Brazil Travel Plan – Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon

A guest article from Celine Roque

It is well known that Rio de Janeiro and the Amazon forest are two of the most ideal vacation spots in Brazil. Here is a travel plan for tourists who are attracted to the wonders of Brazil’s culture, forests, music, and beaches.

Day 1-2

Arrival at the Rio de Janeiro-Galeo airport, which is also known as the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. If you arrive early in the day, you can explore Rio’s beaches after you check in to your hotel. The best beaches in Rio are the famous Copacabana and the Ipanema. Admission is free for both beaches. If you are into surfing, it’s best to bring your board or rent one during your day at the beach. Nights in Rio are best spent in bars, especially those which have live jazz performers. There are several bars and restaurants next to the beaches, so you won’t have to go far in order to enjoy Rio’s food and music. You also have the option to spend an extra day of relaxation by spending two days at the beach.

There is also an annual party known as the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, which takes place on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. This get-together has parades, colorful costumes, and a lot of samba. If you are interested in the Rio Carnival, you can schedule your visit to coincide with it. Expect the city to crowded with tourists.

Day 3

Take a bus or taxi to Corcovado Mountain. When you get there, you can ride a cog that goes through the Tijuca Forest, which is the largest urban forest in the globe. This ride will take you to the top of the Corcovado, where you will see the grand statue of Christ the Redeemer. It’s best to bring a camera so that you can take pictures of Tijuca, the statue, and the view from the Corcovado summit. The afternoon can be spent in the Museum of Modern Art in Aterro do Flamengo. This museum houses more than 4,000 art pieces. The National Historic Museum is also worth noting, because it will allow you to familiarize yourself with Brazil’s rich history. Both museums have gift shops where you can purchase souvenirs.

Day 4

Switching from the calm waters of Rio de Janeiro to the wild currents of the Amazon River will surely make your stay in Brazil memorable. From Rio de Janeiro, take a flight to Manaus, where you will start your adventures in the Amazon Rainforest. Check into your hotel, and if time allows for it, you may also take a small tour of the city of Manaus. Notable sights include the Manaus Theater and Opera House, as well as the docks and municipal port market.

Day 5-7

The perfect way to tour the Amazon with a guide is by going through the services of the Amazonat Jungle Lodge. It is an eco lodge that allows tourists to explore the forest and rivers of the Amazon – whether individually or by joining a tour group. Exploring the river should not be a problem, since there are several Amazon River cruises available. It is best to choose one that goes through the delta where the Rio Negro meets the Rio Solimones. Dolphin-spotting is also a common activity for tourists in the Amazon. It would also be ideal to stop by at least one of the many villages near the Amazon River.

Full-day forest trips and jungle treks are available for those who are wild at heart. Some tours even allow time for fishing piranha and catfish. Several guides are also available to teach you forest survival tips.

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