Explore the colourful, exotic and vibrant sites of Brazil on this unique introductory family adventure designed for all ages! Based from family-friendly, well-located lodges and hotels, discover Brazil’s diverse landscape beginning in Bonito. Bonito is an ecotourism paradise chock full of natural attractions: crystal clear rivers, cascading waterfalls, and caves. Enjoy hiking, tubing down rivers, snorkeling with a vast array of multicolored fish, zip lining and more! Continue on to the largest continuous wetland on the planet with some of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in the world- the Pantanal! End in Rio de Janeiro- the cultural heart and soul of the country- and along the famous Costa Verde (the Green Cost) to the historic town of Paraty. Once Brazil’s main gold export port, Paraty is located at the end of a gorgeous bay and surrounded by towering, tropical mountains and hundreds of islands where pirates used have their hideouts! On this family adventure enjoy educational nature walks, exhilarating safaris and boat rides and have the chance to meet with locals and discuss life in Brazil. Aimed at involving the entire family.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL Arrival in Bonito. Bonito is an ecotourism paradise chock full of natural attractions: crystal clear rivers, cascading waterfalls, caves and more. Enjoy hiking, tubing down rivers, snorkeling with a vast array of multicolored fish, and zip lining. Located in the mountains of Serra da Bodoquena, this small town is the ultimate jump off point for family-based eco adventures! Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in the comfortable and spacious Hotel Cabanas.
DAY 2: TUBING AND SNORKELING ON RIO DA PRATA Today we grab our innertubes and head for the river! In the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata a gentle river winds through the lush forest and takes us to a fantastic underwater world, inhabited by dozens of species of fish and aquatic plants. You’ll find yourself surrounded by several species of fish in the Pantanal, such as piraputangas, curimbatas, pacu, piaus, and matogrossinhos, among others. Snorkeling and scuba diving in Bonito and Jardim MS are extraordinary: the crystal clear waters, rich in biodiversity of the Pantanal, are not to be missed. The bird watching and horseback riding are also part of the activities offered at the Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata; there are 200 recorded species of birds! Enjoy exploring this amazing reserve and park with your own naturalist guide. Overnight at Hotel Cabanas. [BL]
DAY 3: GRUTA DO LAGO AZUL + ESTÂNCIA MIMOSA The Blue Lake Cave (Gruta do Lago Azul) was discovered by a Terena Indian in 1924, and it is one of the most breathtaking natural features in the region. Today we follow a trail and descend 300 steps down into the cave, 260 feet deep and 390 feet wide. Here we see the breathtaking translucent azure waters of the Blue Lake. As the sunlight penetrates the wide chamber, and hits the surface of the subterranean lake, it turns the water intensely blue, giving the site its name. The floor of the subterranean lake, acts as a time capsule, housing numerous bones of Pleistocene mammals, which helps give us a glimpse into the past of this amazing region. Next, we head out to Estância Mimosa: a mix of stunning, well-preserved forest, trails, waterfalls and caves. Our guide will lead us on a trail that takes us deep into the forest stopping for a dip and quick swim at eight waterfalls. Along the way, we will see, and have the opportunity to explore, numerous small caves. Finally we will have a chance at stand up paddling in the rivers as we take in the gorgeous views of the surrounding mountain range. Overnight at Hotel Cabanas. [BL]
DAY 4: BONITO- SOUTHERN PANTANAL After breakfast, depart for your flight to Campo Grande: the gateway to the Southern Pantanal. The Pantanal, the largest continuous wetland on the planet and declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, is South America’s primary wildlife sanctuary. With a total area of approximately 58,000 square miles, the Pantanal marks the heart of the South American continent brings together several diverse regions: the Amazon rainforest, the Caatinga, the Brazilian Savannah, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Paraguayan Chaco. This amazing conjunction of ecosystems boats an equally fantastic biodiversity including: 698 bird species, 80 mammals, 260 fish species and 50 reptiles. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and you will embark on an adventure out to Fazenda San Francisco (drive time approx 3.5 hours). Fazenda San Francisco, located in the heart of the wild southern Pantanal, is an authentic family-run ranch. Here, visitors have the chance to create unique experiences by choosing their own adventures. The ranch, built in the regional traditional style, offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning, glass windows, ceiling fans, private bathrooms (hot and cold water), a swimming pool with an adjoining covered area for meals, large verandas with hammocks, bar, and restaurant. The excellent regional food consists of dishes made from delicious local meat and fish, as well as featuring organic salads, vegetables and seasonal fruits. Overnight at Fazenda San Francisco. [BLD]
DAY5: PANTANAL EXPLORATION* Wake up and discover the marvelous flora and fauna of the Pantanal! With your expert local naturalist guide and by either by truck, horseback, canoe or foot (depending the season) you will be able to interact with and gain deeper understandings of this complex ecosystem. Choose from a wide variety of excursions that speak most to your interests. In the evenings, climb up 82ft high in the Monkey’s Tower to watch the region’s unforgettable sunsets. Choose one of the nights during your stay to take part in a nighttime wildlife viewing excursion where you have the chance to see the heightened nocturnal activity of the Pantanal come to life. Overnight at Fazenda San Francisco. [BLD] *See list of some of the activities offered below pricing.
DAY 6: DEEPER INTO THE PANTANAL Today we head out and continue deeper into the exhilarating world of the Pantanal (Drive approx 2 hours). Upon arrival at Pousada Aguape, you have the chance to rest and get settled. In the evening take off in a 4X4 vehicle or in boat (depending on the season), to observe the nocturnal animals such as anteaters, foxes, capybaras and caimans. Listen to the chorus of frogs and insects, and watch the explosion of stars paint the breathtaking Pantanal sky. Overnight at Pousada Aguape. [BLD]
DAY 7: PANTANAL EXPLORATION Using Pousada Aguape as your base, head out with specialist guides to further explore the Pantanal! You will have the choice from several different activities that range from hiking, boat tours, horseback riding, photo safaris, to cattle driving with local cowboys! Overnight at Pousada Aguape. [BLD]
DAY 8: PANTANAL-RIO DE JANEIRO Breakfast followed by departure to Campo Grande, where we catch our flight to Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is the cultural capital of Brazil. Over nearly 500 years of history, it has been the main hub for the country’s principal cultural exports and home to countless international art exhibitions and musical events. Rio’s architecture offers a stunning variety of churches and buildings dating back to the 16th century, blending with modern designs of the 20th. In southern neighborhood, along the sea front, the city preserves the memory of names such as Tom Jobim and João Gilberto, who wrote the first chords of the Bossa Nova. Upon arrival in Rio you will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel on the famous Copacabana beach. Enjoy the evening to relax and explore the beach. Overnight at Copacabana Tulip Inn. [B]
DAY 9: SUGAR LOAF AND CHRIST THE REDEEMER Breakfast and departure to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain. It was at the feet of Urca Hill that the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded in 1565 by Estácio de Sá. Upon arrival you have the chance to take an exhilarating ride on the cablecar from Praia Vermelha to Urca Hill (700 ft), a point from which one can see Corcovado, the Rio-Niterói bridge, Guanabara Bay and its islands with a majestic background of lush, emerald mountains that surround and protect the city. From Urca hill you continue on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain (1,295 ft). From here you have a unique vista of Copacabana and the Santa Cruz Fortress. After your decent from Sugar Loaf, take off to the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain! Enjoy the trolly car ride up the side of the mountain and take in the sweeping panoramic views of Rio. Overnight at Copacabana Tulip Inn. [B]
DAY 10: RIO DE JANEIRO- COSTA VERDE- PARATY After breakfast, hit the road and head south along Brazil’s famous Costa Verde (green coast). Pass lush mountains, hidden coves, and hundreds of islands as we approach Paraty (approx 4 hour drive). Upon arrival in Paraty, set out on a walking city tour. Paraty is a charming and fantastically preserved colonial city. To walk through the Historic Center of Paraty is to enter another era. The construction of the houses and churches reflect a period style of the 18th century. Look for the mysterious masonry symbols, which decorate its walls,let your imagination take you back to the colonial days when Paraty was Brazil’s main gold port and pirantes awaited Portuguese ships in their island hideouts. Paraty was ultimately abandoned as a port due to the constant pirate assaults and was only recently reclaimed as a World Heritage Site and jump off point for outdoor enthusiasts. Overnight in the historic center at the lovely Pousada Literaria. [B]
DAY 11: STAND UP OR KAYAKING + BRAZILIAN CULINARY EXPERIENCE After a delicious breakfast on the patio, depart for the beach!
Choose from Stand Up Paddle (SUP) or Kayaking. Stand Up Paddling (SUP) – The protected flat waters of Paraty’s bay have perfect Stand up Paddling conditions and with the use of our support boat is possible to explore the best spots in the bay! After the safety instructions on Jabaquara beach, just outside the old town, we paddle to the support boat that will take us out the bay. Note: This tour is suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers as you can paddle as much or as little as you like. Non-paddlers are welcome to enjoy the trip from the boat.
Kayaking – Paddling across the warm and sheltered waters of the bay of Paraty is a great way to escape the boat-tripping crowds, see wildlife and visit places like the mangroves that aren’t accessible in any other way. The views of the old town and the coastal mountain range behind Paraty are spectacular. There are various routes visiting tropical mangroves, an old gun emplacement and beautiful sandy beaches. Note: No previous experience is necessary. We give paddling and safety instructions for sea kayaks. This evening, we have a special opportunity to take part in local cooking class with famous Brazilian Chef, Yara Roberts. Learning a culture’s culinary traditions is by far and away one of the best ways to gain new perspectives on who people are and where they come from. The excitement begins at 8pm and ends around 11:30pm. Yara Roberts gets the ball rolling by teaching us how to make and serve her famous caipirinhas (non-alcoholic for the kids). Then guests get together around the stove to participate in the preparation of our great meal! After we finish cooking, we sit down together at a specially decorated table to enjoy our several course meal that consists of starter, main course, side dish, salad and dessert, and accompanied with Argentine or Chilean wine (soda, water or juice for the kids!). Finish with coffee, mint tea or cachaça. Overnight at Pousada Literaria. [
BD] DAY 12:SONO BEACH HIKE After breakfast we head out to begin a trek to secluded Sono Beach (Praia do Sono), that can only be reached via foot or private boat. From the hotel, we transfer to Laranjeiras beach- our trekking base for the day. We begin by following a trail through the Cairuçu Environmental Protected Area (part of the Atlantic Rainforest). We walk for about an hour through the forest. Along the way we see numerous types of flora, colorful birds and monkeys. There a stop along the way in covered shelter to escape the heat and drink water. Upon arrival at Sono Beach, let yourself go: dive into the glittering waters and swim for a while or just relax in the sun on this golden beach! For those who are not tired, you have the optional to continue on the next beach: Antigos (further), a deserted beach near Praia do Sono, located in the middle of striking natural beauty. Overnight at Pousada Literaria. [B]
DAY 13: DEPARTURE This morning you will be met at your hotel and escorted back to the Rio de Janeiro airport (approx 4 hour drive) where you will catch your flight home. [B]
International and connecting domestic flights are not include
Visas or vaccinations
Single accommodation (available on request)
This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.