Brazil Highlights with Brazil's Amazon (ISSC)

9 Day Package from Manaus to Iguassu Falls

Flying Down to Rio...it’s the classic where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first appeared together. And now you can create your own classic and fly to Rio—Monograms makes it easy! On this 6-day vacation to Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily breakfast, and sightseeing. Plus, in both cities, you’ll have a Monograms Local Host®, someone who will answer questions, offer suggestions, help arrange your activities, translate if you need it, and help make sure your vacation is what you want it to be.

Your adventure begins with guided sightseeing and overnight stay in the historic European boom town of Manaus. Wake up the following day for an adventure in the Brazilian Amazon with a cruise to your Ecopark Jungle Lodge. Spend two nights in the Amazon rainforest with all the comforts of home, while exploring the jungle paradise with a Naturalist Guide.

When you arrive in Rio, Monograms can pick you up at the airport, so you don’t have to deal with hassles after the flight to Brazil. Your Local Host will meet you at your selected hotel with materials to help familiarize you with the city. The next day, after an included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for a private, guided tour of the city with a local expert. We’ll take you to the Cosme Velho district for a cog-wheel train through the Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain, home to the 130-foot Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New 7 Modern Wonders of the World. We’ve scouted out the best place to capture photos of the city and beaches below, so be sure to bring your camera. You’ll also have plenty of leisure time to explore Rio. Perhaps take an excursion to Petropolis, the summer palace of former Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil; take a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain; or stroll along one of the many beaches to people-watch. Your Local Host can point you in the right direction and help you tailor your free time to fit your interests.

Then you’re off to Iguassu Falls, one of the Earth’s most spectacular waterfalls, where you’ll have a private tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, encompassing 275 separate falls! Enjoy the thunderous roar, clouds of spray, and rainbows that form in the mist and sun. The next day, your private tour focuses on the Argentine side of the falls. Your Local Host will take you on the Ecological Jungle Train and along numerous walkways above and under the water.

Monograms has included all of this in your package: hotels, guides, sightseeing, and transportation! Add the time you save and the comfort of knowing you’ll have a local thee to assist you throughout your vacation and your one happy traveler!

Due to the Carnival holiday, departures with overnights falling in Rio de Janeiro from February 25 to March 2, 2022 and February 17 to February 22, 2023, are on request only and will have a supplemental cost if available.


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.

Your Local Host

What is the Role of a Local Host?

Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Manaus. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Manaus and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host will share local Manaus insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.

Local Host Recommendations

Meet One of Your Local Hosts

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Wilmar

My name is Wilmar Strapasson and I was born and raised in Brazil. I speak four languages fluently in additon to Portuguese – English, Spanish, French, and Italian. As a graduate of the Univerity of Amazonas, I found my passion in guiding in that region. I have 20 years of experience working in the Amazon as a guide, specializing in its history, geography, Amazonian flora and fauna, and I have even done some survival training in the area. I love being a tour guide, meeting new people, and introducing them to this fascinating part of Brazil.

Guides


In Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls; Naturalist in the Amazon

Meals


Buffet breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 2 three-course dinners

Day-By-Day 2022 / 2023

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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1
ARRIVE IN MANAUS

1-Jan-2022

After arriving at your hotel, meet up for private city sightseeing to view vestiges of Manaus’ glory days during the rubber boom. Your first stop will be the famous opera house, built in 1896 with materials imported from Europe. Next, visit a bustling local market filled with regional foods and wares.

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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2
MANAUS–AMAZON JUNGLE

2-Jan-2022

Today, your “Meeting of the Waters” cruise passes by the impressive Britishbuilt Customs House and the floating port. Cruise along the chocolate-colored Rio Negro to its confluence with the yellow-gray Rio Solimões, where the two rivers form the mighty Amazon. For four miles, the differently colored bodies of water flow side by side and never mix! After lunch on the river, explore a jungle island (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna. Later this afternoon, arrive at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge, situated on the banks of the Rio Negro inside the Amazon rainforest.

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Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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AMAZON JUNGLE

3-Jan-2022

Accompanied by a Naturalist, enjoy a guided jungle walk that introduces you to the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. After lunch, depart the lodge and sail up the river to visit a Caboclo’s native Amazon village to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. Also, try your hand at piranha fishing! Later, visit the Monkey Jungle Reserve, where researchers work to rehabilitate captive primates and reintroduce them to the jungle. Here, you have the opportunity to see the feeding of spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys. This evening, maybe venture back out with your Naturalist via canoe into the flooded forest to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night. Keep watch for small alligators (and other night creatures)!

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4
AMAZON JUNGLE–RIO DE JANEIRO

4-Jan-2022

This morning, depart your Amazon lodge for a flight to fabulous Rio. Welcome to South America’s capital of glamour—Rio de Janeiro! Your Local Host will be available with suggested activities during your free time.

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5
RIO DE JANEIRO

5-Jan-2022

Today, your private city tour takes you to the Cosme Velho district to board a cog-wheel train that will whisk 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 panoramic view of the city and beaches below. The afternoon and evening are at leisure. Tonight, consider joining a fun churrascaria for a feast of barbecued meats that are marinated and roasted over charcoal in true Brazilian style.

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Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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6
RIO DE JANEIRO

6-Jan-2022

Enjoy a full day at leisure. Your Local Host will suggest an optional Jeep tour to the rainforest in the middle of the city, Tijuca National Park, and its bird sanctuary. This afternoon, you may elect to discover historic Petropolis, a mountain resort and site of the former summer palace of Emperor Dom Pedro II, or take an optional excursion to visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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7
RIO DE JANEIRO–IGUASSU FALLS

7-Jan-2022

Fly to Iguassu Falls at the crossroads of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. This masterpiece of nature encompasses 275 separate falls and spans almost two miles. The afternoon’s private tour is dedicated to enjoying the spectacle of this 2-mile-wide torrent. With some cataracts as high as 250 feet, it’s nothing short of hypnotic. The clouds of spray, the incessant roar, and the surrounding luxuriant tropical growth make this an unforgettable natural wonder.

Breakfast Breakfast

Your Local Host will be available to provide you with recommendations while on vacation to help you make the most out of your free time.

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8
IGUASSU FALLS

8-Jan-2022

This morning, take the Ecological Jungle Train with your Local Host and tour the Argentine side of Iguassu Falls with numerous walkways that wind above and under the crashing water.

Breakfast Breakfast

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9
IGUASSU FALLS

9-Jan-2022

Your vacation ends after breakfast this morning.

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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.


As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intravacation flights not included

Hotels

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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.

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.

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