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Cosmos Best of Brazil (1500)

11 days from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus 
Vibrant cities combined with nature at its finest in the Amazon—that's what awaits you on this Best of Brazil tour with overnights in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Manaus, and the Amazon.

Guided sightseeing in the cities features the must-see sites, including the cog railway in Rio de Janeiro that takes you to the summit of Corcovado to view the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue and 360-degree views of the surrounding tropical forests, pristine beaches, and panoramic views of the bustling city and Guanabara Bay. Fly to Salvador, which was the first colony of Portuguese Brazil and also the first capital of Brazil. During your guided walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, see some of the finest colonial architecture in the Americas, the 17th-century Jesuit Cathedral, and the baroque Church of St. Francis. Learn about this port city and its varied past, including being the first slave trading center in the Americas, which is why today it’s considered the center for Afro-Brazilian culture. You'll also have a free day to explore on your own or to take an optional excursion in both cities. Continue north to the banks of the Amazon River where you will find the gateway city to the Amazon, Manaus. Evidence of the opulent era in the late 19th century can still be seen during your city tour including the ornate Opera House built from materials brought from Europe.

A highlight of this Brazil tour is the time you'll spend in the Amazon. You'll visit a native Amazon village to see what life is like on the Amazon River and you'll enjoy Naturalist-guided walks to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. You'll cruise down the Rio Negro to the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões come together to form the mighty Amazon River. You'll also visit a monkey jungle reserve, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates and where you'll have a chance to get up close to the monkeys.

From the lively cities to the natural sounds of the jungle, this value-minded Brazil tour has it all! Be sure to bring your camera and get ready for a trip of a lifetime!

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Manaus, and the Amazon. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

RIO DE JANEIRO Windsor Plaza Copacabana (F)
SALVADOR Sheraton da Bahia (F)
MANAUS Tropical Manaus (MD)
AMAZON LODGE Ecopark Jungle Lodge (BA)

Itinerary (2017)

Day 1Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
 Welcome to spectacular Rio de Janeiro, home to white-sand beaches nestled between mountains and sea. Settle into your hotel and meet your Tour Director, who will have pointers for your free-time exploration.
Day 2Rio De Janeiro.
 Sprawling between majestic granite peaks and the blue South Atlantic, Rio is a city of beauty, wonder, and energy. Guided sightseeing begins with a drive along Rio’s famed Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana Beaches. Take the cog railway 2,300 feet up to the summit of CORCOVADO to view the infamous Christ the Redeemer statue and 360-degree views of the surrounding tropical forests, pristine beaches, and panoramic views of the bustling city and Guanabara Bay. Your afternoon is free to explore on your own. Perhaps join an optional excursion to a nearby favela for a glimpse into the life of these colorful communities that nearly 25% of the people call home. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a welcome dinner at a local churrascaria, serving prime meats, seafood, and fish. Following dinner, perhaps opt for a folklore and Carnival show that includes a lively and colorful extravaganza of spectacular costumes, talented dancers, and the hot beat of the Brazilian Samba rhythm. (B,D)
Day 3Rio De Janeiro.
 A free day in marvelous Rio lets you relax on one of the beaches or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Petropolis to see the former summer palace of Emperor Pedro II. (B)
Day 4Rio De Janeiro–Salvador.
 A morning flight takes you to Salvador, situated on a peninsula overlooking Todos los Santos Bay. Brazilians often refer to Salvador as the “Land of Happiness” because life here is a constant celebration of happiness. (B)
Day 5Salvador.
 On your guided sightseeing tour, learn why many think of Salvador as the “Soul of Brazil.” Serving as the first capital of Brazil between 1549 and 1763, Salvador is a melting pot of European, African, and Amerindian cultures. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a walking tour through the Pelourinho district in the Upper City. View the district’s well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings, representing some of the finest colonial architecture in all of the Americas. Visits include the 17th-century Jesuit CATHEDRAL and the baroque CHURCH OF ST. FRANCIS with its intricately carved gold-leafed rosewood interior, fine paintings, and sculptures. (B)
Day 6Salvador.
 Today is free to explore on your own; possibly visit the Mercado Modelo, a must for securing wonderful souvenirs and experiencing the true Bahian life. (B)
Day 7Salvador–Manaus.
 Transfer to the airport for your flight to Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas region. Located in the dense Amazon Jungle area on the Rio Negro, Manaus preserves images of its opulent past when it became a rubber boomtown and is still a major port—even 1,000 miles inland! Your city tour features sites from Manaus’ glorious past at the turn of the century. See the downtown area, including São Sebastião Square, Palácio Rio Negro, the Customs House, and the cathedral. A highlight of your tour is a visit of the famous OPERA HOUSE, made almost entirely from European materials and completed in 1896 after 15 years of construction. Also visit a LOCAL MARKET, humming with locals selling anything from fruit to rubber. (B)
Day 8Manaus–Amazon Jungle.
 Depart Manaus this morning and head into the Amazon rainforest and your Amazon lodge on the banks of the Rio Negro. Sail up the river to visit an AMAZON NATIVE CABOCLO VILLAGE to see what life is like on the banks of the Amazon River and to learn about their traditions, costumes, and culture. After lunch, enjoy a Naturalist-guided WALK to see the flora and fauna that thrive in the Amazon. This evening, venture back out on canoe with your Naturalist to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night and to look for small alligators and other night creatures. (B,L,D)
Day 9Amazon Jungle.
 Floating past the clustered huts of locals living on the banks of the river, cruise down the Rio Negro to the MEETING OF THE WATERS. Marvel at the confluence of the dark-colored Rio Negro and the light chocolate-colored Rio Solimões, where the two rivers come together to form the mighty Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. For four miles, these two bodies of water flow side by side before they mix together. Later, disembark at a JUNGLE ISLAND (water level permitting) with fascinating native flora and fauna, where you will have lunch before returning to your lodge. This afternoon provides another opportunity to discover the Amazon with your Naturalist. (B,L,D)
Day 10Amazon Jungle.
 This morning, visit the MONKEY JUNGLE RESERVE, where researchers work to rehabilitate primates, like spider, squirrel, woolly, and capuchin monkeys, and to reintroduce them to the jungle. This is your chance to get up close to the monkey denizens of the rainforest! This afternoon, depart the lodge by canoe and try your hand at piranha fishing. (B,L,D)
Day 11Amazon Jungle–Manaus.
 This morning after breakfast, transfer to Manaus for your return flights home. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Cosmos Pricing Details

Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Cosmos, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments, starting at $1,527 (based on Miami, departure in March, 2017); or (2) intra-vacation air segments only. Required intra-vacation air segments are Rio de Janeiro/Salvador; Salvador/Manaus. Air prices were effective on July 13, 2016, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Gratuities for Tour Director, driver, and Local Guides are available for pre-purchase.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$735

Triple Rooms are available at no reduction

Extra Nights per person in Rio de Janeiro:
in single room $220; in twin room $116; in triple room $94

Extra Nights per person in Manaus:
in single room $156; in twin room $83; in triple room $67

2018 prices and itineraries are subject to change. Details will be available in July 2017.

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