Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country and the fifth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, and its most populated city is São Paulo. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas. It is also one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to over a century of mass immigration from around the world. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 kilometers (4,655 mi). It borders all other countries in South America except Ecuador and Chile and covers 47.3% of the continent's land area. Its Amazon River basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats. Due to its rich culture and history, the country ranks thirteenth in the world by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Brazil is a regional power. Its official currency is the Brazilian real (R$) and its climate is mostly tropical. Tourism in Brazil is a growing sector and key to the economy of several regions of the country. The country had 6.36 million visitors in 2015, ranking in terms of the international tourist arrivals as the main destination in South America and second in Latin America after Mexico. Natural areas are its most popular tourism product, a combination of ecotourism, mainly sun and beach, and adventure travel, as well as cultural tourism. Among the most popular destinations are the Amazon Rainforest, beaches and dunes in the Northeast Region, the Pantanal in the Center-West Region, beaches at Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina, cultural tourism in Minas Gerais and São Paulo.
Sao Paulo – Iguaçu Falls – Rio De Janeiro
Day 1: Arrival in Sao Paulo
After arriving in Sao Paulo, you will be met by a local guide and transferred from the airport to your hotel. In the evening you will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2: City Tour in Sao Paulo (8 hours)
After breakfast, we'll pick you up for our Sao Paulo full day City tour and depart from your hotel. We'll visit to the financial area of Paulista Avenue, Sao Paulo Museum of Art, the Oscar Freire Street and Ibirapuera Park (Walking inside the Park). Along the way we'll visit Patio do Colegio, Sé Cathedral and the Governor's Palace. Then we will stop & visit Mercado Municipal and the Sao Bento Monastery (a walking tour is suggested). After that we will go to the City Hall, Municipal Theater, Viaduto do Chá; over the Anhangabaú valley, where the opera house can be appreciated on its fully new classic architecture, Liberdade (Japanese District), and finally the Pacaembú Stadium which is the oldest Football Stadium in Brazil. During the tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, and in the evening we will return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3: Excursion in Santos & Sao Vicente (8 hours)
After breakfast, you’ll take the road on a scenic drive to Santos by Via Anchieta, providing a panorama view from the heights of Sea Mountains range overlooking the shore line. Arriving in the Santos city we will start the tour along the historical center visiting “Coffee Exchange” where market decisions were taken during the coffee cycle. You be delighted to see an amazing beach edge garden and much more. Then you will have a tour on the coast along the “Beach Gardens”; recognized by Guinness Book, as the largest beach garden in the world. Afterwards our tour continues towards São Vicente, the first village founded in Brazil back in 1532 will be visited. Here you´ll have the opportunity to visit “The Villa” a replica from a colonial village where settlers are dressed like in the XVI century. If you are looking for history and nature, you will be impressed by this tour. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and in the evening you will have dinner at the Terraço Itália Restaurant.
Day 4: Journey towards the Iguaçu Falls
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to depart Sao Paulo for the Iguaçu Falls. At the Foz do Iguaçu International Airport, you will be picked up & transferred to your hotel. In the evening, you will be taken to a steakhouse in Foz do Iguaçu for dinner with varied buffet and barbecue. After dinner you will attend a cultural Latin show with dance and music.
Day 5: Excursion in Iguaçu
After breakfast, your hotel will have a Cataratas Brasil Walking Tour with guests from your Hotel. Walk starts in front of the Hotel and ends at the elevator at the end of the walk. Then you will have lunch at the Porto Canoas Restaurant. Afterwards, you will get to tour one of the largest and most important bird parks in the world. Travel through this true sanctuary home to birds from all areas of Brazil and other countries. Located right next to the Iguazú National Park, it gathers more than 1300 species of birds, as well as 25 species of reptiles and butterflies. In the evening you will have dinner at your hotel.
Day 6: Excursion in Iguaçu
After breakfast, we will Cross the Iguaçu River, through the Tancredo Neves Bridge, into Argentina and within 30 minutes we will arrive at the Argentine National Park to visit the Argentinean side of the Falls. First, we will take the train to Devil's Throat, which is the largest waterfall in the Iguazu Falls, located in the midst of the Brazilian and Argentinean Falls. Afterwards, on foot, we will visit the other jumps, through the Superior Circuit (1200 meters), and if the weather permits, the Lower Circuit jumps (1750 meters). Then we will have an extraordinary raft tour to get to know the tropical jungle and its waterfalls in the hands of experienced guides. We will arrive at the dock and board a raft to navigate the river canyon of Iguazú Inferior, rafting the rapids and appreciating the view of the falls from the calm backwaters of the island of San Martin. To finish this unforgettable experience, you will visit the Three Musketeers falls and the Devil’s Throat. You will have lunch in the La Selva Restaurant and dinner at Casa do Chef Restaurant.
Day 7: Journey towards Rio De Janeiro
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to depart Iguaçu for Rio De Janeiro. Upon arrival in Rio, you will be met by a local guide and transferred from the airport to your hotel. In the evening you will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 8: Half-Day Tour in Corcovado Mountain
After breakfast, we will proceed for a half-day tour in Corcovado Mountain. Board a cog train from Cosme Velho Station for a ride to Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the world’s most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of “Christ the Redeemer”. Experience the 20 minutes’ steep train journey which takes you through the dense Atlantic rain forest of Tijuca offering a wonderful opportunity for a closer look at the forest's lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and the city. You will disembark at the top of Corcovado and then proceed up the steps that lead to the top lookout where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Get up-close to Christ the Redeemer and spend some time viewing the panoramic view of the beautiful Rio from the incredible mountain-top vantage point. For lunch you will proceed to a typical steakhouse restaurant and after that we will return to the hotel. In the evening you will have dinner at a local restaurant.
• Important Note: In case of inoperability of the train, the ascent to the Corcovado is made by VANS certified by the city administration who leave from different districts of the city and go directly to the monument.
Day 9: Excursion in Rio De Janeiro
After breakfast, our city tour starts with a panoramic view of downtown Rio passing by the Sambodrome and stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral which was built in a pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters. Familiarize yourself with traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings. Then you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: The Sugarloaf Mountain. You will travel all the way to the top by 2 cable cars. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the top. At 395 meters we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. After riding the Cable car back down, we will return to the hotel. After the visit you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening you will be picked up at the hotel. First you will enjoy a delicious dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse and then attend a show in Ginga Tropical, which introduces the colorful and rich Brazilian culture, that will bring different expressions of their traditions and artistic manifestations together on stage.
Day 10: Leaving Brazil
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the international airport for your return flight home.
• Entrance Fees
• One Mineral Water Bottle per day
• Daily Breakfast
• Lunch & Dinner Meals mentioned in the program
• Private transfers
• English speaking guide
• Early check-in & Late Check-out
• International & Domestic Flights
• Meals not mentioned in the Daily program
• Personal or Extra Expenses