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The best of Brazil is the best of a beautiful, bounteous, buxom country, about as best as best can be. Nature and wildlife travelers lean toward jaguar tracking in Pantanal; culture lovers appreciate Salvador de Bahia, the most African city in the Western Hemisphere; and active sorts adore the country’s stellar hiking and snorkeling. This sample itinerary is just a starting point.
After alighting in Rio de Janeiro, we head up Corcovado Mountain for its fantastic vistas; wander the cafés, bistros, and galleries of the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa; and cruise the city’s offshore islands. Our beachside bike ride takes us to Sugarloaf Mountain, which we can climb for eye-popping views or hike even higher above the city in the rain forest of Tijuca National Park.
We then wing our way to Iguassu, exploring the Argentine side of the falls, too. And finally we end in the far-less-visited scenic wonderland of the Costa Verde, a gentle riot of greenery, wildlife, and fluttering waterfalls. We hike on one of the world’s only tropical fjords and kick back in the carless, cobblestone-streeted, colonial-architecture–graced city of Paraty (“straight out of a movie set,” says Jennine Cohen, our Brazil enthusiast). Appropriately jazzed up, we make our way home via Rio.
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1:
arrive in Rio de Janeiro, city tour
- Day 2:
biking and hiking for city views
- Day 3:
- Days 4 & 5:
fly to Iguassu, visit Argentine and Brazilian sides of falls, return to Rio
- Day 6:
drive to Paraty
- Day 7:
historic city center, waterfall hiking
- Day 8:
explore islands and beaches by snorkel schooner
- Day 9:
return to Rio, or head home via Sao Paulo.