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16 Days The Brazilian trilogy: Rio, Iguaçu & Northeast

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Terra Brazil is a local travel agency based in Rio de Janeiro.

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16 Days The Brazilian trilogy: Rio, Iguaçu & Northeast

You will discover many of Brazil's most impressive postcard favorites such as Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa, the amazing Iguazu falls and ending with the beautiful Northeast beaches. Best itinerary for first-timers in Brazil, a perfect mix between the highlight of Brazil and places off the beaten track.

DAY 1

Rio de Janeiro - Arrival

Airport pick up by your English-speaking guide and transfer to your hotel. End of the day open to enjoy the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Rio de Janeiro, 3 nights
DAY 2

Rio / Corcovado & the Center

Firstly you go up to the Corcovado, worldly known symbol of Rio. Once up there, take the time to appreciate the unique and amazing panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (wonderful city). Then way back down via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal institutions were located there. Santa Teresa shelters a diverse population in the bohemian quarter of the modern Rio. Walk through this area to get a taste of its quaint and old atmosphere. During the trip to Lapa, visit the colored stairs or "Escadaria do Convento da Santa Teresa", decorated by Jorge Selarón. You will continue in the Rio’s city center, from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops. Many styles, one spirit, is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony. Read more

Rio de Janeiro, 3 nights
DAY 3

Botanical garden & Sugarloaf

You will start the visit with the impressive botanical garden, proudness of the cariocas. Each of the 141 hectares of the park hosts species of the brazilian and world flora. The imperial palm trees, main attraction of the garden, were seeded under the order of the regent prince Dom Joao VI in 1809. centenary trees, orchids, vtorias regia, bromeliads, flamboyants in an atmosphere filled with tropical scents. Then transfer to Urca. Later, take the cable cart to the summit of the Sugarloaf (el. 400 m.a.s.l.), another Rio´s symbol which marks the entrance of the Bay of Guanabara. Read more

Rio de Janeiro, 3 nights
DAY 4

Rio - Iguaçu Falls / Brazil

Private transfer to the airport. Flight from Rio de Janeiro. Pick up at the Iguassu airport and transfer to the hotel. In a private vehicle, you will head to the Brazilian side of the Iguaçu Park and admire a wondeful panoramic view. The Iguaçu national park, 185,000 acres, was classified as a Natural Heritage site by the UNESCO. You will pass hundreds of small falls before reaching the last one, Floriano Fall. From this one you will have an arresting panoramic view over the "Devil’s Canyon", in front of you. Return towards Foz de Iguaçu. On the way, you will stop at the bird park, where hundreds of different types of birds from Brazil are sheltered. Read more

Foz do Iguaçu, 2 nights
DAY 5

Iguaçu Falls / Argentina

Meet your English-speaking guide at your hotel. Transfer to the Argentinean side of the park. Stop at the symbolic panoramic point on three borders: Paraguay - Brazil - Argentina. Visit of the falls from the Argentina side, from where you will get closer to the water, and of the impressive "Devil’s Canyon" under your feet. Then return to your hotel on the Brazilian side in the afternoon. Options: boat tour in the middle of the falls / excursion in the forest, check with us. Read more

Foz do Iguazu, 2 nights
DAY 6

Iguazu - São Luis

Private transport to the airport. Domestic flight from Foz do Iguaçu (arrival airport, flight time and number to be confirmed). Arrival at São Luís airport and meeting with your english-speaking guide who will drive you to the hotel.

São Luis, 1 night
DAY 7

São Luís - Barreirinhas

Half-day city tour of the São Luís historical center: you will be learning the secrets of alleys, XVIIIth and XIXth century colonial mansions and political monuments of São Luís before heading towards the Sé Cathedral, at the end of the avenue Dom Pedro II, which leads to the seaside. Your driver will pick you up at the hotel in São Luís to go straight to Barreirinhas (4 hours´ drive). Read more

Barreirinhas, 1 night
DAY 8

Barreirinhas - Atins

You will take a small motorboat to go from Barreirinhas to Atins on the Preguiças River. After a quick stop at the “pequenos Lençóis” (a smaller version of the Lençóis Maranhenses Park), you will go up the Mandacaru lighthouse to enjoy a panoramic view of the region. The trip will continue by crossing mangroves to reach Caburé (shoal between the river and the ocean) and towards Atins beach, where the hotel staff will pick you up. n.b: two-hour trip. Read more

Atins, 2 nights
DAY 9

Atins

Departure at 8h00 from your hotel towards the Lençóis Maranhenses Park. After a short 4WD ride to Canto do Atins, you will walk approximately 50 minutes between sand dunes and lagoons and eventually reach the Lagoa Verde. After enjoying a refreshing bath, your driver will take you to a restaurant where you will taste the famous shrimps of Dona Luiza. Return to Atins around 18h30. Read more

Atins, 2 nights
DAY 10

Atins - Delta of Parnaíba

Departure for a short boat ride to Caburé. You will take a 4WD to Tutoia and again a motorboat to cross the Delta of Parnaíba and enjoy its fauna (birds, monkeys, and caimans), before reaching Canárias Island, Poldros Island or at Tatus Harbor depending on the hotel.

Delta de Parnaiba, 1 night
DAY 11

Parnaíba - Barra Grande

Transfer from Delta of Parnaíba to Barra Grande, a peaceful village famous for the Kitesurf. Free afternoon to enjoy the atmosphere of Barra Grande.

Barra Grande, 2 nights
DAY 12

Barra Grande

Canoeing with the sea horses and wild birds though the Camurupim and Cardoso river. On your way, you can watch diferents types of mangroves and endemic crabs. You will eventually arrive at seahorses sanctuary, where you can fish them for a quick observation before releasing them on their natural habitat. Return to the hotel on a local chariot. Read more

Barra Grande, 2 nights
DAY 13

Barra Grande - Jericoacoara

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Barra Grande to Jericoacoara. You will cross rivers, take a bath in the Lagoa Torta lagoon and enjoy the over the water hammocks. You will arrive at Barra Grande seaside village. n.b. 3 hours’ transfer.

Jericoacoara, 2 nights
DAY 14

Jericoacoara

Departure at 9h00 for a buggy excursion with a local driver to the Lagoa Azul and the Lagoa do Paraíso. You will make a stop at the Pedra Furada (holed stone) and the Árvore da Preguiça (laziness tree) to take some pictures. You will then follow to the lagoons to swim and enjoy the hammocks. Lunch (not included) in one of the Lagoa do Paraíso little restaurants. Ride back to Jericoacoara in the afternoon. Read more

Jericoacoara, 2 nights
DAY 15

Jericoacoara - Fortaleza

Transfer to Fortaleza airport, or to your hotel in Fortaleza (depending on your flight), by the road.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Rio de Janeiro
Day 4
Location Foz do Iguaçu
Day 6
Location São Luis
Day 7
Location Barreirinhas
Day 8
Location Atins
Day 10
Location Delta de Parnaiba
Day 11
Location Barra Grande
Day 13
Location Jericoacoara
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Rio de Janeiro
Day 4
Location Foz do Iguaçu
Day 6
Location São Luis
Hotel Casa Lavinia
Day 7
Location Barreirinhas
Day 8
Location Atins
Day 10
Location Parnaiba
Day 11
Location Barra Grande
Hotel Pousada Chic
Day 13
Location Jericoacoara
Hotel Vila Kalango

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • English-speaking guide at mentioned locations
  • Private transportations except when specified
  • Hotels with breakfast unless specified (there is no guaranty that you will be served breakfast if you leave the hotel before 6am)
  • Mentioned lunch and dinner “included”
  • Entrance fees to sites when specified
  • Visits and excursions mentioned

Package excludes

  • International flight round-trip
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes (domestic and international)
  • Individual equipment
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch and dinner not mentioned (starting at $10/per/meal)
  • Visits and excursions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular 76fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages

More information

  • The prices are per person in a double room (in a single room just for 1 traveler price).
  • Pacotes system in Brazil: Warning! During certain times of the year (carnival, New Year, Holly week, 1st of May...), the hotels and pousadas are full and work according to a system of package for a minimum number (not reducible) of nights; the fee for each night is superior to the average rate for the rest of the year.
  • Some important dates in 2017: Carnival 24/02-01/03, Champions Parade 04/03-06/03 (only in Rio de Janeiro), Easter 13/04-16/04, Tiradentes 20/04-23/04, 01st May 28/04-01/05, Corpus Christi 14/06-18/06, Independence Day 06/09-11/09, Our Lady of Aparecida 11/10-15/10, All Saints' Day 01/11-06/11, Proclamation of the Republic 14/11-20/11, Christmas & New Year 29/12-01/01/18.
  • Please note that each city has its calendar with local holidays and events.

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