Brazil is appealing, diverse and an exciting destination for travellers. Visitors are warmly welcomed and will quickly discover for themselves the Brazilian sense of fun. This signature journey provides an excellent introduction to the country combining fun, natural beauty and coastal relaxation. The journey starts with a few days to explore Rio de Janeiro before flying to the majestic Iguassu Falls for a two-night stay and then ending with five days on of the beaches on Brazil’s southern coast at Buzios.
Highlights: Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls – Brazilian Coast
Number of Days: 11 Days
Accommodation: Choose premium, upper, mid-range or value hotels according to budget and preference.
Costs: From £1,941 pp excluding transatlantic flights.
Extensions: Please contact us to discuss extensions to the Amazon or to other places in Brazil such as Ouro Preto, Salvador, Olinda and Paraty.
Brazil Hotels: Premium, Upper, Mid-Range & Value
We book a full range of hotels, hideaways, haciendas and lodges to suit all levels, from de luxe premium properties to four star and mid-range hotels through to budget accommodation providing value for money. We have outlined here some of our preferred hotels, based on our considerable experience over the last 10 years as travel specialists for Brazil and helpful feedback from our passengers.
If there is a particular property not listed here where you would like to stay, please let us know, We are here to help.
Days 1-4: Rio de Janeiro
• Day 1: Arrival transfer to your hotel; 3 nights’ accommodation.
• Day 2: Excursions to Sugarloaf Mountain and to Corcovado Mountain.
• Day 3: Free day to explore Rio de Janeiro. Please contact us to arrange additional excursions.
• Day 4: Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight to the Pantanal.
Rio de Janeiro has the most spectacular setting of all South American cities with an unbeatable combination of mountains, rainforests, lakes and miles of golden beaches. Rio de Janeiro is home to both samba and bossa nova and with their easy-going spirit and relaxed style you will find a warm welcome from locals, in true carioca style.
We recommend you visit the Museum of Tomorrow and the Selaron Steps. Do let us know if you would like a cooking lesson, helicopter flight or to have a go at stand-up paddle-boarding. Please also contact us if you would like to visit one of the samba schools.
Suggested Hotels in Rio de Janeiro:
Premium: Belmond Copacabana Palace
Upper: Miramar by Windsor
Mid-range: Porto Bay
Value: Copa Sul
Days 4-6: Iguassu Falls
• Day 4: Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel; 2 nights’ accommodation.
• Recommended tour: Brazil side of the Falls.
• Day 5: Excursion to the Argentine side of the Falls.
• Day 6: Transfer to the airport in time for your return flight to Rio de Janeiro.
The Iguassu Falls are truly one of the spectacular wonders of the natural world. They consist of 275 separate falls and form the border between Argentina and Brazil. Iguassu National Park is home to tapirs and capybaras as well as more than 1,000 types of butterflies and over 300 species of birds, including green woodpeckers, birds of prey, toucans and egrets. A stay of two nights allows plenty of time to see the falls from both sides. It is easy enough to arrange additional excursions such as a helicopter flight over the falls or a boat trip locally.
Suggested Hotels at Iguassu:
Premium: Belmond Das Cataratas
Upper: Gran Melia Iguazu
Days 6-11: Brazilian Coast at Buzios
• Day 6: Arrival transfer from Rio airport to your beach resort.
5 nights’ accommodation.
• Days 7-10: Free days to enjoy the coast.
• Day 11: Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.
Buzios is located on an appealing peninsula surrounded by the ocean and boasts more than 20 beaches and crystal-clear water. Buzios is no longer the sleepy fishing village it once was but is now a popular destination with an abundance of restaurants, bars, boutique shops and hotels at every level, from budget accommodation to top-end luxury. Buzios offers fantastic sailing, surfing, diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, jet skiing and wind-surfing. It is an ideal place to unwind and soak up the atmosphere.
Suggested Hotels at Buzios:
Premium: Casas Brancas
Upper: Vila d’Este
Value: La Chimere
Indicative Costs (excluding transatlantic flights):
Premium: From £2,821 pp
Upper: From £2,199 pp
Mid-Range:From £2,120 pp
Value: From £1,941 pp
Indicative Costs are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Transatlantic flights are not included: we will book your transatlantic flights in economy, premium economy, business or first class according to your preference.
Domestic flights within Brazil are included in economy class. Please contact us to discuss upgrades.
Additional supplements apply for special events such as the Rio Carnivals or Full Moon at Iguassu.
Costs for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
What’s included in the price
All accommodation and meals as detailed; Local taxes & service charges associated with included accommodation – All transfers & sightseeing as detailed; various activities; ATOL protection; Research, sourcing, design and preparation of your tailor-made holiday itinerary and quote; booking admin and processing; The services of our local ground agent who will coordinate your stay and ensure that everything runs smoothly including access to a local English language 24/7 telephone help line.
What’s not included in the price
Transatlantic flights; any national park entry fees which have to be paid locally; drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature; meals and optional excursions not listed as included; personal travel insurance; passport and visa costs (e.g. costs associated with obtaining an American ESTA visa waiver, if flying via USA); airport departure tax on leaving Brazil.
Please contact us for costs for families and parties of 3 or more passengers and for travel in 2021.
Please contact us to discuss extensions to the Amazon or to other places in Brazil such as Ouro Preto, Salvador, Olinda and Paraty.
Seasons and Climate
Brazil is a year-round destination but the wet season is traditionally November to March. The Iguassu Falls will be at their fullest in March-April at the end of the wet season. Rio’s carnival takes place 21-25 Feb 2020 with the Champion’s Parade a week later on 29 Feb 2020.
British nationals travelling on a full, valid British passport do not require a visa for entry to Brazil or Argentina. You should ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival.
It is advisable to check your immunizations for Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. If you have been to Africa within 3 months of arriving in South America you may need to provide proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever.
Costs in Latin America are subject to $/£ exchange rates. At present we are working on current exchange rates of 1.2932 (as at 09 January 2020) although this may be subject to change.
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