Wonders of Brazil
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From the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty to remote interior wilderness, uncover the wonders of Brazil in two exciting weeks. Experience Iguassu Fallsso massive they straddle two countries and so intriguing you'll need two days to fully appreciate them. 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.

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Duration: 13 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126861
Starts: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Finishes: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You will visit
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio de Janeiro



Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: Rio de Janeiro/Paraty (1B)

Wander the cobblestoned streets, take a boat trip to the nearby islands in the bay, or visit one of the many white-sand beaches that make Brazil famous.

Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours, 250km)


Day 3: Paraty (1B)

Enjoy the slow pace of the small town of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, lush tropical forest, and nearby beaches. Opt to take a caipirinha boat trip, a boat tour, kayaking, horseback riding, or take a 4x4 tour.

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 4: 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.

Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Plane (1.50 hour(s))


Day 5: Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Opt to visit the bird park filled with beautifully coloured local wildlife or enjoy an optional helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the falls.

Included Activities:
Iguassu Falls Guided Tour


Day 6: 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 7: Foz do Iguaçu/Bonito (1B)

Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito.

Local bus (14.00 hour(s), 768km)


Day 8: Bonito

Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.


Day 9: Bonito (1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.


Day 10: 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.

Included Activities:
Pantanal Wildlife Excursion

Local bus (5.00 hour(s))


Day 11: 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 12: Pantanal/Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Transfer to Campo Grande and fly back to Rio before arriving to the centrally located hotel in Copacabana.

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 13: Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Beach time in Paraty
    • Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil & Argentina)
    • Bonito stay
    • Pantanal wildlife excursion (2-day)
    • Rio de Janeiro stay
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (10 nts), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share)
    Meals Included
    • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Public bus, van, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide while in the Pantanal
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander the cobblestoned streets of colonial Paraty
  • Live it up in Rio de Janiero
  • Marvel at the thundering Iguassu Falls
  • Encounter wildlife and sleep in hammocks in the Brazilian Pantanal
  • Sip caipirinhas on the beach