Want to see as much of Brazil as possible but have limited time?

Our experts at Brazil Selection have created a tour that lets you discover this south American giant in 4 symbolic destinations on our Must see Tour, all in 9 days and 8 nights.

A benefit of this package is that it allows you to extend your stay as you wish, for example by adding seaside resort stops or visits to other regions. Moreover, this tour package is ideal to enjoy during a short vacation period such as the half term school holidays.

On our Must see Express Tour discover :
Iguacu Falls
Rio de Janeiro
Salvador de Bahia
The Amazon rainforest

Map highlighting the stops on the must-see Brazil tour.

Must See Express Tour – Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 : Iguaçu in
The Brazilian side of the water falls & Macuco Safari option

Day 2 : Iguaçu / Rio de Janeiro
The Argentine side of the water Falls & flight to Rio

Day 3 : Rio de Janeiro
Sugar Loaf Mountain visit and free time in Rio

Day 4 : Rio de Janeiro / Salvador
Corcovado visit and free time, flight to Salvador in the evening

Day 5 : Salvador
Visit of historic centre

Day 6 : Salvador / Manaus
Panoramic tour and flight to Manaus at end of afternoon

Day 7 : Manaus / Juma Lodge
Transfer to Juma Lodge and start of stay in the forest

Day 8 : Juma Lodge
Forest activities

Day 9 : Juma Lodge / Manaus / out
Transfer to Manaus and airport. End of our services

Explore the four major destinations in Brazil with our Express Tour

There are many extraordinary places in Brazil but some are more iconic than others, these are the picture postcards of Brazil.

We have organised this tour to include Brazil’s four top tourist attractions so you can discover the most important places in a short time frame.

This package is a true tour to the heart of Brazil starting in the south with a nature stage and the amazing water falls near Foz d’Iguacu on the Argentine border. Then on to the famous “Cidade Maravilhosa”, the mythical Rio de Janeiro.

Next, it’s up to the northern part of the country and a cultural stop in Salvador de Bahia with its remarkable colonial heritage. Finally, the tour reaches its climax with a stay in the middle of the Amazon tropical rainforest in a hotel on stilts, the Juma Lodge . It takes 3 hours by boat and vehicle to reach it from Manaus.

A fisherman comes in off the Amazon river at sunset.

Experience the most amazing waterfalls in the world

The first destination on our tour is Foz d’Iguacu and its water falls listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Here you will find yourself in front of the powerful and impressive element of cascading water.

Two excursions with a guide will allow you to explore these amazing cataracts in the best conditions. As U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt repordetly said when seeing this wonder of the world: “Poor Niagra.”

A shot from above of the cascading waters of Iguçu falls.

Climb the hills of Samba capital and admire the magnificent bay!

The second stop on this Must See tour of Brazil has is the famous Rio de Janeiro.

With guided tours and free time you will explore the most important parts of the town, the Corcovado hills, the Copacabana beaches and the famous Maracana stadium.

It’s a chance to see the most famous sites of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

A shot of Copacabana beach with Rio de Janeiro city in the background.

A stop over in the most African town in South America

After 2 days in Rio, you will set off to Salvador de Bahia, the African part of Brazil known as the capital of alegria (joy).

Here you will be enchanted by the rich perfumes of the delicious local cooking and the batucada rhythms resonating down the colorful streets leading to the Praca da Se, the centre of Afro-Brazilian culture.

You can also enjoy the town’s 50kms of beaches, perfect for a little last minute relaxation.

A view of Salvador de Bahia from the water.

Discover the mysterious jungle, a truly memorable destination

Your tour ends with what is undoubtedly the most mythical of places on this tour of Brazil, the mysterious Amazon jungle.

The simple mention of this region awakens the imagination of us all. It’s one of the last places on our planet that is still partly unexplored.

magnificent lodge awaits you in a luxuriant and extraordinary natural setting far from the rest of the world. A stay in this privileged place is a treat for the senses that are overwhelmed by a totally new exotic environment which is full of life.

It’s the perfect destination to end such a beautiful journey!

The lush green Amazon rainforest.

Must See Tour Express –  Detailed Itinerary

All transfers and excursions are private services except the Juma lodge

Day 1 : Iguaçu/ in

Flight & arrival at Iguacu airport.

After collecting your bags, your chauffeur will take you to your hotel.
Check-in and room allocation.

Afternoon

A 3hr. guided visit of the Iguacu Falls from the Brazilian side.

You can round the visit off with the Macuco Safari option (contact us for a quote) where you can get right up close to the falls in big powerful zodiac boats, thrills guaranteed!

Return to the hotel at end of the afternoon.

Night at the hotel.

The Argentinian side of the Iguaçu falls.

Day 2 : Iguaçu/Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning

3hr visit of the Iguacu falls from the Argentine side with a guide.

You will cross the border between Brazil and Argentina and reach the falls by walking down a series of bridges and paths taking you as close as possible to the cascades and in particular the famous Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat).

At the end of the day, transfer to the airport and flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Arrival in Rio de Janeiro, private transfer to your hotel.

Check-in and night at the hotel

The Brazilian side of Iguaçu falls.

Day 3 : Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning

Sugar Loaf Mountain visit with a guide, a chauffeur and vehicle. Once at the Urca quarter you will take the first of two cable cars to the top of Morro da Urca then a second cable car to the top of “Pao de Açucar” to admire the 360° panoramic view of the “Wonderful city” and its bay. Return to the hotel with the chauffeur.

Afternoon: choice of activities.
As an extra we can provide a chauffeur and car for half a day (4hrs). Numerous visits are possible (Tijuca forest, town centre, museums, markets, favelas or shanty towns, beaches, etc. (ask us for a quote).

Night at the hotel

Cable car going to Pao de Acucar or sugarloaf mountain in English

Day 4 : Rio de Janeiro/Salvador de Bahia

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning visit of Corcovado (Christ the redeemer) with a guide.
Departure from your hotel in a car or mini van crossing the Tijuca forest before reaching the foot of the statue, then a few metres on foot with your guide before discovering the amazing view that stretches out before you.

Free afternoon of activities, you can go on an extra visit (see explanation on previous day)

Evening

Transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport and flight to Salvador de Bahia.

Arrival in Salvador de Bahia. Transfer to hotel.
Check-in and night at hotel.

Tijuca forest in Rio, with O cristo redentor in the background.

Day 5 : Salvador de Bahia

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning

Half day visit on foot of the historic town centre with a guide.

You will visit the Pelourinho quarter, the historical centre of Salvador which retraces the town’s history from its colonial beginning to today. Then you will go down to the harbour to the Mercado Modelo with its handicraft shops and local produce.

Afternoon free to relax or go shopping, you can also visit a museum or enjoy the beaches instead.

Night at hotel.

Pelourinho in Salvador de Bahia.

Day 6 : Salvador/Manaus

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning

Panoramic tour of Salvador, with a guide, lasting 4hrs to see the main monuments of the lower part of town, such as the Mont Serrat fort, the Ribeira, the famous Bonfim church and the Barra lighthouse.

Afternoon, a chauffeur will drive you to the airport.

Flight to Manaus.

Arrival in Manaus, transfer and check-in at your hotel.

Night at hotel.

Panoramic view of Salvador de Bahia.

Day 7 : Manaus/Juma Lodge

Breakfast, Brazilian buffet style at the hotel

Morning: transfer to the port.

You will set off by boat to cross the river Amazon. On the way, you will pass from the black waters of the Rio Negro to the murky waters of the Rio Solimoes. You will then continue on land to another river where you will take a second boat to reach the Juma Lodge. It is an exciting 3 hour trip and a first encounter with the Amazon forest.

Arrival and check-in at the Lodge.

Start of your stay in the forest with full board (drinks not incl.).

Dinner and night at the lodge.

The black waters of Rio negro meet the murky waters of Rio Solimoes.

Day 8 : Juma Lodge

Breakfast: Brazilian buffet at the hotel

You will spend the day in the forest and on the river with local guides who will show you the secrets of this unique ecosystem with lots of different activities and excursions.

For example, canoe trips to see the fauna and flora, night safaris, piranha fishing and forest exploration.

Lunch, dinner and night at the lodge.

A lazy sloth hangs from a tree in the Amazon.

Day 9 : Juma Lodge / Manaus / out

Breakfast : Brazilian buffet at the hotel

Transfer & return to Manaus in the morning (4hrs).

Transfer to the airport for your flight out.

End of our services.

The rainforest reaches out over the Amazon river.

Must See Tour – Accommodation

Continental Inn (Standard)

This is a comfortable hotel in the town centre, close to the restaurants and shops. It’s our best value for money address in the region.

Chambre rouge Continental Inn Iguaçu

Hotel Bourbon Convention & Spa Resort (Superior)

Outside town, the Hotel Bourbon offers luxury services in a quiet place, ideal for couples.

Chambre vue jardin Hotel Bourbon Iguaçu

Recanto das cataractas Resort (Superior)

Located in a magnificent 12,000m2 park in the town, The Recanto das Cataractas Resort is a compromise between proximity to the town and calm natural surroundings. It has comfortable rooms with superb facilities including an amazing pool, and other activities. A great stay for families.

Chambre master hotel recanto das cataratas Iguaçu

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas (Luxury)

This is the luxury stay in Iguacu, the only hotel inside the Iguacu national park overlooking the famous waterfalls that you can still enjoy once back at your hotel. A beautiful neo-colonial style building with luxury installations and services for a glamorous and memorable stay. This is the choice for honeymoons or other celebrations.

extérieur piscine hôtel das Cataratas Iguaçu

Hotel Olinda (standard)

Hotel Olinda is a quality hotel with a classic (1950s) style. Recently renovated it offers beautiful rooms with a beautiful view of the ocean and Copacabana beach. All rooms offer, cable TV, minibar, safe, frigobar and wifi. An excellent price / quality ratio compared to the location and services.

Room in hotel Olinda in Rio de Janeiro.

Hotel Arena Leme (standard)

Hotel Arena Leme is one of the last hotels built on Copacabana beach. Located in Leme in the upper part of the beach, it seduces guests with the tranquility of its surroundings while offering a view that really shows you why people consider Rio a magical place.

All rooms are modern and well-equipped with welcoming decoration mixing local wood and contemporary lines. The rooms we offer all have a direct view of the ocean so our clients do not miss the exceptional and impressive panoramic view.

A perfect hotel to combine comfort, tranquility and a privileged location.

Ocean view room in Hotel Arena Leme.

Altos de Santa Teresa (Standard)

Altos de Santa Teresa is a small and utterly charming pousada perched on the heights of Santa Teresa hill. Located in a very quiet area of ​​this bohemian residential area frequented by artists, these few rooms are amply comfortable and all decorated with great taste.

Pleasant services and elaborate decoration combined with a breathtaking view of the bay and sugar loaf mountain impress guests. The pousada is complete with a large terrace where a jacuzzi and a swimming pool allow you to relax while admiring the view. 20 minutes from Copacabana by taxi, this is a privileged address for a romantic stay or for travelers in search of tranquility.

Altos de Santa Tereza pousada in Rio.

Hotel Miramar (Superior)

This hotel has all the comfort and quality services we expect from a luxury hotel.

Fine rooms with excellent facilities in an ideal setting at the end of the Copacabana beach make this a very attractive stay for all clients wanting superior quality.

Room in hotel miramar in Rio de Janeiro.

Copacabana Palace (luxe)

The Copacabana Palace no longer needs an introduction. Possibly the most prestigious place in Brazil right in the middle of the Copacabana avenue facing the ocean and close to all the shops, bars and restaurants.

Staying here is an experience of true luxury,  possibly the best location in Brazil.

Copacabana palace, one of the best hotels in Brazil.

Hotel Fera Palace (Standard)

An old 1930s palace that was completely renovated in 2017. Its location is great, right at the entrance to Pelourinho, the historic quarter of Salvador. It boasts an Art Deco style from the 1930s and fine, comfortable rooms.

A roof Terrace and an infinity pool make this a choice place to watch the sunsets. The new, fashionable place to stay in Salvador.

Sunset from fera palace hotel in Salvador de Bahia.

Pousada Vila Bahia (Superior)

The must see place for those who love the colonial charm of a historic hotel.

This old Portuguese colonial house has been completely refurbished to welcome visitors to a luxurious stay in a neo colonial style.

It is a charming place ideal for a romantic stay and for lovers of history.

A room from the pousada vila Bahia in Salvador.

Hotel Saint-Paul (Standard)

The Saint-Paul is located in the historic centre of Manaus, a few minutes walk from the Opera house. A small, plain but modern hotel, it is very well located. It has a few rooms with a view of the famous opera house. Ideal for exploring this amazing town.

Standard room in St Pauls in Manaus.

Eco Resort Tropical (Standard & Superior)

This resort has 611 rooms with full services and activity facilities, a pool a zoo and various restaurants. It’s the hotel that offers the most services in the region.

A room from the eco resort tropical hotel in Manaus.

Juma Lodge (Standard)

This is a magnificent Eco lodge located 3/4 hr. from Manaus in the heart of the jungle on the edge of a lake. It is a collection of bungalows built on stilts 10m above ground to avoid flooding. It has a very natural atmosphere but all modern comforts are available. There are daily activities and outings with a guide from the lodge.

One of the walkways amongst the tree canopy at the Juma lodge in the Amazon.

Double room prices:

Standard category: 2 persons $2017 /pers 4 persons $1792 /pers
Superior category 2 persons $2188 /pers 4 persons $1962 /pers

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

Want to enjoy the slower pace of Brazilian life? See our Must See Tour relax package.

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