- Living Rio's vibrant energy, hippie chic in Buzios
- The majestic sight of Iguacu Falls
- Family-friendly hotels overlooking Ipanema Bay, the heart of the rainforest, or the ocean
- Direct flights, private guides, bicycles and football, local Concierge and all our usual additional services
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Explore Brazil as a family
Begin your journey in the dynamic capital of Rio, set among stunning beaches and forests, which offers attractions that will appeal to both children and parents. Some of Brazil’s most iconic sites and experiences can all be enjoyed in this city, including Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, Ipanema beach (arguably the most beautiful bay in the world) and football. In this itinerary, we have included an art-focused tour of Santa Teresa hill alongside a local, who will guide you through its cobblestone alleys and introduce you to its artists' workshops; a bike ride along Rio's legendary beaches; and a 'local' football match on Ipanema beach.
Next, head to where Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay meet: the Iguacu Falls. Iguacu means 'great waters' in the Guarani language, and these giant waterfalls descend over 260ft, with more than 275 waterfalls in total. After witnessing this true force of nature, enjoy a gentler pace of life in Buzios, a former fishing port made famous in 1964 by Brigitte Bardot. The tropical replica of St. Tropez is now one of the most glamorous destinations in Brazil. The beaches throughout the country are supervised and well-equipped, so they are ideal for the whole family. You’ll also have our in-country Concierge on-hand to assist you along the way, so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
International flight to Rio
Depart this evening for your overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro, arriving the next day.
After arriving early this morning, you will be privately transferred to your accommodation for the next four nights - an ideally located hotel with its 'feet' almost in the water. From the restaurant, the view of Rio Bay is spectacular. The spacious rooms are bright and tastefully decorated. The property has belonged to the same family for 40 years and the owners make every effort to meet their guests' wishes.
Three days here allows you time to sample the life of Rio and relax on the beaches of Ipanema. Your itinerary includes a visit to arty Santa Teresa, accompanied by one of its inhabitants who will guide you through its cobblestone alleyways, where time seems to have stopped in the mid-20th century. Also included in the itinerary is a half-day bike ride through the city with a private guide (bikes are picked up at and returned directly to the hotel - for your convenience) as well as a football session on the beaches of Ipanema, with a Brazilian instructor (and improvised teammates), and private guide.
While exploring the city, visit the Museu de Arte Moderna, built in 1960 by Alfonso Eduardo Reidy, for its perfect architecture, chill on Ipanema beach or observe trends in contemporary art at the Anita Schwartz Gallery. For even more culture, explore the Maracana Stadium and the huge concrete cone of Sao Sebastiao Cathedral, indulge in churrasco (grilled meat) and feijoada (bean stew) or shop in the bohemian district of Lapa: Portuguese houses in washed colours have been reinvented as second-hand clothes shops, vintage shops and antique galleries full of lovely mid-century Brazilian furniture. Once your legs are weary, sip on Amazonian fruit juice in the cool of a courtyard in Leblon, after an afternoon of shopping.
Iguacu - Buzios
You will be privately transferred to the airport for a return flight to Rio, before being privately transferred to the beautiful seaside resort of Buzios, 124 miles to the east in the state of Rio. For the next four nights you will be staying in a beautiful white house with blue shutters and glazed painted tile facades in the historic centre of Buzios, a stone's throw from the church of Sant'Ana and the beach. It looks a bit like Greece or Portugal but in the Tropics: Brazil, with a Mediterranean twist. In the spacious rooms, expect vintage furniture and the most comfortable bedding, while in the garden there are two pools and lush vegetation.
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TIJUCA, A RIO FORESTA walk accompanied by a private guide through Tijuca National Park. As beautiful as the ocean in front of it, Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world, covers the hills that dominate the city, supplying it with water, fresh air and clouds. Just a couple of miles from Copacabana and Ipanema, Tijuca is a forest rich in hundreds of endemic plant species, a part of the world inhabited by monkeys, snakes and parrots. Follow a trail that leads to one of Rio's most spectacular peaks: Pedra Bonita. Along the way, you will discover reforestation plots and coffee farms. At 2275ft the view of the city is breathtaking.
Optional - Half-day
A VISIT TO CHRIST THE REDEEMERWhat would Rio be without the Christ statue on Mount Corcovado? Still wonderful, but missing its signature. Since its inauguration in 1931, Christ the Redeemer, designed by French sculptor Paul Landowski, has become the absolute symbol of Rio. A cog train takes you through the rainforest of Tijuca to the famous statue that, with its head in the clouds, dominates the city, 2288ft above sea level. And on arrival, a knockout view of Rio and its bay, the Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
Optional - Half-day
A Rough Idea of Price
- Scheduled international flights
- Domestic flight Rio-Foz do Iguacu-Rio
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Private transfers airports/hotels/airports
- The Rio-Buzios-Rio Private Transfer
- The four nights in Rio de Janeiro, in double rooms, breakfast included
- Two-night stay in Foz de Iguazu in double rooms, breakfast included
- Five nights in Buzios, in double rooms, breakfast included
- Half-day rental of bicycles in Rio (delivered to and picked up from the hotel), with a private guide
- Football session with instructor on Ipanema Beach in Rio
- The half-day discovery of arty Santa Teresa in Rio, in the company of a local
- A half day discovering Iguazu Falls, on the Argentinean side (hence the spelling), with a private guide
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