from iconic cities to natural wonders of the world, ending on the palm-fringed beaches of Brazil's north-east
Brazil has countless attractions but this 13 day trip takes in many of the most notable highlights including Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon rainforest and majestic Iguassu Falls.
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Rio de Janeiro
Days 1-3: Start with three nights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s spiritual capital, and arguably one of the most beautiful settings in the world. You will visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado and iconic Sugar Loaf mountain.
Days 4-6: Fly south to Foz do Iguaçu for a three night stay, just the right length of time to fully appreciate these spectacular waterfalls, which can be admired from both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. There is an abundance of wildlife in the surrounding semi-tropical forest and optional activities include a fascinating bird park, and an exhilarating inflatable boat trip almost under the falls themselves.
Days 7-10: Morning flight to Manaus (arriving in the late afternoon) for a one-night stay - just enough time to visit the famous Opera House. The next day head into the Amazon jungle (almost certainly via the Meeting of the Waters where the muddy waters of the Solimões river stubbornly refuses to mingle with the tannin-stained black waters of the Rio Negro) for three nights in a remote lodge to experience the sights and sounds of the rainforest. Daily activities vary from boat trips, bird watching, nature walks and community visits to piranha fishing.
Note: For those wanting more of a river-based experience, it is also possible to take a traditional riverboat cruise along the tributaries of the vast Amazon river (2-7 night itineraries available).
Day 11: Fly south to the fascinating Niemeyer-designed city of Brasilia, named federal capital in 1960.
Salvador and the beaches of the north-east
Days 12-13: Fly east to one of the beaches on Brazil's north-eastern shoulder. Salvador is ringed by beaches with everything from larger resorts to idyllic island retreats. Our favourites include the delightful islands of Morro de São Paulo and Boipeba and the rustic charm of the Maraú peninsula and Itacaré. Slightly further afield are the lovely fishing villages of Arraial d'Ajuda, Maceió or trendy Trancoso.
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
The estimated flight cost included in this itinerary (assuming international flights from the UK plus any internal flights that are necessary) is £1,210 per person.
Price and validity notes
We have tried to give you as accurate an idea of prices as possible, including meals where appropriate (but not when there are good local options so you don't pay for a meal that you might not want), accommodation, transfers, and any tours we have included.
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room and are intended as a guide (local high or low seasons can cause some variation). All prices were correct when published but may vary with exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or changes in the general economic situation.