Hidden Gems in Brazil: Paraty & Pantanal

Hidden Gems in Brazil: Paraty & Pantanal

12 days /
11 nights

From 650 / day / person

Based on 2 people All Pricing Info
Destinations
Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, São Paulo, Pantanal

Start your “Hidden Gems of Brazil” journey by entering the country through Rio de Janeiro and spending a few days enjoying the magic of the people. No other city in the world combines nature, art, and architecture with the city infrastructure quite like Rio. After a few days exploring Rio, the adventure really begins with a visit to Paraty — a true colonial gem! Paraty is ideally located on the tropical rain forest coast between São Paulo (south) and Rio d Janeiro (north) and is incredibly rich in history and food. We combine this city visit with private mountain, ocean, and island tours that will make any photographer jump at the bit. From here, continue to São Paulo, one of the most exciting cities in all of South America where you can explore the city and its artistic treasures before continuing to one of Earth’s most biodiverse regions, Pantanal. Here you will find the best jungle and wildlife safaris in the entire continent, similar to Galapagos Islands in the sense that animals aren’t intimidated by humans, allowing you to get unreal photos to share with your friends and family. By visiting Brazil with Latin Excursions, you are traveling sustainably to help preserve the environment and supporting the local people by providing them with work through tourism. We look forward to seeing you in Brazil!

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Itinerary

DAY;

1

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Brazil! Upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro, meet your english-speaking guide and driver at the arrivals lounge, followed by a private transfer to your hotel for the evening.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Janeiro, Rio Fairmont, Palace Copacabana, or Fasano Rio

Meals

DAY;

2

Rio: Corcovado & Santa Teresa

Today your guide will lead you to the electric sky train as you board and hover over lush vegetation with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rio from above. Afterwards, your private guide and driver will take you to the bohemian and picturesque Santa Teresa neighborhood for lunch at a local-favorite restaurant. After you satisfy your appetite, continue to the historic city center of Rio to learn interesting historical facts of the region. This day allows you dive right into Rio’s most famous attractions by visiting the Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 Wonder’s of the World!

Optional Activities:

Overnight Janeiro, Rio Fairmont, Palace Copacabana, or Fasano Rio

Meals B,L

DAY;

3

A Carioca Day: Beaches, the forest, Samba and the Sugar Loaf

Take a glimpse into the soul of Rio de Janeiro by exploring the beaches, environment, and culture all in one day. Begin by exploring the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana by bicycle with your private, english-speaking guide before continuing via bike to Rio’s historical Botanical Gardens – recently labeled #1 Botanical Garden in the World by Wanderlust Travel Magazine. Afterwards, visit “Samba City” for an insider private tour of where the Samba schools prepare and practice for next year’s Carnaval. It’s an extraordinary site to see the enormous floats being assembled and the seamstresses creating the costumes (which you can try on for yourself). To end the day, your guide will take you to catch a sunset from the Sugar Loaf before returning to your hotel.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Janeiro, Rio Fairmont, Palace Copacabana, or Fasano Rio

Meals B,L

DAY;

4

Rio de Janeiro to Paraty

Today you will meet your english-speaking driver at the hotel lobby for a ~4 hr. private transfer to your hotel in Paraty.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Literaria or Turquesa

Meals B

DAY;

5

Paraty: A Day in the Bay

This morning, your guide will greet you at the lobby of your hotel and lead you to the nearby pier where you will board a boat for the day to visit Praia Vermelha along with Cotia and Algodão Islands. Along the way, your captain will give you the option to stop and snorkel or swim at destinations such as Saco de Velha. If time and weather allows, you will have the option to visi Saco do Mamanguá, a tropical fjord and a true hidden gem. For those more adventurous, ask your captain to stop at Pão de Acucar hilltop, a 1 hr steep climb to get an all-encompassing look of the Mamangua fjord.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Literaria or Turquesa

Meals B

DAY;

6

Paraty: Waterfalls and Cachaça Tasting

Begin the day with a short Jeep transfer from Paraty to visit the Graúna region waterfalls. After a ~20 min. drive you will arrive at the starting point and begin a short 5-min trek to the first waterfall. The second waterfall is about a 20 min. walk, but well worth it! After visiting the falls, your private guide and driver will take you to Engenho D’ouro cachaça distillery (cachaça is a spirit made in Brazil) where the mill is still powered by a waterwheel. The cachaça is made from the local sugar cane field, harvested, naturally fermented and finally distilled, and stored in oak barrels. After tasting the homemade cachaça, continue to lunch at the restaurant Le Gite, which has an on-site waterfall that you can swim in before or after lunch (as long as you haven’t had too much cachaça). After lunch, you will return to Paraty with a stop at another local-favorite seaside cachaça distillery.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Literaria or Turquesa

Meals B

DAY;

7

Paraty to São Paulo

Today you will meet your english-speaking driver at the hotel lobby for a ~4 hr. private transfer to your hotel in São Paulo.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Tivoli Mofarrej Sao Paulo, Fasano Sao Paulo, Oetker Sao Paulo

Meals B

DAY;

8

Signature São Paulo Tour

Today your english-speaking guide takes your to the city center to visit important sites such as Patio do Colégio, BOVESPA (the most important stock exchange in Latin America), the Municipal Theater, and others. Afterwards, you will head to Trianon Park, a little tropical oasis next to Paulista Avenue and visit the MASP (Sao Paolo Museum of Art) a building easily recognized by its suspended glass structure supported by two red paralleled beams. From there, you will head to Ibirapuera Park to explore the lush tropical gardens and visit the MAC (contemporary Art Museum). To end the day, your guide will take you to Vila Madalena, famously known as the “Beco do Batman Alley” where you will find amazing street graffiti, contemporary art galleries and charming shops, cafes, and food stops.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Tivoli Mofarrej Sao Paulo, Fasano Sao Paulo, Oetker Sao Paulo

Meals B

DAY;

9

Flight from São Paulo to Pantanal; Onward to Caiman Ecological Refuge

At the arranged time, meet your driver at your São Paulo hotel’s lobby for a private transfer to the São Paulo airport. From here, you will catch your flight to Campo Grande Airport. Upon arrival in Pantanal, meet your english-speaking driver at the arrival’s lounge of the airport for a 3.5 hr. private transfer to Caiman Ecological Refuge (if you prefer to get there faster, we can arrange a private, small plane for an additional cost). Pantanal is a unique wildlife gem that compares to Galapagos Islands in the sense that animals are fearless of human interaction. That being said, there are many opportunities for animal sightings here from the jaguar to the blue macaw that won’t disappoint. This region is the true safari area of the continent of South America, so get ready to disconnect from the city and reconnect with nature in southern Brazil’s ecological treasure.

Optional Activities:

Overnight Caiman Ecological Refuge)

Meals B,D

DAY;

10-11

Caiman Ecological Refuge Activities

Caiman Ecological Refuge is the first ecotourism operation in Pantanal, part of the Mato Grosso do Sul state in Brazil. This property sits on a vast 53 thousand hectare cattle farm and houses three independent lodges in different architectural and décor styles. Accessible by car all year round and by far the most luxurious hotel option in the Pantanal (although still rustic), Caiman boasts well qualified guides and services with all with the basic perks of a top-end country hotel. Some lodges may be rented out exclusively which is ideal for a family or group of friends, making it perfect for VIPs in addition to the fact that we can add private guides, vehicles and chefs for your group. Enjoy these two days at leisure and partake in the activities/excursions offered by Caiman Ecological Refuge: Photography Safari Walking tour Canadian Canoe tour Night Safari Jeep Safari (4×4 car) Caiman tour

Optional Activities:

Overnight Caiman Ecological Refuge

Meals B,L,D

DAY;

12

Return Flight Home

At a previously scheduled time, meet your driver at the Caiman Refuge hotel lobby for a 3.5 hr. drive back to Campo Grande Airport (or we can arrange a small plane for an additional cost) then board your domestic flight to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, depending on the airport for your international flight home.

Optional Activities:

Overnight

Meals B

DAY 

2

Quito

This morning, you are picked up for your half-day private guided tour of Quito, including a walking tour of its historical center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, the afternoon is at your leisure to spend relaxing or exploring the city further on your own.

Optional Activities:

Private tour of Quito’s colonial churches or insider’s look at the country’s finest Pre-Columbian art collection

Spectacular horseback ride in the high Andes near Quito

2-3 hour hike and birdwatching with Naturalist guide through nearby cloud forest to see hummingbirds and flora

Overnight Casa Gangotena, Plaza Grande, or similar

Meals B

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to omit any part of this itinerary, to change the order of the places visited, or to alter reservations without prior notice due to weather conditions or road closures, safety concerns, national park policies, or other outside forces that may necessitate revisions to the itinerary. These decisions are based on the traveler’s welfare or are made in the interest of conservation. Please travel with an open mind and a willingness to embrace the spontaneity of your adventure.


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Hotels
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villas


in Brazil

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all our

preferred

Hotels
and
villas


in Brazil

Hotel
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas beckons from within the natural paradise of Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Set upon an unrivalled location surrounded by sensational waterfalls, guests enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent…
Hotel
The intimate Casa Turquesa is nested in the most quiet side of Paraty’s historic center overlooking the turquoise waters of its namesake. Occupying a restored historic mansion faithful to the original 18th-century façade, this is a guesthouse in the truest…
The glorious Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro pays homage to Brazil’s infamous Bossa Nova era. The first building in Brazil designed by Philippe Starck, boasts an unparalleled rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the surrounding Arpoador beach, Dois…
Villa Alagoa is a sweeping oasis of beauty, breeze and glistening turquoise waters at your doorstep. Located in São Miguel dos Milagres, directly on the stunning beach of Patacho in Rio de Janeiro, this 8-bedroom house accommodates 16 guests with…
In Brazil’s verdant, historic Bahia state, UXUA Casa Hotel sits upon a magical spot where rainforest meets Atlantic mangroves and endless beaches. The hotel is part of a car-less UNESCO-protected area called the Trancoso Quadrado. Each casa dates back 500…
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Pousada Picinguaba is an enchanting hotel seated on a tranquil bay in the center of the Atlantic Forest Natural Park, a tropical seaside forest. Located within a small fishing village in the Ubatuba region, guests are immersed in the traditions of an eco-friendly,…
The glorious Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro pays homage to Brazil’s infamous Bossa Nova era. The first building in Brazil designed by Philippe Starck, boasts an unparalleled rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the surrounding Arpoador beach, Dois…
Hotel
The intimate Casa Turquesa is nested in the most quiet side of Paraty’s historic center overlooking the turquoise waters of its namesake. Occupying a restored historic mansion faithful to the original 18th-century façade, this is a guesthouse in the truest…
Hotel
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas beckons from within the natural paradise of Brazil’s Iguassu National Park. Set upon an unrivalled location surrounded by sensational waterfalls, guests enjoy exclusive access to this magnificent…
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