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One Month in Brazil

14 Days/13 Nights

For anybody lucky enough to have the time to spend One Month in Brazil, this tour is filled with wonders! Exotic cities, dancing and drums, beautiful beaches, rainforest, waterfalls, mountains, wildlife and more. Everything good that you associate with Brazil is packed into a fabulous trip around the country, likely to be one of the most memorable months of your lives!

A whole month in Brazil means that you can visit many of the most popular tourist destinations in one of the most interesting countries in the world, a magnificent combination of nature, culture and history. 

Rio de Janeiro and Salvador have the big city vibes, the culture, the music and the history, plus beautiful city beaches and bays. Samba, world-famous carnivals, drums bands, dancers and more can be enjoyed along with Copacabana, Ipanema and the mountains of Rio, or All Saints Bay in Salvador. 

Paraty and Chapada Diamantina are small towns with their own history from the gold-rush and diamond-mining times, with mountains, waterfalls, spectacular pools, and lush vegetation to be enjoyed during the day, and the cobbled streets of the charming old towns at night. 

The North-East coast is a land of dunes, lagoons and waves, with much of the journey between Fortaleza possible on the sand. 4x4 vehicles, quadbikes, horses, boats and small planes are used to explore the most scenic corners of the national parks around Jericoacoara, the Parnaiba Delta and Lençois Maranhenses. 

Wildlife and ecotourism abound in the Amazon Rainforest, the Pantanal Wetlands, Bonito and Iguazu Falls, with native wildlife enjoying the waters and vegetation, wth hikes, horse-rides, boat journeys and snorkelling trips taking you amongst it all to observe it all. 

And to finish such a fabulous journey, there is no better place than the paradise island of Ilha Grande, with time to relax on the beaches or snorkel with the marine turtles!


Combines With: We can always add in even more destinations if you have the time!

Best Time to Visit: December to March has the Amazon wet season, and are also the hottest, most humid and busiest months for Rio, Iguazu and the Costa Verde. March and April also have more rain in the North-East of the country. May through to October would usually be the best combination but any time of year is possible. 


  • Destinations: Rio de Janeiro - Sao Luis & Lençois Maranhenses - Costa Verde - Jericoacoara - Bonito - Manaus - Pantanal Wetlands - Amazon - Lençois & Chapada Diamantina - Salvador - Ilha Grande - Paraty - Iguazu Falls - Piaui & The Parnaiba Delta
  • Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism - Beaches

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
After being welcomed on your arrival in Rio de Janeiro, your Brazil Adventure Tours guide describes the Marvellous City during the journey to your hotel. You pass along the edge of Guanabara Bay, with first glimpses of the city, the statue of Christ The Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain before you arrive at Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches. After arriving at your hotel, we will go through the details of your Brazil Tour and give you some local tips for your time in the city. The day is then free to explore Rio and perhaps enjoy your first caipirinha cocktail at sunset from Arpoador, the headland between the two main beaches.
Day 2 : Through Rio to Christ the Redeemer
Rio de Janeiro
Your first tour of Rio takes you to see the historic side of Rio, the Municipal Theatre and the grand buildings that date from the 19th Century and earlier. The modern Metropolitan Cathedral and the antique Arches of Lapa are two more of Rio's postcard sights. You then travel to the top of Corcovado, the steep 710m/2,340ft high mountain topped by the 31m/102ft statue of Christ The Redeemer. The views from the base across Rio, its beaches and mountains, over the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are as spectacular as city views can be. The afternoon and evening are free to relax.
Day 3 : Cable Cars and Sugar Loaf Views
Rio de Janeiro
Morning brings a journey around the lagoon to the Botanical Gardens in the shadow of Corcovado. The gardens contain an array of tropical species, with palms, orchids and the pau brasil tree that gave its name to the country watched over by monkeys and toucans. You then travel to the bottom of Sugar Loaf Mountain to ride the two cable cars to the 396m summit. The city views take in of Copacabana Beach, the mountains behind the statue of Christ the Redeemer and also those surrounding Rio on a clear day. The afternoon and evening are free once more, with a typical Brazilian churrascaria barbeque being one dinner option.
Day 4 : The Chapada Diamantina National Park
Salvador to Lençois
After breakfast you travel to Lençois in the Bahia interior, either by plane (Thursday/Sunday only), public bus or private vehicle. The road west from Salvador passes market towns, plantations, and the dry lands of the Sertao, the Brazilian desert interior. The area around the old diamond mining town of Lençois and the National Park of Chapada Diamantina is an oasis in the dusty outback. Flat-topped mountains rise to 1600m, and the valleys between them are covered in lush forests and tumbling waterfalls. After arriving you can explore the cobbled streets of the charming colonial town, or swim at the beautiful Serrano Falls a short walk upriver.
Day 5 : The Caves and Mountains of Chapada Diamantina
Lençois & Chapada Diamantina
A full day around the Chapada Diamantina National Park begins with a visit to the Rio Mucugezinho and a short walk to the Poço do Diabo (Devil's Well) Waterfall, with a short stop for a swim there. After lunch, you visit the Gruta Azul (Blue Cave) to see the sun hitting the crystal clear water at the optimum moment. You wander amongst huge limestone stalactites and stalagmites of the Gruta da Lapa Doce cave system before finishing the day with the short hike to the top of Morro do Pai Inácio. The flat summits allow 360˚ panoramic views as the sun sets on the Chapada Diamantina National Park, a memorable finish before you return to Lençois.
Day 6 : The Marimbus Wetlands
Lençois & Chapada Diamantina
In the morning you begin a tour to Marimbus, the wetland area regarded as the Bahia version of the Pantanal. After arriving at the fishing village of Remanso, you board a boat to traverse the wetlands. The wildlife of the area includes capybara, caiman alligators, deer, abundant bird and marine life, plus the chance to see the beautiful jaguar, although this is rare. A paddled canoe trip helps you to get close to the wildlife in perfect tranquility. After stopping for lunch by the Roncador Waterfall, tou transfer back to Lençois by jeep, with the evening free to enjoy dinner on the streets of Lençois.
Day 7 : Afro-Brazilian Cultural Capital
Salvador
Your morning tour of Salvador begins by the lighthouse and fort at the entrance of All Saints Bay and continues via the port which unloaded boats from Africa. Ascending to the Upper City, the Lacerda Elevator has exceptional views over the bay. The tour continues on foot through squares and narrow streets lined with colorful colonial buildings to Pelourinho, the heart of the city. This square contained the whipping post where Africans were sold as slaves. The afternoon is free to browse the historic area. Evening brings a spectacular Bahia Folkloric Show, with representations of candomble rituals and capoeira demonstrations.
Day 9 : Journey to the Jungle
Rio de Janeiro to Manaus & Tariri Lodge
After an early transfer to the airport, you fly over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus, where you will be picked up for the vehicle and boat journey to Tariri Lodge, amongst the sights and sounds of the Amazon. The lodge sits on the edge of Lago de Acajatuba, part of the Rio Negro river system. In the afternoon you can take a boat tour around the lake, visiting some of the houses of the river residents before returning to the lodge for dinner. In the evening you have the ppportunity to look for caiman alligators, the largest reptile in South America, along the Amazon River system before you settle into your rustic cabin and fall asleep to the sounds of the Amazon Jungle.
Day 10 : Explore the Amazon Jungle
Tariri Lodge
Your time at the lodge can be spent engaging in Amazon activities - trekking through the jungle with your expert guide, canoeing along the creeks and through the trunks of the flooded forests, amongst wildlife such as the birds, monkeys and possibly sloths. You have the opportunity to fish for piranha too. The legendary Amazon fish is not always as dangerous to humans as humans are to them - you can also learn how many uses of those sharp teeth there are in the Amazon. You return to the lodge in the late afternoon to enjoy the sounds of the sunset once more. Dinner is again at the lodge, with meals cooked from fresh local ingredients.
Day 11 : Amazon River Dolphins
Tariri Lodge
After breakfast you take a ride in regional canoes through the Amazonian Creeks and Flooded Forests in the warm Rio Negro waters and explore parts of the Amazon Jungle that are impossible to reach on foot or by motor boat. The tranquility allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds for yourselves. After lunch you can head out on boat to visit a local dolphin colony, including the pink Amazon River Dolphins. Your guide is always on hand with some expert local knowledge and the animals sometimes stay and play for half the afternoon, making this kind of personal interaction a highlight of your Amazon tour.
Day 12 : Beautiful Bonito
Campo Grande to Bonito
On arrival at the airport in Campo Grande, you will be picked up for the 3hr road journey to Bonito. The town itself remains a quiet place in the interior of Brazil, but the surrounding Serra da Bodoquena National Park holds many ecotourism attractions in its rivers, waterfalls and caves. You may be able to visit the ones closer to town, depending on the time of your arrival. The area has a limestone substrate and all water sources have their impurities calcified, which then drop to the riverbeds, leaving the beautiful water of Bonito crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling with some of the finest visibility on the planet.
Day 13 : The Natural Aquarium of Bonito
Bonito
A morning floating in the crystal clear rivers of Bonito takes you to the Natural Aquarium, perhaps the most charming part of Bonito's many fine snorkelling spots. The shallow bay holds its waters still, and the morning sun shining off them is a spectacular sight under water - the marine and plant-life become basked in a beautiful blue and yellow light and everything below the surface seems to be alive with colour. This is a special sight. After lunch, at the Mimosa Estancia you can enjoy a hike along the waterfalls trail there, with swimming spots in the natural pools. There is also a platform if you want to enjoy jumping into them from high above.
Day 14 : Silver River Snorkelling
Bonito
Another day snorkelling in the Rio da Prata, perhaps the most spectacular Bonito river, with over 2km of floating including gentle rapids to traverse both on foot and in the river. The Silver River aquatic life is even more abundant, with huge fish such as the pacu, piraputanga and the beautiful golden dourado. River otters and rays can also be spotted in the water, while caiman alligators, enormous boa constrictors and on very rare occasions even a jaguar can be spotted sunning themselves on the river banks, with little danger to snorkellers. Monkeys and toucans cross from tree to tree above your heads, with the day finishing at the Macaw's Hole, with dozens of these beautiful birds coming home for the night.
Day 15 : Into The Pantanal Wetlands
Bonito to The Pantanal
After breakfast you continue on to the Pantanal region, around 3 hours drive across the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. On the way you stop at the Boca da Onça Ranch, to walk the trail of 9 waterfalls, including the highest in the state. Swimming in the clear pools is also a refreshing possibility. After arriving at your lodge, your first spectacular Pantanal sunset. Hundreds of birds fill the sky as the sun drops and the sky melts into shades of gold, pink and purple. After dinner, a night safari takes you to spot some nocturnal wildlife. Many of the predators of the area such as jaguars, pumas, ocelots and wolves hunt in the cool of the night and the eyes of the alligators of the Pantanal glow brightly like the stars in the sky.
Day 16 : The Largest Wetlands in the World
The Pantanal Wetlands
In the morning, you can head into the savannah and forest reserves of The Pantanal by horse or vehicle for the chance to see animals such as capuchin monkeys and deer while learning about the magnificent flora. After lunch at the lodge, view the aquatic wildlife of the Pantanal from close up on a boat trip. The presence of all those alligators and giant otters is down to the plentiful supply of fish in the waters. Around 260 species exist and often in great quantities, including the legendary piranha. In the evening, there is a traditional Brazilian Barbecue featuring traditional Pantanal meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
Day 17 : Pantanal Wildlife
The Pantanal Wetlands
Horse and vehicle rides take you to the savannah and forests of The Pantanal for unobstructed views of creatures such as giant anteaters, tapirs, capybaras, deer and armadillos. Anacondas and giant otters are spotted occasionally in the waters from riverbank trails and canoes , while the rare and beautiful hyacinth macaw and jabiru storks nest above them. Nocturnal boat trips take you to spot caimans. The eyes of some of the 20 million alligators of The Pantanal are very visible at night, and it will feel like you can see at least that many stars in the unpolluted night sky!
Day 18 : Leaving The Pantanal
The Pantanal to Campo Grande
Sunrise in The Pantanal Wetlands is a special experience of every day, with a host of birdlife making a stunning dawn chorus as the colours of the day come through. Hyacinth macaws, parrots, parakeets, toucans and kingfishers add splashes of colour to the landscape amongst many others, while howler monkeys also contribute to the cacophony of sounds. After breakfast, you prepare for your journey back to Campo Grande for your flight away from The Pantanal. This tour can also be combined with any of our other Brazil destinations such Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and The Amazon Jungle.
Day 19 : Rainforest & Falls
Amazon Lodge to Manaus & Iguazu Falls
Sunrise is a spectacular start to every day in the Amazon, with a colourful dawn chorus as flocks of parakeets, macaws, parrots and many other species compete to make the most noise. After breakfast you begin the boat and road journey back to Manaus. From here you fly on in the afternoon to Iguazu Falls, and your first chance to see the 275 separate falls of the Rio Iguazu comes as you land. On arrival you will be met for immediate transfer to your hotel, with a late arrival necessary. Please be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for Iguazu Falls, as the walkways, paths and yourselves become wet from the spray. Camera protection is also a good idea.
Day 20 : Mesmeric Iguazu
Iguazu Falls
After breakfast you cross to the Argentinean national park, where walkways allow you to experience the majesty of Iguazu from very close quarters. The undoubted highlight is the mesmeric experience of looking down into The Devil's Throat as the falling water pounds the bottom, creating the roar and mist that mean Iguazu Falls can be seen and heard for miles around. The afternoon finishes with the adventure boat ride which takes you right under the falling curtains of water. In the evening you may like to take in a Latin American Dance Show, or in the period around Full Moon, you can visit the falls to view Iguazu By Moonlight
Day 21 : From Iguazu to the Costa Verde
Iguazu Falls to Sao Paulo & Paraty
In the morning, you will be picked up for your journey back to the airport, stopping off at the Brazil Falls National Park along the way for majestic panoramic views of Iguazu from across the gorge. After lunch above the falls at Porto Canoas Restaurant, you fly to Sao Paulo, you travel up the Costa Verde, Brazil's Emerald Coast, and possibly its most spectacular coastal route, with jungle-covered mountains towering up to your left, and tropical islands dotting the sparkling blue bays to your right. After checking in you can spend the evening exploring the historic centre of Paraty, whose harbour, cobbled streets and colourful colonial houses make a pleasurable wander day and night.
Day 22 : Tropical Islands and Crystal Waters
Paraty
Your Paraty day begins at the picturesque harbour, with brightly painted boats taking you into the bay to visit some of the tropical islands, secluded beaches and crystal clear coves. Stops for snorkelling, swimming and strolling along the sands come before lunch, usually served on board. The journey back is a pleasant cruise as the sun dips behind the mountains, bathing Paraty in rays. After arriving late afternoon, the evening is free once more to appreciate the renowned seafood restaurants of the town. Shops also open late, with local cachaça of different flavours from the distilleries nearby being a favourite souvenir of Paraty.
Day 23 : Escape to Ilha Grande
Paraty to Ilha Grande
After breakfast you transfer an hour to Angra dos Reis where the morning boat takes you to the largest island in the bay, Ilha Grande. On arrival at Vila do Abraao, the main village of the island, you will be helped with your luggage as there are no vehicles on the island, so journeys on foot along the beaches are necessary. After checking in, the afternoon is free to enjoy the beach, swing in a hammock under the trees, or perhaps walk or kayak to the beaches at Praia Crena or Abraaozinho. In the shallows of Crena or Praia Canto, the end of the main beach, you can often find sea turtles feeding, and snorkelling with them is an island treat.
Day 24 : Treasure Island Paradise
Ilha Grande
After breakfast you can walk down to the town pier where a boat takes you around the island to see all of Ilha Grande's stunning coastline (if the wind is strong, the boat may be restricted to the continental side only, as the Atlantic waves become too rough). You make stops in lagoons and off deserted beaches for snorkelling while tropical fish and sea turtles feed on the coral. You may also spot one of Ilha Grande's many wrecks in the surrounding waters, including a helicopter. After returning late afternoon, you can enjoy dinner on the beach under the stars, with nothing but the gentle sound of lapping waves and rustling palm leaves.
Day 25 : Secluded Trails & Remote Beaches
Ilha Grande
A free day on Ilha Grande has many options. You can take the jungle trail or the boat and a short walk to Lopes Mendes, regularly voted as one of the very best beaches in Brazil. It is certainly not the only stunning beach on Ilha Grande, with the sands of Dois Rios, Aventureiro and Parnaoica featuring on island postcards. Reaching many of these beaches requires some effort, either by boat or by trails crossing the interior mountains. The reward is to spend the day almost alone on a beautiful Brazilian beach, a stretch of tropical paradise to yourselves. Be careful not to leave your return too late though - the jungle becomes very dark at sunset.
Day 26 : Leaving Ilha Grande
Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro & Away
An early departure takes you back to the Ilha Grande pier for your boat back to Brazil! On arrival back on the mainland, you will be met at the marina for the transfer back along the Costa Verde to Rio de Janeiro. You will arrive with plenty of time to check in for your overnight international flight home, perhaps time to check your photos and your memories of this wonderfully exotic part of Brazil.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 5,250 US$ 6,475 US$ 8,950 US$ 14,500
Domestic Flights ** US$ 950


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Rio de Janeiro
Sao Luis & Lençois Maranhenses
Costa Verde
Jericoacoara
Bonito
Manaus
Pantanal Wetlands
Amazon
Lençois & Chapada Diamantina
Salvador
Ilha Grande
Paraty
Iguazu Falls
Piaui & The Parnaiba Delta

 

* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - August - September - October

Tandem Hang-Gliding Flight - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3 Hours incl Instructions/Transfers
If there is one adventurous activity that we recommend you try in Rio, then tandem hang-gliding should be top of your list. Flights take off from the ramp on the top of Pedra Bonita in the Tijuca Forest National Park, with expert and very experienced instructors. For 10-15 minutes, gliders circle the skies above the Sao Conrado district and out over the Atlantic Ocean, before landing on the sands of Praia do Pepino. Instruction on take-off and landing is given, as well as safety talks. Our instructors are the best in Rio, the national and continental champions, and they make sure that your tandem hang-gliding experience will be a special memory of Rio.
Christ the Redeemer Statue - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: During Half or Full Day Tours
The iconic sight of Rio de Janeiro is the statue of Christ the Redeemer looking down on the city from the top of the steep Corcovado Mountain. This spectacular location is 710m high and visit to the 31m art-deco statue of course makes part of a stay in Rio for most first-time visitors to the city. ‘Cristo’ can be seen from many parts of Rio, near and far, even when lit up at night, meaning that the views from the base of the statue are as spectacular as any city view in the world, taking in the city, the lagoon, Guanabara Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, plus beaches and mountains galore. Spread those arms, take that photo and tick off Cristo!
Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable-Car Ride - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: During Half or Full Day Tours
Sugar Loaf Mountain is the 396m tall block of granite and quartz that guards the western entrance of Guanabara Bay, the natural harbour on which Rio de Janeiro was founded. The cable car was only the third ever to be built when inaugurated in 1912 by Brazilian engineer Augusto Ferreira Ramos. There are actually two cables, the first from beside Praia Vermelha to the middle station on the top of Urca Rock, and the second strung between there and the summit of Sugar Loaf itself. A trip to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain is an essential part of a first visit to Rio, with views matching those from Cristo, which can be seen silhouetted against the sky.
Copacabana & Ipanema Beaches - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: As Long As You Like!
Possibly the two most famous stretches of sand in the world in the world are in Rio. Copacabana is a beautiful 4km curve of sand, with plenty of hotels in the 3 or 4 blocks between the beach and the mountains. Ipanema is a 3km strip of mainly residential buildings. They are only 500m apart and as we recommend that our visitors to Rio stay within walking distance of one of them, these beaches will make part of every visit. With swimming, surfing, lounging, beach activities, plus world-class people-watching, we always leave time for people to enjoy themselves on Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Free
In any other city, a huge lagoon backed by mountains would be far more famous, but the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon has much competition in Rio. an 8km path around the perimeter for walking, running and cycling means that the area always has visitors. Pedal swans and stand-up paddle boards can also be taken out on the water, under the gaze of ‘Cristo’. Bars and restaurants in the Ipanema corner make the lagoon a pleasant place to spend the evening too, with lights twinkling all around - especially when the famous electronic Christmas tree is in that part of the lagoon! You may also encounter the resident capybara that returned to the area recently.
Prainha & Grumari Beaches - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: All Day
Our favourite little escape from Rio. These two stunning beaches on the western edge of Rio are the best choice to spend a few hours away from the urban jungle. Backed by mountains covered with Atlantic Rainforest, pounded with surf, this wonderful natural setting is more Costa Verde than city, augmented by regular visits from local wildlife. Both beaches have an excellent open-air restaurant each overlooking the waves. From these we have spotted eagle rays, sea turtles and even a collared anteater swimming in the waves! Seafood lunch with a view is an unbeatable way to pass the middle of the day on the beaches of Prainha and Grumari.
Rocinha Favela Tour - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3 Hours
The favelas of Rio are notorious worldwide with regular appearances in films, music videos and of course on the news. Rio has over 500 separate communities classed as favelas, which are basically illegal housing built on previously empty land, often on the precarious slopes of Rio’s mountains. Most people who live there lead ordinary working lives, and the communities work, rest and play the same as any other. Some overlook the main beaches of Rio and have stunning ocean views. A visit to a favela such as Rocinha, the largest of the favelas on these slopes, allows you a fascinating glimpse of community life in the ultimate urban jungle.
Tijuca Peak Hike - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half Day
The highest of all the mountains in Rio is Tijuca Peak at 1,021m, and a half day hike to the top takes you from the upper car park inside the park gates to the summit. The 3km trail is comfortable for anyone with hiking experience, usually 1-2 hours up and an hour back down at the most. The trail is under lush Atlantic Rainforest, winding up around the rock until it clears for the final part. Steps cut into the rock, with a not completely trustworthy chain, take you to the top, where you can enjoy views looking over the city and Maracana Stadium or the Imperador Rock looking back at you. Tijuca Peak works well with a visit to the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Pedra da Gavea Hike & Climb - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Full Day
Rio has many peaks making part of the range of mountains that separate the city into North and South Zones. This is all part of the Tijuca Forest National Park. Pedra da Gavea is the most distinctive of them, the flat-topped rock named for the topsail on a sailing ship. This hike and climb is a full day for novice climbers, with some scrambling up through the Atlantic Rainforest section, then a little rock climbing before the final summit. Experienced climbers can try the vertical routes on the Imperador rock-face. The views from the top of the world’s largest coastal monolith are staggering, possibly the best in Rio, with a drop almost directly down into the sea.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Climb - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 5 Hours
What better way to appreciate the views from the top of one of the world’s greatest viewpoints than having arrived there under your own steam? The hike and climb to the 396m summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain can be done by beginners in good shape. The trail from Praia Vermelha takes you around Urca Rock then up the granite shoulders of Sugar Loaf. A short rock section needs climbing before you arrive at the summit. The vertical faces of Sugar Loaf have serious routes for experienced climbers, arriving at the top just in time to spoil many a tourist photo of Rio! Climbing Sugar Loaf is undoubtedly the most satisfying way to the top.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Hike - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 3 Hours
There is a middle way for Sugar Loaf as well, and a very pleasant route it is for those who appreciate a little hiking. The path around the back of Urca takes you alongside the ocean, with the sounds of the waves breaking below, and birds and monkeys for company, possibly with sea-turtles and rays exploring the coastline as well. The path then climbs up through the Atlantic Rainforest on a trail to the saddle between Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountains. From there, you climb the final part to the middle station at the top of Urca, continuing up to Sugar Loaf by the cable car. The return can be done the same way or by the cable car directly to Praia Vermelha.
Rio City & Santa Teresa Tour - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half Day
This tour, visiting the city centre and the hillside Santa Teresa district is usually combined with one of the major Rio sights, Christ the Redeemer or Sugar Loaf Mountain. The views over central Rio from the Santa Teresa hills are fabulous, including from the Parque das Ruinas. After dropping down to Lapa, the Selaron Staircase is full of colourful tiles from around the world, placed by Chilean artist Jorge Selaron. The Lapa Arches take the pretty little yellow tram down to the city, passing the Metropolitan Cathedral and its impressive stained-glass windows. The historic buildings of Rio and the Municipal Theatre are also worth a look.
Dois Irmaos/Two Brothers Hike - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half Day
The action begins with the hike up through the Vidigal favela to the top of Dois Irmaos, the Two Brothers peak overlooking Ipanema Beach. The first part is the drive up the winding roads through the hillside community to the trailhead. An hour of hiking through the forest brings you out directly above the Rocinha Favela, with spectacular views of there and Sao Conrado Beach. You continue the forest path to the summit, where you can enjoy the expansive views of Leblon, Ipanema, the lagoon and far more. The journey back down to sea level can include a wander through the streets of the favela for a fascinating look at life inside the ultimate urban jungle.
Rio Boat Tour - Rio de Janeiro
Duration: Half or Full Day
There are many spectacular views of Rio, but one of the best angles is undoubtedly from a boat in Guanabara Bay or during the trip to the Cagarras Islands just offshore. There are many possible routes, ranging from the quick trip from Marina da Gloria out around the bay, with views of Rio and across to neighbouring city Niteroi, to trips (on days of calm sea!) out to the offshore islands, or further along the coast past Niteroi to land on one of the beaches and have lunch. Boat trips can be done privately by motor or sail, and also as part of a larger group by schooner.
Helicopter Flights - Iguazu Falls
Duration: 10 mins or 35 mins
The finest views of Iguazu Falls are the birds-eye ones, and a helicopter flight above them is perhaps the best way to appreciate the scale and magnificence of the 275 separate falls. Helicopters take off with 4 passengers from the heliport just outside the park gates on the Brazil side. There are two options for the flights. The 10min version takes you above the falls themselves, circling around the Devil's Throat and above the canyon leading to it. The 35min ride also takes you downstream on the Rio Iguazu to the junction with the mighty Rio Parana, then up orver Itaipu Dam, with views of rivers, rainforest, two bridges and three countries.
Boat Tour of the Bay - Paraty
Duration: 6 Hours
Your day begins with the short walk to Paraty's picturesque harbour, with brightly painted boats all waiting to head out into the bay. You leave the pier to visit some of the tropical islands, secluded beaches and crystal clear coves with stops for snorkelling, swimming and strolling along the sands. Lunch is usually served on board or perhaps on one of the islands. The pleasant cruise back arrives late afternoon as the sun dips behind the mountains, bathing Paraty in rays. Your trip can be done on the large schooners with other people or on smaller private boats.
Old Gold Trail Tour - Paraty
Duration: 8 Hours
A day in the Costa Verde hills takes you first to the Caminho do Ouro, the 500km road that connected the gold-rush areas of Ouro Preto and Tiradentes in Minas Gerais with the port of Paraty which was used to ship gold and minerals to Europe. The journey took 30 days, climbing the steep hills behind the town and through the mountain ranges of the Bocaina and Itatiaia National Parks. Parts of the road built by slaves in the 18th Century are still visible, alongside tumbling waterfalls in the Atlantic Rainforest. Trails to the falls, with a natural slide for the locals to impress visitors, make part of your day, along with a visit to an alambique, the sugar-cane cachaça distilleries of Brazil.
Saco da Mamangua Sailing - Paraty
Duration: 1-3 Days
Cruising out of Paraty takes you first to visit Ilha dos Mantimentos, which used to store the town's food supplies on the island. Now the island is home to a population of the rare golden lion tamarin, a beautifully coloured golden monkey. Praia Vermelha has red-coloured sands and clear waters of the mainland headlands, while sea-turtles can often be found feeding in the neighbouring bay off Jurumirim beach. Saco da Mamangua is the 8km inlet with towering mountains on either side. You can swim in the water, kayak in the mangroves and hike to the peaks.
Paraty Walking Tour - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A walking tour of historic Paraty helps you to learn a little more about the town, its history, and its place in the story of Brazil. The town was settled by the Portuguese as one of their ports (along with one called Rio de Janeiro) to ship the riches of the Minas Gerais gold-rush to Europe. It is built as a harbour and even to receive the highest tides, and your guide can help you uncover the secrets. Baroque churches, colonial mansions and colourful town-houses line the streets and squares, with the fort on the small hill overlooking the red roofs.
Praias do Sono & Antigos Hike - Paraty
Duration: Full Day
This hike takes you up and over the hills of the remote Laranjeiras Peninsula to the start of the trail to Praia do Sono. A reasonably straightforward path over the headland through Atlantic Rainforest has you dropping down to the beautiful Praia do Sono. The beach and the fishing village there can only be reached by trail or boat. A stop for swimming in the crystal waters comes before you cross the next headland to the tropical paradise beaches of Antigos and Antiguinhos. After returning to Sono for a simple seafood lunch, you can either hike back or catch a ride with a local fisherman back to Laranjeiras and your transport back to Paraty for the evening.
Paraty Bay Kayak Trip - Paraty
Duration: 3 Hours
A wonderful few hours can be spent paddling around Paraty Bay by kayak. Leaving from the Jabaquara Beach on the opposite side of the fort hill, you head out around various islands, populated mostly by birds but also a holiday home or two. A stop at an island beach and then a secluded mainland one give the chance to cool off in the water. The paddle then continues into a closed bay, where a shallow channel through the mangroves leads through to the other side, with crabs, heron and egrets for company. Longer kayak trips and overnight paddles are also possible.
Trindade Tour - Paraty
Duration: All Day
The journey to Trindade takes you out of Paraty and over the hills of the Laranjeiras Pensinula, with steep roads to negotiate. Trindade is hidden by the hills of the Serra da Bocaina, which form part of a national park, and the coastline here is very spectacular, with huge rocks on the beaches, streams tumbling down, and verdant Atlantic Rainforest. The beaches range from the surf of Cepilho to the calm bays of Caxadaço, with a visit to the natural pools there possible by trail along the sand or by boat. Lunch is overlooking the main beach in Trindade, returning in the afternoon.
Horse-Riding & Mountain Biking - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Horse-Riding and Mountain Biking trips can be arrange around Paraty, with rides in the shadows of the peaks that range behind the town. The horse-riding is down at Barra Grande, some 25km away, a ride along Atlantic Rainforest trails, and the chance to have a gallop in the meadows at the finish. Longer horse-rides are also possible, including a multi-day trip up through the mountains to Cunha. Mountain biking can be done with a guide or alone, with many routes to the various waterfalls, viewpoints and beaches of the area.
Stand-Up Paddle Trips - Paraty
Duration: Various Options
Paraty is the perfect place for stand-up paddle, and in fact the local fishermen have been doing it for centuries! The shallow waters of the bay off Jabaquara Beach are perfect to learn, while you can also paddle around Paraty, up the canal, and even up the streets of town during the highest tides of the year! Options for longer day trips heading out by boat to paddle around islands with beaches and monkeys, or bays with sea turtles are also available. Still more options include overnight trips, exploring the beautiful Saco da Mamangua, or SUP-surfing.
Saco da Mamangua Hike - Costa Verde
Duration: Full Day
This full day out to hike to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain (not that one!) is one of the finest in the whole of Brazil. The day begins with short drive to Paraty Mirim, the small village port that used to unload slaving ships. From there you hike over the first Costa Verde hill and into Saco da Mamangua, an 8km inlet with green mountains towering along the sides. After a beautiful crossing by boat, the trail begins from the beach, taking two hours to reach the open rock at the peak. The view of Mamangua and up and down the whole Costa Verde is one of the finest in Brazil! Lunch is on the beach below before returning to Paraty.