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Rio de Janeiro Extension

See Highlights of Rio & Visit the Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project
3 Days
From $1795 (+air)

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Famed for its golden beaches, samba beats and exuberant Carnival, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's most exhilarating city. Survey the famous sights of this metropolis that enjoys one of the world's most stunning urban settings, surrounded by lush rain forest, high mountains and the sandy coastline of Guanabara Bay. In the planet's last tract of lowland Atlantic rain forest just east of Rio, visit the Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project—WWF's first initiative in Brazil, established in 1971. The Poco das Antas Biological Reserve is home to the last surviving golden lion tamarins on Earth, approximately 1,000 individuals. Learn about successful rehabilitation of wild populations of these tiny primates as they return from the brink of extinction. Spend two nights in a luxury hotel on Copacabana Beach on this compact pre-trip adventure that blends cultural rhythms with tropical nature.

Trip Highlights

  • Tour Rio's Iconic SightsRide the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain, stroll Copacabana Beach, and survey the panorama from the foot of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain
  • Scout for Golden Lion Tamarins Accompanied by expert naturalists, look for endangered golden lion tamarins at a biological reserve dedicated to saving the species and reintroducing it to the wild
  • Explore the Atlantic Rain ForestDiscover the rich biodiversity of the Atlantic coastal forest, one of Earth's rarest and most threatened ecosystems, with just 3% of its original expanse remaining

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