The Ultimate Brazil for Families

With so much to see and do in this huge country, it is important to get the balance right when exploring Brazil. This 12 day family adventure is an exciting combination of vibrant Rio de Janeiro, the incredible wildlife of the Pantanal wetlands and the huge Iguassu Falls, ending with a few days on the fine beaches of Buzios.

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 Hotel Santa Teresa.

Stay: Hotel Santa Teresa

Day 2: Private tour of Rio de Janeiro

Your private guide will take you to see the highlights of Rio today. Stroll along the most famous beaches in the world, Copacabana and Ipanema, before you head up Corcovado’s Christ the Redeemer statue for stunning views across Rio and Guanabara Bay. Take the cable car up to the viewing decks atop Sugarloaf Mountain, see the many beaches, mountains and even the favelas of this magnificent city.

Stay: Hotel Santa Teresa

Day 3: Day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro

Day to explore the city further or simply relax at your hotel. We can arrange plenty of exciting activities 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 Santa Teresa

Day 4: From Rio de Janeiro to Iguassu Falls

Airport transfer this morning 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. Two nights at Belmond das Cataratas Hotel.

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).

Stay: Belmond Das Cataratas

Day 6: From Iguassu Falls to Pantanal

Today you will fly via Sao Paulo to Campo Grande where you are transferred to your luxury lodge in the heart of the Pantanal, a wetlands area incredibly rich in wildlife including many bird species, reptiles and mammals ranging from capybara and Howler Monkeys to Giant Anteaters and the elusive jaguar.

Spend three nights at Caiman Lodge, a full board stay including meals, soft drinks and guided excursions and transfers on a shared basis. Private guides can be arranged at extra cost.

Stay: Caiman Ecological Refuge

Day 7 - 8: Explore the Pantanal

Spend your days taking expertly guided excursions (shared basis) in the Pantanal. You have two excursions each day such as canoeing, jeep safaris, photographic safaris and walking plus night safaris. Specialist bird watching can also be arranged at extra cost.

Stay: Caiman Ecological Refuge

Day 9: From Pantanal to Buzios

Travel around three hours to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro via Sao Paulo. Upon arrival you will be privately transferred east of Rio along the coast to Buzios, set on the shores of a beautiful peninsula made up of coves and bays looking out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Stay: Casas Brancas

Day 10 - 11: Beach time in Buzios

Billed as the St Tropez of Brazil, there is much to do in the area. Perhaps rent a beach buggy to explore the pretty coastline and to find a quiet spot on one of the 20-plus beaches found on the peninsula. There is a beach to suit every taste whether you are looking to surf, find calm waters suitable for families or grab a spot at one of the hip lounges for those looking for a livelier day on the beach! When the evening comes, wander along the Rua das Pedras for a spot of shopping at the high end boutiques and dine at one of the many excellent restaurants found here.

Stay: Casas Brancas

Day 12: Departure

Travel two and half hours by road to Rio for your return flight.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Hotel Santa Teresa
Day 2: Private tour of Rio de Janeiro Hotel Santa Teresa
Day 3: Day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro Hotel Santa Teresa
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 Pantanal Caiman Ecological Refuge
Day 7 - 8: Explore the Pantanal Caiman Ecological Refuge
Day 9: From Pantanal to Buzios Casas Brancas
Day 10 - 11: Beach time in Buzios Casas Brancas
Day 12: Departure

Map

1- Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro 2- Belmond das Cataratas Hotel, Iguassu 3- Caiman Lodge, Pantanal 4- Casas Brancas Boutique Hotel & Spa, Buzios

From USD 4,945 per person based upon a family of four 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