Best of Brazil

8 Days | All the fiery hotspots, from Rio to Ilha Grande

4.9 out of 5 based on 32 reviews submitted.
USD $976
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Sun, sand and plenty of samba – see some of Brazil’s hottest highlights all packed together in an eight-day adventure. Start the party in Rio de Janeiro, where Copacabana, Ipanema and Christ the Redeemer all vie for your attention. Travel to the cobbled streets of colonial Paraty, then cruise to the pristine Ilha Grande – an island where lush green rainforests meet untouched sandy beaches. You’ll have local knowledge to guide your way and plenty of time to explore at your own pace, and when it comes to free time in Brazil, all you need to know is the word ‘praia’ – beach.

Trip overview

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 11.09 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Let loose and samba the night away in Rio de Janeiro – South America’s party capital. Arriving in this bustling metropolis is the perfect way to start your Brazilian adventure.
  • Party down with the locals in the streets of colonial Paraty, where Portugal meets Brazil, jungle meets sea and your adventure dials up a notch.
  • After seeing its virgin rainforests, blue lagoons and splendid beaches, you’d never imagine that Ilha Grande had such a treacherous pirate history. This is true natural beauty, Brazilian style.
  • You’ll have plenty of time to choose your own adventure at Ilha Grande with two full days on the island. So if hiking, boating, kayaking or lazing on a beach is your thing, we’ve got you covered.
  • With some of Brazil's biggest icons, including Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain all at your fingertips, why not consider extending your stay in colourful Rio?

Is this trip right for you?
  • At certain times of year temperatures can be high in Brazil, but don’t let the heat keep you from exploring! Just make sure you use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water.
  • While the crew will do their best to follow the itinerary, variations may occur due to weather or local conditions. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world, no matter what happens.


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4 breakfasts


Boat, Ferry, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi, Van


Hotel (7 nights)

  • Rio de Janeiro - Orientation Walk
Add on activities
  • Paraty - Boat trip - BRL130
  • Paraty - Trindade excursion - BRL120
  • Ilha Grande - Boat trip to the Blue Lagoon - BRL220
  • Hike to Lopes Mendes beach - Free
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sugarloaf Mountain 3 - BRL150
  • Rio de Janeiro - Botanical Gardens - BRL67
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa tramcar - BRL20
  • Rio de Janeiro - Maracana football game (schedule dependent) - BRL400
  • Rio de Janeiro - Christ the Redeemer - BRL118
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 1: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacobana - USD149
  • Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa Discovery Urban Adventure - USD59
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Tour Combo 2: Old Town, Sugarloaf & Urca Urban Adventure - USD149
  • Rio de Janeiro - Beaches, Views & Bays Bike Tour Urban Adventure - USD59
  • Rio de Janeiro - Total Rio Bike Tour: Beaches, Bays & Carioca Sunset Urban Adventure - USD119

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Important notes

1.A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information
2.This trip starts with an Orientation Walk on Day 1 at 1 pm. 
3.Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase tickets to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays in providing this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 32 reviews submitted.
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Heather · Traveled August 2023
Review submitted 05 Sep 2023

Allan · Traveled July 2023
Best of Brazil by Intrepid travel- Our family had never been on a group tour before and were a bit apprehensive. Now we can't wait till our next one! We visited Rio, the colonial town of Paraty and Isla Grande island. Eight unforgettable days led by our wonderful guide Luciano.
Review submitted 05 Aug 2023

Anna · Traveled July 2023
I would recommend this trip to anyone, we got a real taste of the culture, food, music and language of Brazil from our amazing and knowledgable leader! All of our optional activities were excellent and enhanced our trip.
Review submitted 21 Jul 2023

Jill · Traveled July 2023
This trip to Brazil was my first with Intrepid and it did not disappoint. Luma was an absolutely extraordinary guide, and she made sure that were well-informed about everything, be it activities, day trips, hiking routes, etc., etc. I learned so much for her and had a wonderful time. I highly recommend this trip.
Review submitted 20 Jul 2023

Stefan · Traveled July 2023
A wonderful introduction to Brazil for a first-time traveler to the country, made possible by our fantastic Intrepid leader Luma. The destinations, activities, food, culture, sights and company were all excellent. I found the itinerary to be just right – not too little or too much time at each place. Recommended!
Review submitted 23 Jul 2023
Best of Brazil
USD $976