ROW's Brazilian Tapestry is a cornucopia of experiences. Traveling through three distinct ecosystems; the Pantanal, the Brazilian Amazon and the savannah of the Chapada dos Guimaraes, this journey reveals, up close and personal, the variety and splendor of the wildlife and natural wonder of Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world.
This adventure was awarded the 2009 "Tours of a Lifetime" honor by National Geographic Traveler.
About the award:
“Every year, the editorial team combs the world to find the most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours,” notes senior editor Norie Quintos. “This year, we wanted to make sure that the trips we picked were also a great value, given the economic climate. What we found is that there is no better time to go on a guided tour than now as the traditional savings offered by an outfitter being able to negotiate better rates on a trip’s components is magnified by cheaper airfares, a strengthened dollar, and more discounts, freebies, and extras.”
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Depart USA. Many flights travel through the night so you arrive in Brazil the next day.
Dates & Rates
Prices above reflect the lowest tiered price for the trip described - We recognize that not everyone wants to see everything so this trip can be customized to suit your timeframe and interests. We can customize for any group size.
8-12 Guests = $4,200
4-7 Guests = $4,500
8-12 Guests = $4,600
4-7 Guests = $4,900
Tiered Pricing Explained
Our trips are budgeted for full or near full sign-ups which enables us to offer trips at the lowest possible price. Because of numerousfixed costs, it is more expensive to operate a trip for a small group. Therefore, on some of our trips, in order to avoid having to cancel a trip, we have a “tier-pricing” system to avoid canceling a trip with a low number of sign ups. We have found that most people also prefer this alternative to having a trip cancelled. Thus, you will note on our trip prices there may be different price for 6-8 people versus 9-10, versus 11-12, etc...
We may initially invoice you at the higher tier price, and refund the difference depending on the final group size. Trip costs quoted are based on foreign exchange rates current at the time of this printing. We reserve the right to raise the trip fee if there are exceptional cost increases beyond our control.
FAQ & More
While traveling in Brazil, you will find that they go back and forth between 110 and 220 volts, though all of the outlets will look the same. Standard flat blade plugs found in the US and Canada will not work in the outlets in Brazil, so you will need an adaptor. You will want to bring a converter along as well in case your hotel has 220 volt outlets. Make sure you inquire at each hotel as to what the voltage is before plugging in your appliance or computer with only an adaptor.
During the summer months, the temperature often reaches highs around 100 degrees Fahrenheit from December through March, with humidity sometimes reaching as much as 98%. Their “winter” months are June through August and the highs are generally around 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required only if you have traveled within the last 90 days, to any of the following countries: Angola, Bolivia, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guyana, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Republic of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Peru, Sierra Leone, Sudan or Venezuela.
You will need to have a Passport that is valid for up to 6 months past the end of your trip when you travel internationally. US citizens are required to obtain visas to travel to Brazil for any reason. You must apply for your visa in advance, there are no ‘airport visas’ and if you do not have the proper documentation upon arrival, you will not be admitted into Brazil. You will have to apply for a visa at your nearest Brazilian consulate found at http://washington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/. The fee is $160 and an additional $20 proxy fee. It can take anywhere from 2-15 days to process your visa, and could take longer during the busy season, so make sure you apply for one with plenty of time. The tourist visas for the US, Canada, and Mexico are valid for multiple entries for 5 years, the only restriction is that you can not stay longer than 90 days at a time. There are some organizations that will help you obtain your visa, they charge an additional fee above the cost of your visa, but in some cases it takes a lot of the work out of obtaining one yourself. Citizens of certain countries are not required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Brazil, it is best to check your country’s resources to find information on whether or not you are required to have a visa.
Brazil’s currency is the Real (pronounced ray-all). The best way to exchange currency is by using an ATM, which are all over Brazil. During holiday seasons, such as Carnival or Easter, it is best to make sure you withdraw enough currency when you are able to make it to an ATM rather than wait because the ATM’s will often run out of cash toward the end of the holiday festivities. Traveler’s checks are not helpful in Brazil, most places won’t accept them, hotels will give you a poor exchange rate if they cash them, and there is only one bank in Brazil that will cash them with minimal hassle, but they will charge you a $20USD fee. Your credit card will give you the best exchange rate in Brazil, and you should make sure to alert your bank prior to traveling so you don’t have trouble with a frozen card when you travel internationally.
The native language of Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese. Some Brazilians can readily understand Spanish since it shares some similarities, but some Brazilians may get offended if you assume they speak Spanish, and you are better off asking if they are English speaking if you are unfamiliar with Brazilian Portuguese
From major US cities, it can take anywhere from 8-14 hours, and sometimes more depending on your flight schedule and layovers, so it is best to plan your flights with the best arrival time for the start of your tour. Most flights to Brazil travel overnight and you will arrive in the morning, which will give you plenty of time to get to your hotel and catch up on sleep.
Depending on where you are traveling from, the heat and humidity can make any physical activity more strenuous even for the most active people. It is best if you are in relatively good physical condition so you don’t have to miss out on any sight-seeing opportunities.
You will need to clear both Brazilian immigration and customs at the airport. Your airline should distribute forms for you to fill in before you arrive. There will be two lines at immigration, one for foreigners and one for Brazilian citizens. American citizens are both photographed and fingerprinted as a part of the immigration process. Make sure to get your passport stamped and keep the copy of the entry form that you will be given as you will need to have it when you go through immigration prior to departure. Losing this form could result in a fine. At customs, there is a 30-40% chance you will have your baggage inspected, and it is best to be patient with this process. If you are carrying R$10,000 or more or the equivalent in other currency or a combination, you will need to declare this at customs.
If you are inexperienced with kayaking and canoe paddling, we recommend that you take some time before your trip to practice. Kayaking is generally an easy sport to pick up and most people catch on very quickly. Remember that paddling uses different muscle groups than most people are used to, and it is best to get comfortable with the experience so you are able to focus on enjoying your vacation rather than using the time to learn to paddle.
Whenever you are traveling internationally and in a place you are unfamiliar with, it is always best to use caution and common sense. Do not carry large amounts of currency on you, and do not keep your personal items in your pockets if possible. It is recommended that you carry copies of your passport and identification when you are exploring the city on your own. It is best to travel in pairs or groups whenever you are trying to navigate an unfamiliar city to reduce the chances of getting lost. It is important to make sure that you are using a legitimate taxi service in the cities by having the hotel or restaurant doorman hail one for you. The professional taxis in Brazil have a maroon license plate with the name of the city you are in. Private cars have silver/grey license plates.