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Brazil Discovery

15 days from £1,988 (was £2,339)

Cities, islands, wetlands and waterfalls!

Open-aged tour
Pantanal excursion
2 included flights
Group size: Max 16, Avg 10

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the party-time buzz of Rio de Janeiro
  • Explore Ilha Grande, an unspoilt island where cars are not permitted
  • See the mighty Iguassu Falls from both sides of the Argentina/Brazil border
  • Head inland and explore the beautiful landscapes of Bonito
  • Get up close to spectacular wildlife in the wetlands of the Pantanal
  • All accommodation and transport sorted – including 2 internal flights!

Trip Summary

See Brazil’s gorgeous coast and beautiful inland areas on this fantastic open-aged group tour. Kicking off in lively Rio de Janeiro, you’ll journey along the Atlantic coast, taking in the unspoilt island of Ilha Grande and the colonial town of Paraty, before jetting inland to see the mighty Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina. After the falls, you’ll discover the lush forest and aquamarine lakes of Bonito and the biodiversity of the Pantanal wetlands, before returning to Rio. Enjoy the culture, beaches and lush landscapes of Brazil on this action-packed 15-day trip!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Day 1: Welcome to Brazil!

Arrive into Brazil today and make your way to your starting accommodation in the city. There are no activities planned for today, so just ease yourself into the Brazilian way of life. You’ll meet the rest of your group and your tour guide at a welcome meeting this evening.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro

Experience the street life of this stunning city with a visit to a favela this morning. Watch a drumming demo, get a lesson in capoeira and try some local craft beers. You’ll have plenty of free time this afternoon to explore Rio, then, enjoy an evening on the town– every night’s like a carnival here!

Days 3 - 4: Ilha Grande

Leave the city behind and take a ferry to paradise. This unspoilt island is dedicated to an unplugged way of existence - cars aren’t permitted and electricity is limited. Chill on the stunning golden beaches and splash about in the sparkling turquoise sea. Optional activities include snorkelling, surfing, cycling and boat trips around the island.

Day 5-7: Paratay

Say goodbye to Ilha Grande and journey to the atmospheric cobbled streets of Paraty. Once a Portuguese colonial town, Paraty is a charming and laid-back place. Spend your time strolling around, sipping coffee on the streets and getting involved with optional activities, including visiting a Cachaça distillery, exploring the region on horseback or taking a day trip to the nearby beach town of Trindade.

Day 8 – 9: Iguacu Falls

Jump on a short internal flight today to the world-famous Iguacu Falls. These enormous waterfalls spread across an incredible 3 kilometres and form part of the natural border between Argentina and Brazil. During your stay, you’ll experience the falls from both sides of the border, taking in jaw-dropping viewpoints and hiking along marked trails to get the perfect photo angle. You can also opt to take a boat tour to the thundering base of the falls or get a bird’s eye perspective on an optional helicopter ride.

Day 10 - 11: Bonito

Our next destination is Bonito, a gorgeous region characterised by lush forests, underground lakes and free-flowing crystal-clear rivers. Optional activities include snorkelling, venturing into the ancient Gruta Azul cave, cave rappelling and waterfall tours.

Day 12 - 13: Pantanal

Time for an unforgettable wildlife excursion to the Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetlands. This vast area (about half the size of France!) is home to a rich and diverse range of wildlife, including howler monkeys, giant river otters and snuffling anteaters. Our evenings will be spent under canvas in hammocks, listening to the sounds of the wildlife all around.

Day 14: Rio de Janeiro

Today we’ll catch a short flight back to Rio de Janeiro. We’ll settle into our hotel and then enjoy a free evening to soak up the vibrant nightlife of the city. Raise a glass to this extraordinary Brazilian adventure and dance long into the night with the rest of your group!

Day 15: Rio de Janeiro / Depart

Your tour ends today in Rio. Check out of your accommodation and make your way back to the airport. Alternatively, you could hang around in Rio for a few more days of independent exploration!

2019 Itinerary

Please note the above itinerary is for 2020 start dates. If you are travelling in 2019 you will follow an amended itinerary. Please download the trip notes for further details.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

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  • 14 nights’ accommodation
  • Free time in Rio de Janeiro
  • Ilha Grande island stay
  • Paraty exploration time
  • Iguassu Falls visit
  • Pantanal wildlife excursion
  • All transport between included destinations (including 2 internal flights)
  • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 24-hour emergency support

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Most meals, snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities

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14 nights of shared accommodation are included on this trip. You will mainly stay in local hotels in shared rooms. 2 nights will be spent in a multi-share tented room with hammocks in Pantanal.

11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to explore Brazilian culture by sampling local delicacies. Your guide will recommend the best restaurants in each destination along the way.

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You should arrange your flight to arrive into Rio de Janeiro on your programme start date (day 1 of your trip). You will then need to make your way to your starting accommodation.  

Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

Your trip welcome meeting will be held at around 5pm at your joining point, please arrange to arrive in time to attend this meeting.

 

Your trip ends back in Rio on your programme end date (day 15), no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time. A return transfer is not included but is easy to arrange locally. Your guide will be on hand to help you organise onward travel.

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This is an open-aged trip, meaning that you will travel with people of all ages and backgrounds. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.

It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. British citizens do not currently need a visa to enter Brazil for stays of up to 90 days. Other nationalities may require a visa. Please check with your local Brazilian embassy for up to date visa information. 

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

The average group size is 10. The maximum is 16. This is an open-aged trip so you may travel with older people or families with children. This is a great way to meet new people and find out about other people’s lives as you explore beautiful Brazil.

We’re Travelling As A Couple. Can We Book A Private Room?

Private room upgrades are available at extra cost, although you will not be able to have a private room for the wildlife excursion in the Pantanal, as you will be sleeping in hammocks in a tented room. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Do I Need Any Vaccinations?

As we are not medically-trained, we are not legally allowed to advise you on this. You should make an appointment with your GP 6-8 weeks in advance of travel to find out about any travel vaccinations and medication you might need.

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