The highlights of Brazil
Spend 2 hotel nights in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro before falling in love with the the southern coast of Brazil during a 9-day expedition on MS Midnatsol
Departure date: 18 October 2016
Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay in this lively city.
After breakfast at your hotel, you have time to enjoy the morning at the beach or to stroll around in Copacabana. In the afternoon a half-day excursion begins to the famous Corcovado mountain. We drive 3820 meters through Tijuca National Park amongst flowers, exotic plants, and fruit trees to reach one of the main scenic spots in the city, enjoying a sweeping panorama of sea and mountain, crowned by the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
In the evening try a BBQ meal in a famous Brazilian Churrasco Rodízio restaurant or All You Can Eat Barbecue where a waiter comes to the table direct from the barbecue pit, carrying a skewer and proceeds to carve the meat to your specification: do you prefer rare, medium, or well done? Just a sliver? A big slab? The choice is yours. Side dishes, a buffet of hot and cold dishes, salads, cheese, cold cuts, even Japanese sushi and sashimi are also available. A choice of delicious desserts completes your evening meal.
In the morning, you have time at your leisure before departing for an excursion to the famous Sugarloaf. Along with the symbolic significance of Christ the Redeemer, the unquestionable beauty and location of Sugarloaf plays a leading role in attracting visitors to Rio de Janeiro. We access the site by cable car on the first leg to Urca Hill, 220 meters above sea level with a beautiful view over Botafogo and Guanabara Bay. The second stage reaches the top of the Sugarloaf at a height of 396 meters. Here we have an uninterrupted view over the bay to Niteroi. The tour ends at the pier, in good time for sailing on MS Midnatsol.
As we sail towards Paranagua, you are free to spend the day as you wish on board our comfortable ship. Familiarize yourself with the ship and its facilities, join our Expedition team for exciting lectures and talks, spend time on deck enjoying the tropical temperatures and scout for wildlife as we make our way further south.
In the morning, we reach Paranagua, Brazil's most important harbour for the export of agricultural goods. This day focuses on Brazil´s amazing nature in the tropical rain and coastal forests. Perhaps you will choose the tourist train “Serra Verde Express”, that takes a slow and comfortable journey through spectacular mountain scenery? Or maybe you will prefer to go to Salto Morato for bird watching, passing clear rivers and spectacular waterfalls? In the evening you will have a lot to share when you join the other passengers in the lounge and talk about your day in Brazilian nature.
After a full day in Paranauga, we make our way further south towards Rio Grande do Sul. This is another day to relax with a good book overlooking the ocean, soaking up the sun or enjoying the Jacuzzis (whirlpools) on deck.
Throughout the course of the trip, our Expedition team will hold lectures on interesting topics such as history, biology, and geology. They will also update you on the progress of the trip as well as on any wildlife sightings that may occur.
On our last day in Brazil, we provide the chance to learn more about Brazil's avifauna. Brazil has one of the richest populations of bird species in the world. The lagoons in the surroundings of Rio Grande do Sul are famous for birds such as Waders. Some are native to Brazil, while others overwinter here after migration from the north. Even if you are not a “birder”, you will be fascinated by this special and truly rare natural wonder.
Montevideo has a sly sophistication and surprising cultural diversity for such a small population, boasting a picturesque blend of colonial Spanish, Italian and Art Deco architectural styles. Montevideo may be the only large city in Uruguay, but it's also one of South America's most interesting centres. Home to almost half of the nation's population, Montevideo is Uruguay’s capital and a modern metropolis with a historic old town dating back to colonial times. Visit the Ciudad Vieja (Old Town) with its 18th century buildings, the vibrant Mercado del Puerto, the bustling Avenida 18 de Julio with its numerous theatres, museums and art galleries, and the stretch of white, sandy beaches surrounding the city.
We arrive in Montevideo in the evening. Spend time with family, old friends, new friends and our friendly Expedition team, and enjoy the farewell dinner.
Our fantastic expedition ends here in Montevideo. You are welcome to join our optional excursions in the Post-programme.
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