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Sao Paulo, Iguassu Falls, Rio de Janeiro and Buzios

11 days Independent Touring

Virgin Holidays' view

Fancy big adventures in Brazil? This journey combines some of the best sights Brazil has to offer, from the rugged jungles of Iguassu to the iconic sights of Rio de Janeiro. All topped off with a few nights on the glorious, relaxing beaches of Buzios.

Itinerary

Day 1: São Paulo

Arrive and private transfer to your hotel in São Paulo for your overnight stay.

Day 2: São Paulo — Iguassu Falls

Private transfer to São Paulo airport for the flight to Foz do Iguassu. Arrive and transfer to your hotel for 2 nights. The Iguaçu River is born in the Serra do Mar and travels 1320 km to Foz do Iguaçu. The set of waterfalls, shortly before their encounter with the Paraná River, formed 275 jumps with an average height of 60m. The falls produce a mist that crowned by beautiful and immense rainbows, give the visitor a true spectacle of sound and colours. Enjoy a private half day visit to the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. The tour starts with a visit to the Main Centre of the park, where you will have the opportunity to get some hints about the local ecosystem. From there hike along the most important trail of the park where you can enjoy an astonishing view of the waterfalls returning to main point via the panoramic elevator. Extend along the Macuco Trail in the Iguazú National Park. Electric transportation is the best way to see the forest, due to the unpaved land, but it's accessible all year round. On this trip you will be surprised by the biodiversity, rich in subtropical plants and trees, including orchids and fan palms, that grow in abundance. After you will walk 600 meters on foot to the waterfalls of Macuco, hidden in the wooded canyon. The trail will lead you to the Iguassu river shore, where you will board an inflatable boat with two motors to navigate upstream, offering a unique view of this place. (B)

Day 3: Iguassu Falls

After breakfast you will enjoy a trip to the Argentinian side of the Falls, famed for the best views. On different footbridges, you will visit the heart of the waterfalls, appreciating them from different angles. You will then visit the lower and upper circuit, stopping at different viewpoints, and then reach the balcony at Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat). At 80m tall, this is the most amazing of all falls. (B)

Day 4: Iguassu Falls — Rio de Janeiro

Private transfer to Foz do Iguassu airport for the flight to Rio de Janeiro. Private transfer to your hotel for 5 nights. (B)

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro (shared service). Board the cog train from Cosme Velho Station for a ride to the top of Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the world's most famous landmarks, the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer. The 20 minutes' steep train journey takes you through the dense rainforest of Tijuca, offering a wonderful opportunity for a look at the forest's lush tropical vegetation and to enjoy scenic landscapes of the beaches and city. At the top proceed up the steps that lead to the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer and spend some time enjoying the panoramic view of this beautiful city from the incredible mountain-top vantage point. Passing by Rio's world-famous beaches, you stop for lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, you will be taken to the neighbourhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You will travel all the way to the top in two stages by cable car. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high with beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the top. At 395 meters we will enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. After riding the Cable car back down, return to the hotel. (B/L)

Days 6-8: Rio de Janeiro

Days at leisure in Rio de Janeiro. (B)

Day 9: Rio de Janeiro — Buzios

At the scheduled time, transfer by road (3 hours) from Rio de Janeiro to Búzios. In the afternoon enjoy a shared Peninsula Tour by Buzios trolley. The trolley is completely open providing a view without ‘frames‘, visiting the most beautiful and hardly ever visited places in Búzios. (B)

Days 10-11: Buzios

Enjoy days at leisure in Buzios. (B)

Day 12: Buzios — Rio de Janeiro — São Paulo

Private transfer by road to Rio de Janeiro airport for your flight to São Paulo to connect to the Virgin Atlantic flight. (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Please note: this is a confirmed itinerary where hotels, transfers and guided excursions are pre-booked in a package. Airport transfers and some excursions are private, we list where excursions are shared.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

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Extensions

We feature 3 night extensions to the Amazon Eco Lodge and a beach break in Buzios which can be added onto most of our set itineraries and tours. If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can also tailor make this for you. Our expert touring team can arrange this with you, please contact them on 0344 739 4548 or email Enquiries.Journeys@virginholidays.com

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