Wonders of Brazil

Classic, Rio de Janeiro to Rio de Janeiro

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. Experience Iguassu Falls — a series of falls so massive it straddles two countries and so intriguing you'll need two days to fully appreciate the view. Not to be outdone, the Pantanal wetlands are teeming with wildlife like caiman, jaguar, and exotic birds. Finally, trade early morning songbirds for some samba in Rio and the rhythm of the beach. This adventure provides natural and cultural highlights and the best Brazil has to offer.

What’s included

  • Your Discover Moment: Ilha Grande Your Discover Moment: Paraty Your Discover Moment: Bonito
  • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil & Argentina)
  • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2 days)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander the cobblestoned streets of colonial paraty
  • Live it up in rio de janeiro
  • Marvel at the thundering iguassu falls
  • Encounter wildlife and sleep in hammocks in the brazilian pantanal
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach

Itinerary

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to allow time for activities and to fully experience this vibrant city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Rio de Janeiro/Ilha Grande (1B) From Rio, head south along the Atlantic coast to one of the most picturesque, laid-back islands on the coast, llha Grande. Relax and walk the sandy beaches, or bathe in the warm waters of this island paradise. Transport: Local bus (2.50-3.50 hours, 151km) Ferry (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Ilha Grande (1B) Ilha Grande is a car-free island surrounded by beautiful nature. Opt to go for a hike, swim or sit at one of the beach bars.
Day 4 Ilha Grande/Paraty (1B) Travel up the coast to Paraty and wander the cobblestoned streets of this colonial beach side town. Transport: Ferry (1.50 hour(s)) Local bus (2.00 hour(s), 100km)
Day 5 Paraty (1B) With Paraty's stone streets and colonial architecture still standing, the town has some of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture in the world. The town is currently on UNESCO's tentative list to gain World Heritage Centre status. To preserve the historical ambience and walkability of the historic centre, only bicycle and pedestrian traffic are allowed in the area.
Day 6 Paraty Continue to enjoy the slow pace of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, or opt to take a day trip to Trindade to surf and relax on the beach.
Day 7 Paraty/Foz do Iguaçu Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo, maximizing your time to enjoy the falls. Included Activities: Iguassu Falls (Brazil Side) Guided Tour Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s), 1000km) Shared van (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 8 Foz do Iguaçu (1B) Explore trails that will bring you 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. Opt to take an inflatable boat to the base of the thundering falls. Additional Notes: If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Extra, you will do it on Day 6 when visiting the Argentine side of the falls. Please be aware, reciprocity fees may apply for Americans, Canadians and Australians when crossing the border into Argentina. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Brazil - Argentina) Iguassu Falls Visit Border Crossing (Argentina - Brazil)
Day 9 Foz do Iguaçu/Bonito (1B) Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito. Transport: Local bus (14.00 hour(s), 768km)
Day 10 Bonito Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.
Day 11 Bonito (1B) Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.
Day 12 Bonito/Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D) Experience the Pantanal, an immense wetland area famed for its profuse wildlife. A 2-day excursion allows visitors to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Additional Notes: Please note, while on the rustic excursion in Pantanal the nights will be spent in hammocks. Included Activities: Pantanal Wildlife Excursion Transport: Shared van (5.00 hour(s))
Day 13 Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D) Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman. Included Activities: Pantanal Wildlife Excursion
Day 14 Pantanal/Rio de Janeiro (1B) Transfer to Campo Grande and fly back to Rio before arriving to the centrally located hotel in Copacabana. Transport: Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours) Please note you will be arriving back to Rio airport at approximately 7pm because there are no direct flights from Campo Grande to Rio. Depending on the schedule there may be a stopover in Sao Paolo. Plane (1.50-3.00 hours)
Day 15 Rio de Janeiro (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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