Ultimate Brazil

Brazil · about Escorted or Guided Tour

Imagine experiencing Brazil. Ok, now imagine experiencing virtually all of it and you’ve pretty well summed up this absolutely incredible 26-day whirlwind tour of nearly all the country’s highlights. Start off discovering why Rio is a favourite city for anyone who’s been. Feel the vibrations (in your heart) from the rumble of Iguassu Falls. Then head north into the Amazon to explore the lush jungle. After find yourself in Chapada NP finding waterfalls, caves, and parts of yourself you’d long forgotten. From party time in the cities, to some serious beach time along the coasts, this is the right (aka best) way to do iconic Brazil.

What's Included

Beach time in Paraty. Iguassu Falls visit (Brazil & Argentina). Bonito stay. Pantanal wildlife excursion (2-day). Rio de Janeiro stay. Amazon Jungle stay (3-day). Beach time in Jericoacoara. Guided exploration of Chapada Diamantina NP. Local flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Live it up in Rio de Janiero, hike around Iguassu Falls, encounter wildlife and sleep in hammocks in the Brazilian Pantanal, travel along the Amazon River, play on the sand dunes in Jericoacoara, explore the waterfalls and caves in Chapada Diamantina NP

Itinerary Disclaimer

Important Notes

A good size daypack or overnight bag is required for this trip. The luggage allowance for the motorized canoe from Manaus is 7 kg. Your remaining luggage can be safely stored in Manaus – the CEO will help to arrange this locally.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, avg 10

Transport

Public bus, van, plane

Local Flights

All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

Accommodation

Hotels (15 nts), guesthouse (6 nts), tented room with hammocks in the Pantanal (2 nts, multi-share), jungle lodge (2 nts).

My Own Room Exceptions

Nights 10-11: Pantanal. Nights 14-15: Amazon Jungle. Nights 22-24 Chapada Diamantina National Park

Joining Hotel

Joining Instructions

Galeao International Airport is a 30 to 45 minute drive from our joining hotel. There are many private taxi companies with booths inside the building where you can pay a set rate for a taxi to Copacabana (approximately $50 USD), thus avoiding the confusion outside the airport. There is a money exchange in the Banco do Brazil on the 3rd floor of the international arrivals area, which is open 24 hours.

There is also an airport shuttle service, known as ‘Real’ (approximate fare $9USD) which will drop you off at the place of your choice along the route (choose the one that goes to Copacabana beach). You can flag down one of the many official yellow taxis in the street to get the rest of the way to the hotel (approximately $5 USD).

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities are planned. Your CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.

Arrival Complications

Emergency Contact

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local contact in Buenos Aires. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

G Adventures Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day time phone from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm
Tel: Int. Dialing Code: + 54 11 2150 2581
From within Argentina: (011) 2150 2581

After hours Emergency number
From outside Argentina: +54 9 11 3425 0380
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 15 3425 0380

G Adventures Local Representative (Rio)
From Outside of Brazil: (0054) 9 11 3 425 0380
If using Brazilian SIM card purchased outside or Rio: 031 9 11 3 425 0380
If using Brazilian SIM card purchased in Rio: 9 11 3 425 0380

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local contact in Buenos Aires, we have a toll-free line for North America, which will connect you directly with our Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of our Operations department at the mobile number below:

Toll-free, North America only: 1 800 465 5600.
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Outside North America, Australia and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

What to Take

A good size daypack or overnight bag is required for this trip. The luggage allowance for the motorized canoe from Manaus is 7 kg. Your remaining luggage can be safely stored in Manaus – the CEO will help to arrange this locally.

Checklist

-Documents
-Passport
-Insurance info
-Flight info
-Cash, credit and debit cards
-Vouchers and pre-departure information
-Required visas or vaccination certificates

-Weather-appropriate clothing
-Windproof/waterproof jacket
-Long trousers
-Hiking pants/track pants
-Shorts/skirts
-Shirts/T-shirts
- Small towel and swim wear
-Sturdy walking shoes
-Flip flops/sandals

-Sun hat/Bandana
-Sunblock
-Sunglasses
-Headlamp
-Money belt
-Toiletries
-Watch and alarm clock
-First-aid kit
-Rehydration powder
-Insect Repellent
-Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)

-Day pack
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Personal Entertainment
-Binoculars
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Insect Repellent
-Moneybelt
-Pocketknife
-Antibacterial wipes/gel
-Reusable water bottle
-Ear plugs

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

BRAZIL VISA
Americans, Canadians, Australians and some other nationalities need a tourist visa in order to enter Brazil. Please contact your local Brazilian Embassy to find out if you need to apply for one and for further details. If you are required to have a visa you will need to get one before entering Brazil, otherwise you will be refused entry. Processing fees and time frames depend on each country, but can take 2 weeks or longer, so we advise you to apply for it as early as possible.

COSTS:
US citizens: 160 USD
Australian Citizens: 35 USD
Canadian Citizens: 65 USD

FOR TRAVELLERS PLANNING ON VISITING IGUASSU FALLS IN ARGENTINAPLEASE NOTE:

ARGENTINA’S “RECIPROCITY FEE”:
Effective January 7, 2013 all US, Canadian and Australian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity tax in order to enter Argentina. This reciprocity tax must be paid in advance online with a credit card. Cash at the border or airport is not accepted.

ONLINE PAYMENT FORM:
https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/

INSTRUCTIONS:
http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf

COSTS:
US citizens: 160USD, valid for 10 years
Australian citizens: 100USD, valid for 1 year
Canadian citizens: 92USD for one entry and re-entries from bordering countries within 3 months

This trip crosses the border between Brazil and Argentina on Day 6 of this tour. The border name is Paso Iguazu and borders the cities of Foz do Iguazu and Puerto Iguazu.

Spending Money

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.

You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Medical Form

A Couple of Rules

Travel Insurance

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Feedback

Newsletter

Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Max Pax

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guide while in the Pantanal and Amazon

Meal Budget

Allow USD1125-1465 for meals not included.

Meals Included

22 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: SZUB, ID: 23702

Itinerary

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro

There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Paraty (1B)

Wander the cobblestoned streets, take a boat trip to the nearby islands in the bay, or visit one of the many white-sand beaches that make Brazil famous.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours, 250km)

Day 3: Paraty (1B)

Enjoy the slow pace of the small town of Paraty, a colonial town with fantastic architecture, lush tropical forest, and nearby beaches. Opt to take a caipirinha boat trip, a boat tour, kayaking, horseback riding, or take a 4×4 tour.

With Paraty’s stone streets and colonial architecture still standing, the town has some of the best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture in the world. The town is currently on UNESCO’s tentative list to gain World Heritage Centre status. To preserve the historical ambience and walkability of the historic centre, only bicycle and pedestrian traffic are allowed in the area.

Day 4: Iguassu Falls

Skip the 19 hour journey by land and hop a flight to Iguassu from São Paulo, maximizing your time to enjoy the falls.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Plane (1.50 hour(s))

Day 5: Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Visit the Brazilian side of the falls to get the best panoramic view. Opt to visit the bird park filled with beautifully coloured local wildlife or enjoy an optional helicopter ride for a birds-eye view of the falls.

Included Activities:
Iguassu Falls Guided Tour

Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu (1B)

Explore trails that will bring you directly over the falls of the Devil’s Throat—the highest and deepest of the falls. Other trails allow access to the stretch of falls across the forest on the Argentine side. Opt to take an inflatable boat to the base of the thundering falls.

Additional Notes:
If you have booked the Iguassu Falls Boat Ride Extra, you will do it on Day 6 when visiting the Argentine side of the falls. Please be aware, reciprocity fees may apply for Americans, Canadians and Australians when crossing the border into Argentina.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Brazil – Argentina)
Iguassu Falls Visit
Border Crossing (Argentina – Brazil)

Day 7: Bonito (1B)

Leave early for a full travel day to Bonito.

Transport:
Local bus (14.00 hour(s), 768km)

Day 8: Bonito

Spend time in Bonito with optional activities available like snorkelling in the crystal-clear rivers or exploring the nearby caves and waterfalls.

Day 9: Bonito (1B)

Enjoy another free day to explore Bonito.

Day 10: Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D)

Experience the Pantanal, an immense wetland area famed for its profuse wildlife. A 2-day excursion allows visitors to fully appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

Included Activities:
Pantanal Wildlife Excursion

Transport:
Shared van (5.00 hour(s))

Day 11: Pantanal (1B, 1L, 1D)

Full day of exploring the Pantanal. Try piranha fishing or horseback riding. Opportunities to spot wildlife such as monkeys, macaws, giant otters and caiman.

Included Activities:
Pantanal Wildlife Excursion

Day 12: Rio de Janeiro (1B)

Transfer to Campo Grande and fly back to Rio before arriving to the centrally located hotel in Copacabana.

Transport:
Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours)
Please note you will be arriving back to Rio airport at approximately 7pm because there are no direct flights from Campo Grande to Rio. Depending on the schedule there may be a stopover in Sao Paolo.
Plane (1.50-3.00 hours)

Day 13: Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a free day to soak up the vibrant energy of Rio de Janeiro.

Day 14: Rio de Janeiro/Amazon Jungle (1B)

Transfer one hour from Manaus to the village of Rio Preto da Eva, visit a local market before heading up river by motorized canoe to the jungle lodge.

The wet season, from March to August known as igapó, floods the surrounding forests enriching the soil and plants. Gliding over the submerged forest by canoe is an experience that is unique to the Amazon.

The dry season from September to February also has its draws, when the level of the river reaches its lowest, fish crowd together making them easy targets for catfish and dolphins. Lower water levels also make it harder for caimans to hide and easier to spot.

Included Activities:
Night Boat Excursion

Transport:
Plane (4.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Motorized canoe (1.50 hour(s))

Day 15: Amazon Jungle (1B, 1L, 1D)

The lodge is located within the jungle and just off the river making a great base for Amazon exploration. During free time relax in the hammocks or go for a swim.

Listen to the local guides explain what life is like in the Amazon and learn about the legends, traditions and culture of the region.

Included Activities:
Jungle Hike

Day 16: Amazon Jungle/Fortaleza (1B)

Wake up early for a morning excursion by canoe and enjoy the silence before the jungle awakens. Take in the sights and sounds of the Amazon while travelling along the river back to Manaus before flying to Fortaleza.

Included Activities:
Sunrise Canoe Excursion

Transport:
Motorized canoe (1.50 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Plane (5.00 hour(s))

Day 17: Fortaleza/Jericoacoara (1B)

Today is a long travel day to get to the calm teal waters of “Jeri”. Travel up the coast away from Fortaleza and arrive in the evening in time to watch the sunset over the ocean.

Transport:
Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

Day 18: Jericoacoara (1B)

Affectionately known as ‘Jeri’ to locals, Jericoacoara is a small fishing village where the streets are made of sand. Surrounded by sand dunes, and stunning coastline there are plenty of activities to choose from during the day. At night, the town lights up with its many restaurants and fun nightlife.

Day 19: Jericoacoara (1B)

Visit the Holed Stone, a famous rock formation located a 30 min walk down the beach, grab your camera, it makes for a scenic view with the ocean as its backdrop.

Jeri is an ideal spot to try some of the many water sports on offer. Named one of the best places in the world for windsurfing, it is a mecca for water sports of all kinds, give surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing a try.

Day 20: Jericoacoara/Fortaleza (1B)

Travel from Jeri back to Fortaleza, enjoy the vibrant city and nightlife.

Transport:
Local bus (8.00 hour(s))

Day 21: Fortaleza/Salvador (1B)

Salvador is famous for it’s Afro-Brazilian culture, if you haven’t had a chance to see the famous Capoeira, check out a performance. Wander the cobblestone streets of Pelourinho, the old city, and sit outside and enjoy dinner while people watching.

Find a spot on the umbrella crowded beach and do some shopping from the vendors passing by, they sell almost everything. The bay has calm waters which makes it ideal to go for a dip in the ocean.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Plane

Day 22: Days 22-23 Chapada Diamantina NP

Head away from the coast for some hiking, mountains and breathtaking landscapes. Catch a bus to Chapada Diamantina NP and look forward to a few active days. Enjoy the evening in the small town of Lençóis, the base for exploring the park.

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))

Day 23: Chapada Diamantina National Park (1B)

Over the next few days, enjoy guided exploration through Chapada Diamantina NP. Journey down into the caves at Gruta Lapa Doce and Pratinha, where the glowing blue water is so transparent that it’s hard to tell where the roof ends and the water begins.

Hike through the park to Poco do Diablo waterfall for a swim en route to Morro do Pai Inácio for an incredible view over the beautiful park.

Day 24: Day 25 Chapada Diamantina National Park/Salvador (1B)

Take a scenic ride through the countryside on the way back to Salvador. Enjoy the evening in this vibrant city.

Transport:
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))

Day 25: Day 26 Salvador (1B)

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