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Introduction to Brazil

A week of discovery in beautiful Brazil!

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Group Size: Varies

Trip code: BRTO

Duration: 8 days

8 day flexible trip in Rio
Explore Rio, Isla Grande & Paraty
Stay by Copacabana beach!

Enjoy the ultimate introduction to Brazil on this 8-day extravaganza! This unguided trip brings together a fantastic combination of local experiences including a city tour of Rio de Janeiro, a tour of Santa Marta favela, a boat trip to a gorgeous Ilha Grande beach and an island-hopping cruise around Brazil’s off shore islands. From festive streets, to sprawling favelas, to unspoilt islands and picturesque towns – you’ll have seen and done it all in Rio!

Trip highlights

  • Explore Rio de Janeiro and get up close to the iconic Christ the Redeemer
  • Tour a favela with a local guide and learn about favela life
  • Discover the unspoilt island of Ilha Grande and soak up the sun on perfect pristine beaches
  • Enjoy an island-hopping cruise and take a dip in Brazil’s beautiful waters
  • Experience the party atmosphere of this famously festive area!
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What's included
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • All transport between included destinations
  • Rio city tour, including entry to Christ the Redeemer
  • Favela tour
  • Free time in beautiful Ilha Grande
  • Beach visit on Ilha Grande
  • Island-hopping cruise in Paraty
  • Arrival transfer
  • 4 breakfasts 
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks & drinks
  • Return airport transfer
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Welcome to Rio! Touch down in Brazil and take an inclusive arrival transfer to your cool city hostel that’s just a 10-minute walk away from Copacabana beach!

Day 2: City tour. Take an action-packed tour of the city, taking in gorgeous Sao Conrado, Tijuca Forest, Christ the Redeemer (ticket included), Santa Teresa, and Lapa, home to the colourful Escadaria Selaron.

Day 3: Favela tour. Visit Santa Marta favela. You will be guided around the shanty-town by a local guide, who’ll show you how thousands of people live their lives on the hillside. Watch a Capoeira show by the kids at the local community centre.

Days 4-5: Perfect Paraty. Time to leave the city behind and get a taste of unspoilt paradise. From blissful beaches to quaint cobbled streets, welcome to Paraty! This lively town is full of elegant architecture, artists’ retreats and delicious restaurants. From here you’ll enjoy an island-hopping boat trip around Brazilian seas!

Days 6-7: Beautiful Ilha Grande. Leave Paraty behind, and explore more of Brazil’s stunning coastline! Your destination is Ilha Grande, a pristine island about half a day’s journey from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro. Spend your days here delving into the lush green rainforests, discovering exquisite hidden coves and then visit a spectacular white-sand beach.

Day 8: Return to Rio. An inclusive return transfer to the city takes you back to where you started. From here you can fly home or have more adventures in South America.

Please note: This unguided trip is a combination of local travel experiences. You will need to make sure you are in the right place at the right time to meet your daily tours, transfers and experiences. Some people you meet may be following the same itinerary as you, others may just be with you for certain parts of the package. This is a great way to get that independent traveller experience, while still enjoying loads of activities and meeting new people!

Please note: Itinerary may be subject to change.

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Arrival information

Arrive into Rio de Janeiro International Airport on day 1. An arrival transfer to your hostel is included.

Your trip ends in Rio on day 8. The time your trip ends may vary so we recommend booking an extra night. A return airport transfer is not included. If you would like help arranging an extra night and a return airport transfer please speak to us for details.

Accommodation & meals

7 nights of accommodation are included on this tour. Accommodation will be in multi-share hostels, ideal for young backpackers. If you require an extra night of accommodation in Rio before your onward flight we can book this for you for approximately £25.

4 breakfasts are included at your accommodation. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. Brazil has a delicious cuisine, including rice dishes, spicy stews and exotic fruit so you’ll never struggle for something yummy to eat! 

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this group trip is 18.

British nationals do not currently need a visa to enter Brazil, but please check current visa information with the embassy or the FCDO before you travel. You must have a valid passport (with a minimum of 6 months validity). 

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.