Brazil

Iguassu Falls, Rio De Janeiro & Chapada Diamantina

Level

Easy – Moderate

Duration

12 days

Iguassu Falls is one of the New Wonders of Nature. It is divided between Brazil and Argentina, the imaginary line of boundary between the two countries is the Devil’s Throat, one of the waterfalls. The Falls are the largest sequence of waterfalls in the world and have been enacted as a World Heritage by UNESCO. The Iguassu Falls are formed by swirling water creating a unique spectacle.

Over its nearly 500 years of history,  Rio De Janeiro has been the spring board for all the country’s principal cultural exports, and the port of entry for major international art exhibitions or musical events bringing top names from the classical to the contemporary. Rio’s architecture embraces churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, blending with the world renowned designs of the 20th. In the South Zone, along the sea front, the city preserves the memory of names such as Tom Jobim and João Gilberto, who wrote the first chords of the Bossa Nova.

Located in the heart of Bahia, Chapada Diamantina has flat topper mountains, canyons, valleys, trails, caves and the most impressive brazilian waterfalls. Chapada is like an oasis in the wilderness. Pati Valley trekking is almost 900m deep and was once a coffee plantation and now is home for around 30 families that open their house for trek lovers. This program is a great option to explore the National Park, from the North to the South of Chapada Diamantina. You will sleep in different and small villages and have contact with local people. Some highlights are included as Pai Inácio Hill and Buracão Waterfall.

Facts

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.
Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

Sustainability:
We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.
All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.
As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: 19th Feb Arrival FOZ DO IGUAÇU

Arrive in Foz do Iguaçu (IGU Airport) and private transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 02: 20th Feb IGUASSU – FD Argentinean Falls (B)

After breakfast, depart to visit the Argentinean Side of Iguassu Falls, located 30kms from downtown Foz, and 24kms from Puerto Iguassu. Arrival at the Visitors Center, It is an interpretative building with giant panels showing the importance of the biodiversity of the subtropical humid forest. To get to the catwalks overlooking the falls, visitors will board a gas-propelled train that will take them to the Upper Falls Circuit and the Devil’s Throat. The walking tour takes place through the lower circuit catwalks with duration of 1 hour and the upper circuit with duration of approximately 50 minutes. To visit the Devil’s Throat, visitors should board the train at the Cataratas Station, close to the Upper Circuit. Once at the Devil’s Throat Station, visitors will take a walking tour on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River, with an extension of 1100 meters that leads visitors to the balconies for an amazing panoramic view of this magnificent fall: The Devil’s Throat.

Important information: Some counties passport holders need a visa to cross the border to visit the Argentinean side of the falls.

Day 03: 21st Feb IGUASSU – HD Brazilian Falls (B)

Breakfast and leave for a private visit to the Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls. Arrive at the Visitors Center, located 12 km from the heart of the Park. Visitors will be transferred on specially conditioned vehicles to the catwalks for a walking tour of approximately 1 km long, where you will admire the falls from different viewpoints. At the end of the catwalk you will find a fantastic close-up encounter with the Devil’s Throat and main falls. Overnight.

Day 4: 22nd Feb IGUASSU / RIO DE JANEIRO- Sugar Loaf (B)

Breakfast and private transfer to IGU airport to board on flight to Rio de Janeiro. Once arrived, meet your guide at Rio airport and transfer to the hotel.

Sugar Loaf (396m): Trademark of Rio de Janeiro, the Sugar Loaf Mountain has a privileged location in the city. In the first part of the cable-car ride you can see the entire Guanabara Bay, Corcovado and Rio-Niteroi Bridge. In the second part of the cable-car ride you can see, in a unique perspective, the beach of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and some beaches of Niterói in fantastic scenery!

Optional: Hiking towards Urca Hill. We walk by Cláudio Coutinho way and take the trail to reach the Urca Hill. The first step is steep and the trail takes about 40 min. It can be decided locally and will reduce the time up there. *Moderate level

Day 5: 23rd Feb RIO DE JANEIRO – FD Vehicle and guide at disposal (8hs) (B)

Suggested sites to visit:

Christ the Redeemer fee included:  Located at Corcovado Mountain (710 meters), with a height of 38m. The most important symbol of Rio de Janeiro, this monument is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. From there you can have a panoramic view of the city.

Downtown: Leave by car for a downtown tour. We will visit the most important sites of Brazilian History in Rio, like the Municipal Theater, Paço Imperial, Tiradentes Palace and the panoramic view of the colonial buildings that remains at XV Square and surrounding area. Back to transfer to visit the Olympic Boulevard, the highlight of Rio 2016 and the Amanhã Museum (Tomorrow Museum) from outside.

Santa Teresa (not recommended on Mondays): Located in an old neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa is a very charming place in Rio where lots of local artists living and exhibiting there. Visit the neighborhood and the Seleron stairs.

Return to the hotel late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: 24th Feb RIO DE JANEIRO – FD Vehicle and guide at disposal (8hs) (B)

Today you will have a Vehicle and guide at disposal (8hs) to explore the city .

Suggested site to visit:

Pedra Bonita: An easy trail takes the group to one of the most stunning summits of Rio with a 1 hour walk. From the top of Pedra Bonita and through a unique angle we see the famous and majestic Pedra da Gavea, the highest (844m/ 2,769 ft) monolith close to the sea in the world. The trail goes through the Atlantic Rainforest inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban forests in the world. On our way up, you will discover the history of Rio and Tijuca Forest and all about the coffee farms that used to exist there, its golden years and the reforestation that took place in the XIX century. The tour goes in and out the Tijuca Rainforest by different roads over the mountains showing different sides of the city with a few stops on the way at known sites of the park.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: 25th Feb RIO DE JANEIRO / SALVADOR – LENÇÓIS – Pai Inácio (B)

Breakfast and private transfer to Rio airport for flight to Salvador and then to Lençóis.

Meet your  guide at LEC Airport. After lunch (not included) visit “Morro do Pai Inácio” (1240m). Transfer by car from Lençóis (25min). Walk up (15min).

Morro do Pai Inácio (Father Ignacio’s Hill)  – one of the highlights at Chapada Diamantina from where it is possible to have some of the most spectacular views of the region with series of flat topped mountains that are so characteristic for this landscape. It is very windy up there, but nevertheless there are plants and flowers.

After sunset return to Lençóis. Overnight in Lençóis.

Day 8: 26th Feb LENÇÓIS – GROTTOS – CAPÃO VALLEY (B, L, D)

Transfer by car to Poço do Diabo (22km – 20min – 25min walking). Afterwards transfer to Pratinha (27 km on paved road and 13 km on dirt road – 1 hour). Lunch at Pratinha. Then transfer to Torrinha (8km – 15min-2 hours walking thru the cave). Transfer to Capão Valley (62km – 40min).

Poço do Diabo – It is dark and it gives a weird sensation, with an almost complete lack of visibility. Nevertheless, the acids that give this color are not pollutants.

Optional (locally paid) – There is an option to practice abseiling and flying fox.

Pratinha – A bathing spa that is a real oasis in such arid area. The bottom of the lake has countless micro-conchs, showing that there was a sea in this region in the past. Pratinha´s River formed many grottos in the limestone.

Optional (locally paid) – There is an option to practice snorkeling.

Gruta da Torrinha – It’s the most beautiful grotto at Chapada Diamantina, full of stalactites, stalagmites and other speleothems.

Overnight at Valley.

Day 9: 27th Feb CAPAO – GUINÉ – IGATU (B, L, D)

Full day walk from Capão Valley to Guiné (20km – 7 hours). Lunch box on the way. At the end, transfer to Igatu (36km on dirt road and 21km on paved road – 1h30).

Trail Capão to Guiné – Probably the most beautiful day walk at Chapada Diamantina National Park. Most of the trip leads through the beautiful altitude fields “Gerais do Vieira” and “Gerais do Rio Preto” from where there is a great view of Pati Valley, which is considered one of the most beautiful Valleys in Brazil.

Dinner (included). Overnight in Igatu.

Day 10: 28th Feb IGATU – Poço Encantado – Poço Azul – LENÇÓIS (B,L)

We leave the pousada on foot (5km – 1h30 – easy level). At the end of the trail, transfer to the entrance of Poço Encantado by car (41km by paved road and 6km by dirty road). Then transfer to Poço Azul (21km – 4km on paved road and 17km on dirt road / approximately 1h20). Visit the cave and snorkel at its pool. Lunch at local restaurant.

Poço Encantado – A cave filled with stunningly beautiful blue water. A steep entrance ramp leads to the cave, which will be lightened between April and August by the sunlight falling through a kind of natural window. Diving is not allowed.

Poço Azul – A crystal water lake in a cave, nicknamed Enchanted Pool “little brother”, it’s smaller and has a wooden platform for an easy access to the pool. The lighting changes according to the sun’s displacement. You can float 20min in the blue Pool.

Transfer back to Lençóis (63km on paved road and 17km on dirty road). Overnight in Lençóis.

DAY 11: 1st March LENÇÓIS / SALVADOR (B)

At the appropriated time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Salvador. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

DAY 12: 2nd March SALVADOR Departure (B)

After breakfast transfer to SSA airport to take your flight (not included) to your next destination.

4941 USD

per person in a group of min  8 pax. Double  occupancy.

Trip Dates

19th February 2018

ACCOMMODATION

Foz do Iguaçu – Wish Resort Golf Convention – Jr. Suite – www.wishgolfresort.com.br

Rio de Janeiro – Sofitel Ipanema – Deluxe Partial Ocean View Room – www.sofitel.com

Lençóis – Hotel de Lençóis – Bosque Room – www.hoteldelencois.com

Capao – Pousada do Capao – Standard Room 20/26 – www.pousadacapao.com

Igatu – Flor de Acucena – Diamante Room – www.pousadaflordeacucena.com

Salvador – Hotel Fera Salvador – Deluxe Room – www.ferapalacehotel.com.br

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

AVIANCA Airlines

6289 | 22 Fev 11:30h | 22 Fev 13:35h | IGU – FOZ DO IGUACU | GIG – RIO DE JANEIRO

GOL Airlines

2026 | 25 Fev 08:35h | 25 Fev 10:40h | GIG – RIO DE JANEIRO | SSA – SALVADOR

AZUL Airlines

5750 | 25 Fev 12:55h | 25 Fev 14:05h | SSA – SALVADOR | LEC – LENCOIS

AZUL Airlines

5751 | 01 Mar 14:30h | 01 Mar 15:30h | LEC – LENCOIS | SSA – SALVADOR

Note:

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • Domestic tickets fares are quoted on 1st Nov 2017 & subject to change at the time of booking. Actual fares will be charged accordingly upon issued.
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

Foz do Iguaçu

  • Private airport  transfers  (IGU);
  • Private FD Argentinean Falls with Entrance fee;
  • Private HD Brazilian Falls with entrance fee;
  • 3 night accommodation with breakfast (B)
  • English Speaking Guide;

Rio de Janeiro

  • Private airport  transfers
  • Private HD Sugar Loaf Tour with entrance fee;
  • Private FD Vehicle and guide at disposal (8 hours);
  • Corcovado Mountain entrance fee;
  • 3 night accommodation with breakfast (B)
  • English Speaking Guide;

Chapada Diamantina

  • Arrival and departure Airport Transfers (LEC Airport);
  • Private Pai Ignacio Hill tour;
  • Private Grottos / Capão Valley tour with lunch box (Lb);
  • Private Guine to Igatu trail with lunch box (Lb); 
  • Private Poço Encantado and Poço Azul tour with lunch (L);
  • 2 night accommodation at Lençóis with breakfast (B)
  • 1 night accommodation at Capão Valley with breakfast (B)
  • 1 night accommodation at Igatu with breakfast (B)
  • English Speaking guide.

Salvador

  • Transfer airport transfer  (SSA Airport);
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast (B)
  • Domestic flights as listed above- Domestic tickets fares are quoted on 1st Nov 2017 & subject to change at the time of booking. Actual fares will be charged accordingly upon issued.

This Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and visa fees
  • Additional/optional activities
  • Meals not specified
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Beverages
  • Single supplement
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone
  • International departure tax
  • Gratuities and tips

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case, the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travellers

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