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Trogon: Natural Brazil

UK clients depart on a direct flight arriving Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the same day.
 

Days 1-2

City tour of Rio including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountain.
 
Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio

Those of you arriving on an international flight will be met at the airport by the tour leader or a local representative and escorted to the group hotel in Copacabana. The drive from here into the city gives a fleeting glimpse of the docks and commercial centre as you head towards the magnificent stretch of sand at Copacabana beach.

You spend 2 days in Rio, with time to explore this extraordinary city of extremes. Sumptuous apartments overlook the sparkling bays against a backdrop of half-built shanty towns, favelas, which cling precariously to the hillsides. Rio squats among towering jungle-clad granite mountains, fringed with white sand beaches which swoop down into the Atlantic surf.

There is an included tour of this iconic city, including the cable car up to Sugar Loaf mountain, a twin-peaked vertical mountain protruding over the ocean, and enjoy the views back over the city and into the lush mountains beyond. You'll also board a steep rack-and-pinion railway which glides up through tropical Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world dripping with fruit and flowers, to reach the summit of Corcovado Mountain. Here the famous 40m art deco Christ the Redeemer statue soars above the city, arms outspread benevolently. On a clear day the views over the city and out across the ocean and outlying islands are stupendous.

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Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio

Day 3

Drive along the ‘green coast’ to Paraty.
 
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Travel by private bus (4.5 hours) down the scenic 'green coast' to the bay-side colonial town of Paraty; the road is fringed by steep mountains covered in Atlantic forest on one side, and the deep blue ocean on the other. Paraty, meaning 'river of fish' in the indigenous Tupi language, is located on a beautiful stretch of the bay of Ilha Grande. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is faced by tropical islands in the bay. Wander the town’s cobbled streets, explore baroque churches and check out the local art work in the many contemporary galleries. There are also some excellent places to eat fresh fish close to the front.

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Day 4

Explore the emerald coastline by boat.
 

Board one of the many schooners that operate in the area and cruise south along the coastline, stopping to explore hidden bays, leafy islands and picture-perfect swimming beaches.

Days 5-6

Drive to São Paulo, fly to the Iguazú Falls. Visit both the Brazilian and the Argentine sides.
 
Bonito

A scenic drive (5-6 hours) by private vehicle from Paraty takes you across the state border to São Paulo for the flight to the Iguazú Falls. Situated where the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay converge, the town of Foz do Iguaçu is your base for 2 days. A total of 275 falls thunder through dense forest over a 2.5km stretch. The u-shaped Devil's Throat is a thunderous gorge where the frothy water of the Iguazú River crashes over a 1km wide precipice and columns of vapour are thrown skyward. Elsewhere the river flows decorously through the rainforest breaking up into dozens of smaller falls. You can often spot colourful toucans perched in the foliage above the tumultuous waters.

From the Brazilian side there is a broad panorama of these magnificent falls, while a series of walkways on the Argentine side take you through the abundant forest, beneath and even behind some of the dramatic cataracts. Walking within touching distance of these thunderous cascades, your clothes and hair soaked with the spray, is one of the most invigorating experiences to be had.

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Bonito

Days 7-10

Fly to Campo Grande and drive to the Pantanal wildlife wetlands. Excursions by boat and on foot, based at a traditional pousada (lodge).
 
Iguazu Falls
To the north of Iguaçu lies a vast area of wetlands known as the Pantanal, a flight to Campo Grande (normally with a change of planes in Sao Paulo) followed by a few hours by road take you into this vast wilderness. This huge territory of rivers, marsh, savannah and cattle ranches is considered to have the world's most dense flora and fauna ecosystem, and in the wet season 80% of the land is submerged by the overflowing rivers which nurture a rich variety of aquatic plants. You are based in a lodge which is also, a working ranch. Take a 4WD by road and track tour through the open grasslands, stunted cerrado vegetation, swampland and permanently flooded bays.

Ride a horse across the savannah, motorboat down the local rivers or paddle a canoe on one of the numerous waterways. Set out to explore the countryside at night, when the Pantanal comes alive with the sounds of frogs and insects.

Over 3 full days knowledgeable local guides take you to areas inhabited by giant storks, caiman, giant anteaters, armadillos, howler monkeys and capybara. There is also an extraordinary variety of birdlife: in addition to the aquatic birds egrets, macaws, parakeets and toucans all provide clusters of colour in the low trees. Whatever the season, the wildlife is abundant.

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Iguazu Falls

Day 11

Return to Rio.
 

Fly back to Rio for a final night in one of the world's most exciting cities.

Day 12

Depart for international flight or extension.
 

UK clients arrive home the following day.
 

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  • Buzios 4 days from £861pp

    Head along the Atlantic coast from Rio, passing lagoons and wild, surf-lashed beaches to the chic beach village of Búzios. The low-key, but upmarket, European-style resort is renowned for art shops and fine dining. Here a peninsula of cliffs and low hills is dimpled with little coves and speckled with boutique-style hotels.

    Day 1: Transfer by road (2.5-3hrs) from Rio de Janeiro to Búzios, crossing the spectacular 12km Niterói Bridge over Guanabara Bay. Once a tiny fishing village, Armação dos Búzios is now one of Brazil's most sought-after and lively beach resorts. Secluded beaches in craggy bays and nearby tropical islands can be reached by schooners. The friendly, small boutique hotel Casas Brancas is perched on a bluff with fine views over the bay.

    Days 2,3: The centre of Búzios is just a short walk away and has a good selection of restaurants, bars (some with live music) and boutiques. The pousada itself is a lovely place in which to relax. Facilities include a small pool, spa, sea-front restaurant and sun terrace shaded by white drapes. The nearest beach is about 10 mins’ walk away.

    Day 4: By road back to Rio de Janeiro to continue your holiday or to the city’s airport for your international flight.

    UK clients arrive home the following day.

    Breakfast daily.

 

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