Away from the city bustle, this tour takes you off the beaten track to explore Brazil's more tranquil side

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Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro
  • Wander around the intriguing Santa Teresa neighbourhood
  • Meander through Tijuca Forest and surrounding beaches
  • Relax on the serene beaches of Florianópolis
  • Hike the beautiful trails of Ibitipoca National Park

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  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your Travel Designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Private tours and experiences
  • All internal flights, trains and private transfers
  • Expert guides in each destination
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At a glance

This tour is perfect for those who wish to seek out the beauty of Brazil’s nature and culture at a more relaxing pace.

The start of your journey will be briefly spent in Rio de Janeiro, before heading to the more secluded locations this country has to offer. However, you shall be safe from the stresses of the city with a couple of perfectly designed days spent ticking off the city’s unmissable culture and surrounding nature while avoiding the crowds. First, you’ll wander around the culturally-rich neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, home to many painters, cafes and artists’ studios. On your second day, you’ll venture to the Tijuca Forest and the southern beaches, found just a few minutes away from the city’s main hub, where you’ll discover grand yet tranquil views of both the mountains and the sea.

You’ll then spend the next four nights in the coastal city of Florianópolis, known for idyllic beaches which are drastically quieter than Rio de Janeiro’s, providing an ideal spot to unwind. The city is also an expectational place from which to ascend the nearby forested mountains for some amazing hiking opportunities.

The final stop on your journey will be the most secluded, Ibitipoca. Found 1,500 metres above sea level, it’s truly a hiker’s dream, with waterfalls and rivers, caverns and caves and awe-inspiring views to make each step worthwhile.

After three nights here in this peaceful and quaint area, you’ll head back to Rio de Janeiro airport to finish your journey rejuvenated by the exclusive gems and brilliant backroads of Brazil.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Rio de Janeiro

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Rio de Janeiro

Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Two nights in Rio de Janeiro Two nights in Rio de Janeiro

With a few days in the 'Marvellous City', you can explore and enjoy Rio de Janeiro at your leisure. As Brazil's second largest city, it's often mistaken as its capital for the richness of its culture. Explore the colourful streets, which host the famous annual carnival, enjoy the breathtaking views from atop the Corcovado Mountain just underneath the shade of Christ the Redeemer, or stroll the famed Copacabana Beach.

Santa Teresa neighbourhood tour Santa Teresa neighbourhood tour

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. Your guide will 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.

Tijuca Forest and beaches Tijuca Forest and beaches

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. You'll continue to Barra Beach for 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


Private transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport


Flight to Florianopolis airport


Private transfer to your hotel in Florianopolis

Days 3-7


Accommodation in Florianopolis

Four nights in Florianopolis Four nights in Florianopolis

The coastal city of Florianópolis, found in southern Brazil, is the capital of Santa Catarina island, which is joined to the mainland by two bridges. While less populated than Rio de Janeiro, it's still a great place to soak up the outgoing culture of Brazil. Although renowned for its idyllic beaches, Florianópolis also offers forested mountains and amazing hikes. Spend your days in this idyllic Brazilian spot relaxing on the long stretches of sandy beach, surfing the waves and dining on delicious food.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Florianopolis airport


Flight to Rio de Janeiro


Private transfer to Ibitipoca

Days 7-10


Accommodation in Ibitipoca

Three nights in Ibitipoca Three nights in Ibitipoca

Ibitipoca State Park sits 1,500 metres above sea level and is a hiker's paradise that is known for its wonderful biodiversity, waterfalls, rivers, pools, caverns, caves and captivating look-out points. Found in the south east of Minas Gerais, three and a half hours away from the bustle of Rio, it really feels like another world. Here in the midst of beautiful Brazilian nature, you'll find the perfect place to recharge. Yet Ibitipoca is not entirely natural for there's a quaint village known for its quiet cobbled streets where locals exchange friendly chitchat in the main square (Praca da Matriz) while live Jazz music adds to the chilled atmosphere. Ibitipoca is also popular for its delicious food scene, so be sure to fully indulge yourself while here.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Rio de Janeiro airport

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