Brazil

Brazil and Argentina for Families

This is the perfect three-week tour combining many of the highlights of Brazil with time in the exuberant city of Buenos Aires. Starting in Rio, you travel down the Emerald coast to the colonial seaside town of Paraty. Here you go on rainforest walks, explore hidden fjords and enjoy the gorgeous beaches. Then head inland to the wildlife-rich Pantanal, which you can explore on foot, by boat or horse-back. Search for anacondas, crocodiles and the elusive jaguar and then enjoy some adrenaline activities at the eco-tourism centre of Bonito.

The jaw-dropping Iguazu Falls is your gateway to Argentina. You end your family trip witnessing the spectacle of tango in the streets in Buenos Aires. Our Brazil and Argentina for Families itinerary is a wonderful mix of experiences suitable for all ages, allowing enough time in each place to really soak up that Latin American vibe.

You will be escorted by English-speaking guides throughout.

Highlights

 Climb Sugar Loaf Mountain
 Relax on Copacabana Beach
 Discover Brazil’s only tropical fjord
 Hike to secret beach at Ponta Negra
 Dine on freshly caught seafood
Enjoy a night safari in the Pantanal
Float along the emerald Rio da Prata
Speedboat around Iguazu Falls
Learn to tango in Buenos Aires

19 days from £3,500 pp

Plus international flights from £650

A three-week holiday in Brazil and Argentina for a family of four usually costs from £14,000 to £18,000 plus flights, depending on type of accommodation.

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Brazil and Argentina for Families day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Rio
Welcome to one of the world’s most exotic cities! When you arrive into Rio you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel near the famous Copacabana Beach.  All around you are iconic Rio landmarks such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer statue, Ipanema Beach and of course the fun-loving cariocas, or locals, out enjoying the sunshine and infectious bossa nova beat. Kids, we’re not in the UK any more…..


Day 2 Rio
Starting with the city’s most famous landmark, take an electric train up through the rainforest to the foot of the giant Cristo Redentor statue at the summit of Corcovado mountain. From here the views out over Guanabaro bay, packed full of people enjoying their watersports, are astounding.

Next, hop on a bike and enjoy a city tour with a difference – Rio on two-wheels.After cycling between Ipanema and Copacabana beaches you will swap two wheels for two feet and enjoy the lovely Morro da Urca trail which takes you partway up Sugar Loaf Mountain. You can then hop on the cable car to the summit to enjoy a spectacular sunset. Sipping the local caipirinha cocktail overlooking Copacabana beach surely has to be the most magical start to any Brazilian holiday. Welcome to Rio!


Day 3 Rio
Today you will discover part of the largest urban forest in the world – the National Park of Tijuca. Take a short hike to the top of Pedra Bonita peak (693m) which has one of the most impressive views of whole Rio. You then descend, accompanied by the noise of howler monkeys, to a complete contrast in the Barra da Tijuca district with its lagoons, mangroves and swamps, home to many fish and animals.  Take a boat ride between the islands where there is a good chance of spotting capybaras and broad-snouted caiman. It is a great experience seeing them in their natural habitat in a big city.

The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the beaches, try your hand at paddleboarding, surfing or even hang-gliding…. Chomp on a churros (local doughnut), enjoy supper at a traditional churrascaria (barbeque restaurant) and just try to stop humming ‘The Girl from Ipanema’….


Day 4 Paraty
Head south along the famous Emerald Coast to the charming colonial town of Paraty.Paraty combines history, culture and untouched nature, beaches and waterfalls in the same area.Located between mountains and sea, its historical centre is protected by UNESCO and consists of preserved mansions, ancient churches and streets that were paved by slaves, where motorised traffic is prohibited.

This evening you will enjoy a cookery demonstration where you can participate in the preparation of dinner – starting with an obligatory batida (cocktail). Your chef will inspire your culinary senses, while telling stories about the native Indian, Portuguese and African influences. Food with flavour and flair that if they have cooked it, even the children will eat!


Days 5-6 Paraty and the Emerald Coast
You are in for a treat with a visit to the nearby Juatinga Peninsular Eco-reserve and Brazil’s only tropical fjord, the Saco do Mamanguá. Cruise through this unique marine system and then hike up Mamangua Sugarloaf Peak (yes, another one!) for incredible views of the whole region. Being Brazil, there is always time for some R&R at a beach so on the way back you can stop for lunch at a beachside restaurant and take a dip in the ocean to cool off.

On your second day here, you will head to Ponta Negra beach, accessible only by boat or hiking. Follow stunning trails right beside the sea, next to the Atlantic forest full of wildlife and colourful bromeliads. Emerge out onto Ponta Negra beach and view a breath-taking scene of fine white sand, transparent waters in a safe and secluded bay. The fishing village here is very traditional and you can enjoy a delicious meal of freshly caught and baked fish in the beach restaurant here before heading to the calm waters to swim, snorkel or paddle-board.

Alternatively, if you have had enough walking, you can take a jeep tour and head into the rainforest to discover the numerous waterfalls in the area. The waterfalls are in wild and beautiful locations but in these parts it’s all about being in them not just looking at them. Dive in, jump in, tarzan-style rope-swing over them, slide down huge rocks into them making sure you splash as many onlookers as you can!

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Days 7-9 Pantanal
Time to leave the coast and head inland. Transfer to Sao Paolo and fly to Campo Grande, the base for the famous southern Pantanal.The Pantanal is a huge wetland reserve, home to some 650 species of birds, 230 varieties of fish and many other exotic wildlife. From your traditional riverside lodge (replete with hammocks, anteaters roaming the grounds and a live macaw wake up call) you can head out on horseback, take to the river on a wildlife cruise, try your hand at piranha fishing (don’t worry, they’re vegetarian – allegedly) or enjoy a wagon ride to a local cattle ranch. A forest walk may bring encounters with capybara, jabiru stork, giant otter, toucan, blue macaw and marsh deer. And you will never forget the glint of a caiman’s eye reflecting back at you on a torchlight night safari….sweet dreams.


Day 10 Bonito
Just when you thought you had experienced everything Brazilian nature had to offer, you transfer to Bonito. Bonito, meaning ‘beautiful’, is known as the eco-capital of Brazil andis famous for its animal diversity and ecotourism activities. Surrounded by lush forests with hundreds of waterfalls, over eighty caves and the clearest blue rivers you will find anywhere, this is a nature lover’s paradise.

On your journey here you will visit the stunning Boca da Onca waterfalls where a 4km trail through preserved forest, takes you past 12 beautiful crystal clear waterfalls to the region’s highest waterfall, Boca da Onca at 156m high. All around you are surrounded by lush greenery, colourful (and noisy) birds and a variety of other wildlife. Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional lunch cooked on a wood stove. Freshen up with a dip in one of the natural pools (in the company of the local fish) before heading on to Bonito.


Days 11-12 Bonito
At Gruta do Lago Azul (the Cave of the Blue Lake) you will take a trail down staircases made with limestone rocks past mind-boggling stalactites, stalagmites, travertines and several other weird and wonderful rock formations that any geography student will love. The enchanting underground blue lake shelters the rare albino shrimp and also bones of the extinct giant sloth. Head to Estancia Mimosa, recipient for countless environmental awards. Follow an interpretive trail through the forest, including sections in a rowing boat and many stops where you can bathe in waterfalls, natural pools and swim into small caves.  From suspended walkways you can see the dramatic gorges and hills of the Serra da Bodoquena National Park.

The following day provides some of the most memorable moments of your time in Brazil. Get your Go Pros and underwater cameras ready as you take off on an incredible water floatation ride down the Rio Prata. Starting with a guided walk past giant mahogany trees where capuchin monkeys hang out, you will emerge at the riverside before suiting up and submerging yourself in the unbelievably transparent waters. Gently bobbing down a river in Brazil surrounded by pristine nature has to be good for the soul.  Suitable for anyone over 3 years, you will spend several hours immersed in the crystal clear waters, surrounded by colourful fish.  A stop will be made so that you can do some easy diving and get even closer to your marine companions.

After this you dry off and head to the Buraco das Araras, the largest sinkhole in Latin America. 500m wide and 100, deep, it is home to hundreds of bright red macaws.  The racket at feeding time will make any parent feel right at home….


Day 13 Iguazu Falls
Fly to Foz do Iguacu, the gateway to the world’s most impressive waterfalls. Think Niagara?  Think again…The Iguazu Falls are nothing less than a ‘New Wonder of Nature,’ and all ages will be wowed by their strength and dramatic setting. The series of 275 waterfalls, reaching up to 90m high, are shared by Brazil and Argentina.


Day 14 Iguazu Falls
From the Brazilian side you will enjoy incredible scenic walkways, more fantastic wildlife and more getting wet! There are multiple view points and everywhere you are surrounded by the natural world that you have now come to expect from Brazil. This is why Iguazu is so much more than just about waterfalls – coatis racoon and capybaras are everywhere (watch out for your snacks), colourful butterflies flit overhead and toucans, macaws and parrots screech greetings. Fig trees, giant bromeliads and vibrant orchids add to the scene.

You will finish your first full day here at the ‘Backstage Experience’ which sounds like something out of Las Vegas, but starring local fauna instead. The Bird Park here is an internationally recognised rescue and conservation centre for birds, located in the middle of rich Atlantic Rainforest. It is your opportunity for privileged contact with the birds, featuring feeding of toucans and other species whilst learning about the park’s much needed conservation and rescue programmes.  Educational and a huge amount of fun – all ages will love it. A truly remarkable way to bring your time in Brazil to an end.


Day 15 Iguazu Falls
Today, head across the border to the Argentine side of the falls, which most people consider to be more rustic as well as the most exciting. Take a train that leads to the lower circuit, 1700m of walkways running along the falls through humid subtropical forest filled with wildlife. Or follow the Superior circuit with 650m of walkways and hanging bridges that offer spectacular views of the massive deluge of water. Both routes end at the edge of the most dramatic part of the falls, the Garganta del Diablo – the Devil’s Throat. From here you will hop into a ‘safari boat’ and get up close to the base of the falls themselves, heart-stopping stuff as the captain plays with your nerves running the rapids, whirlpools and currents. Hint – you WILL get wet.


Day 16 Iguazu Falls – Buenos Aires
This morning you will transfer to the airport in Iguazu. It’s time to bid farewell to caiman, capybaras and caipirinhas and head to one of the world’s most vibrant capital cities – Buenos Aires. Synonymous with tango, Eva Peron and a glamorous Latin American vibe,the city is full of history anda fantastic mix of modern and old. The afternoon is free for you to start to explore.


Day 17 Buenos Aires
A wonderful day today as you explore the city by bike with a guide. From the Plaza San Martin, ride to the wealthy district of Puerto Madero, along the southern coast and onward to the colourful La Boca and Caminito regions. Bike past the famous Boca Junior’s Stadium, Lezama Park and Plaza Dorrego in historic San Telmo to the Plaza de Mayo.Step away from the bikes and enter the famous Recoleta Cemetery to view Evita’s tomb. A well deservedtraditional Argentine lunch and some yerba mate tea are also included.


Day 18 Buenos Aires
Today you have a free day to explore on your own. This evening you can bring those Strictly Come Dancing skills out in an evening tango lesson to round off your time in South America. 


Day 19 Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport for your flight home

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