South Brazil: See & Do it ALL in 13 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Flightseeing Tour Over & Boat Ride to the Continent’s Grandest Waterfalls
► Exploring Both the Brazilian & Argentinean Side of Iguazu Falls
► Sightseeing in South America’s Most Famous City
► Wetland Cruises & Lodging Inside the Jungle
► A Daytrip to Brazil’s Most Stylist Beach Resort
► Horseback Riding Through a Lagoon
► An Expedition Around the Country’s Most Popular Island
► Visiting 2 Postcard-Perfect Colonial Towns
► Sailing Along the Tropical Coastline
► Snorkeling in Clear Waters
► And Much, Much More...
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking Tour Guides
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 4
Dinners x 2
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: A Unique Place to Start Our Trip
Our tour begins in the city of Foz do Iguaçu. Its waterfalls, called Iguazu Falls, literally separate Brazil from its neighboring countries. Iguazu is the largest waterfall system in the world. This is the perfect destination to start our trip.
Day 2: A Helicopter Ride Over One of the Biggest Waterfalls on Earth
Before taking a helicopter ride over the gigantic waterfalls, we explore the Brazilian side by foot as well as discover the creatures that live within the park: jaguars, butterflies, raccoons, monkeys, coral snakes, toucans, parrots and yellow-breasted caimans.
Day 3: Exploring Argentina's Side of the Falls & Confronting the Falls by Boat
Today we make a daytrip to the Argentinean side of the waterfalls. The falls are shared by the Iguazu National Park (Argentina) and Iguaçu National Park (Brazil). The two parks were designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984 and 1987, respectively.
Day 4: Arriving on the Country's Most Visited Island
After flying from Foz do Iguaçu to Florianopolis and be taken to the nearby island of Santa Catarina, we are provided with a guided tour of the south. The highlights today are the hiking trails and the historic village of Ribeirao da Ilha. Campeche Island, which is a 45-minute boat ride away, is also a highlight. Note, however, visiting this island is included on today’s tour only when the weather permits. If it does not, then we go swimming at a beach called Ribeirao da Ilha.
Day 5: Glimmering Beaches, Great Nightlife, Wild Nature, Latin Flare & European Influence
Home to fancy hotels, resorts, charming hostels, beach clubs and a lively nightlife scene, it should come as no surprise that Santa Catarina is Brazil’s most visited island. Today we are taken on a guided tour around the central and eastern areas. The highlights are the charming government buildings, the colonial-era churches, the public market, 1 lagoon and 3 exotic beaches.
Day 6: The World's Largest Tropical Wetland Area
Today we fly from the city of Florianopolis to the city of Campo Grande and are then driven to a tropical wetland area called Pantanal Matogrossense National Park. Part of what makes this segment of our tour so enrichening is the experience of lodging within the park. Note that all meals are included by the ecolodge during our stay, as are all the boat tours, of course.
Day 7: Horseback Riding Through a Lagoon & Jungle
Pantanal encompasses the world's largest tropical wetland area and the world's largest flooded grasslands. Along with exploring the area by boat, we go horseback riding on a farm. Expect to get wet, as the horses step through a lagoon.
Day 8: An Animal Kingdom Located within a Huge Ecosystem
We spend today exploring Pantanal some more. The highlight is seeing so much wildlife. Animals commonly spotted are jaguars, lowland tapirs, giant anteaters, deer, caimans, black howler monkeys and southern tamanduas. In the evening, we return to the city of Campo Grande and sleep at a hotel relatively near to the airport.
Day 9: A Colonial Gem of a Town
We fly this morning from the city of Campo Grande to the city of Belo Horizonte and are then driven to the colonial town of Ouro Preto. After getting situation at the hotel, we are taken to the nearby colonial town of Mariana. There we are provided with a guided tour. Mariana is the oldest town in the state of Minas Gerais. It was founded on July 16, 1696. Mariana retains the characteristics of a baroque town, with its churches, historic buildings and museums.
Day 10: Picturesque Architecture & Cobblestone Streets
Before returning to the city of Belo Horizonte so we can fly out to the city of Rio de Janeiro, we explore Ouro Preto in depth with our tour guide. This former colony owes to the riches that were once extracted from below it. Now a focal point of arts and education, Ouro Preto was once an important center for mining and government. Fortunately, its history has left it with attractive baroque buildings and lasting ambiance. Although this steep town’s sites are a bit spread out and are otherwise church-centric (23 churches to be exact), there’s something to be said about Ouro Preto being one of Brazil’s most visited urban destinations. The narrow and stone-paved streets generally and the spectacular panorama views of fine architecture especially are enough reasons to come here. Ouro Preto is one of the most authentic Portuguese town settlements in not only the state of Minas Gerais but in all of Brazil.
Day 11: The Fashionable Hotspot Where People Style & Profile
Today we make a daytrip from the city of Rio de Janeiro to a beach resort called Armação dos Buzios (a.k.a. Buzios). There we are first provided with a land tour, enjoying different viewpoints of the area. Afterwards, we are provided with a boat tour of the area. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour. Along with the island of Santa Catarina, Buzios is the place in Brazil to ‘see and be seen’, with its fashionable scene and good-looking people.
Day 12: Brazil's Green Coastline
As a daytrip from the city of Rio de Janeiro, we are taken along Costa Verde (meaning the ‘Green Coast’). The beaches and islands along the way are incredible. Today’s highlights are the islands surrounding a municipality called Angra dos Reis and an island called Ilha Grande. Lunch, a boat ride and snorkeling are included on today’s tour.
Day 13: Our Tour Ends in South America's Most Popular City
Rio de Janeiro is the final destination on our tour around South Brazil. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport. If you have the extra time, we strongly recommend you stick around. If you really want to cover all of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro, then you will need about 6.5 days. However, few people have that sort of time. Upon request, we can provide you with a guided sightseeing tour, for as many days as you wish. We can also provide you with a spectacular paragliding tour over the city. Ask us for details.
Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly Brazil’s showcase destination…and rightfully so. Called the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), Rio de Janeiro is renowned for its spectacular mountainous setting, stunning scenery, a tropical rainforest, exotic white-sand beaches complimented by clear waters, water sports activities, plenty of fascinating colonial architecture, chic and carefree people, festive music and an almost overwhelming nightlife scene. Spend your mornings sightseeing, afternoons tanning and evenings partying in the Lapa district, where street bands are performing to locals who love to sing and celebrate seemingly as no other culture can. As a famous song goes, Rio is a city ‘where music and passion are always in fashion’.
I was excited to get away for a few weeks, but I had no time to plan anything. I looked into group tours and had found CharlieTheTraveler tours seemed to have everything I was looking for in a trip—cultural and adventurous activities, great food, and a knowledgeable tour guide. The trip to South Brazil was no exception. Every moment of the trip had something planned, which meant I was never stuck waiting for the next activity to begin or trying to figure out how to fill in time. My favorite part of the trip was getting on a helicopter to ride over the Iguazu Falls. The views were breathtaking and unforgettable!
I love adventure, so I was drawn to the itinerary of CharlieTheTraveler’s South Brazil for multiple reasons. This trip not only included adventurous activities such as horseback riding, but it also included many guided tours of different parts of South Brazil. I was able to see a variety of sights in different parts of the country, which was very adventurous for me!
I found the South Brazil trip planned by this company included a good balance of nature and culture. I found myself immersed in a culture I knew little about beforehand and I was able to experience the most beautiful natural sites. I really enjoyed exploring through Pantanal. I had never seen wildlife quite like this, as I grew up in a city. It was an excellent treat to observe animals in their natural habitats!
South American culture has always interested me. I have been to South America a few times on a few group tours, but nothing has compared to my trip with CharlieTheTraveler. I booked the South Brazil trip, as it promised cultural excursions that interested me. The company did an excellent job organizing the trip. Although I booked the trip for the cultural aspects, what really amazed me were the natural wonders we were brought to. I will never forget going to Hito Tres Fronteras. It was an amazing view of the three countries. I was overall very impressed with everything this trip offered me.
For my vacation this year, I wanted to go to a placed that I had never been to or heard much about, as I wanted to experience something new. I had no idea South Brazil had so much to offer for a vacation until I was reading CharlieTheTraveler’s itinerary for the trip. I don’t think any vacation I ever plan will compare to the experience I had with this company. They planned everything out for me, and even when things were left up for me to do (plan meals, explore on my own), the tour guide was quick with suggestions. The place I loved getting time to explore was Santa Catarina as it had everything I wanted, beaches and nightlife especially!
I was planning a trip for my friends and me. It was an easy decision to book through CharlieTheTraveler, as I had taken a trip through them before with my family. The South Brazil trip seemed perfect for us! I personally loved the trip for the beaches, as we were given sufficient time to explore and relax on the beaches we visited. My favorite beaches were on Santa Catarina, as the island was beautiful! I am very glad this company took me on another great trip!
My trip to South Brazil through CharlieTheTraveler will go down in the books as my best trip ever! I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tours, and I found that even though there were guided tours, we also got plenty of time to explore on our own. I found this was the big difference between this company and other touring companies, as the amount of time spent in each location was perfect to allow us to receive the guided tour and spend time on our own. I was never bored, but I also never felt rushed from place to place which I have felt with other companies. This was especially the case with the trip to Pantanal Matogrossense National Park, as I had the whole night to explore the park!
I am interested in any unique experiences I can get, so the natural beauty that was highlighted in CharlieTheTraveler’s South Brazil trip was perfect for me. I was brought on many unique excursions and experienced nature like I had never done before – a helicopter ride, horseback riding, and, my personal favorite, staying the night in a national park. This company doesn’t just bring you around on tours, but actually has you experience the culture and nature of the country. For me, it was worth every penny!
I learned about the rich culture of Brazil while in college and I made it a goal of mine to visit. The right time to do so came when I was researching trips and found that CharlieTheTraveler offered a trip that highlighted the rich culture of the country in their South Brazil trip. Touring Mariana was everything I dreamt of! I found the tour guide very knowledgeable of the area and that aspect helped me to feel immersed.
Brazil has such an interesting history and I am glad to have learned as much as I did on my trip to South Brazil. CharlieTheTraveler had provided excellent tour guides that were really passionate about tourism. I felt appreciated as a tourist, which I had never felt before when visiting other countries. This made me appreciate the culture and history of the country even more and made me want to learn more. I loved seeing all of the architecture in Ouro Preto and learning the history behind the town. This trip was truly an experience of a lifetime!
I was initially intrigued by CharlieTheTraveler trips that had beach excursions, as I love the beach. However, after reading how many beaches we were visiting in South Brazil and all of the other activities we were still able to do, I knew that was the trip for me! The tour did not disappoint in providing beach trips and even more! I enjoyed going on the boat tour of Buzios, as the water was immaculate, and it was such a great way to tour the country!
I am usually an active person and my vacations can be no exception! I love hiking, swimming, and the like. A friend of mine recommended CharlieTheTraveler tours as they tend to be very active. I booked South Brazil because the list of activities was interesting, but I had no idea I would have so much fun! There were many active excursions, including my favorite, which was snorkeling. Costa Verde was beautiful and the perfect place for the company to bring us! I am excited to book my next trip through this touring company.
CharlieTheTraveler was very thorough in their planning of my trip to South Brazil. They appropriately prepared me for the trip and I was accompanied the entire time. There was no moment of me being lost of not knowing what was going to come next, as the tour was laid out for me ahead of time. Even after the tour was completed and I had decided to stay a few extra days in Rio de Janeiro, the tour guide and the company provided me with recommendations of places to see, restaurants to eat at, and activities to do. This was an excellent company to do a tour with!
I appreciated that all of South Brazil’s natural beauties and wonders were showcased in CharlieTheTraveler’s tour of the area. I’ve only seen these sights in pictures which did not compare at all to seeing them in person. The one sight I will always remember is Iguazu Falls. The huge waterfalls were picturesque! The company-provided tour guide did an excellent job giving us a guided tour, but then also allowing me to explore on my own and taking a moment to take it all in.
When I booked my trip to South Brazil through CharlieTheTraveler, I knew I was in good hands. They had all positive reviews online and seemed to be very organized. The company made sure I was prepared for the trip before leaving, which was a relief. The trip was stress-free and I actually relaxed, which does not usually happen on trips for me. The daytrips observing wildlife were the best for me, especially when I toured the Iguazu Falls.
The South Brazil trip organized by CharlieTheTraveler proved to be very worth the price. The trip includes a variety of activities which was great for me, as I get bored easily. I enjoyed touring the Iguazu National Park on the Argentina side, as it is a whole other experience. It was interesting to see the two different sides of the national park. The company provided an excellent tour guide who got to know me, which made me feel a lot more comfortable on the two-week long trip!
My trip to South Brazil was awesome! The meals provided by the company were delicious and authentic, which added to the experience. The activities were perfectly planned. My tour guide was a great guide around the area. I could go on and on about all of the great aspects of the trip! Even when we couldn’t go to Campeche Island due to bad weather, the company had a secondary plan which I can only assume was just as good as the original plan. Ribeirao da Ilha is a beautiful beach I enjoyed spending the day on!
CharlieTheTraveler almost seemed too good to be true, but I can vouch this company provides excellent services. I took their trip to South Brazil and the company surpassed my expectations. They planned everything out for me, including accommodations upon my request. During free time when I was able to explore on my own, my tour guide offered excellent accommodations to have the best experience in each location we were in. I think my favorite part of the trip was the horseback riding activity, as it was a very unique way to explore the area.
It was evident from the moment I booked that my enjoyment and my safety were two very important focal points of the company’s objectives. Every day trip and every activity I took was for my enjoyment and the company made sure I felt safe everywhere I was brought. I enjoyed the quaintness of Mariana and how much culture and history lied in the town. I would never have learned so much if I had organized this trip on my own, which makes the price for the tour worth it!
I am writing this review as I look through all of the pictures I took of the beautiful natural landscapes in South Brazil. CharlieTheTraveler included so many picturesque sights, including Hito Tres Fronteras, the beaches on Santa Catarina, and the Iguazu Falls. However, the best experiences of the trip were not able to be captured in pictures. The tours immersed me in the Brazilian culture. The authentic town of Ouro Preto offered a great experience. I appreciated that the company allowed me time to be immersed in the culture on my own.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “South Brazil in 13 Days” tour is available for $2,559 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities, all entry fees and lodging for 2 nights in a tropical wetland called Pantanal. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for the remaining 10 nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $3,109 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Excluding in Pantanal where lodging is already included in the base price, would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to 5-star hotels?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
4. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
5. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
6. On a side note, it takes a good 7 full days to see all the worthwhile attractions in Rio de Janeiro, but of course, few people have that sort of time. If you would like to extend this 13-day tour specifically so our tour guides could take you to some of Rio de Janeiro’s famous attractions, then for how many days would you like to have a private tour guide?
7. Lastly, would you-and the others in your party if applicable-like to paraglide over Rio de Janeiro? Note that this specific activity is optional and is not included in the standard price. We can extend your trip and add it on Day 13.
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-3: Foz do Iguaçu, Preferred Accommodation: Bourbon Resort or Mabu Thermas Grand Resort
Nights 4-5: The island of Santa Catarina, Preferred Accommodation: WK Design Hotel
Nights 6-7: Pantanal Matogrossense National Park, Preferred Accommodation: Pantanal Jungle Lodge
Night 8: Campo Grande, Preferred Accommodation: Novotel
Night 9: Ouro Preto, Preferred Accommodation: Pousada do Mondego
Nights 10-12: Rio de Janeiro, Preferred Accommodation: Fasano Rio de Janeiro or Belmond Capacabana Palace
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although most activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request. Typically, exploring part of the island of Santa Catarina and sightseeing in Mariana and Ouro Preto are the only activities exclusive to you and whomever else you may book on behalf of.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
Please visit CharlieTheTraveler.com/Tours-Terms-and-Conditions
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