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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

4.7 out of 5

99%

recommend

303 Reviews

  • Excellent 201
  • Great 98
  • Average 4
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.6
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

Diamanté diamond trail Brazil

On Brazil's Diamond Trails

5.0
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
There were a group of five of us on this trip. Tiago our group leader is a legend, organised the trip seamlessly and with good humour and professionally. We had great weather most of the walking is straightforward , the last two days are Boulder hopping, great fun. The ability to go swimming two or three times a day was an unforgettable experience. Salvador is a joy, fantastic colours, old Portuguese style not to be missed.
Swimming in the crystal clear underground pools, seeing humming birds close up or walking to the edge of a huge waterfall, or seeing the sunset over the mountains, or the last meal in Lencois. Take your pick.

A legend, extremely knowledgeable about all the geology, wildlife, ancient tales and stories, local food. Lovely jubbly!

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The accommodation on this trip was fantastic in incredibly beautiful surroundings and comfortable. The walking was varied every day from wide open vistas to narrow gorges and waterfalls, stunning flowers and colourful birds. This trip has it all.

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On Brazil's Diamond Trails

On Brazil's Diamond Trails

4.0
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A wonderful walking trip through some superb scenery. We saw many stunning waterfalls and swam in many of the pools. The pink rocks gave the waterfalls a really beautiful look.
Crossing the plateau on day 6. The landscape was big and bold - unforgettable. The Poço Azul was also utterly stunning, as was snorkelling in Poço Encantado.

Tiago was a terrific leader. He was so enthusiastic about the Chapada and he knew a lot about the flora and fauna. He conveyed his deep love of this region to us and was great company.

The trip notes make clear that Day 8 is tough. But it is really tough. We were hit by bad weather on the last 2 days of the trip and the rain made the rock-hopping treacherous. I turned back after an hour - something I've never done before. However, Tiago made arrangements for an alternative, easier walk for those of us who didn't do the big waterfall walk, so it all worked out okay. There definitely needs to be an alternative walk offered for this day. Also, you need to be prepared to wade through water - often!

The itinerary on the last 2 days of walking needs tweeking. They are very big, tough days involving lots of rock-hopping and in inclement weather lots of falls are inevitable. But I won't forget my time in the Chapada, a remote and beautiful region of Brazil. The walking was mostly wonderful and the company was excellent. There were only 6 of us, which made for an ideal group. The accommodation was very good throughout. Lençois was a charming town with lots of nice restaurants and very safe.

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A short trip but very enjoyable

Land of the Jaguar

5.0
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
We went on this holiday principally to see Jaguar, Giant Anteater, Giant River Otter, Tapir and Hyacinth Macaws. We opted for a short trip combining a boat hotel and and land-based lodge. We had been with Exodus previously and felt they would do a good job. Food at both venues was very well prepared although a little monotonous at times. Travel arrangements were very good.
We saw 7 Jaguars on the river including a pregnant female and a lover's tiff between a young female and adult male. Saw giant river otters a number of times and while we only saw giant anteater and tapir once both were superbly close and long viewings. Our main interest is usually birds and these didn't disappoint with good views of various macaws, parrot, herons and some noteworthy viewings of sunbittern at Araras Lodge.

Our group leader, Tony, was very helpful and knowledgeable and he would always try to meet everyone's requirements. Originally from Guyana clearly his English was very good. In addition the guides at the Jaguar Boat and the Lodge were also very helpful, particularly Paulo on the Jaguar Boat day trip craft whose ability to spot wildlife at a distance was quite remarkable. The drivers transporting us between venues were also very courteous, safe and helpful.

It may not be appropriate for all trips but when we were there was a surprising cold wind particularly when out on the river in the early morning. If you have room in your luggage it would be worth taking some warmer clothing just in case.

Some cabins on the Boat Hotel were quite cramped as they had 4 'short' bunks. Other cabins seemed more spacious with less beds. It might be worth viewing the available accommodation and selecting the most appropriate.

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Land of the Jaguar

Land of the Jaguar

4.0
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A fantastic experience, with far more wildlife sightings than I expected. We saw three jaguars (some of the group saw five), with great opportunities to both observe and photograph these beautiful animals. We saw dozens of species of birds, caiman, capybara, howler and capuchin monkeys, coati, armadillo, peccary, brocket, tamandua and the iconic giant otter and giant anteater. We were lucky enough to glimpse a very rare jaguamundi too.
Excellent accommodation; although the houseboat was quite basic we were made to feel very welcome.
There were several. If I had to pick one, it would be spending four hours one morning watching jaguars mating. Unforgettable.

Tony was excellent, he knew a tremendous amount about the animals and birds we saw. He also had great people skills.
The local guides and staff were all friendly and helpful. Cicero Kurtz (houseboat) was incredibly knowledgeable - and caught the catfish for our lunch!

Take lots of mosquito repellent and antihistamines. I have never experienced such aggressive mosquitoes, they bit despite Deet, skin-so-soft, garlic tablets, and impregnated clothing.

Eco-tourism is very new in the Pantanal, and the area is very unspoilt at the moment. I hope this does not change.

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Land of the Jaguar

Land of the Jaguar

5.0
August 2016
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Amazing array of wildlife. Providing you don't mind roughing it a bit and don't mind getting bitten (a lot!), this is a fabulous holiday. Must have been good as I came home with over 2500 photos!
Seeing the jaguars and the giant otters! Although I love the close encounter with a pygmy anteater; loved the capybaras and can't believe how many caiman I saw - carpets of them - literally!!

Tony's knowledge of the local wildlife was amazing. He was also very good at spotting it including a tarantula spider on a night safari!

The boat accommodation was basic. if your cabin is on the river side, be prepared to share your evening shower with a lot of flies! Be prepared to get BITTEN! I got bitten by a multitude of bugs and these blighters can bite you through layers of clothing and Deet! One of my colleagues found that they couldn't bite through the life jackets on the boats but that was about it! Pack long socks - you often need to tuck your trousers (pants) into your socks to help stop bugs biting your legs!

If you don'tmind roughing it a bit and coping with a fair bit of travelling, go for it! The wildlife including a huge variety of birds is amazing and Exodus do take you off the beaten track where there are very few other humans or tourists so you get exclusive access to the wildlife.

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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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