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Classic Brazil

The Classic Brazil Tour is a private guided tour, offering the chance to see the country in 10 days, without flying too much. Tick off the highlights of Brazil, from the iconic sites of Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, to the spectacular national park of Iguazu Falls, the picturesque historic town of Paraty and the unspoiled beaches of Ilha Grande. Enjoy panoramic views from the heights of the mountains around Rio, hike along dozens scenic trails in Foz do Iguazu, visit the exciting bird park, get lost while walking along the car-free streets of Paraty and finish off on a paradise tropical island with azure waters. This is definitely a sightseeing-packed holiday, exceptionally designed for first-time travellers to Brazil. Starting with the highlights is never a bad idea. Weather you are travelling with children, solo or with friends – this tour can be tailor to your needs. Stay at small boutique hotels and let us take care of the logistics.

10 Days – From £1,880 per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Paraty, Ilha Grande,  Rio de Janeiro

  • Price is per person, based on two people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers on a private basis
  • Entrance & guiding fees 
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned in the description

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Rio or Sao Paulo start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. 

For families and groups (starting with 5 pax), we can book domestic flights in Brazil, during the high season, and if the trip is part of a more complex itinerary. This is to ensure a seamless travel and no complications.

Send us a message on WhatsApp (+44 7 308 449 233) or email us at brazil@boutiquetravelexperts.com to check availability, discuss your preferences and get a quote.

This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal or the deep canyons of the south. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

Today you will arrive in Rio. Surrounded by stunning mountains, white sand beaches and tropical rainforest, Rio offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Wherever you go, you’ll enjoy a wonderful view – it has been blessed with an unrivalled landscape. Your driver will greet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. We’ve not planned anything for this afternoon to allow you to recover from your flight. Explore the city under your own steam and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach in Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon. A good idea is to head out to Pedra do Arpoador to watch the sunset. Overnight at Casa Beleza.

impressive view over the bay in Rio de Janeiro beach at sunset

Day 2 - Corcovado

This morning start with a delicious Brazilian breakfast, try some exotic fruit and head out to discover the beautiful city. You will be picked up at your hotel after breakfast. We planned a day full of excitement and spectacular viewpoints for you: visit the iconic Statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountains. From the top there are breathtaking views.  A rack railway will take you up to the foot of the statue, leaving from Cosme Velho district over Tijuca Forest. Located around the base of Corcovado, the dense forest has many springs and waterfalls. After descending, stop  at Maracanã and at Sambódromo. Overnight at Casa Beleza.

aerial view of Christ the Redeemer on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro, overlooking the city below

Day 3 - Sugarloaf

Today visit Rio’s amazing Botanical Garden with a wide variety of exotic plants and the picturesque neighbourhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa with the famous Selaron Stairs. This area is the heart of art and coffee shops in Rio with a vibrant atmosphere. After lunch continue through the old Urca neighborhood towards the Sugarloaf. Here board a cable-car and climb up Morro da Urca. From here, the cable-car travels high above the rugged green terrain to the Sugarloaf’s summit. Enjoy wonderful panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro from the top, sunsets being particularly spectacular. You can also take a scenic flight over the city. Overnight at Casa Beleza.

tall palm trees aligned along the walkway in Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens in Brazil

Day 4 - Rio to Foz do Iguazu

After breakfast catch a short flight to Foz do Iguazu. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel on the Argentinian side, which is only  a short ride away. Welcome to one of the New Wonders of Nature – the Iguazu Falls, a series of 275 waterfalls reaching up to 90 meters high. The natural park with the waterfalls is a meeting point for three countries  – Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. We recommend to visit at least the Brazilian and the Argentinian side of the falls. There are many walking trails and paths offering spectacular views. You can even get really close from several viewing decks. Overnight at Hotel das Cataratas.

aerial view of the impressive Iguazu Falls national park in Brazil

Day 5 - Iguazu Falls

After breakfast your guide will take you to the national park to experience a different circuit. Spend the time at your own pace. After lunch, visit the Parc das Aves – a unique bird park which is settled in the middle of the remaining Atlantic Forest. There are 180 fascinating species of birds from all over the world, like macaws, toucans, parakeets, parrots and many more as well as butterflies and reptiles! In addition, the best way to understand the real dimensions of the Falls is to take a beautiful helicopter tour offering an aerial view of national park or get really close to the falls with a boat trip, Macuco Safari. Overnight at Overnight at Hotel das Cataratas.

a colorful toucan in the Parque das Aves at Iguazu Falls in Brazil

Day 6 - Iguazu to Paraty

After breakfast take a flight to either Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and continue by road to Paraty. The transfer along the scenic road takes from 4 to 5 hours, depending on the traffic and departure point. This is a lovely 17th century town perfectly preserved due to a long period of isolation.  Paraty boomed during the sugar cane trade as a port. It became the centre of the Brazilian sugar cane rum – cachaça. The winding, narrow streets paved with giant cobblestones were designed to protect the town from pirate raids. Driving is banned here, which makes Paraty a perfect walking destination. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Sandi Hotel.

the cute white houses in the coastal historic town of Parati in Brazil

Day 7 - Paraty

Today discover the beauties of this tropic bay. Paraty has 65 islands and more than a hundred of beaches of a rare beauty, surrounded by lush vegetation that makes it a quiet and unforgettable place, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Board a charming traditional boat, schooner, from the pier and take a beach hopping tour. You will visit two beautiful islands and two exotics beaches, where you will stop for swimming, snorkeling and relaxation under the sun. Depending on weather conditions, pass through the islands of Comprida, Algodão, Cotia, Praia Vermelha, Praia da Lula, Saco da Velha etc. Lunch is included. Overnight at Sandi Hotel.

colorful houses and lush vegetation in the beautiful Brazilian colonial town of Parati

Day 8 - Ilha Grande

After breakfast you will be picked up at your pousada and transferred to Angra dos Reis (1,5h), where you will take the ferry to Ilha Grande, a paradise hideaway island. On arrival you will be assisted and transfer to the pousada as there are no cars or roads here. The island features pristine Atlantic Rainforest vegetation, numerous walking trails, waterfalls, tranquil villages and secluded beaches. There is also interesting wildlife, amongst which sloths, monkeys, turtles and other species. It is a protected island and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, take a lazy walk to the beach for swimming. Overnight at O Sitio.

aerial view of Lagoa Azul - one of the best snorkeling places in Ilha Grande in Brazil

Day 9 - Ilha Grande

Have breakfast at the pousada and choose between visiting Lopes Mendes Beach or Lagoa Azul. Lopes Mendes Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, located in the southeastern part of the island. Take a boat ride and a short trek through the forest and arrive at a relaxing beach filled with white sand and crystal-clear water. Lagoa Azul is located on the northernmost region of Ilha Grande. Here you can take a schooner cruise to Ilha Comprida and from there you can enjoy this enthralling lagoon and swim among its colorful fish. After the tour, return to the pousada for your last night on the island. Overnight at O Sitio.

turquoise waters of Ilha Grande island in Brazil

Day 10 - Back to Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast adjust your day according to your flight schedule, from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro. We will take care of all the transfers back to Angra dos Reis and then to the airport. The road transfer to Rio is shorter than to São Paulo. You may choose to do this trip the other way around or as a circuit starting and finishing in Rio or São Paulo –  it might work well with international connections. It is never a bad idea to stop a couple of more days here and there, as there are many things to see. On the other hand, doing nothing and enjoying the atmosphere is always great in this part of Brazil!

aerial view of the giant Sao Paulo metropolis at night, the most populous city in Brazil

* NOTE : If you are interested in multi-day capoeira lessons, surfing lessons, paragliding, diving, yoga and wellness programs – we can tailor this trip to you. Tell us more about the activities you like.

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