Rio de Janeiro & Iguassu Falls 6-Day Tour

  • Six-day snapshot of two of Brazil's unrivalled highlights - Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu Falls

  • Monthly set departures keep costs down: from £499 / $698 (double occupancy). Does not include flights. 

  • Can be extended to visit the historic Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador de Bahia.

  • Also available in a private service, and customised to timeframe and budget. 

Brief itinerary: 
Day 1    Arrival in Rio & Overnight in Rio
Day 2    Half Day Sugar Loaf & City Tour; Overnight in Rio
Day 3    Free day in Rio de Janeiro; Overnight in Rio
Day 4    Fly to Foz do Iguassu; Half Day Brazilian side of Falls tour; Overnight in Foz do Iguassu
Day 5    Half Day Tour of Argentinian side of Falls; Overnight in Foz do Iguassu    
Day 6    Transfer out

Fixed Departure Dates, 2018: 

  • October 29 - November 3

  • November 12 - 17

  • November 26 - December 1

  • December 10 - 15

Detailed Itinerary: NB. PLEASE CHECK VISA REQUIREMENTS

Day 1: Rio de Janeiro (B)

On arrival in Rio de Janeiro, you are met and transferred to the hotel by a driver-guide. 

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. 

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & City Tour; Samba Show Optional (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a half day tour in a small group to one of Rio's world-famous highlights: Sugar Loaf Mountain. 

After lunch, we join the tour to Sugar Loaf, driving through downtown Rio, with its fine Colonial-style Portuguese buildings, to the cable car at Praia Vermelha (Red Beach). The ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain gives another wonderful view of the city nestling between the mountains and the sea, and the sight of the sun going down over Copacabana beach is magical.

For those wishing to sample some of Rio's famous nightlife and dance culture, there is the option - at additional cost - of going to a Samba Show at the famous Ginga Tropical theatre. As well as the samba, which is synonymous with Brazilian Carnaval, a number of other musical styles are showcased, such as lambada, forro, and bossa nova, along with their accompanying moves.

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. 

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro: Free Day (B)

Today is at leisure, in order to explore the city or enjoy its iconic beaches. 

For those wanting a more structured approach, there are a couple of excellent optional tours available: 

  • A half-day tour along the Atlantic coast to Barra da Tijuca, home to Rio's longest beach (18 km / 11 miles), followed by a trip to the Olympic Park, which was the centrepiece of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

  • A half-day visit to the iconic Christ Statue on Corcovado Mountain, taking the funicular train through the rain forest of Tijuca National Park to the top of the 710 m (2,329 ft) granite peak, with its spectacular views of Rio and the surrounding countryside.

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. 

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro - Foz do Iguaçu (B)

Upon arrival at Foz do Iguassu airport, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking driver-guide and transferred to your hotel.

After checking in, we take you on a half-day visit of the Brazilian side of the Falls, in a small group. the area is protected by the Iguaçu National Park, which consists of rainforest, rich in flora and fauna ... and of course, Iguassu Falls. At 185,262 hectares (457,794 acres), it is one of the largest forest reserves in South America and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.  

Once inside the park, we will take a lift down to the base of the waterfalls at river level. From a 1,000 m (3,281 ft) long footbridge, we can admire the majestic Falls or go up a lift to the Salto Floreano viewpoint.  

At the end of the tour, you have the option - at additional cost - of visiting Bird Park, an ecological sanctuary containing some 150 species of bird, mainly Brazilian, but also from Australia, Africa and Asia represented. There is also a butterfly farm and reptile house. 

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Foz do Iguassu – on the Brazilian side of the border. 

Day 5: Iguazu Falls: Argentinian side (B)

After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a half-day visit of the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls, in a small group.

After crossing the border into Argentina, we enter Iguazu National Park, which covers a total area of 55,500 hectares (137,143 acres). It bears the name of the river which acts as its northern border, and means "great waters" in the Guaraní language. Surrounded by a lush, subtropical Atlantic rainforest, we find the majestic Iguazú Waterfall. Consisting of some 275 cataracts, and with the sixth-highest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world, it is truly spectacular.

Using the network of paths and footbridges, we visit the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles. On the lower circuit, the wet mist from the waterfall keeps us cool. The highlight of the upper circuit is the balcony overlooking La Garganta del Diablo (The Devil's Throat), an 80m (262 ft) fall. 

While on the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, you can take the exciting Big Adventure Tour (additional cost), which uses speedboats to see some of the better-known waterfalls from a different perspective ... and appreciate their sheer power. NB. Be prepared to get wet! 

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Foz do Iguassu. 

Day 6: Foz do Iguaçu: Airport Transfer (B)

Breakfast is provided at the hotel.

At the appropriate time, we transfer you to Foz do Iguaçu Airport for your onward flight. You may wish to continue exploring Brazil's many other highlight, such as the Afro-Brazilian city of Salvador de Bahia (see below itinerary).

Or you can take advantage of the direct flight from Iguassu to Lima, in order to enjoy Peru's many delights. 

Or we can transfer you to Puerto Iguazu Airport in Argentina to fly to Buenos Aires for our Buenos Aires & Calafate itinerary. 

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Salvador 3-Day Extension: ask us for price 

Brief itinerary:

Day 5   Arrival in Salvador, Transfer in – Overnight
Day 6   Full day tour – Overnight
Day 7   Transfer out

Detailed Itinerary: 

Day 5: Salvador

Flight to Salvador (not included). 

Upon arrival at Salvador airport, you will be welcomed by an English-speaking driver-guide and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Selected Hotel in Salvador.  

Day 6:  Salvador: City Tour

After breakfast at the hotel, we take you on a full-day historical and panoramic tour of Salvador, in a small group. 

We begin in the Cidade Baixa (Lower City), with a visit to the Itapagipe Peninsula. Next, we explore Bonfim Church, the most famous in the city, followed by the traditional neighborhood of Ribeira. The highlight of the area is a visit to Mercado Modelo, the largest handicraft centre in Bahia.
 
After lunch (included), we continue to the Historical Centre. First, we visit one of the city’s main tourist sites, the Barra Lighthouse. We then drive along Corredor da Vitória, Campo Grande and Piedade to arrive in Salvador’s Cidade Alta (Upper City ).

The highlight of this area is Pelourinho, the city's centre during the Portuguese Colonial era, filled with historic architecture from the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries, and since 1985, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Overnight at selected hotel in Salvador

Day 7:  Salvador: Airport transfer

Breakfast at the hotel.     

At the appropriate time, a driver-guide transfers you to Salvador Airport for your onward flight. 

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