Custom Brazil Tour

Thousands of miles of coastline, Amazon's primeval wilderness, one of the most extensive river systems in the world, the natural wonder of Iguassu Falls, and the rich heritage of colonial cities blend to create a memorable journey.

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Brazil


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Adventure Travel


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Varied Days


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Starting at: $6,600

About Brazil Travel

Beaches: The “St. Tropez of South America”, Buzios boasts 20 superb beaches with crystal-clear water, quiet coves and relaxing beaches. Settled by European pirates and slave traders, Buzios evolved into a town of rustic charm with stylish shops and restaurants. It retains the ambiance of a small fishing village. Fishing, windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports are available. Ubajara and Jericoacoara National Park provide protection to some of the area’s biodiversity.

Brasilia: The national capital was developed in 1956; however, it had been envisioned nearly a century earlier.  The plan was originally conceived in 1827 when Brazil was under colonial rule, but not acted on for more than a century.  An article in the constitution of 1891 stated that the capital should be moved to a place close to the center of the country.  This is the only city built in the 20th century designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the grand architecture of its public buildings, gardens and avenues.

Iguassu Falls: Both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides of this magnificent horseshoe-shaped falls are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  On the right bank, the Brazilian territory has just over 20% of falls, and Argentina has 80% of the falls on the Brazilian side, there is a walkway along the canyon with an extension to the lower base of the Devil’s Throat.  Brazilian transport system has been restyled to allow more visitors, while reducing environmental impact.

Manaus & Amazon Rainforest: Manaus is the largest metropolitan area in Northern Brazil.  At the start of the century, it was known as Heart of the Amazon and City of the Forest.  The Amazon River basin spreads across nine nations, but 60 percent is in Brazil.  It makes up over half of the planet’s rainforests, and is the most species-rich tropical forest in the world.  At least 40,000 plant species, 3,000 fish, 1,294 birds, 427 mammals and 378 reptiles have been reported.  One in five birds on earth lives here.  This is also the last refuge of Brazil’s indigenous tribes.  Eco-lodges offer comfortable settings to discover this incredible habitat.  A boat trip, “Meeting of the Waters,” is a captivating journey to see the black waters of Negro River and the brown waters of Solimões River run together for miles without mixing before becoming the Amazon River.

Natal: The “City of Sun,” Natal is known for its giant white sand dunes. Dunas Park is the second largest urban park in Brazil. It has important museums such as the Museu de Arte Sacra, and the Museu de Cultura Popular. Forte dos Reis Magos is a medieval fortress from 1598.The historic city center encompasses some 150 buildings of colonial, art-deco, neoclassical and modernist architecture. Ribeira and Cidade Alta are the oldest neighborhoods.

Ouro Preto: The “city of gold” is encircled by mountains.  Founded in 1711, this UNESCO World Heritage City reveals its masterful architectural style in the 1742 Governor’s Palace, exquisite colonial churches, gardens and cobblestone streets.  It has significant metallurgic and mining industries, including gold, hematite, dolomite, tourmaline, muscovite and imperial topaz, found only here.

Pantanal: This vast wetland is a refuge for capybara, caiman, giant  river otter, and the rare marsh deer. More than 650 species of birds include macaw, crowned solitary eagle and jabirus. It is a complex of aquatic and terrestrial environments, including rough arboreal ranges and forests that can be explored on horseback, in open vehicles and by boat. Outings are guided by bilingual researchers

Praia do Forte: An hour north of Salvador, Praia do Forte is in a protected environmental area with about 12 kilometers/7.5 miles of semi-deserted beach bordered by lush groves of coconut palms. The area is blessed with a pleasant tropical climate. A turtle sanctuary has seen generations of sea turtles return each year to lay their eggs. This is a good location to view humpback whales and explore coral reefs. Nearby are the charming Fishermen’s Village and Garcia D’Avila Castle, which dates from 1552, and was the first great Portuguese structure in Brazil.

Recife & Olinda: Recife is famous for its 17th-century architecture.  History buffs love these towns for their old quarters, ornate churches and an Inquisition jail.  Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage City, is nearly 500 years old.  The Dutch occupied it for 24 years, adding to the cultural mix of Indian, African and Portuguese. It is a center for music and arts.

Rio de Janeiro: Rio is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere. From Copacabana Beach to Sugarloaf Mountain, it makes a grand impression. Other landmarks include the 36-meter/120-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain; a small-scale model of Paris Opera; the National Library with an edition of the rare Gutenberg Bible and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.  Tijuca National Forest is the largest urban forest in the world.  French architectural influence is visible in Marechal Floriano Square. The city’s gems include Municipal Theatre, a small-scale model of Paris Opera, and National Library with copies of Gutenberg’s Bible and other rare first editions dating back to 1500.

Salvador: This is called the soul of Brazil as it was here the nation was founded in the 17th century.  The historic slave auction site contrasts markedly with the baroque São Francisco Church and Convent.  Salvador is noted for its cuisine, music and Portuguese architecture.  The old city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

São Luiz do Paraitinga: São Luiz do Paraitinga and its lovely retreat property, Fazenda Catuçaba, are conveniently located mid-way between the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The property’s 450 hectares/1,100 acres include an operational organic farm, rivers, and expansive views from the mountaintops. Numerous lakes include one specifically reserved for leisure activities, such as canoeing, fishing and swimming. This exceptional natural setting allows guests to interact both with nature and rural local life.

São Paulo: Founded in 1554, this is a city on the move. It is the largest city in Brazil and the largest in the southern hemisphere. Greater São Paulo is ranked as the world’s 10th biggest metropolis by population. As such, it exerts strong regional influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment, as well as a strong international influence. The city is also recognized for its architecture and gastronomy. It hosts high profile events such as the Brazil Grand Prix, Fashion Week, ATP Brazil Open, and the São Paulo Indy 300. It is home to monuments, parks and museums such as the Latin American Memorial, the Museum of Ipiranga, the São Paulo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Portuguese Language.

Ubatuba: Nearby this small village is the resort of Picinguaba, which overlooks a peaceful bay at the heart of the Serra do Mar natural park, the tropical coastal forest running between Rio and São Paulo, about half an hour’s drive south of Paraty. The region around Picinguaba is one of the most beautiful, well preserved and lesser known parts of the entire Brazilian coast. A wide range of outdoor activities include hiking in the tropical rainforest, cruising on a schooner to local islands, kayaking and scuba diving.

 

 

Best Times to Travel to Brazil
Festivals & Special Events

  • Larger than the United States, Brazil has five major climatic subtypes:  equatorial, tropical, semiarid, highland tropical, and temperate.  In general, winter lasts from June to August, with the coldest temperatures south of Rio.  Summer runs December to March with stifling humidity in the far south.  Brief rains are common, given the tropical climate, but the dry interior has fewer months of heavy rainfall.  The Amazon Basin is the wettest area, and near the mouth of the river it rains year round.  The heaviest rainfall is from December to May.  In the area of Recife, the wettest time is May to August.  Further south in Rio, the wet season is November to April. From July to December, it is possible to drive the Pantanal.
  • Carnaval is a four-day celebration throughout much of the continent. But no city is more identified with Carnaval than Rio.  From Saturday to Fat Tuesday, in keeping with the Catholic season of Lent, Rio is an unforgettable party of masked balls, parades with outrageously costumed revelers and fireworks.
  • The June Bonfire Festivals are an integral part of Brazilian culture.  Throughout Rio, folklore celebrations take place in the form of games, dancing, fireworks and bonfires.  Children and many adults dress country-style for the festivities.
  • Reveillon, New Year’s Eve in Rio is an extravaganza when millions pack the beaches for an all-night festival of music, food and fireworks.

Suggested Brazil Tour Itinerary

Day 1: São Paulo, Brazil
Founded in 1532, the city, the largest in Brazil, is known for its architecture, gastronomy and cultural venues.

Day 2: São Paulo
This cosmopolitan city offers a wealth of opportunities to explore its culture, art and cuisine.

Day 3: São Paulo / Ubatuba
This coastal resort offers beautiful views, beaches, excursions by boat and an ideal place to relax.

Day 4: Ubatuba
Hiking in the tropical rainforest, cruising on a schooner to local islands, and scuba diving are some items on the menu.

Day 5: Ubatuba / São Luiz do Paraitinga
The historic town of São Luiz do Paraitinga is home to a retreat set amid rivers, lakes and mountains

Days 6-7: São Luiz do Paraitinga
A roster of activities here includes canoeing, fishing and swimming in some of the many lakes as well as exploring a working organic farm, horseback riding and hiking.

Day 8: São Luiz do Paraitinga / Rio de Janeiro
Sophisticated Rio de Janeiro is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere.

Days 9-10: Rio de Janeiro
The city is home to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, premier shopping, restaurants, beaches and so much more.

Day 11: Rio de Janeiro / Depart

 

Custom Travel Options

Beaches (3-4 days)
Giant dunes, secluded coves and rocky coasts offer activities from scuba diving to camel riding on the dunes.

Brasilia (2 days)
Brazil’s futuristic capital with its grand architecture and gardens earned it the title of UNESCO World Heritage City.

Iguassu Falls (2 days)
This natural wonder encompasses some 150 to 300 waterfalls, depending on the water level and season.

Natal (3 days)
Natal and other beaches, like Pipa, are growing more and popular among Brazilian and international tourists.

Ouro Preto (3 days)
The “City of Gold” is a UNESCO World Heritage City of cobblestone streets, churches and terraced gardens.

Pantanal (4 days)
Pantanal’s wetlands are a vast refuge for capybara, caiman, tapir, monkeys and some 600 species of birds.

Praia do Forte (3 days)
Luxury spas, groves of coconut palms and a turtle sanctuary add up to more than just a beach retreat.

Recife & Olinda (3 days)
These towns are packed with history in atmospheric old quarters, ornate churches and a historic Inquisition jail.

Salvador da Bahia (4 days)
Colonial monuments contrast with African folk culture as seen at the colonial-era slave auction site.

São Paulo (2 days)
São Paulo is a vivacious city that offers a wealth of the world-class restaurants, museums and activities.

Land price, per person, double occupancy: Approx. $600 - $1,000 per day.

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