Brazil

Become an honorary Brazilian with a samba class in Rio de Janeiro. Then trek along the Amazon River and go canoeing, piranha fishing and alligator spotting. Enjoy stunning views from Sugarloaf and Corcovado (Hunchback) mountains in Rio, then feast on feijoada, a black bean stew made with beef and pork. You’ll also visit Paraty on Brazil’s Costa Verde, between Rio and São Paulo. Its Portuguese colonial center features cobbled streets and 17th– and 18th-century buildings dating to its time as a port during the Brazilian Gold Rush. Finally, you’ll see awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls, located on the border with Argentina.

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Language

Portuguese

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Time Zone

GMT -3
GMT -4 in the Amazon

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Currency

Brazilian Real (BRL)

Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

Average Temp

75° F

Brazil Expedition

Salvador, Samba & Saudade

Nomads

Inspire Your Expedition with Our Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – MANAUS, BRAZIL

Arrive in Manaus

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Quality Hotel Manaus

Day 2 – AMAZON CRUISE

Private morning tour of Manaus:

  • Rio Negro Palace
  • São Sebastião Square
  • Opera House & Teatro Amazonas
  • Indian Museum

Board the Amazon Clipper:

  • Preliminary information & lectures
  • Explore small creeks in canoes & listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals

Accommodations: Amazon Clipper Premium
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – AMAZON CRUISE

  • Explore the water’s edge in canoes in search of parrots & toucans
  • Jungle walk & swim
  • Anavilhanas National Park by canoe

Accommodations: Amazon Clipper Premium
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – AMAZON CRUISE

  • Fish for piranhas & other fish
  • Visit a Native Community
  • Swim, canoe & see pink river dolphins & other wildlife

Accommodations: Amazon Clipper Premium
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – AMAZON CRUISE / SALVADOR (BAHIA)

  • Explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Pier

Disembark & transfer to the airport for flight to Salvador

Private transfer to hotel

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Bahia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – SALVADOR

Private full day tour:

  • São Francisco Church
  • Mercado Modelo & Lacerda Elevator from lookout point
  • Pelourinho District
  • Centenary Avenue drive through “low city”

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Bahia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – SALVADOR

Choice of one activity:

  • Full-day schooner cruise to Itaparica
  • Cachoeira colonial village
  • Gastronomic tour & cooking class

Accommodations: Hotel Villa Bahia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – SALVADOR / RIO DE JANEIRO

Private transfer to airport for flight to Rio

Private afternoon tour:

  • Drive through residential & downtown areas
  • Cable car to top of Sugar Loaf Mountain

Evening samba lesson or visit to a gafierira (dance hall) (supplement applies)

Accommodations: Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – RIO DE JANEIRO

Private morning tour :

  • Cosme Velho funicular to top of Corcovado Mountain – “Christ the Redeemer”

Optional afternoon Bicycle ride along Copacabana & Ipanema beaches (supplement applies)

Accommodations: Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – RIO DE JANEIRO – PETRÓPOLIS

Private tour of Petrópolis:

  • Crystal Palace & Imperial Museum
  • St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral – royal burial sites

Accommodations: Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 – RIO DE JANEIRO / PARATY

Private transfer to Paraty (approx. 4.5 hours)

Walking tour of colonial town on the Costa Verde

Accommodations: Pousada do Sandi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – PARATY

Schooner cruise to islands & beaches:

  • Swimming & snorkeling

Accommodations: Pousada do Sandi
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 – PARATY / IGUAÇU FALLS (BRAZIL SIDE)

Private transfer to Rio airport for flight to Iguaçu Falls

Private transfer to hotel within Iguaçu Park

Afternoon walking tour of the Brazilian side

Accommodations: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 – IGUAZÚ FALLS (ARGENTINA SIDE)

Train ride on the Argentine side of the falls:

  • Upper & Lower circuits
  • Hike catwalks over, under and into the falls
  • Platform overlooking “Devil’s Throat”

Optional helicopter ride over the falls (supplement applies)

Accommodations: Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 – IGUAZÚ FALLS / HOMEWARD BOUND

Private transfer to airport to connect to flight home

Meals: Breakfast

Starting at $5,390 per person
(two travelers, double occupancy, airfare not included)

Itineraries are customized to travelers’ interests and preferences.
Final prices will vary based on dates of travel and number of travelers.

I used to be a travel agent and booked all my own travel. Those days are over now that I found NEI for our bucket list trip to the Galapagos! Can’t wait for our next adventure !!! Thanks for everything!!!!

Rozie & Larry D.
Cleveland, Ohio

When to go:

Year-round

What to eat:

Moqueca (fish stew), Pão de queijo (cheese bread), Brigadeiro (chocolate truffles)

What to pack:

Shirts & t-shirts; trousers, jeans, shorts; light jacket or sweater; rain jacket; waterproof clothing; shawl or scarf; swimwear; comfortable walking & hiking shoes; sunscreen, sunglasses, hat; insect repellent; camera equipment; universal adapter

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