from African religious traditions, as well as other regional dance forms.
Today, you’ll board your return flight home to the U.S.