Latin America Vacations
Brazil | Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls
Lush, verdant, and pulsing with life, Brazil will tantalize your senses.
7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
You’ll discover fauna-rich tropical rainforests, powdery white-sand beaches complete with beachside cocktails, rich culture in Rio de Janeiro, and Iguazu Falls, which is wider than Victoria, taller than Niagara, and more beautiful than both on this incredible Brazilian adventure. Bask in Brazil with Austin Adventures for a journey you’ll never forget.
What adventurers see and experience on a Brazilian tour:
- Explore the largest urban forest in the world, Tijuca Forest National Park
- Tour Projeto Morrinho (Project Little Hill) a minute city built entirely by local children
- Ride a cable car to the peak of the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain
- Learn to samba dance from local pros
- Visit the iconic “Christ the Redeemer” statue
- Take an adrenaline-filled jet boat ride through the waterways surrounding Iguazu Falls
- Observe the majestic falls from a helicopter hundreds of feet in the air
A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
The Culture: Brazil offers some of the most welcoming and rich local culture in Latin America.
The Falls: Iguazu Falls is taller than Niagara and wider than Victoria!
The Food: Brazilian food is near impossible to beat; you can count on eating well on this adventure.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil GIG
Puerto Iguazu, Argentina IGR
Rio de Janeiro
Arrive in Rio de Janeiro where your driver and guide will be waiting with Austin Adventures signage at the arrivals gate. Transfer to your hotel in Copacabana. Copacabana is often referred to as the Princess of the Sea or the Heart of the South. Check-in and relax at your hotel before joining your group and guides for dinner.
About Best Western Premier Arpoador Fashion Hotel
This high-fashion resort is sure to wow any guest. The very first Best Western hotel to combine hospitality with fashion, the Arpoador Fashion Hotel has been hand-designed by Gloria Coelho and is chic, upscale, and luxurious. With dramatic photographs of models, fashion, and catwalks dotting the property accompanied by cleverly crafted furniture and décor, guests will feel as though they’ve been transported to front row seats at fashion week. The hotel boasts multilingual staff, a stylish cocktail lounge, and excellent accommodations. The location between the most famous beaches in town: Arpoador and Copacabana, will allow you to enjoy beach life uninhibited.
Rio de Janeiro
Eat an early breakfast at your hotel. Depart in an open-air jeep for Tijuca Forest National Park, the largest urban forest in the world. We’ll make stops at Vista Chinesa, the Cascatinha waterfall visitor center, and the Pedra Bonita Interpretive Trail, all of which will teach us more about the complex ecosystems of the Brazilian rainforest. Reach an incredible viewpoint, at which you will be able to see Gavea stone, Conrado beach, and much of Rio de Janeiro. Drive to the Laranjeiras neighborhood of Rio to visit Projeto Morrinho, or Project Little Hill. Morrinho was built entirely by children to serve as an escape from everyday life and is a fascinating site. Return to your hotel for a filling dinner and night of rest.
Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, we depart for iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. Take a 45-minute hike uphill along the Pista Claudio Coutinho track, and then board a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. After snapping as many photos as you’d like of the surrounding city, enjoy a delicious lunch. Later, we visit a local samba school. Our “secretive,” behind-the-scenes tour will teach us the history of samba and Rio’s Carnival in a fun and captivating way that you won’t soon forget! Tonight, toast to a few days well spent with a goodbye Rio dinner at Restaurant Churrascaria Palace.
Rio de Janeiro / Iguazu Falls
After an early breakfast, depart the hotel to explore the city’s beaches by bicycle. Leisurely pedal past Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon beaches. Afterwards, we drive to Corcovado and then ascend the mountain by cog train. Stand in awe as you stare up at Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Return to your hotel for lunch and check out. Transfer to Puerto Iguazu and check-in at your new hotel. Eat dinner this evening at the wonderful Churrascaria Premium.
About La Canterra Jungle Lodge
Surrounded by nature and the peaceful sounds of Iguazu Falls, La Canterra Jungle Lodge provides the deepest possible relaxation to guests. With daily scheduled jungle walks, a luxurious outdoor pool, and top-quality food and beverage services including an extensive collection of hand-selected Argentinian wines, this resort is sure to meet any needs guests may have.
This morning, we depart for the astounding Iguazu Falls, a chain of hundreds of waterfalls nearly three kilometers long, serving as the split between Brazil and Argentina. First, we explore the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls by foot, getting plenty of beautiful photos from multiple angles. Depart by car to explore the jungle surrounding the falls, which is teeming with unique flora and fauna. Next up: a thrilling jet boat ride taking us six kilometers upriver to view the falls from a whole new perspective: below and sometimes IN the falls (you WILL get wet!) Eat lunch at a local restaurant before visiting a Guarani Indian community to learn and understand more about this tribe’s history, their costumes, their day-to-day life, and their views on life. Enjoy dinner and an evening at your hotel tonight.
Today, we visit the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls and explore the area by bike and by foot. From the National Park’s visitor center, we pedal our bicycles ten kilometers to the beginning of the foot trails of the Brazilian Falls. From here, we begin walking with many stops for photos as there are many different viewpoints for the hundreds of waterfalls visible from this side. We’ll be sure to happen upon amazing views of the most important of the falls: Floriano, Deodoro da Fonseca, Benjamin Constant and Salto Uniao, also known as the Devil’s Throat. Eat lunch before “getting your wings” on a thrilling helicopter flight over the famous Iguazu Falls. Tonight, we enjoy many laughs and much in the way of good food at the “Argentina Experience” cooking class. Toast a glass of wine to your trip and relive the memories with your fellow travelers of a trip you won’t soon forget!
At the appropriate time, your driver will transfer you from your hotel in Puerto Iguazu to Puerto Iguazu International Airport.
Arrival & Departure
Arrival: On Day 1 of the trip, guests should arrive into Rio de Janeiro – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) at any time of the day. Your guide and driver will be waiting with Austin Adventures signs just outside of the arrivals terminal. They will transfer you to your first night’s hotel for check-in.
Departure: On Day 7 of the trip, guests may book flights out of Aeropuerto Internacional Cataratas Del Iguazu (IGR) at any time during the day.
Hiking: There are several days of hiking in both Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls. These hikes range from moderate to moderately strenuous, with some exceeding lengths of five or more kilometers at semi-steep grades. Guests should be in good health in order to accommodate the level of hiking involved in this Brazilian adventure.
Walking: Much of this tour involves exploration by walking. Whether exploring the streets of Rio de Janeiro, hiking to the Christ the Redeemer statue, or exploring the many waterfalls surrounding Puerto Iguazu, guests can expect to be on their feet for much of this adventure.
Boating: Guests will embark on a boat ride in the canyon of Iguazu Falls. This ride will last for approximately six kilometers. Guests need no ability to operate a motorboat, and will not disembark from the boat until dry trails are available.
Bicycling: There is mild bicycling included in this Brazilian adventure. Between ten and fifteen kilometers of biking will occur on this trip, in both Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls. Guests should be in good health to accommodate the level of biking which can be expected.
Brazil holds many wonders waiting to be discovered, some of which are classified in the seven natural and/or modern wonders of the world. From the famed Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, to breathtaking beaches, to massive waterfalls and thick rainforests, Brazil is sure to wow any adventurer. Discover the local terrain on foot, by bike, by boat, and even in the air as Austin Adventures takes you on the adventure of a lifetime in the south. Down to the smallest details, guests can expect an all-encompassing experience when journeying to Brazil with Austin Adventures.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals indicated on itinerary.
- Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, & local partner and expert gratuities.
- Entrance fees to attractions.
Not Included in Trip Price
- Flights to and from destination.
- Guide gratuities.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- Any meals not indicated in this itinerary.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- All types of insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
Want to know how to fully experience the depth of beauty and culture in a place? Ask Carol Austin. A Montana native who treasures the land and people in her own backyard—be it Yellowstone, the Beartooths, or the family around her dinner table—Carol knows how to embrace any destination she explores, a feat at 40+ countries and counting. And with more than 20 years in the travel industry, she’s really good at helping guests plan—and fully enjoy—their adventure vacation, too. She co-founded Austin Adventures with her husband, Dan Austin.