Amazonia Voyage with Rio & Iguassu (ISB)

10 Day Package from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus

The Amazon Jungle… do you know anyone who’s been lucky enough to say they’ve explored the Amazon? Now you do, and it's you! And Monograms makes it easy for you. Plus, we know if you're traveling all the way to Brazil, you'll also want to see Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls. That's why on this 10-day vacation, we've arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations, daily buffet breakfast (plus 2 lunches and three dinners), sightseeing, and transportation within the cities. Plus, we want you to feel comfortable in Brazil so we've arranged a one-of-a-kind feature for you: a Local Host® in each city—Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, & Manaus. Your Local Hosts will help make sure your vacation runs smoothly by answering questions, helping you personalize your trip, offering suggestions, and letting you in on little-known local secrets.

Your vacation begins the moment you arrive, as we can whisk you from the airport to your selected hotel in Rio de Janeiro. There, your Local Host will present you with a set of materials to help familiarize you with the city and get you settled. The next day, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for a private tour with an expert Local Guide that features Rio's famous beaches as well as Corcovado Mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Be sure to have your camera ready, as there are breathtaking, 360-degree, panoramic views of Rio and its beaches. During your free day in Rio, perhaps enjoy a samba show or visit Sugar Loaf Mountain via cable car to see amazing views.

The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls, where you’ll have private guided tours of these magnificent waterfalls from the Brazilian and Argentine sides. Meaning "Mighty Waters" in the local language, these falls span almost three miles and contain 275 individual cataracts. Hear the deafening roar, see the rainbows forming in the mist, and stand in awe as you witness one of the world's most beautiful waterfalls.

Then your journey continues to Manaus, gateway to Brazil's Amazon, where we’ll pick you up at the airport and take you on a private, guided sightseeing tour with a local expert. You'll hear the insider stories and see the opulent sights from the rubber boom days, like the Opera House, built from materials brought over from Europe. In Manaus, you’ll embark your 3-night cruise up the Amazon. Your cruise includes excursions to explore the Amazon jungle and its vegetation, indigenous animals, and even local river communities. You’ll enjoy Naturalist-guided walks through the rainforest to learn how the native people live off the land; hear lectures on the region; have the opportunity to try piranha fishing; take a cruise at night along the waterways to spot caiman; enjoy a birdwatching Safari in search of the many endemic birds; visit a local home for a personal experience with the native communities; and cruise the Amazon tributaries looking for wildlife, such as capuchin and howler monkeys. Before your vacation ends, you'll also cruise the Meeting of the Waters, where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro meets with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões to form the impressive Amazon River.

And did we mention that we've included not only the cruise, but also sightseeing of both sides of Iguassu Falls including the Ecological Jungle Train in your package? In fact, between the sightseeing we've included, hotels we have booked, and the transportation we've arranged, Monograms has handled all the details for you. And, just think of the comfort you'll get from having a Local Host in each city, especially if you do not speak Portuguese. So grab your camera and get ready for a trip of a lifetime!


Insider Benefits

Monograms is all about connecting you to your destination with unmatched insider guidance and support to make travel a pleasure. With a team of local experts in each destination, your Monograms vacation includes local assistance and tips that only a local would know. In addition to an expertly-planned vacation with great hotels and included sightseeing, Monograms means you'll get the VIP treatment from a team of local insiders who help you put your signature on your vacation.

Arrival & Hotel Transfer

Monograms greets you like a VIP when you arrive at your destination then whisks you off to your hotel with a friendly Monograms operated transfer, complimentary for guests who have purchased their flights through Monograms.

Hotel Check-In

Once you arrive at your hotel, your own Monograms Local Host® is there to greet you, help you get checked in, and share lots of destination insights with you to get your vacation started.

Sightseeing

Get an insider's look at the must-see sights with the insight and knowledge of an expert Monograms Local Guide. Delight in the stares of regular tourists as they slide you past the line and right into the doorway with VIP access.

Free Time

Your Monograms Local Host® can provide tips and suggestions and even help you book activities & excursions to make the most of your time at your destination, helping you drink in the local culture in just your style.

Dining

What better restaurant recommendations can you find than from a local who knows? From haute cuisine to hidden cafes, from street food to Michelin Stars, your Local Host® can give you the inside scoop on finding your favorite fare.

MonogramsGO App

To help you feel even more comfortable in your destination, Monograms offers access to our MonogramsGO app where guests can check flight, hotel and transfer information and customize their trip with a host of local suggestions.

City Connections

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, we'll get you to your train or plane, stress free with door-to-gate service. Your local Monograms team awaits your arrival at your next destination.

Activities & Excursions

Monograms offers a range of amazing experiences you can add to your trip, vetted by our team and perfectly coordinated with your Monograms package. Add them before you leave or on trip with the help of your Local Host®.

Airport Departure

Parting is such sweet sorrow. When you've explored all that you can explore and it's time to head home, your Local Host® will ensure a smooth departure, on time and on point, stress-free.

Day-By-Day 2019 / 2020

With Monograms, we handle the details so you can focus on the sights, experience new cultures and new destinations. From arranging the right hotels and seamless transportation to providing your own Local Host® and included sightseeing, we've thought of-and included-everything you need in an all-in-one package.

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FEATURED HIGHLIGHT

Your Amazon vacation package includes a 3-night cruise on the all-inclusive Iberostar Grand Amazon, a luxury ship offering included excursions to explore the wonders of the Amazon.

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DAY
1
ARRIVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

18-Jan-2020

Welcome to South America’s capital of glamour—Rio de Janeiro. Your hotel is available for mid-afternoon check-in.

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DAY
2
RIO DE JANEIRO

19-Jan-2020

Today, an included PRIVATE CITY TOUR takes you to the Cosme Velho district, where you board a cog-wheel train that will take you through the lush tropical vegetation of Tijuca Forest to the top of CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN. This rounded peak rising 2,300 feet from the bay below is one of the New7Wonders of the World and home to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panorama, which affords sweeping views of the city and beaches below. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)

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DAY
3
RIO DE JANEIRO

20-Jan-2020

Enjoy a full day at leisure. You may opt to join an outing to a fun churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style, followed by a Samba show, where the sheer vitality of this country explodes in a colorful extravaganza. (B)

Excursions Available:

Panoramic City Tour & Visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain

Price: Starting From: $75/person

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Panoramic City Tour & Visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain

Enjoy a panoramic tour of downtown Rio passing by the Sambodrome where Rio's famous carnival parades take place and stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral. You will also take the cable cars up to see Sugar Loaf Mountain and its splendid views of Rio's beaches and more.

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DAY
4
RIO DE JANEIRO–IGUASSU FALLS

21-Jan-2020

. Fly to IGUASSU FALLS. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. This afternoon’s PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrential downpour from the Brazilian side. (B)

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DAY
5
IGUASSU FALLS

22-Jan-2020

Today, on the Argentine side of IGUASSU FALLS, ride the Ecological JUNGLE TRAIN and enjoy a private walking tour of this side of the falls. (B)

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Bird Park

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Bird Park

The Bird Park near Iguassu Falls offers visitors the opportunity to see indigenous birds up close is their native rain forest environment.

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DAY
6
IGUASSU FALLS–MANAUS

23-Jan-2020

Head to the airport for your flight to Manaus, gateway to Brazil’s Amazon. Later, PRIVATE GUIDED SIGHTSEEING shows you opulent sites from Manaus’ rubber boom at the turn of last century, like São Sebastião Square and Palácio Rio Negro. Next, proceed to the famous OPERA HOUSE, built almost entirely of European materials during the rubber boom and inaugurated in 1896. (B)

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DAY
7
MANAUS (EMBARKATION)

24-Jan-2020

Transfer to the pier and embark your cruise ship, the Iberostar Grand Amazon, your home for the next three nights. Stops will be made at locations along the Amazon’s Rio Solimões, offering excursions to explore the Amazon jungle and local vegetation, see indigenous animals, and even visit local river communities. This evening, enjoy a Captain’s welcome cocktail party before dinner. (B,D)

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DAY
8
CRUISING: RAINFOREST WALK & PIRANHA FISHING

25-Jan-2020

This morning, board a PANGA BOAT RIDE to shore and embark on a NATURALIST-GUIDED WALK through the rainforest in the Manacapurú region. Along the trail, learn how natives subsist off the flora. You’ll also hear about some of the medicinal qualities each plant possesses. Keep an eye open for Capuchin and Howler Monkeys! After a lecture on the region and lunch on board, head back out via panga and try your hand at PIRANHA FISHING. Tonight, take a NIGHT CRUISE along the waterways on a caiman-spotting expedition. (B,L,D)

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DAY
9
CRUISING: BIRD WATCHING & LOCAL HOME VISIT

26-Jan-2020

Enjoy the sunrise over the Amazon as you depart on a bird-watching SAFARI in search of the many endemic birds of the Janauacá Lake region. Later, visit a LOCAL HOME for an up-close view of how the native communities live and work. This afternoon, a CRUISE the Amazon tributaries looking for wildlife. Your final evening on board begins with a gala dinner followed by a Brazilian Folkloric Show, the perfect finale to your vacation. (B,L,D)

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DAY
10
MEETING OF THE WATERS–MANAUS (DISEMBARKATION)

27-Jan-2020

En route back to Manaus, cruise the Meeting of the Waters, where the chocolate-colored Rio Negro meets with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões to form the mighty Amazon. For four miles the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! Say goodbye to the Amazon when you disembark in Manaus, where your vacation ends. Please schedule flights after 10 am. (B)

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Transportation

From City-to-City

When your vacation includes traveling from one city to another, your local Monograms team makes it an absolute breeze! We'll get to your train or plane, stress free and on time with door-to-gate service. And your local Monograms team awaits your arrival as soon as you pull into your next destination.

Hotels

Monograms offers an impressive choice of hotels pre-selected for their location, amenities and service. When booking your package check to see what other hotels are available for your dates. Some hotels may not be available for this package.

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Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls
Manaus

Rio de Janeiro

Forte do Leme

A 20-minute walk to the top of this fort on Leme Beach leads you to one of Rio’s best-kept secrets. Take in the 360-degree views of Copacabana and Guanabara Bay while sagui monkeys dart around.

Rio Scenarium

Housed in a renovated warehouse that was once an antique store, this bar in the hip Lapa neighborhood is considered to be the most beautiful in Rio.

Aprazível

Chef Ana Castilho hosted a community event at her home in 1996 and never closed the door. Her Brazilian-fare restaurant takes up several rooms in her charming home and trickles out into the garden, where you can enjoy views of downtown Rio.

Rua da Carioca

The berimbau, a wooden string instrument, is one of the most popular Brazilian souvenirs. Rua da Carioca, dubbed “Music Row” due to its numerous music shops, is the perfect place to purchase one.

Tijuca National Park

For a break from the city, take a walk through this lush rainforest with 30 waterfalls and over 300 plant species.

São Conrado Beach

While the tourists flock to Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, head to this secluded beach for a little more space and beautiful mountain scenery. It’s also fun to watch the hang gliders descend to the landing strip here.

Old Rio

Admire the colonial architecture and baroque churches before hitting the Uruguaiana Shopping District for local treasures. The soft Brazilian cotton is extremely popular.

Santa Teresa

For a break from the glitzy and hedonistic side of Rio, take the streetcar to this charming, authentic village. Colonial houses have been converted to small inns and art studios, and the women are more likely to be in peasant skirts than halter tops.

Misiones Province Jesuit ruins

Most people stop at breathtaking Iguassu Falls on their way from Rio to Buenos Aires, but don’t just visit the amazing waterfall. The Misiones Province area has much to offer, including the 17th-century Jesuit ruins.

Colombo Tea House

If you want to travel back through time and eat in the past, then Colombo is the place for you. This magnificent Continental café has changed little since opening on September 17th, 1894, and it retains an air of restful elegance on its upstairs restaurant balcony.

Botanical Garden

Enjoy a paradise of plants and trees from the four corners of the earth. Founded in 1808, it spreads over an area of approximately 340 acres. It has over 5,000 species of plants, including the impressive Imperial Palms planted in 1842.

Barra Da Tijuca

Rio’s longest beach, it stretches over 18km along Av. Sernambetiba. A hot spot on the beach is the area around the Barraca do Pepê, a bar named for a famous Brazilian hang glider who died competing outside Brazil.

Recreio Dos Bandeirantes

This is a charming 2km long inlet at the end of Sernambetiba Ave. Sheltered by a large rock, Recreio is safe for swimming.

Prainha

A secluded sandy strip 700 meters long, Prainha is a surfer’s beach. It is an Environmental Protected Area.

Grumari

Enjoy the reddish sand in an unspoiled setting. The sea is often rough here. It is also an Environmental Protected Area.

Burle Marx

Out beyond Barra, the vegetation is almost virgin. If you have time, visit Prainha and Grumari beaches—much loved by the surfers. The vegetation is protected, and building is not permitted. Nearby is the estate where the famous landscape artist, Burle Marx, lived. This is open to visitors and is perfect for an ecological/photographic safari. It contains plants from all over the world, though the emphasis is on wonderful examples of Brazilian flora.

Open Fairs

There are open fairs, such as the Hippie Fair in Praça and General Osório in Ipanema, where all sorts of handcrafts, art, and leather goods can be found. At the Babilônia Feira Hype (in the Jockey Club in Gávea), every fortnight the booths are loaded with clothes—mainly for the young. A typically Brazilian event is the open street market—selling fruit and vegetables—which moves around from borough to borough, so a little local knowledge is needed to know when one is operating near your hotel. The show of fruit and greens is spectacular, and prices are reasonable.

Iguassu Falls

Bird Park

Located near the entrance of Iguassu National Park, the Bird Park has more than 300 species of birds and was constructed with the intention of offering ideal breeding conditions for birds. Rare and colorful birds fly in the huge aviaries, which have been built to blend in with the humid subtropical forest. Visitors are able to enter these aviaries and view the birds at close quarters. They will also see alligators, anacondas, pythons, marmosets, and butterflies. At present, the Bird Park is the largest in Latin America and is internationally recognized. It is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Itaipu Dam

A joint venture between Brazil and Paraguay, the Itaipu Dam is responsible for 20% of the energy consumed in Brazil and 90% in Paraguay. Located approximately 30 minutes from Iguassu, the Dam is five miles wide and 600 feet high. It is considered second in generating capacity behind the Three Gorges Dam in China. Since it was opened for visitation in 1977, the Itaipu Dam has been visited by 10 million people from over 165 countries.

Casino Iguazu Argentina

Venture to Casino Iguazu to play some roulette, black jack, poker, baccarat, or slot machines. Or maybe just enjoy its beautiful restaurant serving international dishes. Don’t forget to bring your passport, as you will need it to enter.

Manaus

Museu do Seringal Vila Paraiso

This is a really interesting visit to discover more about the history of rubber and its impact on Manaus. Spend a couple of hours learning about the somewhat sordid history of the rubber boom and bust in Brazil. Latex still oozes from trees, and the mystery of where those thick shelled Brazil nuts come from is made plain. A great tour and well worth a half day visit.

Arena Amazonia

After 2014’s world cup was hosted by Brazil, an impressive arena is left in the heart of Manaus. Take a tour of the new stadium and marvel at the impressive infrastructure and architecture of the venue.

São Sebastião Church

This lovely cathedral sits opposite the Opera House so if you’re stopping by, take a peek at this historical beauty. The square in front of the church is usually humming with activity and as you step inside, the air conditioning and stillness are a welcome reprieve from the heat and noise of the city. It’s a contemplative spot and often offers church services throughout the day.

Ponta Negra Beach

Not far from the Tropical Manaus Resort, this little patch of beach offers impressive views and is quite popular amongst the locals. It’s great for strolling, people watching and a little volleyball and soccer action. A fun way to spend a few hours on the coast.

Parque Ecologico Januari

This little ecological gem offers the chance to see some of the flora and fauna of the area while getting in some shopping and dining. Depending on the season you can catch glimpses of wild crocodiles, three-toed sloths, bats, and monkeys. Not to mention a good deal of interesting bird life and a giant lily pad lake.

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. Pricing may vary on this date due to hotel availability. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some packages require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Monograms).