For a country so diverse, it is hard to put into words in a single statement what it is like to be there.
The modern city of Rio de Janeiro sparks images of Carnival and the beaches of Copacabana, with Cristo Redentor watching over the city from atop Corcovado Mountain.
While the Amazon rain forest may make your hair stand on end as you think of the huge spiders, massive snakes and the elusive black panther!
Aside from getting you in to and out of Brazil, I'll be able to assist you with booking what I found to be the best hotels.
Other than that, I will be leaving you in the hands of two trusted friends. Do note that while Iguazu Falls has a portion on the Brazil side, I have placed it in the Argentina section where Pedro will be happy to assist you in that region.
Rio de Janeiro is probably one of or perhaps the only city you know that is in Brazil, and it has a lot to see and do! So, the fabulous Fabiana will be taking care of you there!
Deep in the heart of the Amazon, my buddy Marcos will be your guide to an unforgettable adventure in one of the most amazing places on the planet!
There are no visa requirements for US citizens visiting for tourism.
A valid certificate for the Yellow Fever Vaccine is required.
Rio can be quite intimidating if you're someone who is used to getting around on your own, or if you read about crime in South America and are put off by it.
You'll feel as safe as you would at home with Fabiana as your guide, introducing you to her city and teaching you everything that you probably don't know about it!
I will advise to do at least two days, one for the city and one for the beaches. I came for only one day and it was raining, so we did not get to see very much. Even so, Fabiana went out of her way to make up for the weather and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Marcos is THE guide!
We started off with a boat ride to the meeting of the waters, which you can see below.
A full day on the Amazon River by boat was, even for someone terrified of the water, an amazing experience that I'd love to do again!
You can swim with pink river dolphins and fish for piranha, as well as learn an interesting fact about tapioca that will probably surprise you as much as it did me! Of course, a visit to the Amazon is not complete without seeing the anaconda, which is almost certain on your visit!
Due to a sudden illness I was unable to stick around for spotting caimans (and maybe a black panther) in the dark, but it's an experience I'd love to go back for!