One of the world’s most captivating places, Brazil is a country of powdery white-sand beaches, verdant rainforests and wild, rhythm-filled metropolises. Brazil’s attractions extend from frozen-in-time colonial towns to otherworldly landscapes of red-rock canyons, thundering waterfalls and coral-fringed tropical islands.
9 days / 8 nights – Rio De Janeiro ▪ Salvador ▪ Iguassu Falls
- Rio de Janeiro – chasing the samba scene in Lapa or wandering the village like streets of Santa Teresa;
- Salvador – considered one of the birthplaces of Brazilian culture;
- Iguassu Falls – one of the top destinations in South America.
Tour available as:
• Private tour –English-speaking local tour guide and pre-booked accommodation.
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro – Sugar Loaf
Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel along Copacabana Beach. This afternoon, your orientation begins with a cable car ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a tour of city sights, and a ride along the world-famous beaches. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro – Corcovado & Tijuca Forest
This morning you will be taken to one of Wonders of the World : The statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below. The perfect way to reach the summit is on the toy train which zig zags its way up through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca Forest where its possible see monkeys and parrots in the trees. Once on top you will have ample time to admire the views. Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 4: Rio de Janeiro-Salvador / Fokloric Show
Fly today to Salvador, where Brazil was born and her early history remains, both in colonial monuments and African folk culture. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Get acquainted with the main folkloric manifestations of the Bahian culture! In the evening departure from the hotel to the Miguel Santana Theatre located at Pelourinho district for a folkloric show, which presents the main manifestations of the African-Bahian culture, samba-de-roda, (circle samba, it is the most traditional form of samba and is a ritual preserved in some towns in Bahia), maculelê (a typical dance from Brazil), puxada de rede (a Brazilian folkloric theatrical play, seen in many capoeira performances), candomblé (an African religion practiced in Brazil), and others, with a wonderful capoeira presentation. After show, dinner at a local restaurant with typical Bahian food (tour not available on Sundays and Tuesdays). Overnight in Salvador.
Day 5: Salvador / Historical Tour
Your morning historical tour of Salvador ventures from the colonial-era slave auction site and grandiose baroque Sao Francisco Church, to the newer Upper City. Overnight in Salvador.
Day 6: Salvador
Enjoy a day at leisure to perhaps take in an optional tour to nearby cocoa plantations, cigar factory, and the pretty colonial towns of Cachoeira and Santo Amaro. Overnight in Salvador.
Day 7: Salvador-Iguassu Falls / Brazilian Falls & Macuco Boat tour
Fly this morning to the Brazil/Argentine border and transfer your hotel overlooking this unforgettable scene. Iguassu National Park is natural wonder of tropical nature, vistas, and 275 thundering cascades. Then set out on an escorted walking tour on the Brazilian side to strategic overlooks at a variety of levels. Trail winds towards the falls from the area in front of the hotel, populated by contis, long-tailed racoon-like creatures with a well-developed sense of tourists’ feeding habits. At its end, an elevator provides speedier access to a viewing platform at the foot of the falls.
This has become one of the most popular tours in the area. You will be taken to the Macuco Trail in the Iguaçu National Park, to board jeeps. Jeeps are the best form of transport in this rain forest because the road is unpaved but accessible year round. On this trip, passengers will get to know several different species of sub-tropical plants and trees, including orchids and the heart-of-palm, which grows in abundance at the park. With luck, animals and some of the beautiful birds of the region may be sighted. After a 3-km jeep ride, a 600-meter walking trek passing by the picturesque Macuco Falls, hidden in the forested canyon. The trail brings one to the banks of the Iguaçu River, where passengers will board a twin-engine boat (seating capacity: 25), specially designed for this river’s sailing conditions. Cruise up into the Iguassu Canyon, shooting several rapids and arrive at the very base of the majestic waterfalls. As the experienced pilot maneuvers in the midst of the falls themselves, passengers will have a completely different view and experience a thrill never forgotten.
Overnight in Iguassu Falls.
Day 8: Iguassu Falls / Argentinean Falls
Today, visit Iguassu from the Argentine side for a more extensive experience of the falls and surrounding rainforest. Departure from hotel, cross the border and the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguassu River, which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, tour takes a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguazu Park. To visit the Devil Throat we will take a electric train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until the trail where the walking tour begins to the visit the upper walkways which allows a different and more intimate contact with the falls and the rainforest. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – largest of the waterfalls. Return always by train to visit the upper Argentinean falls, including the San Martin Falls. If weather and time allows, a brief stop at the 3 Borders point, where Paraná and Iguassu Rivers as well as the borders or Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay encounter. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Iguassu Falls.
Note : Your itinerary will be reversed if you stay in a hotel at the Argentinean side.
Day 7: tour to Argentinean side of falls & Gran Aventura (Argentinean version for Macuco Boat Tour);
Day 8: free day;
Day 9: tour to Brazilian side of falls en route to the airport.
The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil’s outstanding natural beauty is a perfect backdrop for the joyous celebration of life that is so characteristic of its people.
In a dazzling country of pristine beaches, steamy tropical jungles and bustling cities, music and dancing are as integral to life as a great meal and a siesta. Skirted by 5,000 miles of palm-fringed coastline, the interior of Brazil is a wilderness of rainforests and wetlands teeming with exotic flora and fauna, through which flows the mighty Amazon River.
This waterway endows the country with some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural phenomena, from majestic waterfalls to the rich diversity of life in the Amazon Rainforest. Some of the oldest cities and the latest architecture co-exist alongside well-preserved colonial towns with cobbled streets. Brazil’s diverse population is a melting pot of three main ethnic groups comprising the indigenous natives of Brazil, European settlers and the descendants of Africans.
Whether it is fine dining or street food, Brazilian cuisine offers a considerable variety. ‘Feijoada’, considered the national dish, is a stew of black beans and various meats often washed down with ‘caipirinha’, a potent drink of lime and sugarcane liquor. ‘Churrasco’, are a variety of charcoal grilled meats served at local steakhouses called ‘churrascarias’.
Well-known for their music, Brazilian artistes play everything from rap, funk, jazz and rock to regional rhythms such as the swinging afro-axé pop in Salvador and the fast maracatu in the north-east. Brazil’s pursuit of the good life finds uninhibited expression in numerous bars, taverns and nightclubs in all its major cities. While the legendary Carnival is a non-stop party like no other, some other noteworthy celebrations include Reveillon, the New Year’s celebration at Rio de Janeiro, the Passion Play leading to Easter at Recife in north-eastern Brazil, the Celebration of Yemanjá, Goddess of the Sea in Salvador and the Sao Paulo Bienal, Latin America’s biggest arts event. Much of modern Brazil’s appeal is derived from its mix of the old and the new, from its reverence for tradition and its enthusiasm for the avant-garde in all aspects of life from architecture and culture to technology and business attitudes.