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PANDAW PARTNER PROGRAMME

RIO, IGUACU FALLS AND THE AMAZON
14 NIGHTS RIO - SANTAREM FROM US$0

We are very pleased to present new departures on our partner ship, the Amazon Dream, exploring the lesser visited and more scenically varied region of the Amazon River between Santarem and Belem. Here, the blue waters of the Tapajos River and the mighty Amazon meet for several kilometers, creating a delightful ever-changing spectacle. Lined by the forests, beaches of fine white sand and the crystal-clear waters of the Tapajos are an idyllic paradise to explore. Not only will you discover the natural wonders of the great rain forest with its varied wildlife, flora and fauna, but also like Pandaw’s expeditions in Asia we visit friendly, local villages and discover their unique way of life of the people living on the Amazon.

Just imagine the scene: you have spent the day discovering the fascinating sights and sounds of the rain forest and have returned to ship now safely moored for the night. The temperature has cooled and you are enjoying a cocktail on the sundeck with your like-minded travellers watching the beautiful sunset against the backdrop of the vibrant colours of the forest.

Our partner ship, the Amazon Dream, offers a comfortable base from where we explore; all cabins are air-conditioned and well appointed and you will be impressed by the quality of the cuisine. Each evening, after dinner, knowledgeable English, French and German speaking guides will bring their wonderful region to life as you plan tomorrow’s adventures.

Our 9-night cruise is combined with iconic land arrangements. We stay three nights at the elegant 5* Sofitel Hotel, Rio de Janeiro (or similar), enviably located on Copacabana beach including excursions to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain and then fly to Iguacu for a 2-night stay at the luxurious Hotel das Cataratas uniquely located next to the jaw-dropping Iguacu Falls.

Please note that this programme is not suitable for those with walking difficulties. Also note the cruise itinerary is indicative and subject to change, depending on local river conditions.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1 RIO

Arrive in Rio for your stay at the 5* Sofitel Hotel (or similar), located on Copacabana Beach. Rest of the day is at leisure in the city of the 2016 Olympic Games.

Please note that this programme is not suitable for those with walking difficulties. Also note the cruise itinerary is indicative and subject to change, depending on local river conditions.

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DAY 2 RIO

Full day fully guided tour of Rio including the city’s two breath-taking highlights: take a train journey and short walk to Corcovado, the imposing statue of Christ, overlooking the city. We then continue to Sugar Loaf mountain where we take the cable car to the top, again enjoy incredible views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We also visit or observe the famous Maracana football stadium, the Metropolitan Cathedral and enjoy an included lunch at a typical Brazilian steak house.

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DAY 3 RIO

Today is at leisure. Relax by the pool or on the beach, or our representative will be able to organise any additional individual guided excursions you might require.

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DAY 4 IGUACU FALLS

Transfer to Rio airport and fly to Iguacu. On arrival, transfer to the luxurious Hotel das Cataratas, the only hotel located within the National Park with its own verdant gardens looking over the awe-inspiring Iguacu Falls. We stay for two nights thus enabling the chance to enjoy a view of the falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. This afternoon we visit from the Brazilian side of the falls, now a UNESCO Heritage site, only a short drive and walk from our hotel.

Please Note: The Iguacu park closes at 5pm. Since your hotel is located within the park you are allowed to visit the viewing platform at any time (not guided and you’ll have a private view of the falls!).

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DAY 5 IGUACU FALLS

Morning guided visit by coach across the border into Argentina for a view of the Iguacu Falls from a series of walkways that take you right to the edge of the spectacular ‘Devils Throat’. Rest of the day at leisure enjoying the wonderful surroundings of your hotel as well as reflecting on the magnificence of Mother Nature.

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DAY 6 SANTAREM

Transfer to Iguacu airport and flight to Santarem, via Sao Paulo. Welcome to Amazonia. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Amazon Dream for your 9-night cruise on a full board basis. After welcome presentation and safety drill, the Amazon Dream sails towards the confluence where the blue waters of the Tapajos interlace with the yellow waters of the Amazon without merging. It’s a very good place to spot pink dolphins and the grey dolphins. Continue to the mouth of the of the Ituqui river, a channel parallel to Amazon for sunset drinks and dinner.

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DAY 7 MAICA LAKE

Wake up to the sound of parrots, toucans, and other birds. Enjoy an excursion by motorboat to observe birds, crocodiles, dolphins and flora on Maica Lake. Opportunity to try your hand at Piranha fishing. After lunch on board, cruise to the mouth of the Curua Una River where we stop at the village of Pacoval on the Curua-Una River where we take a walking tour and meet the local ‘Quilombolas’ people. Overnight at the mouth of the Curua Una River.

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DAY 8 AMAZON RIVER

Morning walking tour in primary rainforest to observe wildlife and flora with your guide. Continue by motorboat on the Curua Una River observing monkeys, dolphins and the most beautiful scenery. After lunch, cruise the mighty Amazon River passing houses on stilts of the caboclos, the “water people”, a population descended from the mix of Indians and their Portuguese conquerors in the 16th and 17th centuries. We overnight near Monte Alegre Lake.

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DAY 9 NIGHT EXPEDITION

Morning trip by motorboat to observe the fauna and flora on the small tributaries linking the Amazon to Monte Alegre Lake. Cruise to Santarem and explore the town including the harbour bazaars with stalls selling multicoloured hammocks. Sail to the mouth of the Jari, an area full with wildlife including dolphins, indigenes birds and caimans. Tonight, if weather permits, we take an expedition by motorboat to observe the Amazon at night: amazing.

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DAY 10 MAGUARI VILLAGE

Morning travel by motorboats on the Jari River visiting the community living on its banks. After lunch, we cruise towards Maguari village on the shore of Tapajos National Forest. Here the river is over 20 kilometres wide; it feels like you are at sea and thus we explore a new ecosystem, new riverscapes and landscapes where white sand beaches (from August to January) and lakes make a magnificent setting.

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DAY 11 LAKE MARAI

Morning walking tour in the primeval forest with native guides from the community of Maguari, observing gigantic trees, birds, kings of the canopy, blue butterflies, monkeys and sloths. Afternoon cruise to Lake Marai where we visit a Munduruku Indian village. Sunset bird watching on Braganca Lake.

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DAY 12 MUNDURUKU VILLAGE

Morning excursion by canoe accompanied by Indian guides discovering Munduruku village in Marituba including a forest walk with Indian guides. Sail to Amorim Lake on the Tapajos River.

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DAY 13 ANUMA LAKE

Morning expedition on the Amorim River by canoe with local guides. Sail towards Anuma Lake and Vista Alegre Village. Anchor in the lake at sunset when the water changes colour becomes golden. In the Amazon, for the local Indians, sunset is always an event, a celebration. In the evening enjoy a meeting with representatives of the community of Vista Alegre and traditional dances.

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DAY 14 ALTER DO CHAO

Morning trip into the heart of Tapajoara Reserve, where the inhabitants live off the resources, which are “extracted” from the forest – hence the name. Visit the village and observe the daily life of the "caboclos": preparing the manioc flour, basic ingredient in all local dishes, harvesting the latex on the trunks of the rubber trees by the “seringueiros”, gathering medicinal plants. In the afternoon, sail towards Alter do Chao for our last night in the heart of the Amazonian forest where we enjoy a farewell feast with traditional dancing and music on one of the beaches of Alter do Chao, recently nominated as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. The evening cruise back to Santarem.

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DAY 15 SANTAREM

Disembark after breakfast or stay on board until your transfer to the airport.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Transfers to/from Santarem airport to the Amazon Dream, port taxes, porterage, mineral waters, 9-night cruise on full board basis, all shore excursions including entrance fees, services of the resident Amazon Dream cruise director and expert guides.

Land Section Includes: All airport and other transfers, 3-night stay at the 5* Sofitel Hotel in a superior room on a bed and breakfast basis, full day excursion to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain, domestic flights from Rio to Iguacu and Iguacu to Santarem, 2-night stay at the 5* Hotel Das Cataratas, Iguacu on a bed and breakfast basis, half day guided visits to the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the Iguacu Falls including entrance fees.

Amazon Dream will provide rubber boots (please mention shoe size at time of booking) and ponchos if necessary. Please bring your own binoculars, small back pack and mosquito repellent.

Price Excludes: International flights, travel insurance, all drinks, all tips, and items of a personal nature.

Please Note: Canadian citizens who are tourists must pay the Argentine "Reciprocity Fee" estimated at US$92 on-line prior to travel.

Please Note: Australian citizens who are tourists must pay the Argentine "Reciprocity Fee" estimated at US$100 on-line prior to travel.

Please visit the following website for more information: https://reciprocidad.provincianet.com.ar.

Please Note: Just before the cruise in Santarem and towards the end of the cruise in Alter do Chao, there are ATMs but they usually don’t work. Bring enough cash (USD, EUR or Real) to pay for your on-board-bills.

Please Note: Drinks and crew gratuities are NOT included on our partner cruises.

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TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 1 RIO

Arrive at Rio airport where our representative will meet you and transfer to the 5* Sofitel Hotel.

DAY 15 SANTAREM

Disembark and transfer to Santarem airport.

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