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Top Trip Memories

  • Visit the Corcovado Mountain to see the renowned statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, known as "Christ the Redeemer." From here you are also bound to see the panoramic view of the city below.
  • Gape at the enormous Iguacu Falls
  • Cruising the second longest river that cuts through thick Amazon rainforests, the Amazon River.
  • Witness the spectacular Rio Carnival.
  • Drop by Pantanal to see Jaguar and other wildlife.
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Tour Tips

  • It makes sense to take a tour or small-ship river cruise to Brazil. Distances are vast, natural areas like the Amazon and the Pantanal are remote, and the cities can be plagued with petty thefts – less likely to occur if you’re in a group.
  • If you plan to travel to Brazil for Carnaval or any special event, be sure to book your tour well in advance – a year or more, if possible.
  • If there’s no room at the inn for Rio’s Carnaval, consider a tour that includes attending the Carnaval in Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia along the Atlantic north of Rio.
  • Similarly, Copacabana may be more famous, but the beaches of Jericoacoara, a fishing village north of Rio, are beautiful, less crowded, and known as windsurfing meccas.
  • Remember that Brazilians speak Portuguese, not Spanish like most of the rest of South America.
  • Even if you’re a vegetarian, there’s no need to skip a meal at one of Brazil’s famous churrascarias, where multiple courses of meat are served – after ample salad and vegetable courses.
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Brazil Travel Reviews & Ratings

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561 Reviews

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  • Great 152
  • Average 4
  • Disappointing 0
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Land of the Jaguar

February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
This was a terrific holiday, despite the weather being the coldest on record for that time of year.
Predictably, seeing a jaguar for the first time.

Tony was excellent. His knowledge of the wildlife was first rate. And he came horseriding with us on the last day!

Don't assume the weather is going to be hot, whatever the online sites tell you in advance. When we arrived in Cuiaba it was hot and humid - then the cloud rolled in, so thick that it sometimes looked like twilight at midday. It rained - not a lot, but if I hadn't taken a raincoat I'd have been in trouble. Going upriver into the wind was a bitterly cold experience, and everyone was wearing everything they had. Six layers! The guides had scarves round their faces, dark glasses, and woolly hats. All you see was their eyes... and those eyes gave us four jaguar sightings. The wildlife came out to platy whatever the temperature. But when we arrived at the Araras Eco-lodge the weather changed, and it was glorious.

The Jaguar Houseboat did not have Wi-Fi, so we had to play games when it was too cold and wet to do anything else in between boat trips. The food was great. The Araras Eco-lodge was wonderful, with friendly staff, good food, and a cayman almost within touching distance of every room. (They eat fish, luckily.) There were no mosquitoes, which was a surprise. I've been on a lot of Exodus holidays, but this was one of the best.

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January 2017
Recommend: Yes
Great trip covering fantastic locations particularly in Brazil

I liked everything about it.

Iguassu Falls Upgraded Independent Adventure

January 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
The hotel was very good. I liked the tours and how long it was both days.

All in all, my experience was positive with my guides being very helpful and the experience being memorable

Argentina Highlights 12 Days

January 2017
Say Hueque
Recommend: Yes
My overall experience of my trip was good. However, just a few comments. My accommodations in Buenos Aires and El Calafate were fine. However, for the level of accommodations I had requested, the hotel in Ushuaia and Puerto Iguazu were a bit disappointing. First, the hotel in Ushuaia was more of an extended stay type setup and the view was almost the back of a building. And, the carpet was very dirty. I did not feel clean in that room. I did not want to bother changing rooms as I was only staying there two nights.

Then, the hotel in Puerto Iguazu. I did not realize I would be staying in an "eco-lodge" type hotel. Again, for the type of accommodations I had paid for, I expected a hotel with a few more amenities and a cleaner atmosphere. There were bugs in my room and I didn't feel too comfortable with that.

Finally, my pick up on my final leg in Buenos Aires did not show up! I waited there for almost 30 minutes. I was tired from my travels and wanted to get to my hotel so I ended up hiring a taxi. That ride cost me $30!! I hoping to get reimbursed for this cost.

All in all, my experience was positive with my guides being very helpful and the experience being memorable. Thank you and if you have any comments, please let me know.
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Peru & Bolivia Explorer

January 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
An amazing trip full of adventure relaxation great food and colour.
I most loved visiting Bolivia. The salt pans were the best part of the trip and I can't get over the beauty of the red lagoon
Cuzco was my 2nd favourite place obviously including Machu Picchu

Leader was good though could have been more interactive with the group; especially at the start of the tour. However he was knowledgable helpful and calm.

Be prepared for altitude sickness though this will surpass in a few days. Pack lightly and ensure plenty of warm fleeces hats and gloves.
Be mindful of food sickness especially in Bolivia and stay clear of salads and ice. Almost half of our group became ill after having a buffet lunch.

This is an amazing trip and stunning part of the world.

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Brazil Trips & Tour Advice

Brazil, by far more the largest country in South America, encompasses one of the widest gulfs between raw nature and urbanity anywhere in the world. It's home to both bustling cosmopolitan cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo along the Atlantic coast and to indigenous tribal villages virtually untouched by outsiders in the Amazon rain forest, with the frontier city of Manaus along the Amazon and the heavily Afro-Brazilian culture of Bahia along the Atlantic adding further diversity. But even more than its places, Brazil is known for its fun-loving people, exemplified by the spirit of their annual Carnaval celebrations, marked by samba dancing, skimpy costumes and all-night revelries. Stride can help you plan which Brazil -- or all of it -- is right for you. 

The Sights of Rio

Most travelers to Brazil start (or eventually make their way to) Rio de Janeiro, known for its iconic landmarks, gorgeous beaches, boisterous Carnaval celebrations, and as the host city of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. While in Rio, which fronts the Atlantic Ocean, it’s almost mandatory to spend some time on Copacabana or Ipanema beach and visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which occupies the highest point of the city and offers spectacular views of Sugarloaf Mountain and one of the world’s most beautiful harbors. Rio’s nightlife is, shall we say, active.

Natural Wonders

The Amazon region, the largest tropical rainforest on earth, is centered in Brazil. Manaus, the capital of Amazonia, is the starting point for many of the small-ship cruises on the Amazon River and its tributaries such as the Rio Negro, which flows into the Amazon just outside the city. Manaus is also known for its opulent 19th-century opera house, financed by the wealth of rubber barons and considered the finest outside Europe in its day. Small-ship cruises usually make multiple stops per day for rainforest hikes, visits to remote villages, and dugout canoe rides through jungle creeks. Listen for howler monkeys in the trees and watch for pink dolphins in the rivers. You might also spot sloths and alligators.

The Pantanal is an often overlooked but fascinating natural region. Lying south of the Amazon, it’s the world’s largest wetlands area and is a prime spot, many say the best in the Americas, for spotting wildlife such as jaguars, tropical birds, and giant otters. (The Pantanal lacks the thick foliage that often obscures Amazon wildlife viewing). And in the far southeastern part of the country, on the border with Argentina, stands enormous Iguazu Falls, one of the most powerful cascades on earth. A mile and a half wide, it consists of 275 separate falls, producing often thunderous noises and towering mists.

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