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Amazon adventures; Canoe trips & jungle walks; The Pantanal-South America's wildlife marvel; Rio de Janeiro-'the marvelous city'
Breakfast and dinner daily (hotels and local restaurants). All accommodation, transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.
Tour Leader gratuity, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), departure taxes, domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), visa fees. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, visas, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour operates twice a year, in Feb and Nov. November will be warmer and more humid, but not as hot as summer months (Jan / Feb). Short tropical rainstorms occur throughout the year but they should not adversely affect travel plans.
AMAZON: June-December dry season. The daytime temperature can go up to the mid-30s C (90's F) though there is much variability and cool days are common. Night-time temperatures are usually in the mid-20s C (70's F), though there are also some very cool nights.
PANTANAL: November in the Pantanal heralds the very beginning of the rainy season. February is the rainy season, which sounds negative, but it is actually a beautiful, green time of birds and excursions by boat or canoe.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Road transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Internal flights via scheduled local carriers. Numerous walking tours on uneven surfaces.
FROM FALL 2014 THIS TOUR WILL BEGIN IN MANAUS, NOT SAO PAULO.
Mid-range hotels throughout. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than doubles. Porter service is usually available though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports.
Pantanal lodge: Private bathrooms, hot water, screened windows, ceiling fans, air- conditioning 110 volt outlets.
Amazon lodge: Rustic bungalows in a preserved forest area with typical regional architectural design, with screened windows. Hot shower, fan and air-conditioning.
Elsewhere: Well-located, air-conditioned, mid-range (3 star) hotels with en suite toilet and bath throughout (probably shower only).
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver, local naturalist guides.
10-21 (plus Tour Leader)
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