Brazil Journey

National Geographic Journeys, Foz do Iguaçu to Rio de Janeiro

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From the sizzling heat of its nightlife to the cooling shade of its jungles, Brazil's cultural and natural treasures are just waiting to be discovered over these nine unforgettable days. Wander the colonial streets of UNESCO World Heritage site Paraty, stand in awe of incredible Iguassu Falls, and discover for yourself the famously beautiful beach in Rio. Make the most out of your time in Brazil with this unique itinerary.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Iguazú Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture, Foz do Iguaçu National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit, Paraty
  • Arrival transfer
  • Tour both sides of Iguassu Falls
  • Lecture with a biologist and botanist
  • São Paulo local sites and foods tour
  • Visit an Afro-Brazilian community and enjoy a local meal
  • Schooner tour to Paraty's nearby islands and beaches
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Explore both sides of iguassu falls
  • Visit an afro-brazilian community for a unique cultural experience and a delicious meal
  • Relax and sun on the beautiful beaches of rio de janeiro
  • Opt to visit christ the redeemer and sugar loaf


Day 1 Foz do Iguaçu Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Foz do Iguaçu (1B) Spend two days exploring the tri-border region where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet at the junction of the Paraná and Iguazú river. The focus will be on magnificent Iguassu falls. In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both Brazilian and the Argentinean sides. Enjoy included visits to these sides and experience an exhilarating optional boat tour, or a trip to the bird sanctuary on the Brazilian side of the falls. Additional Notes: Note: If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Theme Pack, you will do it on Day 3 when visiting the Argentine side of the falls. Included Activities: Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Iguazú Falls, Flora and Fauna Lecture
Day 3 Foz do Iguaçu (1B) As if imposing Iguassu Falls – with its 275 waterfalls – couldn’t get more impressive, the area surrounding this natural wonder is home to jaguars, ocelots, anteaters, and large toucans, among others. The falls and the national park by the same name were named UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1984. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Foz do Iguaçu/São Paulo (1B, 1L) Fly to São Paulo and discover the city through gastronomy and architecture. Visit some of the city's most noted sites and along the way a specialist guide will also share knowledge of popular local cuisine. Additional Notes: São Paulo is a huge, vibrant and very busy city. Traffic can be difficult and even driving short distances can be taxing. Please be patient, sit back and enjoy the city views. Included Activities: São Paulo City and Food Tour Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 5 São Paulo/Paraty (1B, 1L) Drive to colonial Paraty. Visit an Afro-Brazilian community for a unique cultural interaction and enjoy a traditional meal. Opt to visit a cachaça distillery. Included Activities: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 298km)
Day 6 Paraty (1B, 1L) Enjoy an included schooner tour of the harbour's many islands and beaches. Included Activities: Paraty Bay Boat Tour
Day 7 Paraty/Rio de Janeiro (1B) This massive city gets as many as five million international tourists every year to sip caipirinhas on the beach, dance the samba in the city’s streets, and ascend Corcovado Mountain to see the truly monumental Christ the Redeemer up close. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 241km)
Day 8 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Explore vibrant Rio; sun, beach, and nightlife await. Opt to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Day 9 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day