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Rio, Ouro Preto and Brazil Amazon Tour

Combine colonial UNESCO sites with Adventures in the Amazon Rainforest

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13 Days / 12 Nights

Combine colonial UNESCO sites with Adventures in the Amazon Rainforest

The Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, and Amazon Rainforest tour is a 13-day Brazil vacation package that will show you 3 highlights of Brazil: the sunshine-soaked Rio de Janeiro, the gold rush-era colonial city of Ouro Preto, and the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Perfect for nature lovers and history buffs alike, this is a standalone Brazil trip or a great complement to our other Brazil tour itineraries.

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This tour includes:

  • 12 hotel nights accommodations
  • 5 dinners, 1 lunch
  • All breakfasts
  • All transfers, tours, and entrance fees
  • Full room and board at the Amazon jungle lodge
  • English-speaking tour guides

Highlights:

  • Rio de Janeiro city tour
  • Ariau Amazon Jungle Towers
  • Brazil Gold Mining Region: Ouro Preto, Paraty, Tiradentes, & Mariana
  • Paraty schooner excursion

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro & Brazilian BBQ Dinner

Day 1

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, the city between mountains and beaches! Welcoming you to the 'marvelous city' is your bilingual SouthAmerica.travel Tour guide who will escort you to your hotel on Copacabana Beach. The afternoon is free for a stroll, some shopping or relaxing on the beach or at your rooftop pool! Meet your fellow travelers for a complementary caipirinha or other tropical drink before attending a rodizio, an All-You-Can-Eat Brazilian Barbecue (included).

Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car Ride & Rio City Tour

Day 2

The panoramic view from the top of the Sugar Loaf Mountain is the highlight of today's sightseeing tour. Board a cable car to reach the summit with its 360 degree spectrum of golden beaches, green forests and a thriving metropolis that has earned Rio de Janeiro the title of the "World's Most Beautiful City."

The Rio de Janeiro city tour continues with a tour of Rio's historical past. Learn how Portugal's prince scandalously broke all family ties and declared himself Emperor of Brazil. In the late afternoon heat, join the carioca locals on the beach.

Cobblestone street of Paraty

Corcovado Mountain Tour & Transfer to Parati

Day 3

Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710m (2340ft). Board the tremzinho cogwheel railway up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the city. In the afternoon, follow Brazil's winding coastline and granite cliffs south to the ancient port city of Paraty. Check into a pousada and rest. Enjoy dinner in one of the charming local restaurants (included).

Paraty Walking Tour & Schooner Cruise

Day 4

Paraty was the port from where Brazilian gold was loaded on ships destined for the Old World. The city has been declared a Brazilian National Treasure. Stroll through the streets often covered by water, past houses in elegant decay before boarding a schooner for a half-day cruise of the islands, including lunch.

Serra da Bocaina National Park & Transfer to São João del Rey

Day 5

This morning, board your coach for a climb up to the Serra da Bocaina National Park, amongst the world's oldest rock formations. Retrace the route of Rio State's gold rush, up to Minas Gerais, Brazil's historic mining area.

Take a sip of Caxambu's world-renowned mineral water in this well-preserved spa town, getaway of Brazil's health-conscious, before continuing on to the historical mining town of São João del Rey. Check into a pousada before taking a walk through the city and enjoying a hearty local dinner (included).

Congonhas Prophet Church in Brazil

Tiradentes, Congonhas, & Ouro Preto

Day 6

A few minutes' drive brings us to the hilltop town of Tiradentes (lit. Tooth-puller), the most charming of colonial cities. Named after the martyr of the Inconfidéncia who was known for his dental skills, Tiradentes exudes a sense of another age. Tiradentes has been awarded Brazilian National Treasure status.

The masterwork "The Prophets" by Aleijadinho (Brazil's Michelangelo) is the highlight of our stop in Congonhas, and has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Chiseled out of soapstone by the artist without the use of his arms or legs, the sculptures bring the Old Testament figures to stirring life. Overnight in another UNESCO World Heritage Site: The 'Black Gold' of Ouro Preto (the largest deposits in the Western Hemisphere) financed Lisbon's glory as well as the English Industrial Revolution. At its peak, this town's population was twice New York's and five times Rio de Janeiro's Check in to a pousada in Ouro Preto. Dinner is included tonight in what was once "the World's Richest City."

Walking Tour of Ouro Preto & Mariana Gold Mine

Day 7

This morning's walking tour covers the best of the former state capital, declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Ouro Preto's churches and plazas have been witness to incredible wealth and bloody rebellion. Formerly known as Vila Rica - the name was changed by decree of Emperor Dom Pedro I, and Ouro Preto was declared an Imperial City.The town of Mariana, Ouro Preto's quieter cousin just 12km away, offers a unique contrast. Take an adventurous visit into a former gold mine and shop for local arts and crafts.

Serra do Mar to Petropolis & Rio de Janeiro

Day 8

Return to Rio de Janeiro through the spectacular Serra do Mar, stopping in the Imperial city of Petrópolis, the former Summer residence of the Emperor, and a Brazilian National Treasure.

Amazon Towers Structure Aerial View

Arrive at the Ariau Amazon Jungle Towers

Day 9

Depart Rio this morning for your flight to the Amazon. Upon arrival in Manaus in the early hours, an Ariaú (or your selected Amazon Lodge or boat) Representative will whisk you off to a 3 hour boat transfer along the Rio Negro to the Ariau Amazon Jungle Towers. After a welcome cocktail, check in to your jungle lodge room and relax.

Clouds reflecting off the water at Amazon Tower Lodge

Excursions at the Ariau Lodge & Return to Manaus

Days 10-13

Each day at the Ariau Amazon Jungle Towers, there is a schedule of activities and excursions that you can choose from. Some choices include guided nature walks, swimming with river dolphins, fishing, canoeing, bird-watching, tree-climbing, and visiting neighboring caboclo villages. In the evenings, your guide can take you on a boat ride to spot caiman, small alligators. Educational lessons include jungle survival skills, medicinal plants, orthinography, and identifying the Amazon's diverse flora and fauna. All meals and excursions are included at the lodge.

On the final day, return by boat to Manaus, the main city in the Amazonas region. Check in to a hotel and rest before catching your international flight home the next day.


13 Days / 12 Nights

Combine colonial UNESCO sites with Adventures in the Amazon Rainforest

The Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, and Amazon Rainforest tour is a 13-day Brazil vacation package that will show you 3 highlights of Brazil: the sunshine-soaked Rio de Janeiro, the gold rush-era colonial city of Ouro Preto, and the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. Perfect for nature lovers and history buffs alike, this is a standalone Brazil trip or a great complement to our other Brazil tour itineraries.

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