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The Best of Brazil

DURATION

12 days

ACCOMMODATION

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Trip Difficulty
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LOCATION

Brazil, South America

MEETING POINT

Galeão International Airport

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Welcome to the Bucket List Company’s Best of Brazil trip!

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of this incredible country. From the bustling cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to the pristine beaches of Ilha Grande and Florianópolis, Brazil has something for everyone.

This trip includes a huge variety of incredible activities and experiences, from snorkelling in the emerald bays, touring around UNESCO world heritage site and of course seeing the world-famous statue of Christ The Redeemer.

Take in the culture and scenery, and indulge in the country’s famous cuisine. Our expert guides will take you off the beaten path and show you the best that Brazil has to offer.

Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and cross Brazil off your bucket list!

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What is 'The Best of Brazil' like?

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What's Included In Our The Best of Brazil

All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary All Activities Mentioned In The Itinerary

Max 16 Travellers Per Group Max 16 Travellers Per Group

3* Hotels (Twin Share) 3* Hotels (Twin Share)

Private Transport Private Transport

11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 1 Dinner 11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 1 Dinner

Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip Expert Guides With You Throughout The Trip

The Best of Brazil Itinerary

  • DAY 1: RIO DE JANEIRO

    RIO DE JANEIRO Meet and greet at the airport with your local, personal guide, and transfer to your hotel. If you have booked transfers with us please make sure you let us know what time your flight will be arriving.

  • DAY 2: FULL DAY CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF WITH LUNCH

    FULL DAY CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF WITH LUNCH Take a cog railway from Cosme Velho to the peak of Corcovado, where you can see the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy the breathtaking views then. explore Tijuca Forest, before heading to the Maracanã Stadium and Sambódromo. Have a delicious lunch at a typical Brazilian restaurant before visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral and Aterro do Flamengo Park. Take a cable car to climb the Morro da Urca and Sugarloaf, where you can enjoy panoramic views and spectacular sunsets. Our evening outing, the 'Happy Hour Boteco Crawl' (from 18:00-22:00), visits some of Rio's most popular 'botecos' - typical Brazilian pubs. Far from the typical "tourist traps", partakers enjoy an evening full of traditional delicacies and innovative appetisers, served with locally brewed craft beers and delicious caipirinhas. Several complementary tongue teasers and beverages are offered along the way.

  • DAY 3: TRANSFER TO PARATY

    TRANSFER TO PARATY Today we transfer to Paraty.

  • DAY 4: HALF DAY SCHOONER TOUR (WITH LUNCH)

    HALF DAY SCHOONER TOUR (WITH LUNCH) ​Leaving the port of Paraty in the morning, the schooner sails to an archipelago of densely forested islands, crystalline seas, and secluded white, sandy beaches. On arrival in this paradise, you'll make three one-hour stops so you can sunbathe, swim, and snorkel in the emerald bays. Each trip is unique as the destinations vary depending on wind direction and sea conditions, but destinations usually include the islands of Comprida, Algodão, Cotia, and Praia Vermelha. Duration: 5 hours

  • DAY 5: ILHA GRANDE

    ILHA GRANDE ​You'll meet your local driver in Paraty, before the transfer (approximately 2 hours, in an air-conditioned vehicle) to Angra dos Reis. This is followed by a 30-minute boat trip to the beautiful tropical island of Ilha Grande.

  • DAY 6: FULL DAY LOPES MENDES

    FULL DAY LOPES MENDES ​We visit one of Brazil's top ten beaches today; Lopes Mendes, an idyllic three-kilometre stretch of powdery white sand. It's an amazing place, offering something for everyone: surfers revel in its awesome breakers, while families enjoy swimming in its crystal-clear water and picnicking in the shade of the lush vegetation. The excursion includes a boat ride to Pouso Beach (a 30-minute walk from Lopes Mendes Beach) and back. 

  • DAY 7: SALVADOR

    SALVADOR Today we transfer to Salvador. You will be met at the airport by our local guide from where you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • DAY 8: TRANSFER TO LENÇÓIS

    TRANSFER TO LENÇÓIS You'll meet your local, Portuguese-speaking driver in Salvador, before your transfer to Lençóis, in an air-conditioned vehicle. The transfer takes approximately 5 and a half hours.

  • DAY 9: FULL DAY WALKING TOUR RIO SERRANO AND RIBEIRÃO DO MEIO

    FULL DAY WALKING TOUR RIO SERRANO AND RIBEIRÃO DO MEIO Following a morning pick-up from the hotel we'll set off to walk along the Serrano River, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural rock pools. Continue to the so-called Areias Coloridas (Coloured Sands), a patch of rocks which reveals an astonishing diversity of colours in a tiny area of sandstone. After another swim at the Cachoeirinha, you continue to the Primavera waterfall, which flows into the Lençóis River beside the highest point of the mountain, the rock of Pedra do Mirante. Here you will be rewarded with a stunning panorama of the town of Lençóis. After lunch (not included), you head to Ribeirão do Meio. After a short hike (3 kilometres), you can take a bath in the rock pools before setting off back to Lençóis.

  • DAY 10: FREE DAY IN LENÇÓIS

    FREE DAY IN LENÇÓIS You have today to enjoy at leisure in Lençóis, exploring its cobblestone streets.

  • DAY 11: GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF PELOURINHO (SALVADOR)

    GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF PELOURINHO (SALVADOR) Following the transfer back to Salvador there will be a walking tour around Pelourinho - the old historic centre of Salvador. Declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1985, it is an eminent example of colonial history and a symbol of the black movement in Bahia. Pelourinho's main tourist attractions include the famous writer Jorge Amado's House, the cultural group Olodum, São Francisco Church and the Cathedral Basílica as well as the traditional Cravinho Bar (where you might want to go for an optional caipirinha - not included). Stop to shop; you may choose to visit the Pierre Verger gallery or the studio of Goya Lopes. We'll also visit Elevador Lacerda, built in 1873 and an important means of transport between the Upper and Lower Cities. From there you can relax and enjoy the panoramic view of All Saints Bay and Mercado Modelo. Duration: 3 hours

  • DAY 12: DEPARTURE DAY

    DEPARTURE DAY This marks the end of our Brazilian adventure.

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    3* Hotel – Twin Rooms
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  • Day 2

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  • Day 3

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  • Day 4

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  • Day 5

    1* Hotel – Twin Rooms
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  • Day 6

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  • Day 7

    2* Hotel – Twin Rooms
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  • Day 8

    4* Hotel – Twin Rooms
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  • Day 9

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  • Day 10

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  • Day 11

    2* Hotel – Twin Rooms
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  • Day 12

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Bucketlister trips are our standard for all our incredible trips. When you book a Bucketlister trip we will organise everything for you from the first to the last location on your adventure and you’ll have a local guide with you every step of the way. All you’ll need to organise is your own flights and transfers. (Additional Options for Land Only Transfers)

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The Best of Brazil Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a visa to visit Brazil?

    Citizens of many countries, including the United States, Canada, and the European Union, need a visa to enter Brazil. The visa application process can take several weeks, so be sure to plan ahead and apply in advance.


  • What is the best time to visit Brazil?

    The best time to visit Brazil depends on where you are going and what you want to do. The summer months (December to February) are the busiest and most expensive time to visit, but offer the best weather for beach destinations. The winter months (June to August) are cooler and less crowded, but can be rainy in some parts of the country.


  • What is the currency in Brazil?

    The official currency of Brazil is the Brazilian real (BRL). US dollars and euros are often accepted at tourist destinations, but it’s best to have local currency on hand for smaller purchases and street vendors.


  • Is it safe to travel in Brazil?

    Brazil is generally a safe country for travelers, but it’s important to take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. Petty crime and robbery can occur in tourist areas, so keep your valuables hidden and use caution when dealing with strangers.


  • What are some must-see attractions in Brazil?

    Some of the must-see attractions in Brazil include the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon rainforest, the Iguazu Falls, Salvador’s historic center, and the colonial town of Paraty. Visitors can also explore the country’s culture and cuisine, attend festivals and sporting events, and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and surfing.


  • What is the food like in Brazil?

    Brazilian cuisine is known for its bold flavors and fresh ingredients, with influences from indigenous, African, and European cultures. Popular dishes include feijoada (a hearty stew), churrasco (barbecued meat), and coxinha (a fried snack filled with chicken). Visitors can also try local fruits such as acai and guarana, and sample the country’s famous coffee.


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