SOUTH AMERICA
Deep in the Jungle - 8 Nights

Tour Cities : Rio de Janeiro - Manaus
           
Ref - TV15

From R 55 792.97 pps
Flights inclusive

Total : R 55 792.97


Valid. 16-Jul to 30-Nov-2017
 

Overview

Amazon -The term rainforest describes forests that grow in constant humid conditions. They can occur wherever the annual rainfall is above 2,000 millimeters (80 inches), even if it is spread throughout the year. The rather high temperatures favor plant development – i.e., above 20 degrees Celsius. The main characteristic of this humid, dense forest is the fact that the plants congregate in groups, whic h are organized in a distinctive manner within the ecosystem. Contrary to popular belief, tropical trees are not over- sized. Average total height in the Amazon Rainforest ranges 30 to 40 meters (100 to 133 feet). The Amazon Rainforest contains the largest area of tropical forest in the world. It covers 6 million square kilometers in 9 different countries (circa 60% in Brazil). At first look, the Amazon forest seems to be rather uniform in physiognomy but in fact there are manytypological variations and ample species  diversity. The forest canopy is frequently discontinuous, giving space for special ecological niches. At the heart of this region lies the huge Amazon River, the second longest watercourse of the world. The Amazon holds more than 20% of the planet’s fresh water, has at least 1,000 tributaries. The Rio Negro is its largest tributary. The Amazon Rainforest actually includes four major vegetation types: Terra Firma Forest (upland forest) – located on higher grounds with no direct influence from rivers Várzea Forest (marshland forest) – seasonally floodedlowland forest.Igapó Forest – permanently flooded lowland forest. Catinga Forest – along Rio Negro, called Campirana as  well. The extraordinary wealth of plant and animal life in the Amazon basin has attracted explorers and scientists since the dawn of the 16th century. At least 30,000 out of 100,000 species of plants in Latin America are found in the Brazilian Amazon. The wildlife is equally di verse there are thousands of creatures, amazingly differentbut each ideally suited for its particular way of life in the jungle. Clearly, this is a world of enormous fascination to everyone interest in nature. With its legends and myths, the Amazon’s reality is still anenigma for humanity.

Itinerary

Day 1

Rio de Janeiro (Friday) - Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains, sea, samba,  carnival and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel along Copacabana Beach. This afternoon, your orientation tour begins with a cable car ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a tour of city sights, and a ride along the world-famous beaches. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill, which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. A second cable car will be taken up to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro (Saturday) - The jeep tour will visit the Tijuca Rainforest. The city is, literally sliced down the middle by this impressive mountain range, which makes it possible to go to the beach in the morning and enjoy the chill of the rainforest and the refreshment of natural pools and waterfalls in the afternoon. The Tijuca forest is filled with attractions, from the obvious Statue of Christ the Redeemer to the pagoda-style belvedere at Vista Chinesa and the giant granite picnic table at the Mesa do Imperador. Also inside the Park, the gem-like Mayrink chapel boasts murals painted by one of Brazil’s best-known twentieth century artists, Cândido Portinari. The open-air jeeps provide a unique opportunity to enjoy Rio in the fresh air. The tour drives along Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, past the Jardim Botânico, finally stopping at the Vista Chinesa. Here a stop for photos and our first contact with the history of the forest and the world’s first preservation project when the Emperor Pedro II decided that the original forest should be restored, replacing coffee plantations. It passes the Mesa do Imperador, the mammoth granite table of Imperial picnics, and Cascatinha waterfall, where the tour will make a stop. We pass by the Mayrink Chapel for a 30-minute hike along one of the many trails that are available to explore. Along the way, the rich variety of fauna and flora will be pointed out, as well as the importance of this park to the city of Rio de Janeiro. During the tour your guides will be pointing out a variety of fruit trees and animals like small monkeys, sloths or birds like toucans along with butterflies. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro (Sunday) - Morning check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus. Transefer to the Tropical Hotel for overnight. (B)

Day 4

Amazon (Monday) - Early transfer from the hotel to Manaus airport for your flight to Tefe.  Youi will be met by the Sales and Marketing Manager at Tefé airport. Transfer by car to “Flutuante do Areia Branca” where will start the journey to Mamirauá Reserve. The trip to the Reserve is made by speedboat and it takes about one and an half hours. Enroute, you may spot wildlife and interesting scenery as you cruise down the River Solimoes. Arrive at the Lodge. Enjoy your first morning at the Reserve, where you will take a short trip by canoe. The lunch will always be served between 12:30pm and 13:30pm. The outings in the afternoon start at 15:30 and every day you will experience a different walk with a Naturalist guide. During the wet season (May-July) these trails are taken by canoe. Talks about the ecosystem will take place in the evenings after dinner, around 20:30. (B, L)

Day 5

Amazon (Tuesday) – Early rise to maximize your wildlife viewing. Today is ideal to visit a local village for discussions on ecotourism, meeting the locals and do some craft shopping. After lunch, rest in a hammock, watch a video about researches done at Mamirauá or an award-winning BBC documentary on Mamirauá or read a book. In the late afternoon, you will go hiking to explore a different region of the reserve. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Amazon (Wednesday) – Take different walking trails to explore the reserve or paddle around in a small canoe. In the afternoon you will be taken on a motorized canoe to Mamirauá Lake, a beautiful lake inside the total preservation area of the reserve. Here you may encounter the pink river dolphins and many fish and bird species. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Amazon (Thursday) – After breakfast the activities start, by means of walking trails or canoeing. Fishing is a means of survival for the local communities and you can learn their ability to fish with a harpoon, handling the bait and fish with a long line or you can accompany a researcher’s team and participate in some field work or if you prefer, can do another wildlife viewing tour around the channels and lakes system that makes up some of the Varzea’s ecosystem. After dinner, join a short night tour and see tarantula spiders, Possums, two-toed Sloths, Bamboo rats and more.  (B, L, D)

Day 8

Amazon-Manaus (Friday) - Early in the morning you may see more wildlife such as Capuchin monkeys, Howlers, Uakaris and squirrel monkeys. Depart the lodge after breakfast for your flight from Tefe. Spend the day exploring Tefe. In the afternoon, transfer to Tefe airport for your flight to Manaus. Overnight in Manaus. (B)

Day 9

Manaus (Saturday) - Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Manaus airport for your flight home.

Inclusion

  • Return international airfare and taxes ex Johannesburg, to Rio and out of Manaus.
  • All domestic fares and taxes.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary. Seat-in Coach and Private basis, with English speaking guides.
  • Boat transfers.

 

Exclusions

  • Anything of a personal nature not mentioned in the inclusions or itinerary.

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From R 55 792.97 pps
Flights inclusive

Total : R

55 792.97


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