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World Academy Segment 5: Iguazu Falls, Rio and the Amazon

Program Number: 20770RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/7/2013 - 3/26/2013;
Duration: 19 nights
Location: Brazil
Price starting at: $5,648.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 53; 18 Breakfasts, 17 Lunches, 18 Dinners    

Be a part of Road Scholar World Academy on this segment of the voyage that encompasses many faces of Brazil: magnificent Iguazu Falls, cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, lovely coastal cities and the fascinating Amazon Rainforest.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day. Dirt and stone paths and other uneven terrain. Stairs without railings. Hot and humid conditions.

This program is a part of Road Scholar World Academy 2013: Exploring South America (Program #20752), which begins on January 4, 2013.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Iguazu Falls (Brazil), 2 nights; Rio de Janeiro, 2 nights; aboard mv Voyager, 11 nights; Amazon eco-lodge, 2 nights; Manaus, 1 night.

Days 1-2: Arrival Iguazu Falls (Brazil):

Marvel at spectacular Iguazu Falls, rising 100 feet higher than Niagara, on excursions on both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. Walk through a tropical bird sanctuary. Lodging: Comfortable hotel near Iguazu Falls.

Days 3-5: Flight to Rio de Janeiro:

Spend two days discovering energetic Rio, including an ascent to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.

Days 6-11: Flight to Recife / embark mv Voyager / Natal / at sea / Fortaleza / at sea:

Explore Recife, known as “Brazilian Venice” for its many bridges, before embarkation. Discover Natal, the country’s easternmost city, and meet a university professor to learn more about Brazilian history. In Fortaleza, witness fishermen on their traditional one-sailed rafts and enjoy lunch at an authentic churrascaria. Aboard the ship, begin an expert-led academic course on the development of Brazil.

Days 12-19: Belém / enter the Amazon River / Santarém / Boca de Valeria / Manaus / disembark / boat to Amazon eco-lodge / return to Manaus for departure:

Absorb the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest on this leg of the voyage. Begin with a shore excursion in Belém, the first European colony on the Amazon. Observe village life along the river as you continue toward the “meeting of the waters,” where dark and sandy-colored rivers meet. Visit Boca de Valeria and interact with the caboclos (people of mixed Indian and European ancestry) who live in the village. Disembark for two nights at an eco-lodge, your base for naturalist-led jungle walks and a field trip to a monkey sanctuary. Explore Manaus, the “Paris of the Tropics.” Lodging: Amazon eco-lodge surrounded by private nature reserve; comfortable Manaus hotel.


Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


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.

Meals and Lodgings
   Iguassu Resort
  Iguazu Falls, Brazil 2 nights
   Arena Copacabana
  Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2 nights
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 11 nights
   Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
  Manaus, Brazil 2 nights
   Tropical Manaus
  Manaus, Brazil 1 night
 Iguassu Resort
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: Location: Stay in Foz do Iguacu, just a short drive to Bird Park and Tancredo Neves Bridge. Features: Enjoy an array of amenities at this smoke-free hotel like 3 restaurants, a golf course, and an outdoor pool. Perks: Free Wi-Fi and free valet parking are available, and a free continental breakfast is served daily. Family: Bring the family and take advantage of miniature golf, a children's pool, and childcare. Rooms: Make yourself at home in one of 195 guestrooms, all with free Wi-Fi, balconies, and cable TV.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Av.Das Cataratas
6845 Foz do Iguazu
Foz do Iguazu,  85853 Brazil
phone: +8665390036
  Room amenities: Blackout drapes/curtains Complimentary toiletries Cribs/infant beds available Daily housekeeping Electronic/magnetic keys Hair dryer Handheld showerhead In-room safe Private bathroom Shower only Access via exterior corridors Air conditioning Balcony Cable television service Courtyard view Free Wi-Fi Garden view Hypo-allergenic bedding available Lake view Minibar Multi-line phone Pool view Rainfall showerhead Wake-up calls .
  Facility amenities: Beach/pool umbrellas Garden Picnic area Pool table Shopping on site Smoke-free property Suitable for children Swimming pool - children's Swimming pool - outdoor Television in lobby Air-conditioned public areas Billiards Coffee shop or café Free valet parking Free Wi-Fi Golf course on site Luggage storage Number of floors - 2 Number of restaurants - 3 Number of spa tubs - 7 Total number of rooms - 195 Tours/ticket assistance .
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Contact PD
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Arena Copacabana
Type: Hotel
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Av. Atlantica 2064
Rio de Janeiro,  22021 Brazil
phone: +552130341500
  Room amenities: Wi-Fi, 32” LCD TVs, central Air conditioning, acustic windows, minibars, voice mails, and in-room safes that accommodate laptops.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Description: Ecopark Jungle Lodge is located on the Tarumã River, approximately one hour from the Manaus airport.There is unlimited opportunity for guests to view different bird spieces, giant trees, exotic orchids, medicinal plants, and much more! All bungalows are comfortable and pleasantly decorated, while maintaining a rustic and original atmosphere.
  Contact info: Avenida Eduardo Ribeiro
Amazon Jungle,  69005-1 Brazil
phone: +55 92 9146 0594
  Room amenities: air conditioning, electric showers and screened windows
  Facility amenities: Pier for embarking and disembarking of guests; large open air reception area with bar; handicraft and convenience boutique; open air, thatched roof restaurant (kitchen is open to guests); air conditioned events salon; games salon; air conditioned TV and meeting salon; thatched roof hammock area; 4 natural bathing pools and private beach.There are several fresh water streams, jungle trails with diverse vegetation, including virgin forests, natural savannas, and creeks for canoeing.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: All bathrooms have showers only.

 Tropical Manaus
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The most luxurious hotels in Amazonas - Brazil, the Tropical Manaus is located in the heart of the Amazon Forest, on the banks of the Rio Negro. Perfect for an adventurous (Amazon) vacation, either alone, accompanied or with the family, the Tropical Manaus offers 556 guest accommodations and the largest complex of hotel facilities as for events, sports, local tourism and leisure services. Only 10 km from the Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes International Airport and 16 km from downtown Manaus, the Tropical Manaus is in the capital city of the State of Amazonas, the largest Brazilian state.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Av. Coronel Teixeira, 1320 - Ponta Negra
Manaus,  69037-000 Brazil
phone: +559221235000
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning Alarm clock radio Wireless Internet Connection Background Music Blackout Curtains Local and long distance calls, voice mail Electronic Lockers Hair Dryer Make-up/shaving mirror Mini Bar Smoke Detector Work desk Television set with Cable channels 220 Voltage power Individual safe
  Facility amenities: Whether you are planning a tropical rain forest Brazil vacation getaway or attending to business, the Tropical Manaus offers the luxury amenities and guest services you need to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay at our Brazil hotel oasis. A Brazil vacation destination for families and groups, Tropical Manaus offers professional and modern conveniences in the heart of Amazon Forest. Discover a rare combination of technology, spacious and contemporary guestrooms, exciting Brazil food and modern facilities, all set in the amazing tropical rainforest at Tropical Manaus. Coffee shop Concierge Recreation Team Handicap accessible facilities Drugstore Shopping Mall Two Restaurants Three Bars 24 Hour Room Service Free parking for guests (third-party services) Travel Agency Exclusive Pier Conference and meeting rooms Televisions with cable channels Wireless Internet Connection in public areas Emergency Aid Room Jewelry Shop Nightclub Beauty parlor (thirdy-party services)
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins on the afternoon of Day 2 in Iguazu Falls, Brazil. You will be staying at Iguassu Resort that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends in the morning in Manaus, Brazil. You will be staying at Tropical Manaus the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at - click on “Already Booked” then “Required Passenger Information” to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information:
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Iguazu Falls
  Nearest airport:  Foz do Iguaçu International Airport
  Transportation to site: The Iguassu Resort in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil is located approximately 7 km from Cataratas Airport (IGU). Taxis are available at the airport for participants who are traveling independently.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Manaus
  Transportation from site: The group flight is currently scheduled to depart Manaus in the afternoon on Day 20. Participants will have a free morning and meet at the hotel for transfers to the airport. Your group leader will have more information about the timing of the transfer.

Required innoculations:

Yes: The CDC recommends that you are up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. Please visit the Center for Disease Control's website for more information:

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: Departures
(Thursday, March 7)
 Depart From: Flights depart the US

Day 2: Arrive in Iguazu Falls
(Friday, March 8)
 Afternoon: Field Trip "The Bird Park": The Bird Park at Iguazu Falls combines eco-tourism and preservation. Walk through a trail in native woods with an opportunity to spot more than 900 tropical birds of 150 species. This unique park allows visitors to get in the aviaries and get close to the birds. Among other attractions, there is a butterfly cage, a hummingbird aviary, and a reptile sector.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Iguazu Falls. Meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Iguassu Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Iguazu Falls
(Saturday, March 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Explore the Argentinian side of the falls at Devil's Throat. The train brings you to the entrance of Devil's Throat, as well as the upper and lower trails. The Paseo Garganta del Diablo is a 1-kilometre-long (0.6 mi) trail that brings the visitor directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat, the highest and deepest of the falls.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue to explore the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Iguassu Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fly to Rio de Janeiro
(Sunday, March 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights to Rio de Janeiro
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Panoramic overview of Rio de Janeiro
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: Arena Copacabana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(Monday, March 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field Trip “The Secrets of Old Rio and Sugar Loaf”: Depart from the ship after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the Rio de Janeiro, and to witness the natural beauty of the city from the top of Corcovado. After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, arrive at the bottom of Corcovado. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located 2,300 feet above sea level. The Christ statue was recently elected one of the “7 New Wonders of the World". Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, you may use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statue. At the feet of the famous statue of Christ, enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City".
 Lunch: Lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, one of the most famous delis in Rio
 Afternoon: Continue your field trip: Continue on a unique walking tour revolving around the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. Visit several of Rio's points of interest such as the Sao Bento Monastary, Candelaria Church, Praca XV, the "Travessa do Mercado", Imperial Palace ('Paco Imperial'), the cultural center located in the beautifully restored Banco do Brasil, the Casa Franca-Brasil, Ouvidor Street and Goncalves Dias Street with the Traditional Colombo Coffee Shop. The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square, and up to the Metropolitan Cathedral.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Arena Copacabana
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Recife, Brazil
(Tuesday, March 12)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights to Recife, Brazil
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free day to explore Recife on your own. Recife is located where the Berberibe River meets the Capibaribe River. It is the fifth largest metropolitan area in Brazil , and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. It's name is an allusion to the coral reefs that are present by the city's shores. The many rivers, small islands and bridges found in Recife city gives it the nickname "the Brazilian Venice". Embark the ship this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Recife, Brazil
(Wednesday, March 13)
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Igarassu & the Island of Itamaraca": With an intoxicating blend of natural beauty, architectural wonders and inspiring history, gain insight into one of Brazi's earliest European settlements. From the pier head north to the town of Igarassu - one of Brazil's first colonial cities. This small colonial town has an historic area and is home to the oldest church still standing in the country: The Sao Cosme e Damiao Church, built in 1535. Continue on to Itapissuma, passing by a coconut farm on the way. From here you will drive to the Island of Itamaraca, home to lovely, long sand beaches and shady palms. In the center of the island, you will find the ruins of slave huts and slave estates, as well as the oldest sugar-cane refinery of Brazil. Itamaraca is home to ecological reservations with native forests, as well as the Manatee Preservation Center. You will aslo visit Fort Orange, built by the Dutchmen in 1631 and rebuilt by the Portuguese in 1654. It has a museum with archaeological pieces and information.From this vantage point you will see Coroa do Aviao- a sandbank right in the middle of the sea. Take some free time to go off on your own and explore, before heading back to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Take time to relax aboard ship before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Natal, Brazil
(Thursday, March 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Natal City with Cashew Tree Visit": Capital of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal represents the easternmost tip of the South American continent, thus receiving the very first of the continent’s rays of sun each morning. This simple city boasts beautiful sand dunes whoch one can surf or ski down right into the tepid waters of the Atlantic Ocean! Natal was founded in 1599 and shows its long Colonial past in a series of churches, museums and fortifications. Natal played an important role in the defense system of the Allies during World War II. Begin at the mark where the city was founded: Praca Andre de Albuquerque. Continue on to see the cathedral and the Potengi Palace. Next, visit the Tourist Centre where traditional local handicrafts can be found before continuing to the old Colonial district of Ribeira. See the old sea plane ramp used by the Allies during World War II and visit the Fort Reis Magos dating back to 1598 and built by the Portuguese. Magnificent urban beaches are to be seen along the Via Costeria Ave, including Ponta Negra, Barreira do Inferno, Praia do Cotuvelo, and Pirangi where the world's largest centuries old "Cajueiro" (Cashew Tree) is found.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to explore on your own
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Fortaleza
(Friday, March 15)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship
 Morning: Field Trip "Discover Fortaleza": At a local pier watch the fishermen returning to unload the catch of the day on the “Jangadas” – typical log rafts with triangular sails. Stop at the Mercado Central (Central Market) to see the delicate handmade lace and embroidery for which the region is noted. Visit to the neoclassical Cathedral, with its beautiful stained glass-windows. Enjoy a guided visit through Teatro José de Alencar, and a scenic drive via a palm-fringed beach through Aldeota, the sophisticated residential area of Fortaleza.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional Brazilian "Churrasacaria" BBQ house, with coffee or tea and water
 Afternoon: Enjoy time on your own to relax and enjoy the ship's amenities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fortaleza, Brazil
(Saturday, March 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Lecture #1: Join your study leader for the fifth in your exclusive series of lectures on the theme of "Development and Sustainability of Brazil".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Lecture #2: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Meet with your study leader again this afternoon for your second lecture on Brazil's development and sustainability.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea
(Sunday, March 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #3: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Enjoy a morning lecture with your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture #4: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Join your study leader for an afternoon lecture.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Devil's Island
(Monday, March 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Free Day: explore Devil's Island at your leisure. The most notorious of the three Salvation Islands, Devil's Island functioned for generations as a French penal colony. Once known as the Dry Guillotine because so many prisoners died there, the island today seems haunted by the spirits of former prisoners. Henri Charriere, better known as Papillon, claimed to be the only prisoner ever to escape the island.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon aboard the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: At Sea
(Tuesday, March 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #5: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Enjoy a morning lecture with your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Lecture #6: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Join your study leader for another lecture this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Cruising the Amazon
(Wednesday, March 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Lecture #7: Development and Sustainability of Brazil. Meet with your study leader for a morning lecture.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Santarem, Brazil
(Thursday, March 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Field Trip "Maica - A Portrait of the Amazon Region": Begin at the dock in Santarem on board a regional boat flowing downstream towards the unusual phenomenon called the "Meeting of the Waters". This is where the Amazon and Tapajos Rivers come together. Continue to the Maica Area, which is a natural outlet of the Amazon River. This is a much smaller stream, making it easier to see the sights as the boat meanders through the flood plain. The beautiful landscape of this area shows the natural ways of the Amazon Basin. Bird watching is one of the highlights of this tour. It is common to identify many different species of birds. There is also a great possibility to see fresh water dolphins.
 Lunch: Lunch is served on the ship
 Afternoon: Continue to cruise the Amazon River towards Boca de Valeria. Catch glimpses of daily life on the Amazon as you pass by tiny villages, remote homes and local fishermen.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Boca de Valeria, Brazil
(Friday, March 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Free time to explore the small village of Boca de Valeria. Boca de Valeria (or “mouth of the Valeria River) is a colorful Caboclo village with an abundance Amazonian flora and fauna. Here you will be greeted by local inhabitants and have the chance to observe what life is like on the Amazon. Spend your free time here exploring the village, meeting the people and perhaps even barter for local crafts.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy the ships amentities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Manaus, Brazil
(Saturday, March 23)
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Disembark the ship for a three day stay off-board in the Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge.
 Lunch: Lunch at the EcoPark Lodge
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Visit a Local Village": Depart the lodge in paddle or motorized canoes to a local village to learn about the traditions and customs of local Amazonians.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge, with coffee or tea and water
 Evening: Alligator Spotting: Depart the Amazon EcoPark Lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night. With a little luck and good vision, you may even be able to spot small alligators called jacare, or other nightly creatures. Spot a gator, and the experienced guide will carefully try to catch it and bring it into the canoe. He will give a brief explanation of their habitat while you have the chance to see the creature up close. The alligator will then be safely released back into the river. No harm is ever done to the animals. The guide is highly experienced in this exercise and is dedicated to wildlife safety and preservation.
Accommodations: Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Manaus, Brazil
(Sunday, March 24)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: Field Trip "Nature Walk": This morning meet your experienced guide who has been qualified as a jungle survival guide. During a 15-minute introduction to the rain forest, learn about his experience in jungle survival as well as what you will be walking through along the trail. On the trail, enjoy a close-up view of the jungle surroundings. The guide will stop several times during the trek and will illustrate how locals construct animal traps and shelters, and how they find vines which contain drinkable water.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge
 Afternoon: Field Trip "Monkey Forest": The center for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals (known as the Monkey Forest), was created in 1991, with the intention of receiving animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce. In this center, the animals are initially put into quarantine to be evaluated and taken care of by a team of vetenarians and biologists. With a high success rate since the start, the animals manage to reproduce naturally, creating new families and ensuring survival of the species.
 Dinner: Dinner at the Lodge
Accommodations: Amazon Eco Park Jungle Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Manaus, Brazil
(Monday, March 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: Field Trip "City Tour of Manaus": Manaus is the gateway to the largest tropical forest of the planet: The Amazon Forest. Its golden age was the turn of last century, when the exportation of natural rubber made it one of the richest cities in the world. Hundreds of architects, city planners and landscape designers came from Europe and transformed the city into a European looking town, called at that time, The Little Paris of the Jungle. Drive by the custom house, prefabricated in Liverpool (England) and shipped to Manaus one hundred years ago, the clock tower (called Little Big Ben), the Cathedral and the “Palacio Rio Negro”, the private residence of a German rubber baron and later the Governor's office. Visit the lavish Opera House, entirely built with material imported from Europe during the rubber boom. Visit also the Army Zoo where more than 76 species of Amazonian animals are held in nice and clean surroundings.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Check into the hotel, and have free time in Manaus
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Tropical Manaus
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Manaus / Departures
(Tuesday, March 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: The group flight departs Manaus at approximately 3:30pm. You will have a free morning, with lunch on your own, and meet back at the hotel to transfer to the airport.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

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Brazil in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture

Author: Jan Rocha

Description: Thiis slim guide focuses on the history of Brazil, its cultural heritage and current political, environmental and economic challenges. With maps, photographs and some travel information.

Brazil on the Rise, The Story of a Country Transformed

Author: Larry Rohter

Description: Former New York Times bureau chief in Rio de Janeiro, Rohter explores the history, economy, culture and contradictions of Brazil, delivering an insightful portrait of this increasingly powerful -- and endlessly fascinating -- country.

Brazil, A Traveler's Literary Companion

Author: Alexis Levitin (Editor)

Description: The latest in the excellent series, the diverse stories in this enticing anthology edited by Alexis Levitin introduce Brazil and a host of contemporary writers, including not just Jorge Amado, Machado de Assis and other greats but also newcomers.

Culture Smart! Brazil

Author: Sandra Branco

Description: A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.

Eyewitness Guide Brazil

Author: DK Publishing

Description: A beautifully illustrated guide covering Brazil's history, culture, music and diverse natural attractions.

Field Guide Birds of Brazil

Author: Ber Van Perlo

Description: This comprehensive field guide features 187 beautiful full-color plates with 1796 species accounts, including a distribution map for each.

Lonely Planet Rio de Janeiro

Author: Regis St. Louis

Description: A practical guide filled with maps, a good overview of culture, history and nature and much nuts-and-bolts information. We also carry Lonely Planet Buenos Aires (ARG10).

Running the Amazon

Author: Joe Kane

Description: A best-selling account of a 4,000-mile expedition from the high Andes to the Atlantic by foot, raft and kayak -- an expedition only four of the ten participants finished.

State of Wonder, A Novel

Author: Ann Patchett

Description: Pharmacologist Marina Singh travels to the heart of the Amazon to investigate the reported death of her colleague, a field researcher for a top-secret fertility drug.

The Accidental President of Brazil, A Memoir

Author: Bill Clinton (Introduction), Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Description: Brazil's former president, in office from 1995-2002, offers a candid, wry, illuminating view of the gloriously ungovernable, irrepressibly attractive country in this vibrant memoir.

The Brazilians

Author: Joseph Page

Description: A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.

The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon

Author: Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, Efrem Ferreira

Description: This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text.

Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon

Author: John Hemming

Description: Hemming captures the ambition, greed and awe of naturalists, explorers and missionaries -- and their devastating impact on native peoples -- in this absorbing human history.

Tropical Nature

Author: Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata

Description: A lucid portrait of the tropics as seen by two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists. Its 17 marvelous essays introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforest.

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