A 13-day private tour that showcases the best of Brazil's cultural and natural highlights. This itinerary introduces you to Brazil's many attractions - the fabulous city of Rio with her famous beaches and landmarks, the colonial city of Paraty, the magnificent waterfalls at Iguassu and finally, the bays and beaches of the beautiful Buzios peninsula. With its relatively easy pace that lets you relax on the beach as well as experiencing the local bars and restaurants, makes this an ideal trip for those who like to mix activity with a touch of romance.
Day 1 Overnight flight from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.
Day 2 Arrive to the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro. Spend your first day relaxing on stunning Copacabana beach and mingle with the locals. Alternatively venture to Sugar Loaf Mountain, at the Guanabara Bay entrance, and take the cable car to its top - a natural, historical and touristic mark of Rio de Janeiro city.
Day 3 Half day visit by open top jeep to Corcovado which gives one of the most beautiful panoramas of the city, together with the D.Marta Turret. At the feet of the Statue, marvel at the beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Botanic Garden. You can also enjoy vistas of the Maracanã, Guanabara Bay with the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Marina of Glory and Niterói.
Day 4 Spend the day as you choose - shopping, visit the old town of Rio de Janeiro or simply relax on the beaches of this beautiful city. You may also way to enjoy a traditional Brasilian dish of Feijoada.
Day 5 Head south from Rio and travel along the Green Coast to the attractive colonial town of Paraty (journey time around 4 hours). Stay here for 2 nights. The afternoon is free for exploring
Day 6 Day at leisure. With traffic forbidden in the historic centre, Paraty is a pleasant town to stroll around, and has many interesting buildings as well as nice restaurants and boutiques. Walk to the pier and see the fishermen bring in their catch, or take a schooner cruise to an offshore island where you can swim in the sea.
Day 7 Today you take a road transfer to Rio airport for the short flight to Iguazu. The Iguazu Falls is one of South America’s most impressive natural wonders, bordering Brazil and Argentina. Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed on seeing Iguassu for the first time 'Poor Niagara'! With 275 separate waterfalls including the roaring Devil’s Throat, which is very impressive indeed!
Day 8 Half day trip to the Brazilian Iguazu National Park where we drive through the lush, subtropical vegetation of the park en route to the falls. Trail winds towards the falls from the area in front of the hotel, populated by coatis, long-tailed raccoon-like creatures with a well-developed sense of tourists' feeding habits. At its end, an elevator provides speedier access to a viewing platform at the foot of the falls.
Day 9 Cross the border to Argentina via the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguazu River. To visit the Devil's Throat we will take a electric train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until the trail where the walking tour begins to the visit the upper walkways which allows a different and more intimate contact with the falls and the rainforest. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the Devil's Throat which is the largest of the waterfalls. Return by train to visit the upper Argentinean falls, including the San Martin Falls. If weather and time allows, a brief stop at the 3 Borders point, where Paraná and Iguazu Rivers as well as the borders or Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay encounter.
Day 10 Morning flight to Rio, where on arrival you will be met and transferred to Buzios a former fishing village and a favourite summer retreat for the Cariocas (journey time around 3 hours). Stay at the boutique Pousada Abracadabra. The next 3 days can be spent relaxing by the pool or hire a jeep and explore the beautiful Buzios Peninsula, which has over 20 bays and beaches.
Day 13 In the evening return to Rio de Janeiro airport in time for your overnight flight to London
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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