R.W. Thomas Tours

Brazil 2018

JAN 27th to FEB 7th, 2018

“An Agricultural Tour to Remember”

Amazonas, Iguacu Falls, Mato Grosso & Paraná



Sat Jan 27

Toronto, Ontario to Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. Meals on flight. COPA: Dep YYZ 07:45 / 13:37 PTY Dep PTY 16:04 / 20:57 MAO :12hr Clear Customs: Transfer & check into upscale Tropical Hotel on the banks of the river for 4 nights.



Sun Jan 28 B L

09:00 Depart for the " Meeting of the Waters " passing the city river front ... Houses on stilts, Floating Docks, Markets, Floating Gas Stations, Industrial Zone . Arrive at Meeting of waters where the Amazon River joins the Rio Negro. Lunch at a Floating Restaurant and exploration of the flooded forest: See giant kapok trees and the water lily pads (largest in the world). Then explore the natural channels by boat and fish for Piranhas. Return to Manaus late afternoon cruising the Rio Negro. Dinner on your own at the Hotel.



Mon Jan 29 B L

09:00 Depart on a Field trip to a Farm where we'll see the largest edible fresh water fish in the world, the Pirarucu (Arapaima gigas). Tour passes through the Rain Forest. Lunch at a typical Amazonian Fish Restaurant near the city of Manacapuru (drinks incl.) Visit local fish exporters and a fish farm along the Amazon River. Return to Manaus late afternoon. Dinner on your own at the Hotel.



Tue Jan 30 B L

Morning city tour of Manaus (Banana Market, Old City Market, Fish Market, Opera House) with lunch at a Churrascaria (Brazilian BBQ) Afternoon visit to INPA (Amazon Research Institute) Return to the hotel. Dinner on your own.



Wed Jan 31 L

09:30 AM Guided visit to the Hotel Zoo accompanied by the Zoo Veterinarian Check out Hotel Tropical. Drive to Manaus airport for 4.5 hr flight to Cuiaba in Mato Grosso state. Transfer & check into Hotel Hits Pantanal for one night. See: www.hitspantanal.com.br



Thu Feb 1 08:00

Check out. Depart Cuiaba by AC bus for Lucas do Rio Verde on the “Soybean Highway” BR 163 (332 Kms from Cuiaba to Lucas (5 hrs) through the Cerrado: Brazil’s newest ag frontier of mega farms. Lunch en route at Nova Mutum. Traveling the entire trip past Soybeans, we arrive at Lucas in time to enjoy the pool at Odara Hotel (2 nights) (www.odaralucas.com.br ) Group Dinner at the Hotel



Fri Feb 2 B L D

08:30 Depart to Mano Julio I Farm to see cattle feeding after soy harvest. http://www.manojulio.com.br Lunch at the Farm. This 4,800 ha farm has swine, poultry, dairy & beef cattle in addition to soybeans & other crops. After Lunch we tour the cropping & cattle feedlot. Return to the hotel to enjoy the hotel pool side. Dinner at a local Restaurant



Sat Feb 3 B L D

08:30 Depart for Q&A with ag technicians during a soybean harvest field visit. Lunch. After lunch, a visit to Elevator / Storage facilities / Machinery Return to Cuiaba. Check into hotel. Dinner



Sun Feb 4 B

Departure day. Time permitting, a presentation at the hotel from Aprosoja, the state soybean association. Then travel to airport in Cuiaba for 4 hr flight to Iguacu Falls; where Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil meet. Arrive 18:40 at Iguacu Falls. Meet guide. Transfer to Hotel Mabu Thermos Grand Resort (www.hoteismabu.com.br) for 4 nights



Mon Feb 5 B

Visit farms in Parana state near Cascavel. This state is where Agricultlure in Brazil actually began. You’ll see a contrast to the Cerrado farms. Return to Hotel.



Tues Feb 6 B

Visit Show Rural in Cascavel: the best outdoor farm show in Brazil. Return to Hotel. Lunch & Dinner on your own.



Wed Feb 7 B

Tour of Iguassu tourist sites: Iguassu falls from Brazil side, Itapúa Hydro electric dam, Paraguay border, etc. Return to Hotel. Lunch & Dinner on your own. Thu Feb 8 Check out hotel.

Depart for Toronto via Sao Paulo & Panama City.

Arrive Toronto 23:52. Flight time: 14.5 hrs.

GOL Airline: Depart IGU 06:10 / 07:55 GRU Depart IGU 13:00 / 17:05 PTY Depart PTY 18:18 / 23:52 YYZ