Introduction to Brazil

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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!
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: Beautiful Ilha Grande. Time to leave the city behind and get a taste of unspoilt paradise. 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.

Days 6-7: Perfect Paraty. 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!

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. Why not kick off an epic experience with our awesome Rio to Lima Adventure?

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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