Code Starts (UK) Ends (UK) PriceBR 201 29 Jan 12 11 Feb 12 £3,328BR 202 01 Apr 12 14 Apr 12 £3,328BR 203 29 Jul 12 11 Aug 12 £3,478BR 204 18 Nov 12 01 Dec 12 £3,198Single supplement £796 Business class supplement from £1,8262013 departures 10 Feb, 24 Mar, 18 Aug, 24 Nov.PARAGUAYIguaçu FallsATLANTIC OCEANBOLIVIA.BRAZIL.Rio de Janeiro.SalvadorManaus.ARGENTINATAMSIN BUTLERSALLY DODGEROUTE JOURNEY ROUTEwildlifeExotic BrazilBEIJAFLOR CLASSIC JOURNEY 14 days, 11 nights Enjoy the views, music and beach-life in exotic Rio de Janeiro. The power and majesty of the Iguaçu Falls in their tropical setting. Amazonas, the most awesome jungle in the world-birds, butterflies and piranha! Vibrant Salvador, Brazil's African heritage in full colour. Day 1 Sun, UK clients depart arriving in Rio the next morning.Days 2,3 Explore the 'marvellous city', strung out between the famous bays and beaches and a jungle-clad mountainous hinterland. Excursion by cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain with panoramic views. Take the scenic cog-railway through groves of tropical fruits to the peak of Corcovado, topped with the iconic statue of Christ. The views from here-710m above sea level-are even more all-encompassing (on a clear day). Optional excursions to the arty colonial district of Santa Teresa or the world-famous Maracanã Stadium.Day 4 Morning flight to Foz do Iguaçu, close to the colossal Iguaçu Falls-a thundering chain of cascades of water which foam over a jungle precipice. Visit the Brazilian side of the Falls.Day 5 Full-day excursion to the riverbank-hugging walkways of the Argentinean side.Day 6 Early morning flight to bustling Manaus, capital of Amazonas.Day 7 Transfer by boat to a small jungle lodge-a mix of comfort and rustic charm with eco-friendly, polished wood thatched cabins set on stilts amongst the creeks and islands of the Rio Negro.Days 8,9 Excursions from the lodge: alligator spotting, visits to local communities, canoe trips and piranha fishing are on offer.Day 10 Afternoon flight to Salvador, Bahia, on the north-east coast; guided tour of the historic centre.Days 11,12 Days at leisure to explore this most evocative of cities: graceful colonial buildings painted in bright sugary shades, cobbled alleys and squares, African-influenced music and religion give the city its unique atmosphere. There is a string of attractive golden beaches with a landscaped promenade nearby.Day 13 UK clients depart from Salvador, arriving day 14, Sat. Transport 3 flights (longest 7hrs, including connection); boat transfers in the Amazon.Accommodation Tourist class superior and tourist class hotels and lodge in the Amazon.Meals Breakfast daily; full board days 7-9.Included excursions Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountain, Rio; trips to both sides of the Iguaçu Falls; excursions from jungle lodge; walking tour of old Salvador.Summary of nights Rio de Janeiro 2; Iguaçu 2; Manaus 1; jungle lodge 3; Salvador 3.Group size Min 4, max 20. Led by Journey Latin America tour leader.prices JOURNEY PROFILEDeparture dates and pricesCall 020 8747 8315 to speak to one of our expert consultants for advice, additional information or to book your holiday 71 Escorted Small Group Holidays 2012 » BRAZILAbove: The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio can be reached by road or by train, for fabulous views of Rio and the surrounding bays.Far left: The curious toucan's giant bill often measures more than half the length of its body.Left: Pelourinho is the colonial/ African heart of Salvador where street parties and carnival culminates.PADDY PLUNKETTCLAIRE MILNEREDWARD PARKERBelow: Our simple, yet comfortable cabins in the Amazon offer an excellent base for exploring the jungle.ExtensionA FEW DAYS TO SPARE?Discover the Pantanal, a wildlife wetlands in the heart of Brazil, where based at an attractive lodge you can explore by boat, on horseback, by truck and on foot. For full details see extensions p72.
72 Escorted Small Group Holidays 201273 Tap into our knowledgeHere we really do need to blow our own trumpet?with over 60 staff, some of whom have been with us for over 20 years, and all of whom travel regularly around the continent, we can say that our repertoire of flexible itineraries and options is second to none.Many of these extensions are fully flexible, in terms of what you do, where you stay and how you get there. Others, such as cruises or treks, necessarily follow a fixed route. None is escorted by your tour leader, rather, where appropriate, they will be led by English-speaking local guides, often with relevant expertise. A sample of what we can offer you is featured here. The most popular extensions are listed on our website where you can see how they dovetail with your chosen Journey. However, as specialists in the region we can offer you many alternatives, in which case our consultants are well-placed to advise you and put together your trip. You can relax at a modern spa or on a palm-fringed beach, spot wildlife, ramble or drive through outstanding scenery, seek out historical or contemporary culture, sample regional cuisine and wines, or even choose something more active, like horse-riding or kayaking. The indicated number of nights includes positioning nights where necessary.No need to miss outSomewhere you especially wanted to go, but not included in your Journey itinerary? Don't worry, we can easily add on an extension to take you there before or after the group trip.For more information, client reviews, trip dossiers, detailed extensions and to book online visit journeylatinamerica.?co.uk Wildlife With much of Latin America still in its natural state, the prolific wildlife is left to roam undisturbed. Times are changing: the modern world and expanded areas of cultivation are definitely making an impact, but you can still find places, surprisingly accessible, where you can observe this flora and fauna close up, from your base at a jungle lodge or on a cruise. ExtensionsTHe amazon OF PERU, ECUADOR AND BRAZILThe Amazon rainforest is a vast, often impenetrable tropical wilderness, populated by thousands of species of flora and fauna. A visit really makes your Journey in Peru, Ecuador or Brazil complete.It's not as difficult to reach as you might think?a short flight or longer drive and boat trip suffices to take you to good jungle lodges in all three countries. All the lodges offer full board and a similar programme of activities and excursions into the rainforest on foot or by canoe, led by naturalist guides. In Peru and Brazil you also have the option of taking a river cruise.PerU: The river-port of Puerto Maldonado, jumping-off point to many jungle lodges, is only an hour's flight from Cusco. This area has some lodges offering good wildlife spotting opportunities. (There are also lodges close to Iquitos, a 2 hour flight from Lima, the port from which river cruises depart). Ecuador: Amazonia can easily and quickly be accessed from Quito by air or road and river transport. Lodges here are surprisingly comfortable given their isolation. Many of them are community-run and you will have contact with local people.Brazil: Fly direct to Manaus from Rio or São Paulo. There's good range of services from rustic lodges to more upmarket properties; there is also a choice of cruises from 4 to 8 days in duration. Connects with all journeys starting/ending in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.Wildlife Wildernessin THE PANTANALLatin America has more than its share of exotic wildlife, but it can be difficult to spot?shy birds, mammals and reptiles conceal themselves in often luxuriant vegetation. There is a region where the birdlife and fauna is both abundant and visible: the vast Brazilian Pantanal wetlands is both a protected wilderness and accessible to visitors. There are a number of eco-friendly, low-key but comfortable lodges. Our extension visits an excellent choice, Pousada do Rio Mutum.In the Pantanal, huge concentrations of birds, alligators and mammals co-exist with cattle on marshy grasslands. According to season, you may observe flocks of parakeets, macaws and giant storks; in the dry season (Apr-Nov) scores of caiman laze on the riverbanks, giant capybaras stroll across the road and you may come across armadillos, anteaters and howler monkeys. The Pousada offers full-board, activities and wildlife observation with safaris by kayak, on horse-back or walking. Connects with journeys starting/ending Rio.Recommended stay: 8 days, includes 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro.CASSIANO ZAPAROLIISTOCKPHOTO.COMRESERVA AMAZONICAAbove: Tuiuiús, the indigenous stork found in the Amazon.Above: Most lodges are reached by motorised dugout canoes, which wind their way up and down stream from Puerto Maldonado.Below: Dusk is an optimum time to view wildlife in the Pantanal.