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Brazil - Best Tours & Trips 2019

423 trips to Brazil tours from 94 tour companies. 366 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.

Brazil, by far 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 celebr ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Brazil: Pantanal & Bonito Highlights Tour

Lost World Adventures
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11 days
$ 316 / day
$ 3,471
From : $ 4,269
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Pantanal guided tour
  • See an amazing view, beauty of the Blue lagoon cave and geological formations are worthwhile.
  • Visit Boca da Onça Ecotour, an ecological paradise fulfilled by natural attractions
  • Opportunity to avail tours like walking tours, horseback riding, motorboat excursions, canoe explorations, safaris on 4WD vehicle and many more
Visits:
Pantanal, Brazil
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Luxury Brazil Getaway

Global Basecamps
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11 days
$ 661 / day
$ 7,269
From : $ 8,287
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • This itinerary showcases the finest experiences that Brazil has to offer
  • Famous city attractions
  • Natural beauty of the landscapes
  • Adventure excursions
  • High quality accommodations and personalized service
Visits:
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Land of the Jaguar

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 480 / day
$ 5,749
From : $ 7,127
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • 7 boat trips to maximise chances of Jaguar sightings
  • 90% success in jaguar sightings to date
  • Explore a more off the beaten path part of the Pantanal
  • Wetland brid-watching
  • Good chances of seeing capybaras, Giant anteaters, Jabiru storks and other wildlife
Visits:
Pantanal, Brazil
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Brazil's Coastal Highlights

10 days
$ 3,320
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Enjoy a tour of Olinda, a UNESCO-recognized town near Recife.
  • Stroll through the colorful Historic Center of Salvador, then watch an unforgettable sunset over the bay!
  • Kick back and relax in paradise on Brazil's famous beaches, like Ipanema and Boa Viagem.
  • See all of Rio de Janeiro through included tours, which make stops at Corcovado Mountain, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, world-famous beaches, and tons of Rio's downtown highlights.
  • Take a train through tropical Tijuca Forest and glide up mountains in a cable car!
Visits:
Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sugar Loaf, Brazil
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Argentina & Brazil 12 Days

Say Hueque
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12 days
$ 261 / day
$ 3,135
From : $ 4,232
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Discover Argentina & Brazil Tours
  • Tango in Buenos Aires
  • Explore Estancia in Argentina
  • Visit Ibera Wetlands
  • See the massive Iguazu Falls
  • Enjoy Rio de Janeiro Trips
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Corcovado National Park, Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf, Argentina, Brazil
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Argentina & Brazil Experience(Twin Room,Start ...

Contiki
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9 days
$ 179 / day
$ 1,615
From : $ 2,261
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • City sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tango show, lesson, dinner and wine tasting
  • See the Devils Throat
  • Taste delicious Brazilian BBQ
  • Visit Iguassu National Park ARG side
  • Favela tour
  • Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer)
  • Rio Cruise
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Argentina, Brazil
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Iguassu Falls Independent Adventure - Upgraded

G Adventures
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4 days
$ 125 / day
$ 499
From : $ 614
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Stand in awe in the mists of stunning iguassu falls
  • Catch views from the argentine and brazilian sides
Visits:
Victoria, Victoria Falls, Argentina, Brazil
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The Amazon Odyssey tour
Small Group Tour
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The Amazon Odyssey

Amazon Nature Tours
Premier
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5 days
$ 395 / day
$ 1,975
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Have a fabulous cruise through Amazon River
  • Enjoy visiting Lago Janauari Ecological Park
  • Explore flooded grasslands that stretch from horizon to horizon
  • Visits the most essential areas to observe the wildlife and culture of the rainforest.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Manaus, Brazil
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Northeastern Brazil: The Soul of Bahia

GeoEx
By GeoEx
Premier
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10 days
$ 698 / day
$ 6,975
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Hike to spectacular views of the Chapada Diamantina region and to Capão Valley waterfalls
  • Explore Salvador’s Pelourinho neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Learn traditions of Bahia: music, dance, and cuisine
Visits:
Brazil
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Peru, Argentina & Brazil Highlights

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
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16 days
$ 379 / day
$ 6,065
From : $ 8,188
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Marvel at the scale and design of machu picchu on a guided tour of the ruins and during free time
  • Stop in at the incredible floating uros islands, constructed by the uros people as a form of protective isolation in ancient times
  • Discover buenos aires, argentina's ostentatious capital, and enjoy a private tango lesson from a professional dance couple
  • See the marvellous and breathtaking iguazu falls from both the argentinian and brazilian sides
  • Walk cobbled streets in santa teresa and gaze down at the city from the feet of christ the redeemer during a guided tour of rio de janeiro
Visits:
Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Rio de Janeiro, Urubamba, Argentina, Brazil, Peru
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A Taste of Brazil

Global Basecamps
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 281 / day
$ 3,096
From : $ 3,808
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Wake up your senses with a tour through Brazil's flavorful cuisine
  • Enjoy cultural community visits
  • Encounter wildlife in the rainforest, on this gastronomy and nature exploration
Visits:
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Northern Brazil: Hiking & Beaches

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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8 days
$ 269 / day
$ 2,150
From : $ 2,903
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Chase cascading waterfalls and plunge into natural pools as you traverse the meandering trails of Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina National park with your expert guide.
  • Master the martial art of Capoeira with a short lesson in this Brazilian tradition that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.
  • Taste the Brazilian firewater that is Cachaca with a visit to a local bar that distills its own range of this unique cane liquor – try it as part of the national cocktail, the world-famous Caipirinha!
  • Experience the contrasts of Salvador on a panoramic tour of the culture capital of Brazil. From the historic heart of Pelourinho, to the serene waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula.
  • Feel the island breeze from the shores of Morro de Sao Paulo and unwind on the palm-fringed beaches of this tropical paradise.
Visits:
Salvador, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Upper Amazon
Small Group Tour
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Upper Amazon

National Geographic Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
10 days
$ 599 / day
$ 5,990
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore the waterways of the flooded “Mirrored Forest” of Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with a team of expert naturalists.
  • Glide down jungle streams by skiff or kayak, spotting pink and gray dolphins, enormous water lilies, monk saki monkeys, three-toed sloths, piranhas, and scarlet macaws.
  • Learn about the everyday traditions of the native ribereños on visits to villages at the river’s edge.
  • Go on rain forest hikes, birding walks, and nocturnal river safaris, and get immersed in the wild atmosphere of the Amazon from the comfort of the intimate Delfin II.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Iquitos, Lima, Brazil
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Brazil Highlights

6 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,269
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain
Visits:
Iguazu Falls, Rio de Janeiro, Argentina, Brazil
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Icons of South America Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
21 days
$ 353 / day
$ 7,410
From : $ 9,114
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Orientation of Puerto Varas
  • Cruise in Chile's Lake Region
  • Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Chile's wine country, Sugarloaf Mountain, Corcovado
Visits:
Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Cusco, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puerto Varas, Rio de Janeiro, Sacred Valley, Santiago, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru
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Top Brazil Experiences and Attractions

Top Brazil Experiences

Taking a river cruise through the Amazon Rainforest

Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain

Exploring the streets of Rio de Janeiro

Snorkeling along Brazil’s coastline

Trying some of Brazil's classic and delicious cuisine, from rodizio to brigadeiros. 

Experiencing Brazil’s vibrant culture 

Seeing the iconic Brazilian festival of Carnival

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Brazil Trip Reviews

366 Brazil Tour Reviews - Summary 97% Recommend

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Great 83
Average 6
Disappointing 4
Terrible 3
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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Meals
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Luggage Handling and follow up

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

First cruise, ever! We did a land & sea journey to Alaska through Holland America Line. This is not a review of the trip (which was great!) so much as how HAL handled our complaints of damaged luggage. My sister's luggage arrived at our Yukon hotel with the latch broken, her clothes spilling out. She filed a report. We discovered damage to a corner of my husband's luggage at the departing airport. Too late to do a report...but HAL's property claims were wonderful, in particular, Mr. Scott Gerstl, who even called me to clarify details. He was empathetic and kind. We were reimbursed for both pieces of luggage.

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Operator Holland America Line

best travel experiences

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

One of the very best travel experiences I have ever had. We even got updates once at 3 am! He also made one change in one day's itinerary to accommodate our wishes which was very wonderful. For business, I have traveled to Europe, Russia, all over Asia and South Africa but was blown away by all the beautiful sites in Argentina and Chile

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Operator Enchanting Travels

What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.

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Operator Peregrine Adventures

Overall my experience with Acoss Argentina is excellent.

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0

I like the way they plan my 23 days trip to South America tour in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Although we can enjoy more in Brazil but we have only 3 days left before we go back to Manila. Since our tour was made from our own IT expectation and budget, Acriss Argentina was able to fulfill our dream vacation in South America. We will use tgis agency again when we explore Patagonia and Antartica.

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Operator Across South America

Impressions of South America

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

Each optional trip was great.

We were very close to Itaipu Dam. I really wish there had been an optional trip to tour it...

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Operator Trafalgar

" We had an excellent time "

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

"We got back from our holiday yesterday & I wanted to write to you to say that we had an excellent time & the whole trip was extremely well organised.
Our tour guides, of Vanessa in Buenos Aires, Gaston in Iguazu (Argentina), Margarita in Iguazu (Brazil) & Paolo (Rio) were all fantastic in their own ways
Vanessa`s insight & Gaston`s background of working in the park, were exceptional
The sights we saw of Iguazu Falls & the Rio Carnival were amazing (the hotels were all great & the flights were fine)
Thank you very much for helping to organise our trip !
Kind Regards, Luke

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Operator Say Hueque

Brazil Tours and Travel Guide

Brazil Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Brazil, by far 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 Rainforest, 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. 

A Brief History of Brazil

One of the biggest misconceptions about Brazil is its official language. Unlike its Spanish-speaking neighbors, Brazil’s official language is Portuguese. The first European settlers arrived from Portugal in the 1500’s to harvest the profitable pau-brasil, the red wood, that gave the country its name.

Before European colonization, the territory of Brazil was inhabited by millions of indigenous peoples. Much of the indigenous population died of disease or fled from the coast. The Portuguese monarchy turned to the African slave trade in order to maximize the potential of gold, sugar, and diamond exports.

In 1888, Princess Isabel officially ended slavery. However, the melding of indigenous, European, and African ancestry can still be seen today in the people and culture of Brazil.

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.

Weather in Brazil

Brazil’s climate is as diverse as the country is large, with microclimates in the far north and along the eastern coast. However, Brazil’s climate can generally be described in three main categories: equatorial, tropical, and temperate. The Amazon Rainforest in Northern Brazil is crossed by the equator and experiences constant rainfall and thunderstorms.

Temperatures generally remain near 85 degrees in the forest. Moisture is almost always at 100%, creating the perfect habitat for the dense, exotic foliage the Amazon is known for. Although the heat and humidity are year round, the heaviest rainfall occurs from December to May.

Most of central and southern Brazil has a tropical climate, with a rainy season from October to March, and a dry season from May to August. Temperatures generally fall in the mid to high 80’s with little fluctuation. The sea on the northeastern coast hovers in the 80’s, while the southern coast averages between 72-77 degrees, making Brazil’s coast a perfect destination for swimming and beach-going.

The farther south you go, the more temperate the climate becomes. Rio de Janeiro and its southern neighbors do experience a colder winter from June to August, with some temperatures falling to the low 70’s, still plenty comfortable for most travelers.

Again, microclimates and exceptions in weather do exist in this diverse country. It is best to research the particular towns, cities, and attractions you want to visit in order to get the most accurate information on weather.

The City of Curitiba

Curitiba lies east of Sao Paulo and is the capital city of the Brazilian state Paraná. While Curitiba is not the most glamorous Brazilian city, it has been recognized as one of the best examples of urban planning. What that means for visitors is clean streets, a pedestrian friendly city center, and a transportation infrastructure that really works.

The city boasts a downtown area closed to vehicles, where pedestrians can walk to shops and restaurants safely. Visitors to the city can hop on one of the many express buses to see the sights, such as the Panorama Tower, which offers a 360° view of Curitiba, or one of the plethora of green spaces. Bus fare is the same no matter how far you’re riding.

This city is a welcome respite from the intensity of other major cities in Brazil, and is well worth a stop if you are traveling to Iguazu Falls from Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo.

Top Festivals in Brazil

  1. Reveillon - On New Year’s Eve, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro is packed with two million party goers. Festivities run from 7 pm to 4 am and include music, dancing, and fireworks. If you want to party like the locals, wear all white, as this is the official color of the Brazilian New Year.

  2. Celebration of Iemenjá - This festival pays tribute to the Candomblé goddess of water, Iemenjá, and is particularly popular in the city of Salvador. On February 2, devotees dress in white and send their blessed offerings out to sea. If the offerings do not return, Iemenjá has accepted them.

  3. Festa Junina (June Festival) - Across the country, Brazilians celebrate the beginning of winter with festivities spanning the entire month. These celebrations also recognize the Catholic saints Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter. Celebrants also honor the harvest season while enjoying its plentiful food. Specific traditions vary from region to region.

  4. Festival Parintins - Also known as Boi Bumbá, this festival is held in the city of Parintins on the banks of the Amazon. Boi Bumbá is part folk art, part performance, and part storytelling, as two groups compete to see how who can provide the most compelling reenactment of important folklore. Think colorful costumes, big dances, and serious but respectful rivalries.

  5. Nazaré - About two million Catholics parade through the streets of Belém to pay tribute to Our Lady Nazareth in one of the largest religious festivals in the world. The festival takes place in October and is recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. No matter what you believe, witnessing devotees pulling the car that contains Our Lady of Nazareth’s image by a rope, is unforgettable.

  6. Carnival in Rio - The city of Rio makes the list again with their famous Carnival celebration. Even though other cities offer their own festivities, Rio by far is the most popular. Look below for a more in-depth guide to Carnival.

All You Need to Know About Carnival in Brazil!

What has become one of the biggest parties in the world actually began as a religious celebration. Carnival is held the week before the Catholic observance of Lent, in late February or early March, and marks the last feast and revelry until Easter. The official celebration begins the Friday afternoon before Ash Wednesday and ends on Ash Wednesday at noon, but for some Brazilians, especially in Rio de Janeiro, the party starts months before.

Carnival has become synonymous with Samba, the music and dance of Brazil that showcases its Latin and African roots. In Rio de Janeiro, Samba schools prepare all year for a chance to compete in a city wide competition, held in the Sambadrome Arena in front of over 70,000 spectators. These schools prepare elaborate costumes and parade floats, sometimes costing millions of dollars, to carry their dancers and musicians to victory.

The winning Samba school brings serious bragging rights to its neighborhood for the rest of the year. Ticket price to the Sambadrome parades range from the affordable to the luxurious. Tickets do sell out, so it is best to book early and always through a reputable party, as counterfeit tickets exist.

Some argue that the real party happens in the hundreds of block parties, or blocos, that happen around Rio from early January to mid February. Streets are shut down as musicians and drink vendors move in, drawing in crowds of hundreds to join in the fun. Some blocos boast hundreds of thousands of attendees.

These street parties are for everyone, not just the hedonistic. Although some blocos are known for an anything goes attitude, others cater to a mellower party-goer. There are blocos for the mature, the young, and the whole family.

Lodging in Rio becomes scarce and prices increase dramatically during the Carnival season, so it is best to book early. Rio de Janeiro has become synonymous with Carnival, but this celebration is not unique to one city. Cities all over Brazil, such as Sao Paulo, Recife, and Salvador, have their own unique Carnival traditions that all center around music, dancing, and the joy of celebration.

Common Tour Routes in Brazil

With Brazil being such a large country, it can be overwhelming trying to decide on your trip route. Most tours will cover specific regions to ensure you’re not spending most of your trip seeing Brazil through the window of your vehicle. Less travel time means you get to experience more.

Many Roads Lead to Rio

The most popular city on tours, by far, is Rio de Janeiro. Located on the eastern coast in the southern part of Brazil, Rio offers a starting point for many Brazil tours. From here, tours head north, to the state of Bahia. Visitors can go to Salvador, once the capital of Brazil, and experience the deep influence of Africa on Brazil's culture. Salvador is known for its music, food, and beaches.

Another popular destination for tours starting in Rio is Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina and Paraguay. On their way, tours often stop in Curitiba, a very unique Brazilian City, before continuing through the rainforest, and arriving in Foz do Iguazu.

Wildlife and Adventure Travel in Brazil

If your dream is to see Brazil’s wildlife in all its glory, then these tour routes are for you. Amazon tours typically begin in the city of Manaus, where guided boats steer you through the river and its abundant vegetation. Some tours cruise leisurely downstream while others offer a bit more adventure.

The other popular wildlife destinations are the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, and Bonito, known for its clear waterways and fascinating caves. These two destinations are a 4 hour drive apart, making them a popular pair on tour routes.

If you have the time, resources, and the drive, there are tours that visit every region into one trip! That way, you don’t have to choose between the excitement of Rio and the wonder of the Amazon. You can choose whatever tour route speaks to you.

Food in Brazil

When you’re eating in Brazil, expect a lot of meat! Brazil is known for its barbecue and serves it in generous portions. In churrascarias, or steakhouses, waiters cut meat straight from the skewer onto your plate.

Feijoada, a hearty stew of black beans and different cuts of pork, is another traditional Brazilian meal. Sea food, as in the dish bacalhao, is also popular along the coast. Pão de queijo, a sort of cheesy bread, is made with tapioca flour and curado minas cheese, and is naturally gluten-free.

Vegetarians and vegans will be hard pressed to find options, as most meals center around meat with rice and beans, and foods often include cheese. However, por kilo restaurants, which are self-service and priced by weight, could provide some choices.

Brazil also has some of the most available and delicious fruit juices, including acaí, which is often blended with ice and topped with more fruit and granola. And anyone can enjoy cachaça, a sugar cane alcohol used in Brazil’s national drink, the caiparinha.

5 Must Try Brazilian Foods:

1. Feijoada - This traditional Brazilian meal is a hearty stew of black beans and different cuts of pork. It usually takes at least 24 hours to make and is traditionally served on the weekends when families can enjoy it together.

2. Moqueca -  This dish is typical of the northeastern state, Bahia. This fish or shrimp stew utilizes ingredients commonly found in the region, such as coconut milk, coriander, onions, and dendê, or palm oil.

3. Pão de queijo - Literally translated as “cheese bread,” this dish is just that. It is made with tapioca flour, making it naturally gluten-free, and curado minas cheese, all rolled together and baked until the unique bread rolls are golden brown.

4. Acaí - Brazil is the birthplace of this now-popular superfood, which is often blended with ice and topped with more fruit and granola.

5. Cachaça - This isn’t technically a food, but it sure is an important part of Brazilian meals. Cachaça is a sugar cane alcohol used in Brazil’s national drink, the caiparinha. While the lower end stuff can have a strong resemblance to paint thinner, aged cachaça can be quite high end and smooth.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Best time to visit Brazil

The timing of your trip will largely depend on what you plan to do. It’s important to pay attention to the amount of rain, the temperature, and when the festivals are to ensure your expectations are met:

Touring the Amazon and Pantanal in Brazil

If you are planning an Amazon adventure, know that the rainy season runs from December to May. That’s all relative though, as heavy rains can occur all year round. To give yourself the best chance of not being stuck in a torrential downpour, plan your Amazon trip after the rainy season in May. June is the best time to see wildlife, as the river is at its highest but the driest season hasn’t arrived yet.

The same goes for the Pantanal. The rainy season is between February and April. It is best to avoid the time between February and March, when the rains are relentless. The Pantanal sees its hottest temperatures in the summer, December to February, and hotels and hostels often close due to the heat and the mosquitos. The dry season in the winter, May to September, is your best bet for wildlife sightings and comfortable weather.

Bahia and Northern Brazil

If you plan to visit one of the many charming cities in northern Brazil, you will be rewarded with tropical temperatures and humidity. The northern area of Brazil experiences temperatures that linger in the 80’s all year long. The ocean temperatures also stay at a comfortable swimming temperature year-round. The north does experience a rainy season from

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

These two cities have pleasant weather all year round. December to February are Brazil’s summer months, when temperatures are in the high 80’s and rain falls often. Even with the precipitation, rain storms tend to come and go quickly, so sunny days are plentiful. February is also the month of Carnival, and Rio is the top destination to celebrate.

Carnival season is incredibly expensive in Rio. Hotels rates can triple and vacancy can be limited. It is recommended that you book lodging a year in advance if you want to be a part of the biggest party in the world.

Spring and autumn in these cities are far more temperate and without the haze of the precipitous summer. Winter temps are still pleasant during the day but drop in the evening, so travelers may be surprised when they need a jacket.

How long should you plan for a tour in Brazil?

If you stick to one region of Brazil, it is totally possible to have an amazing tour in one week. You can take an Amazon River tour, or visit the city of Rio and venture from there to Iguazu Falls in just seven days. These tours do have a quick pace, so if you’re looking for a more in depth look at Brazil, plan for at least a ten day tour. If you want to include different regions in your tour, such as the Amazon and Rio, plan for a tour that is 10-14 days long to avoid feeling rushed

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