Brazil

Iguazu waterfalls
Iguazu waterfalls
Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer

Endless attractions in one enchanting country

A vast South American country, Brazil’s attractions are endless. Imagine white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and dramatic waterfalls with small colonial towns that contrast with large cities full of energy and rhythm. Its history, culture, religion, and passion for food all intertwine, and we relish the opportunity to unravel it. Stand before one of the New Seven Wonders of the World at the Christ the Redeemer statue, feel the spray from the powerful Iguazu Falls and let us treat you to an authentic cookery class that offers a taste of regional cuisine. Alongside martial arts and dance workshops, and visits to villages where local ways of life can be observed, this tour is an all-encompassing introduction to the many highlights of vibrant Brazil.

  • Embark upon a journey through Brazil, which starts in Rio de Janeiro and takes in Iguazu Falls, has a brief stop in Argentina and finishes in Salvador, travelling by plane, boat, jeep, and even cable car
  • Visit UNESCO-listed sites that include Christ the Redeemer – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – and the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls
  • Explore Tijuca National Park, considered the largest urban forest in the world and boasting an incredibly rich biodiversity
  • Take some free time to discover the glorious and very lively beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
  • Cachaça and caipirinha tastings, learn to cook the dish moqueca, take a samba workshop, and be introduced to the Brazilian martial art of capoeira

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

London – Rio de Janeiro

Take an overnight flight from London to Rio. 

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro

On arrival in Rio we’ll be met by our Tour Host, who will escort us to our hotel and join us for dinner on our first night in this vibrant seaside city.

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro

We start our day with gusto travelling by convertible Jeep, perfect for taking in all the sights and sounds as we head to Corcovado. Passing by lush vegetation, birdlife and maybe even some sloths along the way, we arrive at the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We continue on our journey, entering the Tijuca National Park, which is considered to be the largest urban forest in the world. Amazing indeed to discover that this forest is, in fact, in the middle of a large cosmopolitan city such as Rio. “Cariocas”, the locals of Rio, are known for their carefree spirit and charm, which we’ll become more familiar with as we engage with them during several activities that follow during our tour. Lunch and a visit to the charming bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, which is full of artists, is followed by a cachaça tasting. Similar to rum, it can be enjoyed on its own or used to prepare a caipirinha – a delightful drink that is famous all over Brazil – which we learn how to make and will then enjoy.

Day 4

Rio de Janeiro

This morning we take part in a cookery class, where we learn how to prepare moqueca. A traditional dish of the Bahian and African culinary heritage, it was brought over by the slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries. Next, it’s on to a different tradition – carnival. The one in Rio is well-known and the biggest in the world, so this afternoon we enjoy a hands-on carnival experience at a samba school, where we gain an understanding of the dance’s history and music, and we learn how the parades became a trademark of Rio itself. The February 2021 tour includes tickets to the Champion’s Parade, which starts in the evening and finishes in the early hours.

Day 5

Rio de Janeiro

After a morning relaxing on Copacabana beach, we head to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, a peak at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. We travel to the top of the mountain by cable car, the perfect place for a breathtaking 360-degree view of Rio. Descending down and stopping off at Morro da Urca, there is time to enjoy a refreshing cocktail as we watch the sun setting and the city preparing itself for another night of fun.

Day 6

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro – or River of January in English – is one of the most important cultural and economic cities in Brazil. On an orientation tour this morning, we’ll visit downtown Rio, the Olympic Boulevard and the port area, all the while gaining an insight into the city’s history and architectural influences. We also visit two museums, the Rio Art Museum and, in contrast, the Museum of Tomorrow. Lunch is a real treat today in one of the city’s gourmet landmarks, Confeitaria Colombo – a living portrait of the Belle Époque.

Day 7

Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

It’s time to leave Rio behind and fly to Iguazu Falls. After settling in to our hotel, we visit the Bird Park, which is situated in four hectares of native sub-tropical forest and home to over 500 birds, both indigenous and from other continents.

Day 8

Iguazu Falls

Following a trail through the lush vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, we arrive at what is the spectacle of more than 240 falls that form the horseshoe-shaped Iguazu Falls. A glass elevator moves us slowly up the cliff-face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. When the water is high, the volume is staggering – without question a truly unique and spectacular sight. A tough act to follow, but by Jeep we are taken to the Macuco Trail in the Iguazu National Park. Different species of sub-tropical plants are in abundance here and we may even spot endemic wildlife. After the Jeep ride, we have a short trek on foot to jump on board a twin-engine boat and cruise up into the Iguazu Canyon, arriving at the base of the majestic waterfalls – be prepared to get wet!

Day 9

Iguazu Falls

The Tancredo Neves bridge takes us over the border to Argentina. After a scenic drive to the Argentine Iguazu Park we visit the falls and then, by train and on foot, we come to the famous devil’s throat. Itaipu Dam, which we visit afterwards, may be controversial, but is without question a true engineering feat. This evening’s barbecue dinner is followed by a Latin music show, where we have the chance to test out the fantastic samba techniques we picked up earlier in the tour.

Day 10

Iguazu Falls – Salvador

Our adventure continues as we fly onwards to Salvador. After a traditional “Senhor do Bonfim” welcome at the airport, we will allow for some time to relax at our hotel before meeting up again for dinner later this evening.

Day 11

Salvador

As we explore Salvador this morning, we’ll encounter Portuguese colonial architecture and Afro-Brazilian culture as reflected in the city’s historical buildings, museums and in some of its many churches. We learn about the Brazilian martial art called capoeira, which incorporates several elements of the African culture – fighting, acrobatics and dance – and we are invited to have a go at it ourselves. After lunch, we take time to browse the stalls at the Mercado Modelo, a handicrafts market housed in the old Customs House. We have a chance to mix with the locals, who are open to a spot of bartering if you have your eye on some souvenirs. Before dinner, we enjoy a Brazilian show that features dances from historical right through to contemporary in style.

Day 12

Salvador

Our scenic journey today takes us to Praia do Forte. Aside from being one of Brazil’s most attractive beaches, it is a haven that preserves the nesting grounds of sea turtles, protected by a barrier reef. The TAMAR Project here is an eco-museum, allowing visitors to observe sea turtles and sharks in large outdoor tanks. It is one of the first centres to protect a number of endangered species of sea turtle, including the leatherback turtle. Before returning to Salvador, we also visit the local village. Tonight is our farewell dinner, where we will have the chance to reflect on the diversity of this tour and share our own personal highlights with fellow travellers.

Day 13

Salvador - London

Our morning is free to spend at leisure. After we check out of our hotel, we enjoy a late lunch in a restaurant with views across Baía de Todos os Santos, a large bay that surrounds part of the city of Salvador. Afterwards, we make our way back to the airport and depart for our flights back to London.

Day 14

London

After an overnight flight we arrive back in London.

Itinerary 2021

Day 1

London – Rio de Janeiro

On arrival in Rio we’ll be met by our Tour Host, who will escort us to our hotel and join us for dinner on our first night in this vibrant seaside city.

Day 2

Rio de Janeiro

We start our day with gusto travelling by convertible Jeep, perfect for taking in all the sights and sounds as we head to Corcovado. Passing by lush vegetation, birdlife and maybe even some sloths along the way, we arrive at the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We continue on our journey, entering the Tijuca National Park, which is considered to be the largest urban forest in the world. Amazing indeed to discover that this forest is, in fact, in the middle of a large cosmopolitan city such as Rio. “Cariocas”, the locals of Rio, are known for their carefree spirit and charm, which we’ll become more familiar with as we engage with them during several activities that follow during our tour. Lunch and a visit to the charming bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, which is full of artists, is followed by a cachaça tasting. Similar to rum, it can be enjoyed on its own or used to prepare a caipirinha – a delightful drink that is famous all over Brazil – which we learn how to make and will then enjoy.

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro

This morning we take part in a cookery class, where we learn how to prepare moqueca. A traditional dish of the Bahian and African culinary heritage, it was brought over by the slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries. Next, it’s on to a different tradition – carnival. The one in Rio is well-known and the biggest in the world, so this afternoon we enjoy a hands-on carnival experience at a samba school, where we gain an understanding of the dance’s history and music, and we learn how the parades became a trademark of Rio itself. The February 2021 tour includes tickets to the Champion’s Parade, which starts in the evening and finishes in the early hours.

Day 4

Rio de Janeiro

After a morning relaxing on Copacabana beach, we head to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, a peak at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. We travel to the top of the mountain by cable car, the perfect place for a breathtaking 360-degree view of Rio. Descending down and stopping off at Morro da Urca, there is time to enjoy a refreshing cocktail as we watch the sun setting and the city preparing itself for another night of fun.

Day 5

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro – or River of January in English – is one of the most important cultural and economic cities in Brazil. On an orientation tour this morning, we’ll visit downtown Rio, the Olympic Boulevard and the port area, all the while gaining an insight into the city’s history and architectural influences. We also visit two museums, the Rio Art Museum and, in contrast, the Museum of Tomorrow. Lunch is a real treat today in one of the city’s gourmet landmarks, Confeitaria Colombo – a living portrait of the Belle Époque.

Day 6

Rio de Janeiro - Iguazu Falls

It’s time to leave Rio behind and fly to Iguazu Falls. After settling in to our hotel, we visit the Bird Park, which is situated in four hectares of native sub-tropical forest and home to over 500 birds, both indigenous and from other continents.

Day 7

Iguazu Falls

Following a trail through the lush vegetation of the Atlantic Forest, we arrive at what is the spectacle of more than 240 falls that form the horseshoe-shaped Iguazu Falls. A glass elevator moves us slowly up the cliff-face for an exquisite view from the upper deck. When the water is high, the volume is staggering – without question a truly unique and spectacular sight. A tough act to follow, but by Jeep we are taken to the Macuco Trail in the Iguazu National Park. Different species of sub-tropical plants are in abundance here and we may even spot endemic wildlife. After the Jeep ride, we have a short trek on foot to jump on board a twin-engine boat and cruise up into the Iguazu Canyon, arriving at the base of the majestic waterfalls – be prepared to get wet!

Day 8

Iguazu Falls

The Tancredo Neves bridge takes us over the border to Argentina. After a scenic drive to the Argentine Iguazu Park we visit the falls and then, by train and on foot, we come to the famous devil’s throat. Itaipu Dam, which we visit afterwards, may be controversial, but is without question a true engineering feat. This evening’s barbecue dinner is followed by a Latin music show, where we have the chance to test out the fantastic samba techniques we picked up earlier in the tour.

Day 9

Iguazu Falls – Salvador

Our adventure continues as we fly onwards to Salvador. After a traditional “Senhor do Bonfim” welcome at the airport, we will allow for some time to relax at our hotel before meeting up again for dinner later this evening.

Day 10

Salvador

As we explore Salvador this morning, we’ll encounter Portuguese colonial architecture and Afro-Brazilian culture as reflected in the city’s historical buildings, museums and in some of its many churches. We learn about the Brazilian martial art called capoeira, which incorporates several elements of the African culture – fighting, acrobatics and dance – and we are invited to have a go at it ourselves. After lunch, we take time to browse the stalls at the Mercado Modelo, a handicrafts market housed in the old Customs House. We have a chance to mix with the locals, who are open to a spot of bartering if you have your eye on some souvenirs. Before dinner, we enjoy a Brazilian show that features dances from historical right through to contemporary in style.

Day 11

Salvador

Our scenic journey today takes us to Praia do Forte. Aside from being one of Brazil’s most attractive beaches, it is a haven that preserves the nesting grounds of sea turtles, protected by a barrier reef. The TAMAR Project here is an eco-museum, allowing visitors to observe sea turtles and sharks in large outdoor tanks. It is one of the first centres to protect a number of endangered species of sea turtle, including the leatherback turtle. Before returning to Salvador, we also visit the local village. Tonight is our farewell dinner, where we will have the chance to reflect on the diversity of this tour and share our own personal highlights with fellow travellers.

Day 12

Salvador - London

Our morning is free to spend at leisure. After we check out of our hotel, we enjoy a late lunch in a restaurant with views across Baía de Todos os Santos, a large bay that surrounds part of the city of Salvador. Afterwards, we make our way back to the airport and depart for our flights back to London.

Day 13

London

After an overnight flight we arrive back in London.

What's Included

  1. A Tour Host throughout
  2. Transport as detailed
  3. Accommodation
  4. All activities, and entries to all sites & museums
  5. Return flights from London & all other transport as detailed

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