26 September 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Brazil

Brazil

Sights and sounds of Brazil

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Rio Favela Tour
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Rio Favela Tour

Favela favourite

When staying in Rio it is always worth seeing another side of the city that many visitors miss. On this tour you are picked up from your hotel and taken up Sao Clemente road to see the favela of Santa Marta, located on Dona Marta Hill, which is officially part of the neighbourhood of Botafogo. From there take an elevator to the top of Dona Marta Hill and stop at the Michael Jackson Statue.

The community here is famous for having been the locale of a Michael Jackson music video, where there now sits a statue of the pop star. The statue, in Beco do Curio, stands next to the Church of the Assembly of God, on the terrace of the favela’s House of Culture. After touring the streets of Santa Marta, you stop at the resident's association then return to your hotel past the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

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Jeep Tour of Tijuca Forest
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Jeep Tour of Tijuca Forest

Jeepers and creepers

On this jeep tour in the Tijuca Forest you will discover the stark differences between nature and the city. First stop at Macaco's Waterfall for a swim before seeing the Chinese View, Emperor Table, Cascatinha Taunay and Mayrink Chapel. You also walk along a forest trail, giving you the chance to experience nature in the raw. During this tour the guide will explain the importance of the Mata Atlantica.

When staying in the buzzing city of Rio de Janeiro it is easy to just chill out on one of the famous beaches between visits to the iconic sights like Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado. But sometimes it's worth venturing outside the city and this fun jeep tour is a great way of getting close to nature.

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Manuas City Tour and Opera House
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Manuas City Tour and Opera House

Take the opera option

Leave from the Tropical Hotel and drive 11 miles on Ponta Negra river front road to the floating port of Manaus. You stop at the Rio Negro Palace, the old official residence of the governor, and a beautiful example of architecture from the rubber boom and golden period in Brazil. Visit the Indian Museum, and the Salesian Congregation to understand the traditions, habits and culture of the indigenous populations.

Next, you stop at the Justice Palace and then its on to the jewel in the city's crown, the world famous Opera House, a fantastic theatre which opened in 1896 and is without a doubt one of the main attractions of Manaus, and an extraordinary symbol of the wealth and opulence of the rubber boom and the country's golden period.

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Paraguay Shopping Day
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Paraguay Shopping Day

Pop over to Paraguay

You have travelled a long way to get to Brazil, so while in South America it's worth visiting the neighbouring country of Paraguay. On this tour you first cross the Friendship Bridge to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay where you have plenty of time to shop for duty free imported goods as well as local handicrafts and souvenirs.

After adding another country to your travel CV return to Brazil and make sure you see all the iconic sights in the buzzing city of Rio including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, and the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema as well as finding the time to visit the magnificent Iguassu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.

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Salvador Historical City Tour
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Salvador Historical City Tour

Salvador at its finest

Discover the essential sights of Salvador on a half day tour tracing the development of the city from its simple beginnings to the what is now - the third largest city in Brazil. After a hotel pick up you will be taken to the mouth of the immense bay and then via elegant tree-lined avenues and bustling city streets to the Pelourinho, a Unesco Heritage site and the largest complex of colonial architecture in South America.

Leave your vehicle at the Muncipal Square and take the towering Lacerda Elevator, with great views of the bay stretching out to the lower city, before strolling through the narrow, busy streets lined with buildings in pastel shades, taking in the sights and sounds of this vibrant city. Then visit the church of Sao Francisco with its exuberant gold-leafed Baroque interior and the Pelourinho square, the heart of the old town.

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Half Day Corcovado Tour
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Half Day Corcovado Tour

Top of the world

After a beautiful scenic drive along famous Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches and past Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado hill where you begin a scenic train ride climbing the beautiful mountain where, at the summit, the statue of Christ the Redeemer looks over Rio and its famous landmarks.

The journey to the top is memorable but the views from the platform beneath the giant statue are stunning. In the distance are all those famous beaches, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the colourful favelas and the huge Maracana soccer stadium. This is the best spot to get the most spectacular views of Rio and this half day tour is a real must.

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Meeting of the Amazon Waters
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Meeting of the Amazon Waters

Amazonian adventure

This is a great tour to take while staying in the north of Brazil. Leave from the Tropical Hotel marina on the Rio Negro and sail down the river seeing the floating port of Manaus with typical Amazonian style boats and municipal market. After a short stop at the unbelievable ‘Meeting of The Waters’, where the Rio Negro and the Solimoes Rivers join to form the Amazon River, continue sailing to the Janauary Ecological Park.

Here you see the famous Vitoria Regia (Giant Lily pads) and other exotic flora and fauna. Then take a ride in a motorised canoe through the creeks that connect to the Rio Negro and the Solimoes Rivers. Lunch is then served at a floating restaurant, followed by a visit to the Indigenous artisans fair. Then return to the Tropical Hotel as the sun sets.

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Brazil Falls Tour
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Brazil Falls Tour

Day at the Falls

No trip to Brazil is complete without a visit to the stunning Iguassu Falls where huge curtains of water plummet down a a series of huge gorges on the border with Argentina. This memorable trip begins at the National Iguacu Park Visitors centre from where you drive through the lush subtropical vegetation of the national park en route to the falls.

Stroll along the trail descending the canyon that offers the most panoramic view of more than 240 falls then take the glass elevator up the cliff face for a view from the upper deck. The Iguassu National Park along with its 'sister' park in Argentina forms the most significant remaining rainforest in the southern cone which together with the cataracts has been declared a National Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Rio Helicopter Tour
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Rio Helicopter Tour

Look down on Rio

A helicopter tour is the best and most exciting way to admire the natural beauty of the city of Rio de Janeiro from a different angle. Due to the location of the heliport, within minutes of take off passengers will experience breathtaking views as you soar above the city looking down on so many of the iconic landmarks.

During this six minute adventure you will fly over Vermelha beach to admire the Sugar Loaf Mountain and then across the famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon gliding above the sun worshippers relaxing on the sands and playing in the waves. This helicopter flight may be short, but it will leave you with so many memories of your bird's eye views of Rio.



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Schooner Cruise and Lunch
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Schooner Cruise and Lunch

Schooner the better!

You are picked up at your hotel in Rio and taken to a comfortable schooner for a cruise to two of the 36 islands in this sparkling bay. This is a day of rest and relaxation offering great views of the city both on the outbound and homeward sailings. First stop is Frades (or Monk's) Island which is virtually uninhabited and home to the some of the best beaches in the bay.

Here you have time to swim in the warm inviting waters, or relax in the sun or the shade with a cold drink. Then continue cruising to the larger Itaparica Island for lunch. The colonial town of Itaparica has a charming waterfront which you can stroll along. Then return to the schooner, raise anchor and set off for Salvador with the setting sun flooding the city with a warm glow.

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Full Day Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tour
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Full Day Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tour

Use your loaf, reach the Redeemer

Leave after breakfast to visit the two most famous landmarks of Rio. More than a million tourists each year visit the world famous Sugar Loaf Mountain which has become an iconic symbol of the city. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars which stop first at the top of Urca Hill, then you continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf itself where you get great views of the entire city.

After the trip down you are taken for a delicious lunch before travelling to the bottom of the Corcovado Hill where you catch a train that climbs the mountain where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located, which has recently been elected as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. From the top beneath the huge statue you have a fantastic panoramic view of Rio.

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Canoa Quebrada
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Canoa Quebrada

Life's a beach

Here's your chance to spend the entire day in Canoa Quebrada, which is located around 150 miles from Fortaleza. The tour will take you along the Sol Nascente Route to the famous beach of Canoa Quebrada, which is a true tropical paradise. Here you can relax in the sun or take part in a whole range of water sports.

Canoa Quebrada is ideal for those who are looking for an exotic landscape. The shore is lined with red sand cliffs, perfect for taking in the spectacular views. This is still a simple town, with beach bungalows and fresh seafood shops, but it also has all the mod cons, with cyber cafes and many fun activities such as kite-surfing, paragliding and buggy tours.

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Gran Aventura with Argentina Falls
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Gran Aventura with Argentina Falls

Mission to the Falls

No visit to Brazil is complete without making a trip to the stunning Iguassu Falls located on the border with Argentina. From the entrance a small train takes you on a tour through the national park and following the paths to the top of the waterfalls, you experience spectacular views of the famous ‘Cataratas’ surrounded by nature.

The highlight of the tour is a visit to the very brink of the ‘Garganta do Diabo’ Waterfall (Devil’s Throat) – the largest fall in the park - in a motor boat. You take a five mile ride through the canyon of the Iguassu River, through the rapids and right up to the falls, which were featured in the hit film The Mission. Here you have the most exciting part of the tour at the face of the mighty San Martin Waterfall.

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Macuco Safari and Rafting
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Macuco Safari and Rafting

Wet and wild

On this twin adventure you get to go on safari as well as enjoying the thrill of white water rafting. Begin with the Macuco Safari where you are taken in an open wagon accompanied by a specialist guide into the forest seeing the wildlife and hearing all about the curiosities of the native flora and fauna. Then continue on foot up to the edge of the mighty Iguassu River.

From here you take an exciting ride in a motor boat right up to the face of the Falls, which were made famous by the film The Mission. Hear the thunder of the waters and prepare to get wet in the mist. The final thrill of the day is a rafting experience on the rapids of the Iguassu River where you descend for three miles in inflatable rafts. Helmets and all safety gear are provided.

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Tropical Islands and Lunch
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Tropical Islands and Lunch

Fun day on the islands

The Tropical Islands are part of the Sepetiba Bay, which is located in the city of Itacuruca. This tour includes the ride from the hotel in the morning, travelling the 80 miles from Rio de Janeiro to the Port of Itacuruca where you board a yacht, which is crewed by well-trained lifeguards, to begin your voyage out to the islands.

Tropical fruits and the famous “caipirinha” are served on board. Before reaching the island, where you have lunch, the yacht will make a stop for those who want to go diving or swimming in the very clear waters of the bay. The lunch is buffet style with a great variety of seafood on a barbecue. You stay at the islands for around three hours and there are lots of water sports for you to enjoy.

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Mosquiero Island
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Mosquiero Island

Island in the sun

On this full-day tour to the "Bucolic Island," as the Mosqueiro Island is known, you take an 80 minute drive from Belem over the one mile long Sebastiao de Oliveira Bridge, which leads to the island. Here you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Marajo Bay, and there will be time for swimming and sunbathing at one of the 16 beaches.

Thousands of Belem residents beat the heat by flocking to Mosqueiro’s freshwater beaches and this is a fun area, particularly during summer weekends. The beaches on Ilha de Marajo and the Atlantic coast are the best overall, but there are great watersport activities on many of the others making this a good place to relax and soak up the sun.

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Ouro Preto and Mariana Tour with Lunch
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Ouro Preto and Mariana Tour with Lunch

Visit the Enchanted City

Mariana - also known as the Enchanted City - was founded in 1696, and was for a short time the capital of Minas Gerais. The town, originally called the Royal Village of Our Lady of Carmel, received its present name Mariana in 1745 in honour of the Queen Maria Ana and this is a rewarding tour with lots to see and do during an action packed day.

You start by walking down the picturesque streets to see houses that date back to the beginning of the 18th century, with balconies of wood, iron and soapstone. In Minas Gerais Plaza you visit the St. Francis of Assis Church, known for its richly sculpted door, the Our Lady of Carmel Church, the City Hall, the Pillory and a lunch is included in the tour.

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Sao Paulo City Tour and Snake Farm
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Sao Paulo City Tour and Snake Farm

Tour full of hissstory!

You start this tour in the beautiful district of Liberdade, the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. It is adorned with traditional decorations and filled with great restaurants. Continue towards the Praca da Se in the downtown area and visit the majestic cathedral with its splendid windows, and then walk to the Pateo do Colegio where the city of Sao Paulo was founded.

A fascinating stop is then made at the Butanta snake farm, a world known institution where snakes are kept for poison extraction, which later is used as antidote against bites and tropical diseases. Then visit one of the most elegant areas of the city, the El Higienopolis district, and see the museum of precious Brazilian stones. After a barbecue lunch visit parks and more spectacular markets.

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Petropolis Tour
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Petropolis Tour

From metropolis to Petropolis

When staying in the buzzing city of Rio de Janeiro it is easy to just chill out on one of the famous beaches between visits to the iconic sights like Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Statue of Christ the Redeemer at Corcavado. But sometimes it's worth venturing outside the city and this tour to the fascinating town of Petropolis is one trip you should make.

This city is located in the Serra dos Orgaos, only one hour from Rio. On arrival you visit the Imperial Museum, old summer residence of the imperial family during the 19th century, where you see a fabulous collection of art objects and jewels, including the famous Imperial Crown. During your stay in Petropolis, you also visit the Crystal Palace and the Sao Pedro de Alcantara Neolithic Cathedral.

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Samba Samba with BBQ Dinner
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Samba Samba with BBQ Dinner

Samba and supper

No other music is more Brazilian than samba, and no other samba is more authentic than that found at one of Rio's famous samba schools. Visit one these "escolas de samba" as they open their dance floors for "rehearsals" and enjoy a combination of a party and a performance as the colourful dancers prepare for the coming of Carnival.

There is nothing quite like a Brazilian samba and the shows display the passion the dancers have for the music and rhythms. The drums and swaying crowds at the school will have you on your feet in no time at all. This visit begins with dinner at a typical barbecue restaurant for a non-stop feast of Brazilian meats, salads, vegetables and drinks.

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