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Brazil Highlights

If it is your first time in Brazil, this tour is made for you. Covering Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa, the majestic Iguaçu falls, Salvador da Bahia... You will get to see and visit the most famous Brazilian destinations in one stay.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana
  • Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Copacabana
  • Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Favelas - Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Copacabana
  • Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Foz do Iguaçu - Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side - Foz do Iguaçu
  • Day 5: Iguaçu Falls - Argentinian side - Foz do Iguaçu
  • Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu - Salvador
  • Day 7: Salvador
  • Day 8: Salvador - Praia do Forte - Salvador
  • Day 9: Salvador

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana

Airport pick up (time and flight number to be confirmed) and transfer to the hotel.

Night at the Pestana Rio (breakfast included). Deluxe Room - city view.
Included : english speaking guide, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Copacabana

At 09:00am start a city tour with your english speaking guide, firstly going up to the Corcovado (el. 700 m.a.s.l.), worldly known symbol of Rio. Once up there, take the time to appreciate the unique and amazing panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (wonderful city).

Then get back down via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal institutions were located there. Surrounded by the agglomeration, the neighborhood has lost its former character, and the wealth of the area has moved to the Southwest of Rio, to Barra da Tijuca. Santa Teresa now shelters a diverse population in the bohemian quarter of the modern Rio. Stroll through this area to get a taste of its quaint and old atmosphere. During the trip to Lapa, visit the colored stairs or "Escadaria do Convento da Santa Teresa", decorated by Jorge Selarón.

Later, take the cable cart to the summit of the Sugarloaf (el. 400 m.a.s.l.), another Rio´s symbol which marks the entrance of the Bay of Guanabara. Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Option: Helicopter flight of a few minutes from the mirador of Dona Marta (check with us)

Night at the Pestana Rio (breakfast included). Deluxe Room - city view.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Favelas - Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Copacabana

Departure from the hotel at 09:00am (sundays and banking holidays at 10:00) in a minibus (group service, 4 to 9 person max). A specialized guide will take you on an "off-the-beaten-track" visit: the favelas. This visit of a few hours in a different reality of Rio, will give you a more real and complete view of the life in Carioca than the images of violence poverty which usually shown by the medias lacking of originality.

At the heart of these popular and "lawless" suburbs (the favelas are originally illegal land occupations), Brazilians organize themselves and live in a dignified and solitary manner.

Note: an association founded by people originally from the favelas organizes the visits to the favelas. This association donates a significant part of their income to the inhabitants of the area by financing development or social projects.
At 02:00pm you will meet your English-speaking guide for a private visit of Rio’s city center, from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops. Many styles, one spirit, is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony.

Among the possible visits (to be coordinated with the guide depending on opening times, your preferences, or eventual manifestations organized that day): Imperial Municipal (replicate of the Opera Garnier in France), foundation Banco do Brasil, casa da França (old custom house), national History museum, largo da Carioca, convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, plaza Tiradentes...

Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Note: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.
Night at the Pestana Rio (breakfast included). Deluxe Room - city view.
Included : excursion (shared), local english-speaking guide , shared transport, english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Foz do Iguaçu - Iguaçu Falls - Brazilian side - Foz do Iguaçu


Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Rio de Janeiro (time and number to be confirmed).

Pick up at the airport and transfer to the hotel (or to the site depending on the arrival time).


In a private vehicle, you will head to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Park and admire a wondeful panoramic view. The Iguaçu national park, 185,000 acres, was created in 1939 and its ecological reserve was classified as a Natural Heritage site by the UNESCO. You will pass hundreds of small falls before reaching the last one, Floriano Fall. From this one you will have an arresting panoramic view over the "Devil’s Canyon", in front of you.

Return towards Foz de Iguaçu. On the way, you will stop at the bird park (parque das aves), where hundreds of different types of birds from Brazil are sheltered, but also from other tropical countries.

Note: 4h service.

Option: 12-minute helicopter flight over the falls, check with us.

Night at the San Martin Hotel & Resort hotel (breakfast included). Superior room.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, local guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 5: Iguaçu Falls - Argentinian side - Foz do Iguaçu


Meet your english speaking guide at 08:45am at the hotel. Transfer to the Argentine side of the park (about 40 minutes). Stop at the symbolic and panoramic triple border point Paraguay - Brazil - Argentina. Visit of the falls from the Argentine side, from where you can get closer to the water, and of the impressive "Devil’s Canyon" below your feet. Then return to your hotel on the Brazilian side in the afternoon.

During the day, you will stop for the Gran Aventura Zodiac (1h30). In a 4WD vehicle, you will enter the silent forest (40 minutes). Shortly after, the trail will become narrower and steeper, and you will continue by foot (10 minutes) at the heart of an opulent vegetation, until you reach the shores of the river. There you will wait for the powerful semi-flexible hull zodiacs (2 x 250 CV) in which you will follow up the river… until finding yourselves right under the fall! (30-minute navigation time).

Back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.

Night at the San Martin Hotel & Resort hotel (breakfast included). Superior room.
Included : local guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu - Salvador

Private transport to the airport 2 hours prior departure. Domestic flight from Foz do Iguaçu (arrival airport, flight time and number to be confirmed).
Pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Night at the Bahia Café hotel (breaksfast included).
Superior room.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 7: Salvador

Meet at the hotel at 09:00am with your English-speaking guide for the discovery of the area best representing the heart and soul of Salvador.

With the influences of its African origins, the city has built a unique identity in Latino America, with a daily life animated by capoeira rythms and the religious festivities of the candomblé. In the morning, visit the lower parts of town. Start with the farol (lighthouse) da Barra, a lonely guard at the entrance of the all saints bay, built under the order of Tomé de Souza, the first gobernador of Salvador.

Then you will head to the port area and visit the Sao Joaquim market, an authentic bahianan market. You will continue to the north and stop at the Bonfim church where you can admire an impressive ex votos collection showing the popular devotion to the Senhor do Bonfim in the "miracles room".

The visit will then take you to Ribeira, a always animated popular area. In the morning with the shouting merchants, at midday for lunch (moqueca specialty, a kind of fish and sea-fruit stew) and the night for dancing.

After lunch, visit of the higher parts of town, with the Pelourinho histrorical area. Its prestigious architectural ensemble was renovated in its original bright colors and has superb colonial houses and many baroque churches. The visit (by foot) will start in the capoieira fort where you will enjoy a wonderful scenic view over the bay.

You will ten walk up the rua do carmo until the convento do Carmo (a convent transformed in a luxurious hotel), The visit will be followed with the jewel workshop D'Klays, the house/museum Jorge Amado and the shiny Sao Francisco church with its surprising azuleiros frescos.

You will finish the afternoon at the base of the Lacerda elevador, the crossing of the lower and upper parts of the city, with a shopping time at the Mercado Modelo.

Return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Option: half day visit of the " candomblé" followed with a night ceremony, check with us.

Night at the Bahia Café hotel (breaksfast included).
Superior room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 8: Salvador - Praia do Forte - Salvador

Departure at 09:00am in a private vehicle with your English-speaking guide going to the North and its beautiful coast.

On the program, a stop in the well-known hippie village of Arembepe (where Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger used to live), then and 85 km further North, a visit of the Praia do Forte, a 12 km fine sand beach bordered with coconut trees.
You can visit the ecological project "Tamar" dedicated to the turtles protection (entrance fee not included / about $ 1.5 US) or walk through the many shops of the village.

If wish a quieter place, it is possible to continue to Imbassai ("where the waters meet" in Tupi Guarani dialect) where you will have the choice between fresh and salt water for a swim.

Return to Salvador end of the afternoon.


Night at the Bahia Café hotel (breaksfast included).
Superior room.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 9: Salvador

Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Salvador (flight time and number to be confirmed).
Included : transfer departure

Hotel Pestana Rio Atlantica   Copacabana

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

San Martin Hotel & Resort   Foz do Iguaçu

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Bahia Café Hotel   Salvador

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

Option : Superior room - Bahia Café Hotel

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