Adventures and Group Travel



                                                                                                          The Amazon and the Wonders of Brazil


Dates: July 28-August 13, 2017. 

For the one week trip (Amazon Only) CLICK HERE. 


Let's go on yet another amazing tour to South America. This time we're going to my native country Brazil, to see the biggest jungle in the world, the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the world, and other unique, breathtaking places that you didn't even know existed. 

This is going to be another must-do, unique trip. Brazil is a beautiful country and there are several companies that go to some the places we are going. However nobody does all the things we are going to be doing and absolutely no company has a tour that takes you to all the places we are going. I once again drove tour operators crazy saying "we must do this, this, this and that". And we once again made it happen.

Brazil is a humongous country (bigger than the continental U.S.A.) and a unique characteristic of the Brazilian culture is that, maybe because of a lack of refined marketing, a lot of the really interesting places and attractions don't get shared with the world for a long time after they have been discovered. Only the locals know about them. So a lot of times it takes a Brazilian to actually be able to show you the most amazing parts of Brazil. And that's where I come in. So in this trip we will go see the places that everyone hears about and wants to see, but we'll also see places that you didn't even know existed and do things you didn't even know about.

Our trip will span over 17 days, but as usual, I took advantage of the weekends so we will only have to take 11 days off work. 

Here are some of the things we're going to do:


- We'll see TWO of the official Seven Wonders of Nature: The Amazon Jungle and The Iguaçu Falls. 

- Go on a private three day river cruise deep into the Amazon Jungle. Mosquito free! More below. 

- Spend one night camping in the jungle . 

- Learn how to survive in the jungle. 

- Do a panoramic flight over the Amazon Jungle (optional) 

- Go on guided hikes in the jungle to see unique Amazon Jungle wildlife. 

- Go on guided NIGHT walks in the jungle. 

- Go on river canoe trips through the Igapós, seasonal flooded forests that are formed yearly in the Amazon. 

- Go fishing for piranhas and then have piranhas for dinner (that's right!). 

- Go on a night boat trip where we will see and interact (yes, interact) with alligators. 

- Swim-not only see them, but swim- with the beautiful pink dolphins, the unique and endangered fresh water dolphin species of the Amazon river. 

- See anacondas up close. 

- Visit a tribe of Amazonian Indians.  

- Visit Pantanal Matogrossense, the breathtaking biggest wetlands in the world, where they have the biggest variety of wildlife in the planet. 

- Go on a jaguar safari in the Pantanal Matogrossense area of Brazil, where we are all but guaranteed to see several jaguars in their natural habitat. 

- Visit the Iguaçu Falls, the most spectacular waterfalls in the world and see the falls from both the Brazilian side and Argentinian side. 

- Go on an off road adventure and boat ride that will take us as close to the Iguaçu Falls as it's allowed. 

- Go on helicopter ride where we will see the Iguaçu Falls from up above (optional). 

- Visit the colossal Itaiupu Dam, the world's largest generator of renewable energy. 

And more. Can't list everything we'll be doing or we'd run out of space in the Internet. :-D :-D

Here is our day-by-day itinerary: 


The trip officially starts at 8:00 AM on Friday, but since it would be extremely inconvenient to arrive right on time for that, we'll have a hotel available for us on Thursday so we can arrive on Thursday and relax for the rest of the day.  Our check in time at the hotel will be 3PM.  

Overnight: Amazon Seringal Hotel or similar 

Meals: Not Included.


We leave our hotel at 8:00 AM towards the Port of Manaus, the biggest freshwater port in the world, where we will start our cruise. On the way to the port we will see the Fruits and Fish Market of Manaus with some exotic Amazonian fruits. 

Our first stop in the cruise will be the Meeting of the Waters: the breathtaking beginning of the famous and colossal Amazon river, where the black waters of Rio Negro (Black River) and the brown waters of Rio Solimoes meet but don't mix for miles. A few interesting facts about the Amazon River: It is the second longest river in the world (although some argue it is the longest) and by far largest in the world in water volume.  It is known as the "River Sea". It reaches depths of 600 ft. and it is so massive that in certain areas you can't see the other side of the river. Marajó Island, one of many islands of the Amazon River is bigger than Switzerland! 

We will then head up Rio Negro towards Parque Ecológico de Janauari, where we will see the beautiful Victorias, water lilies with leaves that are up to 9 ft. long. 

We'll have lunch on the boat and continue up the Rio Negro where we will visit a tribe of Amazon Indians and witness an indigenous ritual. 

Later in the afternoon we will watch our first Amazon Jungle sunset, have dinner and have some free time sit on the deck and enjoy the night in the Amazon forest. One of the reasons why we picked Rio Negro for our cruise is the fact that due to the slightly acidic PH of the Rio Negro waters, it does not attract mosquitoes! That is a major, major advantage that only Brazilian Amazon cruises can offer. So we'll sit on the deck, have a drink, and enjoy a night on the forest without mosquitoes. :-) 

Overnight: Private Boat 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Today we will wake up at 6:00 AM to see the sunrise in the jungle. 

After sunrise we'll have breakfast and keep sailing upriver to a location where we will have a chance to see and swim with the beautiful pink dolphins of the Amazon River. Yup, we will swim with them. They are wild dolphins but they are used to humans and when we give them fish they come swim with us! 

We will then have lunch ad have a little free time before we go on our first canoe ride. We will ride through smaller places where the big boat can't go and have the chance to see sloths in their natural habitat, birds, anacondas (cool!!!) and the gigantic Samaúma, the biggest tree in the Amazon forest. 

Later we'll once again see the sunset, have dinner and sit on the deck to enjoy the nigh in the forest. 

Overnight: Private Boat 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Today after breakfast we will visit a native community where we will have the chance to buy crafts made by the locals. 

We will then sail 100 kilometers to arrive at Juma River Natural Reserve where our lodge is located. On the way we will see a variety of jungle wildlife and can stop at natural beaches where we can swim in the river. 

Dinner will be served either on the boat or at the lodge, depending on our arrival time. We will spend the night at our lodge at Juma Natural Reserve. Our lodge is called Tarzan Lodge! And the owner of the lodge is actually known as The Amazon Tarzan! :-) 

Overnight: Amazon Tarzan Lodge or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Today after breakfast we will go for a hike in the jungle. Our guide will teach us about medicinal plants, life in the jungle and a little bit about survival in the jungle. 

We'll come back to have lunch at the lodge and free time after lunch.  At around 3 PM or so we'll go on a canoe ride through Juma Natural Reserve. 

In the evening we'll have dinner and free time at the lodge. 

Overnight: Amazon Tarzan Lodge or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Today we'll get up early again to watch the sunrise and observe early morning birds and wildlife at the forest. 

We'll then come back to the lodge to have breakfast and then go on a boat ride through the Igapós where we will see a different variety of monkeys, birds and wildlife. 

The Amazon River tributaries can have a water level variation of up to 45 feet! Because of that, the Igapós, or seasonal flooded plains are formed. The Igapós have an incredible variety of unique wildlife that has adapted to this amazing change of water level. We're going in a time of the year where the water level is very high, so we will enjoy the Igapós in their full glory! 

We'll come back and have lunch early in the afternoon and have some free time after lunch. 

In the middle of the afternoon we'll go fishing for piranhas (yikes!) and later see the sunset. 

Tonight after dinner we'll go on an amazing boat ride to see alligators at night. Alligator's eyes glow when we shine our flashlights on it. Seeing alligator's at night is and amazing spectacle. Our guide will try to catch an small alligator with his bare hands (hopefully he will survive because we need him to get back to the lodge! :-D). He will bring it into the boat where he will explain more about them and then release it back, unharmed, into the water. 

Overnight: Amazon Tarzan Lodge or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Today after breakfast we'll go into the jungle where we will learn how survive in the jungle. We'll learn how to start a fire (very hard, since everything is so wet), get water, get food, make our plates out of leaves, collect wood, etc. 

We'll spend the whole day in the jungle and depending on the water level, we'll go either on a canoe ride or hike after lunch. We'll come back, have a little free time, have dinner and sleep in the jungle on net covered hammocks. 

This is going to be a special day and it's lauded as one of the greatest experiences you can have in the Amazon. However, if this does not entice you, you can opt out and spend a free day in the lodge. 

Overnight: Jungle Camp 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Today we'll have breakfast at our jungle camp and then go visit a native home. There we will learn about their lifestyle, which is different than that of the Indians. 

We'll get back to the lodge, have lunch and then head back to Manaus. We should arrive in Manaus mid-to-late afternoon and will have the rest of the day free in Manaus. 

Overnight: Amazon Seringal Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.


Today we'll have one of most rewarding experiences of our trip. After spending 7 amazing days in the Amazon Jungle, we'll board a hydroplane to fly over the amazing forest we just saw. We will see the meeting of the waters from above and then fly over the jungle all the way the breathtaking Anavilhanas Islands, one of the largest river archipelagos in the world. The flight over Anavilhanas is one of the most beautiful sights of the Amazon. 

We're making the flight optional because of the cost: 295.00. I didn't want to include it in the price knowing that some people might not want to do it. The last time we had a flight as one of the activities (in Peru), we had a few people who didn't want to do it so this time it will be optional. You will have the chance to RSVP for it once you register for the trip. I can't recommend it enough (imagine seeing the Amazon forest from above!) but if for any reason, you're not up for it, you can take a free day in Manaus. 

Overnight: Amazon Seringal Hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast.


Today we'll start our adventure in Pantanal Matogrossense, the biggest wetlands in the world. Pantanal has the largest variety of wildlife in the world (yes, more than the Amazon!) and it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is one of the best places in the world to see jaguars and the beautiful and rare Blue Macaw. Pantanal is one of those places that Brazilians know but is not very famous to the rest of the world. It is however very well known to wildlife biologists, wildlife photographers and wildlife lovers all over the world. Fortunately, since it't not as well known to the regular tourist, you won't find your regular touristy crowd there. Better for us! We're really in for a treat...

We'll catch a very early flight out of Manaus to Cuiabá. We'll arrive late in the morning in Cuiabá, where we will meet our guide and get transferred to Pantanal. Our hotel, Hotel Baiazinha is a gorgeous hotel right next to the beautiful Paraguay River. 

Our drive to the hotel is already a safari. We will travel through the wetlands stopping to see wildlife on the way. We will also have lunch on the way. We will arrive mid to late afternoon, get settled and then go for a walk late in the afternoon to see one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see in your life. Pantanal is famous for its sunsets. They say that the beauty of Pantanal sunsets can't be described and pictures can't capture what it really looks like. So we'll have to go check it out for ourselves! :-) 

At night we go on a night safari in search for night animals like Ocelot, Puma, Giant Anteaters, Tamandua, Crab-eating Raccoon, Potoos (the funniest looking big-eyed bird you will ever see!) and Owls. 

Overnight: Hotel Baiazinha or similar. 

Meals: Lunch and Dinner.


Today and tomorrow we'll wake up early, have breakfast, and have two full days devoted to the boat safaris on the Paraguay River in order to maximize our chances of watching and photographing Jaguars, Giant River Rtters and a realm of wildlife. August is a great time to see Jaguars and wildlife in Pantanal. We are all-but-guaranteed to see several Jaguars as they come to the river bank to cool off, drink water, and hunt. Interesting fact: the Jaguar is the third largest feline in the world and the one with the most powerful bite! I also personally think it's the most beautiful. Have you seen those crazy videos of Jaguars hunting Crocodiles? Well, most of those were taken right where we are going, and as it turns out it is not completely uncommon for people to see that happening. Imagine that!

These are actual videos taken by our safari operator:


Also, remember that we will be staying at a gorgeous resort. If we see plenty of wildlife on our first and second day there, some of you might choose to stay back and enjoy the hotel on day three.  

August 7 is full moon. Yes, I picked our dates on purpose to have a beautiful moon over us the entire trip, and today after enjoying the most beautiful sunset, we'll go on a night walk under the full moon by the Paraguay River. Tough life, but some of us have to live that way... ;-)

Overnight: Hotel Baiazinha or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 


After breakfast we'll go for an overland safari to our next gorgeous location: Piuval Lodge. Located right at the Transpantaneira (the road that crosses Pantanal), further from river banks, Piuval Lodge will offer us a different view of Pantanal and a different kind of wildlife (remember that Pantanal has the biggest variety in the world?). 

We will arrive there at lunch time, have lunch, and have a little free time to jump in the pool, go for a walk, or just enjoy the beauty of this amazing place. After our midday break we go out for a forest walk in the monkey forest and climb up the 70 feet canopy tower to enjoy the view of Pantanal from up above. 

At sunset we'll have another one of those amazing experiences in our trip: remember those beautiful sunsets? Well, today we are going to go horseback riding on the plains of Pantanal at sunset.  And in Brazil when you ride a horse you're allowed to trot and ride freely. So that's what we are going to do: we're going to ride a horse into the sunset like the end of a movie. :-D 

At night we'll go on another walk to see yet a different variety of wildlife. Remember that full moon was yesterday? Well, today we're going to enjoy another beautiful moon, now over the plains of Pantanal. 

Overnight: Pousada Piuval or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Well we have seen sunsets at Pantanal for the past three days so we need to see a sunrise as well, which our operator told me is just as spectacular over a bay at Piuval Lodge. So today we'll go on an early morning walk to see the sunrise and see early morning wildlife. 

When we come back we'll have a free morning at Piuval Lodge and after lunch we say good bye to Pantanal and head back to Cuiabá. 

We'll spend the night at a hotel in Cuiabá close to the airport to catch an early flight to our next out-of-this-world location: Iguaçu Falls. 

Overnight: Slaviero Hotel or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch. 


Today we wake up early again to catch our early flight to Foz do Iguaçu. We'll arrive at Foz do Iguaçu early in the afternoon and get transferred to our hotel. 

After we get settled we'll go on our first day tour, where we will visit the Itaipu Dam. Itaipu Dam is the second largest dam in the world and the largest generator of clean and renewable energy in the planet. We will take the panoramic tour where we will get to see the powerful turbines from up close. 

We will then head out to the Triple Frontier Monument: the place where three countries, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay share a border. 

Overnight: Hotel Manacá or similar. 

Meals: Not included 


Today we'll get to see another one of the 7 Wonders of Nature:  the majestic Iguaçu Falls. One of the most beautiful sights in the planet, the colossal Iguaçu Falls are comprised of 275 waterfalls, which stretch for nearly 2 miles over the border of Brazil and Argentina. Interesting fact: On her first sight of the Iguaçu Falls, former First Lady of the USA Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed, “Poor Niagara!” 

Today we will see the falls from the Brazilian side, which is at the bottom of the falls. It is the side that me and all Brazilians consider the most beautiful. ;-) It is also the side in which you have the best view of the biggest falls, Devil's Throat. We will take a few hours there, which are needed to see the falls from all the different viewpoints. The final view point is precisely Devil's Throat, the biggest and most majestic of all the falls. 

From there we'll head out to another beautiful and unique place: the Foz do Iguaçu Bird Park. There we will get to see thousands of birds of all kinds from different places in the world, many actually roaming free through the park. It'll be quite an experience to walk by toucans with macaws flying over our heads! 

For those of us who choose to do so, today we will do a helicopter flight over the Iguaçu Falls. Just like the flight over the Amazon, we're making this an optional activity. The cost will be 215.00 and again, I can't recommend it enough. The heliport is right next to the bird park, so those who don't do the flight can spend more time at the Bird Park, which will never get boring anyway. :-)

 Overnight: Hotel Manacá or similar. 

Meals: Breakfast.


Today we'll visit the Argentinian side of the falls. From the Argentinian side we see the falls from up above. We will make things interesting by doing a tour called La Gran Aventura. It starts with an 8 kilometer tour through the depths of Misiones jungle along the Yacartia and Puerto Macuco trails in a 4x4. Then we get on our boat where we will we will see several falls, including Devi'ls Throat and the second biggest fall, San Martin Fall, which is the one we can get closer to (we will get so close we will get soaked, by the way). At the end we will continue on a hike where we can again see the falls, now from different viewpoints, including seeing Devi’ls Throat from the top! 

At the end of our last full day we'll go to dinner at a typical churrascaria of Southern Brazil. Most of you have experienced a churrascaria (where they bring endless meat in skewers to you) here in the U.S. Southern Brazil is actually the place where churrasco was born.  Well, nothing more appropriate than to finish an amazing trip by having a churrasco at its birthplace. This will obviously be optional, but I think it would be the coolest way for us to all finish out trip together. 

Overnight: Hotel Manacá or similar 

Meals: Breakfast. 


Today we get transferred to the airport to fly back to the U.S. after over two weeks of experiencing some of the most beautiful places we will ever see in our lives and having stories to brag about for years to come. :-) 

Meals: Breakfast. 


- 3,495.00 (includes almost every meal. See INCLUDED below).

- As always, we are doing a unique itinerary and using very reputable operators at a very good price. However, we are not a "cheap trips" group. If you do online searches you will certainly find cheap trips to Brazil. Those companies who will put you in cheap hotels, and give you a cheap itinerary with lots of hidden costs. Our itinerary is unique, inclusive, and combines amazing activities that no other company combines, so you can't really compare anyone else with us. Still, if you goal is just to save money, we are not for you. But if your goal is to do an amazing and unique trip at a great overall price, than we are your group! 

- A deposit of 500.00 (non-refundable) secures your reservation. Then you have until April 28 to finish making your payment. Once I receive your deposit, I will send you an invoice for the remaining amount (MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN E MAIL YOU CHECK LISTED WITH PAY PAL. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR INVOICE AND QUESTIONNAIRE).


 - The hydroplane flight over the Amazon and the helicopter flight over Iguaçu Falls are optional. Like I said, I made them optional because they won't be cheap and some people might not want to do them.  However, I think they will be AMAZING activities and highly recommend them. The Amazon hydroplane flight will cost 295.00 and the Iguaçu Falls helicopter flight will cost 215.00.

- Full payment is only due on April 28, 3 months before the trip. So you have a lot of time to pay. You can make payments in any way you prefer so long as you are fully paid by at the due date. 

- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date, your payments (minus the deposits) are refundable before the due date (April 28). After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable. We STRONGLY suggest that you get travel insurance to cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason.


- All the hotel stays at double occupancy (please see ABOUT OCCUPANCY below). 

- Our flights during the tour: Manaus-Cuiaba and Cuiaba-Foz do Iguaçu. 

- All transportation to our scheduled activities as well as to and from terminals to hotels while with the group (if you do your own activity, arrive or leave at a different day, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation. That should not be a problem, though).

- Entrance to all the activities listed. 

- Almost all meals are included. Breakfast included in all hotels. Most lunches and dinners included as described in the itinerary.


- Flights to Manaus and out of Foz do Iguaçu (see FLIGHT below). 

- Optional activities, including the panoramic flights over the Amazon and Iguaçu Falls. 

- Meals not specifically stated in the itinerary. 

- Travel insurance (highly recommended). We do offer Travel Guard travel insurance and can send you a quote once you pay your deposit. You can also get insurance with any company you would like. 

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc. 

- Rentals. 

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get. 

- Anything or any activity not described in the itinerary. 


- Double occupancy: you will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate. Unless you have someone that you are already coming with, of course.  

- Single supplement (if you want a room for yourself at all the hotels. Single room is not available for the two nights on the boat at this time): 695.00 

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women). 


- We're limiting the group size to 20 people. 

- I’m not setting a deadline because as of right now we can take as many people as we want. HOWEVER, the time we’re going is extremely popular and they expect to have everything sold out very soon. Once that happens, the trip is closed. Done. No more! I STRONGLY recommend that you put your deposit down ASAP. This way I can reserve your place. For all my trips there are people who come in too late because they kept thinking about it too much. They ask me to make an exception or try to get them in somehow but I can't. This is a once in a lifetime trip. Many companies do trips to Brazil, but NOBODY combines all the places we're combining and does all the things we'll be doing. So jump in right now!!!! :-)


Flight is NOT included. Flights are very easy to book on your own and some people want to do side trips, so it gets really unpractical to include flight. Besides many of you can use miles or other ways of making your flight free or saving money if you book it by yourself.  So instead of including air, I will suggest the flights so you can go to,,,, or any booking website and book your own. The best time to book a flight is usually 3-4 months before (the best day is Tuesday and the best time is between 12:00 and 3:00 PM). I will book mine at that point and then will e mail the group telling you what I got.  If you do book the flight I suggest from LA, we’ll meet at LAX. If not, I’ll just meet you in there. Shuttle to the hotel is included regardless so long as you arrive at the same day as the group. 



- Arrives in Manaus International Airport (MAO) at any time on Thursday, July 27. Our check in time at the hotel is 3:00 PM. 

- Leaves Iguassu Falls Internatinal Airport (IGU)  on Sunday, August 13. Our check out time at the hotel is 10:00 AM. 


- You will need a visa to BOTH BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA (yes, you will need a visa to cross into the Argentinian side of Iguaçu Falls. It's a simpler visa, but it's required). Those shouldn't be hard to get but it can be a lengthy process and might require a lot of paperwork. You should get on it ASAP to avoid last minute complications. Here is the Brazilian consulate page:, and here is the Argentinian consulate page:

- Brazil is a “country of taxes”. Everywhere you go they charge you a small fee (tax), especially when dealing with government-maintained places. I tried to find out about all the taxes so I could include them in the final price of the package. I think I did a good job, but there might be taxes that I wasn’t aware of and we’ll only find out when we get there. Be aware that we may have to pay a small fee here and there. If we do, it probably won’t be more than a few Reais (even fewer dollars), but be aware that it can happen.



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