- Move to the rhythm of Rio and revel in the slower pace of the Amazon
- Your private cruise, a step back in time on the dark waters of Rio Negro
- Chill out in Buzios, a stylish hippie hideaway on the Atlantic
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FROM MEGALOPOLIS TO FISHING VILLAGES
YOUR PRIVATE CRUISE TO THE AMAZON RAINFORESTYou sail on Amazon Ecoboat, a beautiful wooden boat typical of the Amazon basin - a true private boathouse for up to six people - you can sail at the pace of the river and experience the spirit of voyagers of yesteryear. It's an amazing experience in the heart of the equatorial forest, accommodated in cosy privacy and with perfect respect for the ecosystem. The crew at your service is made up of three people: the captain/guide, the second-in-command and the cook, who prepares dishes that combine new flavours. In an environment that you'd think might be saturated with biting insects, the waters of the Rio Negro are renowned for not attracting mosquitoes - worth mentioning! The coastline is narrower than the Amazon River and is suitable for viewing wildlife. As you navigate, you can bathe with pink dolphins, hike through the Amazon forest, fish for piranha, and meet local communities - Meti descendants of Indians and Portuguese - living by the river.
Flight to Rio
Transfer and accommodation for three nights in a hotel on Ipanema Beach. From the outside, the property is a tall tower with no particular appeal - but once inside, it is a real charmer. From the spacious and comfortable rooms to the rooftop bar, the views of Rio are magnificent. Access to Ipanema Beach is available, with sun loungers, parasols and showers.
Things to see and do - Visit the Museu de Arte Moderna, built in 1960 by Alfonso Eduardo Reidy, for its perfect architecture - shop for a bikini at Bumbum - chill on Ipanema - observe trends in contemporary art at the Anita Schwartz gallery - see the Maracana Stadium and the huge concrete cone of Sao Sebastiao Cathedral, Rio's twin temples - indulge in churrasco (grilled meat) and feijoada (black bean and meat stew) - go shopping in the bohemian district of Lapa: Portuguese houses in faded colours reinvented as second-hand clothes shops, vintage shops and antique galleries, where splendid mid-century Brazilian furniture is the order of the day - sip Amazonian fruit juice in the cool of a rear courtyard in Leblon, after an afternoon's shopping.
Included in the itinerary - A visit to arty Santa Teresa, accompanied by one of its inhabitant who leads you through its cobblestone streets, where time seems to have stopped in the mid 20th century, and to its artists' workshops. In the evening, you'll meet a Rio local who will take you to expend what energy you have left on the Ipanema rooftops, trendy bars in Leblon, or Lapa's samba clubs.
RIO - MANAUS
Transfer to the airport and flight to Manaus, an incredible urban island of two million inhabitants in the heart of the Amazon, which sprang up from nothing at the turn of the last century thanks to the miracle of rubber, and which has retained the traces of its past splendour. Overnight accommodation in one of the city's finest establishments, decorated in Baroque colonial style. The spacious rooms are clean and elegant. The swimming pool is surrounded by lush plants and flowers. The service is excellent.
Things to see - The splendid Opera House, 'Teatro Amazonas', which testifies to the wealth of the rubber tree barons. Its 12,000-piece macacauba and jacaranda precious wood marquetry parquet flooring is a delight. Light macacauba alternates geometrically with dark brown jacaranda to symbolise the encounter of the silty waters of Solimoes River with the dark waves of the Rio Negro.
Amazon EcoBoat Cruise
Boarding the Amazon Ecoboat, a flat-bottomed private houseboat for up to six people. She has a small footprint and a low draught, and glides along the Rio Negro. The boat offers a unique experience on the river, in cozy privacy and perfect respect for the ecosystem. From solar electricity to biodegradable bath products, management on board is strictly ecological. Cabins, showers, living room, observation deck, with solarium, hammocks: it's all very comfortable. The crew is made up of three people: the captain/guide, the second-in-command and the chef who produces small tasty dishes bursting with new flavours.
The trip begins in Manaus where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the ochre waters of the Amazon. The two streams are so powerful that they don't mix for hundreds of miles. If its waters are ink-coloured - because of their high iron concentration - they are not cloudy and it is possible, in the Rio Negro, to observe the boto, the Amazon dolphin with a long snout, or the tucuxi, the dolphin of the Orinoco. A stop for a walk through the dense forest, a stop on one of the sandy beaches that spread along the river's edge, or the exploration of a tributary by kayak. Meet an indigenous community, go piranha fishing... Life in the Amazon cannot help but be natural, surprising and full of unexpected pleasures.
AMAZON ECOBOAT CRUISE - RIO - BUZIOS
Landing and private airport transfer. Flight to Rio, and private transfer to the beautiful seaside resort of Buzios. Accommodation for three nights in a beautiful white house with blue shutters and glazed, painted tile facades, in the historic centre of Buzios, a stone's throw from Sant 'Ana's church and the beach. It looks a bit like Greece or Portugal – but in the Tropics. Brazil, with a Mediterranean twist. In the spacious rooms, vintage furniture and the most comfortable bedding. The garden has two swimming pools and lush vegetation.
A small traditional fishing port that became a popular destination on the southern Atlantic coast, the beautiful seaside resort of Buzios is located on a peninsula, has long beaches - 20 in all - and small secret coves. At the weekends, Rio's inhabitants flock here to escape the bustling city and taste the almost 'Saint Tropez of the 60s' atmosphere of Buzios. Choose your beach depending on how you are feeling at the time - relax in the shade of a parasol, swim or (kite) surf - move around by beach buggy, practice your swing, go diving with a guide, read beside the swimming pool, stroll down cobbled streets now home to galleries and designer workshops, dine on the terrace... And repeat the next day.
BUZIOS - RIO - RETURN FLIGHT
Private transfer back to Rio then international return flight at the end of the day. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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AMAZON DREAM CRUISE
Santarem, located halfway between Manaus and Belem, is the home port of Amazon Dream, a small traditional ship, built of ipe and itauba wood. It has nine magnificent cabins, each decorated differently, enhanced by indigenous art objects, all with wide windows that offer a unique view of this magnificent biosphere. On deck are inviting hammocks where you'll be rocked by the ship's movement. The ship has two motorboats for daily exploration, accompanied by the on-board naturalist guide. The hospitality and service on board are remarkable, the atmosphere warm and refined. During your cruise, you will taste the flavours of Amazonian cuisine, orchestrated by a Brazilian chef.
A Rough Idea of Price
- International flights with a scheduled airline
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- The Rio-Manaus-Rio domestic flight
- Private transfers airports/hotels/airports
- Private transfer Rio-Buzios-Rio
- Three-night stay in Rio in superior double rooms, breakfast included
- Overnight stay in Manaus in double rooms, breakfast included
- Four nights, full board, aboard the Amazon Ecoboat
- Three-night stay in Buzios in superior double rooms with breakfast
- Half day exploring Arty Santa Teresa with a guide
- The discovery of Rio by night accompanied by a local
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