Experience a magnificent journey through all seven regions of Brazil, a truely lifechanging spectacle.

The Grand Tour of Brazil is our most comprehensive tour with no less than 14 different destinations during a 23 day vacation. For a little more than 3 weeks, this package will take you on a grand tour of the country, giving you a true panorama of the most remarkable places to be found in each major geographical region of Brazil.

During this unique tour, you will be able to really appreciate the full extent of Brazil’s extraordinary diversity, from its landscapes and wildlife to its tropical plants and wonderful people. From Iguaçu to the Amazon, and from Pantanal to Bahia along the golden route to Minas Gerais and the wonderful Nordeste coast finishing up in Rio de Janeiro, you will discover everything that makes up Brazil, a true giant of the tropics.

Enjoy the experience – we will take care of all the rest.

On the Grand Tour

visit:
Iguaçu Falls
Pantanal
The Amazon rainforest
Lençois desert & the wild beaches of Nordeste
Salvador de Bahia, the “Afro-Brazilian Rome”
Minas Gerais “colonial Brazil”
Rio de Janeiro, the ” Wonderful city”

Map of the stops on the Grand Tour of Brazil.

Grand Tour of Brazil – Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 : Iguaçu/In

The Brazilian side of the Falls with Macuco Safari as an option.

Day 2 : Iguaçu/Cuiabá – Pantanal
The Argentinian side of the Falls, Flight to Cuiabá, transfer to Fazenda (farm).

Day 3 : Pantanal
Excursions in the Pantanal. Evening out.

Day 4 : Pantanal
Excursion day.

Day 5 : Pantanal – Cuiabá / Amazon
Transfer to Cuiabá airport and flight to Manaus, transfer to the Tropical Hotel.

Day 6 : Amazon
Visit of Manaus, transfer to lodge and start of stay with excursions and activities.

Day 7 : Amazon 
A day at the lodge with excursions and activities.

Day 8 : Amazon / São Luís
End of stay, transfer to Manaus and flight to São Luís.

Day 9 : São Luís / Barreirinhas (Lençóis)
By road to Barreirinhas and a visit of the Lençóis Maranhenses.

Day 10 : Barreirinhas / Parnaíba (Delta of the Americas)
Trip down the Preguiças river, road to the Delta of the Americas and visit, road to Parnaíba.

Day 11 : Parnaíba / Jericoacoara
By road to Camocim, then across the Tatajuba dunes to Jericoacoara.

Day 12 : Jericoacoara
A free day.

Day 13 : Jericoacoara / Guajiru
By buggy or 4×4, along the beaches of Jericoacoara to Guajiru.

Day 14 : Guajiru / Fortaleza
By buggy or 4×4, along the beaches of Guajiru to Fortaleza.

Day 15 : Fortaleza / Salvador de Bahia
Morning flight to Salvador de Bahia and a visit of the historical centre.

Day 16 : Salvador de Bahia
A panoramic visit of the town (main tourist spots).

Day 17 : Salvador de Bahia/ Belo Horizonte / Ouro Preto
Free morning, flight to Belo Horizonte and transfer to Ouro Preto in the afternoon.

Day 18 : Ouro Preto
Visit of Mariana and Ouro Preto.

Day 19 : Ouro Preto/ Tiradentes
Visit of Congonhas, São João del Rey and Tiradentes.

Day 20 : Tiradentes/ Rio de Janeiro
Road to Rio de Janeiro with visit to Petrópolis on the way.

Day 21 : Rio de Janeiro
Sugarloaf mountain and optional excursions.

Day 22 : Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado and optional excursions.

Day 23 : Rio de Janeiro / out

 Brazil, beyond even your most exotic dreams

Like the great travelers of the bygone days when just crossing the Atlantic was a journey of several weeks, come on a grand tour and discover the treasures of Brazil!

Fortunately for us, nowadays travelling and discovering new lands is a lot less perilous! Unlike the famous Hans Staden who was almost eaten by the Tupinambás, you can enjoy a comfortable and carefree holiday in Brazil. Brazil Selection have been based on site for over 10 years. From travelling here ourselves, we know every destination to which we send you. This includes all accommodation offers. To ensure this we regularly visit the destinations to update our information at first hand and make sure that we are offering the finest possible experiences.

Brazil Selection plans each trip meticulously to ensure maximum use of your time to do exactly what you want to.  On this tour, everything is planned so that your trip feels like a seamless adventure through fantastic landscapes and historical heritage sites whilst experiencing fulfilling encounters, with no hiccups. Furthermore, this tour will reveal the unique charm this country exhibits above and beyond all else, which is today a symbol of a certain way of life where spontaneity and sensuality come perfectly together.

Pink coloured tree in Pantanal.

Discover all the wonders of Brazil on your grand tour

While on the Grand tour of Brazil, you will encounter several regions, each with a multitude of landscapes and terrains.

One of the main interests of this full circuit, are the swamps in Pantanal, the richest ecosystem in the world. Moreover, the vast beaches of the semi-arid Nordeste also reveal some of the world´s most captivating ecosystems, and are a paradise for lovers of tranquility.

We have designed this trip to be an exceptional experience. We want you to feel the adrenaline when you encounter a jaguar for the first time in the heart of Mato Grosso and enjoy the calm and silence in the desert dunes of Lençóis, to see the simple beauty of a sunset over Rio de Janeiro and experience the amazing complexity of the Baroque art in Minas Gerais. Explore the widely unexplored Amazon rainforest and share the exuberance and laughter of the people of Salvador de Bahia which reminds one of the tumultuous song of the Iguaçu Falls.

In other words, this trip will wake your sensations and emotions through the privileged moments that you will experience. Discover the real Brazil, on the Brazil Selection Grand Tour of Brazil.

Sunset at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.

A journey to the soul of Brazil

On this spectacular journey, you will discover the exuberant nature of the local people, but not only that.

Brazil is known as the land of a thousand contrasts and has the reputation of having the greatest cultural diversity in the world.

Thus, each region has its customs and costumes, its music and its cuisine, moreover its very specific vocabulary, most often linked to the particular environment in which it develops.

In Iguaçu, there is astonishing ethnic diversity. From the Indian descendant to the Lebanese, and from Japanese to Portuguese all living in harmony and creating rich and permanent cultural exchanges across origins and religions. In Pantanal, the gauchos, or cowboys of south and central Brazil, who live with their cattle herds in the grassy plains have created a whole culture of their own.

In Amazonia, you will feel the indigenous influence through the way the locals live. Whether in their cooking, architecture, or religious thought … the Amerindian heritage is present everywhere.

In the Northeast, along the vast beaches between São Luís and Fortaleza, you will encounter people descendent from European settlers and the indigenous populations of the coast. Here, there is a well developed fishing culture as well as the famous Sertanejo tradition, which is based on the hard life on the arid and torrid lands of the region. In Salvador de Bahia, you will discover the essence of Afro-Brazilian culture, one of the strongest in Brazil, and at the origin of fascinating syncretic religions, such as Candomblé and Umbanda.

In Minas Gerais, all the baroque and colonial heritage of Brazil will unfold before your eyes, not forgetting the famous warm hospitality of the “Mineiros.”

Finally in Rio de Janeiro, you will find the Brazil that we all love in the Samba and the sweet Bossa Nova played in the bars of Lapa. You should also experience the fervor of the carnival and its “ensaios” – the rehearsals for the final show.

With the Grand Tour of Brazil, you will leave with one simple wish, to come back and enjoy the beauty and the joy of one of the most wonderful countries in the world!

Trees jut out over the banks of the Amazon river.

 Grand Tour of Brazil – Detailed Itinerary

All transfers and excursions are private services except for the lodge in Amazonia and in Pantanal.

The guides mentioned in the program are private with exceptions in Pantanal and at the Juma lodge where they are an option.

DAY 1 : IGUAÇU/ IN –BRAZILIAN SIDE OF THE FALLS

In the morning, arrival from the airport and Hotel check-in.

In the afternoon, visit of the Brazilian Falls with your guide. The Brazilian side offers visitors a more general view of the falls that really shows the immensity of the place. You will cross the footbridges and other paths that pass over the cataracts, and allow you to enjoy this amazing natural setting.

Option Macuco Safari : If you like thrills, then don’t miss the famous Macuco Safari to get closer to the cataracts aboard big zodiac RIB boats! For a total of 2 hours, this excursion takes place in 2 stages: first you board silent electric vehicles that take you through the National Park forest then you walk about 500m to get to the boat landing stage. You then board the zodiacs equipped with life jackets. At the foot of the falls, under the cascades coming from all sides, thrills are guaranteed!

Incredible amounts of water gush over the Iguaçu falls.

Aerial View of Iguazu Falls one of the world's great natural wonders, on the border of Brazil and Argentina

DAY 2 : IGUAÇU/ CUIABA – FAZENDA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning: an excursion to visit the famous Iguaçu Falls from the Argentinian side with a guide. A breathtaking sight, the Iguaçu falls have been  a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Spreading over almost 3 km, the highest cascade reaches 90 m. The furthest view points are reached by footpaths and a small train. The tour has been planned out so that you can get as close as possible to the waterfalls to feel their power and see their full beauty.

Early afternoon, transfer to the airport of Foz do Iguaçu for a flight to Cuiabá. Arrival in Cuiabá and, departure by private vehicle to the fazenda (ranch/landowner’s property) or the hotel (100 kilometres of road + between 15 & 60 km of dirt track depending on which hotel/ ranch you choose) .

Check-in and night with full lodging not including drinks.

The Argentine side of the Iguaçu falls.

DAY 3 : PANTANAL – FAZENDA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel/fazenda.

In the morning, a motor boat ride with guide on the river to see native birds and caiman.

Return to the fazenda/ranch for a buffet lunch.  Mid afternoon, a canoe excursion, horse back trek or vehicle drive. (The excursion program can vary depending on the local weather and your desires, allowing you to see as much wildlife as possible).

Dinner at the fazenda. After dinner, a night safari in a 4X4 vehicle.

Night at the Fazenda.

A giant otter hunting in Pantanal.

DAY 4 : PANTANAL – FAZENDA

Brazilian buffet breakfast.

After breakfast, horse back ride or 4×4 vehicle to observe the morning wildlife.

Lunch.

In the afternoon around 4pm, motor boat safari along the river.

Dinner.

Night at the Fazenda.

A large deer relaxing on the green grass in Pantanal.

DAY 5 : FAZENDA – CUIABÁ / MANAUS

Early morning excursion by boat, by foot or on horseback, along the trails around the fazenda’s land with a local guide.

On return, a large buffet breakfast at the lodge.

Then, transfer to the airport at Cuiabá for flight to Manaus.

Arrival in Manaus and private transfer to your chosen hotel (Tropical Eco-resort or Saint Paul).

Night at hotel.

One of the many river bird species in Pantanal.

DAY 6 : MANAUS / LODGE

Brazilian buffet breakfast.

Morning: private visit of Manaus with a guide.

A 3 hour tour during which you will visit the famous Théâtre Amazonas, built in the era of rubber production and inaugurated in 1896. This theatre has a very European style and is the symbol of Manaus today. You will visit the theatre with its superb ceiling, its stage curtain representing the “Encounter of the Waters”, and also the hall with its Murano chandeliers, Rococo mirrors and ceiling on which the fine arts triumph.

You will also visit the local market where you can see lots of famous Amazonian fish (tambaquis, pirarucus, tucunarés, jaraquis, etc), but also regional fruits and Amazonian handicrafts (necklaces made with seeds, basketry, ceramics, Calabashes, bows and arrows etc.)

You will also visit the other important city monuments: Palace of Justice and Rio Negro Palace. The tour ends back at your hotel.

Early afternoon, transfer to the lodge, for a short 2 day stay with full board.

Transfer from Manaus to lodge (non private):

When you go to Juma Lodge, the transfer is an excursion in itself of about 3hrs. You arrive at the port, get in a boat and go as far as the meeting of the waters. It is a unique sight where the loamy waters of the Amazon meet the dark waters of the Rio Negro without mixing for several kilometres.

You cross the Amazon River before driving half an hour then about an hour’s boat ride along the Juma river to reach the Lodge.

If you are going to the Amazon Ecopark lodge you follow the Taruma river that you then cross to reach the Lodge’s beach.

Night at the lodge.

Theater of the Amazonas in Manaus.

The blue sky reflects off the Amazon rainforest.

A little hut on the edge of the Amazon river.

DAY 7 : LODGE

Brazilian breakfast at the lodge.
A day of activities organized by the lodge with full board (drinks not included).

The following activities are proposed by the guides according to the season:

NIGHT AND DAY ANIMAL WATCHING EXCURSION: Canoe trip by day to appreciate the sounds of the forest and the tropical wildlife, or at night to try to see small alligators and other animals. The alligators are fixated by the torch lights and their eyes shine like small red lights, making them easy to spot. Guides carefully catch them to show them close up and explain how they live before releasing them back into the wild.

VISIT TO AN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY: canoe trip to meet an indigenous community on the river banks and to discover their habits and customs.

PIRANHA FISHING: departure from the lodge in canoes to fish for piranha and other tropical river fish.

A NATURE WALK : Biodiversity is one of the main characteristics of the Eco Park, made up of rainforest, savannah and creeks. There are also many streams of clear, warm water that flow through the rainforest.

During the tour, the guide explains the wildlife. He also will introduce you to forest survival: where to find fruit and drinking water, first aid in an emergency and how to find your way back in the forest. The tour lasts 1 to 3 hours depending on the enthusiasm of the participants.

Each lodge also has other personalised activities. Ask us for more details.

Night at the lodge.

Native Americans in the Amazon in their traditional dress.

A wild parrot in the Amazon sits in a tree.

A huge Kapoc tree in the Amazon.

DAY 8 : LODGE/ MANAUS / SÃO LUÍS

A final early morning excursion and end of stay at the lodge.

 Transfer to Manaus airport and flight to São Luis.

On arrival, transfer and night in your chosen hotel.

The shimmering trees of the Amazon.

DAY 9 : SÃO LUÍS / BARREIRINHAS

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning departure in a private car with driver to Barreirinhas and the Lençois Maranhenses (a 3 ½ hr drive).

A natural wonder, “Lençois do Maranhão,” is a national park that owes its name to the immense dunes that spread out over 1550 km2 and seem like enormous white “lençois” (bed sheets).

This desert’s unique beauty is due to many lagoons of crystalline water formed by the rain. One can leisurely admire the splendid landscape through some fabulous walks punctuated by stops to go swimming.

In the afternoon, departure by 4X4 vehicle to go and explore the magnificent “Blue lagoon,” “Fish lagoon” and “Moon lagoon” and bathe in them if you wish.

Night in your chosen lodge.

The sun begins to set on the Lençois desert.

One of the shimmering lagoons in the Lençois desert.

DAY 10 : BARREIRINHAS / PARNAÍBA

Brazilian breakfast at the lodge.

In the morning, departure by private motorboat and descent of Rio Preguiças, to the Atlantic coast, in an exceptional natural setting. The banks of the river show themselves in all their splendor: mangroves, buritis, açaizeiros, coconut trees, tucunzeiros and never far away … herons and kingfishers.

As you approach the coast, the dunes unfold gradually. Stops at Vassouras, as well as at Mandacaru and its lighthouse where you will have a magnificent view over the whole region.

Arrival in the tiny village of Caburé and departure by 4×4 to the Parnaíba delta.. The track runs along the seafront for many kilometres before crossing a fishing village and going inland. The sensation of the end of the world is real: deserted beaches (there is no road access), migratory birds and sand dunes.

Gradually, the landscape of Nordeste appears: a few plantations of “buriti” palms, curious, rickety little houses, kids playing in the streams under fragile bridges. After a 2hr30 journey, arrival in Parnaíba and check-in at Casa do Santo Antonio.

Afternoon, Speed boat ride on the Parnaíba River delta also called the Delta of the Americas. Formed by 85 islands over an area of 2,700 km² between the states of Piauí and Maranhão, this is a complex group of islands that is only found elsewhere on the Nile and Mekong deltas.

In the same ecosystem there are various different types of terrain: rivers, lagoons, gigantic dunes, flooded areas, deserted beaches with white sands and various types of mangroves. The fauna, is extremely diverse too: crocodiles, monkeys, turtles, crabs and various types of birds such as herons or guarás (scarlet ibis).

Return to Parnaíba in the late afternoon, check-in and night at the charming lodge: Casa de Santo Antonio.

Rio preguicas at dusk, fishingboats line its banks.

A small jangada sails down the river Preguiças.

A guide catches a small Caiman.

DAY 11 : PARNAÍBA / JERICOACOARA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning, departure to Jericoacoara by 4×4. The road leads to Camocim, 120 km from Parnaíba, where you cross the Coreaú river by ferry.

A stop by the Tatajuba lagoon (recommended lunch at Didi´s).

After lunch, the journey continues through the dunes and marshlands during which you can take in beautiful views. A second ferry crossing at Guriú beach, a fishing colony located between Tatajuba and Jericoacoara and finally, arrival at the quiet village of Jericoacoara, with its sandy streets, coconut palms, and calm, warm, blue sea.

Night in your chosen lodge.

The shimmering sands of Jericoacoara.

DAY 12 : JERICOACOARA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

A free day to enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Sight-seeing tours and activities can be organised around Jericoacoara :

For example, buggy or quad bike rides to the blue and translucent Azul and Paraíso lagoons.

About an hour’s walk to the famous Pedra Furada (Pierced rock) passing by other amazing rock formations such as the Pedra do Padre (Priest’s rock).

Kite-surfing or wind surfing on Préa beach.

Capoeira or Brazilian dance lessons.

And lots more! Ask us for details.

Overnight stay.

Tatajuba, some brightly coloured hammocks hang above the pleasent warm waters.

Jericoacoara beach at low tide from the top of a dune.

DAY 13 : JERICOACOARA / GUAJIRU

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning transfer by private 4×4 vehicle to Guajiru.

After a short distance by track you will drive along the Préa beach, and then continue on the road to Icarai de Amontada where you will rejoin the beaches again.

A drive along the almost deserted beaches of Caetano and Icaraizinho, and then along the Baleia beach.

Then you cross the vast deserted landscapes to Mundau where you take a ferry to the village of Flexeiras, here you can go snorkelling at low tide. Then, on to the fishing village of Guajiru and the charming Rede Beach resort.

Night at the Rede Beach lodge.

The tide drops at Jericoacoara revealing the sandy bottom.

A windswept Jericoacoara.

DAY 14 : GUAJIRU / FORTALEZA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

A free morning to enjoy the almost deserted beach that runs as far as the eye can see or visit the area on quad bikes.

Late afternoon, transfer by 4×4 vehicle to Fortaleza by road (2hrs).

Fortaleza, is a town of contrasts between the modern buildings of Beira Mar and the homemade fishing boats on the Mucuripe beach. It’s one of the most lively cities of the Northeast region, with its cultural centre, Dragão do Mar where there are events every weekend.

Check-in and night in your chosen hotel.

A 4x4 heading between Guajiru and Jericoacoara.

DAY 15 : FORTALEZA / SALVADOR DE BAHIA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Salvador de Bahia.

Arrival in Salvador de Bahia, hotel transfer and check-in.

In the afternoon, a guided tour of the historical centre of Salvador de Bahia on foot. A walk in the heart of the old town (Pelourinho) with its magnificent colonial houses, all renovated in pastel colours (light and dark blue, bright pink, yellow, soft green). A stroll through the cobbled alleys and a visit to the splendidly decorated churches: the San Francisco Church – an astounding Baroque church with an interior covered in gold leaf and the Basilica Cathedral – a 17th century Jesuit college church, a masterpiece of colonial baroque architecture.

Night at the hotel.

Salvador de Bahia, an iconic town in Brazil.

DAY 16 : SALVADOR DE BAHIA

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: departure by car for a private guided visit of the town. The tour begins in the lower part of town, along the Itapagipe peninsula with its magnificent panoramic view. You will visit the Bonfim church, a very important religious place for the people of Bahia. It is the most famous church in Salvador. Built in 1754, it stands on a hill overlooking the town and its rugged terrain. In the Sala dos Milagres you will find the ex-votos, which are offered by the faithful to give thanks for a grace or healing obtained. They are also found in the form of notes describing the promises made by the faithful. In the church square there are people selling coloured ribbons. These “fitas” are attached around the wrist by three knots, each corresponding to a vow that will be heard once the bracelet has worn out and fallen off.

The visit continues with the Monte Serrat fort located on a jetty off the Itapagipe penninsula, which offers a breathtaking view of the bay and the island of Itaparica. Built in 1583, this fort protected Salvador from the Dutch attacks of the 17th century. Its harmonious forms make it a jewel of Brazilian military architecture.

Free afternoon to continue exploring the town or to enjoy the beach or your hotel facilities.

Night at your hotel.

Peninsula at Salvador de Bahia.

Religous ribbons on sale outside the church of Bonfim.

DAY 17 : SALVADOR / BELO HORIZONTE / OURO PRETO

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Airport transfer for your flight to Belo Horizonte.

A journey through time: the historic towns in the Minas Gerais region possess a unique artistic and architectural heritage. The churches, museums, streets and houses beautifully preserved or restored testify to a magnificent Brazilian cultural and traditional past.

When looking at an Aleijadinho sculpture you would be forgiven for mistaking your location for Portugal or Flanders. It’s both the pinnacle and the summary of baroque art in Brazil.

Minas Gerais is also a state with a difference, forged by its wealth during the gold rush, (and other minerals), thieves or “bandeirantes” ran wild here, and there are many tales of their adventures. Some of the cities that relate to this astonishing history are: Tiradentes, Mariana, and Ouro Preto.

Arrival in Belo Horizonte and transfer by private vehicle to Ouro Preto. (About 2 hours)

Night at the Hotel Luxor.

Beautiful Salvador from a distance.

Veranda in Salvador de Bahia.

DAY 18 : OURO PRETO

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: private transfer to Mariana and visit of the town and the Basilica da Sé cathedral

Free time for lunch.

Afternoon: visit of Ouro Preto and its mineralogical museum, São Francisco de Assis church and the Casa dos Contos.

Night at the Luxor hotel.

Colonial houses in Ouro Preto.

DAY 19 : OURO PRETO / TIRADENTES

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: transfer to Tiradentes. On the way there is a stop at Congonhas to visit the Bom Jesus de Matosinhos Basilica, and the Chapels of dos Passos and Profetas.

Free time for lunch.

Afternoon: the tour continues to São João Del Rei to visite the São Francisco de Assis church and the town.

Arrival in Tiradentes and night in the Brisa da Serra lodge.

Dimly lit Tiradentes at dusk, Minas Gerais.

DAY 20 : TIRADENTES / RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

Morning departure for Rio de Janeiro by private vehicle to visit Petrópolis.

Petrópolis (66 km from Rio de Janeiro) was the Summer City of the Carioca monarchy and its elite. Pedro I, the founder of the Brazilian Empire, had a daughter suffering from tuberculosis. He moved his family to a higher altitude to help his daughter’s ill health. Pedro II, born in 1825, then started building the Palace of Petrópolis in 1850. The City is marked by the elegance of the noble residences around the Imperial Palace.

Lunch.

In the afternoon, continue to Rio de Janeiro.

Arrival in Rio and night in your chosen hotel.

Imperial palace at Tiradentes.

DAYS 21 & 22 : RIO DE JANEIRO

Two days with two visits planned.

Corcovado : 4hr excursion with driver and guide. The Corcovado hill, with the statue of Christ the redeemer at the summit is one of the main symbols of the town. This huge stone monument, emerging from the forest, vertical and imposing, is undoubtedly one of the elements that make Rio de Janeiro “the wonderful city”.

The climb to the top can be done by train (funicular train) but there is usually a long queue!

Free afternoon to enjoy Rio as you wish.

Sugarloaf: Next morning, A guide and driver take you on a 4hr visit of Sugarloaf mountain. It is the sentinel at the entrance to the Guanabara bay.

Composed of two parts, the first extends from the Red Beach (Praia Vermelha) to the Urca hill, and is 224 meters high; The second goes from the Urca hill to Sugar loaf and is 395 meters high. The cable car ride takes approximately 3 minutes for each part. At the top, the spectacular view covers the entire southern zone and also Niteroi across the bay.

Nights at the hotel.

Christo Redentor stands above the clouds in Rio.

Copacabana beach on a sunny day.

DAY 23 : RIO DE JANEIRO / OUT

Brazilian breakfast at the hotel.

A Free day with optional excursions such as discovering Rio “off the beaten track”, hiking in the Tijuca forest or paragliding/hang gliding over the city. There are endless possibilities, ask us for details about booking additional activities.

Airport transfer for your international flight.

End of our services.

Museum of Niemeyer Niteroi.

Accommodation options on the Grand Tour of Brazil

Hotel Continental Inn (standard)

We have chosen this hotel for two reasons : Its location in the centre of Foz d’Iguacu and its very good value for money compared with other local hotels.

It offers comfortable and well equipped rooms for all types of clientele.

Standard twin room in Hotel Continental Inn.

Hotel Bourbon (superior)

With superior quality facilities the hotel Bourbon is set in a large and calm tree-lined park. Perfect for those looking for peace and quiet, the spa services are of top quality.

Room in the superior Hotel Bourbon.

Hotel Belmont das Cataratas (luxe)

This is one of the legendary luxury hotels in Brazil. It’s unique location in front of the Iguaçu waterfalls means its an obvious choice for those wanting to stay in the most scenic conditions. The colonial style hotel was recently acquired by the Belmond chain (Orient Express) and has been completely refurbished. The option that combines beauty, change of scenery and total luxury.

Aerial view of hotel das Cataratas.

Hotel Golden Tulip

This hotel is the best in the capital of Mato Grosso with a 3 star international standing and the only one of this quality in Cuiabá to date.

The rooms are modern and equipped to European standards. For all those who spend a night in Cuiabá it’s simply the best in town.

A double bed room in Golden Tulip of Cuiaba.

Pousada Rio Claro (Standard)

This is an excellent option to discover Pantanal.

Well located on the Pantaneira about 40kms from Pocona but set well back from the road.

The rooms are basic but comfortable enough for an enjoyable stay. The fact that its close to the river with lots of local animals and enthusiastic guides makes this a great choice for a stopover in Pantanal.

Outside view of pousada Rio Clara at sunset.

Pousada Piuval (Standard)

This pousada is interesting as it’s easy and quick to get to at the entrance to the Transpantaneira.

It is located on an active Fazenda (ranch) and is an excellent choice for those who want to horse ride. Its luxury category rooms built recently in 2016 are the most spacious and comfortable in the Transpantaneira.

As well as being an ideal place to discover the local animals you will see at first hand how the local cowboys live their daily life.

Pousada Piuval in Pantanal.

Pousada Fazenda Santa Tereza (Standard & superior)

This lodge is located 66Kms from the famous Transpantaneira that crosses Northern Pantanal.

It is attached to a local farm and is a small well equipped pousada with around 20 air-conditioned rooms with hot water. With a full board stay and excursions with a guide you will fall into local life in no time. However the local guides only speak Portuguese.

Triple bedroom in Fazenda Santa Tereza.

Pousada Rio Mutum (superior)

This pousada is off the beaten track and located in a wild and less visited region of Transpantaneira. Here the accommodation and its decor is of a charming Brazilian pousada style in small bungalows.

The surroundings are pleasant and the meals are of a high quality. It is also close to a lake and waterways that attract animals that you can learn about with a local professional guide.

Room in Pousada rio Mutum with four poster bed.

Hotel Saint Paul (Standard)

A small modern hotel offering basic services, recently renovated and in the centre of Manaus. It has around 60 pleasant rooms and some suites, two of which have a view of the Amazonas Theatre.

It’s an ideal hotel for those wishing to visit the town centre, suitable for families, friends and couples.

Double room in the hotel Saint Paul.

Hotel Tropical (Standard and superior)

This hotel is strategically placed a little out of town to reach the surrounding lodges easily.

Suite in tropical eco resort Manaus.

Hotel Villa Amazonia (Superior)

This new and charming accommodation in Manaus is the right place for those looking for luxury and calm at the same time as being in the town centre near the famous Amazonas Theatre. It’s the same style as the Anavilhanas Lodge with its quality rooms and services and a calm atmosphere.

Superior room in Villa Amazonia, Manaus.

Juma Lodge (Standard)

Juma is one of the lodges that offers the best local experience in Amazonia. The Juma Lodge focuses on ecology with its buildings made from local renewable materials and its totally autonomy. It is completely integrated into the surrounding nature, making it an ideal place to discover the surrounding fauna and flora.

Room in the Juma lodge in the Amazon.

Anavilhanas Lodge (Superior)

This is the most luxurious hotel built in the heart of the jungle. We can say for sure that it is the best place for a stay in Amazonia.

Located in front of the Anavilhanas archipelago which is one of the most interesting places to visit here, its quality services and charm will appeal to you if you are looking for excellent accommodation from which to discover Amazonia.

Room in the famous Anavilhanas jungle lodge.

Hotel Luzeiros

Hotel Luzeiros is 15 minutes from the historical center, (there are hotels in the historical center itself, but unfortunately they don’t yet match the standards we  offer to our clients).

Luzeiros and has a very nice sea view. It’s a modern hotel with all the  facilities required for a pleasant accommodation and an excellent option for a short stay in São Luís.

Double bedroom in hotel Luzeiros in São Luís.

Pousada Encantes do Nordeste (Standard)

A little out of the town centre the Pousada and its restaurant are on the Preguiças river bank. It has small pretty bungalows set in a pretty garden full of banana and palm trees.

This is the best choice for those not wanting to stay in a larger resort and who have a smaller budget for accommodation.

Outdoor view in the encantes de Nordeste pousada, beautiful coloured hammocks hang in the wind.

Porto Preguiças Resort (Superior)

This is the best hotel in the Barreirinhas area. It is situated in a large walled park on a river bend. The bungalows are made of local brick but have modern comforts and typical decor. They are placed around a leisurely pool.

There is a good restaurant, bars and activities making this resort an ideal address for families and those looking for upmarket accommodation.

A bungalow at the Porto Preguiças Resort from the outside.

Casa de Santo Antônio (Standard and Superior)

In a beautiful colonial house over 150 years old, this charming hotel is definitely the best hotel in the small town of Parnaíba. The owners have made a splendid job of renovating and decorating this old building revitalizing its heritage as well as modernising it.

The large comfortable bedrooms either have spacious balconies or open out onto the garden. An exceptional place and good value for money for families, couples, or groups of friends.

Room in the colonial casa de santo Antonio.

My Blue Hotel

In the village centre, and on the main beach, My Blue Hotel is a fine hotel with 80 comfortable rooms originally decorated in bright colours. The buildings are all one floor high and in a park with 2 pools and a jacuzzi. There is a fun family atmosphere and a beach restaurant for breakfast or a candle lit dinner over looking the ocean. This hotel is good value for money especially in high season.

Room in the my blue hotel in Jericoacoara.

Hotel Hurricane (Standard & Superior)

This hotel has a tropical charm to it with its bungalows that are comfortable and well equipped (Solar showers, quiet air-cons). It has used local natural materials with an organic design. A little out of the town centre Hotel Hurricane features a magnificent view pool and restaurant on the Malhada beach.

Note that children under 13 are unfortunately not accepted. It is aimed more at honeymoon couples or couples looking to stay in one of its 2 luxury bungalows. These are on the sea front and have a jacuzzi on the terrace. This is our favourite place in “Jeri.”

From July to October – Minimum stay of 5 nights

Aerial view of the hotel Hurricane with beach view in Jeri.

Pousada Vila Kalango (Superior)

This pousada truely follows the “Eco-Chic” trend in Jericoacoara. Pousada Vila Kalango is found at the end of the main beach at the foot of a giant dune. There are a few ecologically designed bungalows and apartments (Natural ventilation, no television) spread out in a very pretty garden.

In this natural but sophisticated setting, you will relax and forget everything as you look out over the blue ocean.

Room in the pousada vila kalongo with rustic balcony.

Pousada Chili Beach (Superior)

A charming little pousada with only four rooms, ideal for those looking for exclusivity and privacy.

The pool, restaurant and 2 of the rooms look out directly over the Malhada beach.

There are also two luxury and spacious bungalows (2 rooms) with private gardens.

The beautiful ocean view from pousada chili beach.

Hotel Essenza praia Jericoacoara (Superior)

This recently built hotel is on the main beach in Jericoacoara. All rooms have an ocean view. It is frequented by Brazilians who enjoy the small private pools on the balconies on the upper floor. It will appeal to those who appreciate modern designs and furniture.

Its rather expensive prices makes it a rather exclusive Hotel.

Essenza Jericoacoara

Pousada Rede Beach (Standard)

This charming pousada is well located in the centre of the small fishing village of Guajiru, directly on the immense beach that goes as far as the eye can see. All rooms have a balcony with a terrace and hammock and are prettily decorated in the local style and using natural materials.

The vast garden lends itself to a fun football match after which you can relax in the pool facing the ocean. Definitely the best value for money in the region. Minimum 2 nights stay at the weekends.

Very comfortable looking bed at the pousada Rede beach in Guajiru.

Pousada Vila Vagalume (Standard et Superior)

The Pousada Vila Vagalume is a fine establishment facing the ocean with bungalows of two (standard) and four rooms (superior) that are spacious and situated around a maloca – a huge Indian hut- under which you find the restaurant and the relaxation area next to the pool and the ocean.

We really like this place for its calm environment and its roomy bungalows facing the ocean with your feet almost in the sea. It’s ideal for couples looking for a relaxing atmosphere while on their Grand Tour of Brazil.

Superior bungalow shot from outside in the beautiful garden of pousada vila vagalume.

Zorah Beach (Superior)

This is quite simply the best hotel in the region with its high quality facilities of magnificent bungalows and fine suites, a gourmet restaurant and a large pool surrounded by a Tropical garden, all with an Asian theme. Everything is here for an exceptional stay!

A romantic and chic place for those looking for something special, or to celebrate an occasion, the Zora is a hotel that will satisfy the most exigent clients. Minimum of 2 nights stay.

The beautifully lit and comfortable Zorah beach interior.

Hotel Sonata de Iracema (Standard)

This is particularly interesting for its value for money. It has a hundred rooms facing the ocean and a magnificent view of the town. It is also close to shops and restaurants. You can walk to the bars in the evening and it is also a few minutes walk from the Dragão do Mar centre.

Good quality accommodation at a reasonable price this hotel is a best seller. Recommended to all clients.

Terrace and facade of the hotel sonata Iracema.

Gran Marquise (Superior)

On the famous Beira Mar sea front, this hotel has a privileged position in the centre of Fortaleza. It has a wide choice of accommodation from rooms to apartments all with upmarket services expected from a recently renovated spa. There is also a gourmet Asian restaurant.

A hotel worth staying in to enjoy and relax. Those who like good quality will appreciate this fine hotel.

Ocean view suite of the hotel Gran Marquise.

Fera Palace hotel

This new establishment in Salvador is very original. It has stylish art deco rooms and a lounge pool on the roof offers an exceptional setting with a beautiful view of “Todos os Santos” (All Saints) bay. Its location just outside the historic centre is also an advantage.

The modern decoration of Fera palace hotel.

Pousada Villa Bahia

This is without doubt the preferred pousada for tourists in the historic center. Two 17th & 18th century houses joined together make it feel like a private mansion. The pleasant rooms have a neo-colonial style, there’s also a small pool and indoor patios that create a very harmonious atmosphere.

Beautiful four poster bed in Vila Bahia with terrace looking onto city.

Pousada solar do Rosario (Standard and Superior)

This pousada offers a trip into the historical atmosphere of the baroque centre of Ouro Preto. In this old 19th century hotel with colonial style rooms it feels like a trip back in time but with all modern furnishings.

There is a good restaurant and both indoor and outdoor pools making this pousada an exceptional place to stay in.

Hotel Solar do Rosario room with terrace.

Hotel Brisa da Serra (Standard and Superior)

Brisa da Serra is located in a beautiful and calm garden facing the green hills. It has large rooms decorated in old stone and contemporary styles. Some rooms have a real and working fireplace for a romantic evening in front of the fire in the cooler season. Exceptional facilities almost at a luxury level make this an excellent way to end your “Mineiro tour.”

Room in hotel Brisa da Serra, Tiradentes.

Hotel Olinda (standard)

This hotel doesn’t have a pool but it is still one of the best options for a reasonable stay in Rio. The rooms with a sea view over Copacabana are pleasantly decorated in a 1950s style and are very charming.

Standard room in Hotel Olinda, Rio de Janeiro.

Altos de Santa Teresa (Standard)

An address that we are glad to recommend to our clients, located in the Santa Teresa district 20 minutes from Copacabana by taxi. If you are looking for a small, quality pousada in a quiet area of ​​the city, then Altos de Santa Teresa pousada is your best option. In a completely refurbished and modernized house, the owners have created a haven of peace with beautiful rooms and common areas decorated with care in a resolutely contemporary design. The superb terrace offers a swimming pool and jacuzzi with a magnificent panoramic view. Great benefits for the best value for money we offer in Rio de Janeiro. A romantic place ideal for couples but also for those looking for a small establishment far from the hustle and bustle of the city.  Absolutely a top pick!

Terrace of the Hotel Altos de Santa Teresa Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Miramar  (Superior)

This hotel could be in the luxury category as it is located on the Copacabana beach. It is the best value for money in its range. It offers an excellent breakfast rightfully known as the best in Rio. Our superior pick for Rio de Janeiro.

Double room in the excellent hotel Mirimar.

Prices for a double room:

Standard category: 2 persons $6380 /pers 4 persons $4856 /pers
Superior category 2 persons $7291 /pers 4 persons $5751 /pers

Low season price of the current year, given as an indication and not a quote.

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