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Herb Jul 10th, 2002 04:55 PM

Amazonia or Iguassu??
Planning to travel to Brazil in March 2003. I am considering two options: 5 nights in Rio at the Caesar Park Ipanema and 2 nights at Iguassu Falls at Tropical das Cataratas; or 4 nights in Rio at Caesar Park, 1 night in Manaus at the Tropical Manaus Hotel and 2 nights in the Amazon at Ariau Amazon Towers. I don't have the time to visit both Amazonia and Iguassu as I can only spend 7 nights in Brazil and want to have enough time to see Rio. Which would be a more worthwhile experience? I would appreciate any suggestions.<BR>Thanks,<BR>Herb

jill Jul 11th, 2002 01:59 AM

Hello, I was a tour director for quite a few years in Rio. I would suggest 4 nights Rio, 1 night Iguassu, and 2 nights at Ariau Amazon Towers in the Amazon. You can really get a good taste of the falls in 1 full day. So take the first flight from Rio in the morning.<BR><BR>The next day take the first flight from Iguassu to Manaus via Sao Paulo, and you will get to Manaus in time to take the last transfer to Ariau at 2:00 PM. Ariau staff will pick you up at the airport, take you to the boat and then to the hotel.<BR><BR>The least expensive airfare for internal flights within Brazil would probably be the Brazil Airpass which should be purchased before arriving in Brazil. Currently it is $530.00.<BR><BR>I think you have chosen the best hotels in all 3 cities. Have a great time!<BR>

oonarose Jul 13th, 2002 04:33 AM

Jill,<BR>Don't you think it would be a good idea to let the poster know that you are a sales rep for the Ariau? I understand that it's a good place to stay, but your association with the Ariau possibly might color your recommendations.<BR>I traveled to all three places on a two-week trip. I think hitting all three in one week would mean too much time at airports and in the air. It would be difficult to decide between the Iguacu and Manaus; they are such different experiences and both are wonderful. Pick one, then decide that you must return to Brazil to visit the other.

Terry Jul 13th, 2002 12:55 PM

Hi. I just returned from a two week trip to Brazil. I paid 863.00 US for my airfare from Jfk-Iguassu-Rio-Salvador and then back to JFK. I used TAM airlines based in Miami. I would go to Iguassu. I have traveled the world over and found that they are the most spectacular sight I have ever seen. Rent the movie the Mission with Jeremy Irons to get a feel for them.

jill Jul 13th, 2002 08:21 PM

To oonarose:<BR>I am a Brazil Travel Specialist and have never tried to hide that fact here on these boards. The reason that I recommend Ariau is because I believe it is the only place that one can really experience the Amazon's abundant flora and fauna since the hotel has 6 miles of wooden catwalks through the canopy of the trees. I discovered how wonderful Ariau was when I was the travel coordinator for non-governmental organizations who were attending the Global Forum/Earth Summit in 1992. It turned out to be one of the best options for this group of individuals in the Amazon. I think my recommendations are more a reflection of my sincere desire to direct travelers to the places where they will have the best experiences.<BR>I was a tour director based in Rio de Janeiro for 6 years during the 80s, and feel that my twenty years of experience as a Brazil Travel Specialist might qualify me to give some good advice when traveling to Brazil. I have never solicited business here on the Fodors boards.<BR>Over the years, I have seen many travelers enjoy seeing all 3 destinations within a weeks time. Of course it would be optimal to take more than a week to do this, but some people only have a week, and might not have the chance to return to Brazil again.<BR>

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