Highlights of Southern Brazil holiday

“A ten day, tailor made trip, starting in Rio and ending at Iguazu. With three days in Rio, and plenty of beach time too. Stay in locally owned hotels, with organised transfers and one domestic flight. ”


Rio de Janeiro | Ilha Grande | Paraty and Islands | Iguazu Falls from both Brazilian and Argentinian sides

Description of Highlights of Southern Brazil holiday

A highlights of Southern Brazil holiday, following a tailor made itinerary which we can tweak to suit your time frame and budget. Our recommended itinerary is ten days long, starting in Rio with three days to enjoy this magnificent city with all its iconic sights, as well as some beach time.

There is plenty more coastal fun to be had at Ilha Grande, one of the country’s most idyllic spots, taking a ferry out to see its pristine rainforest, tropical beaches and then bask in its famously turquoise waters. With no cars on the island, this is the perfect contrast to the liveliness of Rio de Janeiro. Your next stop is back on the mainland, at the colonial town of Paraty, with time to enjoy its coastal laid back feel, seafood restaurants and local markets. As well as many islands around the bay, which you can visit on a boat trip.

The grand finale of this trip, literally, is at Iguaza Falls, which you access via a domestic flight, spending a couple of days there to take in the many falls, see them from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides and also take the Rainforest Ecological Train.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We really work hard to keep all our operations green! All our worldwide offices currently run on 90% green energy (we are working towards 100%) from hydro electric, wind to solar power. Being web based, we are close to becoming a paperless environment, brochure prints are at a minimum (and printed on a requirement basis) and all pre departure information is emailed.

We use energy saving bulbs in our work centres, and recycle all our waste. Staff are encouraged to ride a bike or take public transport to work. Recently we have also started an initiative to plant a tree in Peru and Bolivia for each and every client travelling to these wonderful countries. So booking with is like your making your very own contribution to the environment!

The Impacts of this Trip

Our trips source as much as possible from the local community. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local produce is available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in. All operations for this tour are done by locally owned companies, a fact we pride ourselves on. Hotels used are all locally owned and we try to choose where possible hotels which hold the same values and understand their responsibilities to the local environment as we do.

Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. We source them due to their unique contact with the local communities we visit, as well as their knowledge of the lakes, fauna and flora you will pass on route. This will give you an insight into the history of this fascinating region.

By booking your tour with us, you will be making a real impact on the community you are visiting. We can also assist you if you wish to visit community projects in order to get a lot more out of your trip. Most importantly a percentage of the funds generated from your tour (10%) will go back to our charities and assist us support the next generation and the environment they live in.

We currently work with 3 different charities, giving us a broad spectrum and diversifying where our funds go. We work with Project Peru in the UK who run an orphanage in Zapallal in the shanty town outskirts of Lima, ANIA in Peru which is a high profile Peruvian NGO which works with children and helps to teach them about their local environment and how to manage it affectively, and GVI Foundation in Australia which works on several development projects in Latin America and around the world. We help these charities by fundraising treks, through donations as a company and through our clients and also through many of our customers who volunteer their time and expertise. These charities are close to our core of supporting the environment and children in need.


2 Reviews of Highlights of Southern Brazil holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Iguacu Falls absolutely spectacular, definitely not the same as seeing them on the TV, the sounds are just incredible and make the experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Internal flights, be aware that times can change regularly and some of them have stops but no one actually tells you this. Cuiaba airport is complete chaos, watch the boards like a hawk our flight went from being advertised nowhere to last call.

One good thing though everyone over 60 gets priority boarding in Brazil.

Ihla Grande is not good for anyone who has physical impairments, it says that you have all these lovely 'walks' but in reality parts of the trails are scrambling over rocks. Really beautiful island though.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We travelled in low season so hopefully benefited the local guides all of which were excellent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic, can't quite give it 5 stars but it was very special. Simon from the holiday provider was excellent and very helpful.

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Iguazzu falls - were absolutely spectacular. Who would think that waterfalls would excite and grip one for two days!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Allow enough time to see more of Rio. Three days is insufficient.

Make sure you know transfer distances and durations as they can be arduous.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Our expenditure must have contributed to the local economy and particularly at Iguazzu helped conservation efforts in the National Parks.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fascinating first visit to S. America. If only it were closer to home!

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