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At a glance

Discover the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro at it’s best, during the legendary Carnival, an annual party said to be the world’s largest festival where two million people flood the streets in vibrant outfits to watch incredible floats covered in dancers and move to infectious samba beats.

Over four nights here you’ll get to soak up the unique atmosphere of the multi day festival and get under the skin of the city itself on a selection of private tours and unique experiences, such guided walks around the historic downtown and a Brazilian cooking class, and take in the iconic views from Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf mountain.

Next fly south to the border with Argentina, a frontier demarcated by the spectacular waterfalls of Iguassu. During your time here you’ll get up close to the falls on a boat trip and soar over them in a helicopter, a fine finale to your time in Brazil.

Example Trip Itinerary

Days 1-6

Rio de Janeiro

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Days in Rio Days in Rio

Spending your days in the heady 'Marvellous City' you can explore and enjoy Rio at your leisure. You'll have a full set of recommendations and advice from us on how best to make the most of the city.

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Private full day tour of Rio de Janeiro Private full day tour of Rio de Janeiro

You will be met at your hotel by your expert, English-speaking Carioca guide and a private vehicle will be waiting to start your city tour of Rio. Your guide will tailor the tour to how you wish, taking into account your pace and preference. Enjoy a tour of the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, often referred to as the Montmartre of Rio, set into the hills close to the centre of town, which still retains a rich cultural atmosphere of art, music and history. Then head over to the historic centre of Rio where your guide will escort you through the narrow 19th century streets at your required pace, stopping at the magnificent Baroque churches and the ruins of the old port from where most of Brazil’s gold left for its long journey to Europe. Next you will choose between visiting Christ the Redeemer or Sugar Loaf mountain, Rio’s most famous attractions. At 710 metres above the centre on the Corcovado hill, the statue of Christ is surrounded by wide, open terraces from where you get unbeatable vistas of the city's impressive littoral, the southern neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Lagoon, the Sugar Loaf and the town of Niterói. Sugar Loaf mountain is a massive granite rock, 396 metres tall, is one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks, adorning many a postcard.

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Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain

Christ the Redeemer statue is Rio’s most famous attraction with his arms stretched out, he looks to be blessing the entire city. At 710 metres above the centre on the Corcovado hill, the statue is surrounded by wide, open terraces from where you get unbeatable vistas of the city's impressive littoral, the southern neighbourhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema, the Lagoon, the Sugar Loaf and the town of Niterói.

Visit the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa Visit the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa

The faded grandeur of this part of the city, often referred to as the Montmartre of Rio, set into the hills close to the centre of town, still retains a rich cultural atmosphere of art, music and history. Mansions line the narrow streets struggling with the encroaching vegetation and incline, and is still home to many painters cafes and artists studios. You can stop for a drink or lunch at one of the many charming restaurants, bistros and cafes that populate Santa Teresa’s lively streets. Your guide will also take you to the Ruins Park, a cultural centre in the remains of a 19th century house which has a Belvedere that commands some of the best views over Rio.

Tour the historic centre of Rio Tour the historic centre of Rio

Your guide will escort you through the narrow 19th century streets at your required pace, stopping at the magnificent Baroque churches and the ruins of the old port from where most of Brazil’s gold left for its long journey to Europe. You will also see many other culturally interesting and historical attractions that illustrate the city’s rich and varied heritage.

Visit Sugar Loaf mountain Visit Sugar Loaf mountain

This massive granite rock, 396 metres tall, is one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks, adorning many a postcard. You will take the cable car with your guide from the Guanabara Bay entrance in the Urca district. At the zenith the view of Rio and its neighbourhoods sprawled over bays, coves, and appearing from dense green hillsides is unrivalled and quite spectacular.

Join the Rio Carnival Join the Rio Carnival

This evening, you will have chance to select your Rio Carnival costume and take part in the Samba Parade. Participating on the Samba Parade is about the 1 hour that you will go through the Samba Avenue where the sounds of the drums, music and the million people that are watching them make that whole experience utterly unique and unforgettable.

Rio Cooking Experience Rio Cooking Experience

Join Felipe and Isabela in their home for an evening cooking and caipirinha class. This is a fantastic opportunity to get under the skin of Rio, find out how the locals live, learn a new dish and be taught the secrets of making an authentic Brazilian caipirinha. Begin your evening with a cocktail masterclass, before preparing a traditional Brazilian dish. Enjoy your meal out on the terrace with a bottle of wine and a view of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

Rio tour - Botanical Gardens, Tijuca Forest and the southern beaches Rio tour - Botanical Gardens, Tijuca Forest and the southern beaches

Start the day at Rio de Janeiro’s Botanic Garden. Founded in 1808, the 140-hectare park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain and contains more than 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palm trees.
Next, head to the Tijuca Forest, stopping at two stunning viewpoints en route - the Vista Chinesa and Mesa do Imperador. The Tijuca Forest is just a few minutes away from densely populated areas yet is a lush green mass of trees and tropical plants with an impressive waterfall at its centre.
Continue on to Barra Beach for some people watching and some acai juice, then travel from São Conrado beach to Leblon by the beautiful and scenic Niemeyer Avenue that runs between the mountain and the sea.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel to Rio's domestic airport

Flight

Flight from Rio to Iguassu

Days 6-8

Iguassu Falls

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from Iguassu airport to your hotel

Accommodation in Iguassu Falls

Two nights by Iguassu Falls Two nights by Iguassu Falls

Enjoy this stunning natural wonder of the world. Most of our clients choose our full day private tour of the Falls with one of our expert guides, however we do offer variations on this to include boat safaris or hikes through the surrounding national park. We can arrange for kayaking trips, canopy zipline adventures, specialist hiking trails, bird watching and much more, so please speak to our travel designers about exactly how you'd like to spend your time here.

Private tour to Iguassu Falls Argentinean side including boat trip Private tour to Iguassu Falls Argentinean side including boat trip

A stunning tour of Iguassu, where you get a chance to really get up close to the falls. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and bring you by private vehicle to the entrance of the park on the Argentinian side. You'll then be taking the rest of the tour mainly on foot. Exploring the various wooden walk ways that lead through the national park close up to the many chutes of the falls.

One of the most spectacular sites of the falls is the Devil's Throat which sees the largest flow of water. In order to visit the Devil’s Throat, you must board the train at the Main Station or at the Cataratas Station, close to the Upper Circuit. For those who love trekking there is the one-kilometre-long Sendero Verde (Green Trail) that connects the Visitors Centre to the Cataratas Station and to the Upper Circuit.

Once you are at the Devil’s Throat Station you will have to walk for 1.100 metres on a flat catwalk built over the Upper Iguassu River. This catwalk crosses several islands. Once you get to the end of the catwalks, you will be surprised by a strategic lookout point resting on the side of the gorgeous Devil’s Throat.

Gran Aventura by Boat Gran Aventura by Boat

Going up river in these boats specially prepared to get to the base of Iguassu Falls and to be able to admire and feel them from up close. Whirlpools, waves and currents provoked by the Falls make this an unmissable part of any visit to the park.

Your guide will bring you to the starting point where large trucks specially adapted to this tour will take you and the other visitors to explore six kilometres in the humid subtropical forest as far as the banks of the Iguazu River, downstream from the Falls. From here you will board special high powered Zodiac boats that will take you, at high speed, to enjoy one of the most unforgettable experiences in the region: the direct and wet contact with the mighty Iguassu Falls. After this incredible trip participants will get off the boat at the base of the Falls, on catwalk that connects to the lower visitation circuit of the Falls. This tour can be started in the reverse direction, from this catwalk downwards ending with the jungle truck ride.

Iguassu Falls scenic helicopter flight Iguassu Falls scenic helicopter flight

Take a stunning flight over the breathtaking falls for a unique perspective and unforgettable views.

Private tour of the Brazilian side of the waterfalls Private tour of the Brazilian side of the waterfalls

Inside the National Park and in front of the Das Cataratas hotel, the main trail begins and takes you on a pleasant one mile walk, where it is common to see a variety of birds, butterflies and other animals. What's fantastic about visiting the Brazilian side is the incredible overall view you have of the falls. At the end of the trail, there is a catwalk that brings the visitor very close to the 'Devil’s Throat Falls'. The panoramic elevators lead up to the main observatory, which provides a magnificent view of the main waterfalls.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel to Iguassu airport

Flight

Flight from Iguassu to Rio

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