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A panoramic view of Salvador Bahia - Brazil
A historic center street of Salvador Bahia
Traditional people custom Salvador Bahia Brazil
Ouro Preto city of Minas Gerais Brasil
Tiradentes is one of the treasures of Brazilian history
The imperial atmosphere and architecture of Petrópolis
The magnificent Christ the Redeemer Corcovado
Tradictional street in the Paraty village
Panoramic view of Paraty village
A panoramic view of Salvador Bahia - Brazil

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Duration11 Days / 10 Nights
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$2,456Per person twin share.
was $3,508
Walking levelModerate - Demanding
Max AltitudeNot specified
AccommodationNot include
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Trip Overview

Brazil is the biggest geographical land area in all of South America, with a huge variety of geographical regions, culture and biodiversity. The country has a long and impressive history starting with its native, indigenous people. In the 1600s the Portuguese conquered the country, beating the Spanish to the area. The country became the central extraction point of gold, concentrated in the Minas Gerais region. It was in 1822 that Brazil gained independence from the Portuguese to become an independent state. Today Brazil is an eclectic mixture of Afro Brazilian and European influence which is reflected in its history, culture and regional dishes. Learn some fascinating Brazilian history on your trip to this ex Portuguese colony! 

Day by day schedule

Day 1: Welcome to Salvador

Salvador Bahia - panoramic view
Salvador Bahia - Beach
Salvador Bahia - panoramic view from the sea
Salvador Bahia - panoramic view
Salvador Bahia - Beach


  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Not Included
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Bahia Café Hotel - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 2: Exploring the Historical Bahia

Salvador Bahia Decorative wish ribbons tied to a church gate frame
Salvador Bahia - Historic downtown Shops selling souvenirs
Salvador Bahia Jorge Amado house
Salvador bahia Yemanjá House
Salvador Bahia Decorative wish ribbons tied to a church gate frame
Salvador Bahia - Historic downtown Shops selling souvenirs

Bahia by Jorge Amado & Yemanjá House 

Jorge Amado was one of the most awarded Brazilian writers and has many works adapted for films, theater plays and television programs. His books have been published in 55 countries and translated into 49 languages. But above all, he described Bahia as anyone, detailing the typical customs and valuing the miscegenation of the population, as well as the contradictions of their free and conservative way.  

This tour takes guests to ...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Bahia Café Hotel - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 3: Leisure Day

Salvador Bahia Two women with candomble costume
Salvador Bahia historic downtown houses
Salvador Bahia Shops selling souvenirs and typical products
Salvador Bahia Some neighbor hub houses grouped in favela
Salvador Bahia Two women with candomble costume
Salvador Bahia historic downtown houses

After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Salvador de Bahia also know as the city of the hapiness at your ease.  


  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Bahia Café Hotel - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 4: Arrival to Ouro Preto

Ouro Preto hotel view
Belo Horizonte Airport
Ouro Preto city
Ouro Preto hotel view
Belo Horizonte Airport

On this day you will flight to Ouro Preto and at your arrival there will be a specialized guide waiting for you to take to your hotel, then you will have the rest of the day at your disposal. 

Services Included: 

  • Transport: Hotel – Salvador Airport (40 min approx.)
                       Belo Horizonte Airport - Hotel (3 hours approx.). 
  • Local Tour Guide: English/Spanish. &n...
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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Posada Solar da Opera - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 5: Exploring the Historic Villages

Ouro Preto - Mariana - Minas Gerais - Churche
Ouro Preto - Mariana - Minas Gerais - Churche
Ouro Preto - Mariana - Minas Gerais - Churche
Mariana - Minas Gerais
Ouro Preto - Mariana - Minas Gerais - Churche
Ouro Preto - Mariana - Minas Gerais - Churche

The first capital and diocese of Minas Gerais, Mariana is a lovely village founded in 1711. Its picturesque streets invite guests to take a pleasant walk around its churches, museums, and monuments in an antique and charming architecture style from Colonial Period.  

In this tour, you will get to know the historical site Minas Gerais Square, the Carmo and Saint Francis churches, the city Hall and the pillory as well. After that walk, we will go by train and have a tour in Minas da Passagem, the largest open-to-visit...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Posada Solar da Opera - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 6: Full day Horseback riding at Tiradentes

Tiradentes  Carriages waiting
Ouro Preto -  Minas Gerais
Ouro Preto -  Minas Gerais Tiradentes
Ouro Preto -  Minas Gerais Tiradentes 2
Tiradentes  Carriages waiting
Ouro Preto -  Minas Gerais

Founded in 1698, Ouro Preto is the masterpiece of colonial architecture in Brazil, being included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The city was the focal point of the gold rush and Brazil’s golden age in the 18th century. Along the same period, there were developed liberation movements inspired by the Enlightenment ideas and the concrete example of the American Revolution. 

Tiradentes is one of the treasures of Brazilian history located in the state of Minas Gerais. Named after a resident martyr who died fight...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Pousada do Largo Hotel - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 7: Arrival to Rio de Janeiro - Time to visit Petrópolis!

Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro
Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro
Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro
Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro
Petropolis - Rio de Janeiro

Petrópolis first started as a farm with a summer residence of the imperial family of Brazil. Nowadays, it has maintained the imperial atmosphere in its architecture and low temperature, as it is located up in a hill surrounded by nature. The city is a famous for its museums, cultural activities, places for shopping and organization of convents and events. With trails, waterfalls and natural beauties, it also offers great options to be in contact with nature. 

In this tour, the pick-up is at Tiradentes, in order to...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Ritz Leblon Hotel - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 8: Visit to Rio de Janeiro and Corcovado

Rio janeiro -  Shady botanical garden
Rio de Janeiro - Panoramic view of the city
Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado mountain template
Rio de Janeiro - Botanical garden Park
Rio janeiro -  Shady botanical garden
Rio de Janeiro - Panoramic view of the city

Subida al Cristo del Corcovado, en Río de Janeiro - Viajeros OcultosOne of the Seven Wonders of the World, the magnificent Christ the Redeemer, the iconic statue on top of Corcovado Hill, Rio’s most famous landmark. The Corcovado Hill is part of the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. On the way to its top is the Dona Marta belvedere, from where is possible to see the Maracanâ Loaf. Once at the top of Corcovado Hill, it is possible to admire breath-taking views of Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Rodr...

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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Ritz Leblon Hotel - Standard Room with private bath

Day 9: From Rio de Janeiro to Paraty

Paraty - a boat on the sea
Paraty - Historic center
Paraty - Historic center street
Paraty - Carriage at the historic center street
Paraty - a boat on the sea
Paraty - Historic center

A driver will be waiting for you at the hotel, to take you to Paraty in a comfortable vehicle with air-conditioning 

Services Included: 

  • Transport: Hotel Rio de Janeiro – Paraty (4 hours and 30 minutes approx.) – private & only driver  
  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Hotel Pousada da Marquesa - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 10: Walking tour around the Historic Center

Paraty - Colonial street view
Paraty - Carriage in the colonial streets
Paraty - Colorful boats waiting on the sea
Paraty - A woman walking in the colonial streets
Paraty - Colonial street view
Paraty - Carriage in the colonial streets

The tour consists of a pleasant walk by the historical center with a guide telling interesting stories and legends about the past. It passes by four churches (Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, Santa Rita, Nossa Senhora do Rosário e Nossa Senhora das Dores), Sacred Art Museum, Culture’s House, old houses, and monuments of the eighteenth century. 

Services Included: 

  • Excursion: Walking tour around the historic center (1.30 hours approx). 
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  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast
  • Itinerary Service Type IconHotels: Hotel Pousada da Marquesa - Standard Room with private bath.

Day 11: Last day in Brazil

This morning you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the airport. 

Services Included: 

  • Transport: Hotel – Rio de Janeiro Airport (4.30 hour approx). 



  • Itinerary Service Type IconMeals: Breakfast

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What's included

  • Transfers as mentioned. 
  • 10 nights of accommodations. 
  • Mandatory hotel taxes 
  • Professional guide who speaks English. 
  • private service on your tours 
  • All national park fees, entrance fees, taxes, permits and vehicles as applicable to the above itinerary Food: all of the meals specified on your program. Vegetarian meals or special diets are available upon prior request 
  • First aid kit 
  • 24/7 support and emergency line available throughout the itinerary. 



What's not included

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation. 
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Internal flights Salvador Bahia to Ouro Preto 
  • Room taxes 
  • Hotel and airport porterage taxes 
  • Tips and gratuities. 
  • Optional excursions. 
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone calls. 
  • Travel insurance. 



Exploring the vibrant landscapes and diverse cultures of Brazil is an exciting adventure for any traveler. To make the most of your Brazil vacation package, while being mindful of the environment and local communities, here's a guide on how to be a responsible traveler in Brazil. 

Respecting Local Culture and Customs
Brazil's official language is Portuguese, so learning a few basic phrases like "obrigado" (thank you) and "por favor" (please) can enhance your experience and show respect. Be mindful of dress codes, especially at religious sites like the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, and understand and adhere to cultural norms and practices, such as the lively Carnaval celebrations of Brazil, which are some of the best festivals in Latin America. 

Supporting Local Communities 
Choose accommodations owned by locals, like pousadas or family-run guesthouses, to contribute directly to the community throughout your Brazil vacation package. When shopping, opt for local markets like São Paulo's Mercado Municipal and artisans in cities like Salvador to support the local economy. Engage in eco-friendly and sustainable activities, such as the community-based tourism initiatives in the Amazon Rainforest, to ensure your visit benefits the residents. Consider Brazil tour packages that emphasize community engagement. 

Environmental Responsibility 
Carry a reusable water bottle and shopping bag to minimize plastic waste, especially when exploring the pristine beaches of Fernando de Noronha. Conserve energy by turning off lights and electronic devices in eco-friendly accommodations, like those found in the eco-resorts of Ilha Grande. Avoid activities that harm animals, such as respecting the nesting areas of sea turtles on the beaches of Bahia. Look for Brazil vacation packages that highlight eco-friendly options. 

Minimizing Your Carbon Footprint 
Use sustainable means of transportation, such as the extensive public transit systems in cities like Curitiba or walking and cycling along the beautiful coastline of Florianópolis. Consider carbon offset programs for air travel, particularly when flying to remote destinations like the Pantanal wetlands. Choose accommodations committed to energy efficiency and eco-friendly practices, such as the eco-lodges in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Explore Brazil tour packages that promote responsible travel and eco-friendly experiences. 

Preserving Cultural and Historical Heritage 
Respect guidelines when visiting historical and cultural landmarks like the historic town of Ouro Preto to minimize impact. Educate yourself about the significance of the places you visit, such as the historical importance of Salvador's Pelourinho district, to enhance your understanding and appreciation. Consider Brazil tour packages that prioritize cultural preservation and historical exploration. 

Water Conservation 
Conserve water, especially in regions prone to drought like the semi-arid Northeast. Choose responsible water activities like snorkeling in Bonito, known for its crystal-clear rivers, and support companies that adhere to sustainable water tourism practices. Focus on Brazil vacation packages that highlight eco-friendly water experiences. 

Social Responsibility 
Contribute to local charities or community projects, such as the social initiatives in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, to make a positive impact. When visiting indigenous areas, like the Xingu Indigenous Park, seek permission, adhere to local rules, and support sustainable initiatives that empower local communities. Explore Brazil tour packages that incorporate social responsibility and community engagement. 

Embrace the opportunity to create lasting memories in Brazil while leaving a positive footprint behind. Whether it's through cultural respect, supporting local economies, or being environmentally conscious, responsible travel ensures that your exploration contributes to the well-being of this beautiful country and its people. Consider Brazil tour packages that align with your values and promote sustainable and responsible tourism. 


Brazil, with its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, offers a unique canvas for eco-friendly travelers seeking sustainable and responsible adventures. Whether you're exploring the lush Amazon Rainforest or relaxing on the pristine beaches of Bahia, here's some useful information on how to make your journey eco-conscious while enjoying Brazil's natural wonders on your Brazil vacation package. 

Eco-Friendly Accommodations 
Opt for eco-friendly accommodations that prioritize sustainable practices, such as solar-powered hotels in Florianópolis or eco-lodges nestled within the biodiversity-rich Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Consider Brazil vacation packages that emphasize stays in certified green accommodations, ensuring a low environmental impact during your visit. 

Green Transportation Choices 
Reduce your carbon footprint by choosing green transportation options, like electric-powered bikes for exploring cities such as São Paulo or utilizing public transit systems designed to minimize environmental impact. Seek Brazil tour packages that prioritize eco-friendly transportation to make your journey not only memorable but also sustainable. 

Sustainable Excursions and Brazil Vacation Packages 
Embrace eco-friendly excursions that showcase Brazil's natural beauty without compromising its ecosystems. Consider Brazil vacation packages that include responsible wildlife encounters, like bird watching in the Pantanal or snorkeling in the crystal-clear rivers of Bonito. Support tour operators like Va Expeditions who are committed to environmental preservation. 

Culinary Adventures with Local Flavors 
Indulge in Brazil's diverse culinary scene while being mindful of your ecological impact. Opt for restaurants that source local, organic ingredients, supporting sustainable farming practices. Explore Brazil tour packages that include eco-conscious gastronomic experiences, like visiting community-supported agriculture initiatives. 

Zero-Waste Exploration 
Minimize plastic waste during your journey by bringing a reusable water bottle and shopping bag. Participate in initiatives promoting zero-waste tourism, and look for accommodations that actively reduce their environmental impact. Consider Brazil vacation packages that focus on eco-friendly practices to ensure a minimal ecological footprint. 

Conservation and Environmental Education 
Engage in activities that promote conservation and environmental education, such as volunteering with local initiatives or participating in reforestation projects. Seek Brazil tour packages that include opportunities to learn about the region's unique ecosystems and contribute to their preservation. 

Cultural Respect and Community Engagement 
Show respect for local cultures by learning about traditional practices and supporting indigenous communities. Consider Brazil tour packages that incorporate community-based tourism, providing authentic cultural experiences while contributing positively to local livelihoods. 

An eco-friendly adventure in Brazil allows you to experience the country's natural wonders responsibly. From choosing sustainable accommodations and transportation to engaging in conservation efforts and supporting local communities, your journey can be both memorable and environmentally conscious. Explore Brazil vacation packages designed for eco-friendly travelers, ensuring that your exploration aligns with principles of sustainability, leaving a positive impact on Brazil's incredible landscapes and communities. 


A journey through Brazil requires more than just awe for its breathtaking landscapes; it demands a heightened sense of environmental awareness. With the Amazon Rainforest, diverse ecosystems, and unique biodiversity at stake, being environmentally conscious is not just a choice; it's an urgent call for responsible travel. Here's a guide urging travelers to recognize and embrace the significance of being environmentally aware in this ecologically diverse nation.  

Preserving the Amazon Rainforest 
At the heart of Brazil's environmental importance lies the Amazon Rainforest, the "Lungs of the Earth." Being environmentally aware means understanding the critical role this rainforest plays in global climate regulation and biodiversity support. Opt for Brazil vacation packages that not only promote sustainable activities but also educate travelers on the importance of preserving this natural treasure. 

Guardianship of Unique Biodiversity 
Brazil boasts unparalleled biodiversity, hosting a vast array of plant and animal species. Environmental awareness involves recognizing the fragility of these ecosystems and the potential consequences of their degradation. Choose a Brazil tour package that focuses on biodiversity conservation, enabling travelers to witness the richness of the country's flora and fauna while understanding the need for their protection. 

Mitigating Climate Change Impacts 
Environmental awareness in Brazil extends to acknowledging the country's vulnerability to climate change. Rising temperatures, deforestation, and extreme weather events pose significant threats. Travelers can contribute by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, supporting conservation initiatives, and minimizing their carbon footprint. Brazil vacation packages emphasizing climate-conscious activities align with the collective effort to address these challenges. 

Preserving Indigenous Knowledge and Culture 
Brazil is home to diverse indigenous communities, each intricately connected to their environment. Being environmentally aware involves recognizing the role of indigenous knowledge in sustainable living and respecting their cultural practices. Choose Brazil vacation packages that provide opportunities to learn from and support indigenous communities, fostering a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between people and nature. 

Safeguarding Water Resources 
Water is a precious resource in Brazil, facing challenges such as deforestation and pollution. Travelers can contribute by practicing water conservation, supporting responsible water tourism initiatives, and raising awareness about the importance of preserving water ecosystems. Brazil holiday packages with a focus on water conservation experiences empower travelers to be mindful of their impact on this vital resource. 

Combatting Deforestation and Land Degradation 
Deforestation poses a significant threat to Brazil's environmental stability. Travelers can play a role in combatting deforestation by supporting sustainable land use practices and participating in reforestation initiatives. Brazil vacation packages that integrate educational components on deforestation and sustainable land management empower travelers to make informed choices. 

Educational Initiatives for Sustainable Tourism 
Environmental awareness goes hand in hand with education. Brazil vacation packages that prioritize sustainable tourism education equip travelers with the knowledge needed to make environmentally conscious choices. This includes understanding the impact of tourism on local ecosystems, wildlife, and communities, as well as adopting responsible and respectful travel practices. 

Being environmentally aware in Brazil is not just a personal choice; it's a commitment to the preservation of some of the planet's most critical ecosystems. From the Amazon Rainforest to coastal regions, each traveler becomes a custodian of Brazil's environmental heritage. By choosing sustainable practices and engaging in educational initiatives, travelers can contribute to the ongoing efforts to protect and conserve Brazil's unique natural and cultural assets, all while making the most of Brazil tour packages designed for eco-conscious explorers. 


Heading out on a multi-day tour of Brazil promises a journey through the heart of South America, where the rhythm of samba meets the pristine Amazon rainforest, and iconic landscapes like the Sugarloaf Mountain stand in testament to the country's diverse allure. To transform an ordinary journey into an extraordinary adventure, the incorporation of thoughtfully selected add-ons becomes a strategic move. These supplementary experiences not only showcase Brazil's natural wonders but also provide a deeper immersion into its rich cultural tapestry and dynamic traditions. In this guide, we present a collection of add-ons categorized by specific regions, ensuring that each leg of the Brazilian journey becomes a personalized exploration, catering to a spectrum of interests and preferences. 

Rio de Janeiro  
Favela Experience and Graffiti Tour: Navigate the vibrant streets of Rio's favelas on a guided tour, exploring the local art scene and gaining insights into the communities' rich culture. 

Hang Gliding over Copacabana: Elevate the Rio experience with a thrilling hang gliding adventure, soaring over iconic landmarks like Copacabana Beach for a panoramic view of the city. 

Tijuca National Park Jeep Tour: Venture into Tijuca National Park for a jeep tour through lush rainforest, culminating in a hike to the summit of Pico da Tijuca, the highest peak in Rio. 

Amazon Rainforest  
Amazon River Boat Expedition: Extend the journey with a riverboat expedition on the Amazon, navigating its meandering tributaries and immersing travelers in the biodiversity of the rainforest. 

Indigenous Village Visit: Facilitate a visit to an indigenous village, allowing travelers to engage with local communities, learn about their customs, and witness traditional ceremonies. 

Salvador and Bahia 
Capoeira Workshop: Immerse in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira with a hands-on workshop, delving into the cultural significance of this dynamic form of self-expression. 

Candomblé Ceremony Experience: Attend a Candomblé ceremony, a spiritual practice rooted in African traditions, providing a unique glimpse into the syncretic culture of Bahia. 

Pantanal Wetlands 
Jaguar Safari: Embark on a safari in the Pantanal, one of the best places in the world to spot jaguars, providing an unforgettable wildlife experience. 

Night time Alligator Spotting: Enhance the Pantanal adventure with a night time boat excursion to spot alligators and other nocturnal wildlife along the riverbanks. 

Iguazu Falls  
Helicopter Tour of Iguazu Falls: Soar above the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls on a helicopter tour, capturing breathtaking aerial views of this natural wonder straddling the Brazil-Argentina border. 

Macuco Safari Boat Adventure: Add an adrenaline rush with the Macuco Safari, a boat adventure taking travelers close to the base of the falls, providing a refreshing and exhilarating experience. 

São Paulo  
Street Food Gastronomy Tour: Dive into the eclectic culinary scene of São Paulo with a street food gastronomy tour, sampling diverse flavors from local markets and vendors. 

Street Art Bicycle Tour: Explore the city's vibrant street art scene on a bicycle tour, discovering colorful murals and graffiti in neighborhoods like Vila Madalena. 

Florianópolis and Southern Brazil 
Sand Dunes Adventure: Head to the dunes of Joaquina Beach in Florianópolis for sandboarding or buggy rides, combining adventure with the natural beauty of the coastline. 

Historic Town of Paraty Boat Tour: Include a boat tour in the historic town of Paraty, surrounded by pristine beaches and islands, offering a glimpse into Brazil's colonial past. 

Customizing add-ons based on specific regions ensures that travelers uncover the diversity of Brazil's landscapes, cultures, and adventures. Each add-on becomes a unique chapter in the Brazilian narrative, contributing to a journey that transcends the ordinary. 


Embarking on a mesmerizing Brazilian vacation package, filled with the allure of samba beats and the beauty of the best beaches in South America, is a dream come true. Amidst the excitement of Brazil tour packages and holiday adventures, one question nags at travelers – can you confidently indulge in the tap water? Let's explore this crucial aspect of your South America vacation packages and ensure that your exploration of Brazil is both refreshing and worry-free. 

Brazil's Tap Water Safety 
As you delve into the heart of Brazil, the safety of tap water becomes a pertinent concern. The water quality varies across regions, with major cities like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo generally providing treated tap water deemed safe for consumption. However, as you venture into more remote areas, exercising caution and opting for bottled water from reputable sources is advisable. 

Navigating the Hydration Landscape: A Traveler's Guide 

  • Bottled Water: Embrace the convenience and safety of sealed bottled water, ensuring a reliable source of hydration throughout your journey. 
  • Filtered Water Wisdom: Equip yourself with water filters or purification tablets, particularly in regions where tap water quality may be uncertain, to enhance safety. 
  • Ice Dilemma: While many establishments use purified water for ice, err on the side of caution and skip it in areas where tap water safety is questionable. 
  • Hydration: Strike a balance between bottled water and other beverages to stay refreshed without solely relying on tap water. 

Your Brazilian adventure promises a symphony of experiences, from the rhythmic beats of samba to the serene beauty of South America's best beaches. By incorporating these health precautions and making informed choices about tap water consumption, you can revel in the wonders of Brazil without compromising on safety. So, pack your bags, select from the enticing Brazil tour packages, and get ready for an unforgettable exploration of this captivating South American destination. 


Heading out on a Brazilian adventure, where the rhythm of samba intertwines with the allure of the best beaches in South America, demands meticulous preparation, and a key component of that preparation is a well-equipped first aid kit. As you explore the South American tour packages and holiday adventures Brazil has to offer, ensuring the safety and well-being of your journey is paramount. In this guide, we will delve into the essential items for a comprehensive first aid kit, addressing both the enchanting experiences Brazil presents and the importance of safeguarding your health amidst the excitement of this South American gem. So, let's uncover the vital elements that should find a place in your first aid arsenal for a secure and unforgettable Brazil vacation package. 

Wound Care: 

  • Assorted adhesive bandages (different sizes) 
  • Sterile gauze pads and adhesive tape 
  • Tweezers and small scissors 
  • Disposable gloves 
  • Sterile saline solution for cleaning wounds 
  • Medication: 
  • Pain relievers (ibuprofen, acetaminophen) 
  • Antidiarrheal medication (Loperamide) 
  • Motion sickness tablets 
  • Antihistamines for allergies 
  • Prescription medications (if applicable) 
  • Topical Medications: 
  • Antiseptic ointment or cream 
  • Hydrocortisone cream for skin irritations 
  • Calamine lotion for insect bites and rashes 


  • DEET-based insect repellent 
  • Anti-itch cream for insect bites 

Sun Protection: 

  • High SPF sunscreen 
  • Lip balm with SPF 
  • Aloe vera gel for sunburn relief 
  • Wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses 

Hydration and Rehydration: 

  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Oral rehydration salts 

Digestive Health: 

  • Antacids for indigestion 
  • Upset stomach relief medication 
  • Electrolyte packets 

Water Purification: 

  • Water purification tablets or drops 

Motion Sickness: 

  • Motion sickness medication  

Basic Tools: 

  • Thermometer 
  • Digital thermometer 
  • Small flashlight with extra batteries 
  • Tweezers for splinter removal 

Personal Care Items: 

  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.) 
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes 

First Aid Manual: 

  • Small first aid manual or guide 

Prescription Glasses/Contacts: 

  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contacts (if applicable) 

Emergency Contacts and Information: 

  • List of emergency contacts, including local emergency services and nearest embassy or consulate 
  • Printed copy of travel insurance details 

Zip-Lock Bags: 

  • Various sizes for waterproof storage of medications and supplies 

Optional Extras: 

  • Compression bandages 
  • Pain-relief gel or patches 
  • Instant cold packs 
  • Compact emergency blanket 

As your Brazil vacation package unfolds, guided by the rhythm of samba and the allure of the best beaches in South America, remember that thorough preparation is the key to an enriching and secure adventure. Embrace the diversity offered by tour packages, ensuring each holiday adventure is a celebration of Brazil's wonders. Whether you find yourself immersed in the Amazon rainforest or basking in the sun on the captivating beaches, prioritize your well-being. By staying mindful of tap water safety and carrying a comprehensive first aid kit, you not only amplify the joy of your journey but also ensure that every moment in Brazil is a testament to the extraordinary. Pack your bags, savor the beats of Brazil, and embark on a voyage where safety and celebration go hand in hand. Ensure that your first aid kit is easily accessible and that everyone in your travel party knows its location. Regularly check and replenish any items that may have been used or have expired. Having a well-prepared first aid kit ensures that you're ready to handle minor health issues and enjoy your Brazilian adventure with peace of mind. 


Embarking on a journey to the heart of Brazil, where the vibrant beats of samba resonate and the best beaches in South America beckon, is a thrilling prospect. To ensure your Brazilian adventure is not only memorable but also physically invigorating, thoughtful health and fitness preparation becomes essential. In this guide, we will explore how to tailor your wellness routine in anticipation of the mesmerizing holiday adventures that await, complemented by the diverse offerings of Brazil tour packages and vacation experiences across South America. 

Understanding the Terrain 
Brazil's diverse landscapes, from the lush Amazon rainforest to the sun-kissed shores along Copacabana, necessitate a well-rounded approach to health and fitness. Before embarking on your journey, consider the terrain you'll be traversing. If your Brazil tour packages include trekking through the rainforest or exploring historic cities, incorporating cardiovascular exercises and strength training into your fitness routine can enhance endurance and stamina. 

Cardiovascular Conditioning 
Engage in cardiovascular exercises like jogging, cycling, or swimming to boost your endurance levels. This prepares you for the dynamic experiences promised by Brazil vacation packages, ensuring you have the energy to explore everything from the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro to the serene landscapes of Iguazu Falls. 

Strength Training for Versatility 
Brazil's rich cultural tapestry offers a range of activities, from dancing to hiking. Incorporate strength training exercises to build muscle endurance and flexibility. Bodyweight exercises, yoga, and resistance training can contribute to your overall fitness, enabling you to partake in diverse holiday adventures. 

Nutritional Preparation 
Sampling Brazil's delectable cuisine is an integral part of the experience, but maintaining a balanced diet is equally important. Prioritize nutritious, energy-rich foods to support your active itinerary. Incorporate local fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins into your meals, enhancing your overall well-being for the duration of your South America vacation packages. 

Hydration in the Tropical Climate 
Brazil's tropical climate demands careful attention to hydration. Pack a reusable water bottle and make a conscious effort to stay hydrated, especially if your holiday adventures include sunbathing on the best beaches in South America. Dehydration can impact energy levels, and adequate water intake is essential for peak physical performance. 

Rest and Recovery 
Amidst the excitement of Brazil tour packages and immersive holiday adventures, remember the importance of rest and recovery. Ensure you get sufficient sleep to rejuvenate your body and mind, allowing you to make the most of each day's activities. 

As you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime in Brazil, crafting a holistic approach to health and fitness is your gateway to an enriched and invigorating experience. The synergy of Brazil's tour packages, its vibrant cultural offerings, and the allure of its beaches can be fully embraced when you prioritize your well-being. So, lace up your sneakers, savor the local flavors, and get ready to explore the wonders of Brazil with a body and mind in harmony with the rhythm of this captivating South American destination. 


A journey to Brazil, where the allure of Brazil tour packages and the promise of holiday adventures converge, invites travelers to immerse themselves in the country's breathtaking landscapes. However, amidst the beauty lie potential hazards, with mosquitoes topping the list. In this detailed guide, we'll explore how to shield yourself from mosquitoes and other hazards, ensuring your South America vacation packages are not only captivating but also safeguarded against potential health risks. 

Understanding Mosquito-Borne Risks 
Brazil is home to mosquitoes that may carry diseases such as dengue, Zika, and chikungunya. A crucial aspect of preparing for your Brazilian adventure is understanding these risks and taking proactive measures to mitigate them. 

Essential Mosquito Repellents 
Pack insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply the repellent to exposed skin and clothing, paying particular attention to ankles, wrists, and neck. Reapply according to the product instructions, especially after swimming or sweating. 

Protective Clothing Strategies 
Opt for light-colored, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and closed shoes, particularly during peak mosquito activity hours at dawn and dusk. Tucking pants into socks provides an additional barrier against mosquito bites. 

Mosquito Nets and Screens 
When staying in accommodations, especially in more rural or tropical settings, inquire about the availability of mosquito nets or screens. Using these at night can provide an extra layer of protection as you rest. When selecting lodging, opt for establishments that employ mosquito control measures. This includes the use of screens, air conditioning, or mosquito nets to enhance protection during sleep. 

Vaccinations and Health Precautions 
Prior to your journey, consult with a healthcare professional to ensure you are up-to-date on relevant vaccinations. Additionally, consider medications like antimalarials if your travels take you to regions where malaria is a concern. 

Environmental Hazards 
While exploring Brazil's diverse landscapes, be aware of potential environmental hazards. In the Amazon rainforest, for example, take precautions against encounters with wildlife and ensure you are well-prepared for the conditions you may face. 

Avoiding Stagnant Water Areas 
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Avoid areas with stagnant water, such as ponds or uncovered containers, to minimize mosquito breeding grounds and reduce the risk of exposure. 

Sun Protection Measures 
Beyond mosquitoes, Brazil's sun can be intense. Prioritize sun protection by using high SPF sunscreen, wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, long-sleeved clothing. Minimize sun exposure during peak hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Seek shade, especially in regions with high UV radiation levels. Stay hydrated to combat the effects of sun exposure. Carry a reusable water bottle and consume fluids regularly, particularly if your journey includes sunbathing on the best beaches in South America. 

Your Brazilian adventure is poised to be an extraordinary experience, filled with the wonders promised by Brazil tour packages and holiday adventures. By arming yourself with knowledge and taking preventative measures against mosquitoes and other hazards, you not only protect your well-being but also enhance the enjoyment of every moment. So, as you set forth to explore the best beaches in South America or traverse the captivating landscapes, let your journey be marked by awe and wonder, safeguarded by a commitment to your health and safety in this mesmerizing South American destination. 


Head out on a Brazilian adventure, where the infectious beats of samba intertwine with the allure of Brazil vacation packages and the promise of holiday adventures, calls for meticulous preparation. Amidst the excitement of cultural exploration and the anticipation of scenic wonders, prioritizing your health through vaccinations becomes an essential aspect of responsible travel. This detailed guide focuses on the importance of vaccinations, ensuring that your South America vacation packages not only promise captivating experiences but also provide a shield against preventable health risks. 

Understanding the Health Landscape 
Brazil, with its diverse ecosystems and vibrant culture, presents unique health considerations for travelers. As you plan your journey, it's crucial to be aware of the recommended vaccinations that can protect against prevalent diseases in the region. 

Essential Vaccinations 








  • Yellow Fever Vaccine: 
    Yellow fever is endemic in certain parts of Brazil. The yellow fever vaccine is not only recommended but often required for entry into specific regions. Ensure you receive this vaccine well in advance of your travel. 
  • Typhoid and Hepatitis A: 
    Protection against water and foodborne illnesses is paramount. Vaccines for typhoid and hepatitis A are recommended, particularly if your itinerary includes exploration in more rural or less developed areas. 
  • Hepatitis B: 
    Consider the hepatitis B vaccine if your travels involve extended stays, close contact with locals, or potential exposure to contaminated blood. This is especially relevant for healthcare professionals or those engaging in medical activities. 
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap): 
    Ensure your routine vaccinations, including Tdap, are up-to-date. Given the diverse environments you may encounter, protection against tetanus is crucial. 
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 
    Confirm immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella through vaccination or previous exposure. Outbreaks can occur, and maintaining immunity is essential. 
  • Meningococcal Vaccine: 
    Consider the meningococcal vaccine, especially if your travel involves close contact with large groups of people or crowded environments. 
  • Influenza Vaccine: 
    Depending on the timing of your travel, consider the influenza vaccine to protect against seasonal flu. Check with healthcare professionals for the most current recommendations. 

Timely Vaccination Planning 


  • Pre-Travel Consultation: 
    Schedule a comprehensive pre-travel consultation with healthcare professionals at least 4-6 weeks before departure. This allows for the administration of multiple doses if necessary. 
  • Routine Vaccinations: 
    Ensure routine vaccinations, including influenza, are up-to-date. This not only protects you but also aids in preventing the spread of common illnesses. 

Additional Health Precautions 



  • Mosquito Protection: 
    In addition to vaccinations, protect against mosquito-borne diseases by using repellents, wearing protective clothing, and sleeping under bed nets. 
  • Safe Food and Water Practices: 
    Adhere to safe food and water practices to minimize the risk of gastrointestinal illnesses. Consume bottled or treated water and opt for well-cooked food items. 

As you prepare for the immersive journey through Brazil, enriched by the rhythm of samba and the diversity of Brazil tour packages, meticulous attention to your health through recommended vaccinations is not just a precaution; it's a proactive step towards a safe and unforgettable adventure. This guide empowers you to embrace the beauty and culture of Brazil with confidence, ensuring that every moment of your South America vacation is marked by exploration and well-being. 


Do I need a visa? 
The government of Brazil has announced starting on June 17, 2019 the entry visa will be waived for citizens from the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. The British also do not require a visa. If you are from another country, check with your Brazilin Consulate in your country for visa requirements. 

Is my passport valid? 
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months following the end of your trip for entry into Brazil. If it expires sooner, you must get a renewal.You will also need a full blank page in your passport for stamps. 

Do I need any Vaccinations? 
Vaccinations for Measles and Yellow Fever are recommended for entry to Brazil. Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended if your itinerary will include the Amazon or Pantanal regions. Call the CDC Travelers’ Hot Line at 888-232-3228 or visit the website (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/). Most travelers take Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever & Tetanus. If traveling to the Amazon or Pantanal regions consider Malaria prophylaxis in addition to Yellow fever. 

When can I expect more details on my trip? 
On your balance payment, we will send you  Pre-departure materials, on month prior to your departure. 

When is my balance due? 
Your balance is due 30 days prior to departure for Va Expeditions. An invoice indicating your balance due will be sent with your pre-departure information. 

Will I be met at the airport? 
Yes, if you arrive according to schedule and have arranged n Airport Pick-up with us. Meeting instructions and local contact information will be provided with your Final Documents. 

Who books the local flights within Brazil? 
You can book the flights in conjunction with your international itinerary. Va Expeditions will provide you with an air schedule to best match your trip. We can also recommend a Latin American ticketing specialist to assist you with all your airline ticketing needs 

How much money should I bring? 
Depending on the length of your trip, plan to bring $300-600 per person for spending money, tips, taxi rides, additional visits and those meals not included in the itinerary. 

Should I bring cash or traveler’s checks? 
Cash is the easiest to exchange and most places accept US dollars. Credit or debit cards are also easy to use at most establishments. Be sure to check with your bank prior to your departure to inform them that you will be using your card in a foreign country. Traveler’s checks are less efficient and may take extra time and documentation to use. Find current exchange rates. 

Are ATM machines available? 
Yes. There are ATM machines in the main cities such as Rio, Salvador and Manaus. We recommend using the ones located inside some hotels, stores, restaurants or banks. Be cautious as some thieves may watch these machines and target tourists and others who take out large amounts of cash. Consult with your guide for safety recommendations on ATM’s or exchanging money. 

Is Brazil safe? 
We consider Brazil a safe destination. After many years operating trips to Brazil, our travelers have never experienced a problem with safety, whether in the cities or on rural tourist areas. You can review an updated Country information page from the US State Department’s website. 

What about theft? 
Petty theft in Brazil’s cities is not much higher than in any large city in the USA or Europe. Common sense is important. Use the safety deposit box at your hotel for your passport and extra money (carry only as much as you might spend each day) and leave jewellery and expensive items at home. 

What will the weather be like? 
Brazil is a tropical nation with warm temperatures moderated by altitude, sea winds, or polar fronts. Coastal cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Recife & Salvador are warm with daytime highs between 30-35°C. The southern In the Amazon temperatures above 35°C occur during the warmest months of October & November (average temperature is around 28-30°C), and the hottest part of Brazil is the northeast. See more about Brazil weather for temperatures & forecasts. 

How do I train for my trip? 
If you lead an active lifestyle (walking, cycling, swimming, tennis, etc. on a regular basis) you will be fine in Brazil. If you are planning a hiking trip, then some day hikes are recommended to get into shape. 

What about an emergency while traveling? 
Our guides are trained in first-aid. Depending on the circumstances, a vehicle, horse or helicopter may take an injured or ill person to the nearest medical facility. English-speaking doctors and clinics are available in all major cities (Rio, Manaus, Salvador, etc). 

Who will be my guide? 
We work with experienced local guides, with advanced qualifications in tourism, biology, native culture or other specialties. All speak excellent English and are knowledgeable, patient and fun to be around. On itineraries that visit several regions, you will be with a different local guide in each region. 

Is it safe to book with Va Expeditions? 
VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars. 

If I travel alone will I be charged a single supplement? 
Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone. 

Can the packages on the website be customized? 
Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information. 

Do you offer only multi-day packages or do you also offer day trips? 
Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need. 

Can I travel with children? Are there age restrictions? 
Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children. 

I have dietary restrictions Are there vegetarian or gluten-free options? 
Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs. 

What kind of support will I receive during my trip? 
All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number:  + 55 21 99735-7446. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: info@valenciatravelcusco.com 


Planning a trip to Brazil can feel intimidating. You may be sure where to start or what information is important to know before you visit. However, planning a trip doesn’t have to be stressful. It can be exciting and fulfilling and that’s why we are here. In general, the longer you book a trip to Brazil, in advance, the better, here are some pointers about how far in advance you should book your Brazil Vacation package. 

Before you leave home 
Check if you need a visa. First things first, check if you need a visa. Many countries do not need a visa and will be given a 90 days tourist visa on entry. Check with your local Brazilian consulate if you are unsure.  

Book your Flights 
Get online and find the best deals for your international flight to Brazil. Check the public holidays beforehand as fares rise during holiday periods.  

Plan your itinerary 
Planning your Brazil itinerary in advance with a Va Expeditions Trip designer will give you a better idea of how long to stay in each city and what is there to do in each one of them. 

Will you visit the south or the north? ¿Rio de Janeiro, Iguazú Falls, and Salvador, maybe? 

Plan tours and activities 
Also, booking your tours ahead avoids you having any disappointments or find that there is no availability.  

Book your accommodations 
Let us know what category of hotel you prefer and we will make the necessary reservations on your behalf. Especially around public holidays and carnival time, hotels can book out quickly and prices rise in general 

Learn a few basic words and phrases in Portuguese 
A little goes a long way and a few Portuguese words can make life a lot easier. Remember, that everyone does NOT speak English.  Bring a phrase book or language app to assist you. 

How long is recommend to book in advance? 
Remember that these are general guidelines, and flexibility in your travel plans can impact your ability to secure the best deals. Always monitor prices, sign up for fare alerts, and be aware of any major events that may affect availability and pricing for your vacations in South America. So, we say that 3 to 6 months in advance is probably the best time to reserve your Brazil trip. We can accept bookings up to a month in advance, however your chosen hotels may not be available, especially around festival time. Contact us at Va Expeditions if you would like to reserve your Brazil vacation package of a lifetime! .



A journey to Brazil promises an extraordinary adventure in a country known for its vast and diverse landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. From the lively streets of Rio de Janeiro to the expansive Amazon rainforest, a Brazil vacation package offers a myriad of experiences for every type of traveler. However, with its sheer size and an abundance of attractions, planning the perfect Brazil itinerary that captures the essence of Brazil requires thoughtful consideration. In this guide, we explore the diverse facets of Brazil, emphasizing the importance of crafting amazing Brazil tour packages to maximize your time and delve into the unique wonders this South American gem has to offer. 

  • City Exploration: If you plan to explore one or two major cities like Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, a week could be sufficient to cover key attractions, cultural sites, and local experiences. 
  • Amazon Rainforest: If you're interested in exploring the Amazon rainforest, consider dedicating at least a week. This allows time for wildlife excursions, nature hikes, and immersing yourself in the unique ecosystems of the region. 
  • Beaches: Brazil is famous for its beautiful beaches. If you want to relax on the beaches of destinations like Copacabana or Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro, or visit beach towns like Florianópolis, plan for additional days. 
  • Iguazu Falls: If you plan to visit the spectacular Iguazu Falls, which is on the border with Argentina, a few days would be sufficient to explore both the Brazilian and Argentine sides. 
  • Cultural and Historical Sites: Brazil has rich cultural and historical heritage, including colonial towns and historic sites. If you're interested in exploring these aspects, allocate additional time. 
  • Carnival or Major Events: If your trip coincides with major events such as Carnival, consider planning well in advance and allocating extra time, as these periods attract large crowds. 

Vacations in South America and a trip to Brazil unveil a world of wonders that span from the iconic beaches of Copacabana to the mysterious depths of the Amazon rainforest. The sheer size and diversity of Brazil make it essential to plan thoughtfully, your Brazil vacation packages and itineraries to ensure a focused and enriching experience... that’s where we come in! Whether you're drawn to the rhythms of Carnival, the natural beauty of Iguazu Falls, or the cultural richness of historic towns, a Brazil holiday adventure has something for every traveler. So, pack your bags, immerse yourself in the dynamic spirit of Brazil, and savor the memories of a Brazil tour package through one of the world's most captivating destinations. 


Setting out on a journey to Brazil, a country renowned for its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and diverse attractions, promises an unforgettable vacation experience. Whether you're exploring the Amazon rainforest, relaxing on pristine beaches, or immersing yourself in the pulsating energy of cities like Rio de Janeiro, meticulous preparation is essential. Tailoring your packing list to the nature of Brazil vacation packages, ensures a seamless and enjoyable trip. Here's a detailed guide to help you pack wisely, ensuring you make the most of your holiday in Brazil. 


  • Lightweight, breathable clothing for the warm climate. (depends on how many days you will be traveling) 
  • Underwear 
  • Swimsuits for beach activities. 
  • Comfortable walking shoes for tours and explorations. 
  • Sandals for casual outings. 
  • Light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. 
  • Hat and sunglasses for sun protection. 
  • Rain jacket or poncho for possible rain showers. 

Documents and Money 

  • Passport with at least six months validity. 
  • Visa (if required for your nationality). 
  • Travel insurance documents. 
  • Flight tickets and itinerary. 
  • Hotel reservations and contact information. 
  • Emergency contact list. 
  • Cash and credit cards (notify your bank of travel plans). 

Health and Safety 

  • Personal medications and a basic first aid kit 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. 
  • Basic toiletries. 
  • Prescription eyewear and contact lenses. 



  • Power adapter for Brazilian outlets. 
  • Camera or smartphone for capturing memories. 
  • Portable charger for electronics. 
  • Travel-friendly laptop or tablet (if necessary). 

Outdoor and Adventure Gear 

  • Daypack for excursions and tours. 
  • Water bottle for staying hydrated. 
  • Snorkel gear if planning water activities. 
  • Quick-dry towel for beach outings. 
  • Lightweight, compact rain cover for daypack. 


  • Travel-sized laundry detergent. 
  • Travel pillow for long journeys. 
  • Ziplock bags for organizing and protecting items. 
  • Small travel umbrella. 
  • Language guidebook or translator app. 


Optional Extras for Specific Activities  

  • Hiking boots for trekking adventures. 
  • Binoculars for bird watching. 
  • Wet wipes or hand sanitizer for cleanliness. 
  • Portable water filter for remote areas. 
  • Hat with a neck flap for intense sun exposure. 

As you embark on your Brazil adventure, a well-prepared packing list is your key to a hassle-free and enjoyable journey. From the sandy shores of Copacabana to the lush landscapes of the Amazon, being equipped with the right essentials enhances your ability to fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Brazil. Tailor your packing list to the specifics of your Brazil vacation package, ensuring you're ready for every adventure, cultural exploration, and relaxation opportunity that awaits. With careful planning, you're set to make lasting memories in this South American gem, where every moment promises a new and exciting experience. 


At VA Expeditions, we strive to provide our customers with exceptional travel experiences. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, leading to the need for cancellations. To ensure transparency and fair treatment for both our clients and our company, we have developed the following cancellation policy to ensure fairness and transparency: 

1. Cancellation Period: 

  • Cancellations made 60 days or more before the scheduled departure date will receive a full refund, minus any non-refundable fees. 
  • Cancellations made 30 to 59 days before the scheduled departure date will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to 40% of the total trip cost. 
  • Cancellations made 7 to 29 days before the scheduled departure date will result in a cancellation fee equivalent to 70% of the total trip cost. 
  • Cancellations made less than 7 days before the scheduled departure date or no-shows will result in a cancellation fee equivalent to 100% of the total trip cost. 


2. Cancellation Fees: 

Cancellation fees are calculated based on the total trip cost and will be deducted from any refund issued. 

3. Non-Refundable Fees: 

Certain costs associated with trip preparation, such as permit fees, accommodation deposits, and transportation expenses, are non-refundable. These will be communicated clearly to clients at the time of booking. 

4.Cancellations by us  

 Very rarely it is necessary to cancel holiday/flight arrangements and we reserve the right in our absolute discretion to do so. However, we will not cancel after the date the final balance of your holiday falls due unless your default in payment or we are forced to do so as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care. 

5. Refunds: 

Refunds, if applicable, will be processed within 15 business days of receiving a written cancellation notice. The refund will be issued in the original form of payment. 

6. Booking Modifications: 

Clients may request modifications to their bookings, subject to availability and additional fees where applicable. 

7. Force Majeure: 

We regret that we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where your package holiday is cancelled, curtailed, delayed or in any way changed or where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected in whole or part as a result of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken and amounting to 'Force Majeure'. Force Majeure does not constitute either change or cancellation by us and should be covered by your travel insurance. Such circumstances include but are not limited to, war, the threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity and its consequences, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks and pandemics, unavoidable and unforeseeable technical problems with transport for reasons beyond our control or that of our suppliers, closed or congested airports, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and other actual or potential severe weather conditions.  

8. Insurance: 

Clients are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance to cover unexpected events leading to cancellations. 

9. CreditNotes & Travel Discount Vouchers  

In circumstances where a Credit Note or a Travel Discount Voucher is issued by us, its validity will be for a defined time period as specified at the time of issue. Credit notes and Vouchers are strictly non-transferable and non-redeemable for a monetary refund at any point. Where the usage terms of a Credit Note are tied to a specific supplier, those terms will be communicated at the time of its issue. 

You can see a full explanation of our Terms and Conditions here: https://vaexpeditions.com/terms-conditions    

By booking a trip with VA Expeditions, clients acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this cancellation policy. This policy aims to provide clarity and fairness while maintaining the highest standards of service for our valued customers. For any queries or further clarification, please contact our customer service team at: Portal de Panes 123 C.C. Ruiseñores of. 306 -307 Cusco - Peru. Or contact us here.  


Brazil, a land of rhythm, diversity, and natural wonders, beckons travelers with its vibrant culture, sprawling cities, and awe-inspiring landscapes for their vacations in South America. This comprehensive guide is your roadmap to unlocking the magic of Brazil, offering insights and tips for planning your extraordinary holiday adventures through the largest country in South America. 

Understanding the Vastness of Brazil 
Brazil's sheer size and diversity demand thoughtful trip planning to fully appreciate its cultural richness and natural beauty. From the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the dense Amazon rainforest, Brazil invites you to explore its multifaceted tapestry on your Brazil tour package. 

Urban Marvels 
Start your Brazilian adventure packages in Rio de Janeiro, a city that pulsates with energy. Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, dance to samba beats in Lapa, and relax on the legendary beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. São Paulo, a metropolis of cultural delights and gastronomic wonders, offers contrasting urban experiences in South America. 

Amazon Rainforest 
For a journey into the heart of nature, venture into the Amazon rainforest. Manaus, situated on the banks of the Amazon River, serves as a gateway to the lush green expanse. Explore the rich biodiversity, embark on wildlife cruises, and engage with indigenous communities for an authentic Amazonian experience. 

Northeastern Charms 
The northeastern region, with its vibrant culture and stunning coastline, is a must-visit. Salvador, with its Afro-Brazilian heritage, invites you to explore historic Pelourinho. The beaches of Bahia and Pernambuco, like Porto de Galinhas, offer sun-soaked relaxation and are some of the best beaches in South America. 

Cultural and Carnival Extravaganza 
Brazil's cultural mosaic is showcased in its music, dance, and festivities. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of Brazil for an unforgettable experience. 

Carnival Magic 
Plan your vacations in South America to align with Brazil's world-famous Carnival, a spectacle of color, music, and dance. Rio de Janeiro and Salvador host some of the most exuberant celebrations, where samba schools and blocos take to the streets in a vibrant display of Brazilian culture. 

Colonial Treasures 
Explore Brazil's colonial history in cities like Ouro Preto and Paraty. Wander through cobblestone streets lined with baroque architecture, visit historic churches, and discover the tales of Brazil's past. 

Practical Tips for Trip Planning 

Best Time to Visit: 
Brazil's vastness means varied climates. Consider the seasons in the region you plan to visit. The dry season (May to September) is ideal for many destinations. 

Internal flights are efficient for covering long distances. Brazil's extensive bus network connects cities and regions. In cities, taxis and rideshare apps are convenient. 

Brazil offers a range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to budget hostels. Book in advance, especially during Carnival and other major events. 

Currency and Payments: 
The Brazilian Real (BRL) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas, but it's advisable to carry cash, especially in more remote regions. 

Portuguese is the official language. While English is spoken in tourist areas, learning a few basic Portuguese phrases can enhance your experience. 

Health and Safety: 
Check if any vaccinations are required before your trip. Brazil is generally safe, but take precautions in urban areas and be mindful of health guidelines, especially in the Amazon. 

As you plan your Brazil vacation package, envision a journey that embraces the country's contrasts — from the pulsating rhythms of Carnival to the serene beauty of the Amazon. Brazil invites you to explore, dance, and savor every moment of your holiday adventures. Let the warmth of Brazilian hospitality and the breathtaking landscapes create memories that linger long after your vacations in South America. 


Brazil, with its vibrant beach culture and diverse landscapes, invites families to embark on an unforgettable adventure. Planning a family trip involves selecting accommodations that cater to comfort and excitement. Explore family-friendly hotels and childcare options in three key destinations across Brazil. 

Rio de Janeiro 



  • Copacabana Palace 
    Situated on the iconic Copacabana Beach, Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro is a family-friendly luxury hotel that seamlessly integrates with Brazil tour packages. With spacious family suites and a range of amenities, including a dedicated kids' club, this hotel ensures a delightful stay for families. Childcare services are available, allowing parents to explore the wonders of Rio worry-free. 
  • Childcare Services in Rio de Janeiro 
    "Rio Kids Club" is a reputable childcare service in Rio de Janeiro, offering tailored programs for families. Whether you're exploring the vibrant city or relaxing on the beach, professional caregivers can ensure your children are in safe hands. 

Manaus (Amazon Rainforest) 

  • Juma Amazon Lodge 
    Nestled in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, Juma Amazon Lodge offers a unique family-friendly experience. This eco-lodge provides an immersive stay with activities like jungle hikes and wildlife spotting. Tailor-made Brazil vacation packages for families can include guided activities suitable for children. The lodge offers family bungalows and knowledgeable guides to enhance your Amazon adventure. 
  • Childcare Services in the Amazon: 
    Local guides at Juma Amazon Lodge often organize special activities for children, combining education and entertainment. From nature walks to interactive wildlife experiences, families can explore the Amazon together with the assurance of professional assistance. 


  • Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte 
    Located in Bahia, the Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte offers a family-friendly beachfront retreat. The resort features spacious accommodations, a kids' club with engaging activities, and childcare services. Families can enjoy the beautiful beaches of Bahia while ensuring a comfortable stay for everyone. 
  • Childcare Services in Bahia 
    "Bahia Babysitters" is a local childcare service catering to families staying in Bahia. Parents can explore the vibrant culture and beaches of Bahia, knowing their children are well taken care of by experienced babysitters. 

As you plan your family trip to Brazil, consider the diverse offerings of each destination. By choosing family-friendly hotels and reliable childcare services, you'll ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for every member of your traveling party. 


Embarking on a family-friendly journey through Brazil means not only exploring its vibrant culture but also savoring the delicious flavors the country has to offer. Here's a guide to some specific family-friendly restaurants across different regions of Brazil, ensuring your culinary adventure is as enjoyable as your explorations. 

Rio de Janeiro 



  • Churrascaria Palace 
    Churrascaria Palace in Rio de Janeiro offers a family-friendly setting with a traditional Brazilian churrasco experience. Families can enjoy a variety of grilled meats, including kid-friendly options, in a lively atmosphere. This restaurant aligns seamlessly with Brazil tour packages, providing an authentic culinary experience for all ages. 
  • Family-friendly Cafés in Rio de Janeiro 
    Explore the charming cafes in neighborhoods like Santa Teresa, such as "Café do Alto," offering a relaxed environment for families. These cafes provide a mix of Brazilian and international treats, making them ideal for a family break during your Central America travel adventures. 

Manaus (Amazon Rainforest) 



  • Banzeiro 
    Banzeiro in Manaus combines Amazonian flavors with a family-friendly atmosphere. This restaurant offers a diverse menu, including local fish and tropical fruits, creating a unique dining experience for families exploring the Amazon. It aligns well with Brazil vacation packages focused on culinary delights. 
  • Child-friendly Eateries in the Amazon 
    While exploring Manaus, visit "Amazon Beer," a family-friendly brewery and restaurant. With a relaxed setting and a menu featuring both Brazilian and international dishes, it provides a welcoming spot for families to unwind. 





  • Casa de Tereza 
    Casa de Tereza in Bahia offers a family-friendly dining experience with a focus on Bahian cuisine. Families can savor traditional dishes in a charming setting, creating a cultural and culinary experience for all ages. 
  • Child-friendly Seafood Joints in Bahia 
    Explore seafood joints like "Marisqueira Salvador" in Bahia, offering a family-friendly environment. Families can indulge in fresh seafood while enjoying the coastal atmosphere of Bahia during their Brazil vacation. 
  • Mercado Modelo Restaurants 
    When in Bahia, visit the Mercado Modelo, where various restaurants offer Bahian specialties. Families can sample local dishes like acarajé and seafood while exploring the vibrant market atmosphere. 

Foz do Iguaçu 



  • Bufalo Branco Steakhouse 
    Bufalo Branco Steakhouse in Foz do Iguaçu is a family-friendly restaurant known for its delicious Brazilian barbecue. The casual atmosphere and diverse menu make it an ideal spot for families after a day of exploring the breathtaking Iguazu Falls. 
  • Child-friendly Pizzerias in Foz do Iguaçu 
    Explore family-friendly pizzerias in Foz do Iguaçu, such as "Pizzaria Atlântico," offering a variety of pizzas suitable for both kids and adults. These pizzerias provide a relaxed setting for families to enjoy a casual meal. 

São Paulo 




  • Mocotó 
    Mocotó in São Paulo is a renowned restaurant offering traditional Brazilian dishes. Families can experience authentic flavors, including hearty stews and appetizing desserts. The restaurant's welcoming atmosphere makes it suitable for families exploring São Paulo's vibrant culinary scene. 
  • Child-friendly Italian Restaurants in São Paulo 
    São Paulo boasts excellent Italian restaurants perfect for families, like "Forno de Minas." These establishments offer a variety of pasta dishes and pizzas in a family-friendly setting. 
  • Vila Madalena Food Park 
    Visit the Vila Madalena Food Park, where numerous food trucks and stalls gather. Families can explore diverse culinary offerings in a lively atmosphere, allowing everyone to choose their preferred dishes. 

As you traverse Brazil with your family, these additional examples of family-friendly restaurants aim to enhance your travel experience, providing a delicious and enjoyable culinary journey. Brazil's diverse cuisine, from Bahian specialties to Brazilian barbecue, awaits your family's exploration! 


Brazil, with its vast landscapes and rich cultural experiences, is a playground for families seeking adventure and relaxation. Tailor your Brazil vacation package to include these top kid-friendly activities, ensuring an unforgettable journey for every member of the family. 

Rio de Janeiro 




  • Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car Ride 
    Take your family on a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. The panoramic views of the city and coastline create a breathtaking experience for kids and adults alike. This iconic attraction aligns seamlessly with Brazil tour packages, offering a memorable adventure. 
  • Tijuca National Park Jeep Tour 
    Explore the lush Tijuca National Park on a family-friendly jeep tour. Kids can marvel at the diverse flora and fauna of this urban rainforest while learning about Brazil's natural wonders. This adventure complements tour trip itineraries focused on nature and exploration. 
  • RioZoo Adventure 
    RioZoo offers a fun and educational experience for families. Kids can encounter a variety of animals native to Brazil, making it an ideal stop for families seeking both adventure and learning during their Brazil vacation. 

Manaus (Amazon Rainforest) 




  • Amazon Rainforest Boat Tour 
    Embark on a family-friendly boat tour through the Amazon Rainforest. Kids can spot exotic wildlife, including monkeys and tropical birds, while cruising along the Amazon River. This adventure aligns with adventure travel itineraries, providing an immersive experience for families. 
  • Visit to a Caboclo Village 
    Arrange a visit to a Caboclo village near Manaus. Kids can learn about the traditional lifestyle of the Amazon's indigenous communities, creating a cultural and educational experience for the whole family. 
  • Jungle Adventure at Juma Amazon Lodge 
    At Juma Amazon Lodge, engage your family in a jungle adventure. Kids can participate in guided nature walks, canopy tours, and wildlife spotting, immersing themselves in the unique ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest. 





  • Porto da Barra Beach Fun 
    Enjoy a day of sun and sand on Porto da Barra Beach in Bahia. Families can engage in beach activities, build sandcastles, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of one of Bahia's most famous beaches. 
  • Pelourinho Cultural Exploration 
    Explore the historic district of Pelourinho in Salvador, Bahia. Kids can immerse themselves in the vibrant culture, witnessing street performances, exploring colorful colonial architecture, and sampling local treats from street vendors. 
  • Elevador Lacerda Scenic Ride 
    Take a family-friendly scenic ride on the Elevador Lacerda, a historic elevator in Salvador. The breathtaking views of the city and the All Saints Bay provide a unique perspective of Bahia's landscape. 

Foz do Iguaçu 


  • Iguazu Falls Adventure 
    Explore the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls as a family. Guided tours allow kids to marvel at the sheer power and beauty of the falls, and adventurous families can take boat trips to feel the mist on their faces. 
  • Parque das Aves (Bird Park) 
    Visit the Parque das Aves, a bird park near Iguazu Falls. Kids can encounter a variety of colorful birds, butterflies, and even have the opportunity to interact with some friendly animals in a safe and educational environment. 
  • Macuco Safari Family Excursion
    Experience the Macuco Safari, a family-friendly boat trip on the Iguazu River. Kids can enjoy the thrill of getting close to the falls while learning about the local flora and fauna. 

São Paulo 




  • KidZania São Paulo 
    Immerse your kids in a unique role-playing experience at KidZania São Paulo. This interactive city allows children to try out different professions in a fun and educational environment, making it an ideal family-friendly activity in São Paulo. 
  • São Paulo Zoo Adventure 
    São Paulo Zoo offers a day of wildlife exploration for families. Kids can encounter a variety of animals, participate in educational programs, and enjoy the zoo's family-friendly atmosphere. 
  • Ibirapuera Park Bike Ride 
    Enjoy a family bike ride in Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo's largest urban park. Rent bikes and explore the scenic trails, visit playgrounds, and have a picnic, creating lasting memories for the whole family. 

As you craft your family-friendly Brazil vacation package, these additional examples of kid-friendly activities aim to create an exciting and well-rounded experience for every family member. Brazil's diverse offerings, from natural wonders to cultural explorations, promise unforgettable moments for you and your children. 


Brazil is a huge country with a wide range climates and mixed geography with an extensive coastline and an interior that is dominated by vast rainforest. Over the centuries, it has seen a wave of immigration from all over the world, giving it a rich and diverse culinary heritage that makes it a dedicated foodie’s heaven. Here are 10 of the most famous dishes that represent the culinary prowess of Brazil that you should look out for on your Brazil tour package. 

This Brazilian barbecue is representative of Brazil´s meat-eating prowess and you can be sure that they know how to grill their meat. Make your way to the nearest churrascaria wherever in Brazil you may find yourself. The Churrasco is actually more famous than the rodizio and is a big hit for birthdays or any type of celebration. You pay a fixed price and the waiters go around giving you different kinds of meat. Each chair has a sign that you can flip over, if you want more meat or not. The waiters are dependent on these signs and they won’t stop until you flip it to “no.” These Brazilian barbecues also include a buffet of vegetables, sushi, potatoes, rice, and the most typical carbs that are popular with Brazilians. Make sure you try a churrasco on any of our Brazil vacation packages. 

You have to try an acai bowl on your Brazil tour package. Brazil Just look for huge signs saying acai and treat yourself to a bowl of frozen berries with bananas and granola. It’s a refreshing break from all the meaty stuff you will be eating. In Brazil, acai is sold everywhere and they use some very sweet ingredients. Some even add gummy bears and sprinkles! In Brazil, Acai is presented as a super sweet snack even if all the acai restaurants say that it’s healthy. It’s not hard to find Acai as they are specialty restaurants in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The street cart acai adds an extra twist if you are looking for something different. 

This is the base ingredient of the world-famous caipirinhas. Cachaça is a distilled spirit made from fermented sugarcane and can be found everywhere in Brazil. This important drink is a must-try because, without cachacas, there simply won’t be any caipirinhas. If it’s your first time, I recommend you try cachaca without the fruity flavors to get to know what it really tastes like. Bear in mind it’s super strong! Try the caipirinha with passion fruit. It’s the most common fruit to mix with the cachaça in a Caipirinha which are sold on the streets and beaches of Brazil. Caipirinha is equivalent to Mexico’s margarita in terms of a popular tourist drink. Not everyone likes it but even so, you will still see everyone on the beaches having a sip. 

Canjica is traditionally served during winter festivals. But this sweet and simple dish can be found any time of the year. It’s made out of whole pieces of white corn and coconut milk. 

Cinnamon on top is also a popular choice. It’s honestly a bowl of happiness! Some also add cloves to their recipe, especially in the northeast of Brazil. Peanuts and condensed milk are also added for an extra spike. Brazilians really love sweets and you will notice that in every Brazilian food that you will eat while in the country. 

You will also find different variations of Canjica in other Latin American countries. It is similar to mazamorra in Peru. Canjica is also rich in fiber and protein. 

Farofa is basically fried tapioca flour. It doesn’t sound much but this Brazilian staple has an uncanny ability to absorb all flavors in a dish and is the accompaniment to any Brazilian meal. 

Brazilians always ask for it when eating in restaurants. It’s like they can’t eat anything without it!  Although it may be an acquired taste, it is certainly a favorite among local people and you should try it on your Brazil tour package. 

Feijoada is Brazil’s national dish, Feijoada is a hearty stew traditionally made out of beans and meat simmered with a variety of herbs and spices. Like farofa, feijoada is also present in every meal, in every household, in every buffet and in every Brazilian dish.  I’ve seen many local homes cook it differently. In Sao Paulo, they prepare it with meat while in Rio, they don’t put any extra protein. It’s fun to see how all families have their own feijoada recipe. This Brazilian food staple is a very crucial part of the Brazilian food culture and they always claim it’s not your usual Latin American beans and how to immerse yourself in true Brazilian culture during your South American vacation package. 

Originating from Bahia, this seafood stew prepared with diced tomatoes, onions, coriander and a dash of coconut milk, with an assortment of vegetables, and peppers, is a must try! 

Moqueca is always served hot. Try it with some rice or farofa and you will get up from the dining table feeling content. Actually, this is the first Brazilian food recommendation that Brazilians usually recommend to visitors to Brazil during their tour trip of Brazil. Some Brazilian families make moqueca with shrimp It is also sometimes served with plantains and white rice. Usually, a clay pan is the traditional way cooking of moqueca and is still really popular in Bahia and Salvador. 

Pao de Queijo 
The moment you land at any airport in Brazil, you will see the famous “Casa de Pao de Quiejo” which has many branches all over the country. It’s not the best pao de queijo in Brazil and the numerous local bakeries in Brazil do a much better job of pao de queijo. Pao de queijo translates to cheese bread in English. It is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Pao de Queijo is easy to find and can be enjoyed any time of the day as the perfect snack. Different areas offer different types of cheese fillings and some areas even include meat into the mix. Pao de queijo is served in cups in Brazil in small pieces of 12 and many Brazilians also make their own Pao de queijo at home. 

Pastel is a crispy, golden brown, fried pasty. Pastels are commonly filled with savory cheese and meat but if your sweet toothed, you can also find pastels are filled with chocolate and jam.  Pastel is eaten at any time of the day but is famously served in butecos (small bars). Every corner of Brazil has bakeries so it’s easy to find pastel. Brazilians love their bread! Pastel is the similar to an empanada, however the dough of the pastel is crispier than that of a traditional empanada. The  perfect snack on the go, during your Brazil vacation package. 

Made of eggs, sugar, and coconuts, quindim is a melt-in-your-mouth custard dessert that is devoured throughout the country. Quindim can be described as an egg custard and it’s commonly topped with coconut shreds. The word quindim is originally from The Republic of Congo. Brazil has a very long story with its African neighbor so they have shared cultures, customs and culinary dishes over the years. 

Brazil offers a rich and diverse culinary experience that reflects the country's cultural and geographical diversity. From the vibrant street food markets to the traditional churrascarias, Brazilian cuisine showcases a fusion of indigenous flavors, Portuguese influences, and African culinary traditions. The abundance of tropical fruits, fresh seafood, and the famous Brazilian barbecue contribute to a gastronomic adventure that captivates the taste buds of visitors. Exploring the local food scene is an integral part of any Brazilian vacation, providing a delightful journey through the country's culinary landscape and leaving a lasting impression of the unique and flavorful delights on your holiday adventures. 


There are many conflicting and hazy stories about the origin of cachaça.  In a certain way, we can consider that the Portuguese started it in the Madeira islands when they began distilling sugarcane juice.  One of the versions told is that the distillate was created in Pernambuco province when a slave, who travelled on the farm, left the “cagaça” which is the foam that was created on the top of an open vat of sugarcane juice.  The liquid fermented naturally and due to the natural fluctuations in temperature, evaporated and condensed, forming small drops of cachaça (“pingos”) in the roof of the farmhouse. The mildly pejorative term “pinga” was created in the popular imagination from this story.  

Brazil’s most famous cocktail, the caipirinha, is shaken and stirred all throughout the country, from beach front bars to the Amazon jungle. The caipirinha is a simple drink made with fresh lime juice, a heap of sugar and its most important ingredient: cachaça. Here is a short history of both the spirit itself and the cocktail. 

The fact that cachaça accompanied Brazilian history from the beginning, with the initiation of sugar in the country, then the growth into the territorial frontiers of Brazil, and finally arriving to the urbanization of the country.  Originally, cachaça was destined for slaves but gradually became a popular tipple throughout the country, turning into an important component of the national economy, and as a consequence, proliferated across all of the coast of Brazil. 

In the last few decades, important works have contributed to the revalorization of cachaça and its recognition as a national heritage.  In 1996, the president Fernando Henrique Cardoso legitimized cachaca as a “product typically of Brazil”, establishing criteria for its manufacturing and commercialization.  In 2012, a law conferred onto cachaça as “Heritage of Culture and History” in the state of Rio de Janeiro. 

So, now that cachaça is covered, let’s take a look at the cocktail itself. Traditional Caipirinhas are very simple to prepare, you simply mix lime juice, sugar, and cachaça. The best caipirinhas are a fine balance of the sweet and the acidic without the lime or sugar overpowering the other. The drink is made from relatively inexpensive ingredients, making it quite popular at beachside bars. Try a traditional caipirinha of lime first, then consider branching out to other flavors like strawberry, passion fruit, or the Brazilian cherry fruit pitanga. If cachaça turns out to be too strong, as it is for many non-Brazilians, then consider a caipiroska, the same drink made with vodka, as an alternative. 

The Caipirinha, (pronounced kai-pir-in-ya) and cachaça (pronounced cah-cha-za) are two words travelers to Brazil will quickly become familiar with. The specialty spirit of cachaça is integral not just to caipirinhas but to the very culture of the country. This liquor is distilled from fermented sugarcane and it is often compared to rum because it can be used as a substitute in some rum-based cocktails such as mojitos, daiquiris and cuba libres.  However, cachaça has its own distinctive flavor. It is also a fair bit stronger than rum, even though both spirits are made from sugar cane. Cachaça is distilled from the fresh-pressed juice which is where it differs from rum, which is typically made from the molasses of the sugarcane. 

Like any spirit, there are a number of options when it comes to buying cachaça, from incredibly cheap and guaranteeing a hangover, to refined, excellent options worth drinking on the rocks. Check with the local wine or spirits store to get a better feel for something in the right price and taste range. 


When considering things to do in South America, Brazil stands out as a vibrant and diverse destination that offers more than just stunning landscapes and cultural experiences. As part of your Brazil tour package, immerse yourself in the rich world of Brazilian cuisine by participating in culinary workshops and cooking classes. This article will guide you through some notable schools where you can enhance your culinary skills while savoring the flavors of Brazil. 

Culinary Classes 

Escola de Gastronomia Carême (Carême Culinary School) 
Located in Rio de Janeiro, Carême Culinary School provides a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of Brazilian cuisine. The school offers hands-on classes led by experienced chefs, allowing participants to master the art of preparing iconic Brazilian dishes. 

Cozinha Criativa (Creative Kitchen) 
Situated in São Paulo, Cozinha Criativa offers a variety of cooking classes for enthusiasts of all levels. From traditional Brazilian feijoada to exotic Amazonian dishes, participants can explore the diverse culinary landscape in a fun and interactive setting. 

Academia da Cachaça (Cachaça Academy) 
For those intrigued by Brazil's famous spirits, the Academia da Cachaça in Rio de Janeiro provides an immersive experience in crafting cocktails using the country's beloved sugarcane spirit. This adds a unique twist to your culinary journey. 

Instituto Franco-Brasileiro de Gastronomia (Franco-Brazilian Institute of Gastronomy) - Belo Horizonte 

Located in Belo Horizonte, this institute offers a fusion of French and Brazilian culinary techniques. Immerse yourself in the art of French patisserie and gourmet cuisine while embracing the influence of Brazilian flavors. 

Escola de Culinária Rosa Brasil (Rosa Brasil Culinary School) - Fortaleza
Discover the culinary treasures of Northeast Brazil at Rosa Brasil Culinary School in Fortaleza. From seafood delights to regional specialties like tapioca-based treats, participants can master the art of northeastern Brazilian cuisine. 

Le Cordon Bleu - São Paulo 
Bringing the renowned French culinary expertise to Brazil, Le Cordon Bleu in São Paulo offers a range of culinary programs. Participants can elevate their skills in a global culinary environment while exploring the dynamic flavors of Brazil. 

Senac Rio - Various Locations 
Senac, a well-known institution in Brazil, offers culinary courses across various locations. Dive into their workshops to explore the regional nuances of Brazilian gastronomy, from the Amazon rainforest to the Southern coasts. 

Incorporating Culinary Experiences into Brazil Tour Packages 
Brazil tour packages can be enriched by including culinary workshops as a key component of the itinerary. Not only do these experiences provide an authentic taste of Brazilian culture, but they also offer a chance to connect with locals and fellow travelers who share a passion for food. 

Cultural Immersion 
Culinary classes provide a hands-on approach to understanding the cultural diversity of Brazil through its cuisine. Participants gain insights into the historical influences that have shaped Brazilian food. 

Memorable Experiences 
Incorporating culinary workshops into Brazil vacation packages ensures that travelers leave with not just memories of sightseeing but also with newfound cooking skills and a deeper appreciation for Brazilian gastronomy. 

Local Connections Interacting with experienced chefs and fellow participants fosters a sense of community and allows travelers to forge meaningful connections, creating a more enriching travel experience. 

As you plan your Brazil vacation packages, consider adding a culinary twist to your adventure. Exploring the diverse cooking classes and workshops in Brazil is not only a delicious way to spend your time but also an opportunity to bring the authentic flavors of Brazil back home with you. Embrace the culinary diversity of this South American gem, and let your taste buds lead the way through an unforgettable journey of food and culture. 


When contemplating things to do in South America, Chile emerges not only as a destination for breathtaking landscapes but also as a haven for plant-based culinary delights. Elevate your Chile tour package by immersing yourself in the diverse and delectable world of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Here we will guide you through some of the best options for plant-based enthusiasts in Chile, ensuring a flavorful and memorable journey. 

Quinoa and Vegetable Caldillo 
A hearty and nutritious soup made with quinoa, a staple in Chilean cuisine, combined with an assortment of fresh vegetables. It's a comforting dish enjoyed across the country, especially during colder seasons. 

Pastel de Choclo (Vegetarian/Vegan Version) 
A traditional Chilean corn pie, Pastel de Choclo typically includes ground beef. However, vegetarian and vegan versions replace the meat with a mix of vegetables, creating a savory and satisfying alternative. 

Humitas are steamed or boiled maize cakes filled with a mixture of grated corn, sautéed onions, and various herbs. These delectable treats offer a taste of Chilean culinary heritage with a vegetarian twist. 

A spicy salsa-like condiment, pebre adds flavor to various dishes. Typically made with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, and chili peppers, it serves as a delightful accompaniment to bread or roasted vegetables. 

Vegan Empanadas 
A popular street food, empanadas are filled pastries that often contain meat. In Chile, you can find vegan versions filled with a delicious mix of vegetables, black beans, and spices, providing a satisfying on-the-go option. 

Ensalada a la Chilena 
A refreshing Chilean salad featuring sliced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. It's a simple yet vibrant side dish that perfectly complements many main courses, offering a burst of fresh flavors. 

Porotos Granados 
Porotos Granados is a comforting stew made with cranberry beans, corn, pumpkin, and various herbs. This wholesome and filling dish reflects the agricultural richness of Chile. 

Cazuela de Verduras 
A vegetable stew with potatoes, pumpkin, corn, and a variety of other vegetables, Cazuela de Verduras is a comforting and flavorful option for those seeking plant-based delights. 

Papas Rellenas 
Indulge in Papas Rellenas, deep-fried mashed potato balls filled with a savory mixture of vegetables, spices, and sometimes vegan cheese. This popular street food provides a delightful burst of flavors and textures, making it a must-try during your Chile tour package. 

Choclo con Queso 
Grilled corn on the cob paired with a slice of vegan cheese. This simple yet satisfying snack showcases the sweetness of Chilean corn combined with the creaminess of vegan cheese alternatives. 

Palta Reina 
A royal dish for avocado lovers, Palta Reina features a halved avocado filled with a mix of vegan mayo, corn, peas, and sometimes vegan protein, creating a refreshing and filling salad. 

Chorrillana Vegana 
A plant-based take on Chile's beloved comfort food, Chorrillana Vegana replaces the meat with vegan protein, sautéed onions, and a generous serving of crispy french fries, making it a hearty and indulgent option. 

Locos con Mayonesa (Vegan Version) 
Locos, a type of sea snail, are traditionally served with mayo in Chile. The vegan version substitutes sea snail with hearts of palm or another plant-based alternative, offering a unique and sustainable twist. 

Acelga a la Chilena 
A traditional Chilean dish featuring Swiss chard cooked with onions, garlic, and spices. Acelga a la Chilena showcases the simplicity of ingredients while delivering robust and comforting flavors. 

Experience the savory or sweet Chilean dumpling, Chapalele, made from grated raw potatoes and flour. The savory version often includes herbs and is typically served with pebre, providing a unique and flavorful addition to your Chile tour package. 

Vegan Ricoletas are a Chilean adaptation of the popular meat-filled croquettes. This plant-based version is filled with a mixture of vegetables and spices, offering a crispy and flavorful bite. 

As you plan your Chile tour package, tantalize your taste buds with the diverse and delicious world of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. From savory street foods to traditional dishes with plant-based twists, Chile offers a spectrum of options for plant-based enthusiasts. Embrace the plant-powered flavors of Chile, allowing your culinary journey to be as vibrant and diverse as the landscapes that surround you in this South American culinary gem. 


Despite excellent cuisine being in abundance in Brazil, there are few haute cuisine, top-end restaurants. Many restaurants draw from Brazil’s eclectic cultural background, yet arguably, the best ones make the most of the abundant local ingredients that grow natively in Brazil. Here is our pick of Brazil’s best restaurants. 

Sao Paolo 




  • D.O.M 
    Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Fusion, Brazilian, Vegetarian 
    You can’t go wrong with a two-Michelin-star restaurant when it gets to quality cuisine. D.O.M is in São Paulo and is led by world renowned chef, Alex Atala. The key to the restaurant’s appeal is the local touch, shunning the usual exclusive ingredients of caviar and truffle sauce, Atala seeks out food native to Brazil, in particular drawing from the Amazon’s ample supply of incredible food products. Expect unusual pairings, superb wine, sublime service, and dedicated waiters at this upscale establishment. 
  • Mani 
    Restaurant, Brazilian, South American, Contemporary. 
    Being the financial hub and the largest city in Brazil, it’s unsurprising that São Paulo has some of the country’s finest restaurants. Mani is one of them, with its original and creative menu that embraces contemporary innovation and brings out the best in local, native ingredients. Try the taster menu paired with wine, while the waiters expertly reel off flavorsome recommendations. Be sure to make a reservation, this restaurant fills up quickly! 
  • Fogo de Chão 
    Fogo de Chão in Sao Paolo has come to represent the classic Brazilian barbeque, and offers a unique dining experience that allows guests to sample the best of Brazilian meat. Waiters, glide through the restaurant carrying huge skewers of meat, stopping at each table to offer the various food choices to diners. Meat options range from beef to the classic picanha cut, to chicken, pork, lamb, and chicken hearts, the latter a Brazilian delicacy. There is also an ample salad and pasta bar to accompany the all-you-can-eat service. 

A Figueira Rubaiyat 


  • Restaurant, Mediterranean, Seafood 
    It’s the décor that is the first impacting aspect of this Sao Paolo dining experience. Built around a large, ancient fig tree, the restaurant continues that natural vibe with a sweeping wooden terrace and wooden furniture, creating an Amazon-esque scene. Yet the décor doesn’t take away from the delicious flavors of the restaurant’s cuisine, which serves hearty feijoada, tender steaks, and fresh seafood. 

Rio De Janeiro 


  • Olympe 
    The nearby serene lake Lagoa in Rio de Janeiro sets the scene for this luxurious restaurant. The chefs expertly mix French classics with Brazilian native ingredients to create sublime dishes with explosive flavor combinations. Highlights on the menu include duck magret with passion fruit, and the quail with onion and raisin manioc farofa. Try the three- or four-course menu to try a wider range of its offerings, and rely on the waiters’ expert knowledge of wine pairings. 
  • Aprazível 
    Contemporary, Brazilian 
    Wooden decking, breath-taking views, and the bohemian vibe of Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro, create a relaxing atmosphere for a sublime dining experience at this Brazilian restaurant in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. The food is all home-made and draws from locally-produced ingredients with the occasional unusual yet wonderful addition such as duck, goat, and lamb. Try the caipirinhas that use locally-made cachaca for a smooth, lifting drink. 
  • La Madre Ristorante 
    Brazilian, Seafood 
    Located in the north of the country in Belem, La Madre Ristorante is a French-inspired restaurant that makes the most of local, Amazonian ingredients. One of the main highlights on the menu is the prawns which are fresh and complemented with great food pairings. The steak is another accomplished option and comes served with an unusual yet delicious banana farofa. 



Found intertwangled between Brazil’s massive cities, lies kilometers of land which is a mix of sprawling farmland, mountain ranges, and mighty forests. There are actually 69 national parks in Brazil to visit on your adventure packages, featuring impressive rock formations and an extraordinary collection of flora and fauna. Not all of the parks are open to the public but the ones that are open, are definitely worth a visit. Here are 10 of the most impressive national parks in Brazil to include on your Brazil vacation package. 

Iguaçu National Park 
The most visited national park in Brazil, Iguaçu can be found on the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. It is famous of course for the massive expanse of waterfalls, one of the largest system of cascades in the world. Visitors can explore the waterfalls on foot by following the wooden decking that meanders through the different falls or by taking a boat trip or even a helicopter ride. There is also a bird park which has several conservation projects and explains all about the endemic bird species. This impressive park is worth the visit to witness the stunning beauty of the falls and is well-worth get “on” the beaten track for the experience on your holiday adventures. 

Chapada dos Veadeiros 
Located in the state of Goias, Chapada dos Veadeiros features out of this world quartz formations, a number of waterfalls, and impressive biodiversity with spectacular flora and fauna. Among the wildlife who call this park home are jaguars, armadillos, and guara wolves. One of the most visited natural attractions is the Pedreiras Waterfall that has a pool in front for cooling down and relaxing after a hard day exploring in the heat.  

Lençois Maranhenses National Park 
Located in the state of Maranhão in the northeast of Brazil, Lençois Maranhenses is one of the most striking national parks in Brazil. The entire park is made up of enormous, rolling sand dunes that stretch out as far as the eye can see and the crevices in between the dunes fill up with water during the rainy season. The result is a breath-taking landscape of white sand and contrasting deep blue pools. The best time to visit is between July and September when the lakes are present. The park can be explored on foot, 4×4 vehicles, or even on horseback as part of your Brazil adventure packages. 

Chapada Diamantina 
Located in Bahia, Chapada Diamantina is one of the most stunning natural parks in Brazil. It’s most famous for the Poço Encantado and the Poço Azul, large underground caves that are filled with crystal blue water that is so clear, that the pools appear empty. The park itself also contains some striking rock formations, waterfalls, and intriguing caves. The Cachoeira da Fumaça (the Smoke Waterfall) is the most famous fall in the park and the highest in Brazil. It’s so high that the water turns into a cloud of mist before it reaches the ground. 

Pantanal National Park 
The largest and most famous wetland in the world, the Pantanal National Park is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in Brazil. Wildlife-lovers will be in their element in the Pantanal, with opportunities to spot incredible species such as black howler monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, and hundreds of caimans, making it the best place for nature in South America. There are several guided tours in this area as well as eco-lodges for sustainable accommodation options. 

Serra dos Órgãos Nacional Park 
The Serra dos Órgãos National Park is a large mountain range close to Rio de Janeiro. The rocky peaks are covered in the Atlantic Forest and are the home of some excellent and challenging hikes. It’s a popular spot with mountaineers who enjoy the rock climbing coupled with stunning views. The park contains 10 peaks over 2,000 meters high, the most famous being Dedo de Deus (God’s Finger), so called as it looks like a large finger pointing into the sky. 

Jaú National Park 
Located in Amazonas in the northwest of Brazil, Jaú is the largest forest reserve in all of South America and is made up of dense, thick, rainforest.  The park contains three major rivers; the Jaú river, the Unini river, and the Carabinani river, that flow into the Rio Negro. Over 400 species of plants have been recorded here as well as over 260 species of fish, making it one of the most biologically rich areas of Brazil and an eco- travelers perfect adventure package. 

Anavilhanas National Park 
Found in the Amazon Forest, the Anavilhanas National Park protects over 400 islands on the Rio Negro. As well as promoting sustainable tourism all year round, it is a vitally important area of scientific research and conservation. The park is home to several significant forest and lake ecosystems which support various animal species, including the giant otter, the Amazon river dolphin, the giant anteater, the jaguar, and the giant armadillo. 

Chapada dos Guimarães 
The Chapada dos Guimarães is rich in a diversity of natural attractions including several waterfalls, expansive canyons, and impressive bio diversity. One of its most notable features is the well-preserved cave paintings that remain inside some of the caves. Endemic wildlife includes anteaters, deer, and the elusive maned wolves amongst others. 

Itatiaia National Park 
The oldest national park in Brazil, Itatiaia is home to a number of Brazil’s highest mountains. The two tallest peaks include Agulhas Negras and Prateleiras the former requiring mountaineering experience from those wanting to scale its peak. With over 350 species of birds recorded here, it is an ornithologists dream and the perfect spot for sighting rare species on your Brazil adventure packages  in South America. 




You can explore Brazil adventure packages through trekking, mountain-biking, horseback riding, surfing, kite-surfing, hang-gliding, sailing, scuba diving and a lot more, for beginners and experts alike. This all takes place in an enormous variety of landscapes, from the lush tropical mountains along the coast to the dunes and deserts of the North and, of course, the world’s largest tropical rainforest. From an adventure in the Amazon jungle, to the blue caves of the Chapada Diamantina National Park, these are all classic Brazil destinations where adventure lovers will be completely in their element. Ecotourism and wildlife trips are exciting and adventure is abundant in this expansive country. There are many unknown places begging to be explored. On your Brazil vacation package! 

Explore the Pantanal Wetlands 
While the Amazon gets most of the attention for adventure destinations in Brazil there are other areas that offer a stunning level of biodiversity as well. For instance, the Pantanal is one of the largest wetland regions in the entire world, featuring a dizzying array of both flora and fauna. Covering more than 55,000 square miles, the region is home to more than 1000 species of birds, over 400 fish and reptiles, as well as 300 different mammals. Eco-lodges are common in the area, allowing visitors to explore portions of the wetlands, savanna, and rainforest that all come together to create the Pantanal.  

Visit the Amazon 
There are few destinations on the planet that conjure up clearer images of adventure than the Amazon Rainforest. Both a massive river and jungle, the Amazon is home to some of the most unique and distinct plant and animal life on the planet, making it an easy destination to recommend to travelers who want to experience nature in South America. Brazil vacation packages provide some of the best access to the rainforest with the city of Manaus serving as a gateway to the region itself. Take a boat or canoe out onto the Amazon River to spot the legendary river dolphins that frequent the area or spend a night at a local eco-lodge to experience the forest first hand. Of course, no visit to Manus is complete without dropping by the legendary Opera House as well.  

Hike in The Lençois Maranhenses National Park 
Brazil is full of unique destinations that make the top adventure travel itineraries in Brazil. The location of the Lençois Maranhenses National Park is in the northeastern region of the Maranhão state. This particular park is mainly known for its spectacular sand dunes present in the Preguiças River banks and also the lagoons. The trek through the park is of the moderate level so most people will be able to take part in it. You can also swim in the freshwater pools. The place is great to take photos due to its magnificent geography and you can also check out the nearby fishing village of Atins and the community of Baixa Grande on your Brazil vacation package. 

Go Diving and Snorkeling on Fernando de Noronha 
Just off the northeast coast of Brazil is an archipelago by the name of Fernando de Noronha. Made up of 21 small islands, this beautiful destination is a national marine sanctuary and one of the best places to go diving and snorkeling in Brazil. Highlights include deep canyons, several shipwrecks, and a wild dolphin colony that stays permanently rooted to the area. You'll also spot rays, turtles, reef sharks, and countless other colorful tropical fish that call the region home. The pristine waters often offer visibility to more than 50 meters in depth, which only helps to enhance your holiday adventures even further.  

Surf Florianópolis 
Blessed with an abundance of coastline, Brazil is an excellent place to go surfing for both experts and beginners alike. Few places can compare to the town of Florianópolis however, where you'll find excellent swells all year round. The region offers 42 different beaches, each with its own distinct culture and feel, allowing you to find the place that best suits your level of experience and vibe. Beginners will find plenty of places to rent gear and get lessons, while the more advanced surfers should head to Joaquina Beach to test their skills. Either way, the results will be the same. A wholly fulfilling surf experience paired with excellent restaurants and a thriving nightlife on your adventure packages. This is Brazil after all.  

As you can tell, there are a lot of diverse things to do on your holiday adventures in Brazil. The country is large, diverse, and filled with amazing travel opportunities. So, if the glitz and glamour of Rio are too much, head out to one of these more remote destinations for a different kind of experience for your vacations in South America. 



Half dance and half martial art, capoeira is an integral aspect of Brazil culture and has been slowly spreading across the world in popularity. The dance movements and the traditional music involved in capoeira is a captivating experience, making it a must-see activity on your Brazil vacation package. Here is an introduction to Brazilian capoeira, its origins and history. 

Like many customs and traditions in Brazil, especially in northern Brazil, capoeira has deep rooted African influences due to the slave trade. Africans forced into slavery and brought to Brazil to work on sugar and coffee plantations were restricted in their ability to express their own traditions and customs and they were prohibited to perform any style of sparring or martial arts. The intermingling of African tribes on the plantations and in escaped slave colonies lead to new traditions being formed and the rise of a different, Afro-Brazilian identity. Capoeira was born out of African and Brazilian cultures coming together, as well as from the need to create a form of self-defence without the actual appearance of fighting. The dancing and fluidity of movement in capoeira was designed to hide the combative movements of a martial art. Instead of a sparring fight, capoeira looks like acrobatic dancing, but hidden in the dance are a variety of martial arts moves, including punches and slaps, body throws and feints, kicks and headbutts. These martial art movements were disguised by the dance so that slaves wouldn’t be discovered or punished for training the martial art. 

Capoeira is practiced in the formation of a circle called the roda, within which two or more capoeiristas practice the martial art. There are also specific musical instruments and music that accompany capoeira including the berimbau, the pandeiro and the atabaque. The berimbau is an instrument with a single string and has its origins from Africa. This instrument dictates the speed of the capoeira within the circle. The pandeiro is a tambourine instrument that accompanies the main beat of the capoeira music that comes from the atabaque, or the drum. These simple hand-made, beautiful instruments, combined with the voices of the members of the roda, create a unique sound reminiscent of the African roots of capoeira. 

Africans who were captured and taken to Brazil as slaves, frequently tried to rebel against their captivity and capoeira was one of their most important developments. It began as a means of self defence, allowing slaves to practice fighting without looking like it. During the 1800s the abolitionist movement and the popularity of capoeira grew among blacks, and finally in 1888 the Lei Áurea was signed, ending slavery in Brazil. Though this was a pivotal moment for slaves, the blacks as well as indigenous people of Brazil were still often discriminated against and they turned to capoeira for self-defence. This was a difficult time in the country and people who practiced capoeira were often hired to take out the members of rival political parties, creating a perpetual cycle of violence that led capoeira to be banned. 

Capoeira remained taboo until 1932, when Manuel dos Reis Machado, better known as Mestre Bimba, persuaded the Brazilian authorities to allow him to open a capoeira school. Mestre Bimba was a pivotal figure in the resurgence of capoeira as a martial art form and not a means of criminal activity. He was also responsible for developing a new, more objective style of training. 

Today capoeira is practiced around the world, and it is known for creating increased body awareness as well as mental agility. Capoeiristas benefit from faster reflexes as they learn how to create graceful, impactful movements through this martial art. They maintain healthy fitness habits, and it is an activity that can be – and is – practiced by people of all ages and gender. Definitely consider trying a capoeira class on your vacations in South America. It will be a unique and authentic way to connect to Brazil´s history and culture during your Brazil holiday adventures. 


Samba music and dance lie at the very heart of Brazilian culture. It’s a dance that connects Brazilians and a rhythm they can all relate to. Although some may be better than others, it’s a dance for everyone and begins with a few simple steps. Get this right and you’re half way there. Practice alone and you’ll get the hang of it in no time. Don’t worry if you haven’t quite cracked it, there will usually be an eager, Brazilian at any Samba party who will be more than happy to show you the moves.  

Musical Prowess 

What many travelers to Brazil don’t realize is that samba music is a wide-range genre, much like jazz. There are many types of samba music and dance to experience, from slow and swingy to upbeat and electric (think Carnival music). Around the 1920s the now-famous samba schools began to form and practise the music and dance, to perform at the Carnival parades. Over the years the popularity of the Carnival-style samba music grew, along with the extravagance of the costumes and parades. 

Learning samba 

To learn and understand samba, you don’t need an extravagant costume or over-the-top parade. You simply need a willingness to learn the rhythm and loosen up a little. One way to learn to samba like a local, is to take classes at a dance studio during your Brazil vacation package. These are easy to find throughout Brazil, and samba beginners should try a few classes at different studios to find the right fit. Dance teachers are usually warm and welcoming to newcomers trying to learn one of Brazil’s important cultural dances. 

Samba Schools 

The other option is to dive in headfirst by heading to the actual samba schools and joining in on one of their rehearsals for the Carnival. These are often held late at night and can be overwhelming for those unprepared for the exertion, intense energy and music. To find the samba schools and their practise times it’s best to ask a local. Get a head start on understanding samba sounds of the Carnival, by heading to the rehearsals and asking around for the best samba beats. 

Possibly the best Samba Schools are in the samba capital of Rio de Janeiro. Here are some recommended samba schools in Rio to check out on your holiday adventures in Rio. 


The samba class with rdj4u comes as a package and is specifically designed with visitors in mind. Students learn either samba or forró, as well as their significance in Brazilian history. After the class, students go out with the teacher to Rio Scenarium, one of Brazil’s best-known nightclubs, to practise their moves in a real-life setting. The three-storey building is lavishly decorated inside with antiques and vintage objects, and famously hosts established Brazilian singers and bands for unforgettable nights of national genres. These classes are an excellent way to meet fellow travelers, and they set the scene for a memorable night out on your vacations in South America. 

Rio Samba Dancer  

With lessons in English, Rio Samba Dancer tailors its classes to target travellers eager to learn samba. Lessons include social outings for individuals, couples or groups. The course begins by learning the basic footwork of samba, before taking students on a night out to a samba club in Lapa to test out their newly acquired skills. 

Jaime Aroxa  

Regarded as one of the best dance schools in Rio de Janeiro, Jaime Aroxa provides four separate studios and teaches samba, forró, tango, and bolero, among several other types of dance. Jaime Aroxa is one of Brazil’s most famous professional dancers, and all the staff are trained under his guidance. The classes all take place in the evening in Botafogo, renowned for its bustling nightlife scene, so students can practise their moves during the lesson and then try them out at a nearby dance bar or club. 


Rio de Janeiro has always been Brazil's top destination for tourists on Brazil vacation packages, but the city burst into the international spotlight in 2016 with the Olympic Games being held there. Rio offers a lot more than the sun-kissed beaches for which it's globally famous and taking a selfie with Christ the Redeemer. From sampling authentic Brazilian food in some of the country's best restaurants to getting away from the bustle of the city to get back to nature, there are many adventures activities to do in Rio all year round. 

The Beaches 

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its stunning beaches, whether you hit the crowded shores of Copacabana and Ipanema with a caipirinha in hand, or sample a skewer of grilled Coalho cheese, or visit the quieter beaches like Leblon, to the west of Ipanema, with a book in hand. Alternatively, you could choose Barra de Tijuca, where many 2016 Olympics events took place. 

These are the beaches in the city itself, though, just a little further afield are the more remote sun and surf spots just outside of Rio de Janeiro's city center to experience. Located about 20 km west of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, inside a nature reserve, Praia de Grumari is cleaner and quieter than those inside the city. Meanwhile, the beaches in the resort town of Búzios, located about two and a half hours east of Rio, provide an even more secluded escape from the city crowds on your Brazil vacation package. 

Visit Christ the Redeemer 

No trip to Rio de Janeiro is complete without a visit to Christ the Redeemer, imitating the giant Jesus pose, with your arms outstretched and a cheesy grin on your face.  If you plan a trip up the Corcovado hill to Rio's most iconic viewpoint, book your Christ the Redeemer tickets online in advance to avoid the queues. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is a truly remarkable feat of sculpture and architecture. Accessible by a 10-minute train ride and a short climb up 220 steps to the foot of the statue, Christ the Redeemer looks over Rio and the mountaintop provides impressive views over the city, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. A Must for your holiday adventures in Brazil. 

Go green in the Rio Botanical Garden 

Rio de Janeiro is one of the best places in the world to catch some sun, of course but if you are looking for some shade, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, sits in the western part of the city not far from Leblon Beach and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Filled with shady palm trees and sprawling ponds covered with lily pads, the park is home to more than a few mischievous monkeys and other species and is the perfect place to escape the heat for a day on your Brazil your package. 

Check Out the Portuguese Architecture 

Rio de Janeiro is famous for the sky-scraping modern hotels that line them; however, Rio is also home to historical Portuguese-colonial architecture. You can take a short walk from the Lapa Arches to Santa Teresa, which is one of Rio de Janeiro's most historical neighborhoods. In addition to colorful buildings, the historic streetcars that run through Santa Teresa almost make you feel like you're in Portugal. After you're done exploring the city streets, you can take a break by ascending to the rooftop of the Santa Teresa Hotel for sunset cocktails and look over his stunning neighborhood. 

Discover Rio's Underrated Downtown 

The Lapa Arches form part of the Carioca Aqueduct that once delivered drinking water to the residents of Rio and form part of Rio de Janeiro's underrated downtown. Take a half- or full-day tour trip away from the beach to appreciate the beauty of this inland neighborhood. Other worthwhile attractions include the colorful Escadaria Selarón staircase and the Theatro Municipal, whose fascinating architecture is reminiscent of a European capital. 

Eat at a Churrascaria 

If an acai breakfast doesn't fill you up, or you've worked up an appetite wandering around the colorful Rio streets, stop for lunch or dinner at one of Brazil's famous grilled meat restaurants known as “churrascarias”. There are as many excellent churrascarias in Rio de Janeiro as there are bright red umbrellas on Ipanema Beach, but for a truly special experience, head to Copacabana's Churrascaria Palace. You can choose beef or pork, or a fabulous salad bar for sides or save room for dessert. However, you choose to dine, this carnivore’s delight serves the best of everything you can imagine in Rio.  

Take a Hike 

Whether you spend a few days in Rio or a few weeks, you should take advantage of the hills and mountains that surround the city. The most popular spot for hiking is Morro dois Irmãos, to the west of the city, overlooking Leblon and Ipanema beaches. The trail up to this viewpoint is steep but only takes about an hour to climb and is very much worth the effort. Other popular hikes in Rio de Janeiro include Pedra da Gávea and Pedra do Telégrafo, where you can take impressive photos of the views and abyss-like drop below. 

Running in Rio 

One of the most refreshing things about the beaches of Rio de Janeiro is that you see bodies of all shapes and sizes on the beach. Whether you are fully kitted out with a beach body or not, we can all make an effort to get a little fitter! Kilometers of well-maintained sidewalks line Rio de Janeiro's white-sand beaches, which make them the perfect place to go for a run, jog, or walk, especially during the beautiful sunrise and sunset hours. There are also several outdoor gyms and a number of opportunities to play beach sports. If you're looking for a way to stay active while enjoying the best  beaches in Soth America, stop off at one of these outdoor gyms to get a little more active during your trip to Rio. 

Garota de Ipanema 

Brazilians have made countless contributions to worldwide art and culture, but few songs are as associated with Rio de Janeiro as "The Girl from Ipanema," made famous by Astrud Gilberto in 1963. Legend has it that the song was written by two patrons sitting in Garota de Ipanema, a popular snack bar located just a few blocks from the beach in a residential part of Ipanema. Even today, you might come here for the bites and beer, rather than the Bossa Nova both of which are on offer.  

Visit Sugarloaf Mountain  

The Pão do Açúcar, Sugarloaf Mountain rises high over Rio de Janeiro and is one of the city's most stunning and iconic landmarks and included on most Brazil travel itineraries. You can look down on it from the Corcovado or up at it from the Copacabana beach, this ever-present marvel on the Rio skyline is in most postcard pictures. You can take a ride on a cable car to the top of the Sugarloaf to watch the sunset. Arrive a few hours before the sun goes down so that you have time to walk around Urca, the underrated and very local neighborhood that surrounds the cable car station. 

See the sunset from the Arpoador 

Whether you're afraid of heights or simply don´t have the time to take the Sugarloaf cable car to the top of the mountain before the sun sets, there's another great place to catch the final rays of sunshine, just a few steps from both Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Known simply as Arpoador, this rocky peninsula juts out into the sea between Rio's main beaches and offers a beautiful view over Ipanema and Leblon, with Morro dois Irmãos towering in the background. 

Visit the biggest football stadium in the world - The Maracanã 

It's no secret that Brazil is famous for its football and has been a leader in world football even before the 2014 World Cup. In fact, you can see this almost everywhere you look in Rio because it's more than just the national sport of Brazil, it's a lifestyle. People play football on Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the people of Rio wear strips of their favorite football players and games are always playing on televisions in bars and restaurants across the city. One way to discover this on a deeper level is to take a tour of Maracanã Stadium, Rio's enormous football venue or try and catch a match when the local teams Flamengo, Fluminense, Vasco do Gama or Botafogo are playing for the most immersive and downright fun experience on your Brazil holiday adventures. 

Take a Favela Tour 

If the only idea you have of the favelas that exist through Rio is the 2002 film "City of God," then you probably have a different idea than the actuality. Although poverty and violence does exist in these places, most of the people who call them home are simply trying to build a better life for themselves and their children. One increasingly lucrative way for them to do this is to invite touristic visits to the favelas.  You should be careful when choosing a favela tour as some of these tours focus heavily on drinking and partying, which can leave you vulnerable if something should happen, however these types of favela tours don't give much or any money to the communities they visit. When in doubt, speak with the receptionist or concierge at your hotel in Rio and ask him or her to recommend a decent tour trip. 

Visit Brazil´s Museum of Contemporary Art  

Oscar Niemeyer was a visionary architect and one of the most influential figures not only in the construction of 20th century Brazil but in the world as a whole. In fact, he was responsible for many structures in Brasilia, the country's meticulously planned capital. If you want to see his work closer to Rio, you can head just over Guanabara Bay to Niterói, the site of the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. Niemeyer designed and constructed this unique museum in 1996 to look like a UFO standing 16 meters high and 50 meters wide. It now houses a collection of 1,217 works from art collector João Sattamini featuring art work from over the years since the 1950s. 

Take a Walk (or Swim) on the Wild Side 

Although still technically in Rio de Janeiro, there are a number of beaches that feel much further away from the city where you can spend the day hiking or swimming during you Brazil tour package. These include Prainha, which is located far to the west of the city, and Arraial do Cabo, whose "blue cave" more than lives up to its mysterious name. However, if you prefer a walk instead of a swim, head into Tijuca National Park, a massive rainforest where you can enjoy glorious views over the ocean.  


Brazilians have long understood the art of embracing life with passion, and nowhere is this zest for living more evident than in their world-renowned beaches. With a coastline that stretches for over 7,000 kilometers, Brazil boasts some of the most spectacular and diverse best beaches in South America and on the planet. From the rhythmic samba beats to the golden sands kissed by the warm sun, these beaches offer an unforgettable blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and exhilarating holiday adventures. 

Copacabana: Where Rhythm Meets the Sea 

No discussion of Brazilian beaches is complete without mentioning the iconic Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. This legendary stretch of coastline embodies the heart and soul of Brazil. Lined with bustling kiosks, lush palm trees, and the unmistakable mosaic sidewalks, the beach pulses with energy day and night. Whether you're catching the sunrise over the horizon or joining in a spontaneous samba dance party on your Brazil vacation package, Copacabana is a celebration of life itself. 

Ipanema: A Symphony of Colors 

Adjacent to Copacabana lies the equally enchanting Ipanema beach, famous for its endless stretches of white sand and crystal-clear waters. Ipanema is a cultural kaleidoscope, where locals and visitors come together to play beach volleyball, sip coconut water, and appreciate the stunning backdrop of the Two Brothers mountain peaks. The sunsets here are a painter's dream, casting vibrant hues across the sky as the sun dips behind the ocean. 

Jericoacoara: A Hidden Gem of Tranquility 

For those seeking a more remote and tranquil paradise on their Brazil tour package, Jericoacoara in the northeastern state of Ceará beckons. Accessible only by off-road vehicles due to its secluded location, this beach captivates with its unique natural attractions. From the serene freshwater lagoon to the towering sand dunes ideal for exhilarating sandboarding, Jericoacoara is a haven for nature enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies alike. 

Fernando de Noronha: A Marine Wonderland 

Diving into the crystal-clear waters of Fernando de Noronha feels like entering an underwater wonderland. This protected archipelago, located off the northeastern coast, is a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its astonishing marine biodiversity. Snorkelers and scuba divers are treated to an underwater ballet of vibrant coral reefs, playful dolphins, and graceful sea turtles gliding through the cerulean waters. 

Praia do Espelho: A Romantic Retreat 

Nestled in the state of Bahia, Praia do Espelho (Mirror Beach) is a true hidden gem for couples and solitude seekers. Its name comes from the mirror-like reflection the tide leaves on the beach, creating an enchanting atmosphere. Coconut groves fringe the shoreline, providing natural shade for picnics and relaxation on your tour trip. As the sun sets, the beach becomes an intimate retreat, perfect for stargazing and intimate moments. 

Ilha Grande: Nature's Untouched Paradise 

Off the coast of Rio de Janeiro lies the captivating Ilha Grande, an island untouched by modern development and a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts. This gem offers a refuge from the bustling city life, inviting travelers to explore pristine beaches, lush jungles, and crystal-clear waters on their Brazil vacation package. From the breathtaking Lopes Mendes Beach, famous for its powdery sand and inviting waves, to the Pico do Papagaio hike that rewards climbers with panoramic views of the island, Ilha Grande is an invitation to reconnect with nature's grandeur. 

Búzios: A Glamorous Getaway 

Nestled on the Costa do Sol, Búzios offers a mix of natural beauty and cosmopolitan charm. Once a humble fishing village, Búzios transformed into a glamorous beach destination, attracting visitors with its stunning best beaches, vibrant nightlife, and upscale boutiques. The charming cobblestone streets of Rua das Pedras are lined with restaurants serving fresh seafood and international cuisine. Whether you're lounging on the picturesque Geribá Beach or exploring the underwater world while snorkeling, Búzios promises an indulgent coastal escape, making it one of the  top South America destinations. 

Paraty: Colonial Elegance Meets Seaside Beauty 

Paraty, a coastal town nestled between the Serra do Mar mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, exudes colonial charm and coastal beauty. Its cobblestone streets and well-preserved architecture harken back to a bygone era. The town's connection to the sea is evident through its beautiful waterfront, where historic houses are reflected in tranquil waters. Paraty's allure extends beyond its town center, with boat tours leading visitors to hidden coves, emerald islands, and snorkeling spots in the bay. 

Ilha Grande: Nature's Untouched Paradise 

Off the coast of Rio de Janeiro lies the captivating Ilha Grande, an island untouched by modern development and a sanctuary to enjoy nature in South America. This gem offers a refuge from the bustling city life, inviting travelers to explore pristine beaches, lush jungles, and crystal-clear waters. From the breathtaking Lopes Mendes Beach, famous for its powdery sand and inviting waves, to the Pico do Papagaio hike that rewards climbers with panoramic views of the island, Ilha Grande is an invitation to reconnect with nature's grandeur. 

Brazilian Beach Cuisine: A Gastronomic Adventure 

No beach experience in Brazil is complete without indulging in its delectable culinary offerings. From feasting on freshly grilled seafood at beachside kiosks to savoring traditional delicacies like acarajé and tapioca crepes, the flavors of Brazil are as diverse as its beaches. Don't forget to sip on a caipirinha, the national cocktail made with lime, sugar, and cachaça, as you soak in the vibrant beach atmosphere on your Brazil vacation package. 

A Culmination of Beauty and Culture 

In addition to the natural wonders, these beaches are windows into Brazil's rich cultural tapestry. Whether it's the rhythmic sway of samba dancers, the flavors of authentic Brazilian cuisine, or the warm hospitality of the locals, every beach experience is a blend of the nation's vivacious spirit. From tranquil retreats to bustling hubs of activity, the beaches of Brazil offer a spectrum of experiences that will forever etch themselves into your memory and are some of the top South America destinations to visit. 

Embarking on a journey to experience the best beaches in Brazil  is an odyssey that promises more than just sand and sun. It's an immersion into the heart and soul of a nation, where nature's beauty and human creativity intertwine to create unforgettable moments. Whether you're seeking adventure, romance, relaxation, or vibrant culture, Brazil's beaches are ready to provide a symphony of experiences that will inspire, rejuvenate, and leave an indelible mark on your soul. So, pack your sense of wonder and set out to explore the multifaceted paradise that is the Brazilian coastline. Exploring the Brazilian coastline is a journey through captivating landscapes, vibrant culture, and boundless joy. Each beach holds a unique charm that contributes to the symphony of experiences that is Brazil. So, whether you're dancing to samba rhythms, basking in the tranquility of hidden coves, or diving into marine wonderlands, the beaches of Brazil promise a life-affirming adventure like no other. Pack your swimsuit, your sense of adventure, and your love for life, and set out to experience the best of Brazilian beaches.  


Every year, millions of party-goers attend the world - famous Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, and although the Rio Carnaval is the most famous, Carnaval is celebrated in a number of different destinations throughout Brazil. Other destinations offer different, sometimes more authentic experiences than the Rio de Janeiro spectacle, making them the best celebrations in South America. 


The main festivities occur during the week before Ash Wednesday, but most cities start celebrating a week or two beforehand.  The eve of Ash Wednesday, however, is always the biggest night of the whole festival and not to be missed if you plan to enjoy the party atmosphere in one of these magnificent Carnaval-crazy cities. 


In the state of Bahia, the Salvador Carnaval will begin with an intricate masquerade ball called Baile dos Mascarados and a unique ceremony where the mayor gives the keys of the city to the year's Carnaval King. Bahia is famous for its music and the birthplace of many genres of Brazilian music genres like axe, pagode, and samba. Carnaval celebrations in Salvador traditionally include the use of traditional Brazilian musical instruments like the berimbau musical bow and the atabque drums, emitting that distinctive Brazilian sound. 

Travelers on their Brazil vacation packages can watch the parades form a camarote or viewing box along the parade route, for a cost. These private boxes are often accompanied by live music, food, and drinks, as well as an excellent view of the people celebrating below. You can also join in on the independent blocks of the city, where the street parties are raucous, and free. Just follow the music for your particular vibe! 


In Fortaleza, the capital of the Ceará state, Carnaval displays varied rhythms, which are slightly different from the dominant sounds of samba and axe. The most popular areas of Fortaleza's Carnaval are Iracema Beach and Avenue Domingos Olimpio, where you'll find the majority of dancing, music and festivities. You may be able to see participants dressed in blackface traditional dress, a tradition of the city's “Maracatu Cearense” to re-enact Afro-Brazilian figureheads. However, the use of blackface in this traditional dance has now been somewhat disallowed for racial reasons. 


Diamantina is a small colonial town in the state of Minas Gerais and its carnaval takes place though the narrow streets filled with remnants of this small town's rich history. Here the party is never ending with five days of non-stop festivities. By day, the block parties get people dancing down on the cobblestones, and at night, the traditional batucada drum groups take over the streets. Tuesday's main celebration will take place in the Old Market Square of the town. 

São Paulo 

In the same vein as the Rio de Janeiro carnaval, São Paulo has a dance-off between samba schools during its Carnaval at the Anhembi Sambadrome. This is the biggest outdoor event arena in São Paulo and designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. During carnaval, the city's top samba schools come together to compete for the grand honour of winning the Carnaval championship title. Party-goers in São Paulo can expect to encounter lots of Afro-Brazilian cultural influences and dances as part of the festivities during carnaval as well as daily parades through the city streets. 


Florianopolis is renowned for its beach culture and hosts one of the most amazing Carnaval celebrations in Brazil. As one of Brazil's more progressive cities, Florianopolis' celebrations are more welcoming to LGBT partiers, particularly on Magic Island, where there is a lively street party. In the centre of the city, you can witness samba schools parading on the Pasarelo do Samba, where locals and tourists of all ages are welcome to participate, making it one of the major holidays celebrated in South America. 

Olinda and Recife 

The cities of Olinda and Recife offer some of the most traditional and unique Carnaval experiences in Brazil. Recife has its own distinctive Carnaval emblem- the Galo da Madrugada, or Rooster of the Dawn, and millions of party-goers follow this traditional emblem from the city's historic fort to the harbour on the Saturday morning parade while dancing to “frevo”, Recife's own genre of Carnaval music. 

Recife's neighbour, Olinda, also has carnival dancers jumping along with umbrellas to frevo rhythms. In Olinda however, the five-day festival begins with a parade of giant puppets known as mamulengos and is generally a smaller and more intimate celebration than the festival in Recife. 


In the Brazilian Amazon, close to the Peruvian border, Manaus' remote location is perfect for one of Brazil's most unique Carnaval celebrations. The creation of the "Carnaboi" fiesta combines the celebration of Carnaval with the traditions of the Amazon´s indigenous peoples' Boi Bumba festival, for the most famous Carnaval in the Amazon region. The Manaus Carnaval maintains the customs of celebrations held in the early 20th century, the parade of traditional costumes, intertwined with indigenous costumes and traditional dances from the nearby communities. 

Rio de Janeiro 

The emblematic host of the world's most famous Carnaval celebration, Rio de Janeiro is officially Brazil’s carnaval capital. Featuring enormous parades and passionate dancers showing their talents from the 12 best samba schools in the city, as the samba into the Sambadrome, competing to be the carnaval champion, however this isn’t the only attraction on offer in Rio de Janeiro.Carnaval in Rio actually begins and ends with the local neighbourhood street parties. The Cariocas take to the streets to dance, following decorated floats that amble through the city, blasting music for all to hear. Full of creativity and a sense of humour, these parties contribute to the city's joyful energy and are open for anyone to attend, making it one of the biggest festivals in Latin America. 


Brazil is the largest country in South America. No matter how much time you have, you will quite possibly not be able to do everything on offer in the country in just one Brazil vacation package. Whether you prefer the beach or fancy visiting some of Latin America’s most important UNESCO World Heritage sites, Brazil is one of the best countries to visit in South America for iconic sights, activities and natural features, unique to the country. Here are just some of the best things to do in Brazil on your Brazil vacation package. 

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain and visit Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro 

Visiting the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, are the iconic sights in Rio de Janeiro if not, the whole world.  Sugarloaf was one of the first places encountered by the Portuguese arriving in Rio de Janeiro in 1808 and offers a breath-taking view of Guanabara Bay. Take cable car up to the top and once you arrive there, there are various things to see including a park with hidden paths and lovely garden areas. Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the main reasons thousands of people visit Rio de Janeiroon their oliday adventures. The UNESCO site offers massive rewards as the view over Rio de Janeiro from the point of the statue is truly magnificent. 

Iguazu Falls 

Talking about wonders, Visiting Iguazu Falls is an experience for your Brazil bucket list and one of the 7 Wonders of The World. Iguazu Falls is a must-see on any  Brazil tour package and you can even cross the border into Argentina, to see these giant falls, if you have enough time. Originating from the Iguazu River, these falls are a collection of over 200 individual waterfalls, are higher than Niagara Falls, and twice as wide. Foz de Iguazu is the point of access on the Brazilian side and offers lodging to travelers seeking to experience the magnitude of the falls. Walkways have been built so visitors can see the spectacle up close, but those looking for more can schedule a helicopter tour. The recommended time for visiting the falls is the spring and fall, to avoid the heat and humidity in the summer and the lower water levels in the winter. 

Lapa Steps Rio De Janeiro 

A fun and brightly colored place to explore in Brazil is the Lapa Steps in Rio de Janeiro. Located between the lively neighbourhood of Lapa and the Bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, these tiled steps are one of the most popular and colourful attractions Rio de Janeiro has to offer to travelers on their tour trip itineraries.  Visiting the Lapa Steps in Rio is one of the interesting things to do in Brazil because each tile tells a story. Jump on the historic tram at the top of the Lapa Arches to the Bohemian neighbourhood of Santa Teresa. The Santa Teresa neighbourhood offers delicious street food, swanky restaurants, cafes and bars. The architecture is truly magnificent and this is the place where Rio de Janeiro’s old mansions are still there today. 

Visit Belo Horizonte 

Belo Horizonte is another Brazil attraction to put on your list of holiday adventures in Brazil. Known for its coffee production and its Freedom square, you don’t have to spend a long time here to get a feel for its charm and the scale of what the city has to offer. Sit in the timeless cafe overlooking the famous sculptures at the Art Museum above the lake in Pampulha or head up to Parque Mangabeiras, where you can get a magnificent view of Belo Horizonte and watch the sunset from above. The city is full of green spaces and picture-perfect garden that will keep you entertained as you get to know the beauty of Belo Horizonte. 

Visit Paraty On The Green Coast 

If you’re thinking of travelling further south but still within the State of Rio de Janeiro, make sure to add Paraty to your travel plans. Paraty is known for its historic town, beaches and lush mountain range. Visit a Cachaca distillery where you’ll learn the process of how the spirit is made as well as taste various types of Cachaca or head out to the Toboggan waterfall, which is a delight to explore and the chance to have fun sliding down the rocks into the water or to just relax on the rocks. Paraty is a quiet colonial town to visit in Brazil and an easy place to spend a couple of nights and is often included in adventure package to the country.  

Visit The First Lighthouse In Latin America 

The Farol da Barra Lighthouse and the area around it is a lovely spot in Salvador de Bahia and not only is this one of the first lighthouses in Latin America but one of the few places in Brazil where you can see both the sunrise and sunset at sea. It’s the perfect stop to unwind whilst gazing at one of Brazil’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enter the lighthouse to take advantage of the view and visit the maritime museum, which has displays in both English and Portuguese.  

Visit Ouro Preto 

Ouro Preto is a picturesque old mining town and Brazil’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. Located about 100 km from Belo Horizonte, seeing the stunning 18th-Century Baroque architecture is one of the top things to do on your Brazil vacation package if you are a history lover. Check out one of the 25 churches or head to the market where there are plenty of interesting objects to keep you entertained, there is something for everyone in this quaint, historical town. 

Get Lost in São Paulo 

São Paulo is the largest Portuguese city in the world and is not for the faint-hearted but if you’re looking for the most exciting things to do on your holiday adventures in Brazil Sao Paolo is a city that never sleeps. Gaze in awe at Brazil’s tallest skyscrapers and if you love art, you’ll not be disappointed with its excellent galleries. Walk around the streets of Sao Paulo to see some of the best street art in South America, especially in Batman alley. São Paulo also has the most stylish and chic restaurants and hotels in Brazil, such as Hotel Emiliano, with its all-inclusive weekend brunch where you feast on black truffle omelettes and drink Champagne while gazing at orchard gardens and a vertical jungle wall.  Sao Paolo  is definitely one of the best urban experiences in South America. 

Beaches And Handicrafts in Recife 

Pack your sunscreen and head to Recife, which has one of the most beautiful stretches of beachfront in Brazil. Frequented by both locals and tourists, Boa Viagem and its wonderful beach is most definitely the place to go. The beach is perfect for long walks and you can take your time walking and stopping to visit stalls along the way, making it one of the best beaches in Brazil. 

Experience The Nightlife at Campeche in Florianópolis 

Campeche, which is in Florianopolis in the state of Santa Catarina, is a hot-spot on one of the larger beaches in Florianopolis. Expect music, food and a cool beachside vibes. Campeche is the perfect place for swimmers and surfers and when the sun goes down, it’s a great starting point for a big night out on the island. Florianopolis is famous for its exuberant nightlife scene, where you’ll find bars, beach parties and nightclubs overflowing with beautiful people. 

Explore the Amazon Rainforest 

One of the most unique things to do in Brazil is to grab the chance of exploring the largest tropical rainforests in the world with their wild beauty, exotic flora and fauna and unmatched adventures. Embark on a wild an exciting boat trip from the town of Manaus that takes you through the labyrinthine Amazonian waterways and allows you to witness sloths, toucans, caimans and other wildlife. You can also visit uncontacted tribes for the ultimate immersive, cultural experience. The Amazon rainforest really is one of the best regions to appreciate nature in South America. 

Safari in The Pantanal 

This massive wetland landmark is home to abundant wildlife and is the most exotic place to roam around in Brazil.  Spot many creatures like capybaras, hyacinth macaws, howler monkeys, giant anteaters amongst other species makes the Pantanal ideal for photography tours in Brazil. It is also home to an overwhelming number of native plant and animal species. Just like the Amazon rainforest, it is one of the best spots to witness pristine nature in South America, and why it is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The jungle lodges in the region are a highlight in themselves: built in harmony with nature, they still offer all the comfort you could wish for. 

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park  

Experience the unexpected swim in sand for the ultimate in adventure activities. One of the most unique national parks in Brazil, allows visitors to experience swimming next to massive sand dunes. The desert lagoons found among the sandy dunes, attract visitors from July to September. The sandy scenery is not a desert, but it definitely looks like one, therefore, the lagoons add up to the uniqueness of the park. Water is crystal clear, warm and perfect for swimming. This totally, other-worldly experience is a must for a more remote and natural experience. 

Dive out at Fernando de Noronha 

Fernando de Noronha is a spectacular island and is one of the most unspoiled places to visit on your Brazil holiday adventures.  it's a very true to nature kind of destination where you can seek many adventurous activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. Situated 354 km off Brazil’s north east coast, the stunning archipelago of Fernando de Noronha is made up of 21 islands only one of which is inhabited. This UNESCO World Heritage Site accepts just 420 visitors at any one time. Beaches here are about as idyllic as it gets and the waters teem with life, with resident dolphins, turtles, manta rays and multitudes of rainbow-coloured fish call this ocean home while above the surface albatross and many more sea-birds float on the breeze. 


Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, Buzios was once a tranquil fishing village in the Rio de Janeiro area. Today, Buzios is a sophisticated, lively and glamourous coastal town in Rio de Janeiro, popular for a tour trip from Rio. What you will experience is a collection of three small towns Ossos, Manguinhos and Armação de Búzios which are famous for frenetic nightlife, stunning beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Here are some of the best things to do in Buzios on your Brazil tour package. 

Paraglide over Tucuns Beach 

With immaculate landscapes, it’s no wonder that Rio locals enjoy hang-gliding and paragliding over this town.  Panoramic flights depart the low Sierra behind Tucuns beach, out over the gentle coastline of the entire Buzios peninsula and the turquoise ocean. The tour includes an optional pre-flight hike through the forests and flights usually las for around 40 minutes, depending on the weather. 

Learn to surf 

Before it was a busy beach resort, Búzios was a secret surfing hangout. Professional surfers still visit regularly and four of the 20 beaches are highly ranked among the best  beaches to surf in Brazil. Tucuns, is a long sandy bay with big waves; Geriba, has a surf camp surf which offers classes for all ages and levels, including beginners who start their surf adventure by standing on their boards on the beach, learning about their balance. 

Adrenalin sports 

Found tucked behind Amores beach, there is an activity park that has plenty to please all ages. There’s go-karting, beach-buggy and hover-kart riding, shooting, paintball, wall-climbing and bungee trampolining. For the less active of us, there is a pool inside a giant plastic ball, walking on rope bridges suspended between posts or zipping down a modest zip-line. There is something for everyone in this adrenalin -filled park and perfect for Brazil adventure packages. 

Rocka Beach Lounge 

This incredible restaurant overlooks Praia Brava beach, attracting a more relaxed client after breakfast who generally stay for lunch, tea and dinner, drinking leisurely in between. It’s easy to see the appeal of this laid-back life, the food is excellent – spicy lobster-mosques stews, chimichurri sirloin, squid-ink paella and chocolate souffle. If you are looking for something lighter you can graze on Brazilian petiscos (tapas) on snacks like cod balls, fresh scallops and oysters. To wash it all down, ask for a bottle of crisp Argentine white or an ice-cold, refreshing beer. 

Rua das Pedras 

Buzios still maintains its village-like vibe on Rua das Pedras, literally translated to “cobblestone street”. The old cottages of the 1960s have long since morphed into bohemian boutiques and cafes. Restaurants cluster over the water and are popular spots for sunset cocktails. Even if you just wander around, Rua das Pedras has a lovely, leisurely atmosphere.  Things get a little busier when the cruise ships anchor and the streets become a lot more filled with visitors reachin land on their Brazil vacation packages. 

Party at Privilege 

Under the same ownership as Privilege in Ibiza, Privilege Buzios is one of the most upbeat, party spots for miles around. Spread over two floors, with four bars where the in-crowd hang out, metres deep. You’ll find it on the Orla Bardot waterfront and is instantly recognised by the sound of deep house music. This is one of the best nights out in Buzios. 

Praia da Tartaruga 

With calm waters and unspoiled beaches, Praia da Tartaruga is on every visitor’s list. It’s an ideal place for snorkelling and one of the best places in Buzios to observe sea-turtles. There are seafront kiosks selling snacks, icy beers and strong caipirinhas that make for perfect beach days. Hang around until the sun sets and on Praia da Tartaruga you’ve got front-row seats for Buzio’s best views at sundown. 

The Brigitte Bardot statue 

One of the most scenic spots in Buzios is the Orla Bardot, a seafront walk that follows the spectacular coastline and everyone’s idea of the perfect afternoon stroll. At the end of the walkway is the statue of French film star Brigitte Bardot, created by Sao Paulo-born sculptor Christina Motta. Bardot helped shine the spotlight on the Buzios when she rocked up in 1964 for a quiet vacation. 

Igreja de Sant'Ana church 

This small church is perfectly -balanced on a hill above the Praia dos Ossos beach. It dates back to the 1700s and the colonial architecture is a reminder of Portuguese settlers who made their home here. The centuries have done little to diminish its attraction and the faithful come every Saturday afternoon for mass. If mass isn´t your thing, just sitting outside, relaxing in the sun, is a great way to while away an afternoon. This too is an excellent spot to see the stunning sunset on your vacations in South America. 


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