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Rio, Paraty and Iguassu Falls

Rio de Janeiro - Foz do Iguassu

  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Classic Rio, Paraty and Iguassu Map
8 days / 7 nights from £1,065 per person Based on two people sharing double or twin rooms in standard accommodation. Flights are available separately.
Suggested Itinerary in Brazil

Take this Classic trip including the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro, the quaint beach resort of Paraty, and the spectacular Iguassu Falls.

Day

City

Activity

Overnight

Meals*

Day 1

Rio

Arrive Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel

Copacabana

-

Day 2

Rio

Full day tour of Rio’s Four Wonders by Jeep

Copacabana

B, L

Day 3

Rio

Travel Rio to Paraty

Paraty

B

Day 4

Paraty

Full day boat tour

Paraty

B, L

Day 5

Paraty

Free day in Paraty

Paraty

B

Day 6

Iguassu

Travel Paraty to Rio & fly to Iguassu Falls (flight not included)

Foz do Iguassu

B

Day 7

Iguassu

Half day tour of the Argentinean side of the falls

Foz do Iguassu

B

Day 8

Iguassu

Depart Foz do Iguassu

-

B

* B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Upgrades and Extensions
  • Upgrade to our Superior hotels in Ipanema (Rio) and Jungle Lodge in Foz do Iguassu, (same accommodation in Paraty) from £227 more per person for this 8 day / 7 night package
Combinations
  • Head up north to Salvador de Bahia for a taste of Afro-Brazilian culture
  • Travel into Argentina from Foz do Iguassu and combine with our Pick and Mix Discover Buenos Aires tour

Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, transfer to Hotel

You will be met upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, either at the airport or the bus station and have a transfer to your chosen hotel, just a few blocks from Copacabana beach.  Depending on your arrival time you might want to explore the area around your hotel on foot, stopping for a fresh coconut juice or a Skol beer on Copacabana or Ipanema beach.  Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 2: Full day tour to Rio’s Four Wonders by Jeep

You will be picked up at around 9am for your full day group tour with an English speaking guide, travelling in a comfortable Jeep.  The first destination is Tijuca Forest – an ecologically protected area of rainforest in the city - the biggest urban forest in the world.  On the way into the National Park you will stop at the Chinese View point where you can see Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.  You will also stop at the Monkey Waterfall and for a short walk through the forest trails.  Continuing uphill through the forest you will drive up to Corcovado Hill, where the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue and fantastic 360 degree views of the City of Rio await you.  After stopping for photos, you will head back down for a buffet lunch at a waterfront restaurant on Botafogo beach.  

After lunch, you continue by Jeep to the Sugar Loaf Mountain, and take the cable car up to the top for more fantastic views over the city.  The last stop on your tour is the Botanical Gardens, created in 1817 to allow the cultivation and preservation of exotic plants.  You will be back at your hotel by around 5pm.  Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Day 3: Travel Rio de Janeiro to Paraty

After a buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will board a bus to Paraty.  The scenery is great on the ride as you will be travelling along the Costa Verde.  It takes about 4 hours to get there, so you should arrive in time for lunch.  There are plenty of restaurants to choose from either in the old centre of Paraty or on the beach.   Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Paraty.

Day 4: Full day boat trip

You have a full day boat trip around the Paraty bay today.  The boat will make 4 stops so that you can swim.  These will probably include Praia da Lula and Praia Vermelha (red beach).  There is a bar onboard and while alcoholic drinks are not included, your lunch onboard is included.  There is an inside seating area but you will probably want to sit outside – just remember your sun screen!  You will be back at your hotel by approximately 5pm.  Paraty has an exciting nightlife so you may want to step out and enjoy some of the restaurants and bars tonight.  Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Paraty.

Day 5: Free day in Paraty

Breakfast at your hotel is included today, but no activities are planned.  You might want to take a day trip to Trinidade (you can book this locally) to visit pristine beaches and walking trails in the protected area of Serra da Bocaina National Park.  Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Paraty.

Day 6: Travel from Paraty to Rio and then fly to Foz do Iguassu (Flight not included)

You will leave Paraty early this morning on a bus back to Rio de Janeiro.  Depending on your flight time you might want to go to Copacabana or Ipanema for lunch, or just eat at the airport (your flight is not included – make sure you book an afternoon flight).

Upon arrival in Foz do Iguassu, you will have a shared transfer from the airport to your hotel.  Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Foz do Iguassu.

Day 7: Half day tour of the Argentinean side of the falls

You will be picked up from your hotel to join a group tour this morning to the Argentinean side of the Iguassu Falls.  Your guide will help you through the border crossing.  Make sure you have your visa for Argentina if you need one (British passport holders are given a visa upon arrival).  The entrance ticket, which you will buy in local currency, includes use of the ecological train which will take you around the park.  There are also upper and lower walkways to explore.  If you are feeling daring you can take the “Gran Aventura” boat trip to surf in the spray of the falls (you can organise and pay for this within the park).  You will be back at your hotel in Brazil at around 1pm, and there is a choice of restaurants in town for lunch.   From your hotel it is easy to visit the Brazilian side of the falls and the nearby bird park independently.  The staff at your hotel can tell you how to get there by bus or taxi.  You may want to go this afternoon or leave it until tomorrow depending on your flight time.  Otherwise, relax and enjoy the semi-tropical climate, and a dip in the hotel pool.   Spend the night at our Standard hotel in Foz do Iguassu.

Day 8: Depart Foz do Iguassu

After breakfast, you have a shared transfer to the airport at the appropriate time to check-in for your flight. If you have an afternoon flight, you can visit the Brazilian side of the falls and the bird park in the morning.

 


Included:
  • 7 nights Accommodation in a double or twin share room with en-suite, including breakfast (2 in Rio, 3 in Paraty and 2 in Foz do Iguassu)
  • Group tours as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking guide
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary with local driver
  • Return tourist bus from Rio to Paraty
  • Entrance tickets for sites in Rio de Janeiro
  • Meals as mentioned in the table on page 1
Not Included:
  • Entrance fees to the Argentinean and Brazilian sides of the Falls (approx £20 per person on each side, payable in local currency – check with us for exact prices before your trip)
  • Unspecified meals and services
  • Optional tips for Guides and/ or Drivers
  • International and domestic flights (Rio to Foz do Iguassu from £105 per person subject to availability)
  • Airport taxes

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Packing List
  • Lightweight clothing
  • A jacket for cool evenings
  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Trainers or walking shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Small backpack
  • Insect repellent
  • Small backpack
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Camera, memory card and charger
  • Cash in local currency for entrance tickets and optional alcoholic drinks and tips Remember to take your passport on the day trip to Argentina!
All our tours are fully customisable - please ask us about any changes you would like to make to this itinerary.