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Rio de Janeiro Holidays

Once the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city after Sao Paulo. In all of South America it’s difficult to better such a fun and vibrant city, with its iconic granite peaks and famous coastline. A Rio de Janeiro holiday is usually first on a visitor’s wish list, and a city tour here is breathtaking. The best panoramic view is from the top of Pao de Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain), which is reached by a series of cable cars. Sugarloaf reaches a height of 1,300ft, and Corcovado can be seen in the far distance with its iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
 
Immediately below the Sugar Loaf in Guanabara Bay there are countless inlets packed with small boats. The Tijuca Rainforest at the foot of Corcovado can be explored by jeep and makes a fun trip and the botanical garden is lovely to explore on a quiet afternoon. A favela (township) tour is an interesting and thought-provoking excursion and we also recommend a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art.
 
We offer a wide range of tailor-made Rio de Janiero holidays. For more information & advice call our friendly team on 01582 766122 or send us an email.
 
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It takes most of the day to walk along the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, allowing for plenty of stops to people-watch, rehydrate with delicious coconut water or a freshly made caipirinha (Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime). A pedestrian walkway links these three famous beaches, and was designed by Rio's most famous resident, Oscar Niemeyer, who also designed Brazil's capital Brasilia in the 1960's. Its undulating black and white curves of basalt and limestone are iconic.
 
A few roads inland from the beach at Ipanema are shopping malls, hotels and informal eateries of all shapes and sizes. Further along towards Leblon, the restaurants, hotels and shops become more sophisticated. Rio has a huge array of places to eat from local churrascarias where waiters serve meat on skewers, to high quality Sushi bars and fantastic, fresh Brazilian seafood restaurants.
 
There are plenty of hotels and some guesthouses in Rio, and most people choose to stay around the traditional areas of Ipanema and Copacabana, although Leblon and Santa Teresa are becoming more popular. Santa Teresa is in a residential part of Rio, and whilst a little away from the beaches, it has plenty of character with its cobbled streets, independent shops, excellent restaurants, bars and an old tramway.
 
The Rio Carnival is undoubtedly the busiest time to be in Rio but it’s such a memorable experience. Carnival date changes every year as it is traditionally held in February or March and culminates in all the Samba schools dancing the night away in the specially designed Sambadrome. It’s possible to watch a Samba rehearsal, see how the costumes are made or even take part in a lesson. Rio is building up to the 2016 Olympics where events will take part all over Rio. The opening ceremony is bound to be exotic, tropical, packed full with Samba displays, friendly Cariocas and party, party, party!
Rio + Iguassu + Wonders of Argentina
AYA8B
8 NIGHTS
FROM £995
International flights quoted separately
This great value introductory tour is the perfect introduction to both Brazil & Argentina. Start with a few days of independent travel in beautiful Rio de Janeiro, before joining your tour at the thundering Iguassu Falls. Then flying to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, with included city tour & Tango show. All specified sightseeing, transfers & English guides included. 10 departures per year, with min 2/max 30.
Argentina Tour Iguazu Iguassu Falls Photo Buenos Aires
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Escadaria Selaron Steps
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Foz do Iguassu
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Iguassa Falls
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Buenos Aires
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San Telmo
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La Boca
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Tango Show
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Escadaria Selaron Steps
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Foz do Iguassu
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Iguassa Falls
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Buenos Aires
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San Telmo
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La Boca
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Tango Show
Rio + Iguassu + Wonders of Argentina + Patagonia
AYC10B
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,295
International flights quoted separately
Combine the highlights of Brazil & Argentina on this tour that visits the thundering Iguassu Falls, exciting Buenos Aire, the spectacular landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park & the ice fields of Pategonia. Also spend a few days exploring Rio de Janeiro independently. All specified sightseeing, transfers & English guides included. 10 departures per year, with min 2/max 30.
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour Argentina Iguazu Iguassu Falls Patagonia
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Iguassa Falls
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Buenos Aires
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City Tour
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Tango Show
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El Calafate
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Perito Moreno Glacier
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Iguassa Falls
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Buenos Aires
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City Tour
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Tango Show
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El Calafate
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Perito Moreno Glacier
Argentina & Brazil: Buenos Aires + Iguazu Falls + Rio
ARA10B
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,498
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Combine the highlights of Argentina and Brazil on this 3-centre holiday that combines sophisticated Buenos Aires - where you can visit an Estancia Ranch to see gauchos in action, enjoy a Tango show and cruise along the waterways of the Tigre Delta - with the mighty Iguazu Falls and exciting Rio de Janiero. All transfers included.
Argentina and Brazil Iguazu Falls Buenos Aires Rio Holiday Vacation
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Gaucho Ranch
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Tango Show
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janiero
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Corcovado
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Christ Redeemer
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Sugarloaf
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Copacabana
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Gaucho Ranch
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Tango Show
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janiero
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Corcovado
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Christ Redeemer
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Sugarloaf
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Copacabana
Brazil Highlights: Salvador + Iguassu + Rio
JRA9R
9 NIGHTS
FROM £1,795
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Visit colourful Salvador with its Portuguese colonial architecture & rich Afro-Brazilian culture, and admire the majestic Iguassu Falls, before relaxing on the beaches of beautiful Rio de Janeiro on this stunning holiday. Photograph Pelourinho Square; cross into Argentina to view both sides of the Iguassu Falls & see the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain. All transfers included.
Photo Rio De Janiero Salvador Iguassu Falls Brazil
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Salvador
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São Francisco Church
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Iguassu Falls
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Birding
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana Beach
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Ipanema & Leblon
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Guanabara Bay
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Salvador
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São Francisco Church
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Iguassu Falls
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Birding
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana Beach
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Ipanema & Leblon
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Guanabara Bay
Iguassu + Pantanal Wetlands + Rio de Janeiro
JRB10R
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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This wonderful holiday visits the mighty Iguassu Falls and the Pantanal, the largest tropical wetlands in the world and the best place to spot jaguars, colourful Brazilian birds and wildlife. Visit both sides of the thundering Iguassu Falls and exciting Rio de Janiero, where you can see the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain & Copacabana Beach. English speaking guide, all park fees & transfers included.
Pantanal wildlife holiday - see White-faced saki monkeys
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Iguassu Falls
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Rainforests
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Birding
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Horse Riding
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Jaguars
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Rio De Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana Beach
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Iguassu Falls
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Rainforests
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Birding
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Horse Riding
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Jaguars
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Rio De Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana Beach
Cultural Brazil: Iguazu + Amazon + Salvador + Rio
JRH12R
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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This holiday showcases the main highlights of Brazil, combined with the wildlife of the Amazon Basin - the largest wilderness on earth.  Visit the impressive Iguassu Falls; view the fascinating 'Meeting of the Waters' at the confluence of the Rio Negro and Amazon; and fly to vibrant Salvador with its Afro-Brazilian culture. End your holiday relaxing on the glorious beaches of Rio. All transfers included.
White Faced Saki Monkey Amazon Basin Brazil
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Iguassu Falls
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Rainforests
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Manaus
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Meeting of the Waters
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Amazon Jungle
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Salvador
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana & Ipanema
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Iguassu Falls
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Rainforests
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Manaus
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Meeting of the Waters
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Amazon Jungle
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Salvador
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana & Ipanema
Peru & Brazil Highlights: Machu Picchu, Iguassu & Rio
PRI12L
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
International flights quoted separately
This 2-country holiday combines the highlights of Peru & Brazil. Visit Lima & the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, before exploring the Sacred Valley & taking the train to the citadel at Machu Picchu. Then fly to the mighty Iguassu Falls in Brazil, surrounded by tropical rainforests, before ending your holiday in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. All transfers included.
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Inca Ruins
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Machu Picchu
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Corcovado Mountain
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Inca Ruins
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Machu Picchu
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Corcovado Mountain
Best of Brazil: Iguazu + Pantanal + Rio + Buzios Beach
JRG12R
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,294
International flights quoted separately
Explore the best of Brazil starting with the amazing birdlife of the thundering Iguaza Falls. Enjoy the varied wildlife of the Pantanal Wetlands, where you can search for the endangered jaguar and other species. Visit the spectacular city of Rio de Janeiro, before ending your holiday relaxing on the emerald beaches of Buzios. All transfers included.
Jaguars Pantanal Wetlands Brazil
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Iguassu Falls
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Rainforests
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Birding
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Jaguar Safari
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana & Ipanema
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Buzios Beach
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Iguassu Falls
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Rainforests
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Birding
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Jaguar Safari
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Rio de Janiero
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Christ the Redeemer
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Copacabana & Ipanema
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Buzios Beach
Wildlife of Brazil: Iguassu + Amazon + Pantanal + Rio
JRW12R
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
The incredible wildlife of Brazil is at the heart of this holiday, which includes visits to the rainforests of Iguassu; the mighty Amazon jungle & the wildlife rich Pantanal Wetlands - home to jaguars & many other species. Offering some of the best birding in the world, this is a holiday to remember. Also spend some time exploring incredible Rio. All transfers & park fees included.
Pantanal Amazon Birding Tour Brazil Photo Wildlife Iguassu Rainforest
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janiero
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ the Redeemer
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Copacabana Beach
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Manaus
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Amazon Basin
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Meeting of the Waters
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Wildlife & Birding
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janiero
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Christ the Redeemer
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Copacabana Beach
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Manaus
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Amazon Basin
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Meeting of the Waters
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Pantanal Wetlands
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Wildlife & Birding
Exploring 3 Countries: Peru + Argentina + Brazil
PRJ18L
18 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
International flights quoted separately
Explore the highlights of Peru, Argentina & Brazil on this wonderful holiday that covers 3 countries. Visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu; the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires & the thundering Iguazu Falls. Complete your holiday relaxing in the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro, with iconic Sugarloaf Mountain & Copacabana Beach. All transfers included.
Photo Machu Picchu Iguazu Falls Rio de Janeiro Brazil Peru Argentina
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Lima
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Buenos Aires
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Tango & Gauchos
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Copacabana Beach
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Lima
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Buenos Aires
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Tango & Gauchos
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Copacabana Beach
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