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Wander the streets of the old pirate town of Paraty
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From the home of the world's greatest party, Rio de Janeiro to Brazil's most populous city São Paulo then onto the worlds most spectacular falls, ...

Highlights

... Iguazú, this trip is all the proof you need that in Brazil, nothing is done by halves!

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Discover Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguazu Falls - One of the greatest natural wonders of the world
  • Wander the streets of the old pirate town of Paraty
  • Visit the largest Japanese community outside of Japan

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Culture
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What's included
  • International flights
  • 8 nights in hotels, hostels & guesthouses, 1 nights on an overnight bus
  • 8 breakfasts
  • Transport: local public bus, taxi
  • Entry to Iguazú Falls in Argentina
  • Entry to Iguazú Falls in Brazil
  • Tour leader throughout, English-speaking local guides on included excursions
Need to know
  • There is a maximum of 16 travellers with an average group size of 8-12
  • Punctuality is very important and throughout the tour your tour leader will give you the time to meet in reception
  • It is important to consult your doctor or travel clinic in good time before your tour departs to determine what vaccinations you require
  • It is essential that you be able to carry your bags over distances between bus and train stations and hotels, generally for up to 20 minutes
  • All countries have visa requirements that are subject to change at short notice
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours
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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Arrive Rio de Janeiro

Today, there are no orgnised activities, so you are free to explore the fantastic city of Rio de Janeiro.  A highlight for many would be to experience the majestic gaze of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado, the breath-taking panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and the vibrant coloured tiles of the Selarón staircase. You can walk from the top of the staircase up to the quiet hill-top neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, with many quaint cafés and shops lining the cobblestone streets. In the city centre, you can stroll around Rio's old colonial buildings and wander around the skyscrapers of the financial district. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Botanical Gardens, one of the world-famous beaches of Copacabana or Ipanema, or the beautiful Rodrigues de Freitas Lagoon. If you are in Rio de Janeiro around February/March get ready for the world's biggest party, the Rio Carnival.

Days 2-3
Paraty

Paraty

Following the stunning coastline south, we come to colonial Paraty, an old pirate town with streets made of stone slabs designed to let the tide wash over and clean them. You have an option to go on a full day boat cruise around the bay with plenty of time to swim in the turquoise waters and eat fresh seafood.

Days 4-5
São Paulo

São Paulo

Today, you'll visit Brazil's most populous city, Sâo Paulo, which has a metropolitan population of 19 million. Visit a snake farm and the Latin American Exhibition Centre designed by renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer, who also designed Brasília, the country's capital (optional tours). After a hard day of sightseeingy you can relax and perhaps have a meal in the Japanese quarter.

Days 6-7
Curitiba

Curitiba

Next, you'll visit the university town of Curitiba where you'll spend the night before having the option to take a scenic train trip to the coast. An overnight bus takes you through the rolling hills of Southern Brazil to the Brazilian town of Foz do Iguaçu, our base for visiting the famous Iguazú Falls - the most magnificent waterfalls in the world. Unlike most other waterfalls that have just one or two cataracts, at Iguazú there are 275 cataracts in a magnificent 3 kilometre long U-shape that we will visit from both the Brazil and Argentinean sides.

Days 8-9
Foz do Iguaçu

Foz do Iguaçu

On the Brazil side you can see the falls by walking through the rainforest and along catwalks above and below the rushing water or, for a bird's eye view a helicopter flight is on offer (optional). You can also visit the world's largest hydroelectric dam at Itaipu (optional), to learn more about the ecological issues faced during the dam's construction. There is also a very interesting bird park nearby.  Visiting the Argentine side of the falls you can board a speed boat which will take you under the falls soaking you from head to toe, an optional adventure you'll never forget! On the Argentine side you'll also find the famous "Devil's Throat" where a huge arc of water drops with such force that there is always a massive cloud of spray overhead. Please Note: To see Iguazu Falls from the Argentinian side, you may be required to pay a reciprocity fee to enter the country. The cost of this visa will vary depending on your nationality. Your tour ends in Foz do Iguaçu on day 10.

Day 10
Foz do Iguaçu

Foz do Iguaçu

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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