Brazil Travel Package – Highlights – Rio, Iguazu Falls, Bahia and Amazon (14N)

Travel to Brazil and experience the Amazon, Beaches and Iguazu Falls with this 15 Day / 14 Night Vacation Package and Tour that includes Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Iguazu Falls, Salvador and the Amazon.

Brazil Travel Package – Highlights – Rio, Iguazu Falls, Bahia and Amazon (14N)

With this package you will visit some of Brazils most famous destinations – the city of Rio de Janeiro; the beautiful beach destination of Buzios; the spectacular Iguazu Falls; Salvador da Bahia, Brazils first capital city; the tranquil fisherman’s village of Praia do Forte and the legendary Amazon Rainforest.

Rio de Janeiro is called the “Marvelous City” by its inhabitants, the Cariocas, is indeed one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. Uniquely situated on a narrow strip of land between green mountains and the deep blue sea, it is surrounded by coves, white sand beaches and granite based peaks, the most famous of which is the Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf). Búzios, once a tranquil fishing village, is home to some of Brazils most stunning beaches, exotic boutiques, hip restaurants and bars, and unique architecture offering a very relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere.

The Iguazu Falls are considered to be one of the seven wonders of the modern world and, at over 3km (1.9 miles) wide and 80m (263 ft) high, their beauty is unsurpassed.

Salvador, known for its history, culture and beauty and Praia do Forte, a quaint fisherman village, known for its beaches, restaurants and artisan shops will give you a glimpse of what the northeastern state of Bahia has to offer in terms of rich history, culture and natural beauty.

The Amazon is the planets greatest rainforest and contains a wealth of life richer than any place else on earth. Once of the best places to see some of this incredible wildlife is at an Amazon Jungle Lodge. The Jungle Lodges, specially selected by us due to their abundant wildlife, will enhance your contact with the surrounding nature. The Lodges offer walking trails, bird watching tours, boat tours, jungle night treks and survival tours. The Jungle Lodges are truly unique places situated only a few hours from Manaus.

This package offers privately guided city tours as well as nature tours to some of the most amazing sites in Brazil whilst staying at very comfortable and relaxing accommodations in hotels and pousadas.

Rio 5 nights includes:

Accommodation in Rio:

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Tours:

  • City tour of Tijuca Forest, Corcovado (the Christ statue), sunset at 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 Emperors Table).

Accommodation in Buzios:

  • 3 nights at a hotel in Buzios

Tours:

  • Day tour of the beaches.
  • Day tour of Arraial do Cabo and Prainha Beach.

Iguazu Falls 2 nights includes

Accommodation:

  • 2 Nights at a hotel in Iguazu Falls

Tours:

  • Half day Macuco Safari Boat and rafting.
  • Tour of the Brazilian side of the Iguazu Falls, lunch, and tour of the falls from the Argentinian side.
  • Trip to Parque das Aves (Bird Park).

Bahia 3 nights includes:

  • Accommodation in Salvador:
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Salvador

Tours:

  • Full Day Salvador City Tour featuring Pelourinho, a typical Bahian lunch, Mercado Modelo, and other historical sites.

Accommodation in Praia do Forte:

  • 1 night at a hotel in Praia do Forte.

Amazon – 4 nights includes:

Accommodation:

  • 4 nights at an Amazon Jungle Lodge

Tours:

  • Jungle treks to see flora and fauna with demonstrations of survival techniques
  • River trip to 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.

Observations:

Transportation:

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

Adventure:

  • Easy. All ages are welcome. The walking tours to see the falls require climbing up and down steps to get a good view of the falls. Tropical weather and direct sunlight demands sun protection and plenty of fluids.

Group Size:

  • Any group size.

Staff:

  • your private 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
You will arrive in Rio de Janeiro and be met at the airport by a private driver who will take you to your Hotel. After checking in, you may want to relax and have some lunch. We suggest lunch at Porcão, a Brazilian barbecue buffet restaurant. In the afternoon you might like to take a wander around Copacabana and visit the famous beaches near your hotel.

Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro State
Today you will be taken by air-conditioned Land Rover on a city tour to visit some of the most famous sites of Rio. Driving on the scenic Castorina Road towards the Corcovado (the Christ statue) you will stop to see the Mesa do Imperador (the Emperor’s Table) and the Vista Chinesa (Chinese Lookout point) before entering the Tijuca National Park. In the park you will visit the principal hotspots: the Taunay Waterfall, the Mayrink Chapel and not to mention the view of the beautiful flora and fauna of the forest and the sounds of the Atlantic Forest birds. Still driving through tranquil scenic roads in the Tijuca National Park, the tour will take you across the top of the mountain in the direction of Corcovado. After experiencing the panoramic 360° views from the top of the Corcovado, your next stop will be the neighborhood of Santa Tereza, a historical district of old Rio, where artisans and artists live and work. You will be able to visit authentic local artisan stores and have lunch in one of the local restaurants, where you will experience the flavors of Brazilian cuisine. After lunch you will visit the Chácara do Céu Museum, a special place where nature, panoramic views of the Guanabara Bay and art are in total harmony with the landscape. Ending your tour at the Sugar Loaf, where you will be able to watch the magnificent sunset over the city and the bay, you will no doubt have fallen in love with this enchanted city. We suggest dinner at Da Brambini (Italian seafood) in Praia do Leme. If you happen to be in Rio on a Sunday the hippie fair (open-air handcrafts market) at Praça Gen Osório in Ipanema is worth a visit. There is an evening dinner show (Samba show and dinner) also available. Please let us know if you would like us to book this for you.

Day 3 – Buzios
On your last day in the city of Rio de Janeiro you will check out of your Hotel after breakfast, after which you will be driven in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Buzios, (approximately a 3 hour trip) After checking in at your pousada your driver will take you on a tour of the beaches and you will discover how each beach has its own charm and why Buzios is so famous for its beautiful beaches. Praia do Canto, Praia da Armação dos Ossos and the lovely and intimate Azeda and Azedinha are the beaches which are closest to the “downtown” area, where the shops and restaurants are located. These beaches became famous worldwide because they are the beaches that Brigitte Bardot fell in love with when visiting the city in 1964, then a fishermen village. Driving along the peninsula is Praia de João Fernandes, and on the other side are the more secluded beaches of Forno, Brava and Ferradura. The longest beach is Geribá and one of the trendiest among the young crowd and surfers, with lots of cool kiosks that offer cold beverages and snacks. Tartaruga Beach is our last stop, which is where sea turtles lay their eggs, and is more protected from the strong winds. On your return to the pousada you may want to relax before having dinner. We suggest dinner at Satiricon (seafood).

Day 4 – Buzios
Today is free to relax and enjoy Buzios. You may want to visit one or more of your favorite beaches which you discovered yesterday, and perhaps take a walk around the village and visit the local boutiques and restaurants. Tonight our dinner suggestion is at the Italian pizzeria, Capricciosa.

Day 5 – Buzios
On the fifth day of your trip we suggest snorkeling in Tartaruga Small Bay. The bay is well known for its tranquil and turquoise waters and is the best snorkeling point on the Buzios coast. You are guaranteed to see a plethora of colorful fish and most probably some sea turtles.

Day 6 – Iguazu Falls Argentina
On the morning of your last day in Buzios a tour of Arraial do Cabo and Prainha Beach awaits you. This tour will be taken on your way back to Rio as it is en route. You will check out of your hotel and say goodbye to Buzios. Your driver will collect you and take you on your final tour. Every year Prainha Beach in Arraial do Cabo makes the top ten lists of the best beach destinations in Brazil. It lies in front of a channel that is surrounded by sand banks, turquoise water and beautiful white sand dunes, making it a favorite sailing and scuba-diving point. Just in across from the beach is the small island of Cabo Frio, a Nature Reserve, what makes this place even more magical and appealing. Arraial do Cabo was a fisherman village that has evolved into a small city renowned for its fresh fish and pristine beaches. The Tour will take no more than 2 hours. After the tour your driver will take you to the airport in Rio, where you will catch a flight to Iguazu Falls. At the airport in Iguazu Falls you will be met and driven to your hotel where you will check in. We suggest dinner at the Restaurant Clube Maringá – their specialty is fresh water fish from the region.

Day 7 – Iguazu Falls Argentina
Your second day at the falls will comprise a full day tour of both sides of the falls. Firstly, you will be taken on a 3-hour tour of the Brazilian side of the falls by a private English-speaking guide. You will follow a trail inside the sub-tropical forest, which includes a visit to the bottom of Salto Floriano (Floriano Falls). During the walk there is an impressive view of the Devil’s Throat from a bridge. At the end of your tour an elevator will take you up to the top of the falls. After your tour of the Brazilian side, there will be a break for lunch. Then on to see the Argentinian side of the Iguacu Falls (4-hour tour). You will be taken across the border into Argentina by private vehicle, into the Parque National del Iguazu, 40 km away from the Brazilian border. Once in Argentina you will go on a walking tour of the falls. The views are magnificent, especially the one right on top of the Devil’s Throat, which is reached by a little boat taking you through breathtaking scenery. Throughout the day you will see numerous rainbows, hundreds of beautiful butterflies, lots of friendly little South American coatis, and dozens of exotic birds. (The entire tour takes about 8 hours).

Day 8 – Salvador
On the morning of your last day in Buzios a tour of Arraial do Cabo and Prainha Beach awaits you. This tour will be taken on your way back to Rio as it is en route. You will check out of your hotel and say goodbye to Buzios. Your driver will collect you and take you on your final tour. Every year Prainha Beach in Arraial do Cabo makes the top ten lists of the best beach destinations in Brazil. It lies in front of a channel that is surrounded by sand banks, turquoise water and beautiful white sand dunes, making it a favorite sailing and scuba-diving point. Just across from the beach is the small island of Cabo Frio, a Nature Reserve, that makes this place even more magical and appealing. Arraial do Cabo was a fisherman village that has evolved into a small city renowned for its fresh fish and pristine beaches. The tour will take no more than 2 hours. After the tour your driver will take you to the airport in Rio for your flight to Salvador. At the Salvador airport you will be met by one of our guides and driven to your hotel, where you will check in. We suggest dinner at the Lambreta Grill, an award winning seafood café.

Day 9 – Salvador
Today you will begin your journey through Salvador visiting the Pelourinho, the historical district of the city, followed by a delicious Bahian lunch. Then you will visit the Mercado Modelo in Cidade Baixa. The Mercado Modelo is a handcraft market that used to be the merchandise and slave-trading outpost of the city. Here you can buy many handicrafts and local products. Make sure you visit the catacombs below the market where the slaves were kept prior to sale.

Day 10 – Praia do Forte
You will check out of your hotel and be transported by a private vehicle to Praia do Forte. The journey takes roughly an hour and when you arrive you will check into your hotel. We suggest having lunch 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 we suggest you visit the TAMAR PROJECT (turtle NGO) Visitor Center and then on to Papa Gente’s Natural Pools for snorkeling (times may vary due to the tide). It is now getting dark and you have worked up a hardy appetite so, we suggest having dinner at any of the many restaurants around town.

Day 11 – Amazon
On your last day in Praia do Forte you will check out of your hotel very early and say goodbye to Praia do Forte, then be driven in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Salvador airport where you will catch a flight to Manaus. At the Manaus airport you will be met by a representative of your Amazon Jungle Lodge and taken to the lodge. After checking in at the lodge you will have dinner and be taken on a jungle night trek to see giant spiders and fluorescent fungus.

Day 12 – Amazon
Today’s tour after breakfast is a full day on a River, including a visit to an Igapo (flooded jungle) for a fishing experience and some river swimming. You will also have a chance to observe characteristics of a black water river identical to the River Negro. You will visit a local Amazon community and their manioc plantation, and on the way back to the lodge view the panoramic sunset over the Amazon Jungle. Dinner is back at the lodge.

Day 13 – Amazon
After a delicious breakfast you will be taken on a full day jungle trek through the rainforest. Your bilingual guide will show you the diversity of flora and fauna and also some survival and navigation techniques used by the indigenous people of the area. If you want a true experience of the Amazon Jungle by night, then tonight you will be able to camp out at one of the basic campsites near the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge.

Day 14 – Amazon
An Amazon River Trip awaits you today – a highlight for every visitor. This is an opportunity to see the meeting of the waters where the Amazon River and the Rio Negro meet, an intensely beautiful experience. You will also have an opportunity to see pink dolphins; fish for piranha in the river; visit a local sugarcane and pineapple plantation; see a floating supermarket for a local Amazon River community and visit an area with the famous Vitoria Regia (giant water lillies). Bird watching is an integral part of this trip and your guide will help you obtain knowledge about the natural wealth this region offers. The day will end as the sun goes down with alligator spotting on the way back to the lodge.

Day 15 – Amazon
On your last day in this beautiful paradise you will you will be picked up and taken to the airport for your trip back home. We are certain that you will have enjoyed your trip and we 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

Iguazu 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

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