Colonial and cosmopolitan
Discover three distinct cities of Brazil on this 8-night vacation! Feel the pulse of the urban jungle in Sao Paulo, the colonial splendor of Paraty and the samba-infused streets of Rio
- Follow your guide through the busy streets of Sao Paulo and take in as much of the amazing city as you can!
- Explore the Gold Trail by Jeep and take a dip at the base of beautiful waterfalls.
- Walk the beaches of Paraty and find the best place to eat in this serene coastal city.
- Kick off your arrival in Rio de Janeiro with a guided adventure through some of the most iconic landmarks and natural scenery!
- Relax and enjoy as your transportation is taken care of for you and bilingual guides bring you through each city.
Day 1 :
Welcome to Brazil!
<p>Set foot in the biggest city in South America: Sao Paulo! Stop by your hotel to check in and drop off your bags, then go exploring! This modernized and industrial, cosmopolitan city offers wide avenues, skyscrapers, residential suburbs, a busy nightlife, and lavish shopping possibilities. Pick out a place to shop, sight-see, or grab dinner for the night!</p><p></p><p>Transfer to hotel - Hotel Estanplaza Paulista</p><p>Museums, shopping and restaurants all within walking distance</p><p></p><p>Just 2 blocks away from the Paulista Avenue, sitting neatly in the elegant Jardins district, the Hotel Estanplaza Paulista awaits your arrival. The hotel has a sauna, gym, room service, and swimming pool for those who stay, as well as a bar and a restaurant.</p><p></p><p>Though nearby is a plethora of restaurants, museums, theaters, and stores, as well as Ibirapuera Park and Trianon-Masp Metro Station, all of which can be accessed by foot. Rooms are air conditioned, and offer free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, a TV, and city views.</p>
Day 2 :
<p>Enjoy a Brazilian buffet breakfast that offers the staples of the area, like coffee, cornmeal, toast, cheese puffs and more, before heading out on a half-day tour of downtown Sao Paulo.</p><p></p><p>You can return to your hotel for a break after the tour, or you might want to revisit some of the sights you saw but didn't get to fully appreciate. You can also wander through one of the many beautiful and vibrant markets, or pick out a place for dinner to get an authentic taste of the local fare.</p><p></p><p>Sao Paulo Half-Day City Tour</p><p>Spend half the day touring through the beautiful history left around downtown Sao Paulo. Enjoy as your guide leads you through Paulista Avenue, a financial district that includes Pateo do Colegio, Liberdade Se Cathedral, MASP Museum, Sao Bento Monastery, Trianon, City Hall, Ibirapuera Park, and the Municipal Theater.</p>
Day 3 :
Sao Paulo - Paraty
<p>Enjoy breakfast before embarking via car to your next destination: Paraty. This coastal city is sure to please, with everything from city-life to lush forest and waterfalls</p><p></p><p>Transfer to Paraty</p><p></p><p>Check in to hotel - Hotel Pousada do Sandi</p><p></p><p>Relax in luxury in the Paraty city center</p><p></p><p>Spend your days luxuriating in the Paraty city center at the Hotel Pousada Do Sandi, where the hotel offers spa facilities, a fitness facility, a restaurant, a games room, serene and lovely grounds, and the beach is only a five minute walk away! The Paraty Historic Center is nearby, and is an excellent choice for those looking for history, boating, and food. </p><p></p><p>Rooms are air conditioned, king-sized beds, private bathrooms that come with a hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, and a TV. Buffet breakfast is served up daily, and the hotel offers complimentary parking.</p>
Day 4 :
<p>Enjoy breakfast before setting out on a 6-hour jeep tour through the Gold Trail and waterfalls that lie hidden throughout the area. Visit cachaca distilleries as well.</p><p></p><p>If the day hasn't worn you out, you can explore Paraty's town, picking out the best bars and pubs to join in with its colorful nightlife, or you can simply lounge and enjoy the beach.</p><p></p><p>Jeep Tour Waterfalls and Gold Trail</p><p></p><p></p><p>Climb aboard the Jeep that will take you through the National Park of Serra da Bocania, where you'll get to pass by the Gold Trail, visit waterfalls and cachaca distilleries, tour to the Toboga Waterfall and even stop for a swim in Tarzan's Waterfall, which provides a beautiful spot to relax and bathe. </p><p></p><p>On your return trip, you'll stop again at the Pedra Branca waterfall, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in the region. The entire trip makes for a wonderful opportunity to see indigenous flora and fauna.</p><p></p><p>**Remark: Optional lunch at local restaurant not included. Jeep Tour on shared basis (together with other travellers)</p>
Day 5 :
<p>Today is a day for your own exploration. You can rent a kayak and row over to explore the Jabaquara Mangroves, roam over the stunning Saco do Mamangua, or browse through Praia Grande, a large and bustling fishing market where the day's freshest catches are all up for sale amidst a cluttering of pubs ripe with adventure.</p>
Day 6 :
Paraty - Rio de Janeiro
<p>Make sure your belongings are together before grabbing breakfast, because you'll be departing for Rio de Janerio today!</p><p></p><p>If you're looking to unwind before your big adventure tomorrow, you can check out the lovely Ipanema Beach and relax, or you can get right into the nightlife and join the festivities usually going on at Lapa.</p><p></p><p>Transfer to Rio de Janeiro</p><p></p><p>Check in to hotel - PortoBay Rio Internacional</p><p></p><p>Refined hotel on Copacabana Beach</p><p></p><p>Located on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, PortoBay Rio Internacional combines the best of both worlds - the vibrant city and the beach right at your feet. You'll have exclusive beach access as well as top notch facilities when you stay at this modern and chic hotel.</p><p></p><p>Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing from the 117 rooms offering private verandas or panoramic window views overlooking Copacabana. Savor Brazil on a plate at La Finestra restaurant, sip a negroni at Negroni Bar and enjoy a light snack at Bossa Lounge. Take a dip at the hotel's rooftop pool on the 20th floor, which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the famous bay and major sights of Rio de Janeiro, with Copacabana beach in the foreground and Christ the Redeemer in the background. Additional amenities include a massage room, two saunas, fitness center and pool bar.</p>
Day 7 :
Rio de Janeiro
<p>Tour to Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain (full-day)</p><p></p><p></p><p>Tour the famous Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains! Arrive at Cosme Velho Station and board a cog-train for the ride through Tijuca Forest and up to the 2,329 ft high Corcovado Mountain. The train ride is a wonderful opportunity to have a closer look at the forest’s lush tropical vegetation and enjoy scenic landscapes of the city and beaches. Disembarking at the top of Corcovado, proceed up the steps that lead to the peak´s lookout, where the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer stands. After appreciating the breathtaking view unfolding below, you will descend by train. </p><p></p><p>The tour continues through Rio’s world-famous beaches to board a cable car for a two-staged ascent up Sugarloaf Mountain. After admiring the views, descend the mountain and proceed along Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park. Visit downtown Rio, passing by the financial and business center and other attractions like Candelaria Church, Saint Sebastian Cathedral, Lapa Arches, Municipal Theater, National Library, Fine Arts Museum and the Sambodrome - site of Rio’s famous Carnival parade. </p>
Day 8 :
Rio de Janeiro
<p>Today is yours to spend at leisure. You can return to downtown and shop in the many stores, find excellent restaurants for a bite to eat, lounge along the sun-soaked beaches, or maybe explore attractions nearby, like the Jardin Botanico.</p>
Day 9 :
<p>Pack your bags, tuck away your souvenirs, and head out to the airport. Wave goodbye to Brazil...for now!</p><p></p><p>Transfer to airport</p><p></p><p>Fly home!</p><p></p><p>Rates and availability not guaranteed until booked.</p>