10 Days in Brazil
The Perfect Brazil Itinerary
We traveled to Brazil in the early August 2018 which was the winter season in the South Hemisphere. Our love for the outdoors, we visited Iguazu Falls, explored the Amazon River and Rio de Janeiro.
3 Days in Iguazu Falls
Iguazu Falls are the largest waterfall system in the world located in the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana. We observed the Falls from both countries.
We landed the Brazilian Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) airport at noon. Our guide Adrian from Say Hueque picked us up and drove us to the entrance of the National Park. We bought the tickets and started our journey. We wandered the walkways along the Iguazu River and arrived the best part of the Falls in the Brazilian side, the panoramic view of the falls at Devil's Throat. The best is yet to come. We crossed the border in the evening, enjoyed our dinner at a local restaurant La Rueda 1975 and checked into Mercure Iguazu Hotel Iru.
After breakfast, we continued our journey in the Argentine side. Once again, we needed to purchase a separate entrance ticket. First, we headed straight to the train station and took the jungle train to the Devil's Throat. This time, we enjoyed the magnificent spectacle view of the Devil's Throat from the top and up close.
Then, we took the train to the starting point of the upper circuit, which consists of trails and bridges that run along the top of the falls, while the lower circuit leads to the base of the falls. It took us about two hours to walk the circuits.
We went to the starting point of the upper circuit by the train. The upper circuit consists of trails and bridges that run along the top of the falls, while the lower circuit leads to the base of the falls. It took us about two hours to walk the circuits.
There are a few options for lunch in the National Park. Food was not exceptional, but we were not here for food.
After lunch, we joined the excursion Gran Aventura. In this excursion, we experience the true power of Iguazu Falls. In the rubber boat trip, the Falls provided a refreshing "natural shower". Life jacket was provided. All we needed are water proof jackets, pants and camera!
In the evening, we crossed the border to Brazil and enjoyed our buffet dinner featuring traditional Brazilian and international cuisines at Rafain Churrascaria Show. Traditional folkloric music and live dance of Latin America were showcased by dancers in traditional costumes from Peru, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Argentine tango and Brazilian samba were also performed.
3 Days in Amazon River
We arrived Manaus airport in midnight and spent a night in a nearby hotel. After the breakfast, the shuttle bus from the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge picked us up to the pier, our first encounter with the Amazon River. After 20 minutes of scenic boat ride, we arrived the Lodge.
There were a wide range of activities in the Lodge. We first took a quick boat ride to observe monkeys in the Monkey Forest. The guide was funny and showed us the habitat of monkeys. He gave the monkeys bananas and raw eggs. The mother carried the baby monkey on her back and fed her baby food.