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Brazil: Iguassu, Paraty & Rio


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Brazil is the largest country in South America, making up half of the continent’s land and population.  It is impossible to see everything during a family vacation but this itinerary does allow you to visit some of the most “must-see” places of Brazil.  Starting with the massive Iguassu Falls, continuing on to the charming coastal town of Paraty and ending in the colorful city of Rio de Janeiro you are sure to fall in love with this amazing country.

2018 Dates
Dates Adult/Teen Children
(under 12)
Internal Air
06/22 - 07/01 $5,890 $5,690 $300
08/03 - 08/12 $6,090 $5,890 $300

Triple discount: $200 for childern under 12 sharing with two adults 

Groups: Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

Alumni Discount: if you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices

Price includes: All conservation, park and entrance fees; accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, most meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

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Days 1-2: Depart Home / Arrive Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Welcome to Brazil!  You and your family will start your adventure at Iguassu, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina.  Iguassu Falls is made up of 275 incredible waterfalls. Experience the widest and most panoramic views on a guided walk of the Brazillian side of the falls.  Later finish out the day with dinner at the hotel and enjoy the views of the falls.

Day 3: Visit Iguassu Falls / Hike through the National Park / Feel the Waterfalls on the Catwalk

Visit the Argentinian side of the Iguassu Falls.  There are also options for additional exploring such as tilipia fishing or a helicoptor ride over the falls.

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On the Argentinian side of the falls take a guided hike through the park keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.  See Devil’s Throat, the largest waterfall in the national park.  From the catwalk you are close enough to see and feel the waterfall - bring your rainjacket!

Days 4-6: Transfer to Paraty / Tour the Historic District / Snorkel, Swim or Lay out on the Beach 

Fly to Rio and transfer to the town of Paraty, located on the coastline of Brazil.  This was a thriving port during the Brazilian Gold Rush of the 18th century.  Surrounded by mountains on one side and the bright green sea on the other, this picturesque location is not to be missed.  Enjoy a day on the water boating in Paraty’s beautiful bay. 

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As you walk the cobblestone streets on your tour of the historic district you realize there are no cars!  Vehicles are not allowed on the streets.  Learn about the history of Brazil visiting a community settlement known as a quilombo.  Take a private boat for a tour of the small islands and beautiful beaches.  The agenda is just to stop for snorkeling, swimming, or laying on an idyllic beach.  Later spend some time exploring this hidden gem on your own.

Days 7-9: Transfer to Rio de Janeiro / Take a Cooking Class / See Christ the Redeemer

Commonly known as “Rio” this lively city has it all:  vibrant culture, colorful nightlife, beautiful beaches and mountains, and world renowned sites.   It is no wonder it was chosen to host the 2016 Olympics.  Take a cooking class, hike Sugarloaf Mountain, see Christ the Redeemer and learn the capoeira.

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Hike up Morro da Urca on Sugarloaf Mountain and take a cable card to the next peak, Pao de Acucar.  The views are breathtaking!  Capoeira has an interesting history in Brazil.  It is a martial art with elements of music, dance, acrobatics and fighting.  Learn the basics from highly skilled capoeiristas.  And no visit to Rio would be complete without a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue located on Corcovado Mountain.  See just how massive it is from up close.

Day 10: Depart Rio de Janeiro / Arrive Home

Say goodbye to Rio and Brazil.  A member of our team will help you with your transfer to the airport for your international flight home!

Hotel das Cataratas

Guests at hotel das Cataratas benefit from a supreme location, directly across from the majestic Iguassu Falls.  The hotel is built in traditional Portuguese colonial style, with dark wood furnishings and bright Brazilian accents, like paintings of local tropical flora and fauna.  All rooms have free internet access and widescreen LCD TVs.  On the property is an outdoor pool and tennis courts as well as a full service spa.

Pousada Literaria de Paraty

All 23 rooms offer king beds, LCD TV, air conditioning, safe and Wi-Fi.  The restaurant Quintal das Letras has a menu reflecting Paraty cuisine.  Amenities include a pool, spa and a large library of books.

Windsor Atlantica Hotel

The Windsor Atlantica sits along a beautiful stretch of beach on Rio's famous Copacabana waterfront, just five minutes from Ipanema Beach and right near plenty of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. All of the hotel’s 545 contemporary, comfortable rooms feature central air, wifi, and LCD TVs with cable. 

Why Brazil?

The famous Rio de Janeiro
You can’t talk about Brazil travel without mentioning Rio. This fascinating port has it all; it’s a large, economically important contemporary city, but with an abundance of beautiful seaside, mountain, and forest landscapes. With 50 miles of beach, an ideal climate, and incredible sites like Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains and the jaw-dropping icon that is Christ the Redeemer, it’s no wonder Rio de Janeiro receives more visitors per day than any other city in South America. In 2012, the natural landscapes of Rio were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the incredible urban setting between the mountains and the sea.
Beautiful mix of cultures
 One of the greatest things about Brazil is its amazingly cultural diversity.  The Brazilian national identity is comprised of countless influences from the many indigenous Amerindian groups, three centuries of Portuguese colonization, black African slaves, and newer immigration from all over the world – including quite significant German and Italian communities, among many others. All these influences have come together to form Brazil’s language (Brazilian Portuguese), cuisine, music, dance, religion, martial arts, etc.