Classic Brazil

Our 14 day Classic Brazil holiday samples just a small selection of the many highlights of the country. No trip is complete without a stay in Rio de Janeiro, a vibrant and exotic place, one of the great cities of the world. Continue on to the extraordinary sight of the Iguassu Falls, taking a speed boat ride beneath them. The Amazon is a destination offering jungle, culture and wildlife, an experience that will not be forgotten. A combination of colonial architecture and history in two contrasting areas of the country follows – African-influenced Salvador with its colonial Pelourinho district and Paraty, a small coastal town on the beautiful Costa Azul.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arriving at Rio de Janeiro airport,  you will be met and transferred to your beach front hotel. Spend three nights at the stunning Philippe Starck-designed Fasano Hotel.

Stay: Hotel Fasano

Day 2: Guided tour of Rio de Janeiro

Visit the highlights of Rio de Janeiro with your guide today. Stop for a walk along Copacabana and Ipanema beaches to watch the cariocas at play. The cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain is incredible offering fine views of the city and coastline below. Continue to the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain and perhaps on to the Tijuca Rainforest nearby, an incredible rainforest in the heart of sprawling Rio.

Stay: Hotel Fasano

Day 3: Day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro

You have the entire day to either explore the city at your own pace or at your hotel. We can also arrange various fun activities should you wish it, such as cycle rides along the beach fronts, helicopter flights for the best view of the skyline, visits to community projects in the city’s favelas and classes to cook a typical Brazilian seafood stew or make the finest caiprinha cocktails, Brazil’s national drink.

Stay: Hotel Fasano

Day 4: From Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls

In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Iguassu. On arrival transfer to your hotel in the heart of the Iguassu National Park, only a short stroll from the mighty Iguassu Falls.

Stay: Belmond Das Cataratas

Day 5: Iguassu Falls

Your private guide will take you across the border to the Argentine side of the Iguassu Falls, an extensive area of jungle walkways, exotic fauna and of course the falls themselves – the panoramic viewing platforms above the Devil’s Throat Gorge are a definite highlight. Afterwards take the exhilarating Gran Aventura boat ride to experience the power for the falls from below (shared basis). Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Brazilian side of the falls at your leisure, it’s only a stone’s throw from the hotel.

Stay: Belmond Das Cataratas

Day 6: From Iguassu Falls to the Amazon Jungle

This morning you will fly to Manaus via Sao Paulo where you are taken to your small and exclusive Amazon lodge by boat. We can also arrange private charter flights allowing for an extraordinary view of the Amazon from above.

A full board stay including meals, soft drinks and guided excursions on a shared basis

Days 7 to 8: Amazon jungle

Spend these two days exploring the best that the Amazon has to offer – fish for piranha, walk through the jungle with expert local guides, canoe the waterways of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, spot wildlife and learn about the minutiae of the jungle such as the plants and insects and

Day 9: From the Amazon Jungle to Salvador

Head back to Manaus by boat where you take a flight to Salvador, a sprawling city on the Bahian coastline. Stay within the Pelourinho, the UNESCO-listed colonial quarter with its baroque churches, plazas and brightly painted houses.

Stay: Villa Bahia Pousada

Day 10: Explore Salvador

Spend this morning wandering along the cobbled streets of the Pelourinho, visiting the principal sites and watching the world go by. Here the people are descendants of African slaves and it is this that has influenced everything from the food and music to dance and religion which itself is a mix of Catholicism and African inspired candomble

Stay: Villa Bahia Pousada

Day 11: From Salvador to Paraty

Fly south to Rio where you travel by road along the beautiful Costa Verde to colonial Paraty, with a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains and the island filled Paraty Bay in front. With great restaurants, boutiques and galleries it is a great spot to unwind after exploring Brazil.

Three nights at Casa Turquesa in the heart of the town. As an alternative we can offer Pousada Picinguaba for those seeking a coastal retreat.

Stay: Casa Turquesa

Day 12 - 13: Explore Paraty

Spend your days exploring the cobbled streets lined by pretty whitewashed colonial houses and bougainvillea. There is much to do here, we can organise an array of exciting excursions including schooner trips to outlying islands, snorkelling trips, horse riding or hiking along the former Portuguese Gold Trail, for the brave why not visit a historic distillery to sample cachaça, the Brazilian sugarcane alcohol used to mix caipirinhas.

Stay: Casa Turquesa

Day 14: Departure

Travel by road to either Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro for your onward flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Hotel Fasano
Day 2: Guided tour of Rio de Janeiro Hotel Fasano
Day 3: Day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro Hotel Fasano
Day 4: From Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls Belmond Das Cataratas
Day 5: Iguassu Falls Belmond Das Cataratas
Day 6: From Iguassu Falls to the Amazon Jungle
Days 7 to 8: Amazon jungle
Day 9: From the Amazon Jungle to Salvador Villa Bahia Pousada
Day 10: Explore Salvador Villa Bahia Pousada
Day 11: From Salvador to Paraty Casa Turquesa
Day 12 - 13: Explore Paraty Casa Turquesa
Day 14: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Excursions
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa if applicable
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

1- Fasano Hotel, Rio de Janeiro 2- Belmond das Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu 3- Amazon River 4- Villa Bahia, Salvador 5- Casa Turquesa, Paraty

From USD 5,650 per person based on two guests travelling (excluding flights)

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant