Feel the rhythm of Rio on this round-trip adventure through paradise

Experience the best of Brazil on this epic adventure full of nature, nightlife and non-stop action. Get the party started in the urban jungle of Rio, salsa through to the pristine rainforests of Paraty and wind up, caipirinha in hand, on the idyllic beaches of Ilha Grande. With endless activities to choose from, you’ve got the freedom and flexibility at your fingertips to create your own experience in this slice of Brazilian paradise: samba dance on the streets of Lapa or paddle-board off the coast of Copacabana in Rio, hike through steamy jungles on or take a cocktail masterclass in Paraty, feel the salty sea breeze on a speed boat around Ilha Grande or simply flop and drop on some of the best beaches in the world – the choice is yours! With your legendary leader on hand to take the hassle out of travel, leave your guidebook at home and let the local expert share the secrets to this South American gem that not even Instagram knows about. What are you waiting for?

This trip is for 18 to 29-year-olds

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Start
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Finish
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Destination
Brazil
Style
Basix
Theme
18 to 29s
Code
GGYR
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18, Max 29
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

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Why you'll love this trip

  • Leave the guidebook at home and get to know Rio with on orientation walk with your expert leader- they know where to find those hidden hot spots that won’t return a result on a search engine.

  • Party down with the locals in the streets of colonial Paraty, where Portugal meets Brazil, jungle meets sea and relaxation meets adventure.

  • Bliss out with two full days to explore the amazing island of Ilha Grande. With its virgin rainforests, blue lagoons and splendid beaches, you’d never imagine that it had such a treacherous pirate history!

  • Paddle through mangroves on a kayak, discover jungle and waterfalls on a jeep tour or explore some of Brazil’s breathtaking beaches – the options are endless during your free time in Paraty!

  • Explore the best of Brazil knowing that you’re in the safe and knowledgeable hands of your expert leader. They’re on hand to make sure you have a hassle-free, fun-filled adventure!

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 the world! 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.

  • This trip only has few included activities which means you can really “choose your own adventure”. Please be sure to read up on the optional activities and your leader will be happy to help arrange these for you – from chilling on beach to a more active adventure.

Itinerary

Bem-Vindos! Welcome to Brazil. The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio', and we tend to agree! In this vibrant city – set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugarloaf and Corcovado – it's hard not to be caught up in the passion of the city's residents (known as Cariocas). Enjoy free time to explore on your own until an important welcome meeting at 6 pm. 

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning, you’ll join the locals on a bus from Rio to Paraty. It will take approximately 4 hours, so make sure you’ve charged your phone and have plenty of tunes to keep you going – or use this time to get to know your new friends, or the locals! The remainder of today and tomorrow are free to explore Paraty at your own pace. Check out the town’s pretty architecture as you wander along the cobbled, pedestrian-only streets (which become partly covered in seawater at high tide!) or take an adventure into the rainforest and follow one of the trails into this tropical national park – keeping an eye out for colourful birds and cascading waterfalls. Alternatively, get onboard a boat and cruise along the island-studded bay for scenic views of the stunning coast – the choice is yours!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Optional Activities
  • Paraty - Beaches & mangroves kayak tour - USD45
  • Paraty - Jeep tour - USD24
  • Paraty - Visit to Trindade village & beaches - USD21
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Today you’ll take a shared transfer to the port followed by a ferry to the incredible island getaway of Ilha Grande (approximately 5 hours in total). This island paradise of pristine beaches and rainforest was once a pirate’s lair, a leper colony and a prison for violent criminals! But don’t worry, it’s now perfectly safe to explore, and you have over two full days to do so. One of the magical things about Ilha Grande is that it’s been largely untouched by development – there are no private cars or banks on the island, so while this inaccessibility adds to the charm, make sure you bring cash with you.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ilha Grande - Speed boat tour - USD54
  • Ilha Grande - Caipirinha workshop - USD3
  • Ilha Grande - Capoeira class - USD8
  • Ilha Grande - Hike to Feiticeira waterfall - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy two full free days to explore Ilha Grande. With swimming, snorkelling, seafood and scenery for days, Ilha Grande has something for everyone and you’re sure to find your own slice of paradise here. Whether you want to hang out with your travel mates or go off and do your own thing, there’s no rules and no itinerary to follow, so enjoy the freedom and endless options. Wander along rainforest trails to beautiful and remote beaches (Lopes Mendes and Aventureiro Beach are among the most scenic) or take an optional boat trip out to the Blue Lagoon, beach hopping through Ilha Grande Bay along the way, or simply indulge in the abundance of fresh fish dishes or a dip in the clear water. This evening why not catch up with the rest of the group and relax with a caipirinha at a restaurant or bar in Vila do Abraao, the main town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (2 nights)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Wave goodbye to the island life this morning as you board a boat to the small port of Mangaratiba, followed by a minivan back to Rio de Janeiro. (Approximately 3.5 hours) The rest of the day is free to explore or simply hit the beach and relax – perhaps rent a stand-up paddle board on Copacabana beach and get a view of the Rio coastline from out on the water. Later, you might like to join your leader on a hike to Urca Hill (known by many as the sugar loaf hike), you can catch the cable car if you prefer, but there’s nothing more rewarding on a clear day, than the phenomenal sunset over Rio that greets you at the top. This evening, perhaps head out with your group and dance the night away in the bohemian neighbourhood of Lapa, renowned for its live music, dance halls and open-air samba jams!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Stand up paddle at Copacabana Beach (30 minutes rental) - USD14
  • Rio de Janeiro - Sunset by Guanabara Bay (by public transport) - USD3
  • Rio de Janeiro - Hike to Urca Hill (by public transport) - USD3
  • Rio de Janeiro - Hidden beaches of Rio hike (Prainha & Grumari) - USD70
  • Rio de Janeiro - Eco City tour - USD70
  • Rio de Janeiro - Pedra Bonita Summit (hiking in Tijuca National Park) - USD58
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There are no activities planned for today or accommodation included tonight, but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end! If you’re looking for an active adventure that takes you off the beaten track, ask your leader about one of the incredible hiking tours available. Whether you want to discover the hidden beaches of Rio or challenge yourself to reach the renowned Pedra Bonita summit, there’s something for all abilities. Alternatively, book onto the Urban Adventures Rio Jungle Bike Tour and venture into the Brazilian rainforest (and beyond) with an expert guide, find out more at urbanadventures.com. For the environment enthusiasts, opt for the Rio Eco City Tour and visit all the main ‘green’ areas and eco-parks in Rio within 1 day. With plenty to choose from, we highly recommend extending your time in this beautiful city. We’ll be happy to help you out with extra accommodation (subject to availability) – just ask us at the time of booking.
Optional Activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Rio Jungle Bike Tour Urban Adventure - USD145
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

Private vehicle, Bus, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

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Important notes

1. This trip starts with an Orientation Walk on Day 1 at 1 pm. If you are unable to find a suitable flight it is possible to book additional nights at the joining accommodation. 
2. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase entrance tickets to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

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