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The Best of Brazil


A perfect mix of nature and Brazilian beaches
13 days starting at $1,599/Person
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Why you'll love this Brazil tour!

This itinerary takes you to explore the beauty of Iguazu Falls, the authentic highlights of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the tropical beaches of Brazil’s Northern Coastline in Salvador de Bahia and Morro de São Paulo. Iguazu Falls is breath-taking, Rio de Janeiro is captivating, Salvador de Bahia is vibrant and Morro de São Paulo will transport you to paradise!

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of.

What you can expect in every tour:
  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations
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13 Day Travel Itinerary

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simply, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list” must see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Rio de Janeiro

Arrival in Brazil's Capital

Landing in Rio de Janeiro, our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport to greet and take you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, the rest of the day is free to explore some of our favorite local spots. Stroll along the long boulevards next to the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon, and of course Copacabana while humming the song, Girl from Ipanema’. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of huts selling delicious freshly squeezed juices and coconuts which will refresh you as you soak up the breathtaking cityscape of Rio de Janeiro and realize why the city is known as The Marvelous City’!

Relax and watch the sunset at the beach before going out for dinner at one of the restaurants along the promenade. We recommend trying one of Brazil’s most famous and traditional dishes, feijoada carioca (a stew of beans with beef and pork served with white rice and farofa) washed down with a refreshing caipirinha cocktail or a local beer Brahma and Skol are our favorites! Following dinner, you can go back to your hotel to relax or go to one of the local samba bars to dance the night away!

Included: Private transfer from Rio Airport to your hotel; Accommodation in Rio. (Meals – None).

Landing in Rio de Janeiro, our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport to greet and take you to your hotel. Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Rio de Janeiro, the rest of the day is ...

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Day 2 - Rio de Janeiro

Rio like a local

The tour starts at 9 am at the meeting point: in front of the famous “Copacabana Palace Hotel”, an icon of the ’30s / 40’s golden Copacabana years. After learning a bit about this place, you will walk a few blocks to get to the Subway Metro Station, main´s Carioca´s transport around the city every day. You will then reach the Municipal Theatre built on an eclectic style in the first years of the XX century, located in the center of the city. A few blocks away, you will find and jump in the Bondinho Santa Teresa, a cable car built in 1872 that runs on the top of an old aqueduct called Arcos da Lapa. After few stations, we reach the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, passing by many old antique mansions from the first years of the XX century. You will find here the Parque das Ruinas (closed on Mondays), an old Palace ruins that was rebuilt and became the center of many arts and cultural activities of the city with panoramic views in all its splendor. If clouds allow, you will see from here the City Center, Sugarloaf, Guanabara Bay and many others. A few Kodak moments later, you will get to the Celaron Colorful Stairs, a cultural main spot at Lapa neighborhood, the core of the Carioca´s nights. Finally, you will enjoy the Confiteria Colombo, an old Art Nouveau coffee store from the latest 1800, chosen as one of the ten most beautiful coffee stores in the world (closed on Sundays). When this visit is over, you will either we dropped at the Sugarloaf to get into the cable car or take the metro back to the Copacabana Palace where the tour ends. Our guide will give you directions on how to get to the Christ the Redeemer by your own in the afternoon or can pre-buy your Christ the Redeemer entrance fee as availability can be little during some periods.

Following the tour and returning to your hotel or heading straight for the beach, the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. Tonight keep to the beachside restaurants and feast on a long list of salgadinhos (finger food) such as fried cod cakes, all washed down with a nice cold caipirinha, be careful though, their sweet and smooth taste packs quite a punch, so drink them with caution!

Included: Private excursion with Guide and Public Transportation; Accommodation in Rio. (Meals – Breakfast).

The tour starts at 9 am at the meeting point: in front of the famous “Copacabana Palace Hotel”, an icon of the ’30s / 40’s golden Copacabana years. After learning a bit about this place, you will walk a few ...

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Day 3 - Rio de Janeiro

Day at Leisure

Day at leisure to take our optional tour: Backgrounds of Carnival

Rio is internationally recognized for its grandiose Carnival Parade and Samba. But only a few people really know how the parades are made. With this tour, you will get to know the origins of this world-known festivity, visiting the Sambadrome (Carnaval stadium) and its cultural center; the revitalized port area where the samba has its roots, including a visit to the charming port area neighborhood of Morro da Conceicao, an old hidden historical area nowadays full of artists and ateliers; the historical site Pedra do Sal, where the samba started, familiarize yourself with the African-Brazilian culture, the period of slavery and all the pillars that have supported the modern-day Carnival. Undoubtedly the highlight of the tour is the visit to a samba school atelier, where you can experience how the carnival in Rio is being done behind the scenes and the impressive and gigantic work of designing and building all the magnificent floats that will be used in the famous parade at the Sambadrome during carnival.

Included: Accommodation in Rio. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day at leisure to take our optional tour: Backgrounds of Carnival

Rio is internationally recognized for its grandiose Carnival Parade and Samba. But only a few people really know how the parades are made. With this tour, you will get to ...

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Day 4 - Rio de Janeiro to Iguazú Falls

Flight to the Falls

Today at the arranged time, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Iguazu!

Upon arriving at Iguazu, our local representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Today your day is free to spend at leisure. If your accommodation is located on the outskirts of the town, you can relax and enjoy the facilities of your accommodation. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the center of town where you can walk down the main street of Puerto Iguazu, enjoying some of the local shops and cafes.

Included: Private airport transfers in Buenos Aires and Puerto Iguazu with assistance; Accommodation in Puerto Iguazu. (Meals – Breakfast).

Today at the arranged time, you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Iguazu!

Upon arriving at Iguazu, our local representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.

Today your day is free to spend ...

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Day 5 - Iguazú Falls

Argentinean side of Iguazu

After breakfast this morning, you´ll begin your exclusive tour of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. You’ll head towards the Iguazu National Park where you’ll climb aboard a small train at the entrance of the National Park and your first stop will be the ominously named Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo) which standing at over 262ft. is the biggest waterfall in Iguazu. Having soaked up the enormity of the Devil’s Throat your guide will take you along the wooden walkways and trails of both the upper and lower circuit. With over 270 separate waterfalls and surrounded by the verdant jungle of Iguazu, exploring the Natural World Wonder of Iguazu is one of the most unforgettable moments.

You’ll notice that the various trails that take you through the jungle, above and around waterfalls are built a few feet above the jungle floor and waterways. These raised platforms not only protect the natural habitat of the jungle wildlife but they will also take you to secluded viewpoints offering unimaginable views across the whole National Park. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure while visiting Iguazu, we highly recommend booking the optional (not included) Great Adventure rafting tour that takes you right under the rainbows and mist of Iguazu’s waterfalls make sure to pack a change of clothes or swimwear and a watertight bag for your valuables because you will get wet!

After a full day exploring Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls, you’ll head back to the visitors’ center and from there, your transfer will take you to your hotel in Iguazu where having settled in, the rest of your evening is free to spend at your leisure.

Included: Full day excursion to Argentina’s side of Iguazu Falls with guide and transportation; Entrance fees; Accommodation in Puerto Iguazu. (Meals – Breakfast).

After breakfast this morning, you´ll begin your exclusive tour of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. You’ll head towards the Iguazu National Park where you’ll climb aboard a small train at the entrance of the National Park and your first ...

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Day 6 - Iguazú Falls to Manaus

Brazilian falls and onto Manaus

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Iguazu and transferred to the Visitor Center in the National Park. On arriving at the Visitors Center, you will board the panoramic buses to begin the tour of the park, before descending to the walking paths. From the first balcony, you´ll encounter views of the Argentinean falls. Then after 950 meters with stunning views over the Iguazu River, you will cross over to the Brazilian side. The walkway entering the river next to the Floriano fall will give you a refreshing reception and a gorgeous panoramic view of the lower Iguazu River and the Devil´s Gorge Canyon. The elevator and the stairs lead to the shopping and restaurant area upstairs. After the excursion, you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight to Manaus!

The city of Manaus is in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest and while flying in today, make sure to look out the window for your first unforgettable view of the green carpet of the rainforest below. Depending on the time of your arrival and having settled into your accommodation in Manaus, the rest of your day is free to explore the city at the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon on your own. We recommend exploring the beautiful Amazonas Theater and Opera House and the lively Adolpho Lisboa Market where you can indulge in the sweet fruits of the Amazon. Tonight, head out to one of the local restaurants in Manaus where you can enjoy fresh and locally caught fish straight from the Amazon.

Included: Half day tour of Brazil’s side of Iguazu Falls with drop off at Foz do Iguaçu Airport with transportation and private guide; Entrance fee; Transfer from Manaus airport to your hotel with assistance; Accommodation in Manaus. (Meals – Breakfast).

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Puerto Iguazu and transferred to the Visitor Center in the National Park. On arriving at the Visitors Center, you will board the panoramic buses to begin the tour of the park, before ...

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Day 7 - Manaus to the Amazon Reserve

Into the Amazon

You will embark on your adventure from Manaus, the city at the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, and take a boat to see the Meeting of the Waters. This famous sight is where the almost black waters of the Rio Negro and the brown, sandy ones of the Rio Solimões meet up. Due to the difference in temperature, speed, and density, these waters run side by side for over 3 miles before mixing and this is just the appetizer to the rest of your Amazon experience. You’ll feel the excitement build as you continue your journey deeper into the Amazon where you’ll be able to spot wildlife on the banks and in the river. You’ll pass by local villages for a glimpse of what life is like in the Amazon before finally arriving at your Amazon lodge.

Have some lunch, take a siesta, or just listen to the sounds of the Amazon before you start the afternoon excursions. We particularly enjoyed a guided canoe trip through the Igarapes (Amazon waterways) and Igapos (flooded forests) near to the lodge as it is a great introduction to the Amazonian wildlife that’s living on your doorstep. Following an action-packed day, tonight you can relax at your lodge over drinks and dinner before falling asleep to the sounds of the wildlife around you.

Included: 4D/3N Jungle package with transportation, guide, and meals; Accommodation in the Amazon. (Meals – Breakfast, Dinner).

**Note: activities and times of traveling can be adjusted depending on the lodge you´ll be staying in. Whenever you´ll end up, you´ll be surrounded by nature on an all-inclusive program.**

You will embark on your adventure from Manaus, the city at the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon, and take a boat to see the Meeting of the Waters. This famous sight is where the almost black waters of the Rio ...

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Day 8 - Amazon Jungle Reserve

Exploring the Amazon

Rise bright and early trust us it’s worth it to watch the sunrise and the jungle come alive! The very early morning is the best time to spot many of the rainforest’s wildlife inhabitants and is also before the heat and humidity of the day kicks in. After sharing your breakfast with some curious monkeys while listening to the beautiful soundtrack of the rainforest, you’ll go on a hike through the jungle where your knowledgeable local guide will be on hand to help you spot wildlife and introduce you to the forest’s medicinal plants.

Following lunch back at the lodge and having freshened up there’s plenty more to explore so what are you waiting for it’s time for a spot of fishing with a difference. Today’s catch of the day is piranha! Despite their man-eating reputation, these toothy fish usually feast on fallen fruit instead of people so you’ll even sometimes see the guides and locals happily swimming in these waters, your friends back home don’t need to know you had your hands and legs firmly inside the canoe. On the way back to your lodge, keep your eyes out for friendly pink and grey river dolphins that will happily swim alongside your canoe.

Jump back in the boat after dinner for a little game of “Find the Caiman/Alligator” during a twilight river excursion. Look out for owls, capybaras, and of course the glistening eyes of caimans and alligators. The professional guide will pick up some of the smaller ones to give you a closer look before letting it go about its nightly business. Feeling brave after fishing for piranha? If you’re feeling up for it and depending on the size of the alligator or caiman, your guide may give you might get the chance to hold it as well!

Included: 4D/3N Jungle package with transportation, guide, and meals; Accommodation in the Amazon. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Rise bright and early trust us it’s worth it to watch the sunrise and the jungle come alive! The very early morning is the best time to spot many of the rainforest’s wildlife inhabitants and is also before the heat ...

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Day 9 - Amazon Jungle Reserve

Meeting the Locals

Slept well after last night’s twilight river excursion? Then this morning, set out for a local village to meet with some families. Now is an excellent time to get your questions answered about how they live their lives and have adapted to this environment as well as the challenges they face living in the Amazon. You’ll also see how a lot of the foods and goods are produced, such as cassava, rubber, Brazil nuts, and herbs. Cassava is one of the main staples in the Northern Brazilian diet and is usually eaten with rice and beans or fish. Your expert guide will be on hand to translate and explain a little more about the different uses of some of the plants native to the Amazon, including those used for medicinal, culinary, and hunting purposes.

Included: 4D/3N Jungle package with transportation, guide, and meals; Accommodation in the Amazon. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

Slept well after last night’s twilight river excursion? Then this morning, set out for a local village to meet with some families. Now is an excellent time to get your questions answered about how they live their lives and have ...

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Day 10 - Manaus to Salvador & Onto to Praia do Forte

Arrival in Salvador & Onto to Praia do Forte

Enjoy your last morning in the Amazon admiring the stunning sunrise. Dawn in the jungle is a beautiful time, although not a peaceful one! As day breaks just sit and listen as the jungle comes to life with thousands of birds, monkeys, and amphibians calling out in a less than the organized chorus. Parrots, parakeets, and macaws compete to make the most noise as the sun rises over the canopy of trees.

In the afternoon, you’ll head back to Manaus airport for your flight to Salvador! Upon arrival, you will be privately taken to Praia do Forte!

Depending on your time of arrival and having settled into your accommodation, the rest of your day is free to relax in Praia do Forte. Often referred to as the Brazilian Polynesia, Praia do Forte is located in Brazil’s northern state of Bahia and is home to 8 miles (13km) of paradisiacal beaches, peace, and serenity. You will find a mixture of local fishermen and visitors from all over the world just here to enjoy life. Overflowing with trendy shops, restaurants, and bars complete the joyous feel of Praia do Forte.

Included: 4D/3N Jungle package with transportation, guide, and meals; Private transfer from Salvador airport to your accommodation with assistance; Accommodation in Praia do Forte. (Meals – Breakfast).

Enjoy your last morning in the Amazon admiring the stunning sunrise. Dawn in the jungle is a beautiful time, although not a peaceful one! As day breaks just sit and listen as the jungle comes to life with thousands of ...

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Day 11 - Praia do Forte

Relaxing in Praia

Today is free for you to unwind on the pristine white sand of Praia do Forte’s beaches which are known for being some of the best in Brazil. The large reef just off Praia do Forte’s beach acts as a natural breakwater making the waters crystal clear, turquoise and calm. Grab your snorkel and explore the warm tidal pools of the coral reef as you explore Praia’s colorful underwater world. Alternatively, the TAMAR Sea Turtle Project which has a network of about 23 bases throughout Brazil has its headquarters in Praia do Forte. Enjoy a guided tour of this incredible conservation center where if you’re lucky enough to be there during the breeding season, you will be able to watch the hatchlings scurry into the warm waters of Praia do Forte for the first time. For a unique day trip, head 20 miles south to Arembepe Beach which was founded in the swinging-sixties and was Brazil’s first hippie community. The hippie village is still around today and has a more authentic vibe to it, remaining still relatively untouched by tourism with its palm-frond beachfront cottages set in the sand dunes where you can buy colorful handmade jewelry, handicrafts and macramé. In its heyday it was so swinging in fact that it attracted the likes of Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger!

Whatever you decide to do today, you’ll be sure to be surrounded by the relaxing atmosphere and pace of the palm-lined white sandy beaches. Take a leisurely stroll along the main street of Alameda do Sol that leads to a beautiful and quaint church before stopping off at one of the beach bars for a refreshing drink while watching the sun go down over the horizon.

Included: Accommodation in Praia do Forte. (Meals – Breakfast).

Today is free for you to unwind on the pristine white sand of Praia do Forte’s beaches which are known for being some of the best in Brazil. The large reef just off Praia do Forte’s beach acts as a ...

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Day 12 - Praia do Forte

Day at Leisure

Enjoy Praia do Forte on your own!

Included: Accommodation in Praia do Forte. (Meals – Breakfast).

Enjoy Praia do Forte on your own!

Included: Accommodation in Praia do Forte. (Meals – Breakfast).

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Day 13 - Praia do Forte

Back to the mainland

After breakfast, private transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.

Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Salvador airport with assistance. (Meals – Breakfast).

After breakfast, private transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.

Included: Private transfer from your hotel to Salvador airport with assistance. (Meals – Breakfast).

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