The Grand Tour of Brazil - Best Brazil Tours and Amazon Tours

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Iguaçu falls
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Pantanal
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Amazonia
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Lençois Maranhenses
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Jericoacoara
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Salvador
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Minas Gerais
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Rio de Janeiro


In creating the Grand Tour of Brazil, Travel Brazil Selection has brought together all the unmissable sights of Brazil. As a local travel agency in Brazil, we work directly with hotels, tour guides and other tourism and hospitality providers of services to ensure that you get the best possible services at the best prices and the very best Brazil tours and Amazon tours. What’s more, we also offer you a choice of hotels and additional options, enabling you to create a truly customized Grand Tour around Brazil.

23 DAYS AND 22 NIGHTS :

Price per person based on 2 pers  :  from $ 7,393.00
Price per person based on 4 pers  :  from $ 5,657.00
(Prices 2017 subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations - please go to BUDGET page for current dollar price up date)

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Day 1 : Iguaçu in
Argentinian side of the falls sightseeing tour
Day 2 : Iguaçu / Pantanal
Brazilian side of the falls sightseeing tour and Macuco Safari option, flight to Cuiaba
Day 3 : Pantanal
Transfer to fazenda Pantanal and safari
Day 4 : Pantanal
Animal observation day in the Pantanal
Day 5 : Pantanal / Amazon Lodge
End of Pantanal tour, transfer to Cuiaba and flight to Manaus, transfer Amazon eco Park lodge
Day 6 : Amazon Lodge
Full day sightseeing with full board
Day 7 : Amazon Lodge 
Full day sightseeing with full board
Day 8 : Amazon Lodge / São Luis
End of sightseeing, transfer to Manaus, flight to São Luis
Day 9 : São Luis / Barreirinhas (Lençois Maranhenses)
Drive to Barreirinhas, 4x4 Lençois Tour
Day 10 : Barreirinhas  / Barra Grande
Go down the  Preguiças river, boat ride in the Parnaiba delta and continue to  Barra Grande
Day 11 : Barra Grande  / Jericoacoara
Drive to  Camocin, then across the Tatajuba dunes to Jericoacoara
Day 12 : Jericoacoara
Day of leisure
Day 13 : Jericoacoara  / Guajiru
Buggy or 4x4 drive on the beaches between Jericoacoara and Guajiru
Day 14 : Guajiru / Fortaleza
Buggy or 4x4 drive on the beaches between Guajiru and Fortaleza
Day 15 : Fortaleza / Salvador
Flight to  Salvador and historical center sightseeing tour
Day 16 : Salvador
Panoramic sightseeing tour
Day 17 : Salvador/ Belo Horizonte / Ouro Preto
Morning of leisure, in the afternoon flight to Belo Horizonte, then drive to Ouro Preto
Day 18 : Ouro Preto
Mariana and  Ouro Preto sightseeing tours
Day 19 : Ouro Preto/ Tiradentes
Visit Congonhas, São João del Rey and  Tiradentes
Day 20 : Tiradentes/ Rio de Janeiro 
Drive to Rio de Janeiro with Petropolis sightseeing tour on the way
Day 21 : Rio de Janeiro
Sugar loaf sightseeing tour and optional tours
Day 22 : Rio de Janeiro 
Corcovado sightseeing tour and optional tours
Day 23 : Rio de Janeiro / out 
Airport transfer

Domestic flights Brazil
 
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D1 - Iguaçu in

Transfer to hotel
Afternoon; Argentinian side of the falls sightseeing tour
28 km from the town, the Iguaçu falls on the Argentine side are 72 meters high and form a semi circle that gives a unique view of the complete falls. They are wedged
in among the luxuriant vegetation which increases the impression of the primitive force of nature. A series of paths and bridges lead to other view points
all very beautiful and different from those on the Brazilian side of the falls. The main attraction is the « gorge du diable » where you reach almost the bottom
of the horse shoe shaped falls.
Overnight in the hotel of your choice.


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D2 - Iguaçu/ Cuiaba

Morning, Brazilian side of the falls sightseeing tour.
The Iguacu falls are considered among the most beautiful waterfalls in the world along with the Zambezi and Niagara falls. Located on the border between
Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil, the falls form a natural amphitheatre that looks very different depending on where you are situated. The Brazilian side is less
spectacular but easier to reach and there is a better view of the whole waterfall.
Afternoon of leisure or Macuco Safari option:
Excursion to the falls in a twin motor zodiac, the boats go up the river to the canyon where the falls are found...
The excursion starts off in open electric cars that drive 3kms through the national park, to allow better views of the local fauna & flora.
Then a 600m walk in the forest to get to the boats (it’s possible to do the full distance in the open electric cars for those who don’t want to walk)
Total time of excursion: 1h45, from getting in the cars.
Transfer to airport & flight to Cuiaba. (18h/19h50 (-1) )
Arrival in Cuiaba, transfer and overnight at Golden Tulip hotel.

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D3 - Pantanal – Cuiaba / Pousada Curicaca

Morning, departure by road (100 kms of tarmac road + 22 kms of track- about 2hrs15) to the Curicaca lodge.
Lunch
Afternoon, safari photo in a row boat on the Rio Novo River; watch the sunset from the observation tower near the lodge.

Dinner & overnight at Curicaca lodge.


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D4 - Pantanal – Pousada Curicaca / Fazenda  Santa Tereza

After breakfast, another boat ride to see the early morning wildlife then departure to the Santa Tereza lodge 44 kms along the transpantaneira
track to the south – (about 45min) with safari on the way.
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Lunch
Afternoon, around 4pm, safari in a motor boat on the Pixim river, watch the sunset from the observation tower right in the middle of the forest
by the river’s edge, Appreciation of the observation tower.
Dinner
After dinner, nocturnal safari with a 4X4 from the lodge (not private).
Overnight at the Fazenda (farm).

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D5 - Pantanal / Manaus

Early morning, excursion by boat or horseback or on foot.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport of Cuiaba flight Tam to Manaus
Upon arrival, transfer to Tropical Hotel
Overnight at the Tropical Hotel.

 
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D6 - Manaus / Amazon Eco Park

Morning, 3 hours Manaus sightseeing tour in which you will visit the famous Amazonas Theatre built during the rubber era and inaugurated in 1896.
This theatre is very inspired by the European style and is now the symbol of Manaus. You will visit the theatre with its superb ceiling, its stage
curtain picturing the ‘meeting of the Waters’ and also the entrance hall with its Murano chandeliers, rococo mirrors, and its ceiling on which the
fine arts triumph.
The visit will also take you to the municipal market where you can see famous Amazonian fish (tambaquis, pirarucus, tucunarés, jaraquis, etc.),
regional fruits and local arts and crafts (necklaces made from seeds, basket work, ceramics, calabashes, bows and arrows etc.)
Then the vehicle will tour round to show you the other important monuments of the town: Justice Palace, Rio Negro Palace, etc.
Tour ends at your hotel.
Early afternoon transfer (1hr) to Amazon Eco Park Lodge where you will start a 2 nights stay with full board with the following itinerary :

NATURE HIKE
Biodiversity is the main characteristic of ECOPARK. It includes un catalogued species in virgin rainforest, natural savannahs and creeks.
Several streams of crystal clear warm water run through the rainforest.
During tour the guide will lead clients, educating them about the local flora/fauna, how and where to find edible fruits and drinkable water,
first aid , how to find their way in the forest and much more.

MONKEY FOREST
The facilities for rehabilitation and re-introduction of wild animals into their habitat (known as the Monkey forest), was created in 1991 with the intention
of receiving animals which have been confiscated from illegal commerce. This is a joint project with the Municipal Secretary of Environment and Sustainability.
In this center, the animals are initially put into quarantine to be evaluated and taken care of by a team of veterinaries and biologists.

In partnership with the FFV (Live Forest Foundation), a non profit institution overseen by Amazon Ecopark Lodge, a unique feeding system has been developed.
Twice a day, (10:30 & 15:30), the animals receive supplements to their natural diet, ensuring that they are being fed the necessary nutrients.

VISIT TO THE NATIVE´S HOUSE
Depart the lodge on boat or motorized canoe, accompanied by a Bilingual guide to learn about the traditions and customs of local Amazonians ("natives").
Duration: it may vary according to the place visited / "low water level seasons" is closest to the Lodge and does not involve a boat ride.
At "high water level season" distant communities can be visited (1 to 3 hours.)

FISHING TOUR
Departure from lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, accompanied by a bilingual guide. (Fishing for piranhas or other species, depending on season).

TOUR TO THE " MEETING OF THE WATERS "
Departs ECOPARK at 08h30am on board of a regional double deck boat. The boat goes down the Negro River navigating along the shore of the City of Manaus,
allowing passengers to view the Amazonas Theatre, the Port of Manaus, the Customs and the interesting aspects of the local life - the stilt houses for instance.
Arrival at The Meeting of the Waters by 11h30 am.

It’s a spectacular merge of Negro and Solimões Rivers. From this point on both rivers form the famous Amazon River that runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
The waters of the two rivers run together for about 12kms, side by side, without mixing. The phenomenon happens due to differences in temperature,
density and speed of the waters of the rivers.

Continue the trip on the Amazon River to the Island of «Terra Nova» where lunch will be served in a typical restaurant (rustic yet clean with a buffet style, international and regional dishes).
Depending on the level of the waters , a visit to a typical " caboclo " (local inhabitants) villa will be included (at Terra Nova Island) during this full day tour
(may not be available during the months of May, June, July and sometimes also August , when the villa is flooded) . This visit will happen prior or after lunch.

NIGHT TOUR IN CANOE
Departure from lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, to appreciate the sounds of the jungle at night, with the possibility of spotting small alligators (or other nightly creatures).
Alligators are spotted because their eyes shine like small red lights. Once the alligator is spotted by the guide's spotlight, he will try to catch a small alligator
with his own hands and bring it on to the canoe, and a brief explanation of their habitat follows. The alligator will then be safely released back to the river.
(No harm is done to any of the animals)

SUNRISE TOUR
This is an optional tour and it is not included in the package rate.
In the early morning, depart Lodge in paddle or motorized canoes, accompanied by a Bilingual guide to appreciate the wonderful Amazonian sunrise,
with opportunity to see some bird dormitories.

JUNGLE SURVIVAL
This is an optional tour and it is not included in the package rate.
Theoretical lecture with soldiers from "Jaguar Company (retired soldiers from Manaus Army) for orientation; Instructions for orientation in the jungle
with a compass and by the location of the sun.
Instruction for shelter construction, for building traps, for obtaining fire and water, about how obtaining food of plant origin, first aid , about venomous
animals, to make straw crafts and much more.

 
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D7 - Amazon Eco Park

Full day sightseeing
Full board and overnight at the Amazon Eco Park Lodge.

D8 - Amazon Eco Park / São Luis

Half day sightseeing, transfer to Manaus and flight to São Luis, upon arrival transfer to hotel and overnight in the hotel of your choice

 
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D9 - São Luis / Barreirinhas (Lençois Maranhenses)

Morning drive to Barreirinhas (4h)
Afternoon: departure in 4X4 to visit the Lençois Maranhenses (4hr) and return end of morning. « A natural wonder » the « Lençois do Maranhão » or sheets of Maranhão,
is a national park and owes its names to the immense dunes stretching over 1550 km2 and that look like giant white sheets. This unique
feature comes from the desert that is dotted with lagoons of crystal clear water formed by the rain.
You can admire the amazing landscape while walking through it and bathing in the lagoons.
Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

 
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D10 - Barreirinhas (Lençois Maranhenses) / Barra Grande

Departure by private motor boat to descend the Rio Preguiças, to the Atlantic coast, in an amazing natural setting.
The river banks show all their splendor: mangroves, aguapés, buritis, açaizeiros, coconut trees, tucunzeiros and never far away…
herons and king fishers. As you approach the coast, the dunes start to appear; Stop at Vassouras.

Then a stop at Mandacaru where you will have a magnificent view of the region.
Continue to the tiny village of Caburé and departure in 4x4 to the Parnaíba delta. The track runs along the seaside for several Kms.
before crossing a fishing village and going inland.

The sensation of the end of the world is real: deserted beaches (no road access), migrating birds, and sand dunes. Little by little as everything in the Nordeste,
Life appears: a few palm trees « buritis », funny little houses, hardly standing, children playing in the streams under rickety bridges. After 2h30 arrival in Parnaiba.

Afternoon, embarkation in fast canoes for a trip in the Delta (3hrs) from Parnaiba.

Formed by 85 Islands over 2700 km² between the states of Piauí and Maranhão, the delta of the Americas forms a complex place that can only be found on the Nile or the Mekong.
In the same ecosystem you can find very different landscapes: rivers, lagoons, giant dunes, flooded areas, deserted beaches of white sand and
Different types of mangroves. Crocodiles, Monkeys, turtles, crabs and various birds such as herons or guarás (red ibis) cohabiting with fishermen, return to Parnaiba end of the afternoon.
Transfer to Barra Grande (45mn) and overnight at Barra Grande Kite Camp

 
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D11 - Barra Grande / Jericoacoara

Departure from Parnaíba to Jericoacoara in 4x4. The road leads to Camocim, 120 km from Parnaíba, where you cross the river Coreau on a ferry.
Stop on the edge of the Tatajuba lagoon (lunch possible).
Then on across the dunes and lagoons and a magnificent landscape.
2nd ferry crossing at the Guriú beach, fishing village located between Tatajuba and Jericoacoara.
Arrival at last in the quiet village of Jericoacoara, its sandy streets, coconut trees, calm sea, warm and blue.

Overnight in the lodge of your choice.
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D12 - Jericoacoara

Day of leisure to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Possible excursion in the idyllic surroundings of Jericoacoara; by buggy to the lagoons of Azul and Paraíso. The vibrant colors here remind us of the Caribbean. Then on to Pedra Furada (Pierced stone), via some beautiful rock formations including the Pedra do Frade (the Priests stone).

Overnight in the lodge of your choice.
 
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D13 - Jericoacoara / Guajiru

Transfer by 4x4 to Guajiru.
Departure along the Prea beach, after some track, you will join the road leading to Icarai de Amontada where you will drive on the beach. After crossing the Caetano and Icaraizinho beaches, you will reach the Baleia beach. You will then cross long deserted stretches until you reach Mundau where you take a ferry to Flexeiras, a lovely calm beach just before arriving in the fishing village of Guajiru where you will discover the paradise of Rede Beach Resort.

Overnight at the Rede Beach lodge.

 
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D14 - Guajiru / Fortaleza

Transfer by 4x4 from Guajiru to Fortaleza.
You are now in Fortaleza, A town of contrasts with modern architectural buildings in the centre and hand built fishing boats lying on the Mucuripe beach, Fortaleza is a constant invitation to have fun.

Overnight in the hotel of your choice.

 
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D15 - Fortaleza / Salvador

Early flight to Salvador
The Candomblé, an afro Brazilian religion, is still practiced in all social levels; the state of Bahia is its birth place; The first capital of Brazil,
Salvador, is well worth a visit with its polychrome houses, colonial era baroque churches and its festive atmosphere when you
visit before and during the carnival.

Afternoon: historical centre sightseeing tour,
Walk in the heart of the old town (the Pelourinho): a magnificent collection of colonial houses, renovated in pastel colors (light & dark blue,
bright pink, yellow and pale green), The paved streets, richly decorated churches : the San Francisco church – amazing baroque church
where inside it seems covered with gold leaf – the basilica cathedral – ancient church of the Jesuit college built in the 17th century,
a master piece of colonial baroque architecture.
Overnight in the hotel of your choice

 
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D16 - Salvador

Morning: panoramic sightseeing tour,
Departure by car to visit the lower town right out to the Itapagipe peninsula with its magnificent view. You will visit the Bonfim church which is a shrine for the Bahiani people.

This church is the most famous one in Salvador. Built in 1754, it stands on a hill from where you can see the whole town with its rugged landscape.
In its Sala dos Milagres (room of miracles) the ex-voto, that show the parts of the body healed by miracle, offered by the faithful in memory
of a grace or cure given. They are also in the form of tickets describing promises made by the faithful. In the square in front of the church there
are people selling colored ribbons « fitas » that you tie around your wrist with 3 knots, each representing a wish which will be granted
once the bracelet falls off through simple wear & tear. The visit continues with the Monte Serrat fort. The fort is on a headland on the Itapagipe
peninsula and has a unique view of the Itaparica island and its bay. Built in 1583, it protected Salvador from attacks by the
Dutch in the XVIIth century. Its harmonious shapes make it an architectural wonder built by the Brazilian military.
Afternoon: at your leisure,
Overnight in the hotel of your choice
 
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D17 - Salvador / Belo Horizonte / Ouro Preto

Transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Belo Horizonte.

Arrival in Belo Horizonte, and transfer by car to Ouro Preto.
A journey through time: the historical town of Minas Gerais has a unique artistic and architectural heritage.
Its churches, museums, streets and houses incredibly well preserved or restored represent a magnificent past of culture and Brazilian tradition.

When looking at a sculpture by Aleijadinho one wonders if you are in Portugal or Flanders, its the height of baroque art in Brazil.

It is also a state apart, built on its riches, the gold rush, mineral rich lands and so bandits (bandeirantes) : Tiradêntes, Mariana,
Ouro Preto are some of the towns that tell this astonishing story.


Overnight at the Mondego lodge.
 
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 D18 - Ouro Preto

Departure to visit Mariana with a stop at a gold mine on the way (da passagem)
Founded in 1696 Mariana is a magnificent and quiet little mining town. Less touristy than its neighbor Ouro Preto, it has kept all its charm.

Return to Ouro Preto and a walk round the town : The Tiradentes square that houses the Mineralogy museum (the ground in this region is very rich in precious stones : aquamarine, tourmaline, diamond, citrine...), the Notre Dame do Carom church, the municipal theatre, the Notre Dame do Pillar church, São Francisco de Assist, etc.

Overnight at the Mondego lodge.
 
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 D19 - Ouro Preto / Tiradentes

Transfer to Tiradentes. Stop at Congonhas to visit the Basilica Bom Jesus de Matosinhos,
the dos Passos and Profetas chapel.
The journey continue to São João Del Rei. Visit of the São Francisco de Assis church and tour of the town.

Arrival in Tiradentes & overnight in the lodge of your choice.
 
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 D20 - Tiradentes / Rio de Janeiro

Transfer by car to Rio de Janeiro. On the way you will visit the town of Petropolis.

Petrópolis (66 km from Rio de Janeiro), The summer city for the Monarchs and the carioca Elite.
Pedro I the founder of the Brazilian Empire had a daughter suffering from tuberculosis so he made his family home high up to save his daughter.
Pedro II, born in 1825, so born a « Brazilian », built the Petropolis Palace in 1850.
The city is marked by the elegant noble mansions around the Imperial Palace.
Continue to Rio de Janeiro.

Arrival in Rio and overnight in the hotel of your choice.
 
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 D21 & 22 - Rio de Janeiro

One no longer needs to introduce "The Wonderful City" amazingly located between the tropical forest and the mountains. Its beaches, its samba and its famous carnival have made its reputation and the town lives up to the myth.

2 days with 2 sightseeing tours
Sugar Loaf Mountain private sightseeing tour (4h entrance fee included). You can see the mountain as soon as you enter the Guanabara bay. There are two parts to it, One that goes down to the Red Beach (Praia Vermelha) and to the Urca hill, which reaches 224 meters high; the other goes from Urca hill to the Sugar Loaf reaching 395 meters in height. The cable car trip lasts about 3 minutes for each part.

Corcovado private sightseeing tour (4h entrance fee included).. The Corcovado mountain, with its summit topped by the image of Christ the redeemer, is one of the main symbols of the town. This enormous stone monument, vertical and imposing, immerging out of the forest and dominating all around, is without doubt one of the elements that makes Rio de Janeiro « the wonderful city ». The climb to the top can be done by funicular train.

Overnight in the hotel of your choice.
 

 D23 - Rio de Janeiro / Out

Day of leisure with many optional excursions possible and you can also discover Rio « off the beaten tracks ».
Transfer to airport.

Prices* from - based on the low season prices :

(*Prices 2015 subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations - please go to BUDGET page for current dollar price up date)

Price for a double room with breakfastStandard Category (3*)Superior Category  (3 and 4*)
Base on 2 pers7393 US$ / pers7654 US$ / pers
Base on 4 pers5657 US$ / pers5918 US$ / pers
IGUACUHotel Continental InnHotel Bourbon
CUIABAHotel Golden TulipHotel Golden Tulip
PANTANAL all inclusiveCuricaca Lodge / Fazenda SantaTerezaCuricaca Lodge / Fazenda SantaTereza
MANAUSHotel Tropical / Amazon Eco ParkHotel Tropical / Amazon Eco Park
SAO LUISPousada Portas da AmazoniaHotel Pestana
BARREIRINHASPousada Encantes do NordestePorto Preguiças Resort
BARRA GRANDEBarra Grande Kite CampBarra Grande Kite Camp
JERICOACOARAMy Blue HotelPousada Vila kalango
GUAJIRUPousada Rede BeachPousada Rede Beach
FORTALEZAHotel SonataHotel Gran Marquise
SALVADOR DE BAHIAPousada do PilarHotel Pestana Convento do Carmo
OURO PRETOPousada do MondegoPousada do Mondego
TIRADENTESPousada Mae d'AguaHotel Brisa da Serra
RIO DE JANEIROHotel Porto Bay InternacionalHotel Sofitel

Prices include :

Accommodation in a double room with Brazilian breakfast in the hotels chosen in the category (standard or superior), transfers, entrance fees and English speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the programme  in Rio and Iguaçu, tour from Belo Horizonte to Rio with driver only, English speaking guide and full board from morning of day 3 to Morning of day 5 in Pantanal, full board at Amazon Eco park lodge.  Book the Grand tour of Brazil today.

You may extend your tour with these vacation packages :

AROUND RIO :

Buzios vacation package - 3 nights

BuziosBuzios was just a deserted beach 40 years ago… and has now become the most trendy seaside resort around Rio. Only 2 hrs from Rio (160km), this old fishing village is a mixture of architectural harmony and Brazilian charm and sophistication, all in a natural paradise.

Paraty vacation package - 2 nights

ParatyThis is a history museum in a tropical paradise. Surrounded by magnificent islands and beaches, this small wonder of colonial architecture admirably conserved is worth a visit or even a stay.

Ilha Grande vacation package - 3 nights

Ilha Grande - Rio de janeiro3 nights in Sagu Mini Resort in Ilha grande. The pousada is charming and the island  has some beautiful features, beaches, cascades, lagoons, rivers and mountains

Angra dos Reis vacation package - 3 nights

Angra dos ReisALL INCLUSIVE offer – For those who like everything included (meals and drinks) a beautiful resort with a children club at only 2hrs from Rio