Family holidays in Brazil

The delights of Brazil have become increasingly well known since the success of the recent Olympics. The colourful spectacle of the world-famous carnival attracts thousands of party-goers each February and the exotic beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana have featured in many hit songs over the decades. However there is much more to family holidays in Brazil than just the glamorous pleasures of Rio.

Beach-loving families are spoilt for choice from the well-known resort of Buzios to the pristine Atlantic coast and the hidden coves and islands near Paraty. Get the children trekking through the jungle to their overnight survival camp in the Amazon or cruise the waterways of the Pantanal wetlands in search of crocs, caiman and (big) cats. Abseil down to a subterranean lake or float the Prata River surrounded by giant shoals of fish in Bonito. Take the Serra Verde Express through Transatlantic rainforest to the colonial town of Morretes. Then ‘fall for the falls’ at Iguazu by boat, on foot or even helicopter.

Iguazo by boat - family holidays in Brazil

Expect to get a little wet on a boat trip to the base of the magnificent Iguazu Falls

Staying in historic family-friendly pousadas (inns) usually with pools, tropical gardens, hammocks and occasionally the resident macaw, you may even get the children feasting on the intriguing multi-cultural cuisine – piranha broth anyone? With the lively beat of the samba ever present, Brazil is sure to rock its way into the heart of any fun-loving family.

Why take the kids?

Brazil offers the adventurous family the complete holiday experience. An overnight flight sees you arrive in the iconic city of Rio where you can hike up Sugarloaf Mountain for views over the stunning bay and the giant Christ the Redeemer statue then crash on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema with the locals. Along the Emerald Coast are gorgeous colonial towns, secret fjords, islands covered in rainforest and more beautiful beaches.

A short flight inland brings you to the wildlife haven that is the Pantanal wetlands where you can take boat trips or ride horses whilst spotting capybaras, anacondas and jaguar. Nearby Bonito is Brazil’s eco-tourism adventure centre, full of stunning caves and emerald rivers you can snorkel and float on. To the south, get drenched at the incredible Iguazu Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, surrounded by lush rainforest and exotic wildlife.

Further afield there are exciting journeys along the Amazon from Manaus where you can explore the jungle whilst sleeping on a river cruise boat. Or head to the northeast coast and explore the intriguing delights of Salvador de Bahia with its colourful culture and tropical beaches.

Family holidays in Brazil - Horse riding safari in the Pantanal

Kids will love exploring the Pantanal by horseback on family holidays in Brazil

Our favourite family-friendly activities

The children will be fascinated by everything that they can see around them on a family holiday in Brazil, whether this is watching the locals play football on Rio’s Ipanema beach, dabbling in a cookery course in the old town of Paraty or fishing for piranhas in the Pantanal (don’t worry, they’re actually vegetarian!).  There is something for everyone on a Brazil family holiday and such a variety that children (and adults) of any age will be constantly entertained.

Some of our favourite activities on family holidays in Brazil include:

  1. Hiking up Sugarloaf Mountain for views over Corcovado (or taking the cable car of course)
  2. Learning to samba in the greatest party city on earth – Rio de Janeiro!
  3. Discovering secret fjords and beaches from the colonial town of Paraty on the Emerald Coast
  4. Spotting giant otters, hyacinth macaws and maybe even jaguar on a night safari in the Pantanal
  5. Getting up close – and soaked – in the spray of the magnificent Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil
  6. Snorkelling amidst the tropical fish in the crystal clear turquoise rivers of Bonito
  7. Trekking to our jungle survival camp and sleeping in hammocks deep in the Amazon jungle
  8. Enjoying the colourful Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador and tasting some traditional Bahian cuisine from your beach-front cabanas

Check out our Brazil with children blog for lots more ideas on exciting family-friendly activities.

Emerald Coast - Family holidays in Brazil

Visit pristine beaches on the Emerald Coast, near Paraty

Example family Brazil itineraries

All of our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family, taking into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on.

However, to give you an idea of what you could do on family holidays in Brazil, have a look at our sample itineraries, Highlights of Southern Brazil and Rio, Amazon & Salvador. Check out our Brazil and Argentina for families itinerary if you’d like to include the delights of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

Also see some of the other places that you can visit on a family trip to Brazil as well as examples of our favourite places to stay. If you need further inspiration, have a look at our photo gallery at the top of this page.

Lastly, check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel… or simply get in touch for the best advice on family travel to Brazil.

View of Rio and beach - Brazil family holidays

Stubborn Mule’s Helene Cooper says Rio is one of the most exciting cities in the world and an essential stop on all family holidays in Brazil.


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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