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Introducing Brazil

Verdant jungles, white sand beaches, colorful and culturally explosive urban cities, colonial towns, and incredible wildlife... Brazil always had it all, but recent global mega events like the world cup football (AKA soccer) and the Olympics have placed it even more firmly on the international map.

When is the best time to visit?
Travel to Brazil in April through June or August through October. In July, major tourist draws are often crowded since local schools are on vacation, and the summer months from December through February are often too warm for comfort.

Where to go in Brazil?
Learn how to truly celebrate something in the legendarily vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro or relax in the much slower-paced Santa Teresa. From the country twang of Sertanejo, the reggae of Maranhão, the carimbó music of the Amazon, Brazil is a country to be experienced through the rhythms of its people.  

How many days do I need?
While travelers might be tempted to visit Brazil in less than a week, the variety of experiences and destinations within this large country should be experienced over at least twice that amount of time.

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Brazil Tours & Itineraries

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Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
Map of A Brazilian Adventure, from Rio to the Amazon – 9 Days
A Brazilian Adventure, from Rio to the Amazon – 9 Days

Start your adventure in Rio de Janeiro, known as the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (the Marvelous City). Explore the Floresta da Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world, take a cable car to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and relax on Copacabana beach. Then head to the Amazon, where you will canoe through the watery forest of the Igapós, spot exotic wildlife in the jungle, and swim with pink dolphins.

Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro
Map of Authentic Rio de Janeiro - 5 Days
Authentic Rio de Janeiro - 5 Days

To visitors, Rio de Janeiro is an exotic city where color and music flourish. Although the Cariocas (residents of Rio) agree, they know there's much more to their "Wonderful City." Explore irresistible beaches, surf and wooded mountains, the world-famous landmarks of the Pão de Açúcar and Cristo Redentor, and more on this quick immersion into the magic of Rio.

Mount Roraima Trekking
Map of  Mount Roraima Trek  - 9 Days
Mount Roraima Trek - 9 Days

Straddling the triple border between Brazil, Venezuela, and Guyana, Mount Roraima is a perfect destination for adventurous travelers. Spend your days exploring the towering cliffs and unique landscapes of the mountain with the ultimate goal of climbing the summit — known to many as "The Lost World."

See if you can spot scarlet macaw parrots in the wild
Map of Explore Brazil: From Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon - 7 Days
Explore Brazil: From Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon - 7 Days

Experience a combination of city life and destinations in nature on this week-long Brazilian adventure. Begin in Rio de Janeiro, and embark on a full-day city tour to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, and the best beaches in the area. Then, take a day trip to Ilha Grande to soak up the sun and explore a few of the many islands and beaches. Next, head to the Amazon to do some touring of Manaus before arriving in Careiro to enjoy activities in the Amazon rainforest, including canoeing, piranha fishing, and a nocturnal nature tour.

Aerial view of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
Map of Discover Rio, Costa Verde & Iguazu Falls - 14 Days
Discover Rio, Costa Verde & Iguazu Falls - 14 Days

Discover Rio de Janeiro: a vibrant and diverse city where emerald blue water, inky green forest, and rocky mountains meet. Explore the lush Costa Verde and the picturesque colonial town of Paraty and visit the island of Ilha Grande to relax on dreamy beaches and enjoy a private boat tour. Get up close to the magnificent Iguazu Falls in all their thundering glory.

Amazon rainforest near Manaus
Map of Brazil Highlights: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls & Amazon Rainforest - 10 Days
Brazil Highlights: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls & Amazon Rainforest - 10 Days

This journey is ideal for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and culture enthusiasts. Start in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll visit city highlights such as Sugarloaf and Corcovado peaks and learn what the "Carioca lifestyle" is. Impressive architecture and delicious food await you in a joyful atmosphere, followed by the magic of Iguaçu Falls—the most extensive waterfall system in the world. Then it is off to Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon, where you'll visit the jungle and observe wildlife.

Make the Most of Your Time in Brazil

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Spend at least a few hours on Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach
How Many Days to Spend in Brazil

Wondering how to get the most out of your trip to Brazil? First, it's essential to determine how many days you want to travel. If you are passing through, you can take short...

Brazil's Meeting of Waters—where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões meet
Map of 1 Week in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have a week to spend in Brazil, you can cover the country's highlights, from lively Rio de Janeiro to Manaus and the Amazon. Alternatively, head directly to your Amazon...

Spot pink river dolphins in the Amazon
Map of 10 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spending 10 days in Brazil will give you a good overview of up to three distinct areas. You can check out the country's highlights, like Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, and the...

Boating in the Amazon
Map of 2 Weeks in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Brazil affords plenty of time to combine active sightseeing with relaxation. Soak up the culture in cities like Rio or unwind on the idyllic beaches of Ilha Grande...

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Spot pink river dolphins in the Amazon
Map of 10 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spending 10 days in Brazil will give you a good overview of up to three distinct areas. You can check out the country's highlights, like Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, and the Amazon rainforest. More adventurous travelers may enjoy seeing Rio, taking dune buggy tours, and engaging in watersports in Jericoara or Afro-Brazilian culture in Manaus. For the more active traveler, there's an itinerary full of hiking National Parks, scaling mountains, and swimming in lagoons. Read on to see which one is right for you.

Brazil's Meeting of Waters—where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões meet
Map of 1 Week in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you have a week to spend in Brazil, you can cover the country's highlights, from lively Rio de Janeiro to Manaus and the Amazon. Alternatively, head directly to your Amazon lodging, followed by time spent in historic Salvador and its beaches. Other itinerary options include an urban break that focuses on Rio alone, sticking to the Afro-Brazilian Bahia coast, or flying to the tropical wetlands of the Pantanal instead of the Amazon for a different kind of natural experience.

Boating in the Amazon
Map of 2 Weeks in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Brazil affords plenty of time to combine active sightseeing with relaxation. Soak up the culture in cities like Rio or unwind on the idyllic beaches of Ilha Grande and Jericoacoara. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Amazon rainforest, learn how to dance the samba, and discover the history behind Brazil's Indigenous tribes. Seek a culinary-inspired itinerary and revel in the local cuisine in Fortaleza, or embark on a wildlife tour in Morro do Pai Inácio.

Brazil Travel Maps

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2 Weeks in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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1 Week in Brazil - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Brazil
Travel specialist Camille Terra
active 21 hours ago

Camille Terra

Since I was a little girl I traveled extensively in Brazil with my family and I have always been fascinated by new places, each one with its peculiarities, its accents, its cuisine, and its...

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Travel specialist Meghan Doiron
active 1 day ago

Meghan Doiron

I create tailor-made travel experiences throughout Brazil. I am originally from Canada but have been living in Brazil for the better part of 10 years after having fallen in love with this country,...

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Travel specialist Rachel Vita
active 22 hours ago

Rachel Vita

After so many years working in tourism in Brazil, I know the country very well and, having traveled extensively to many places around the world, I know what tourists expect when they travel. My...

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Travel specialist Sara Martinel
active 2 days ago

Sara Martinel

Hello everyone, fellow travelers! I am Sara, born in Italy. Now I live in Rio de Janeiro, which the Brazilians themselves call the "wonderful city". I will be happy to help you organize your...

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Trip Reviews for Brazil

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

I’ve travelled all my life and this was the f...
Brazil | Oct 7 - Nov 3, 2022

David
David K.
Lafayette, CA | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

I’ve travelled all my life and this was the first one that was curated for me. I loved it! I didn’t have a lot of time but it’s a huge country, so I wanted to see as much as possible without having to figure it out for myself and Rachel got it perfectly. On her suggestion I visited the Lencois Maranhenses on the North Atlantic coast which I never would have discovered on my own and yet I’m so glad she guided me there. I had personal boat trips, nature trips in groups and personally, all my... read more

I’ve travelled all my life and this was the first one that was curated for me. I loved it! I didn’t have a lot of time but it’s a huge country, so I wanted to see as much as possible without having to figure it out for myself and Rachel got it perfectly. On her suggestion I visited the Lencois Maranhenses on the North Atlantic coast which I never would have discovered on my own and yet I’m so glad she guided me there. I had personal boat trips, nature trips in groups and personally, all my accommodations were set and there were zero flaws in my transfers or my accommodations. My trip through the Favela in Rio with a climb up Two Brothers was excellent. My Eco-lodge on the Amazon was great, and all my adventures on the coast were also excellent. Rachel was always available for questions and I always felt I could reach out at any hour. Brazil is an amazing country and definitely worth a visit

Local specialist: Rachel Vita
Rachel
Rachel Vita
Local specialist in São Paulo | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Hi David!

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am very glad that you fully enjoyed your trip. It was a pleasure to help you! I hope to be able to welcome you again here in Brazil. :)

Best,
Rachel

Great trip
Brazil | Sep 12 - Sep 28, 2022

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Ellen G.
United Kingdom | Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

From start to finish Rachel was incredible. She responded very quickly to all our messages before we booked and then while we were away, she was quick to help with any issues, including delayed flights etc ensuring guides met us at the new times. She ensured all the hotels and guides were appraised in advance of our comprehensive dietary requirements.

While we were away for the last week the weather forecast was dreadful, with thunder and lightning. We spoke to Rachel, she and her... read more

From start to finish Rachel was incredible. She responded very quickly to all our messages before we booked and then while we were away, she was quick to help with any issues, including delayed flights etc ensuring guides met us at the new times. She ensured all the hotels and guides were appraised in advance of our comprehensive dietary requirements.

While we were away for the last week the weather forecast was dreadful, with thunder and lightning. We spoke to Rachel, she and her colleague Paulo, didn’t hesitate to rearrange things for us. They got refunds where they could and re-booked the last part of our trip within 24 hours of the initial conversation about it. They could not have been more helpful, understanding and accommodating. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We were incredibly grateful as it made the last few days of our trip so relaxing and enjoyable.

Rio:
Hotel was nice, staff helpful and the breakfast was good. Plenty of options, including gluten / dairy free products and staff were able to assist with ingredients for other products.
Luis our guide was lovely. Knowledgeable and friendly. He made our tours educational and enjoyable. He mixed humour with information and we always felt very safe with him. His English was excellent and he was very helpful at the airport ensuring we got checked in and staff were able to assist us. Our extra tour with him was a bonus and we enjoyed that given the weather was not conducive to sitting on the beach!
Bike tour: This was the only aspect we were not happy with. The bikes were dreadful. They were very old, unsafe and didn't work properly. The gears kept slipping and the brakes didn't work well. The guide kept cycling off in the distance, not noticing that we had had to stop due to the bikes. He did switch bike with me at one point but it didn't help much as they were all as bad as each other. This spoilt the ride and we had to end it half way through to return the bikes as they were so difficult to ride. We felt as if he had chosen those bikes as the owner was a friend of his rather than they were good quality bikes that would be safe to ride.
We were appreciative of Rachel dealing with the issue swiftly and ensuring we were able to have the extra half day with Luis instead.

Pantanal:
We were disappointed by the condition of the room and dining room at the Pousada Rio Clara. The door handle fell off on the first day and was never fixed. The room itself is probably best described as shabby and in need of attention. There was nowhere to put clothes away, no wardrobe or drawers so we had to live out of suitcases on the floor which is not ideal. The dining room is best described as mess-hall style. The food was reasonable. We had made special requests which weren’t always followed and what was provided was basic and repetitive. It feels as if there is not enough funding, The staff all do multiple jobs on the property and so there are not enough available to ensure things are at a good standard. They are friendly and as helpful as they are able given the difficulties they seem to face.
The guide DJ was great, incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We really enjoyed the boat trips most of all. The road safaris are a bit hit or miss as far as seeing animals which can’t be helped.

Foz do Iguazu
We were met by the very lovely Lurdes and the driver. She was so friendly and helpful, always trying hard to help us have the best experience, we were sad to say goodbye to her! She made the whole stay in Foz really special.
The Wish hotel was incredible, a huge property with a mix of property styles for the rooms. A lovely pool area and small pools adjacent to the properties. The restaurant was great, excellent choice of food at the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Options for gluten free and very helpful staff.
Salvador
The guide was very friendly and helpful, giving advice as to where was and wasn’t safe to go while we were there. He also advised my husband to take off his fine gold chain. This did all make us feel quite vulnerable there as we were obviously tourists. The city was interesting in parts but the deprivation was sad to see.

Prai do Forte
Such a wonderful place to end our trip. Beautiful weather, a lovely hotel with incredibly helpful staff and a very nice local area, in walking distance, and a beautiful beach with white sand, palm trees and water as warm as a bath!

All in all we found that going through KimKim and the local agent worked really well. This was the first time we had used an agent, we usually book everything independently and don't have guides or drivers. We felt this was a really excellent way of travelling around Brazil and would have struggled without Rachel's advice, knowledge and help. We will recommend both KimKim and Rachel to anyone wanting to book!

Hotel Reviews
Arena Leme
Rio de Janeiro

Hotel was nice, staff helpful and the breakfast was good. Plenty of options, including gluten / dairy free products and staff were able to assist with ingredients for other products. Although our room faced the beach which was lovely, be aware there is street noise all night.

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Pousada Rio Claro
Poconé

We were disappointed by the condition of the room and dining room at the Pousada Rio Clara. The door handle fell off on the first day and was never fixed. The room itself is probably best described as shabby and in need of attention. There was nowhere to put clothes away, no wardrobe or drawers so we had to live out of suitcases on the floor which is not ideal. The dining room is best described as mess-hall style. The food was reasonable. We had made special requests which weren’t always followed and what was provided was basic and repetitive. It feels as if there is not enough funding, the staff all do multiple jobs on the property and so there are not enough available to ensure things are at a good standard. They are friendly and as helpful as they are able given the difficulties they seem to face.

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Wish Foz do Iguaçu
Foz do Iguacu

The Wish hotel was incredible! Huge property with a mix of property styles for the rooms. A lovely pool area and small pools adjacent to the properties. The restaurant was great, excellent choice of food at the buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Options for gluten free and very helpful staff.

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Local specialist: Rachel Vita
Rachel
Rachel Vita
Local specialist in São Paulo | Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Hi Ellen!

Thank you so much for the review. Your comments are extremely important for us to improve our services.
It was a pleasure to welcome you here in Brazil. :)

Best,
Rachel

Trip of a lifetime
Brazil | Sep 6 - Sep 19, 2022

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Georgios C.
France | Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

The title says it all. We were looking for a panorama of Brazil and boy did we get it. We saw Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Manaus and the Amazon, and Salvador, each destination better than the last. All our guides were professional and made our experience better with their behavior. They were easy to talk to and offered insight on the life of the Brazilians in each city we visited. Especially in Rio we were guided by the greatest guy, Felipe, who went above and beyond to make us feel safe... read more

The title says it all. We were looking for a panorama of Brazil and boy did we get it. We saw Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Manaus and the Amazon, and Salvador, each destination better than the last. All our guides were professional and made our experience better with their behavior. They were easy to talk to and offered insight on the life of the Brazilians in each city we visited. Especially in Rio we were guided by the greatest guy, Felipe, who went above and beyond to make us feel safe and comfortable.

The destinations were all gorgeous. Rio is beautiful and surrounded by many great vantage points that offer spectacular views of the whole city. The monuments were breathtaking and the food was plentiful and delicious.

At Iguazu, all words fail to make justice to the grandeur of the waterfalls. All visitors be prepared to get wet, especially if you book a boat trip as you will find yourselves directly underneath the falls!

At Manaus, prepare to get hot! It is a very humid city, we could feel it almost as soon as we landed. But it is all worth it when you get to the Amazon forest and get to see river and the jungle. We had plenty of activities here, like fishing for piranhas, night animal watching, walking in the jungle and swimming with pink dolphins! We also had the opportunity to taste awesome local cuisine and everything was produced right there in the forest. And our guide, Antonio if memory serves right, was pretty easy going and cool.

Finally at Salvador we saw what I think is the most beautiful city of Brazil. Colorful houses and vibrant street culture bring this city to life. Capoeira dancing, African drum playing and dancing can all be seen simply by galivanting through the streets. We had some interesting activities here as well like drum and cooking lessons. Like always, the food was delicious.

Overall this was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives and we were saved a lot of hassle thanks to Meghan who handled pretty much everything before our arrival, all we had to do was discuss the trip plan and book the trip. 10/10

Hotel Reviews
Hotel Cruz do Pascoal
Salvador

The location was good but other than that it didn't offer much else. The breakfast was offered in another hotel se we had to leave to eat. The most important issue was that the room was not really clean and we woke with bug bites, possibly from some bed bug. These were not mosquito bites.

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Nobile Hotel Copacabana Design
Rio de Janeiro
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Nadai Confort Hotel
Foz do Iguacu
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Casa Perpetua hotel d charm
Manaus
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Tariri Amazon Lodge
Iranduba - Amazonas
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Porto da Lua
Mata de Sao Joao
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Activity Reviews
Sugarloaf Mountain Walk
Rio de Janeiro
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Rio City Tour & Carnival Culture
Rio de Janeiro
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Full Day Art & Architecture Tour in Niterói
Rio de Janeiro
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Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Tour
Rio de Janeiro
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Iguaçu Falls Hike & Gran Aventura Boat Tour
Foz do Iguaçu
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Half Day of Hiking & Cycling in Iguaçu
Foz do Iguaçu
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Amazon River to Jungle Lodge & Rainforest
Brazil
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Rainforest & River Tours
Brazil
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African Heritage City Tour
Salvador
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Whale Watching in Praia do Forte
Praia do Forte
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Bahian Percussion Workshop
Salvador
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Salvador Market Tour, Cooking Demonstration & lunch
Salvador
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Art and Literature Tour of Bahia
Salvador
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Evening Cultural Experience in Rio Vermelho
Salvador
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Local specialist: Meghan Doiron
Meghan
Meghan Doiron
Local specialist in Natal | Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Thanks so much for your valuable feedback George and Marina. We are so pleased to hear that you had a great trip and brought many valuable memories back with you!