Wonders of Brazil
Discover Brazil's best bits on this adventure tour
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Group Size: Max 16, Avg 10
Trip code: SZWB
Duration: 15 days
See the wonders of beautiful Brazil on this incredible guided group tour. Begin and end your Brazil adventure in the buzzing carnival city of Rio de Janeiro, staying in famous Copacabana. Relax on beautiful beaches and explore idyllic islands around the colonial town of Paraty, be awed by the thundering water of epic Iguassu Falls, relax in unspoilt Bonito and go on a unique 2-day wildlife excursion into the picturesque Pantanal wetlands. Be blown away by Brazil on this amazing tour!
- Begin and end in the buzz of Rio, Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’ with its beaches and sensational sights, including the statue of Christ the Redeemer
- Explore the cobblestone streets of the colonial town of Paraty which is closed to cars, and laze on the idyllic islands and gorgeous beaches of Paraty’s bay area
- See the breathtaking Iguassu Falls from both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides as you marvel at the mighty rush of water during a 2-day stay
- Get off the beaten track in beautiful Bonito and discover caves and waterfalls in this unspoilt jungle and river region
- Take an unforgettable 2-day trip to the incredible Pantanal wetlands and spot wonderful wildlife in this stunning spot
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Welcome to Rio! Arrive in Brazil’s brilliant beach city at any time today. There are no set activities planned so you can enjoy some free time soaking up the sunshine and sights of this amazing city. You will meet your group and guide at a welcome meeting at your hotel around 5pm
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro
This morning we’re going to experience daily life in the city, with a visit to a favela. Watch a drumming demo, get a capoeira lesson and try some local craft beers. Free time this afternoon to explore the dazzling beaches and samba-soaked urban sprawl.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro / Ilha Grande
Take a bus and ferry to beautiful Ilha Grande. Stroll down the pristine beaches and soak up the laid-back vibes – no cars allowed!
Day 4: Ilha Grande
Explore some of the lushly jungled hiking trails today or just chill out on the immaculate sands. We’ve got lots of optional activities on offer including a snorkelling trip, boat excursion, diving and guided treks.
Day 5: Ilha Grande / Paraty
Head further along the coast to Paraty – a colourful colonial beach town, backed by jungled mountains.
Days 6-7: Paraty
Explore Paratay’s winding cobbled streets, discover the beautiful beaches around, or take one of our amazing optional excursions - visit a Cachaça distillery, take a caipirinha boat tour, hike, dive, snorkel or ride through the rainforest on horseback.
Day 8: Paraty / Iguacu Falls
Hop on board a flight bound for the incredible Iguacu, These breathtaking falls totally live up to the hype – seeing the thundering cascade of water is a real bucket-list moment.
Day 9: Iguacu Falls
We’ll view the falls from the Argentine side as well today, with trails that take us directly over Devil’s Throat – the highest and deepest of the falls. Take an optional boat or helicopter ride or just be awed by the power of the falling water!
Day 10: Iguacu Falls / Bonito
See the falls from the Brazilian side one last time before taking a long ride by local bus to your next destination, Bonito. The name means beautiful, which says it all!
Day 11: Bonito
This idyllic spot is the perfect place to soak up the wonders of nature. Relax by the river, or take an optional excursion to some underwater caves, beautiful waterfalls,a snorkelling trip or an amazing treetop canopy course.
Day 12: Bonito / Pantanal
A 5-hour local bus ride takes you to the breathtaking Pantanal wetlands area, one of South America’s best wildlife-spotting locations. With a bit of luck you’ll see monkeys, caiman, river otters and anteaters.
Day 13: Pantanal
Take a full day to explore this incredibly bio diverse area. Try horseback riding or fishing and keep your eyes peeled for the amazing wildlife that calls the Pantanal home.
Day 14: Pantanal/Rio de Janeiro
Drive out of the picturesque Pantanal region to Campo Grande, where you will hop on an inclusive, internal flight back to the bright lights of Rio. On certain flights there may be a short stop off in San Paulo. Enjoy a final night relaxing with your friends in your Copacabana hostel or head out and make the most of the Rio nightlife!
Day 15: Rio de Janeiro
Your adventure tour ends today in Rio and you are free to depart at any time. Say goodbye to your guide and your new-found travelling friends and look back on 13 unforgettable days and some amazing memories of the wonders of Brazil!
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This adventure starts and ends in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
You should arrange your arrival into Galeao International Airport in Brazil, which is a 30 to 45 minute drive from your accommodation in Copacabana, Rio. An airport transfer is not included but we recommend you visit one of the taxi stands at the airport and pay a set rate for a taxi to your hotel in Copacabana (approximately USD50).
Alternatively you can take the airport bus (approx USD9) into the Copacabana area and then hail an official yellow taxi to take you the rest of the way to your hotel (approx USD5).
Please note, we can also arrange a private transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
14 nights of accommodation are included on this Wonders of Brazil tour. This will be mainly in twin or multi-share accommodation.
11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are also included on this tour. Please allow USD655-855 for meals not included.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This fantastic trip is an open-aged experience that caters for a mix of younger and older travellers. This means that you may travel with people who are outside your own age group. Such a mix of ages creates a great group dynamic and enhances the travel experience, as you get to know a range of people with different stories to tell!
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). This trip crosses the border between Brazil and Argentina on day 7 of this tour. British nationals do not currently need a visa to enter Brazil or Argentina, but please check current visa information with the relevant embassy before you travel as visa rules are subject to change.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.
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.
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.