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Being part of Carnival in Rio was an exceptional experience! Having the opportunity to dance in the parade and wear the elaborate costumes gives you an experience like no other- I would certainly recommend it and its much more fun than just watching Carnival cause your actually in it!
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INDEPENDENT TOUR
8 DAY: Sao Paulo, Paraty, Rio & Iguassu Falls

Beach in Paraty
Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
Iguassu Falls boat tour
The Brazil Trip of your dreams for only
$ 1850 USD
per person
(2 to 4 people)

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Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Areas: Southern Brazil
Style: Independent Tour
Tour Code: I08SIG
Departure Date:
Daily - you decide when to start

Sao Paulo - the biggest metropolis in South America, Christ the Redeemer, emerald islands & Iguassu Falls! Itinerary: Day 1 São Paulo; Day 2-3 Paraty; Day 4-5 Rio de Janeiro; Day 6-7 Iguassu Falls; Day 8 Departure Day.

$ 2230 USD
for 1 person
The prices above don’t apply during Brazilian public holidays nor Carnival season.


Day 1 Arrival Day in São Paulo
Arrival in Sao Paulo at any time. São Paulo is one of the largest economic centres in Latin America and also the capital of culture, gastronomy, fashion, nightlife and is well known for the hospitality of its local people. If time allows, you can take a half-day walking tour around Sao Paulo downtown to see among many places: the neo-gothic Sé Cathedral, Pateo do Collegio, São Bento Monastery, Martinelli building (the first skyscraper of the city), the Municipal Theatre, the Republic Square, the Cha Bridge, the City Hall, and many other interesting sights.

Day 2-3 Paraty Bay and its Atlantic Forest
A morning local bus takes you to Paraty (5h30m). The Atlantic Forest is home to very lush vegetation, with a large diversity of plants and animals. You stay in Paraty, a World Heritage site. With its quaint cobblestone streets it is one of the world's best examples of Portuguese colonial architecture. The town is surrounded by a stunning bay and its islands and beaches are covered with Atlantic Forest. It’s the perfect place for a boat trip (included). Paraty is also one of the greatest producers of cachaça, the drink used to prepare caipirinhas!

Day 4 Bus to Rio de Janeiro / free afternoon
A local bus takes you to Rio (4h). Enjoy your afternoon! Go to the beach, sun bathe, watch people exercising or playing foot-volley in the sand, go shopping, drink acai or coconut water, go to the Botanical Gardens, jogging around Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas or hang gliding from Pedra Bonita (600m high) for a breathtaking view!

Day 5 Rio de Janeiro City Tour
Rio's peculiar geography has resulted in many favelas being on hills - facing the city's prosperous seaside neighborhoods and tourist spots - a clear illustration of the unequal distribution of wealth in Brazil. Favela da Rocinha is one of the biggest slums in the world. There it is possible to find all sorts of facilities such as stores, hairdressing salons, bars and clubs, etc. During week days, you can join an optional Favela Tour and will be taken on a motorbike ride to the top of the favela. From there, you walk down with your guide through the favela, having a close view and understanding of this fascinating environment. During the week, you are taken to visit a community run crèche and its children.
Get a glimpse of the Marvellous City with an afternoon City Tour (included). You will start a beautiful journey with a visit to the top of the Corcovado Mountain and the famous Christ the Redeemer - from where you have a magnificent 360 degree view of Rio and the Tijuca Forest. You will visit the arty Santa Tereza neighborhood and the Selaron stairways in the bohemian Lapa suburb. You will also visit the colorful Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown and finish your tour taking the cable car up to the Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Day 6 Iguassu Falls - Brazil
A private guide will meet you at the airport in Iguassu and take you straight to visit the Brazilian falls with its stunning panoramic views! There is a possibility for an optional helicopter flight and a visit to the bird park. You’ll be taken to your hotel at the end of the day.

Day 7 Iguassu Falls - Argentina
Brazil and Argentina share the great Cataratas do Iguassu, with around 275 waterfalls over an area of 3 km, with some over 80m (262.4 ft) in height. Take the train ride to get to the impressive Devil’s Throat, then you can join an optional ecological boat tour along the Upper Iguassu River, where you may see birds, turtles, caimans. Walk along the Upper Circuit, have lunch and you may want to join the Gran Aventura, which starts with a jeep journey inside the forest and then you go on a jet boat ride right to the base of some of the falls. You finish the boat ride down at the Lower Circuit.

Day 8 Departure Day
You may choose to go back to São Paulo or if you plan on going to Argentina as well, we can help you to organize a night bus to Buenos Aires.

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Additional Accommodation, Arrival Transfer & Bus to Buenos Aires
You can book your arrival transfer, add extra nights accommodation in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo and buy a bus ticket to Buenos Aires in case that you will carry on into Argentina. Click here for details.

The itinerary presented is a guideline. Things may change with little or no notice due to local circumstances such as weather conditions, difficult access and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances, events or any factor that might put the safety or well-being of our clients at risk.

*For all tours/programs, “Force Majeure” applies, as explained in our Booking Conditions.
 

Are these tours for me?
Our goal is to make you live your trip, exposing you to some of the day-to-day situations of the places that we visit, providing not only an enjoyable trip, but also a life experience. If you don’t mind a bit of adventure, interacting with the local people, travelling on public buses, and if you care about the environment and the human side of things, then our trips are for you! Click here to see more about Our Way of Travelling.

What should I take?
Click here to see the "What to Bring" section in our FAQ.


All prices on our website are stated in $ American Dollars (USD). Please contact us prior to booking for prices in £ British Pounds (GBP) or € Euros (EUR). We do not accept other currencies.
 
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Activities Included
Boat trip in Paraty Bay;
Rio de Janeiro City Tour;
Visit to Iguassu Falls (Brazil and Argentina - includes entrance tickets to both national parks).

Food Included
Breakfast everyday;
Allow around $40 USD per day for meals.

Accommodation
7 nights in hotels/guesthouses based on a single, twin/double or triple room.

Transportation
Local public buses and taxis; Private and shared mini buses; Flight from Rio to Iguassu.

Where do we take you?
States of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Paraná.

Group size & Staff
It’s up to you! Ideal for single travellers, couples or honeymooners and small group of friends (up to 4 people).
Independent tour without the presence of a Tour Leader.


Not Included
- Travel Insurance (mandatory)
- Visa fees (if required) and airport tax
- Any International Flights and additional flights to/from the beginning and end of the tour
- Arrival and Departure Transfers/taxis
- Transfer/taxi from the bus station in Paraty to the guesthouse (Day 2)
- Optional Trips/ services available during the tour
- Meals, beverages not specified in the chosen itinerary, including items from the guesthouse/ hotel minibar
- Any other item/service not mentioned in the tour description
- Laundry, internet, phone calls & other personal expenses
- Tips to Local Guides; Tips/ service fee charged in restaurants (normally 10% on top of the bill)


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