Brazil is such a big country it is often difficult to chose which of its destinations to include in a vacation package, especially if it’s the first time you discover this amazing country.

At Brazil Selection, we want to make life easier for you and ensure your holiday has an equal amount of excitement, relaxation and comfort. This package tour groups the major places to see in Brazil at an easy pace where you will also have time for some personal sight seeing.

To help you in your search for an unforgettable trip, we have selected 4 essential destinations for a first discovery of Brazil. We have put them in a circuit called the Must See Places of Brazil.

In our Must See Relax Tour discover :
The impressive Iguacu Water Falls
Rio de Janeiro, the «Wonderful City »
Salvador de Bahia, the soul of Brazil
The mythical Amazon forest


About our Must See Relax Tour program

Day 1 : Iguaçu in
Arrival, transfer and hotel check-in. Guided tour of the Iguacu Falls Brazilian side (Macuco Safari on option)

Day 2 : Iguaçu
Guided visit of the Argentine side of Iguacu Falls.

Day 3 : Iguaçu
Free day.

Day 4 : Iguaçu/Rio de Janeiro
Flight to Rio de Janeiro, private transfer to hotel and check-in, guided visit of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Day 5 : Rio de Janeiro
Guided visit of the Corcovado.

Day 6 : Rio de Janeiro
Half-day ‘à la carte’ tour with a guide.

Day 7 : Rio de Janeiro
Free day.

Day 8 : Rio de Janeiro/Salvador de Bahia
Flight to Salvador de Bahia, transfer and hotel check-in, guided visit of the town’s historic centre.

Day 9 : Salvador de Bahia
Panoramic tour of Salvador.

Day 10 : Salvador de Bahia
Excursion to Cachoeira.

Day 11 : Salvador de Bahia
Free day

Day 12 : Salvador / Manaus
Flight to Manaus, arrival, transfer and check-in at hotel, guided tour of Manaus.

Day 13 : Manaus / Juma Lodge
Transfer to the Juma Lodge, check-in at the lodge, start of your stay in the forest with full board (drinks not incl.).

Day 14 : Juma Lodge
Day in the forest

Day 15 : Juma Lodge
Excursions and activities in the jungle or on the rivers.

Day 16 : Juma Lodge / Manaus / out
Return transfer to Manaus in the morning (non private). Transfer to airport for your flight.

Visit 4 destinations to discover the best of Brazil!

With this Tour, we suggest beginning your Brazilian exploration with the famous and fantastic Iguacu Water Falls.

Then on to the ‘Wonderful city’ of Rio de Janeiro, a magical city with its unique cultural vitality and magnificent setting where the mountains overlook the ocean.

Next you’ll discover Salvador de Bahia and get to know the passionate Afro-Brazilian culture and the beautiful beaches of this region.

Lastly, you will encounter the Amazon and stay in an isolated lodge lost in the jungle and visit the famous town of Manaus.

These landmarks have been chosen for their emblematic character and touristic interest and they offer a panorama of Brazil’s extraordinary diversity of landscapes and cultures.


Foz de Iguacu, is a classic to visit in Brazil, perfect for a fun and relaxing stay

The Iguacu Falls are unique in South America. They are not the highest falls but their majestic power and their almost 3000 metres in width always impresses the visitors, whether they are locals or foreigners.

The river Iguacu creates a natural frontier at the falls between the Parana state and Argentina. The falls are very different depending on whether you visit from one side or the other.

The town of Foz d’Iguacu a few kilometres away is very touristic and there are lots of other activities in this region. The triple border with Paraguay and Argentina means you can spend a day in Ciudad del Este or in other neighbouring places.

Iguacu Falls

“The Wonderful City”, discover this beautiful Carioca capital

Rio de Janeiro is probably, geographically, the most beautiful city in the world. Although it is a large city it has managed to conserve small pockets of green everywhere thanks to a very hilly landscape with steep mountains.

It also has its famous beaches Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana which add an even more exotic touch to this magnificent capital city. Contemplating this incredible panorama from the Corcovado or the Sugar loaf Mountain is an unforgettable experience that you will never tire of.

This town never sleeps and combines all its natural and cultural treasures with a unique elegance. The welcoming inhabitants are always happy to share a part of their culture. The town where Samba was born has lots of places where you can mix with the locals and enjoy dancing until the morning. Don’t forget the extraordinary carnival with a street reserved solely to present each of the blocos or floats during the festivities.

Plage Ipanema

Welcome to the frenzied capital of Afro-Brazilian culture

Salvador de Bahia is a city apart in Brazil. Some even go so far as to say that it is another country inside Brazil.

It was the country’s capital for several centuries on a promontory at the entrance to the bay from where it gets its name, bordered by nearly 25kms of beaches. You will find colonial architectural heritage, notably in the historical district of Pelourinho. It is also here that a large part of the black slaves who came directly from Africa were disembarked before being sold and sent across the country. The city has thus become the cradle of most Afro-Brazilian cultures and many religious syncretisms such as the Candomblé.

Salvador de Bahia

Memorable stay in the largest forest in the world

You can’t imagine the Amazon until you have stayed in it. Everything is so amazing that even the most spectacular photos are a disappointment compared to reality.

Covering almost 50% of Brazil, this visit is not to be missed.

The capital of Manaus is also a “must” with its fascinating architectural heritage built from the fortunes made from producing rubber sap in the XIXth century. In particular there is the beautiful Amazonas theatre.

To really discover this tropical forest and all its inhabitants, we suggest staying in a lodge right in the heart of the jungle. It takes about 3hrs. from the regional capital to get to the lodge, and the trip is an excursion in itself. You will see the ‘encounter of the waters’ where the clear black water of the Negro river meet the murky brown water of the Solimoes river, that becomes the Amazon after Manaus. You can also go on a private cruise on this river for 2 nights, or more, if you wish.


The Must See Relax Tour-detailed program

All transfers and excursions are private services except at the Juma Lodge

Day 1 : Iguaçu in

After your arrival and hotel check-in, you will set off on a 3 hr visit to the Iguacu Falls from the Brazilian side and with a guide.

There is an amazing overall view of these enormous cascades from this side. There are ideal natural view points from where you can marvel at this incredible natural phenomenon.

You can top the visit off with the Macuco Safari option (Ask us for a quote) where you can get right up close to the base of the Falls in large zodiac boats with powerful engines. Thrills are guaranteed !

Return and night at the hotel.

Iguaçu Macuco Safari

Day 2 : Iguaçu

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning it’s off for a roughly 4hr visit of the Iguacu Falls from the Argentine side and with a guide.

Almost 85m high, 700m long and 150m wide, the « Devil’s Throat » is the most impressive part of the falls in Argentina. This horse shoe shaped part of the falls offers an amazing spectacle that you can get very close to thanks to a series of suspended bridges.

Free afternoon, there are excursions available, see day 3.

Night at the hotel.

iguaçu chutes argentines

Day 3 : Iguaçu

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Free day to enjoy the hotel facilities or go on some optional excursions such as:

  • Visit the impressive Itaipu dam one of the biggest in the world
  • Shopping trip in Ciudad del Este, in Paraguay,  the other side of the border
  • Rafting and trekking
  • Visit of the largest South American bird sanctuary where you can enter the aviaries and find yourself among the most exotic of birds – parrots !

Night at hotel.

Iguaçu parc oiseaux

Day 4 : Iguaçu/ Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning, Flight for Rio de Janeiro, transfer and hotel check-in.

Afternoon: a visit to the Sugar loaf Mountain with a guide and vehicle (4hrs).

Your guide will collect you at the hotel with a vehicle and driver to visit the Urca district. Here, you take a first cable car to the top of Urca hill where you will discover the extraordinary panoramic view of the Guanabara Bay. A second cable car then takes you to the top of the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain where you can see for 365 degrees. If you wish you can descend the Urca hill on foot through the forest.

Return and night at the hotel.

Rio- de-Janeiro-vision-téléphérique-pain-de-sucre

foot Copacabana

Day 5 : Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: visit of Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) with a guide for 4hrs.

After leaving the hotel with a guide and a private vehicle, you will drive to the Tijuca forest and start climbing the mountain to reach the Corcovado park entrance. From here, you will continue on foot with your guide to reach the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer and admire one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the city, and the world!

Afternoon: free to explore the city and enjoy the beach.

Night at the hotel.

Rio de Janeiro

Day 6 : Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: departure with a guide, vehicle and driver to visit Rio as you wish. You can choose your destinations and visit museums, beaches, markets, the town centre and cathedral, the Maracana or the botanical gardens.

It is also possible to plan a whole day visiting as you wish. There are also public visits of the favelas or the Tijuca forest. It’s the largest urban forest in the world, created by the emperor in the mid XIXth century. It’s an ideal opportunity to discover the regional tropical plants, comfortably installed in the back of a pick-up truck.
Night at the hotel.

theatre Rio de Janeiro

Day 7 : Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Free day.

Optional excursions are available and detailed in the above day’s program or a boat ride in the Guanabara or to Niteroi to visit the famous Museum of Modern Art built by the architect Niemeyer.

Night at hotel.

Rio de Janeiro favela

Day 8 : Rio de Janeiro/Salvador de Bahia

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: transfer to the airport and flight to Salvador de Bahia.
Arrival in Salvador de Bahia, transfer to hotel and check-in.

Afternoon: half day visit of the historic town centre on foot and with a guide.
You will discover the Modelo market with over 250 handicraft shops and you can take the amazing Lacerda public lift up to the Pelourinho quarter. You can wander the cobbled streets lined with buildings dating back to the renaissance, true vestiges of the colonial era of Brazil.

Night at the hotel.

Salvador Bahia Historique

Day 9 : Salvador de Bahia

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you on a panoramic tour of Salvador roughly a 4 hr sightseeing tour to visit the main monuments of the oldest capital of Brazil.
You will see the famous Fort Santo Antonio and its lighthouse, the first lighthouse on the American continent. Then you can admire the Orixas sculptures, the gods of Candomble, at the Tororo dyke and then the new stadium, the Nosso Senhor Do Bonfim church and the Mont Serrat fort for a full tour of all the best places in the town !

Afternoon: free time to continue exploring the town and its amazing history. There are several interesting museums to visit in the Pelourinho quarter of town.

Night at the hotel

Salvador Bahia panoramique

Day 10 : Salvador de Bahia

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

A day’s excursion to Cachoeira, a little colonial town inland from Salvador de Bahia, you will set off by car with a guide.

Cachoeira is a small town built along a river which has preserved its very beautiful colonial architecture. On the way there you can visit a local market, a cigar making factory and lunch in a traditional Fazenda (farm). You can also visit a local arable farm.

Night at the hotel.

Cachoeira Bahia

Day 11 : Salvador de Bahia

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

A free day to explore Salvador or relax and enjoy.

You can also take a boat ride to Itaparica Island the other side of the Gulf of Bahia. An excellent opportunity to enjoy the lovely Bahian beaches

Night at the hotel

Salvador Bahia Barra

Day 12 : Salvador / Manaus

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: a chauffeur will pick you up and take you to the airport for your flight to Manaus.
Arrival in Manaus, transfer and check-in at your hotel.

Afternoon: a guided visit of the town by car to discover the remarkable architectural and cultural heritage of this famous town.

You will visit the Teatro Amazonas, the most emblematic monument of this capital of Amazonia, and a symbol of the town’s great prosperity. You will find a few palaces that trace the history of the town and also the floating market with its impressive fish market. You will also find various handicraft objects made locally

Night at hotel.

Manaus theatre


Day 13 : Manaus / Juma Lodge

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

A non private, morning transfer will take you to the Juma Lodge (Ask us for details for private, or specific timed transfers). This transfer is an excursion in itself of about 3hrs. from the port where you climb aboard a boat to cross the river Amazon (45 mins)

During the crossing, you will see the amazing phenomenon of the encounter of the waters of the Amazon river and the Negro river. On reaching the other side you will take a vehicle for about half an hour and then another boat to go up river and into the jungle to reach the Juma Lodge.

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.

Juma lodge

Day 14 : Juma Lodge

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

You will spend the day in the forest and on the water with local guides who will share the secrets of this unique ecosystem via various activities and excursions.

Lunch at the lodge.

You can go on walks in the forest where guides will share some of the jungle’s secrets with you. You can canoe along the igarapes, waterways under the trees or fish for piranhas. The guides adapt their activities to the season and your desires for an ideal stay.

Dinner and night at the lodge.

Juma Lodge

Day 15 : Juma Lodge

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

More exploration and activities in the jungle or on the rivers, with local guides from the lodge.

Lunch at the lodge.

Dinner and night at the lodge.

Juma lodge

Day 16 : Juma Lodge / Manaus / out

Brazilian buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer back to Manaus in the morning (non private).

You are then taken to the airport for your flight.

End of our services.

Juma lodge

Discover the selection of accommodation for the “must see” tour relax

Continental Inn (Standard)

Located in the town centre, the Continental Inn is good value for money if you want to be in town.

Chambre master quadruple Continental Inn Iguaçu

Recanto das cataractas Resort ( Standard & Superior)

The Recanto das Cataratas hotel  is a resort offering complete leisure facilities in a 12-hectare park with 4 hectares of preserved rainforest, all in the heart of the city. Ideal for families with children.

Chambre standard hotel Recanto das Cataratas guaçu

Hotel Bourbon Convention & Spa Resort (Superior)

Situated out of town the hotel Bourbon offers luxury facilities and services in a quiet surrounding. Ideal for couples.

Chambre supérieure vue piscine Hotel Bourbon Iguaçu

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas.

This is a top quality palace in a unique setting in the Iguacu national park at the foot of the falls.

A stay in this colonial style palace is an exceptional moment and athe ideal place to celebrate an important event. For those looking for the best.

vue aérienne hotel das cataratas Iguaçu

Hotel Pestana Rio Atlantica (standard)

Le Pestana Atlântica est une situation idéale au milieu de Copacabana, des chambres avec vue imprenables sur l’océan et la plage, une décoration moderne. Idéal pour ceux qui veulent profiter de l’effervescences des lieux.

pestana rio atlantica suite luxe vue ville hotel Pestana Rio de Janeiro

Altos de Santa Teresa (Standard)

La pousada de charme Altos de Santa Teresa est installée tout en haut de la colline de Santa Teresa un quartier calme et résidentiel à 20 minutes en taxi de Copacabana, offrant une vue imprenable sur le Pain de Sucre et la baie de Rio. Une très belle décoration, des chambres confortables et spacieuses et des espaces communs offrants des services haut de gamme font de cet établissement l’adresse idéale pour un séjour de charme en couple.

chambre de charme hotel Altos de Santa Tereza Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Sofitel (Superior)

L’hotel Sofitel est l’adresse alliant service haut de gamme et excellente situation entre les mythiques plages d’Ipanema et de Copacabana. Idéal pour les familles.

chambre et salle de bain Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana

Copacabana Palace (Superior)

This is the most reputed palace in the country. Almost a century old it is famous worldwide. The refinement of its services and the glamorous decoration makes it a privileged stay for an exceptional occasion.

restaurant Cipriani hotel Copacabana Palace

Hotel Pestana Convento do Carmo (Superior)

Housed in the walls of a former colonial convent, it is the only historic hotel in Brazil. An exceptional setting, perfect for a romantic break or for history buffs.

Salvador de Bahia pestana convento carmo Suite Royale

Hotel Saint-Paul (Standard)

The Saint-Paul is located in the historic centre of Manaus, a few minutes walk from the Theatro Amazonas. It has a few rooms with a view of the famous Teatro Amazonas. A hotel for all types of visitors and ideal for discovering this amazing town. For us it’s the best choice for staying in town.


Eco Resort Tropical (Standard & Superior)

The Tropical is a large eco-resort that offers a relatively luxurious and comfortable setting with very complete leisure facilities located on the water’s edge in the north of the city near the airport. He has his own port. Perfect for families but also for travelers not wishing to visit Manaus.

Chambre grand lit hotel Tropical Manaus

Juma Lodge (Standard)

Juma lodge is located on lake in the tropical forest that is totally preserved away from civilisation. This area floods depending on the season and so the lodge is perched up in the trees. A network of bridges link the cabins which have balconies overlooking the lake. Everything is made from local materials but all modern comforts are available. The local guides will take you on excursions into the forest and on the water to get closer to this extraordinary ecosystem. A magical place, full of adventure and discovery.

Bungalow lits doubles Juma lodge Amazonie

Double room prices:

Standard category: 2 persons $3189 /pers 4 persons $2795 /pers
Superior category 2 persons $3561 /pers 4 persons $3167 /pers

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

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