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.
Brazil is definitely one of the most attractive, enticing and exciting travel destinations in the world. It is a country delicately shaped by Mother Nature, known for its good-tempered and hospitable people, for the beauty and truly positive outlook on life of its inhabitants.
Brazilians enjoy a good party whatever the circumstances. Rio is the hottest of destinations, particularly around Carnival time. Dancers gyrate, the music beats and the summer temperature rises. Almost anything goes. Bodies of all ages, colours and sizes don the very minimum in beachwear and idle away the days on the sun-kissed Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.
The population of Brazil is a big melting pot of races, including indigenous people, descendants of slaves from Africa and the offspring of European immigrants. This variety is reflected in the food, architecture, music and culture of Brazil. It is this massive assortment of places, people and traditions that makes Brazil such an interesting country to visit.
The Iguassu falls are the most overwhelming falls in South America. The Iguassu National Park is a natural wonder of tropical nature, vistas, and 275 thundering cascades. You can view the falls from both: the Brazil and Argentina side.
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.
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)
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Overview Brazil is bigger than the United States (excluding Alaska) and the journey from Recife in the east to the western border with Peru is longer than that from London to Moscow, and the distance between the northern and southern borders is about the same as that between New York and Los Angeles.
Roughly two-thirds of Brazil’s population live near the coast and well over half live in cities. In Rio and São Paulo, Brazil has two of the world’s great metropolises. Most Brazilians speak Portuguese but there are also Spanish speakers who won’t understand Portuguese.
In the extreme south German and eastern European immigration has left distinctive traces; São Paulo has the world’s largest Japanese community outside Japan; a large Afro-Brazilian population is concentrated in Rio, Salvador and São Luís; while the Indian influence is very visible in the Amazon.
Where to go The three largest cities in Brazil; São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are worth visiting but Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in pictures, is the one essential destination.
The South, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul includes much of the enormous Paraná River system. Further south-west are the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, one of the great natural wonders of South America.
The Central Brazil is dominated by an enormous plateau of savanna and rock escarpments. In the middle, lies Brasília, the country’s space-age capital, and gateway to Mato Grosso. It includes the Pantanal, the largest wetlands in the world and the richest wildlife reserve anywhere in the Americas. North and west Mato Grosso shades into the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin that also contains two major cities – Belém, at the mouth of the Amazon itself, and Manaus, some 1600km upstream.
The Northeast, the part of Brazil that curves out into the Atlantic Ocean is a region of dramatic contrasts: a lush tropical coastline with the best beaches in Brazil. Two of its largest cities; Recife and Salvador, are most heavily Afro-Brazilian and a fascinating place to visit.
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. The only part of Brazil that ever gets really cold is the South and Southeast, the region roughly from central Minas Gerais to Rio Grande do Sul that includes Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Porto Alegre.
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 and May the temperatures begin to decline and by end April, Pantanal enters its dry season.
June and July is winter in Brazil but temperatures rarely hit freezing overnight. It is a good time to visit the Green Coast between Rio and Sao Paulo; evenings are cooler, but the air is fresh and the sea still warm. Bahia's rainy season tends to begin in June, with one or two showers that arrive in the afternoon.
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.
Visa Visas for Brazil are not required by all nationals of EU countries for stays of up to 90 days. Visas are required by nationals of Australia, Canada and the USA. Other national to check with Brazilian Consulate in their respective countries.
For UK Travellers: British nationals can normally enter Brazil without a visa as a tourist.
Make sure you comply with Brazilian immigration laws on arrival in the country. You must satisfy the Federal Police (the Brazilian immigration authority) of your intended purpose of visit. You will need to be able to demonstrate that you have enough money for the duration of your stay, and provide details of your accommodation and evidence of return or onward travel. Make sure your passport is stamped. If it is not, you may be fined on departure. Keep your immigration landing card. You’ll need it when you leave. If you lose it you may be fined.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Brazil.
For further information about visas see the website of the Brazilian Consulate in London.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk