The Best of Brazil

Comfort, Rio de Janeiro to Rio de Janeiro

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From the heat of Rio’s nightlife to the chilled out atmosphere of Ilha Grande, discover the treasures of Brazil on this comfortable week-long adventure. You’ll wander the colonial streets of Paraty—it’s a UNESCO heritage site and quite possibly the prettiest spot on the planet—and savour seafood and life without cars on the island of Ilha Grande. Stand in awe of awesome Iguassu Falls deep in the interior, then marvel at it from Argentina’s side. Brazil awaits—let’s make the most of it.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit, Paraty
  • Arrival transfer
  • Schooner tour to Paraty's nearby islands and beaches
  • Visit an Afro-Brazilian community and enjoy a local meal
  • Tour both sides of Iguassu Falls
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Chill out on the remote and relaxed island of ilha grande
  • Cruise on a schooner to pristine islands and beaches while sipping a caipirinha
  • Visit a local afro-brazillian community and share a meal
  • Get misty at the mighty iguassu falls
  • Feel the energy of rio de janeiro


Day 1 Rio de Janeiro Referred to as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvellous City), few cities enjoy such a dramatic setting as Rio. Brilliant, white beaches in Copacabana and Ipanema, the deep blue waters of the Atlantic, the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay, and the bare blue slopes of the Sugar Loaf combine to make Rio unique. Standing over it all, at the top of Corcovado mountain, is the huge statue of Christ the Redeemer; the best place to appreciate the city. Head to some of the famous beaches, and prepare yourself for an unforgettable visit. Additional Notes: We recommend booking pre or post accommodation in Rio to get the most out of this remarkable city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande (1B) Travel by land and ferry to one of the most picturesque and laid-back islands on the coast, Ilha Grande. Optional activities include jungle hikes, boat excursions and visiting secluded beaches. Transport: Shared van (3.00-3.50 hours, 150km) Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Ilha Grande (1B) Free time to hike and explore the island's beaches or take an optional boat tour.
Day 4 Ilha Grande/Paraty (1B, 1L) Paraty's bay is filled with more than 65 tropical islands and dozens of beaches. Each offer something different, and are covered with vegetation that remains lush and colourful year-round. The bay's water is always the right temperature for swimming, diving, and snorkeling. Included Activities: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Shared van (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 5 Paraty (1B, 1L) Enjoy an included schooner tour of the harbour's many islands and beaches. Included Activities: Paraty Bay Boat Tour
Day 6 Paraty/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 Foz do Iguaçu, or Iguassu falls. In order to see the falls properly you need to view them from both the Brazilian and the Argentinean side. Included visit to both the Argentine and Brazilian side of the Falls. Experience an exhilarating optional boat tour at the falls 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 7 when visiting the Argentine side of the falls. Included Activities: Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours) Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km)
Day 7 Foz do Iguaçu (1B) Explore trails directly over the falls of the Devil's Throat — the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil) Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 8 Foz do Iguaçu/Rio de Janeiro (1B) Fly back to Rio and relax at our centrally-located hotel in Copacabana. Option to take in a Samba show. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day