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8 days (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover Brazil's natural wonders on this comprehensive 7-night trip. Fly to the interior of Brazil from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to see some of the world's most spectacular waterfalls at Foz do Iguaçu. Search for wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands, the largest in the world, and take a dip in the crystal clear water that runs through Bonito's network of caves. This tour is limited to a small group of 12 people, and accommodation includes hotels, hammocks an an overnight sleeper class bus. 
  • 7-night Brazil tour, with flights from and to Rio de Janeiro
  • Feel the energy of Rio on a walking tour of Copacabana
  • Gaze in awe at the rushing waters of Iguassu Falls – seen from the Brazilian and Argentinean sides
  • Explore limestone caves and azure rivers in beautiful Bonito
  • Spot macaws, howler monkeys, giant otters and caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal – the world’s largest wetlands – and snooze in a hammock at night
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personal attention from your informative guide

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional guide
  • One-way airfare (Rio de Janeiro - Foz do Iguaçu)
  • One-way airfare (Campo Grande - Rio de Janeiro)
  • Entrance fees to Iguassu Falls (Brazilian and Argentinian sides)
  • Walking tour

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Additional activities
  • Departure tax (approx USD 36)

Departure Point

Tour departs from a centralized meeting location in Rio de Janiero. Exact address will appear on your voucher.

Departure Time

1pm

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Get a comprehensive overview of Brazil's natural highlights, from the beaches of Rio to the spectacular landscapes of the country's interior. Touring with a small group of 12 people or less ensures personalized attention from your guide and an intimate experience. Fly from Rio to Foz do Iguaçu, explore the country's diverse interior, then fly from Campo Grande back to Rio de Janeiro at the conclusion of your tour. Seven overnight stays include 4 nights in hotels, 2 nights sleeping in hammocks on the Pantanal plains and one overnight on a sleeper class bus in super comfortable reclining seats. The itinerary includes plenty of free time, as well as scheduled outdoor activities. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at your hotel any time before a welcome meeting at 1pm. (Look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where your meeting will take place.) Afterward, your guide will take your small group on a walking tour of Copacabana and its surroundings. Head to Copacabana beach where crowds of Cariocas (residents of Rio de Janeiro) swim, sunbathe and play games on the sand.

Consider arriving in Rio a few days early to explore ‘the marvelous city,’ bordered by beaches and lush mountain forests, on your own. You can ride a cable car up the slope of Sugarloaf Mountain or stand atop Corcovado at the foot of Christ the Redeemer, each with incredible views of Guanabara Bay. If you’d like, stroll past rows of palms and water lilies at Jardim Botanico, catch a soccer game at Maracana Stadium or visit the Contemporary Art Museum in nearby Niteroi (each at own expense).

Overnight: Copacabana Sol Hotel or similar in Rio de Janeiro

Days 2-3: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls – Campo Grande (B)
After breakfast, board a plane for an approximate two-hour flight from Rio de Janeiro to Foz do Iguaçu, a sizeable city and the gateway to the famous Iguassu Falls, which are situated on Brazil’s border with Argentina and Paraguay.

Spend two days exploring both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of the falls with your guide, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from each vantage point. Admire the sheer scale of the falls – a series of 270 cascades that altogether stretch almost one mile (3 km) across and reach up to 260 feet (80 meters) – wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls!

Watch in awe and listen to the booming sounds as powerful torrents descend at Iguassu, meaning 'Great Waters' in the indigenous Tupi-Guarani language. Listen as your guide shares the native legend of its origin – and learn the fate of a beautiful girl and her mortal lover who were chased down the river by a jealous serpent god. Learn more about the geology of Rio Iguaçu, which once flowed over a basalt riverbed that ended where the lava cooled, leaving the water to fall.

During your stay in Foz do Iguaçu, enjoy optional activities such as a visit to the Bird Park, for close-up views of birds of the subtropical forest, or a helicopter ride over the spectacular falls (each at own expense).

On the afternoon of Day 2, board an overnight bus to Campo Grande. Curl up for the night in your comfy, reclining seat; be sure to bring reading material or music, warm clothing and water for a comfortable ride. You may be offered a simple onboard dinner or stop at a service station to buy snacks and drinks.

Overnight: Del Rey Hotel or similar in Foz do Iguaçu (Day 2) and bus to Campo Grande (Day 3)

Day 4: Campo Grande – Bonito (B)
Travel by shared bus to Bonito, a small town that lives up to its name – ‘beautiful.’ This nature-lover's paradise, set amid a gorgeous landscape of emerald jungle and crystal-clear rivers, lies just outside of Brazil’s Pantanal – the world’s largest wetlands.

In Bonito, dive into some of the world’s most transparent rivers and swim under waterfalls in search of colorful fish, which thrive in the calcium-rich water. Discover gorgeous limestone caves and their fascinating stalactite formations above streams that sparkle a stunning blue.

Overnight: Solar do Cerrado Hotel or similar in Bonito

Days 5-6: Bonito – Pantanal (B on day 6, L, D)
Spend two days in the Pantanal, the largest wetland area in the world – straddling Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Home to thousands of species of animals and plants, the Pantanal covers a vast alluvial plain that was an inland sea sixty-five million years ago. Flooded seasonally by the Paraguay River, the region is one of the best places on the continent to spot diverse wildlife, including jabirus, macaws, howler monkeys, anacondas, giant otters, anteaters and caiman.

Itineraries vary depending on weather conditions, but you will have the opportunity to go fishing, swimming, canoeing and bird watching. Enjoy guided nature walks, exploring the bountiful wetlands in search of abundant wildlife.

Spend two nights sleeping in a hammock with mosquito netting in basic accommodations: With limited electricity and no hot water, your mosquito net-enclosed structure has waist-high brick walls and a rainproof palm frond roof. During free time, relax and dine in an enclosed common area, with protection from the elements and the mosquitoes! Enjoy basic, but tasty meals (inform your guide at the start of your trip for vegetarian or other dietary requirements).

Be sure to awaken early to see the breathtaking sunrise over Brazil’s Pantanal!

Overnight: Hammock at Fazenda Santa Clara in the Pantanal

Day 7: Pantanal – Campo Grande – Rio de Janeiro (B)
Travel by minivan to Campo Grande – an approximate three-hour drive from the Pantanal. From Campo Grande, board a plane for your one-way return flight to Rio de Janeiro (approx. 5 hours)

Enjoy your final night in Brazil and revel in Rio's amazing live music scene. Hang out at a bossa nova club in Ipanema or join the locals at one of the old dance halls in Lapa, where you can dance to a samba beat. Soak up the lively atmosphere as you toast your Brazil adventure with a delicious caipirinha!

Overnight: Copacabana Sol Hotel or similar in Rio de Janeiro

Day 8: Rio de Janeiro (B)
With no activities planned for your final day in Rio, you can depart from your accommodation at any time. Ask hotel reception for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities if you plan to prolong your stay.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
  • Note: it is recommended that you bring your own water bottle to fill up during your tour
  • Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share (1 or 2 people per room) or multi share (more than 2 people per room) basis
  • Hammock accommodation on this trip is very basic. Blankets are provided as necessary, but from June to September it can get quite cold so a sleeping bag is recommended. Electricity is limited, and there is no hot water
  • Note: If you're going to be late on Day 1, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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