Brazil’s Highlights

Brazil's Highlights

On this round trip you will experience the best that Brazil has to offer with a little luxury edge on all nights; culture in Paraty, rich wildlife in the Pantanal, magical Iguazú and beautiful beaches in Rio. Find more about Brazil on localbusinessexplorer.

We have specially chosen the best homes on this trip, so you will stay in design hotels, unique lodges and delicious pousadas. The details for the accommodation have been as picky as it has been lovingly refined and we have focused on the good atmosphere.

The journey begins in the Pantanal, where you will explore Brazil’s most diverse wildlife. Here you live in a lodge in the middle of nature, from which you take exciting day trips in canoes, jeeps, on horseback or on foot.

From the Pantanal you continue towards Rio De Janeiro and a few days on the Ipanema beach. Here you can choose to relax by the beach, take a guided tour of one of the city’s favelas, enjoy the view from Sugarloaf or Corcovado or explore the city’s beaches by bike and much more.

From Rio, the journey goes to the picturesque little town of Paraty, which offers white buildings with colorful exterior doors and cozy cobbled streets. The city is in colonial style and is considered one of the world’s most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture.

No trip to Brazil is complete without a visit to the Iguazú Falls and of course you should not miss this natural wonder. You will experience the amazing views from both the Brazilian and Argentine side of the waterfalls before heading home again.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia

Departure from Scandinavia towards Campo Grande, where you will arrive the next day.

Day 2: Arrival at Campo Grande

On arrival at Campo Grande you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your eco-lodge Refugio da Ilha in the Pantanal. The rest of the day is on your own and you can relax by the pool or go on an afternoon excursion. ( L , M )

Day 3-4: Among wildlife in the Pantanal

After a good night’s sleep, it’s time to really explore the Pantanal. Here you can see a large and varied selection of Brazil’s rich wildlife with caimans, deer, waterfowl, anteaters and, if you are lucky, the Brazilian jaguars. The Pantanal stretches in endless plains from southern Brazil and far into Bolivia and Paraguay. In the next few days, there will be various activities where you will experience the Pantanal’s wonderful animal and plant life. These include canoeing on the river, a meeting with the Caymans, horseback riding (the most common means of transport here in the region), jeep safaris, trekking and of course beautiful sunsets over the impressive wetland. And much more. ( F , L , M )

Day 5: Pantanal to Rio de Janeiro

Today you will be picked up at your eco-lodge in Bonito and driven to Campo Grande Airport, where you will fly on to Rio De Janeiro. When you arrive in Rio de Janeiro, you will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel, Ipanema Inn in the charming neighborhoods of Ipanema. The rest of the day is on its own. ( F )

Day 6-8: Discover Rio

Welcome to Rio! This is the city you can not miss on every trip to Brazil. Rio is the country’s second largest city (after Sao Paulo) and offers a variety of wonderful experiences, from Copacabana beach to Corcovado mountain with the large statue of Christ. Do not miss a dinner at a real Brazilian steakhouse, a churrascaria (we can help you with recommendations for some of the best in town). It is possible to buy day trips to make the most of your time in the city: City tour to the city’s most classic highlights, including the Santa Teresa district, the colorful staircase in Selarón and not least the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado. When you are in Rio, it is also well worth a visit to some of the city’s many favela areas. It is a good eye opener with such a tour because it gives you a more nuanced picture of the million city of Rio de Janeiro. You will discover that there is “a city within a city” here. You can also take a local guided bike ride to Rio’s unknown beaches. (F )

Day 9: Rio to charming Paraty

From the big city of Rio, the journey now goes to the picturesque little town of Paraty, which offers white buildings with colorful exterior doors and cozy cobbled streets. The city is in colonial style and is considered one of the world’s most important examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. Paraty is about a four-hour drive south of Rio de Janeiro. Here you spend the night in the city’s most charming and luxurious pousada, Pousada do Sandi. ( F )

Day 10: Relaxation and culture in charming Paraty

Spend the day exploring the city. You can choose to take a boat trip out of Paraty Bay, where you have the opportunity to explore one of the beautiful islands and pristine beaches and take a refreshing dip. Another option could be a jeep ride. The landscape around Paraty is indescribably beautiful and with an exciting jeep ride you can experience the jungle-covered mountains and the delicious white sandy beaches. ( F )

Day 11: Paraty to Iguazú

Enjoy your morning in Paraty before being picked up and taken back to Rio de Janeiro Airport. Here you fly directly to the Iguazú Falls and a very nice accommodation in the middle of the jungle on La Aldea de la Selva. From here you can enjoy the sound of the jungle and wildlife from the hammock on your balcony. The rushing river Iguazú crosses the state of Paraná in southern Brazil from east to west. A few kilometers before the river Iguazú crosses the river Paraná, it forms one of the most magnificently scenic places in the world, the Iguazú Falls. About three kilometers long and with an average flow of 1750 cubic meters per second, this wonder is located in a very special place, where the contrast between green vegetation and the dark colors of the rocks with water swirling out of the 72 meter high mountain can only be described as magical! In Iguazú there are a total of 275 waterfalls, some of which are over 80 meters high, which means that these waterfalls are wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls. It therefore came as no surprise when UNESCO named the region a World Heritage Site in 1986. The waterfalls were originally “discovered” in 1541 by the Spaniard Alvar Nuñez. He called them Saltos de Santa María. The name we use today means “big water” in the tupí-guaraní language. The waterfalls are protected by two national parks, one in Brazil and one in Argentina. The tours take place via paths and footbridges that are adapted to the landscape in the area and here it is easy to hike regardless of age. Guided tours of the complex take place several times a day. The best time of year to visit the place is from August to November. During the rainy season from May to July, there is a risk of flooding that can prevent you from getting close to the falls via the walkways. (F )

Day 12: On an adventure on the Argentine side of the Iguazú Falls

Today a trip to the Argentine side of Iguazú has been arranged, so remember the passport when you leave your room. You will be driven to the other side of the waterfalls, where you together your guide board the train that takes you along the waterfalls at different heights. The tour ends on the largest and most impressive of them all, Devils Throat, which is 90 meters high. ( F )

Day 13: On an adventure on the Brazilian side of the Iguazú Falls

After a very good and nutritious breakfast at La Aldea de la Selva, it’s time for a guided tour of the Brazilian side. Enjoy the many views from the waterfalls and watch beautiful birds such as toucans and parrots. It is also possible to buy a helicopter ride over the waterfalls. ( F )

Day 14: Departure from Brazil

It’s time to say “goodbye” to Brazil and set course for Scandinavia. A private transfer is arranged to take you to the airport well in advance of your departure. ( F )

Day 15: Return to Scandinavia

You arrive in Scandinavia after an eventful trip to fantastic Brazil.

Overnight stays

Three nights at Regugio da Ilha in Pantanal
Four nights at Ipanema Inn, suite, in Rio de Janiero
Two nights at Pousada do Sandi in Pararty
Three nights at La Aldea de la Selva, suite, at Iguazú

Brazil's Highlights