Itinerary #1: Brazil Highlights: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls & Amazon Rainforest
If you've never been to Brazil, this 10-day highlights tour offers an excellent introduction to the colorful country. You'll explore carnival culture in Rio, marvel at Iguaçu Falls, the world's largest waterfall system, and experience the Amazon jungle in Anavilhanas National Park.
|Day 1||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 2||Carioca Lifestyle & Carnival Culture||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 3||Sugarloaf Mountain & Christ the Redeemer||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 4||Transfer to Foz do Iguaçu, Explore by Bike||Foz do Iguaçu|
|Day 5||Discover Foz do Iguaçu from Argentina's Side||Foz do Iguaçu|
|Day 6||Fly to Manaus, City Tour||Manaus|
|Day 7||Transfer to Anavilhanas National Park, Jungle Tour by Canoe||Anavilhanas National Park|
|Day 8||Sunrise Excursion, Jungle Hike & Boat Tour of the Amazon||Anavilhanas National Park|
|Day 9||Jungle Trek & Meet the Locals||Anavilhanas National Park|
Start your journey in the cultural hub of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. You'll explore local neighborhoods, sample native food and drinks, and be immersed in the art scene: dance the samba, try on costumes used in Carnival, and learn about the social projects transforming the community. The next day you'll ascend Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain) in a cable car and visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Day 4 brings you to Foz do Iguaçu, where you'll explore the Brazilian side by bicycle and head to the Argentinian side of this natural wonder for a new perspective the next day.
The second half of your trip focuses on the Amazon rainforest. Beginning in the city of Manaus, you'll then take a speed boat ride to your lodge in the jungle. Once at your accommodation, you'll transfer into a canoe where you're encouraged to take a dip and possibly encounter pink dolphins. You'll revel in sunrise excursions, educational hikes into the jungle, swinging hammocks post lunch, and boat rides on the river. Taste local cooking and discover medicinal plants and the Amazonian culture before departure. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Adventure in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, the Amazon & Salvador
On this 10-day adventure, you'll cover Brazil's highlights, forgoing Iguaçu Falls for three nights in the Afro-Brazilan city of Salvador. You'll go from a tour of Rio's Carnival preparations to Salvador's fantastic food, dance, and beaches. In between, you'll get an up-close look at the Amazon river and jungle and discover Rio's colorful neighborhoods of Santa Teresa and the Tijuca Forest.
|Day 1||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain Walk||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 2||Rio City Tour & Carnival Culture||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 3||Full-Day Art & Architecture Tour in Niterói||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 4||Jeep Tour of Santa Teresa & Tijuca, Transfer to Manaus||Manaus|
|Day 5||Transfer to the Amazon, Boat Ride & Jungle Activities||The Amazon|
|Day 6||Adventures in the Amazon||The Amazon|
|Day 7||Transfer to Salvador||Salvador|
|Day 8||African Heritage City Tour with Lunch, Bahian Percussion Workshop||Salvador|
|Day 9||Salvador Market Tour, Art Tour of Bahia, Evening in Rio Vermelho||Salvador|
|Day 10||Depart Salvador|
Your travel commences in "The Marvelous City" of Rio de Janeiro, where you'll be whisked to Sugarloaf Mountain and Praia Vermelha beach. The next day you're immersed in authentic "Carioca" (a Rio local) culture through walking tours of the city and a visit to a samba school before relaxing with a refreshing caipirinha cocktail. Day 3 brings more culture; the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) of Niterói and a seafood feast at Mercado São Pedro. On a Jeep tour of Santa Teresa and Tijuca, you may discover monkeys, toucans, iguanas, and other wildlife.
A transfer to the Amazon takes you deep into the jungle. Enjoy a canoe ride down the river to visit a ribeirinhos (river people) village. Perhaps pirana fishing is in the day's plan or a more relaxed tour of Indigenous customs and cuisine. From there, catch a flight to Salvador, one of the oldest cities in the Americas, where you'll learn about the city's African heritage through a walking tour and an interactive percussion workshop. Finally, explore the markets, indulge in delicious regional cuisine through a cooking demonstration, and enjoy live music and dance before you have to say tchau (goodbye). Learn more
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Itinerary #3: Hiking & Beaches in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & Ilha Grande
Get active as you take in some of Brazil's biggest draws on this 10-day hiking, cycling, and diving trip. You'll bike to and along Rio's beaches, including the famous Copacabana, bike and trek amid the many cascades of Iguaçu Falls, and explore the pristine waters of Ilha Grande on a diving excursion.
|Day 1||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 2||Experience the Carioca Lifestyle & Tour Rio's Beaches by Bike||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 3||Day Tour of Sugarloaf Mountain & Christ the Redeemer Statue||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 4||Hike to Pedra do Telégrafo||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 5||Fly to Foz do Iguaçu, Half-Day Hiking & Cycling Excursion||Foz do Iguaçu|
|Day 6||Iguaçu Falls Hike & Gran Aventura Boat Tour||Foz do Iguaçu|
|Day 7||Travel to Ilha Grande||Ilha Grande|
|Day 8||Diving in Ilha Grande||Ilha Grande|
|Day 9||Full-Day Hike to Pico do Papagaio||Ilha Grande|
|Day 10||Hike to Lopes Mendes Beach & Depart from Rio de Janeiro|
Launch into your trip by walking the local neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro and taking a tour of the open-air market. You'll cycle to iconic beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana, ending the day with an applause-worthy sunset. No trip to Rio is complete without a visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and a hike and cable car ride to Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain). On Day 4, you'll experience jaw-dropping sights on a 2.2-mile (3.5 km) hike to Pedra do Telégrafo hilltop. After a flight to Foz do Iguaçu, you'll hike and bike along the 275 cascades of Iguaçu Falls.
After another hike to a different vantage point of the falls, you'll be treated to an offroad adventure and boat excursion to the Iguaçu River Canyon. Then, say hello to island life on the quiet beaches of Ilha Grande. Explore the underwater world on a dive, where you'll see Brazil's diverse marine life. Back on solid ground, a rigorous hike through the rainforest takes you to Pico do Papagaio (Parrot's Peak). One last trek to the sugar sand and azure waters of Lopes Mendes Beach leaves you with fond memories of your active trip. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Adventures in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & Jericoacoara
If you can't get enough of the water, check out this 10-day itinerary, where you'll experience the best of the Brazilian coast. You'll explore the can't-miss city of Rio de Janeiro and its favelas, swim in the inviting emerald-green waters of rustic beach town Jericoacoara, and visit the Argentinian and Brazillian side of impressive Iguaçu Falls.
|Day 1||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 2||Christ the Redeemer & Sugar Loaf Mountain||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 3||Half-Day Tour of Two Brothers Peak & Vidigal Favela||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 4||Transfer to Foz do Iguaçu, Explore the Brazilian Side of Iguaçu Falls||Foz do Iguaçu|
|Day 5||Explore the Argentinean Side of Iguaçu Falls||Foz do Iguaçu|
|Day 6||Transfer to Jericoacoara||Jericoacoara|
|Day 7||Dune Buggy Tour of Jericoacoara National Park||Jericoacoara|
|Day 8||Dune Buggy Tour of Jericoacoara's West Coast||Jericoacoara|
|Day 9||Free Day in Jericoacoara||Jericoacoara|
|Day 10||Depart Jericoacoara|
Your introduction to Brazil begins in Rio de Janeiro. You'll visit famous landmarks like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain and local neighborhood favelas like Vidigal. After a flight to Foz do Iguaçu, you'll tour the Brazillian and Argentinian sides of Iguaçu Falls, with up-close treks to the misted pools. You might also be able to see over 180 species of birds at Parque Das Aves.
The beach paradise of Jericoacoara is your next destination. You'll enjoy the slower pace of life but also get the adrenaline pumping with dune buggy tours of Jericoacoara National Park and Jericoacoara's west coast. The excursions offer plenty of stops at hideaway fresh-water lagoons for swimming, swaying in hammocks, and a choice of zip line, kayak rentals, or paddleboarding. Your final day is free to explore natural rock formations, secluded beaches, or maybe just relax at the hotel pool. Learn more
Itinerary #5: Active Brazil: Trekking & Waterfalls in Chapada Diamantina National Park
Folks who want to actively see the road less traveled will love this 10-day adventure across the hidden gems of Brazil. Explore diamond prospecting trails in Chapada Diamantina National Park, relax in outdoor cafés in Salvador, scale the Gerais do Vieira mountains, and hike to hidden lagoons and through forests to waterfalls.
|Day 1||Arrive in Salvador||Salvador|
|Day 2||Salvador to Lençóis, Explore Lençóis||Lençóis|
|Day 3||Lençóis to Mucugê, Trek to Vale do Pati||Mucugê|
|Day 4||Day Trek to Cachoeira dos Funis||Mucugê|
|Day 5||Trek to Capão||Capão|
|Day 6||Trek Through Chapada Diamantina National Park||Lençóis|
|Day 7||Lençóis to Salvador, Evening Adventure in Salvador||Salvador|
|Day 8||Salvador to Recife||Recife|
|Day 9||Free Day in Recife||Recife|
|Day 10||Depart Recife|
Commence your Brazilian journey in the Afro-Brazilian center of Salvador. Known for its culture, architecture, and delicious cuisine, you're free to enjoy the city on your first day. Next, you'll head to Chapada Diamantina National Park to trek the diamond prospecting trails and enjoy the outdoor cafés of Lençóis. On Day 3, you'll hike 11 miles (18 km) to the hidden waterfalls and enticing scenery of Vale do Pati. The next day, you'll soothe your tired muscles with soaks in the lagoons and fun in the sun before a home-cooked meal with a local family.
Head up to the peak of Gerais do Vieira on a 13-mile (22 km) hike, then trek through the forest to Calixto Waterfall to view some of Brazil's most dramatic natural scenery. A shorter trek takes you to Cachoeira dos Funis waterfall. Then, you'll ascend Morro do Pai Inácio for panoramic vistas. A transfer to Salvador will have you dancing the night away to live music in a neighborhood bar. Complete your trip with a flight to the old-world charm, palm-fringed beaches, and vibrant nightlife of Recife. You can choose from catamaran tours, scuba diving, or touring the city before saying goodbye. Learn more
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