Brazil Family Holiday
Salvador de Bahia is a fun place for families. Tín Marín Children's Museum contains themed activities including simulation rooms with earthquakes and tornados. El Parque Bicentenario has biking & hiking trails, and playing areas. The botanical gardens, in the western suburb of Antiguo Cuscatlán have a sprawling natural reserve with fish ponds, turtles and iguanas.
Rio de Janeiro thrills both children and families. The beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are playgrounds to build sandcastles. Sugar Loaf mountain and the Christ Statue sightseeing is exciting with rides on cable car and funicular railway. The Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, located downtown, has free cinema screenings for kids at weekends.
Iguassu Falls is an exciting sight to watch. In addition, a Jetboat safari takes you right into Devil’s Throat. The Iguassu Rainforest, with exotic wildlife, have hiking and cycling trails. In the Iguassu Bird Park are endemic species of Brazilian birds as well as from around the world.
UNLEASH IT: ON THIS 9-DAY BRAZIL FAMILY HOLIDAY…
And, experience Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Iguassu falls.
Rio De Janeiro Salvador Iguassu Falls
(09 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Rio de Janeiro Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel along Copacabana Beach.
This afternoon, your orientation begins with a cable car ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a tour of city sights, and a ride along the world-famous beaches.
Overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro With your private guide-cum-driver, visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which crowns the top of the Corcovado Mountain with stunning views of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema below. The perfect way to reach the summit is on the toy train which zig zags its way up through the lush rainforest of the Tijuca Forest where it’s possible to see monkeys and parrots in the trees. Once on top you will have ample time to admire the views.
Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)
Day 3 – City Highlights Tour
Rio de Janeiro Day at leisure to relax on the beach or linger at sidewalk cafes or take in an optional tour.
Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)
Day 4 – Transfer
Salvador Transfer to the airport for your flight to Salvador. It is where Brazil was born and her early history remains, both in colonial monuments and African folk culture. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Get acquainted with the main folkloric manifestations of the Bahian culture! In the evening departure from the hotel to the Miguel Santana Theatre located at Pelourinho district for a folkloric show, which presents the main manifestations of the African-Bahian culture, samba-de-roda, (circle samba, it is the most traditional form of samba and is a ritual preserved in some towns in Bahia), maculelê (a typical dance from Brazil), puxada de rede (a Brazilian folkloric theatrical play, seen in many capoeira performances), candomblé (anAfrican religion practiced in Brazil), and others, with a wonderful capoeira presentation. After show, dinner at a local restaurant with typical Bahian food (tour not available on Sundays and Tuesdays).
Overnight in Salvador (B, D)
Day 5 – Culture Tour
Salvador Stay at the Convento do Carmo, a wonderful renovation of a Sixteenth Century convent. With your private guide, explore the beautiful city of Salvador before an optional lunch overlooking the port and the Atlantic Ocean. A free afternoon in this fascinating city can be tailored to suit your own interests.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B)
Day 6 – City Highlights Tour
Salvador Take a half day tour to see the highlights fo Salvador including the Barra Lighthouse, and the All Saints’ Bay which is not only the biggest bay in Brazil but is also one of the biggest in the world. Lunch at a typical Bahian restaurant and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Optional – You may want to explore the fascinating Pelourinho area – the historic city centre - which is filled with steep cobbled stoned streets filled with colonial churches, museums, funky shops, bars. But, it’s at night that this area really comes to life. Salvador’s Saturdays are almost as lively as the legendary Tuesdays as every bar and restaurant in the district opens up its windows and doors to locals and tourists alike who come to samba the night away to the music that emanates from them.
Overnight at Convento do Carmo (B, L)
Day 7 – Iguassu Falls
Iguassu National Park This morning fly to the Brazil/Argentine border and transfer to your hotel overlooking this unforgettable scene. Iguassu National Park is a natural wonder of tropical nature with over 275 thundering cascades.
We will set out on an escorted walking tour on the Brazilian side to strategic viewpoints at various levels. The trail winds towards the falls populated by contis, long-tailed racoon-like creatures with a well-developed sense of tourists’ feeding habits. At its end, an elevator provides access to a viewing platform at the foot of the falls. This has become one of the most popular viewing areas.
Later, we take the Macuco Trail on jeeps, passing through the rain forest where you will see several species of sub-tropical plants and trees, including orchids and the heart-of-palm, which grows in abundance at the park. With luck, animals and some beautiful birds could also be sighted.
We board a twin-engine boat (seating capacity: 25), specially designed for this river’s sailing conditions. Cruise up into the Iguassu Canyon, shooting several rapids and arrive at the very base of the majestic waterfalls. As the experienced pilot manoeuvres in the midst of the falls, passengers will have a completely different view and will experience a thrill never forgotten.
Overnight in Iguassu Falls (B)
Day 8 – Iguassu Falls
Iguassu National Park Today, visit Iguassu from the Argentine side for a more extensive experience of the falls and surrounding rainforest. We cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge over the Iguassu River, which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. To visit the Devil’s Throat we will take an electric train to where the walking begins for the highlight of the trip – the suspended platform at the very brink of the abysmal Devil’s Throat – largest of the waterfalls. Return to visit the upper Argentinean falls, including the San Martin Falls.
Day 9 – Depart
Iguassu After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back home. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are plenty of choices of carrier to Brazil from the UK, with São Paulo and Rio being the usual points of arrival. If your ultimate destination is neither of these cities, it is usually best to connect in Rio, or connect with a flight on the continent, where your options are TAM to Recife from Paris, or TAP via Lisbon to Recife, Salvador, Fortaleza, Natal, Belo Horizonte and Brasília. If you only want to go to the Amazon, Manaus via Miami with TAM is your best bet, but it’s unlikely to be cheaper or quicker than a flight to Rio or São Paulo and then a connection north.
When to go When thinking about the best time to visit Brazil, it’s worth bearing in mind that the country splits into four distinct climatic regions. In January, the rains are coming to an end and it is a good time to visit Rio. But the warmer days are accompanied by the start of the rains in the Amazon and the Pantanal. February is Carnival time in Brazil. In April temperatures begin to decline and by May, Pantanal enters its dry season. June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight.
August and October are perhaps the best time to visit the Pantanal, and also great for spending time in Rio, where spring is arriving, there are few clouds in the sky and the temperatures are on the rise. Summer arrives in November, and you can expect high temperatures across the country. Rio de Janeiro in December tends to be hot and dry, but it gets busy during Christmas and New Year.