Buggy trips to Galinhos
Don't miss out on the Iguassu Falls adventure of a lifetime! On this tour from Foz do Iguaçu, explore the tropical flora and fauna of the Iguassu region in an open-top vehicle, hike a hidden trail and explore the waterfalls from the water itself! Great for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, this combo tour will be the talk of your Iguassu Falls vacation.
Where can you find an Alpine goat cheese dairy, a wacked-out sculpture garden, a beekeeper who makes his own honey cachaça , beautiful peaks and waterfalls, and some of Brazil's spiffiest hotels? They're all on the Circuito Turístico Tere-Fri, a 68km highway connecting the towns of Teresópolis and Nova Friburgo.
A number of operators are recommended. Natal Vans and Marazul offer several fairly standardized out-of-town trips, easily booked through your accommodation.
This three-hour round-trip climbs through open fields to a windswept saddle with gorgeous views of the serra .
Travelers have an opportunity to take a locally run cooking course, Cook in Rio . Run by Simone Theisen, who was the head chef and creator of the restaurant Fogo Carioca (now a bar), Cook in Rio teaches aspiring chefs how to make some of Brazil’s most famous dishes.
Enjoy a full and varied day trip by exploring Baía de Todos os Santos. You'll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, relax and catch some rays while bathing in the warm waters around the Ilha dos Frades and Itaparica.
Experience the adventure of a lifetime as you take the Iguassu River by storm and raft your way through Iguaçu Falls National Park. Enjoy views of Iguassu Falls from the river itself - a scenario not many can say they've been in before! With a professional guide and all necessary equipment included, this river-rafting adventure is for beginners and professionals alike.
Four hours by motorized canoe from Barcelos, this simple camp has good hiking and even better canoeing, exploring the islands and waterways of the labyrinthine Mariuá archipelago, with a chance to see birds, turtles, dolphins, even river otters.
The Boca da Onça Ecotour, 59km northwest of Bonito, is a nicely manicured 4km trail through the forest to a series of 11 waterfalls, a few of which you can take a chilly dip in.
Abismo de Anhumas , 20km west of Bonito, is like a journey to Middle Earth. It’s a 72m abyss culminating in an underground lake, home to incredible stalactite formations. The tour involves rappelling down to the bottom and snorkeling in the lake (visibility is 30m). You can also opt for diving if you have a basic certificate.
The second stop is for this two-hour safari, which includes a 3km trailer ride through the jungle, a 600m walk to a small waterfall and then a boat ride up towards the falls. Don’t confuse it with the Macuco trail on the Argentine side.
For years this was the preferred lodge of an agency selling upscale group packages. But it's operating independently now, so regular guidebook-toting travelers can enjoy the lodge's comfortable rooms and unblemished views from its perch atop a high riverbank in the Mamori-Juma area.
One of the country's loveliest racetracks, with a great view of the mountains and Corcovado, the Joquei Clube (Jockey Club) seats 35,000 and lies on the Gávea side of the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas opposite Praça Santos Dumont.
Seven kilometers southeast of Bonito, this reserve is home to the Aquário Natural and the Trilha dos Animais. The half-day tour includes snorkeling in a beautiful natural spring with 30 varieties of fish and subaquatic vegetation, and then a short 900m flotation in the Rio Baía Bonita.