Brazil – Rivers, Rainforests & Rio!

June 21-July 4, 2019 • 14 Days • $5390**

**Pricing with New Traveler Discount: $5090

We are excited to offer an opportunity to explore one of the most underrated travel destinations on the planet!

**Traveler Rewards Program 2019: New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Brazil tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

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The word “Brazil” conjures up widely conflicting images of rainforests, massive rivers, crowded cities, raucous festivals, and beautiful beaches. This perception is a minor fraction of reality, and our journey through this amazing country helps unravel the fascinating conundrum that is Brazil. The program contains 4 distinct highlights: the Amazon River, conduit for 17% of the world’s freshwater; the Pantanal, world’s largest wetland filled with a dazzlingly colorful array of birdlife; Rio de Janeiro, arguably the world’s most beautiful city; and incomparable Iguaçu Falls—amazing spectacle of 250+ cataracts.

Brazil is a huge country, about the size of the continental USA. After several weeks on-site investigating Brazil’s exotic offerings, we put together this itinerary, featuring the highlights and focusing on four different sections of Brazil. Because of the scope of Brazil, flying between these four highlights is required. We start in the Amazon, the world’s largest tropical rainforest, spending three nights in a jungle lodge with walks and activities to connect us with the larger-than-life world of water. Next stop is the Pantanal wetlands, also consider the biggest in the world, where the landscape opens and allows practically non-stop better views of the wonderfully colorful birds and animals. Rio is stop number three, where we spend four nights and explore what is arguably the most beautifully situated city on the planet, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, and the legendary beaches. We finish at Foz do Iguaçu, base to explore our absolute favorite waterfall on the planet (and we’ve been to Niagara and Victoria Falls). How big is Iguaçu? It’s so big that the only place to see the entire falls is from the air.

Highlights:

  • Amazon River – largest and longest in the world with a flow at its mouth 12 times that of the Mississippi River!
  • The Pantanal – largest wetland on the planet boasting the most amazing array of colorful birdlife we’ve seen anywhere!
  • Rio de Janeiro – with Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the beaches, this could be the most beautiful city on the planet!
  • Iguaçu Falls – over 250+ separate falls create an amazing spectacle that we experience from all sides, including below the falls on an optional boat trip into the heart of the mists

Including:

  • Airport to hotel group transfers on first and last day
  • 3 internal flights included:
    • Manaus to Cuiabá
    • Cuiabá to Rio de Janeiro
    • Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu
  • All land travel
  • Roundtrip boat transfer from Manaus to Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge
  • Jungle lodge accommodations in the Amazon and Pantanal
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations in Manaus, Cuiabá, Rio de Janeiro, and Foz do Iguaçu
  • 25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners as denoted (BLD)
  • All listed walks with commentary by local guide
  • Fees for walking credit (IVV sanctions are expected for all walks from Anda Brazil)
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • Nature, cultural, and historical expertise of local guides throughout
  • All tipping for guides, coach drivers and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; a limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $775.

Activities/Visits to:

  • Teatro Amazonas opera house – Manaus
  • Visit to a “Caboclos” village – Amazon
  • Nighttime alligator “hunt” by canoe – Amazon
  • Meeting of the Waters all day excursion – Amazon
  • Wetlands canoeing – Pantanal
  • Sugarloaf Mountain gondola ride – Rio de Janeiro
  • Corcovado train ride to Christ the Redeemer statue – Rio de Janeiro
  • Guided walking tour of Santa Teresa neighborhood – Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguaçu National Park (Brazil side)
  • Iguazú National Park (Argentina side)
  • More fun stops than we can list!

Optional Excursions:

  • Horseback riding – Pantanal – Day 7
  • Golden Lion Tamarin Excursion from Rio de Janeiro – Day 11
  • Macuco Safari by boat safari at Iguacú – Day 12
  • Casa do Chef Brazilian Food Tales private dinner in Foz do Iguaçu – Day 12
  • Bird Zoo in Foz do Iguaçu – Day 14

“The Amazon and Pantanal walks had so many things to see and things to be shown by the local guides. Our cameras were snapping shots every second. What an experience.”

-Anna & Ray M; ON, Canada


“Excellent, charming, and informative guides. The Pantanal was a great surprise for me. Its richness in wildlife and the fun experiences there. Also loved the Paraty Beach day – dreamy! And the beaches and coastline of Brazil are indescribable. Iguassu was greater than I was aware – wow!…I know you always give me so much more than I anticipate on a WAI trip and this was no exception. Special for me was the Pantanal, the gorgeous coastline and beaches from Rio to Paraty and the phenomenal Iguassu Falls. And now I’ve been in the Amazon and its jungles!”

-Kay E; Bedford, IN


“Going to places ‘off the beaten track,’ interacting with local people, traveling with friendly people and seeing historic sites add up to a wonderful trip with Walking Adventures International…Highlights – the rustic lodges at Manaus and in the Pantanal, seeing the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, viewing the ‘meeting of the waters,’ walking on the beautiful beaches of Rio, and experiencing the 252 cataracts of Iguassu Falls.”

-Tink M; Centerville, OH


“It’s been a wonderful introduction to a part of the world I knew little about. Our local guides have been most helpful in their info. Thanks for the wonderful trip and experience.”

-Jean T; Veradale, WA


“We were always well informed and our local guides were outstanding!! Each one was exceptional…Last year we sold our 5th wheel trailer because we were too busy doing WAI trips to use it anymore.”

-Steve & Judy M; Encinitas, CA


“You were outstanding. You care for our safety and are patient. I thoroughly enjoyed the leaders and guides to the max. All of them had a great sense of humor and always a smile. You all are great.”

-Don & Shirley L; Renton, WA


“Itinerary: you have provided a diverse itinerary that never got old. You have introduced me to a country I knew barely anything about, and I realize this amount of sightseeing is the tip of the iceberg so to speak. What a great way to get an education.”

-Carol Y; Fairborn, OH


“I was stunned by the number and variety of birds in the Pantanal. The Iguassu Falls were more stunning than Victoria Falls – WOW!”

-Carolyn E; Grapevine, TX

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Jungle lodges and strategically located Superior Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners.

Airfare

International airfare not included. 3 flights included within tour itinerary. Official start point is Manaus and finish point is Iguaçu.

Transportation

Included.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

WAI Guide Scott Isom on Brazil Walking TourScott Isom has had a passion for the outdoors ever since his childhood days spent exploring the waterfalls and outstanding hiking trails of the Columbia River Gorge with his family. Scott has led tours on all 7 continents and is one of WAI’s busiest guides and on-site Adventure planners. Scott will be leading the Brazil tour along with an assistant.

Itinerary

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Day 1-June 21: Arrive Manaus, Brazil

Travelers arrive today into Manaus, Brazil, a metropolis in the middle of the world’s largest rainforest. A representative of WAI will meet you at the airport and transport you to our first hotel in Brazil, a lovely gathering place to start our epic adventure in the astonishingly diverse country of Brazil. Because flights arrive late in the day, our first group activity is tomorrow morning’s breakfast.

Day 2-June 22: Activities in the Amazon (BLD)

Manaus Amazon Walk – 5 km, rated 1B

The morning is devoted to exploring Manaus, capital city of the state of Amazonas situated near the confluence of the Negro and Solimões rivers. The city’s isolation in the Amazon jungles (the main transport routes are by plane and boat) helps preserve both its natural environment and its strong links to local indigenous cultures. On the other hand, its designation as a Free Economic Zone sustains a boom in manufacturing and shipping that contributes employment for a population of over two million. With strong links to the 19th century rubber boom, Manaus was considered “one of the gaudiest cities of the world”.  Our walk begins at the nearby Opera House, built in 1896 during the rubber boom at a cost of $10 million. Our route explores local markets and the intriguing hustle and bustle of the picturesque waterfront, where boats of all descriptions are loaded and unloaded as they transverse this mighty waterway. From Manaus, we travel by boat to our Amazon rainforest lodge. From this hideaway on the banks of the Rio Tarumã (tributary of the Amazon) we launch our exploration of the Amazon Basin over the next three days.

NOTE: Tannic acid leached from abundant rotting vegetation adds an acidic tea-colored hue to stream and river water in this area, dramatically reducing the insect population, mosquitos in particular.

Day 3-June 23: Activities in the Amazon (BLD)

Amazon Jungle Survival Walk – 10 km, rated 2B

The day begins with a jungle walk through the rainforest. Though abundant foliage makes spotting wildlife a challenge, the sensation of treading through the Amazon jungle is one you won’t forget. After lunch, we cruise to a “Caboclos” village (people of mixed native Brazilian and European immigrant ancestry) to learn about their life in this watery world of the Amazon. Fishing for the infamous piranha is likely to be possible sometime during our stay. Join us after dinner for a canoe trip in the inky Amazon night to search for caiman alligators (just the babies) with our local guides!

Day 4-June 24: Activities in the Amazon (BLD)

A good portion of today is spent cruising the Amazon on the lodge’s 2-deck riverboat. From the Rio Tarumã, we sail downstream past picturesque waterfront panoramas of Manaus to the Rio Negro. The Meeting of the Waters is an unmistakable junction of the dark, relatively clear waters of the Rio Negro flowing side-by-side with the tan-colored, silt-filled Rio Solimões. The day will be sprinkled with other activities according to water levels and logistics of our Amazon vessels. What is always true about a visit to the Amazon is that one comes away with a sensation of having participated in a floating world where a rich conglomeration of cultures and influences seems carried along by the ebb and flow of the water…it’s always about the water.

Day 5-June 25: Manaus – Cuiabá, Brazil (B)

A leisurely morning at the lodge ends with a cruise back to Manaus, a break for lunch in the bustling, colorful market, then a drive to the airport. The shortest distance between two points in Brazil is, unfortunately, not a straight line. We fly first to Brasília where we change plans for a late arriving flight into Cuiabá. This city serves as our gateway to the world’s largest wetland – the Pantanal! After a good night’s rest in a lovely hotel, we look forward to some of the biggest surprises of our Brazilian adventure tomorrow!

Day 6-June 26: Activities in the Pantanal (BLD)

Pantanal Wetlands Walk – 8 km, rated 1B

From Cuiabá, a morning drive takes us along the Transpantaneira Highway into a magical wetland plain inhabited by a cornucopia of animals and a positively delightful explosion of birdlife. Our home for the next two nights is Araras Lodge, nestled amongst ponds, rivers, and patches of bush land – a perfect base to discover the Pantanal! Tropical heat in the middle of the day discourages activity, so lunch at the lodge is followed by siesta until mid-afternoon, when our activities begin in earnest. The walk of the day takes us through patches of native bush in search of monkeys, deer, anteaters, jaguar, caiman alligators, and any number of the 600-plus species of colorful birds and 1,000 species of butterflies that inhabit this blessed corner of Brazil.

Day 7-June 27: Activities in the Pantanal (BLD)

Pantanal Dawn Delights Walk – 8 km, rated 1B

Rising before the birds is difficult in the Pantanal. Our goal, however, is to beat the sun over the horizon! Along the trail we encounter a kaleidoscope of colors – sunrise oranges, reds, and yellows; jungle greens; river and sky blues; and the enchanting and ever-present activity of birds painting a rainbow of color before our eyes. After breakfast at a remote wetlands lodge, try your hand at canoeing on one of the waterways before we trek back through the wetlands jungle to Araras Lodge. Following siesta, we’ll enjoy more walking and activities – possibly piranha fishing or climbing atop the viewing platform near our lodge in the company of a large clan of howler monkeys. There’s also the possibility of a horse ride on one of the unique Pantaneiro horse, bred to thrive in the soggy conditions of the Pantanal plains, including the singular ability to feed underwater with their nostrils submerged!

Day 8-June 28: Pantanal – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (B)

An early breakfast precedes a return drive along the Transpantaneira Highway, saying “farewell” along the way to more of our colorful feathered friends. Upon arrival in Cuiabá, we board our flight for Rio de Janeiro (with a layover in São Paulo). Upon arrival in Rio, we’ll be met by our local guide and transported through this amazing city by the sea to our hotel on legendary Copacabana Beach for a well-positioned four-night stay!

Day 9-June 29: Activities in Rio de Janeiro (BD)

Rio’s Famous Beaches Walk – 10 km, rated 1A

Today’s walk offers a stroll along the famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana with nonstop panoramas of the south Atlantic coastal scenes plus the famous beach culture of the Rio de Janeiro waterfront. After a break for lunch, the afternoon activity is a gondola ride, gliding up to Sugarloaf Mountain in a two-stage cable car while enjoying spectacular 360-degree views along this splendid coastline of one of the world’s most beautiful cityscapes! After a little down time back at the hotel, join us for a leisurely stroll along the beach to one of Brazil’s better “churrascaria” restaurants. This popular style of Brazilian steakhouse offers a fun and interactive way of serving their guests with an amazing array of cuts of beef and other meats, plus an expansive seafood buffet.

Day 10-June 30: Activities in Rio de Janeiro (B)

Santa Teresa Neighborhood & Urca Beach Walk – 7 km, rated 2B

The train ride up Corcovado to Christ the Redeemer statue provides views that rival even those from Sugarloaf Mountain. From the shadow of Christ the Redeemer we imbibe vistas over Rio, Sugarloaf, the beaches, and the prolific Atlantic Rainforest, then return by train down into the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Here, we’ll enjoy lunch and a walking tour through one of Rio’s oldest and most colorful neighborhoods. The afternoon activity is a walk at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain along Urca and Vermelha beaches – non-stop South Atlantic panoramas await us!

Day 11-July 1: Activities from Rio de Janeiro (B)

Optional Golden Lion Tamarin Walk – 5 km, rating not available

Today is a free day to relax and explore Rio on your own. Or consider joining us for a unique, optional, all-day excursion to see the golden lion tamarin, an endangered monkey whose natural habitat is the Atlantic Rainforest in this region outside of Rio. Lunch at a local farm run by the founders of Brazil’s volkssport (walking) club is a special part of the day.

Golden Lion Tamarin Excursion: We depart Rio this morning for a memorable journey into a less-visited corner of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Our first objective is a walk to see the endangered golden lion tamarin monkeys in their natural habitat. The walk is led by a member of the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado, a Brazilian non-profit organization established in 1992 to achieve the goal of increasing the population of this endangered and photogenic monkey, which has expanded from less than 200 animals in 1981 to 2000 bright orange monkeys living freely in a landscape of about 60,000 acres. After our walk, we have lunch at the nearby farm, Fazenda dos Cordeiros, operated by Aryton and Ana. This is a working farm, organically producing a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables (some of which we will sample at lunch), along with small animal husbandry. The golden lion tamarin is endemic in this area as well and, after lunch, Aryton and Ana will walk us around the farm and explain the goals of this fascinating place – over 1000 acres of land, much of it dedicated to preserving habitat for native species of fauna and flora. What a treat to experience this hidden corner of Brazil. A memorable day of contrast continues with a return drive to the metropolis of Rio. Estimated Price: $175 per person

Day 12-July 2: Rio de Janeiro – Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (B)

An early morning flight takes us from Rio to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazilian base for visits to what is arguably the world’s most spectacular waterfall. Our bus takes us directly to Brazil’s Iguaçu National Park. Since the great majority of the water falls on the Argentina side, the best panoramic views of these amazing falls are from Brazil. The sheer breadth of falling water visible from the Brazil side is surreal and stunning! We’ve seen Niagara and Victoria Falls, often on the shortlist with Iguaçu for world’s most spectacular waterfalls. In our opinion, it’s no contest. As Eleanor Roosevelt is quoted as saying upon visiting the falls, “Poor Niagara!”

Following time for lunch, an optional jetboat ride takes you into the spray of some of the 280 cataracts that roar over the 3-kilometer-wide precipice – Estimated price: $95.

Optional special dinner – Casa do Chef: After time to relax at our lodge this afternoon, consider joining us for a special dining experience. The history of Brazilian cuisine is presented by Chef Fabio, a fluent English-speaker with a delightful message of gastronomy. This unique experience includes roundtrip transfers, welcome drink, and a private Brazilian Food Tales dinner with Chef Fabio. Estimated price: $95 per person

Day 13-July 3: Activities from Foz do Iguaçu (BD)

Argentina Iguazú Falls Walk – 10 km, rated 2B

The full day is devoted to a multi-faceted experience of Iguazú Falls on the Argentina side. The falls, and the Iguazú River that creates them, form the border between the two countries. After clearing border procedures, we start our walk in nearby Iguazú National Park. Along the way, we hitch a ride on a narrow gauge, natural gas-powered train, then tread a boardwalk over the Iguazú River to the Garganta do Diabo (Devil’s Throat) where over 50% of the water falls. Close up connections with many of these seemingly endless waterfalls are provided by an extensive network of trails and boardwalks constructed over several of the more than 250 cataracts. After time to relax back at our resort hotel, we enjoy a farewell dinner to reminisce about this incredible corner of creation called Brazil!

Day 14-July 4: Depart Foz do Iguaçu (B)

We say “farewell” to Iguaçu today and return to ordinary life in North America! Travelers depart throughout the day but flights tend to be in the late afternoon and evening.

An optional visit is therefore available to an outstanding nearby aviary for one last look at the rainbow of colors produced by Brazil’s birdlife. Estimated price: $35 (with minimum 10 participants).

Transfers to the airport will then be batched according to departure times. Connecting with this land of great resources and potential has been deeply enriching. We look forward to watching from afar as this huge, Portuguese-speaking island in Spanish-speaking South America continues to emerge and reach for its promising destiny.

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

To save yourself a spot on this Adventure, contact us to register with a $500 deposit as soon as possible! Up to 30 travelers will be accepted on this tour.

Traveler Rewards Program 2019

New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the Brazil tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards 2019 page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].

General Tour Conditions and Registration Form

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

Hotel upgrades in Rio

Our hotels are carefully selected to maximize our plans each day. We’ll be in Rio for four nights, and you have a decision to make on your hotel accommodations!

There are 3 types of rooms available:

  • Standard Rooms (included in tour price)
    Standard rooms face the city.
  • Superior Rooms (included in tour price)
    Superior rooms face the sea but are on lower floors where views may be partially obstructed.
  • Deluxe Rooms (Upgrade fee: $150 per person)
    Deluxe rooms face the ocean but are on upper floors with outstanding unobstructed sea views. Only 4 deluxe rooms available!

All room categories for our 4-night stay in Rio de Janeiro will be available on a first come, first serve basis! Contact our office to reserve the room of your choice!

Brazil – an exotic destination!

As mentioned above, Brazil is a huge country. Manaus, the northernmost part of the country that we visit, is located 3 degrees (200 miles) south of the equator. Even though we are visiting during winter, this is a tropical destination and part of the journey will be hot and humid. Weather will moderate greatly as we continue to fly south. The Pantanal can still have warm and humid mid-days, and we will participate in the Latin American concept of siesta. Rio will be milder still, and the Iguaçu area can be quite cool, requiring jackets.

Brazil is an exotic destination, a developing nation with weather, transportation, and logistical systems that can be frustrating to the American point of view. Travelers should be prepared to be flexible and consider challenges and changes in the program to be part of the adventure!

A word about immunizations

No preparation for a trip to Brazil would be complete without a discussion about immunizations. We will address this topic in more detail in the Tips & Tidbits factsheet that comes out about three months before departure. If you want to discuss this Adventure with your doctor before registering, here is what we can tell you now:

  • Your doctor may wish to speak to you about Malaria, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever and Zika.
  • A variety of other immunizations generally recommended for travel in developing countries will likely be recommended by your health care professional for your visit to Brazil.

As we are not qualified to give medical advice, you will definitely need to see your personal health care provider or visit a travel clinic. In general, travel health clinics are more reliable sources of information in this matter than general practitioners. You can find travel health clinics online. Two examples are www.ushealthworks.com and www.passporthealthusa.com. Remember to take a copy of the itinerary with you so you can show the medical staff where we are traveling.

Visas required

Brazil requires visitors from North America to obtain a visa prior to arriving in Brazil. The process and the price of this visa has eased significantly in the past year; it is now available over the internet. WAI will send out information about how to obtain a visa well before our departure. To apply for a visa, a passport is required that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of our return, which is July 4, 2019. If you do not have a valid passport, please consider acting on this right away.

Optional Excursions

Several optional excursions are available during this adventure. WAI practice is to include all activities of general interest in the tour price. Activities that are optional are not included because they may not necessarily appeal to all travelers. Our objective is to give the traveler as much control over the travel experience as possible.

The following four optional activities are listed and described in the brochure. Please let us know if you would like to participate no later than February 15, 2019.

  • Golden Lion Tamarin Excursion from Rio de Janeiro – Day 11
  • Casa do Chef Brazilian Food Tales private dinner in Foz do Iguaçu – Day 12
  • Macuco Safari by boat safari at Iguaçu – Day 12
  • Bird Zoo in Foz do Iguaçu – Day 14

How Is Airfare Arranged?

Our official start is the Eduardo Gomes International Airport (MAO) in Manaus, Brazil where a WAI representative will meet you upon arrival and arrange a group transfer to our starting hotel. We finish in Foz do Iguaçu and travelers will depart from the Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU).  Three domestic flights within Brazil are included in the tour price. These three flights connect the four distinct regions we are visiting – Amazon, Pantanal, Rio de Janeiro, and Iguaçu. For the international flights into and out of Brazil, we recommend that you contact Debbi Custer, the travel agent with whom we work. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

NOTE: Airline options directed from the USA into Manaus are limited; other flight paths may take you all the way to Rio or São Paulo before returning to Manaus. Because of this, airfare to Brazil may not be a bargain, but this destination is worth every penny!

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. Because these are guided group walks, the success of the walks is predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness in order to ensure that we are walking at a somewhat similar pace. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system that contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Due to the remote locations we visit in the Amazon and the Pantanal, travel insurance, with emergency medical evacuation coverage, is required for all travelers.

Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 1.888.276.0925 / 1.503.231.9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the squaremouth.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.  Other options include:

  • Allianz
  • Travel Guard
  • Betins
  • Travel Insured International

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice packet will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.

Brazil is a fascinating land of geological, ethnic, cultural, and natural diversity! We are thrilled to be returning and invite you to join the Adventure to exotic Brazil!