Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls Tour



Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls Tour

Rio de Janeiro, is a seaside metropolitan city in Brazil, famous for its white sand Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and the dramatic Sugarloaf Mountain. Tijuca National Park surrounds Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, with expansive views of Guanabara Bay and the city below. The exclusive Lagoa neighbourhood, sits around a large lagoon, Rodrigo de Freitas. On its west, the Botanical Gardens features towering palm trees and over 600 species of orchids. 

Begin with a tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then drive to Cosme Velho. Board the funicular railway through Tijuca Forest to Corcovado Mountain for spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro. Salvador stands on the magnificent Bahia de Todos os Santos, a sparkling bay dotted with islands and pristine beaches. And, the exquisite Iguazu Falls display a jaw dropping spectacle of 275 drops that has awed tourists, locals and indigenous inhabitants for centuries. 

And, experience a barbeque dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse.

What We Love
  • Take Samba lessons, and later dance listening to Brazilian beats.
  • Search the exclusive jaguar, cougar or an anaconda or fish wild piranhas in the Amazon.
  • In Salvador da Bahia, explore stunning colonial buildings and enjoy pulsating musical rhythms. 
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • The rainy season on the east coast runs between May and September.   
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Our Brazil tours easily combine with touring other destinations in South America
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls Tour Rio – Iguassu – Salvador
(08 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. (Private).

Copacabana Palace: A delightful hotel with history and culture, this beachfront hotel is set along the Copacabana Beach. Enjoy the timeless lure of the oceanfront – from a truly world-famous beach address. This luxurious icon hotel offers a thoroughly relaxing, sun-soaked environment. Explore the distinguishing features of this friendly Rio de Janeiro oceanfront hotel – from the warmth of the lobby and elegantly appointed guest rooms.
Overnight: Copacabana Palace (B)

Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro Morning tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain: Drive through the residential areas of Rio to reach the downtown historical center and business district. Then, proceed to the Urca District, where a cable car ascent is made in two stages to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

The first stage of the ride goes to Urca Hill is 215 meters, where there are gardens and lookout points; for those who wish to venture even higher, the second cable car goes to the very top of Sugar Loaf itself- 395 metres – for breathtaking views of sunset, the city, beaches and harbour. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon tour: Drive to Cosme Velho to board the funicular railway for a 20-minute climb through Tijuca Forest. As the train climbs Corcovado (hunchback) Mountain, enjoy spectacular views of Rio and the Bay peeking through the dense vegetation. At the top of Corcovado, is the majestic, 120-foot high statue of Christ with outstretched arms. The panoramic view is breathtaking.

On your return stop at the artsy and hip Santa Teresa neighbourhood where you will visit the Chacara do Ceu Museum – perhaps one of the best small museums in the country. For lunch we recommend Aprazivel restaurant, Rio’s best contemporary Brazilian cuisine restaurant which has stunning views of the Guanabara Bay.

(Optional) Barbeque Dinner: Tonight you will be picked up at the hotel and taken for a barbeque dinner at a churrascaria- a Brazilian steakhouse. (Dessert and drinks are not included). After dinner continue to Plataforma Nightclub for an exciting samba and folklore show. If you have never experienced Carnival in Rio, this show will offer a glimpse of what the excitement is all about. The hypnotic sounds, along with the lavish, feathered and sequined gowns, are the very essence of a samba show. Return to the hotel shortly after midnight.
Overnight: Copacabana Palace (B)

Day 03 – The Surrounds
Rio de Janeiro Today after breakfast you will be met at your hotel for a full day tour to Petropolis.

A trip to the Imperial town of Petropolis offers a nice respite from hectic Rio. It involves a 40-minute drive north into the Organ Mountains. The road winding through the dramatic scenery, with forested slopes and mountains shrouded in clouds, is in itself a dramatic experience.

When you arrive in Petropolis, enjoy an introduction to this pretty resort town, with its mansions and alpine chalets and visit the neo-Gothic Cathedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara. Inside are the tombs of Dom Pedro, the Princess Regent Dona Isabel and several other royal personages. Also visit the Imperial Museum, which is housed in a former royal residence and stands in beautifully maintained gardens.

Day 04 – Transfer
Iguassu Falls Transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

The name Iguaçu (Iguazú or Iguassu) means “Great Waters” in Guarani, which hardly seems to do this natural masterpiece justice. Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, this wonder combines 275 falls in a massive, magnificent cascade stretching for nearly 1.7 miles. Situated on the border between Argentina and Brazil, its waters pass over luscious sub-tropical greenery.

This afternoon enjoy a private tour of the falls from the peaceful Brazilian side. Set back from the falls themselves, it offers a panoramic view of the immense gulf and its seemingly endless series of cascades. Once at the falls, the tour takes you over an easy walking path. Take the trail through the subtropical rainforest that surrounds the falls within Iguassu National Park, as toucans and cobalt blue butterflies sail overhead and a sleek coatimundi may cross your path.

Day 05 – Iguassu National Park Tour
Salvador The Argentine side of the falls is your destination today.
Arriving at the Iguazú National Park, board an ecological train shuttle to the Cataratas Station where you will disembark to walk through paths that lead along and above the spectacular Falls. Beautiful flowers, ferns, tropical plants, butterflies and exotic birds add to the exciting experience of close contact with nature. You will then board another train shuttle to "Devil's Throat” station,” where you can walk onto a catwalk that extends 1100 meters over the lush tropical basin of Devil's Gorge.

After the tour, enjoy a buffet/barbeque lunch at Botega Restaurant (or similar) located on the Brazilian side of the Park. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Salvador. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Salvador: This striking city, Brazil's former colonial capital, lies on the beautiful Bay of All Saints (Bahia de Todos os Santos), the second largest bay in the country. A strong African influence derives from the slaves brought to work in the sugarcane fields more than 400 years ago.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Historic City Tour
Salvador Bahia Half-day historic city tour of Salvador: Salvador is divided into an Upper Town and a Lower Town. Both are linked by the art deco Lacerda elevator, which offers outstanding views. The Pelourinho is the largest intact colonial centre in the Americas. Its twisting, narrow cobblestone streets are lined with pastel mansions and stunning baroque churches and convents.

But, it’s at night that this area really comes to life. Salvador’s Saturdays are almost as lively as the legendary Tuesdays as every bar and restaurant in the district opens up its windows and doors to locals and tourists alike who come to samba the night away to the music that emanates from them.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L)

(Optional) Bahia by night: dinner in a local restaurant followed by a folk show.
Enjoy a typical barbeque and Bahian Folk Show that is devoted to a demonstration of capoeira, a fighting style introduced to Brazil by the African slaves as a means of defence. The “capoeira” is a kind of fight combined with acrobatic dance, whose rhythm is given by the “berimbau”, a stringed musical instrument with an incomparable sound.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L, D)

Day 7 – The Surrounds
Salvador, Bahia Full day excursion to Praia do Forte and the Tamar (turtle) protection project. North of Salvador are the lovely fishing villages and beaches of the Coconut Coast, including Arembepe, Imbassai and the more upscale Praia do Forte, which borders the Sapiranga Ecological Reserve. The reserve protects one of Brazil's last areas of ancient Atlantic rain forest. This evening, enjoy dinner and show at the Solar do Unhao.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L, D)

Day 8 – Depart
Salvador, Bahia Transfer to the Salvador airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro International Airport and onward connecting flights.

Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls Tour Brazil

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.

When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. In January, the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.

August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.