Brazil Vacation Package – Highlights – Rio, Bahia, Noronha and Amazon (21N)

Travel to Brazil and experience its wonders with this 22 Day / 21 Night Travel Vacation Package and Tour that includes Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Fernando de Noronha and Amazon.

Brazil Vacation Package – Highlights – Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Fernando de Noronha and Amazon (21N)

This package includes some of the most popular and exciting destinations in Brazil: the unmissable Rio de Janeiro city, the pristine beaches of Búzios, the magic of Bahia state, the paradisiacal Fernando de Noronha island and the misterious Amazon.

Rio de Janeiro is a must for anyone coming to Brazil. The huge rocky and green hills surrounded by blue seas and white sands make this city a great visual spectacle. Not to mention the “carioca” way of life, mixing beach and beauty with music and culture. Just about 2 hours drive from Rio City is Búzios, a charming town that mixes simplicity and sophistication, with great restaurants and bars as well as chiq boutiques.

Salvador da Bahia was the first capital of Brazil and carries a lot of history in its streets. It´s the most African city in Brazil and this is very visible in the everyday life of its people, with baianas selling acarajés and other delicious bahian snacks of African origin as well as the sight of people practicing the Capoeira, a martial art∕dance, originally African, adapted by African slaves. Besides history, Salvador has great beaches and interesting places to visit.

An hour north of Salvador is Praia do Forte, a fishing village turned posh, all very tastefully. It has great shops and restaurants and a great beach with natural pools, not to mention Projeto Tamar, a project for the preservation of turtles.

Turquoise clear waters, an incredibly diverse tropical marine life and paradise beaches that have been absolutely preserved make Fernando de Noronha the ideal place for anyone who likes to dive, surf or just relax on the beach. Access to this incredibly beautiful volcanic archipelago of 21 islands is totally controlled, with visitors being allowed for a few days only. This ensures the place is 100% protected.

Known as the lungs of the earth, the Amazon certainly has an impact on our perception of our place in this world. The great river and rich immense forest where everything lives irrespective of what’s happening in the rest of the world makes everything else look small and unimportant.

The Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge and the Uacari Lodge will provide great opportunity to experience the river andjungle in different ways. The Anavilhanas Lodge, built with great environmental and preservation concern, bird watching tours, offers walking trails, boat tours, jungle night treks and survival tours. Uakari is a floating jungle lodge based near the small city of Tefe, off a tributary of the Solimoes River. The place is surrounded by wildlife and is a great base for observing all kinds of local species, like birds, caiman, pink dolphins, fish and so many more. Its floating cabins provide close contact with nature at all times.

Brazil Highlights 2 – Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Fernando de Noronha and Amazon Travel Vacation Package (21N)

Rio – 5 nights includes

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil:

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Rio.

Tours in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil:

  • Transfers airport -> hotel and hotel -> airport are included in this package.
  • City tour of Tijuca Forest, Corcovado (the Christ statue), sunset at the Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf Mountain) and other Hot Spots, including Santa Tereza, Chacara do Céu Museum, Vista Chinesa (Chinese Lookout point) and Mesa do Imperador (the Emperor’s Table).

Accommodation in Buzios – Brazil:

  • 3 nights at a hotel in Buzios.

Tours in Buzios – Brazil:

  • Transfers Rio -> Buzios and Buzios-> Rio are included in this package.
  • Day tour of the beaches.
  • Day tour of Arraial do Cabo and Prainha Beach

Bahia – 5 nights includes

Accommodation in Salvador – Brazil:

  • 2 nights at a Hotel in Salvador.

Tours in Salvador – Brazil:

  • Transfers airport -> hotel and hotel -> airport are included in this package.
  • Full Day Salvador City Tour featuring Pelourinho, a typical Bahian lunch, Mercado Modelo, and other historical sites.

Accommodation in Praia do Forte – Brazil:

  • 3 nights a hotel in Praia do Forte.

Tours in Praia do Forte – Brazil:

  • Transfers Salvador -> Praia do Forte and Praia do Forte -> Salvador are included in this package.
  • 4-Wheeler tour through Atlantic Forest with a river stop (1 adult per quad)
  • Canoe trip down the pristine Imbassai River
  • Typical Bahian lunch at Diogo – a fisherman village
  • Choice of 3 tours: Horseback riding, Sauipe River Catamaran or Sauipe Adventure Expedition

Fernando de Noronha – 4 nights includes

Accommodations in Fernando de Noronha- Brazil:

  • 4 Nights at a Hotel in Fernando de Noronha

Tours in Fernando de Noronha- Brazil:

  • Transfers airport -> hotel and hotel -> airport are included in this package.
  • Buggy rental for 4 days (most automobiles on the island are sand buggies).
  • Island tour
  • Trekking trail to Sancho bay from Dolphins viewpoint
  • Spinner Dolphin Boat tour
  • Acqua sub – snorkeling tour while being pulled behind a boat
  • Horseback ride – choice of along beaches or through mountains
  • Snorkeling with sea turtles

Amazon 7 nights includes

Accommodation in the Amazon – Brazil:

  • 4 nights at at an Amazon Jungle Lodge.

Tours in the Amazon – Brazil:

  • Transfers airport -> hotel and hotel -> airport are included in this package.
  • Jungle night trek looking for giant spiders and fluorescent fungus.
  • Jungle treks to see flora and fauna with demonstrations of survivial techniques.
  • Camping overnight in the jungle to experience the Amazon by night.
  • Visit an Igapo (flooded jungle) that includes a fishing experience and visit to a local Amazon community.
  • Amazon River Trip to view the meeting of the Amazon River and the Rio Negro.
  • Fishing trip & Pink Dolphin sighting, bird watching and alligator spotting.

Accommodation at Uakari Lodge – Amazon – Brazil:

  • 4 nights in one of the Uacari Lodge’s 5 floating cabins, situated off a tributary of the Solimoes River . The Lodge was designed for minimum environmental impact and is located inside the Mamiraua Reserve, the largest existing block of protected Amazonian rainforest.

Tours at Uakari Lodge – Amazon – Brazil:

  • Walking trails through the flooded forest (during the rainy season only boat trips are possible).
  • Native Indian Harpoon fishing.
  • Trip to Lake Mamiraua in motorized canoe to see a variety of wildlife.
  • Paddling trips in dugout canoes to see birdlife and fauna.
  • Trip to visit a local riverine “Caboclo” village.

Observations:

Transportation:

  • transfers and tours in private air-conditioned vehicles with your private English speaking guide. Due to the nature of some tours, some vehicles might not be air conditioned.

Adventure:

  • easy to moderate. The nature tours have a moderate adventure rating, requiring some paddling and 4-Wheeler driving.The lodges in the Amazon do not permit children under the age of 10.Tropical weather and direct sunlight demands sun protection and plenty of fluids.

Group Size:

  • Any group size.

Staff:

  • English-speaking guides will help you better understand and enjoy your Brazilian experience.

Day by Day Vacation Package Itinerary

This is a Sample Vacation Package that we have created for customers in the past.

Contact us for a Custom Package created just for you.

Day 1 – Rio de Janeiro State
A private driver will be awaiting your arrival in Rio de Janeiro to take you to your Hotel. After checking in, you may like to relax and perhaps have a meal. If you are particularly hungry, we suggest a typical Brazilian barbecue buffet restaurant called Porcão. If you feel like exploring the area around your hotel, we recommend a walk on Copacabana beach and a visit to the local shops and bars.

Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro State
After breakfast, a guide will take you in an air-conditioned vehicle to visit some of the unmissable sites of Rio city. On the way the Corcovado (the Christ statue), you will stop to visit Mesa do Imperador (the Emperor’s Table) and Vista Chinesa (Chinese Lookout point) before going into the Tijuca National Park. In the park, besides visiting the Taunay waterfall and the Mayrink Chapel, you are likely to see some beautiful tropical birds and plant species. The tour continues to the Corcovado, where you will enjoy the amazing 360 º views. You will then continue to Santa Tereza, a neighbourhood of Rio the, for its history and beauty has attracted artists and artisans. You will have a traditionally Brazilian lunch at one of the many great restaurants in the area. The next stop is Chácara do Céu Museum, where you will enjoy great panoramic views of Guanabara bay. Your tour will end at the Sugar Loaf with a spectacular sunset over the city and the bay. By this time, you may be ready to rest and get ready for dinner. We recommend Da Brambini (Italian seafood) in Praia do Leme. If your stay in Rio includes a free Sunday, we recommend the hippie fair (open-air handcrafts market) at Praça Gen Osório, in Ipanema. An evening dinner show (Samba show and dinner) is also available. We would be happy to book this for you, if you’re interested.

Day 3 – Buzios
After breakfast, you will be driven to your hotel in Búzios (approximately 2.5 hours). After check-in, your will visit the best beaches of downtown Buzios: Praia do Canto, Praia da Armação dos Ossos and the lovely and intimate Azeda and Azedinha. This is where the shops and restaurants are situated. It was Brigitte Bardot who put Buzios in the spotlight when she fell in love with what was then a small fishing village, in 1964. Then you will continue to Praia de João Fernandes and the more secluded beaches of Forno, Brava and Ferradura. Geribá is one of the trendiest among the young people, with many cool kiosks that offer cold drinks and snacks. Tartaruga Beach, more protected from the strong winds, where sea turtles lay their eggs, is the last stop. Take some time to relax on your return to the pousada before having dinner. Satiricon (seafood) is one of our recommended restaurants.

Day 4 – Buzios
Take this free day to relax and explore Buzios. Perhaps you would like to visit one or more of the beaches you saw yesterday. Or even take a walk around the village and visit the local shops and restaurants. Tonight our restaurant suggestion is the Italian pizzeria, Capricciosa.

Day 5 – Buzios
Another free day. This time we suggest snorkeling in Tartaruga Small Bay. The place is famous for its calm turquoise waters and is a great snorkeling point. You are guaranteed to see a many colorful fish and most probably a few sea turtles.

Day 6 – Salvador
On your way to Rio airport, after breakfast and check out, you will be taken to Arraial do Cabo and Prainha Beach. Arraial do Cabo was a fisherman village that has grew into a small city well known for its fresh fish and clear beaches. After the tour, your will be taken to the airport in Rio for your flight to Salvador. At the Salvador airport you will be met by your Bahian guide and driven to your hotel, where you will check in. Our dinner suggestion is Lambreta Grill, an award winning seafood café.

Day 7 – Praia do Forte
Today you will see the historic center of Salvador Pelourinho and will taste the delicious flavours of typical Bahian food. You will then visit the Mercado Modelo, a handcraft market that was once the merchandise and slave-trading outpost of the city. Great place to buy souvenirs, handicrafts and local products. Do not miss the catacombs below the market where the slaves were kept prior to sale.

Day 8 – Praia do Forte
Today you will be driven to Praia do Forte in a private vehicle on a trip that takes about an hour. After chek-in, we recommend lunch on the beach or at ‘Bar do Souza’; try their delicious and famous ‘bolinhos de peixe’ (Bahian-style fish cakes) and/or a fish or shrimp moqueca (Bahian stew). After lunch, perhaps you would like to visit the TAMAR PROJECT (turtle NGO) Visitor Center and walk on the beach to Papa Gente’s Natural Pools for snorkeling (much better when the tide is out – ask the locals). As the night comes, you may have worked an appetite. We suggest having dinner at one of the many restaurants on main street.

Day 9 – Praia do Forte
Today we have planned an 8-hour nature tour for you. Start by exploring the Sauipe region, where you will take a 4-Wheeler Tour through Atlantic forest vegetation and along rivers (1 adult per 4-wheeler). You will stop at the Sauípe River for a swim and go down the rapids on inner tubes and will have lunch at the fisherman village of Diogo. After lunch, you will take a canoe trip down river Imbassai. Back at Praia do Forte, dinner in town followed by a stroll around the village is our recommendation.

Day 10 – Praia do Forte
Today you may choose between one of 3 tours: Sauipe River Catamaran, Sauipe Adventure Expedition or Horseback riding. Sauipe River Catamaran Catamaran ride over 7km to the mouth of the River Sauipe, going through beautiful areas of coastal rainforest vegetation and mangroves. A knowledgeable guide will tell you about the local ecosystems. Here you will have the opportunity to swim and bird watch. Sauipe Adventure Expedition Go on a hike through local wetland vegetation to the banks of Sauipe river, where you will go on native wooden canoes and row to the mouth of the river, with the assistance of a guide. You will enjoy a refreshing dip in the river and the sea, before returning to your hotel in a 4×4 vehicle. Horseback riding The horseback ride will begin by going through a lake, then on sand dunes, followed by a trail through tropical forest to the great historical Castelo Garcia D’Avila. This 3.5 hours long ride will wind down along the beach back to the village. Take the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the area. You may like to take this opportunity to visit the Castelo Garcia D’Avila, which is one of the oldest castle ruins in Brazil and indeed South America.

Day 11 – Fernando de Noronha
After breakfast you will be driven to Salvador airport. From there you will take a flight to Recife (1 hour) and then another to Fernando de Noronha (1 hour). An English-speaking guide will meet you inside the Island tax paying area and take you to your hotel. You will then go on an island tour on a buggy with your guide. The tour will show you the entire island, so that you can better explore your favorite places on the days to come. We suggest dinner at a seafood restaurant near the port.

Day 12 – Fernando de Noronha
After breakfast you will follow the Sancho Trekking Trail to see the dolphins returning to their resting bay. In the afternoon a boat ride covering the inner sea of the island awaits you. There is good chance of spotting the island’s famous Spinner Dolphin as they depart their bay on their way to high sea for feeding. Dinner around town is recommended.

Day 13 – Fernando de Noronha
This morning you will do the Acquasub tour. This is a fun snorkeling activity where you are slowly pulled behind a boat with other Snorkelers. It is designed to allow you to snorkel covering longer distances. It is a fantastic activity you must experience. Take the afternoon to relax and do what you want. Pousada Zé Maria’s dinner is recommended for its delicious dishes designed by a Cordon Bleu chef.

Day 14 – Fernando de Noronha
Go on a 3-hour horseback ride with a choice of different trails, depending on your preference and experience, either through mountains or along beaches. Free afternoon to relax or go to your favorite spots.

Day 15 – Amazon
On your last day in Fernando de Noronha, you will go snorkeling with sea turtles at Sueste Beach. The natural pools of clear turquoise waters are full of marine life. This is one of the few places where a colony of white sea urchins can be seen (located on the right side of the bay by the remains of the old port). Shortly after lunch, you will be picked up and taken to the airport (for tis reason, lunch at your pousada is recommended). You will fly to Manaus and a guide from your Amazon Jungle Lodge will meet you at the airport. Check-in and dinner followed by a jungle night trek to see giant spiders and fluorescent fungi.

Day 16 – Amazon
Early breakfast at your lodge, followed by a jungle trek emphasizing the diversity of trees and plants and the ecosystem. After lunch you will departure to a survival camp where a nocturnal trek is planned.

Day 17 – Amazon
After breakfast you will go on a full day Amazon River trip on a canoe, where you will see the diversity of the region: giant waterlilies, gray and pink dolphins, birds, piranha and catfish as well as alligator spotting in the early evening.

Day 18 – Amazon
After check-out, you will be driven to the Manaus airport to catch a flight to Tefe. At Tefe airport, you will be met by a guide from Uakari Lodge and taken on a speed boat to the Lodge. The boat journey lasts about 1.5 hours. After lunch at the Lodge you will have some time to relax and settle in before going on a tour in the afternoon. The tour will be either a walking trail to see wildlife in the flooded forest, or a canoe trip through the small tributaries to see wildlife along the banks of the rivers.

Day 19 – Amazon
The day starts with breakfast at 7am to leave at 7:30 , the best time to see animals and also when it´s cooler and therefore more amenable to do jungle tours. You will come back for lunch and then have a couple of hours after lunch to rest and prepare for your afternoon tour. A book and video library are available. The afternoon tour starts at 3pm and returns at about 6pm. Dinner is served in the main dining room and sometimes the researchers from the Mamiraua Institute will join. You will have the opportunity to see a presentation of the flooded forest after dinner on one of the evenings during your stay.

Day 20 – Amazon
Your activities on the next 3 days will include a trip to Lake Mamiraua on a motorized canoe to a beautiful lake inside the Reserve, where you are likely to spot birds, monkeys, pink dolphins, black caiman and perhaps the pirarucu fish. Ssunset by the lake followed by nocturnal fauna spotting on your way back. On this night spotting you will be able to see various sized caimans.

Day 21 – Amazon
You will have daily walks (or canoe rides, depending on rainfall) along one of the jungle trails in the company of experienced guides, to see capuchin monkeys, howlers, uakaris, squirrel monkeys, three toed sloths and hoatzin birds among many other species. You will have the opportunity to try traditional native Indian harpoon fishing. Depending on how dedicated you are, you may be able to catch a variety of fish. You will visit a local riverine Caboclo village and interact and get to know the Amazonian population and way of life, besides buying souvenirs and arts and crafts made by the locals.

Day 22 – Amazon
You will you will be picked up and taken to the airport for your trip back home. We hope you will have enjoyed your trip and look forward to seeing you again in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Copacabana Palace Hotel
  • 4 star – Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
  • 4 star – Hotel Golden Tulip Regente
  • 4 star – Hotel Praia Linda
  • 4 star – Porto Bay International
  • 3 star – Augusto’s Copacabana
  • 3 star – Windsor Asturias
  • 3 star – Hotel Merlin Copacabana

Búzios Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Not applicable
  • 4 star – Pousada Casas Brancas
  • 4 star – Pousada Byblos
  • 4 star – Pousada dos Búzios
  • 3 star – Pousada Abracadara
  • 3 star – Atlântico Búzios Hotel

Iguassu Falls Brazilian Side Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Hotel das Cataratas
  • 4 star –Bourbon Cataratas
  • 4 star – Lois Suite Recoleta
  • 3 star – Best Western Tarobá

Salvador Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Aram Yami Hotel
  • 5 star – Pestana Convento do Carmo
  • 4 star – Casa das Portas Velhas
  • 4 star – Bahia Café Hotel
  • 3 star – Hotel Catarina Paraguaçu

Praia do Forte Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Tivoli Eco Resort
  • 5 star – Iberostar Praia do Forte
  • 4 star – Pousada Porto da Lua
  • 4 star – Porto Zarpa Hotel
  • 3 star – Not applicable

Fernando de Noronha Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Pousada Maravilha
  • 4 star – Pousada Ze Maria
  • 3 star – Pousada Solar dos Ventos
  • 3 star – Pousada Solar de Loronha

Amazon Hotel Options:

Manaus Hotel Options

  • 5 star – Tropical Manaus EcoResort (unfortunately this hotel has closed indefinitely)
  • 5 star – Hotel Villa Amazônia
  • 4 star – Blue Tree Premium Manaus

Amazon Jungle Lodge Options

  • 4 star – Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge
  • 4 star – Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
  • 4 star – Juma Jungle Lodge
  • 3 star – Cristalino Jungle Lodge
  • 3 star – Uacari Jungle Lodge