Best of Brazil

Rio, Iguacu, and the Costa Verde

  • Experience the energy and sights of Rio de Janeiro
  • Walk jungle trails, bike along the beach, and cruise among lush islands
  • Savor the greenery, wildlife, and waterfalls of Sierra de Bocaina National Park
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Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 9 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking, Water and Beach
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

The best of Brazil is the best of a beautiful, bounteous, buxom country, about as best as best can be—which we immediately sense as we alight in the Atlantic coast city of Rio, a natural and human sensation. Hosting both the World Cup and the upcoming Olympics, Rio de Janeiro features eye-grabbing scenery and one of the planet’s most energized cities, sexy beyond measure. We give Rio a good sightsee, heading up Corcovado Mountain for its fantastic vistas, wandering the cafés, bistros, and galleries of the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, biking and strolling along Rio’s iconic and stimulating beaches, cruising the city’s offshore islands, and much more.

Next, we head to sensational Iguassu Falls - to view some of the largest and most powerful falls in the world. We end our trip a little ways south of Rio in the far-less-visited Costa Verde, a scenic wonderland that slows us down, gently, beneficently. From the picturesque fishing village of Picinguaba, we soak up a magnificent turquoise bay, possibly chartering a boat for the day to cruise among the than 400 islands, snorkeling and beach-lolling along the way. We venture inland to the nearby Sierra de Bocaina National Park, a riot of greenery, wildlife, and fluttering waterfalls near the motorcarless, cobblestone-streeted, colonial architecture–graced city of Paraty before we make our way homeward.

Of course, it’s also a fine idea to delay your trip home in favor of discovering more of this splendid country. We’ll be glad to tie in jaunts to such places cultural Salvador da Bahia or Minas Gerais, the gorgeous Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, the dramatic mesas of Chapada Diamantina, the sand dunes of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, the biologically hopping wetlands of Pantanal, and the Amazon. Give us a call at 888-570-7108 and we'll happily elaborate.

The Best of Brazil

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Rio de Janeiro, city tour
  • Day 2: tour Rio’s historic Lapa and Santa Teresa, visit Projecto Morinho, hike in Tijuca National Forest
  • Day 3: bike to Sugarloaf mountain, hike for city views
  • Day 4: fly to Iguassu, visit Argentina side
  • Day 5: tour Brazilian side of Iguassu
  • Day 6: return to Rio, drive to Paraty
  • Day 7: historic city center, cachaça tasting, waterfall hiking or sea kayaking
  • Day 8: explore islands and beaches by snorkel schooner
  • Day 9: return to Rio, or Sao Paulo for flights home.