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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, to indigenous Amazonian tribal villages virtually untouched by outsiders. 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.

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350
Brazil Tour Reviews - Summary
98% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 258 Great 85 Average 5 Disappointing 2 Terrible 0
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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When can I go back? August 2018

5.0

Land of the Jaguar - Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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Operator Exodus Travels

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Trip of a lifetime August 2018

5.0

South American Odyssey

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip of a lifetime and excellent guide; loved Fernando. Guides all had so much knowledge and definitely would love to go on another trip with Smart Tours.

Operator SmarTours

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When can I go back? August 2018

5.0

Land of the Jaguar

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

A

Recommends

When can I go back? August 2018

5.0

Land of the Jaguar - Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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.


Read more

Operator Exodus Travels

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Viaje Al Fin Del Mundo August 2018

5.0

Across South America Company Reviews

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I was planning to travel to Patagonia for years but due to heavy work schedule, I had no chance to realize this Patagonia trip until my retirement.


I found Across Argentina Travel Agency from internet and a young hard working man Sebastian Southwell worked very hard to fix an itinerary. He offered me a different payment plan that made me pay easily. When I arrived at Buenos Aires, Ms Carolina Simonian took care of me and she always got in touch with me during my 16 days of travel all over Patagonia.


Regarding my trip, I was highly satisfied with the selection of Point of Interest, hotels selected were very comfortable and all showed me a high degree of hospitality. Local tours I participated were selected carefully, but I like to point out one point regarding with local tours, guides were good but they were giving information in Spanish longer than English then English speaking guests needed to ask questions to clarify subjects, this to be corrected.


As a final words Across Argentina and their talented employees, Carolina and Sebastian made this trip ONCE IN A LIFETIME. I would like to thank Across Argentina and employees so much
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Operator Across South America

Brazil Tours and Travel Guide


Brazil Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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 and elaborate 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.

These beaches are known for their beautiful views, relaxed atmosphere, and the beautiful people that visit the. Other must-sees include 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 also some of the best in the world. 

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 river 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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Continent:             

South America

Local Attraction:  

Pantanal, Christ the Redeemer, Iguazu Falls, Amazon River, Rio Carnival, Jericoacoara and Many More

Top Activities:      

Exploring CultureNature Sightseeing & Attending Carnival

Similar Destinations:                    

ChilePeru, Argentina 

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