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Experience the best of Brazil on this epic adventure full of nature, nightlife and non-stop action. Get the party started in the urban jungle of Rio, salsa through to the pristine rainforests of Paraty and wind up, caipirinha in hand, on the idyllic beaches of Ilha Grande. With endless activities to choose from, you've got the freedom and flexibility at your fingertips to create your own experience in this slice of Brazilian paradise: samba dance on the streets of Lapa or paddle-board off the coast of Copacabana in Rio, hike through steamy jungles on or take a cocktail masterclass in Paraty, feel the salty sea breeze on a speed boat around Ilha Grande or simply flop and drop on some of the best beaches in the world - the choice is yours! With your legendary leader on hand to take the hassle out of travel, leave your guidebook at home and let the local expert share the secrets to this South American gem that not even Instagram knows about. What are you waiting for?
Rio de JaneiroBem-Vindos! Welcome to Brazil. The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio', and we tend to agree! In this vibrant city – set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugarloaf and Corcovado – it's hard not to be caught up in the passion of the city's residents (known as Cariocas). Enjoy free time to explore on your own until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm.
Ilha GrandeToday you’ll take a shared transfer to the port followed by a ferry to the incredible island getaway of Ilha Grande (approximately 5 hours in total). This island paradise of pristine beaches and rainforest was once a pirate’s lair, a leper colony and a prison for violent criminals! But don’t worry, it’s now perfectly safe to explore, and you have over two full days to do so. One of the magical things about Ilha Grande is that it’s been largely untouched by development – there are no private cars or banks on the island, so while this inaccessibility adds to the charm, make sure you bring cash with you.
Rio de JaneiroWave goodbye to the island life this morning as you board a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba, followed by a minivan back to Rio de Janeiro. (Approximately 3.5 hours) The rest of the day is free to explore or simply hit the beach and relax – perhaps rent a stand-up paddle board on Copacabana beach and get a view of the Rio coastline from out on the water. Later, you might like to join your leader on a hike to Urca Hill (known by many as the sugar loaf hike), you can catch the cable car if you prefer, but there’s nothing more rewarding on a clear day, than the phenomenal sunset over Rio that greets you at the top. This evening, perhaps head out with your group and dance the night away in the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa, renowned for its live music, dance halls and open-air samba jams!
Rio de JaneiroThere are no activities planned for today or accommodation included tonight, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end! If you’re looking for an active adventure that takes you off the beaten track, ask your leader about one of the incredible hiking tours available. Whether you want to discover the hidden beaches of Rio or challenge yourself to reach the renowned Pedra Bonita summit, there’s something for all abilities. Alternatively, book onto the Urban Adventures Rio Jungle Bike Tour and venture into the Brazilian rainforest (and beyond) with an expert guide, find out more at urbanadventures.com. For the environment enthusiasts, opt for the Rio Eco City Tour and visit all the main ‘green’ areas and eco-parks in Rio within 1 day. With plenty to choose from, we highly recommend extending your time in this beautiful city. We’ll be happy to help you out with extra accommodation (subject to availability) – just ask us at the time of booking.
ParatyThis morning, you’ll join the locals on a bus from Rio to Paraty. It will take approximately 4 hours, so make sure you’ve charged your phone and have plenty of tunes to keep you going – or use this time to get to know your new friends, or the locals! The remainder of today and tomorrow are free to explore Paraty at your own pace. Check out the town’s pretty architecture as you wander along the cobbled, pedestrian-only streets (which become partly covered in seawater at high tide!) or take an adventure into the rainforest and follow one of the trails into this tropical national park – keeping an eye out for colourful birds and cascading waterfalls. Alternatively, get onboard a boat and cruise along the island-studded bay for scenic views of the stunning coast – the choice is yours!
Ilha GrandeEnjoy two full free days to explore Ilha Grande. With swimming, snorkelling, seafood and scenery for days, Ilha Grande has something for everyone and you’re sure to find your own slice of paradise here. Whether you want to hang out with your travel mates or go off and do your own thing, there’s no rules and no itinerary to follow, so enjoy the freedom and endless options. Wander along rainforest trails to beautiful and remote beaches (Lopes Mendes and Aventureiro Beach are among the most scenic) or take an optional boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon, beach hopping through Ilha Grande Bay along the way, or simply indulge in the abundance of fresh fish dishes or a dip in the clear water. This evening why not catch up with the rest of the group and relax with a caipirinha at a restaurant or bar in Vila do Abraao, the main town.
- Leave the guidebook at home and get to know Rio with on orientation walk with your expert leader- they know where to find those hidden hot spots that won’t return a result on a search engine.
- Party down with the locals in the streets of colonial Paraty, where Portugal meets Brazil, jungle meets sea and relaxation meets adventure.
- Bliss out with two full days to explore the amazing island of Ilha Grande. With its virgin rainforests, blue lagoons and splendid beaches, you’d never imagine that it had such a treacherous pirate history!
- Paddle through mangroves on a kayak, discover jungle and waterfalls on a jeep tour or explore some of Brazil’s breathtaking beaches – the options are endless during your free time in Paraty!
- Explore the best of Brazil knowing that you’re in the safe and knowledgeable hands of your expert leader. They’re on hand to make sure you have a hassle-free, fun-filled adventure!
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The trip was both both educational and exciting. I very much enjoyed the sights and culture.
The itinerary was just as I expected! The guide was very good as were the accomodations
Intrepid did such a great job. I never had to worry about where I was supposed to be and it felt so good not to worry about a thing but just to enjoy myself. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about culture and history.
Taiwan people very friendly. Accommodation were centrally located and easily accessible. Did extra activities then in brochure which was greatly.
Larus our tour guide did an excellent job and was very attentive to our needs. He is very knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor.
Our guide Tarang chandola was exceptional. Courteous, knowledgeable, organized, polite, professional and went above and beyond taking care of our needs and requests offen anticipating what that might be. He made sure we all had the best possible time and offered suggestions to meet the needs of everyone on the tour. This made the trip even more enjoyable.
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