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The Best of Brazil

Program Number: 19244RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/12/2013 - 3/24/2013; 5/5/2016 - 5/21/2016; 9/29/2016 - 10/15/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Brazil
Price starting at: $4,613.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 24; 10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Absorb the deep history and inescapable energy of Brazil in four fascinating places. Begin in Manaus, the heart of the Amazon rainforest, and spend two nights in a jungle lodge learning firsthand the secrets and mysteries of the forest and its wildlife. Spend a day in the capital, Brasilia, exploring its unique urban design and the legendary architecture of Oscar Niemeyer. Discover Salvador da Bahia, the original colonial capital of Brazil and a city strongly influenced by its African heritage, and then continue to Rio de Janeiro to understand how modern life and a dramatic natural setting combine in Brazil’s beating heart. You’ll experience majestic Iguazu Falls and the national park that surrounds it, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


• Explore the Amazon and swim with pink dolphins.
• Sample food and music that reflects the African influence on Salvador da Bahia’s culture, and summit Rio’s Corcovado Mountain for city views and an up-close look at the famous Cristo Redentor.
• Ride through the Macuco Forest before boarding a Zodiac boat to Iguazu Falls.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile daily, including cobblestone streets, hilly terrain and jungle trails.

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Manaus, 2 nights; boat to Amazon Jungle Lodge EcoPark, 2 nights; flight to Brasilia, 1 night; flight to Salvador da Bahia, 3 nights; flight to Rio de Janeiro, 4 nights; flight to Foz do Iguassu, 3 nights; departure.

Overnight flight from the U.S.A
Arrival Manaus 2 nights

Enjoy an all-day, narrated drive introducing the City of Manaus, which sits at the junction of Rio Negro and the Solimoes River. Stop to explore the magnificent Manaus Opera House (Teatro Amazonas) and the newly restored 19th-century "Mercado Municipal" on the banks of Rio Negro.

Boat to Amazon Jungle Lodge EcoPark 2 nights

Experience the "Encontro das Águas," or "meeting of the waters," as you boat through the heart of the Amazon. During a walk around the grounds of the Ecopark, your instructor will share information on the various flora and fauna and introduce you to the Monkey Forest. You will also have the opportunity to swim with the pink dolphins during a field trip.

Flight to Brasilia 1 night

Explore Brasilia, established in 1960 and replacing Rio de Janeiro as the country's capital. Study the architecture of a plethora of iconic buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Flight to Salvador de Bahia 3 nights

Discuss Salvador’s history as the colonial capital and a center of the slave trade until the 18th century. Experience its important neo-baroque colonial art complex and African cultural influences in food, music and religion. Explore the Baroque interior of Sao Francisco Church and the city’s historic center, Pelourinho. Enjoy an expert-led private visit to the restoration workshop of a respected African Art Collection.

Flight to Rio de Janeiro 4 nights

Interact with residents of Rio de Janeiro during a Sunday walk along the Copacabana promenade and explore the stands of a vibrant arts-and-crafts street market. Board a train to ride to the top of Corcovado Mountain for wide spectacular views of the city and an up-close look at the iconic statue on its peak. Discover the works of renowned modern architect Oscar Niemeyer, including the extraterrestrial forms of the New Museum of Modern Art. At the Carmen Miranda Museum, learn the Brazilian bombshell’s story.


With an area of more than 3.2 million square miles, Brazil subsumes a huge portion of the continent of South America. Its geography is dominated by two major features: the Amazon River and its Central Highlands -- a plateau extending southward from the River. A network of mountain ranges forms a divide between the Atlantic Ocean and the interior. Brazil boasts one of the most intricate and beautiful river systems in the world.

Manaus: Four-star hotel. Amazon Jungle: Jungle lodge. Brasilia: Four-star hotel. Salvador de Bahia: Four-star seafront hotel. Rio de Janeiro: Four-star hotel on Copacabana Beach. Foz do Iguassu: Eco-friendly four-star hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Wilson Fernandes

Wilson Fernandes was just age 12 when he fell in love with Iguassu National Park and its spectacular water falls. He has since made himself an expert on the park’s plants and wildlife. He used a biology degree at UniAmerica University as the springboard to a job as a biologist at Parques das Aves, a privately owned zoo and bird park in Foz do Iguacu. Wilson also leads group on explorations of the Macuco Forest, with special interest in the metamorphosis of butterflies and months.
Marie Haim

Born in Egypt, Marie Haim immigrated to Brazil with her family when she was one year old. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a master’s degree in business administration from EBAPE/FGV Getulio Vargas Foundation. Her large experience as a marketing specialist in advertising and corporate marketing communication was developed while working for multinationals such as J. Walter Thompson, De Beers Consolidated Mines, R J Reynolds and Phillip Morris. Among her current academic activities, she works as invited professor for the MBA courses at Getulio Vargas Foundation, and as an assistant professor at the University of Grande Rio Business School. She is also a partner at Millennium Comunicação Empresarial, specialized in marketing advisory and consulting services, with focus on communication solutions and media intelligence in business management.
Paulo Knauss

Dr. Paolo Knauss holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in history from the Fluminense Federal University, a master’s degree in history by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and a post-doctorate from the University of Strasbourg in France. A true academic, his current works include research about the relations between memory and cultural patrimony, exploring the fields of art history, history of image, history of cartography, oral history, urban history and historiography. The author of numerous papers and articles, Dr. Knauss is the director-general of the public archives of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and teaches both in the history department and the image and oral history laboratory of the Fluminense Federal University.
Meals and Lodgings
   Bahia Othon Palace Hotel
  Salvador da Bahia, Brazil 3 nights
   Rio Othon Palace Hotel
  Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 5 nights
   San Martin - Hotel & Resort
  Foz do Iguassu, Brazil 2 nights
 Bahia Othon Palace Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Comfortable, well-located, sea-front, with modern facilities, comfortable lounges.
  Contact info: Av. Oceanica, 2456
Bahia,  40170-010 Brazil
phone: +55 71 2103 7100
  Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms, some with small balconies, cable TV, direct dialing, mini-bar, hair-drier, and basic toiletries.
  Facility amenities: Two restaurants, swimming-pool and ocean-view terraces. Lounge bar with music every night. Shopping arcade.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Rio Othon Palace Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: We will stay at a modern very comfortable, purpose-built hotel, sea front, directly on Copacabana beach, in the south area of Rio.
  Contact info: Av. Atlantica, 3246
Rio de Janeiro,  22070-001 Brazil
phone: +55 21 2106 1500
  Room amenities: Air conditioned en-suite rooms, mostly with sea view, cable TV, direct dialing, mini-bar, hair-drier, and basic toiletries.
  Facility amenities: On the top floor(31st) there is a swimming pool, health club (at extra cost), sunbathing area, a bar and a panoramic restaurant, with 180 degrees view over Copacabana and the city. Air conditioned rooms with bathroom. Two Restaurants, Room Service, business center, elevators to all floors, internet facilities.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 San Martin - Hotel & Resort
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Extensive Landscaped gardens, woodland & lake with Nature trail. Hotel all on ground floor.
  Contact info: Rodovia das Cataratas, KM 17
Foz do Iguassu- 85853-000,   Brazil
phone: +55 45 3521 8088
  Room amenities: En suite bathroom, a/c, direct dialling telephone, safe deposit, cable TV, hairdryer.
  Facility amenities: Reception, Restaurant, coffee shop/bar, 24/7 room service, hairdresser, Sauna, massages, swimming pool, playground, tennis & soccer, games room, lounge area and amenities shop
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM- Check in to your room in Salvador You will be staying at Bahia Othon Palace Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
6:00 PM- Transfer to Airport in Iguassu You will be staying at San Martin - Hotel & Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. On Roadscholar website participants will find this info under “Travel details”: • A travel visa is required for this country and must be obtained in advance • The cost of this travel visa is not included in the program cost. We strongly recommend that you use the services of our designated visa service provider GenVisa. You can access and print your application and review costs by visiting the website for Road Scholar participants at or you may contact them by calling (800) 845-8968. Please contact Road Scholar if you would like this application mailed or emailed to you. • Your passport must have 1 blank passport page(s) for entry/exit visas. Self applicants: However for participants enquiring/wishing to apply for the visa themselves, they must contact Brazilian Embassy Consular Services website - -find their nearest Brazilian Consulate and access the website to apply online or to download the required forms and follow the instructions. In the application fill in first hotel as your contact address in Brazil: as per preparatory Material..
  Parking availability:
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: You will be arriving into Salvador by plane and leaving from Iguassu by plane. Private motor coaches or smaller vehicles will be used for group transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Salvador da Bahia
  Nearest city or town:  Salvador de Bahia
  Nearest highway: n/a
  Nearest airport:  Airport Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes
  Transportation to site: Local Taxi co-operative available at airport arrival lounge. For a private transfer please contact Study Journeys.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Foz do Iguassu
  Nearest city or town:  Iguassu
  Nearest airport:  Foz do Iguassu International Airport-Cataratas
  Transportation from site: Group leader can assist with local Taxis co-operative. For a private transfer please contact Study Journeys or you Group Leader.
Elevation Note: There is no place visited above 3.000 FT

Equipment Requirements: You might find useful to have: a sun hat, sun glasses, a camera with good zoom lens to capture the wildlife, comfortable light walking shoes/boots
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Overnight Flight to "Salvador da Bahia" - Brazil
(Tuesday, March 12)
 Depart From: Depart from your Gateway city Overnight flight to "Salvador da Bahia" in Brazil

Day 2: Arrival day - City of Salvador
(Wednesday, March 13)
 Morning: Arrival to Salvador airport and transfer with the group to your Hotel
 Lunch: After time at leisure for lunch, check-in to your room (usually 2:00 PM) . Some free time to unpack and rest.
 Afternoon: This afternoon your local expert guide lecturer will introduce the City of Salvador during a guided orientation drive. Returning to the Hotel for a welcome and information meeting and formal introduction of fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner and overnight at the Hotel in Salvador
Accommodations: Bahia Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: -Lecture. -Folk Art Market at the Old Town
(Thursday, March 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant
 Morning: Transfer to "Museo Rodin" for your morning lecture. After the lecture a guided visit to the permanent collection and any visiting exhibition that might be on show.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Museum Rodin Restaurantl
 Afternoon: This afternoon your expert guide lecturer will introduce "Mercado Modelo" a former slave marketplace, located by the old docks, on the lower town, it has been redeveloped into the Arts & Crafts market with some local food.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
Accommodations: Bahia Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: -The old upper city "Pelourinho" area. -African Heritage. -Children Music Project. -Ballet "Folclorico da Bahia".
(Friday, March 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant
 Morning: Depart mid-morning for an all day out in Salvador where your guide lecturer will explain the African Heritage, that came to Brazil with the African people brought by the Portuguese as slaves in the 16th Century/ Your guided lecture/visit will explore "Pelourinho" preservation area on the high town, visiting S. Francis Church. A special private presentation by the "Emilia Biancardi" children music project will introduce the work of this local well known artist and educator, with the opportunity for interaction with the participating children.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon your guide lecturer will lead a visit arranged to explore "Claudio Marcela" private African Art Collection, and the exhibition of its pieces displayed at "Casa de Bennin". Some time at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight at a local restaurant by the water side, before theater tonight
 Evening: Tonight attend a performance of "Ballet Folclorico da Bahia", presenting typical songs & dances at a local theatre.
Accommodations: Bahia Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: -Explore Salvador. -"Costa Pinto" Private Slave Jewellery collection. -Fly down to Rio de Janeiro
(Saturday, March 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel Restaurant
 Morning: Morning at Leisure
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel
 Afternoon: Departing from the Hotel your guide lecturer will lead a visit to the private "Museu Costa Pinto" and introduce one of the most important collection of gold & silver jewellery made for slaves, as display of their masters wealth. You continue to the airport and check-in for flight to Rio de Janeiro.
 Dinner: Free time at the airport to get an early dinner. A light snack will be served during your flight to Rio de Janeiro, between 6:00 -8:30 PM, and you will be arriving at the Hotel around 10:00 PM.
Accommodations: Rio Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: -Join locals promenading in Copacabana beach. -Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable car.
(Sunday, March 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant
 Morning: After breakfast, time at leisure for you to join locals on their Sunday leisure stroll along the Copacabana beach promenade, a four kilometer long pavement landscape, designed by Roberto Burle Marx, influenced by old Portuguese pavements. Every Sunday, the lanes closest to the beach are closed to motor vehicles and local residents use the opportunity to ride bikes, roller skates and walk along the ocean front, or just seat on one of the many "kiosks" refreshment bars to enjoy a cool drink. You also have an opportunity to take a longer walk to the local arts & crafts Sunday street market in Ipanema beach (next to Copacabana.)
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Your local expert guide lecturer will introduce you to one of the most emblematic landmarks of Rio de Janeiro known as : "Cidade Maravilhosa"( the wonderful city). Traveling by two cable cars, first to “Morro da Urca” (Urca’s Hill) then on to Sugar loaf mountain top, with the city and the shore line at your feet.
 Dinner: Explore some of the local restaurants tonight at leisure.
 Evening: You may explore the evening street market set up on the beach pavement in front of your hotel
Accommodations: Rio Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: -Lecture:-. -Up to "Corcovado" mountain top. -Life in Brazil Q&A session.
(Monday, March 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant
 Morning: Lead by our local expert guided lecturer you will visit the statue of Christ Redeemer, symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This iconic landmark inaugurated on October 12, 1931. Standing 38 meters high, 710 meters above sea level on top of Corcovado Hill, the "Christ the Redeemer" is the image of the carioca people, faith and sympathy. We ride to the top on the clog railroad through Rio tropical forest to the four escalators and panoramic elevators leading to the the viewing platform around the foot of the statue.
 Lunch: Lunch at "Colombo" a traditional city restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided by your guide lecturer you will drive to Niteroi to see "Caminho Niemeyer", a collection of new civic buildings designed by the famous architect being built along the sea front of Niteroi across Guanabara Bay as well as the futuristic Museum of Modern art, with stunning views of Rio. Take the ferryboat to cross the bay. Take a guided walk around the old town of Rio introducing its architecture.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight -Walk to a local restaurant with a large variety of salads & grilled meat and fish
 Evening: Lecture at the Hotel: Our expert lecturer will discuss : "Rio de Janeiro from Colonial capital to one of the most important cities in South America today”
Accommodations: Rio Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: -Royal Botanical Gardens. -Carmem Miranda Museum. -An evening of Brazilian Music & dance.
(Tuesday, March 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant
 Morning: This morning lead by your guide lecturer, a field visit will introduce the “Royal Botanical Gardens" of Rio de Janeiro founded in 1808 by the King of Portugal D. Joao VI to acclimatize spice plants. The Royal Botanic Gardens is one of the oldest in South America.. World famous for its variety of species from around the globe, its Imperial palm trees planted by the King. Einstein and Queen Elisabeth II of England are just two from a list of more recent famous visitors.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional restaurant - Churrascaria" - B B Q place
 Afternoon: This afternoon your guide lecturer will introduce a tiny Museum dedicated to the "Brazilian bombshell" Carmem Miranda, who took America and the world by storm in the 40's. Return to the hotel and the remainder of afternoon at leisure to rest before the "night out"
 Dinner: Tonight's Dinner will be at "Rio Scenarium" a popular evening venue where locals come to enjoy traditional Brazilian music and spontaneous dances. Three floors full of a variety of antiques as a shop during the day, it is transformed into a music place serving typical food during the night. It will be a memorable evening.
Accommodations: Rio Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: -Rio Old City center. -Oscar Niemeyer buildings in Niteroi. -National History Museum.
(Wednesday, March 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant
 Morning: Morning free to explore on your own
 Lunch: Free time for lunch on your own
 Afternoon: This afternoon your guide lecturer will introduce National History Museum and a drive around town.
 Dinner: Explore some of the local restaurants on your own.
 Evening: Life in Brazil- An evening talk about Brazil way of life, followed by Q&A session and discussion on current issues of the country's economy, politics and the challenges of daily life in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
Accommodations: Rio Othon Palace Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10: -Fly to Iguassu Falls. -Lecture:-.
(Thursday, March 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel restaurant
 Morning: After and early breakfast checkout of your room and transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport. Check-in to fly to Iguassu.
 Lunch: Snacks will be served during your flight from Rio de Janeiro. Arriving mid afternoon at the hotel, after check in, a light snack will be served on the terrace.
 Afternoon: Some time at leisure to settle down, unpack and relax. late afternoon Lecture at the Hotel: “Iguassu National Park: Biodiversity and Conservation A discussion on the gigantic resources of the Parana River basin, its biodiversity, wildlife, impact on the economy of the three countries, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Hotel
Accommodations: San Martin - Hotel & Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: -Iguassu National Park. -The great Falls. -Macuco Forest & River Safari.
(Friday, March 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel restaurant.
 Morning: This morning introduces "Iguassu National Park" where your expert local guide lecturer will take you for a guided drive on an electric vehicle through "Macuco Safari" forest introducing the local flora and fauna. Take a short walk to the riverside bank where you will board a zodiac boat for a ride along the Parana river (the 7th largest river in the world) right under some of the waterfalls. You continue your introduction to the National Park of Iguassu, with your local expert guide enjoying a walk along the top of the river gorge observing the many falls(over 200) leading to the Main horseshoe shaped, the most impressive of them.
 Lunch: Free time at the top of the falls leisure complex, where you can enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants and cafeteria overlooking the Falls, explore on your own.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. You may choose to stay longer and explore the National Park on your own, or to return to the hotel and enjoy its extensive gardens or relax on its resort facilities.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel
Accommodations: San Martin - Hotel & Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: -"Parque das Aves" The Bird Park. -Return flight to USA.
(Saturday, March 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the Hotel restaurant.
 Morning: This morning walk to "Bird Park" where one of their expert resident ornithologist do a brief presentation of their preservation work before your expert guide lead the guided field trip presenting the many species of endemic and other birds, at the Bird Park reservation holding over a 1000 birds from 150 different species. Return to Hotel for your last packing before checking out of your room.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Hotel, followed by checkout of your room.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to relax before your afternoon transfer to airport and check-in to your return flights
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  Rio De Janeiro Centro Cultural Banco Do Brasil
The Bank of Brazil Cultural Center has two theaters, a library, art galleries and a full program of cultural activities. The center is situated in downtown Rio in a beautiful neoclassical (1888) building, which served as the headquarters of the bank for almost a century.
  Museum of the Republic - Palace of Catete
The palace was the seat of the republican government between 1897 and 1960, when the capital was transferred to Brasilia. The neoclassical granite and marble palace was home to 18 presidents and witnessed many important decisions that changed the history of Brazil, such as joining the World War II Allied Forces and the suicide of President Vargas, who, along with Peron, were the most popular dictators of the 1940s in South America. Today, the palace houses a museum and cultural center, book shop, bar and open-air restaurant, set in beautiful gardens. For additional information, visit
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