- 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 VILLAGE
A journey to the extremes, to live as a family or with friends, between tropical cities, equatorial forest and Atlantic beach. In Rio there are, the golden beaches of Ipanema and Zona Sul, the museums of the Centro, arty Santa Teresa - which you visit accompanied by one of its inhabitants, along its cobblestone streets and artists' workshops. A tropical night out, which you experience in a big way, from the rooftops of Ipanema to trendy bars in Leblon, from electro bars in the edgy district of Botafogo to samba clubs in Lapa, guided by a Carioca (Rio resident) who helps you discover the latest places to go. Then comes a great change of scenery, in Amazonia, where you cross the waters of the Rio Negro on board a beautiful wooden boat.
YOUR PRIVATE CRUISE TO THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
You 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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