Day 1: Iguaçu Falls, Brazil
Arrive in Iguaçu Falls. Explore Iguaçu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from the Brazilian side of the falls.
Day 2: Iguaçu Falls
Travel to the Argentinean side of the falls and take a tram to view the falls up close. Marvel at “Devil’s Throat,” the largest of the waterfalls.
Day 3: Iguaçu Falls / Cuiabá / Pantanal
Fly to Cuiabá, gateway to the northern Pantanal, which is considered one the world’s largest wetland areas. Explore the Pantanal Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a guided stargazing walk and view the night sky of the southern hemisphere.
Day 4: Pantanal
Set out on a guided horseback ride or an open jeep photo safari to observe native flora and fauna.
Day 5: Pantanal
Embark on a guided canoe tour. Enjoy a Brazilian churrasco (barbecue) style picnic lunch. Cast a fishing line to catch piranhas.
Day 6: Pantanal / Cuiabá / Rio de Janeiro
Fly to Rio de Janeiro, famous for its annual Carnaval festival, white sandy beaches, and stunning mountains. Enjoy dinner at the city’s best churrascaria (Brazilian barbecue).
Day 7: Rio de Janeiro
Visit a local favela (shantytown) community to learn about local community projects. Take a samba lesson at the community center. Set out on a walking tour of Rio’s historic downtown district and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Day 8: Rio de Janeiro / Salvador
Visit Corcovado Mountain and see the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue. Fly to Salvador and embrace its Afro-Brazilian soul and colonial Portuguese legacy while exploring cobbled streets lined with pastel-colored buildings.
Day 9: Salvador
Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Salvador with a focus on the Pelourinho, the historic city center, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the home and studio of a local artist and enjoy a home-cooked meal of traditional Bahian cuisine.
Day 10: Salvador / Cachoeira / Salvador
Travel to Cachoeira, known for its strong African influence on culture, music, and religion. Take a walking tour of Cachoeira. Return to Salvador for a performance of the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, one of the most respected dance troupes in the world.
Day 11: Salvador / Depart for Home
Say farewell to Brazil and depart for home.