Amazonia or Iguassu??

Old Jul 10th, 2002, 05:55 PM
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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.
Old Jul 11th, 2002, 02:59 AM
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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.

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.

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.

I think you have chosen the best hotels in all 3 cities. Have a great time!
Old Jul 13th, 2002, 05:33 AM
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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.
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.
Old Jul 13th, 2002, 01:55 PM
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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.
Old Jul 13th, 2002, 09:21 PM
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To oonarose:
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.
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.
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.
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