Manaus to Rio Overview

Travel to Brazil and discover a wildly beautiful and eccentric nation. Between Manaus and Rio, discover ancient sites, big city attractions and the Amazon.

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Discover the wildly beautiful and eccentric nation of Brazil.

This colossal Overland journey takes you through the wild heart of Brazil, from the jungle-clad depths of Manaus to the beachside beauty of Rio de Janeiro. Get acquainted with a variety of local fauna and flora, see spectacular landscapes and wander fascinating cities on this incredible adventure. Explore the dense Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, be wowed by Brasilia, Brazil’s futuristic capital, and go one-on-one with the mighty Amazon Jungle as you travel in specially designed overland vehicles across this diverse country.

  • Take a slow ferry into the Amazon Jungle
  • Visit Vale dos Dinossauros and trace prehistoric footprints
  • Get lost in the historic city of Salvador
  • Relax in warm springs in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park
  • Be awed by Brazil's futuristic capital
  • Admire the work of Aleijadinho in Ouro Preto
  • Dance to a dizzying samba beat in Rio de Janeiro

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Manaus, Brazil
  • Finish:

    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 22
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    All meals when camping
  • Accommodation:

    Bush camp (no facilities) (4 nts), Camping (with facilities) (15 nts), Hammock (4 nts), Hostel (11 nts), Hotel (6 nts)
  • Transport:

    4x4, Boat, Ferry, Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    4WD Tour, 5 day boat journey, Full day guided tour - Brasilia, Guided tour, Guided Tour, Guided tour of cave system, Inga Monolith, Lajedo de Pai Mateus, Parnaiba Delta boat tour, Tamar Turtle Conservation Project, Trekking, Visit to Kalunga community, Visit to Petropolis

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1154kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note that this trip requires minimum numbers to depart, and may be cancelled up until 56 days prior to departure. The places showing on the dates and availability page are an indication only so please contact Intrepid to check if your preferred date will depart before making any final arrangements, such as booking non-changeable flights.

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Manaus to Rio Summary

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Days 1-2 Manaus

Manaus is a large, diverse city that lies in the heart of the Amazon, where the Negro and Solimoes rivers meet.

Days 3-7 Amazon River Ferry/Belem

Travel like a local along the unforgettable Amazon River, sleeping in hammocks and witnessing tiny settlements, colourful animals, river trade and lush scenery. A popular starting point for exploring the Amazon, Belem is an interesting city with a strong Indian heritage, swaying mango trees and a fascinating market.

Day 8 Alcantara

A small colonial town sitting across the water from Sao Luis, Alcantara is surrounded by greenery and has some interesting museums and eateries.

Day 9 Sao Luis

Sao Luis's beautiful historical centre is a joy to explore and along with interesting festivals, the city has some wonderful museums and galleries to explore.

Days 10-11 Barreirinhas/Lencois Maranhenses NP/Parnaiba

It may look like a desert of endless white sand, but Lencois Maranhenses National Park is home to fresh-water lagoons, mangroves, beaches and the Preguicas River.

Day 12 Parnaiba

Parnaiba is a cute port city located close to the amazing Parnaiba Delta, which is filled with waterways and mangroves teeming with unique animals and plant life.

Days 13-15 Jericoacoara

Idyllic waters, a beautiful coastline and minimal development has made Jericoacoara the perfect place to enjoy both gorgeous beaches and the best of small-town Brazil

Days 16-17 Canoa Quebrada

With blue skies, orangey sand dunes and turquoise waters, Canoa Quebrada is a chilled-out town with lots of adventure sports and entertainment.

Day 18 Sousa

Sousa is famed for being located near the Vale dos Dinossauros, a site where fossils and footprints of dinosaurs have been found in abundance.

Day 19 Cabaceiras

Cabaceiras is a small town close to some fascinating ancient rock formations - the Lajedo de Pai Mateus and a monolith engraved with prehistoric drawings.

Days 20-21 Olinda

Olinda has beautifully preserved colonial buildings, is an artistic and cultural centre and has a lively night-life, all set on the cerulean waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 22 Pirambu

A tiny seaside town surrounded by mangroves, coconut trees, sand dunes, lakes and the ocean, Pirambu is famed for the turtles who come to its shores.

Days 23-25 Salvador da Bahia

A laidback city known as 'Brazil's capital of happiness', Salvador da Bahia's streets are full of colour, its air full of music and people full of smiles.

Days 26-28 Chapada Diamantina

With table-top mountains, lush valleys, dramatic monoliths, bubbling rivers and striking caves, Chapada Diamantina National Park is a true gem of Brazil.

Days 29-30 Terra Ronca/Cavalcante

Terra Ronca is a state park that has a large number of incredible caves and grottoes, formed by erosion caused by rain and the Lapa River. Cavalcante is a small town located on the edge of the Chapado dos Veadeiros National Park. It has excellent hiking trails and gorgeous scenery.

Days 31-33 Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park

Estimated to be a paltry 1.8 billion years old, the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park sparkles with crystals, rains with waterfalls and abounds in rare and amazing animals.

Days 34-35 Brasilia

Brasilia was planned and built in the 1950s as the country's new capital and is a marvel of design and architecture, lauded the world over.

Day 36 Bush Camp

Set up camp in the lush Brazilian countryside and enjoy a night under the stars.

Days 37-38 Ouro Preto

Built during Brazil's gold rush in the late 17th century, Ouro Preto's wealth produced a cultural city filled with spectacular Baroque architecture.

Day 39 Teresopolis

Abundant in natural beauty, Teresopolis borders the Serra dos Orgaos National Park and is famed for its outdoor adventures and challenging mountain peaks.

Day 40 Rio de Janeiro

Bigger than life and beautiful to boot, Rio de Janeiro sits resplendent among mountains, rainforest and sea, and emits an energy that is irresistible to everyone who visits.
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