Key information

Destinations Destinations Iguazu Falls, Salvador, Ilha de Boipeba
Activity Activity Beach, Nature & Wildlife, Culture
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Explore colourful Rio de Janeiro

Explore colourful Rio de Janeiro

Day 1–3 in Rio de Janeiro

Is there another city on earth that can match Rio's beauty? Mountain peaks, lush forests, beautiful beaches and playful inhabitants make Rio a must-see on any Brazilian itinerary. From the famous beaches of Copacabana to edgy Botofago, Rio is the perfect bookend to a Brazil trip.

Spend several days exploring Brazil’s bustling coastal city — and home to the world’s biggest carnival. Visit the city’s famed beaches and diverse neighbourhoods, as well as the urban rainforest of Tijuca Forest. Ride the rack railway up Corcovado Mountain to see up-close the 30m-high statue of Christ the Redeemer — perhaps one of the most recognisable icons of Brazil. Then drive through Santa Teresa neighborhood to explore the area’s history and beautiful 19th and early 20th century mansions.

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Visit Rio’s vibrant beaches

Visit Rio’s vibrant beaches

The 4km-long Copacabana beach is one of the city’s most popular, offering a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. For a less touristy experience try some of the lesser-celebrated beaches, including Barra da Tijuca Beach and Joatinga Beach.

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain

Take a relaxed cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of Guanabana Bay, Corcovado Mountain, Santa Cruz Fortress and Rio-Niteroi Bridge.

Witness thundering Iguazu Falls

Witness thundering Iguazu Falls

Day 4–6 in Iguazu Falls

The mighty Iguazu Falls are actually a chain of 275 smaller waterfalls, forming an awe-inspiring semi-circle of water and noise. Lying between Argentina and Brazil, the falls are an awesome sight on their own, but both sides offer excellent wildlife watching.

Explore Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador

Explore Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador

Day 7–8 in Salvador

Tropical Salvador is home to plenty of gorgeous coastline, but it is the city’s Afro-Brazilian culture that attracts visitors. Here, believers reconnect with African gods in Candomble ceremonies, rhythmic music pulses from weekly festivals and the cuisine is sharpened with plenty of hot chilli. Once Brazil’s first capital, modern Salvador is youthful, energetic and unmissable.

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See the the summer festivals in Pelourinho

See the the summer festivals in Pelourinho

The historic Pelourinho district in Salvador is the location of the annual Sao Joao festival, taking place in June and July. Expect capoeira, music and a celebration of Afro-Brazilian culture.

Relax on the getaway island of Boipeba

Relax on the getaway island of Boipeba

Day 9–11 in Ilha de Boipeba

A 12-km stretch of jungle and beaches, laidback Boipeba is the perfect place to lounge on the beach, eat delicious seafood and unwind from the stresses of the mainland. While still basic, there are plans ahead to build several resorts, so get here quick.

Return to Salvador and depart

Return to Salvador and depart

Day 12 in Salvador

Head back to Salvador for your onward departure.

Where to stay

Classic

Mirador Rio Copacabana Hotel

Situated just 700 yards from Copacabana Beach, Mirador Rio offers guests comfortable rooms, a buffet breakfast, restaurant serving local and international cuisine, sauna and fitness centre and an outdoor swimming pool boasting panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro.

Superior

Pousada Solar dos Deuses

Situated in the centre of Pelourinho, Pousada Solar dos Deuses offers guests boutique accommodation in Salvador's colourful historic neighbourhood. Each room features individual artwork and furniture, designed to reflect a different Orixás, afro-carribbean deities. Guests can enjoy breakfast in their rooms before exploring the many attractions and restaurants the neighbourhood boasts.

Deluxe

Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Located opposite Copacabana Beach, the Miramar Hotel by Windsor features luxurious accommodation in the heart of one of Rio's most popular neighbourhoods. Guests can enjoy the outdoor green granite pool with panoramic views of the coast, fully-equipped gym, rooftop bar and restaurant.

Deluxe

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Overlooking the spectacular Iguazu Falls in Iguazu National Park, the Belmond Hotel das Cataratas offers guests visiting the famous waterfalls a combination of traditional Portuguese-style accommodation and luxurious, modern facilities. Guests can enjoy the tennis courts, evening entertainment, outdoor pool and grill restaurant serving Brazilian and international cuisine.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $2,435pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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