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'Rio, Iguazu and the Green Coast'

What makes this trip special?

The marvellous city

The marvellous city

Rio de Janeiro

Known to Brazilians as 'the marvellous city', Rio de Janeiro has undeniably the most beautiful setting of any city in the world. Rio also has style, culture, spirit, and an irrepressible thirst for life as it should be lived.

Wildlife and waterfalls

Wildlife and waterfalls

Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls lie on a triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The majority of the falls (around 70%) are situated on the Argentinean side of the border, which offers visitors a more up close and personal experience of the falls, but the best views, are from the panoramic viewpoints on the Brazilian side of the falls.

Bardot beach style

Bardot beach style

Buzios

Very beautiful, very stylish, Buzios is the St Tropez of Brazil - and BB herself made it so in the 1960s. Villas line a narrow peninsula with a choice of 23 beaches and stunning views.

Itinerary map for Brazil 'Rio, Iguazu and the Green Coast' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Rio de Janeiro
  • 2 Rio de Janeiro
  • 3 Rio de Janeiro
  • 4 Iguazu Falls
  • 5 Iguazu Falls
  • 6 Iguazu Falls
  • 7 Buzios
  • 8 Buzios
  • 9 Buzios
  • 10 Buzios
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Rio, Iguazu and the Green Coast'

DAY 1

Rio de Janeiro

Most flights from Europe arrive in Rio de Janeiro in the morning. Your English-speaking guide/driver will meet you at the airport and drive your chosen beachfront hotel in the south zone of the city where you will stay for the next 3 nights. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise. Perhaps do as 'cariocas' (natives of Rio) do and grab a fresh fruit juice whilst strolling the beachside promenade from Copacabana to Leblon.

DAY 2
BL

Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf

Today you will be taken on a full day guided excursion (shared with others) to see two of Rio's iconic landmarks. Take a train up Corcovado hill to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer. The view from the top of the hill showcases Rio's greatest landmarks: Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara bay, the beaches of the southern zone of the city and the Rodrigo Freitas lagoon. You will then be taken to the neighbourhood of Urca to ride the cable car up to Sugar Loaf mountain for further fantastic picture-postcard views of Rio. Lunch is included.

DAY 3
BD

Historic Rio

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken on a half-day guided walking tour of historical Rio, visiting places such as the São Bento Monastery, Candelaria, Praça XV, the Banco do Brasil cultural centre, the Imperial Palace, Gonçalves Dias street, the Colombo coffee shop and the Metropolitan Cathedral. After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel where you have some free time. In the evening you will be collected from your hotel and be taken to the Plataforma 1 Samba show, with dinner at a churrascaria or 'Brazilian barbecue house' beforehand. After the show you will be taken back to your hotel.

DAY 4
B

Iguassu Falls

This morning yo will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro airport to catch your flight to Iguassu You will be met on arrival at Iguassu airport and be transferred to a mid-range hotel where you stay for the next 3 nights. In the afternoon you will be taken on a shared tour to the Brazilian side of the falls. Starting at the modern visitors centre at the entrance to the National Park which has a small museum with interactive exhibits, information and facts about the falls. You will then be transferred to the start of the 'Waterfall Trail', a 1,200m paved trail dotted with superb panoramic viewpoints, culminating in a catwalk that leads you to the base of the almighty Devil's Throat cascade, a sheer mass of thundering water pouring and undoubtedly the most impressive part of the falls. The tour ends at the upper part of the Iguassu river accessed via a panoramic lift, which gives you a view of the falls from above.

DAY 5
B

Iguassu Falls - Argentine side

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken over the border to Argentina for a different perspective of the falls. Once crossing the border and entering the Argentinian side of the National Park, you will board the small 'Tren Ecologico' or Rainforest Ecological Train which winds through the National Park dropping visitors off at the various walkways. Visit both the lower circuit catwalk, a 1.5km loop offering views of smaller but still impressive falls such as Ramirez and Bosetti and the upper circuit catwalk, a short trail in the forest above the first few waterfalls. You will then be taken to visit the spectacular Devil's Throat, accessed by taking the train to the Devils Throat station and walking 1,100m along a flat catwalk suspended over the Upper Iguaçu river. The lookout point at the end of the catwalk offers stunning views over this side of the falls.

DAY 6
B

Macuco safari by boat

Today you will be taken on the Macuco safari boat tour which takes place within the Iguaçu National Park on the Brazilian side of the falls. The tour starts with a 3-kilometer-ride through the forest in a wagon pulled by an electrical vehicle accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will point out and explain the surrounding flora and fauna. After a 500-meter-walk in the forest to the riverbanks you board an inflatable speedboat specially designed to get as close to the Iguassu Falls as possible. Prepare to get soaked! After the tour you will be taken back to your hotel.

DAY 7
B

to Buzios

This moring you will be transferred to Iguassu airport to catch your flight back to Rio de Janeiro You will be met on arrival at Rio de Janeiro airport and be transferred to Buzios on Brazil's 'Green Coast', around 180km south of Rio. Once a small fishing village, Buzios has become one of the most cosmopolitan beach destinations along this stretch of coast, full of charming guesthouses, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants. Rua das Pedras, Buzios's main street, a 400m cobbled promenade is a great place to wander or simply people watch and soak up the atmosphere. There are over 27 different surronding beaches with white sand and crystal clear, emerald waters. The north shore has calm, warm water beaches such as Azeda, João Fernandes and Tartaruga whislt the south shore has rougher, cold water beaches such as Geribá and Ferradura, perfect for the plentiful watersports available locally such as surfing, sailing and windsurfing. Stay for the next 4 nights at a mid-range pousada set on a hillside a short walk from the town centre with beautiful views overlooking Armação beach.

DAY 8
B

This morning you will be collected from your hotel and taken to Armação dock where you will board a small catamaran for a half-day tour around the bay, visiting various beaches such as Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandinho, Ilha Rasa and Tartaruga. There will be opportunities to stop to snorkel and swim as you go along.

DAY 9
B

Free day in Buzios

DAY 10
B

Free day in Buzios

DAY 11
B

to Rio de Janeiro / departure

Morning free in Buzios You will be collected from your hotel and be privately transferred to Rio de Janeiro's Galeão airport in time for your overnight international flight home

Guide prices for 'Rio, Iguazu and the Green Coast'

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Guide price 2 people sharing
Prices are per person and include:
  • all accommodation in Brazil
  • meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
  • tours as described with an English speaking local guide
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • airport and departure taxes
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • domestic flights

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Seasonal information for 'Rio, Iguazu and the Green Coast'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Rio de Janeiro 30°C rainfall 152mm
2 Rio de Janeiro 30°C rainfall 152mm
3 Rio de Janeiro 30°C rainfall 152mm
4 Iguazu Falls 32°C rainfall 173mm
5 Iguazu Falls 32°C rainfall 173mm
6 Iguazu Falls 32°C rainfall 173mm
7 Buzios 29°C rainfall 98mm
8 Buzios 29°C rainfall 98mm
9 Buzios 29°C rainfall 98mm
10 Buzios 29°C rainfall 98mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

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