Best of Rio De Janeiro

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Rio de Janeiro
The city of Rio de Janeiro is home to some of Brazil’s top experiences, like the 2,329-foot (710 m) Corcovado, one of the most famous hills in the world thanks to the statue of Christ the Redeemer at its peak. Travel up the mountain by train through the lush Tijuca Forest, reaching the statue and panoramic city views at the top. You can also follow the Claudio Coutinho track, also known as the Caminho Bem Te Vi, for a 45-minute hike through the trees to a cable car that will take you up Sugar Loaf mountain, where you’ll scope out the views and then ride the cable car back down. If you prefer to stay closer to sea level, a bike tour of Ipanema and Copacabana takes you along some of Rio’s most famous beaches and their boardwalks.

Previous kimkim travelers have experienced Rio’s Carnival culture with a visit to the Cidade do Samba, where samba schools craft their floats and costumes for the annual celebration, and the samba school at Acadêmicos da Grande Rio. A trip to the Morrinho Project in the neighborhood of Santa Teresa gives you a look at community art with a walk through this artistic area, with the highlight being a miniature reconstruction of the favelas of Rio. Or get a glimpse of daily life in Rio with the Carioca lifestyle tour, including a subway ride to the city’s commercial and historic center and sights like the Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião and Saara neighborhood, plus a stop for tropical fruit juice along the way.
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Rio de Janeiro: 7 Ways to Spend A Day
Rio de Janeiro: 7 Ways to Spend A Day

Rio de Janeiro isn't called Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) for nothing. For a mega-metropolis, it boasts some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. Whether you prefer to stay in the city or venture out, there are plenty of ways to spend a day: visit Petrópolis, lounge on the beaches of Buzios, or hike to instagram-worthy viewpoints within the city limits.

Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro
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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.

Pedra do Telégrafo
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Hike Gávea & Telégrafo in Rio - 2 Days

Lace up your shoes and get ready for two days of adventure in Rio de Janeiro, enjoying the region's stunning natural beauty and mild climate to hit the trails. On your first day hike to Pedra do Telégrafo to take see views of the surrounding mountains and take the iconic daring photo with the hanging rock. On the second day hike to Pedra da Gávea, where you'll see local wildlife and panoramic views of the city and coast.

Rio de Janeiro is paradise
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Highlights of Rio de Janeiro - 7 Days

Relax into the rhythm of Rio de Janeiro with this week-long adventure that takes you to the heart of the buzzing coastal city. The locals—fondly nicknamed Cariocas—know the key to a good life is taking it easy, so switch down a gear and enjoy the vibrant energy and rich culture of the city. With the help of a few local guides, you'll learn to dance the samba, discover the secret to a good caipirinha, and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.

Vista Chinesa
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Full Rio de Janeiro Adventure - 2 Days

Enjoy Rio's natural beauty during two days of adrenaline-filled adventure. Start with a hike to Pedra Bonita to get a panoramic view of the city, then hang-glide from the top. The next day, take a train to the top of Corcovado mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer and mountain bike to the bottom before hiking Sugarloaf to take in views of Guanabara Bay.

Rio at sunset
Experience the Magic of Rio de Janeiro - 8 Days

Spend an unforgettable week exploring the Cidade Maravilhosa ("Marvelous City") of Rio de Janeiro! On this colorful journey around Brazil's most glamorous city, you'll hit the major highlights, including a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain and an excursion to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer — both viewpoints offer truly stunning views over Rio and its surrounding landscape. You'll also learn about the city's African heritage, see what life in the favela is like, watch Carnival musicians and dancers in action, and hike in the lush Tijuca Forest. Finish the trip with a full day of relaxing with a local crowd on the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Cycling in Rio
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Adventure Tour of Rio de Janeiro - 5 Days

Adventure mode: on! During this thrilling 5-day tour around Rio de Janeiro, you won't just see the sights — you'll hike, climb, and cycle to them. Start with a train ride to the top of Corcovado to visit Christ the Redeemer, then hop on a mountain bike and ride downhill for lunch on the beach. You'll hike and climb to a sunset panorama at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain to finish the day. Cycle around the city on a history tour, then do some more hiking, scaling the heights of Pedra Bonita for spectacular views over Rio and the surrounding landscape. After trekking along the trails of Tijuca Forest, you'll finish the adventure with a dip in a waterfall.

Hang out with the locals on Ipanema Beach
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Rio de Janeiro Getaway - 6 Days

Escape to Brazil for six glorious days as you discover the history, culture, nightlife, and food of Rio de Janeiro. Start with a visit to Christ the Redeemer to marvel at the stunning view overlooking the city. Stroll through the charming streets of Santa Teresa and then visit the Rio Botanical Garden. Enjoy the pristine beaches of Búzios, drink your way through the most popular botecos in the city, and finish your trip with a visit to Samba City, where you'll learn about Carnival, samba music, and dancing.

Get in the Carnival spirit with a tour of Samba City
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Ultimate Rio de Janeiro: Mountains, Beaches & Samba - 8 Days

See Rio de Janeiro from every angle on this compact trip that's packed full of adventure. Touch down in the "Marvelous City" and hit the ground running in the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa and the Pereirão favela. Climb to Christ the Redeemer for spectacular city views, then take to the skies on a hang-gliding adventure. Learn about the art of Carnival in Samba City, discover diverse flavors on a food tour, and take day trips into the rainforests of Tijuca and the mountain retreat of Petrópolis.

Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
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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.

See one of the Natural Wonders of the World at Iguaçu Falls
Map of Brazil's Cities, Mountains & Waterfalls: Rio de Janeiro & Iguaçu Falls - 6 Days
Brazil's Cities, Mountains & Waterfalls: Rio de Janeiro & Iguaçu Falls - 6 Days

Venture through Brazil's highlights on this compact six-day adventure. Start in Rio to wander its Old Town and see iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Explore the Río Botanical Garden and then jet off to Foz do Iguaçu. Discover some of the 275 waterfalls at Iguaçu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the park, then mingle with exotic birds at Parque das Aves (Bird Park) as you learn about their significance to Brazil's delicate ecosystem.

See if you can spot scarlet macaw parrots in the wild
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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.

Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro and Iguazú Falls - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip to Brazil, experience city life, and then connect with nature. The trip kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, with a full-day city tour of sites like Christ the Reedemer, Sugar Loaf, and all the best beaches. Then, take a day trip to Pedra Bonita for scenic viewpoints. Next, venture to Iguazú Falls, a phenomenon that spans from Brazil to Argentina. Enjoy some free time before experiencing the falls from both countries, and tour the Iguazú River.

View of historic Paraty from the water
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Discover Brazil: Rio de Janeiro & Paraty - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary is perfect for travelers who are visiting Brazil for the first time. First, you'll tour the most famous sites in Rio de Janeiro, including the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue, and experience the energy of Carnival before heading off to the nearby colonial town of Paraty where you can stroll through historic neighborhoods, learn how to cook with Brazilian flair, bike through tropical forests, and relax on secluded beaches.

Vila do Abrãao on Ilha Grande
Adventure & Relaxation in Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande - 7 Days

If you have just a week to spend in Brazil — and you don't want to spend too much time traveling between destinations — this 7-day itinerary to Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande is ideal. The journey offers an unbeatable mix of sightseeing, outdoor adventure, and relaxation, starting in Rio with a full-day city tour that takes you to Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and key historic sites. After a hike in the rainforest of Tijuca, you'll catch a boat to nearby Ilha Grande, seemingly a world away from the bustle of "the Marvelous City." Spend the second half of the trip boating, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing on the tropical island before heading back to civilization to catch a flight out.

Sunrise over Rio
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Best of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro & North Pantanal - 7 Days

This weeklong Brazilian getaway takes you to the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro, where you'll visit iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Explore on foot and by bike, touring the favela community of Vidigal, as well as the famed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Then it's off to the Pantanal, the world's largest freshwater wetland. You'll see exotic wildlife, go horseback riding on marshland trails, and explore the riverways that make up this biodiverse region.

Rodrifo de Freitas Lagoon and Ipanema District in Rio de Janeiro at sunset
Map of Highlights of Rio de Janeiro & Foz do Iguaçu - 5 Days
Highlights of Rio de Janeiro & Foz do Iguaçu - 5 Days

Perfect for travelers seeking a mix of city life and natural wonders, this five-day itinerary focuses on the highlights of Rio de Janeiro and Iguaçu Falls. Start in Brazil's "Marvelous City" for panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Discover the Carioca lifestyle, visit the birthplace of samba, and learn about Rio's architecture at the Museum of Modern Art. Then it's time to fly southwest to Iguaçu Falls, where you'll explore earth's largest waterfall system by boat and on foot.

Drive the Transpantaneira dirt road as you cross Brazil's North Pantanal wetlands
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Discover the Power of Nature in Brazil: Rio, Foz do Iguaçu & North Pantanal - 11 Days

Explore Brazil's natural wonders and urban highlights on this 11-day trip. Start in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll get to know the city on a full-day sightseeing excursion. Then head out on a day trip to scenic Angra dos Reis before flying to Foz do Iguaçu to see the spectacular waterfalls there. Fly to North Pantanal for several days of nature walks, horseback riding, and wildlife spotting. Finally, return to Rio to visit the city's beaches and botanical gardens, and learn about the favelas on a guided tour.

Ilha Grande
Map of Brazil's East Coast: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 14 Days
Brazil's East Coast: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 14 Days

For the ultimate beach vacation, it's hard to beat Rio de Janeiro. This 14-day adventure places you right in the mix as you enjoy world-class beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, plus immerse yourself in local culture and revel in the festive Carnival spirit. It doesn't stop there, as you'll also travel to the historic coastal town of Paraty, from which you'll embark on nature tours in the Atlantic rainforests and enjoy sailing and beach days on nearby Ilha Grande.

A Rio de Janeiro sunset
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Beach Honeymoon in Brazil: Búzios, Rio de Janeiro & Itacaré - 14 Days

Set off on a romantic beach honeymoon in beautiful Brazil. Your first stop will be the small village of Búzios, where you will spend the days sunbathing, sailing, and enjoying fresh seafood. Then, you'll pick up the pace in thrilling and thriving Rio de Janeiro. You'll visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, samba through the night, and people-watch in Copacabana. The trip ends in Itacaré, a fishing town with wild beaches where you can once again enjoy a slower pace of life.

Floating in one of Brazil's green bays
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Hiking & Beaches in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & Ilha Grande - 10 Days

On this 10-day active adventure, you'll hike, bike, dive, and swim around some of Brazil's most beautiful natural wonders. Get ready to cycle around Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches, observe marine life on a dive in Ilha Grande, and enjoy a boat excursion around the Iguaçu Falls. You'll also visit several one-of-a-kind trekking spots like the Pedra do Telégrafo and Pico do Papagaio.

Iguaçu Falls spans the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay
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Introduction to Brazil: São Paulo, Foz do Iguaçu & Rio de Janeiro - 8 Days

Experience Brazilian city life alongside waterfalls, rainforests, and beaches on this colorful eight-day itinerary. Start in the diverse metropolis of São Paulo, then fly west to Foz do Iguaçu. Here you'll explore the mighty Iguaçu Falls by boat and boardwalk, with a stop at the Parque das Aves to see exotic birds, reptiles, and butterflies. It's back to the bright lights of the city next, as you touch down in Rio to climb Sugarloaf Mountain, tour a hillside favela, and enjoy the famous beaches and nightlife.

Take in views of Rio de Janeiro's Sugarloaf Mountain
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Brazil's Cities & Natural Wonders: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls & Salvador - 8 Days

Discover Brazil's dynamic cities and natural wonders on this eight-day tour. Start in vibrant Rio de Janeiro, where you'll admire the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, wander historic neighborhoods, and tour famous soccer stadiums. Soak up some nature next with a hike in the lush Tijuca National Park and a trip to UNESCO-listed Iguaçu Falls to feel the spray from Devil's Mouth. End in the coastal city of Salvador, where colonial history, traditional music, and idyllic island day trips await.

Board your personal dune buggy to explore the sea of sand near Brazil's Jericoacoara
Map of Brazil East Coast Adventure: Jericoacoara, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro - 11 Days
Brazil East Coast Adventure: Jericoacoara, Salvador & Rio de Janeiro - 11 Days

Experience the diversity of Brazil's east coast as you visit three distinct regions in 11 days. Start amid the sweeping sands and turquoise lagoons of Jericocoara National Park, then fly south to Salvador, the center of Brazil's vibrant Bahian culture. Eat and drink your way through local botecos, find your rhythm with a percussion workshop, and learn to cook regional dishes. Your trip wraps up in Rio, where you'll learn about the art of Carnival in Samba City and take a sailing trip to nearby islands.

Spend three days relaxing and discovering the beaches and scenery in and around Paraty Beach
Map of Brazil's Vibrant Coastline: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 11 Days
Brazil's Vibrant Coastline: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 11 Days

Experience the diversity of Brazil's eastern coast on this 11-day trip. Start in Rio to see monuments such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, and learn about Brazil's flora and fauna at the Rio Botanical Garden. Venture down the coast to explore Paraty's colonial cobblestone streets and lush Atlantic forests, then set sail to Ilha Grande for hiking, boat tours, and plenty of uninterrupted beach time.

End your trip with a visit to Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden
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Eco Travel in Brazil: Amazon, Iguaçu Falls & Rio de Janeiro - 11 Days

This 11-day adventure will take you through some of Brazil's most spectacular highlights using various transportation methods—many of which are sustainable. Start by exploring the Brazilian and Argentine sides of the Iguaçu Falls, then fly to the "Gateway to the Amazon." After a canoe tour, stay two nights at an eco-friendly lodge in the rainforest before heading to Rio de Janeiro. There, you'll climb epic viewpoints, relax at famous beaches, and stroll through the botanical gardens to finish the trip.

End your trip to Brazil on the beaches of Ilha Grande
Map of Brazil City, Waterfall & Island Escape: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 9 Days
Brazil City, Waterfall & Island Escape: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 9 Days

Dip your toe into the diverse landscapes and cultures of Brazil on this nine-day city-to-islands adventure. Start in Rio and see the city like a real "Carioca" as you cook local dishes, explore off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, and watch the sunset from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. It's off to Iguaçu Falls next to see this wonder of nature up close, then back to the coast to hike along the Gold Trail in colonial Paraty. Cap off your trip with two nights on the quiet island paradise of Ilha Grande.

Colorful houses in a Rio de Janeiro favela
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Brazil City & Rainforest Adventure - 12 Days

See two sides of Brazil on this 12-day trip that covers both urban and rainforest highlights. Start in Rio to hop a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain, visit a favela, and join a raucous samba circle. Fly north to Manaus next, where you'll set off into the Amazon to spend three nights in a remote rainforest lodge. It's back to the big city as your adventure winds down in São Paulo—getting to know the sprawling metropolis' vibrant street art, bustling markets, and historic landmarks.

Rio de Janeiro
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Brazil Adventure: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazú Falls, & Pantanal - 10 Days

Embark on a fun and active journey through Brazil on this 10-day tour. Begin in the bustling seaside city of Rio de Janeiro for some sightseeing—Christ the Redeemer, a cable car ride, and the best beaches included. Next, embark on a scenic hike along the Pedra Bonita trail, followed by a tour of the mesmerizing Iguazú Falls, from both Brazil and Argentina. Then, venture to Pantanal, with its densely biodiverse tropical wetlands, for more active exploration.

Parade of the Samba School at Rio's Carnival
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Adventure in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, the Amazon & Salvador - 10 Days

Discover Brazil by hitting the best highlights of this massive country in 10 days. Start in Rio de Janeiro and visit a local samba school preparing for the world-famous Carnival. Journey along the Amazon river and get close to the jungle's exotic wildlife. Move to the beat of the drums as you learn about Bahian percussion instruments in Salvador, and take a tour of the city's traditional markets for a taste of the flavorful local cuisine.

See the world's largest waterfall system at Iguaçu Falls
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Adventures in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & Jericoacoara - 10 Days

See the best of Brazil on this 10-day tour, which starts in the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue with its expansive views, and walk the winding hills of a Brazilian favela. Then it's off to Foz do Iguaçu and the wonders of Iguaçu Falls, exploring both the Brazilian and Argentian sides of this massive national park. Your trip culminates in the beach town of Jericoacoara, with dune buggy rides, peaceful lagoons, and strolls along the sand-paved streets of this still-rustic village.

Colorful boats dotting the waters off Porto de Galinhas
Map of Brazil Uncovered: Rio, the Amazon & the Northern Coast - 13 Days
Brazil Uncovered: Rio, the Amazon & the Northern Coast - 13 Days

Over nearly two weeks, you'll explore a couple of Brazil's major highlights, plus enjoy leisure time on some of the country's finest beaches. First, dive into Carioca culture with a few days of sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro and a trip to Arraial do Cabo, the "Brazilian Caribbean." Then, fly north for expeditions into the legendary Amazon Rainforest before finishing the trip in style on the white-sand beaches of Pernambuco.

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
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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.

Spend three nights surrounded by nature in Brazil's  North Pantanal
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Brazil Safari: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls & North Pantanal - 9 Days

Experience a slice of Brazil's magnificent nature and wildlife opportunities on this nine-day tour. Start in Rio de Janeiro and climb Mount Corcovado for the best views of the city. Then fly inland to Foz do Iguaçu and discover epic waterfalls in both Brazil and Argentina. From here, head north to the Pantanal Wetlands to explore wildlife—including monkeys and jaguars—by Jeep, boat, and on foot. Finally, return to Rio to visit the botanical garden, followed by some relaxing beach time to end the adventure.

Spend four nights canoeing and hiking in the Amazon at a rainforest lodge
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Nature & Culture in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & the Amazon - 12 Days

With 12 days to spare, you can get a diverse taste of Brazil's highlights as you hop between cities, waterfalls, and rainforests. Ride a cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain and see local life in a Rio favela, then fly to Foz do Iguaçu to explore one of the greatest waterfall systems on Earth with a combination of hiking, boating, and helicopter excursions. After a taste of history in colonial Manaus, set off into the Amazon for four nights surrounded by incredible nature and wildlife in a rainforest lodge.

Go snorkeling in Brazil's crystalline Sucuri River
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Brazil Outdoor Adventure: Pantanal, Bonito & Rio de Janeiro - 13 Days

Active travelers will love this lesser-known 13-day tour of Brazil. It starts in the Pantanal region, an area of wetlands and grasslands in the country's lush interior, where you'll indulge in a series of nature and wildlife-viewing activities. Next are aquatic adventures in the nearby crystalline waters around Bonito, followed by a few days exploring Brazil's most beautiful city, Rio de Janeiro, and its tropical surroundings. With snorkeling, hiking, sailing, and caving, this tour has something for everyone.

Aerial View of Brazil's Paraty Bay, home to isolated beaches and crystal clear waters
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Brazil City to Coast Tour: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 12 Days

Enjoy Brazil's stunning coastlines and spectacular waterfalls on this 12-day trip full of captivating beauty. Start in Rio to discover the spirit of Carnival in Samba City and see beaches and mountains from above by hang glider. Discover some of the 275 waterfalls of Foz do Iguaçu as you explore its mist-laden boardwalks, then head for the coast to stroll Paraty's colonial streets and take a scenic boat ride. Finally, escape to the quiet shores of Ilha Grande to enjoy its unspoiled beaches and forest hiking.

See Iguaçu Falls from both sides of the Brazil and Argentina border
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Brazil's Great Outdoors: Amazon, Iguaçu Falls & Rio de Janeiro - 9 Days

Immerse yourself in some of Brazil's most extraordinary natural sites during this nine-day tour. Start in Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon, and take part in various excursions on foot and by canoe. Next, get drenched under the many waterfalls at Iguazú—in both Brazil and Argentina—before viewing it all overhead by helicopter. Finally, fly to Rio de Janeiro and discover the mountainous viewpoints, famous beaches, and stunning botanical gardens to complete the trip.

Trek through the stunning canyons and waterfalls of Chapada Diamantina National Park
Map of Brazil City, Coast & Mountain Trekking Adventure - 13 Days
Brazil City, Coast & Mountain Trekking Adventure - 13 Days

Discover Brazil's remarkable diversity as you explore cities, mountains, and beaches on this active 13-day adventure. Start in Rio to scale Sugarloaf Mountain and get into the Carnival spirit in Samba City. Escape to the golden sands of peaceful Ilha Grande, then gear up for four days of trekking through the table mountains and waterfalls of Chapada Diamantina National Park. End your adventure on Salvador's colorful colonial streets as you learn about its Afro-Caribbean culture and discover its nightlife.

Interact with Indigenous people of the Amazon
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Authentic Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Manaus, the Amazon & Salvador - 13 Days

This 13-day adventure hops between four distinct regions of Brazil. It all begins in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll explore off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods alongside famous landmarks. Continue to Foz do Iguaçu to take a helicopter flight over the mighty waterfall, then on to Manaus, where you'll head upstream by canoe to reach a remote rainforest lodge for wildlife spotting and jungle treks. Wrap up your trip to Salvador for a taste of Bahian culture and cuisine and a day trip to some of the country's best beaches.

 Iguaçu Falls
Map of Highlights of Brazil: Rio, Iguaçu, the Amazon & Bahia - 14 Days
Highlights of Brazil: Rio, Iguaçu, the Amazon & Bahia - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary gives you enough time to savor Brazil's major highlights without having to rush. It begins in Rio with sightseeing, architecture tours, and a bit of the Carnival party scene, then continues south to Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. Afterward, fly far north for adventures in and around the Amazon River before heading east to the sun-kissed Bahian coast. You'll immerse yourself in the music, food, and history of one of Brazil's richest cultures.

Aerial view of Ilha Grande
Map of Active Brazil: Rio, Ilha Grande, Chapada Diamantina National Park & Salvador - 14 Days
Active Brazil: Rio, Ilha Grande, Chapada Diamantina National Park & Salvador - 14 Days

From vibrant cities and fantastic beaches to mountain treks, you'll discover everything Brazil has to offer on this colossal 14-day itinerary. Go bar hopping in Rio before taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a Carnaval samba school. Get a little island fever on Ilha Grande and bask on its pristine beaches. Trek through the enchanting Chapada Diamantina Natural Park to enjoy its canyons, caves, and waterfalls, then end your adventure dancing to the beat of samba music in Salvador.

Savor long, glorious sunsets in Rio de Janeiro to end the trip
Map of Contrasts of Brazil: Amazon, Salvador, Green Coast & Rio de Janeiro - 15 Days
Contrasts of Brazil: Amazon, Salvador, Green Coast & Rio de Janeiro - 15 Days

Adventurous travelers will love this 15-day tour in Brazil that combines rainforest activities, colonial architecture, tropical islands, and the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Start in the Amazon, where you'll make the most of your days with numerous wildlife-spotting excursions. Then fly to Salvador, one of Brazil's oldest cities and brimming with African culture, followed by Paraty, where you can hop between beaches and islands. End the trip in lively Rio, home to Brazil's most iconic viewpoints.

Enjoy free time at Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach
Map of Best of Brazil: Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Fernando de Noronha, São Luís & Salvador - 15 Days
Best of Brazil: Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Fernando de Noronha, São Luís & Salvador - 15 Days

On this well-rounded 15-day tour of Brazil, you'll visit many must-see attractions in different parts of the country. Start in the relaxed beachside town of Paraty before spending a few days in lively Rio de Janeiro, ticking off its iconic attractions (and beaches). Then take things down a notch on the remote tropical island of Fernando de Noronha. From there, visit national parks and protected areas around Barreirinhas before ending in Salvador, the epicenter of the colorful Afro-Brazilian culture.

The paradisiac Parnaioca beach and the Brazilian flag formation
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Ilha Grande Beach Trekking - 7 Days

In this active Brazilian excursion, you'll travel from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis, a coastal region famous for Ilha Grande, the largest of 365 islands in the area. Over six days you'll trek all around Ilha Grande, visiting local caiçara (indigenous) fishing villages, hiking on trails that cut through unspoiled Atlantic forest, ascending mountains, crossing rivers, and, of course, enjoying the island's many sun-kissed beaches. All told it's a 43-mile (70-km) hiking adventure in one of the most scenic locales in a nation abounding with scenic locales.

Sunset over the Amazon Rainforest
Map of Experience Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus & the Amazon - 7 Days
Experience Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus & the Amazon - 7 Days

See the best that Brazil has to offer on this adventurous seven-day itinerary. Begin with a bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro from atop Mount Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Morro Dos Irmaos. Then, leave the city behind and travel from Manaus to Anavilhanas National Park, an archipelago in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Tour forests, waterways (igarapés), and local communities as you learn about the unique animals, plants, and people who call this biodiverse region home.

Ilha Grande's lush coastline
Map of Explore Brazil's Green Coast: São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro - 10 Days
Explore Brazil's Green Coast: São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro - 10 Days

If you're looking to see a bit of everything on your trip to Brazil, you'll love this itinerary which includes cities, culture, beaches, and outdoor adventure. Start off in bustling São Paulo, then explore the historic town of Paraty and its surrounding nature. Afterward, head to the lushly-forested island of Ilha Grande for beachside relaxation, hiking, and water sports. Finish in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll discover the city's highlights and make an optional visit to a community social project.