10 Days / 9 Nights
Brazil is a massive country with a fascinating history, culture and exuberant biodiversity. If you are looking to learn a little more about this fascinating country from the native Brazilian inhabitants; to 16th century Portuguese colonialism; to the gold rush era; to the 18th century ranches; to the present-day culture and art of the country with 21st century luxury; to get away from the beach.... just for a short time, then this is the tour for you!
Special features of our ALTERNATIVE BRAZIL tour:
Type of Tourism: Culture, luxury, Nature, history, art, adventure.
Places to Visit: Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, Mariana, Congonhas, Sao Joao de Rey, Ibitipoca, Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 10 Days and 9 Nights.
Type of Service: Private tours.
Accommodation: 4 star accommodation at most destinations that you will visit. These hotels, pousadas and ranches have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
Today is arrival day! We will collect you from the Belo Horizonte's airport, to head off on a private tour of the city. Belo Horizonte is both modern and rural, with a welcoming, relaxed vibe that will instantly make you feel at home. All be it the third-largest city of the country, this city has a small-town feel to it and is the centre of many cultural events, with something for everyone! Belo Horizonte was the first Brazilian city to be built using an urban plan in 1897 Toda...
Today, we will collect you from the hotel for a visit to the incredible open-air museum of Inhotim. Inhotim one of the country's greatest cultural and natural treasures, combining art and botany, with art exhibitions, sculptures, drawings, photographs and videos of various national and international artists, as well as more than 40 gardens in mixed vegetation of Atlantic Forest and Cerrado (a biome in Brazil, similar to savannahs).
The city is fascinating in many o...
Ouro Preto is the masterpiece of colonial architecture in Brazil and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was the centre of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century. During the same period, liberation movements were initiated here, inspired by the American Revolution. Ouro Preto will take us back in time, passing by beautiful churches, such as Church of Pilar and Church of Saint Francis of Assis, a great example of the Brazilian religious architecture wi...
Today we will head to Congonhas, is a historical town with fabulous baroque buildings such as the famous 6 Chapels and 12 Prophets Statues. Congonhas was an important city during the gold rush and now hosts beautiful baroque sculptures made by Aleijadinho, the renowned Brazilian artist of that period. We will then continue on to São João del Rey, another influential, founded in 1703 when gold was discovered. It is another example of colonial architecture and religious tr...
After breakfast, we will head to Ibitopeca. This private reserve is on the border of the State Park and is also a sustainability project, where nature rules. Parrots fly above the rainforest, cool rivers run through green valleys and caves, and when the sun goes down, the sky is bright with stars. The community inhabiting this reserve is an 18th-century farmhouse of Fazenda do Engenho, one of Brazil’s finest examples of colonial architecture that has been sensitively restored to...
The reserve offers a variety of activities you may enjoy during your stay: -
After breakfast, we will leave the reserve for the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro is world-famous for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Mount Corcovado, for the Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. The city is also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns), its raucous Carnaval, samba, and general party vibe.
A picturesque district of Rio, Santa Teresa is as culturally and historically important as Rio, with its well-preserved characteristics of the Old Rio. Boasting big houses and historical constructions, it tells stories of times gone by, has many handicraft galleries and the traditional trolley, known as “bondinho”. Bohemian artists influenced the district and gave it's cultural and architectural charms.
Rio’s downtown has a mixture of antique and modern...
Today we will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the magnificent Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue on top of Corcovado Hill and one of Rio’s most famous landmarks. The Corcovado Hill is part of the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. On arrival at the top of Corcovado Hill, it is possible to admire breathtaking views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and the Botanical Garden. We will then head to the famous Pão de A...
Enjoy your final morning in Brazil by walking along the famous Copacabana beach before your private car comes to collect you to head to the Airport for your departing flight, or next exciting destination!
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, with a variety of different dialects that can be heard throughout the country. Portuguese is the main language spoken in more rural areas.
Some English is spoken in more touristy areas but is not widely spoken by residents, especially outside major cities.
The currency used throughout is the Brazilian real. US dollars are accepted in most places.
Credit cards are accepted in well-established businesses although smaller shops may only accept cash. ATMs are common in larger cities, with smaller towns maybe only having one or two.
Best times to travel to Brazil varies depending on what you wish to see and do. However, the most popular time to visit is between August and October when spring arrives.
Forms of local transportation include buses, taxis, and the metro which can be found in Rio and Sao Paulo. Flights can be easily taken between major cities as there are a variety of airports throughout the country.