Picture yourself around March next year. Spring has arrived, but the weather hasn’t and you need to shake off your winter chills and kick off the season properly for a couple weeks. The first thought might be to head south. Go way, south. Maybe the southern hemisphere. A cruise through the exotic Amazon perhaps.
Book your one-way ticket to Rio, that is, Rio de Janeiro. Before you begin on yor journey, stretch out your flight legs and warm up on the beach, head to the best spa for some last-minute south-American vacation maintenance, or go shopping. To kick off the excursion, book your Samba Nightclub Experience with your package aboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity. Before I get into some of the details of the trip, lets get settled in first, into your Crystal Penthouse suite with a private veranda. Complete with a private dining area, living room, complimentary choice of wine and spirits, Internet, private butler service… Do I need to go on? All yours, on a cruise to the Amazon (how exciting!) for two weeks, at a price of $44,385.
Depending on your adventure side, there is plenty to see and do throughout the two weeks as you travel from Rio to Key West. If you are a nature buff with a hankering for some off-roading or more into history, local flare and architecture, there will be a little bit of everything to keep all types entertained.
While on one of the stops along Rio, take in the views along the four hour excursion via an open-top (you can enjoy air-conditioning back in your suite) Jeep through the Tijuca Forest and botanical gardens.
You will be taken from the peir, pass Rodrigo De Freitas Lagoon and the district of Jardim Botanico en route to the gardens. They were originally started in 1808 by order of King Dom Joao VI to be created as a peaceful area for locals to enjoy with respect to nature. Take a stroll through the gardens and experience the local floral up close before you get back in and head to the mountains of Rio into Tijuca National Park just within the city limits. There will be many spectacular views along the way with a stop off at the Taunay Waterfalls and Chinese Lookout Point. Be sure to have your camera, but please leave the Hawaiian shirt at home.
If the call of nature, well, doesn’t call to you, then take the guided walk through the picturesque streets and historical area of downtown Rio. Just a 20 minute walk from the pier, you will be guided to the São Bento Monastery, founded in 1590, but the construction of the church did not begin until 1617. Then off to Candelaria church which only took several hundred of years to build, you can continue the tour along Baroque and Renaissance inspired architecture.
You will continue along to coffee shops, were you can get a recharged and savor the local brew before you continue along more beautiful historic streets and return to the ship.
The days continue, to Salvador da Bahia, Alter do Chão, Parintins, Manaus, Devil’s Island (Iles du Salut)of French Guiana, to Barbados and Key West. There are plenty more adventures to be had from island exploring to piranha fishing! How many people do you know have traveled in luxury to the Amazon? Mosquito repellent not included.