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Travel from Rio to Iguaçu Falls via the beautiful beaches and historic streets of Ilha Grande and Paraty

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In Brief

  • 3 Nights Rio de Janeiro
  • 2 Nights Ilha Grande
  • 2 Nights Paraty
  • 2 Nights Iguaçu Falls

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Beach | City | History & culture | Natural world

From Rio you'll then head to Ilha Grande, a pretty and largely undeveloped island just off the mainland in Rio state's Costa Verde. Optional tours give a chance to explore its jungle-clad hills, deserted white beaches and acclaimed snorkelling spots. Then venture to Paraty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Brazil's best-preserved colonial towns, replete with cobbled streets and whitewashed churches. Your holiday ends with a two-night stay by the breathtaking Iguaçu Falls.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Rio

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most iconic city. You'll be met on arrival at the international airport and transferred to your chosen hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city at your own pace. Rio has many superb restaurants and, if you're not too tired from your flight, a trip to the neighbourhood of Lapa will reward you with some of the city's best traditional samba venues.

Stay: Porto Bay Rio (Superior) or Belmond Copacabana Palace (Deluxe)

Day 2
Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast at your hotel you'll embark on a full day tour of Rio, beginning with an unforgettable ride in a cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain, from where you'll enjoy panoramic 360-degree views of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana beaches and Corcovado. Enjoy lunch back in the city before boarding a train for the scenic ascent of Corcovado, the mountaintop location of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, set 2,300 feet above sea level. Spend some time taking in the breathtaking views from the summit before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Stay: Porto Bay Rio (Superior) or Belmond Copacabana Palace (Deluxe)

Breakfast & lunch included

Day 3
Rio de Janeiro

Today is free to explore Rio de Janeiro at your leisure. Spend some time relaxing on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, head to historic lanes of Santa Teresa, or perhaps take a tour of one of the city's favelas (not included).

Stay: Porto Bay Rio (Superior) or Belmond Copacabana Palace (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Day 4
Rio to Ilha Grande

After breakfast, check out of your chosen hotel and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Conceição de Jacareí in the company of your eco-guide. On arrival you'll board a small ferry for the one-and-a-half-hour journey to Abraão Village on the picturesque island of Ilha Grande. On arrival you'll take a short walk to your chosen pousada, spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Pousada Naturalia (Superior) or Pousada Sagu Mini Resort (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Day 5
Ilha Grande

Today you can choose between taking a taxi boat to Pouso Beach, followed by a gentle walk through the island's jungle-clad hills to the stunning beach of Lopes Mendes, or, enjoy a relaxing day cruising Ilha Grande's beautiful beaches, bays and lagoons on an Lagoa Azul boat tour.

Stay: Pousada Naturalia (Superior) or Pousada Sagu Mini Resort (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Day 6
Ilha Grande to Paraty

Return to the mainland this morning and continue your journey south along Brazil's Green Coast to the small seaside town of Paraty. Check into your chosen Pousada and spend the rest of the day relaxing. This evening, head into Paraty's historic town centre and enjoy a dinner at one of the many delightful restaurants that line the quiet cobbled streets (dinner not included).

Stay: Pousada de Ouro (Superior) or Pousada Literaria (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Day 7
Paraty

After breakfast you'll enjoy a half-day walking tour of Paraty's old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Along with your guide, you'll trace the history of Paraty from the earliest Portuguese settlers, through the town's sugar, coffee and gold booms and the dark days of the slave trade. This rich and colourful history, combined with the town's beautiful colonial architecture and peaceful seaside setting, make Paraty one of southern Brazil's most appealing destinations.

This evening you'll have the option of enjoying a cookery demonstration and dinner in the company of talented local chef Yala Roberts, where you'll learn about the origins and influences of Brazilian cuisine.

Stay: Pousada de Ouro (Superior) or Pousada Literaria (Deluxe)

Breakfast included

Day 8
Paraty to Iguaçu

Transfer to Sao Paulo airport after breakfast where you'll board a flight to Iguaçu Falls. Check into your hotel before embarking on an afternoon tour of the Brazilian side of the falls, taking a descending trail into the river canyon to a series of wooden walkways that take you out across the river and give unrivalled panoramic views of more than 240 waterfalls. Board the glass lift, which takes you back to the lip of the canyon and provides another amazing vantage point for viewing both the falls and the surrounding rainforest. Your tour ends with a visit to a local artisan fair before returning to your chosen hotel.

Stay: Iguassu Resort (Superior) or Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Breakfast included

Day 9
Iguaçu Falls

Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge into neighbouring Argentina for a day exploring the Argentine side of the falls. Board a sightseeing train for a journey through the national park, passing colourful orchids, birds and other wildlife. Take a walk along a suspended walkway to the edge of Garganta do Diabo (Devil's Throat), the largest and most impressive fall at Iguaçu.

Stay: Wish Resort Golf Foz do Iguacu (Superior) or Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Breakfast included

Day 10
Departure

Spend a morning at leisure before transferring to Iguaçu Airport for your onward flight.

Breakfast included

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,570 incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £2,570 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,865 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between the UK and Sao Paulo
  • Domestic flights between Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Iguassu 
  • Private transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation in 4* (Superior) hotels on a B&B basis
  • Private full day Corcovado & Sugar Loaf tour including lunch 
  • Return shared boat transfer to Ilha Grande 
  • Private historical walking tour of Paraty  
  • Private half day Brazilian Falls tour and half day Argentine Falls tour in Iguassu

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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