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Brazil Family Holiday-Wildlife, Beach & Iguacu

Rio de Janeiro, Iguacu Falls, Pantanal wildlife viewing and beaches in Praia de Forte

12 days

from £2,595pp (excluding flights)

As with all of South America, Brazil is an incredibly welcoming country for families. There is an array of fantastic experiences available for families with children of all ages.

  • Visit the vibrant city of Rio
  • Experience the magnificent Iguacu Falls
  • Explore the Pantanal wetlands and view the wildlife on foot, by 4x4 and horseback
  • Spend time in the sleepy fishing village of Praia de Forte with its beautiful beaches

Spend time in the exciting city of Rio. Play volley ball on the beach, take a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain, stand in the shadow of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue or watch a soccer game at Maracana stadium. If you prefer you can relax on one of the many golden sandy beaches.

Travel to Iguacu and see the magnificent sight of over 270 individual falls that make up the Iguacu Falls. You can view from afar or get up close and feel the spray on your face from the river below.

Venture inland to the wetlands of the Pantanal, an area teeming with wildlife before ending in the relaxing fishing village of Praia do Forte, with its beautiful beaches and endless activities. This village is also home to the Tamar project set up to save the endangered sea turtles.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 2595 £ 1000
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what is included

  • Accommodation in Praia do Forte on a half board basis
  • Accommodation on a full board basis in the Pantanal
  • Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Rio and Iguacu
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing in the Pantanal as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Rio de Janeiro

As the Brazilians say, 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. This vibrant and lively city is a fun place to spend some time, and offers something for everyone.

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Rio's natural beauty is unsurpassable. Its magnificent shoreline, with its charming bays and beautiful beaches, is an important part of Rio social life and offers numerous outdoor activities from biking to surfing.

In the mountains above Rio, you will find the Tijuca national forest, the largest natural urban park in the world. The city's eight million inhabitants, known as 'Cariocas', are friendly, carefree people who always seem to find time for the pleasures of good living.

You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Days at Leisure with Suggested Sightseeing
Days to explore Rio. Find below a selection of activities and excursions:- Learn how to Samba at a dance school;- People-watch on Copacabana Beach;- Watch a football match at Maracana Stadium;- Listen to live Bossa Nova in a restaurant in Ipanema;- Visit the botanical gardens and the avenue of imperial palms;- Visit Petropolis, the Summer Residence of the Imperial family of Brazil;- Board a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain;- Admire the view from Corcovado below the statue of Christ;- Hire bicycles and explore the beaches;- Visit Santa Teresa, the bohemian quarter;- Explore the colonial historical quarter;- Relax on the beach and enjoy the day to day life of the Cariocas.

You will be staying at Porto Bay Rio International, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Fly Rio de Janeiro to Iguaçu

Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet where the Iguazú River joins the Paraná river in the north-eastern Argentinian province of Misiones. It is here that the Iguaçú Falls (meaning 'Big Water' in the local Guaraní language) plunges over hard granite into a wide gorge in a series of gigantic waterfalls measuring two miles in length and plunging more than 240 feet below. The thunderous roar of crashing water and the multicoloured mist which rises above the falls is natural beauty and grandeur at its best. Opportunity to visit the different sides of the falls, plus a choice of jungle excursions, boat trips or a visit to the Brazilian/Paraguayan hydroelectric complex, Itaipu, the world's largest. There is a 28USD entrance fee to Iguaçu National Park.

You will be staying at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Iguaçu Falls activities and excursions
Here are some of the best ways to spend your time in and around Iguacu: fly over the falls by helicopter, visit the Brazil side of the falls by jeep and boat, visit Itaipu on the Brazilian side - the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. Explore both the Brazilian and Argentinean side of the falls, wander the forest trails and observe the fabulous flora and fauna, visit the fascinating bird farm on the Brazilian side of the falls. For a very different experience take a night tour of the falls.

You will be staying at Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Fly Iguaçu to Cuiaba

Drive from Cuiaba to Pousada Piuval

A journey of about one and a half hours.

The Pantanal, or wetlands of Mato Grosso, is one of nature's last frontiers, the world's largest animal reserve, and home to more than 600 different species of birds and 230 varieties of fish. It is made up of a huge lowland plain that is entirely overgrown by lush vegetation and covered with flowers that bloom during the rainy season from December to April.

The Pantanal features many rivers and crystalline lakes, as it used to be a vast inland sea, and rare species of birds and other animals seek shelter along their shores and cluster around the diminishing pools during the dry season from May to November.

You will be staying at Pousada Piuval, Full board

Day 6

Pantanal Activities and Excursions
Over the next few days explore the Pantanal with a guide by 4 x 4, on foot, by canoe or small motor boat. Enjoy the rich fauna and flora of this ecological sanctuary. Animals include capybara, caiman, deer, iguanas, possums, anacondas, incredible amounts of birds, raptors and if you are lucky jaguar.

You will be staying at Pousada Piuval, Full board

Day 7

You will be staying at Pousada Piuval, Full board

Day 8

Drive from Pousada Piuval to Cuiabá

A journey of about one and a half hours.

Fly Cuiaba to Salvador

Drive from Salvador to Praia do Forte

A journey of one and a half hours.

The fishing village of Praia do Forte takes its name from the castle built by a Portuguese settler in 1556. Relax and unwind on the beautiful beach or go swimming and snorkelling in the warm sea. Explore the surrounding wetland which is rich in bird, animal and plant life or visit The Tamar Project, where the sea turtles lay their eggs, funded by the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

You will be staying at Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, Half board

Day 9

Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte Activities
Spend the next few days exploring the sleepy fishing village of Praia do Forte, home to the Tamar sea turtle project or try one of the many activities on offer at the hotel. Have a swim in one of the many pools, play football, tennis or beach volley ball or try capoeira - a traditional Brazilian dance based martial art. Take a dip in the sea or join in with one of the many watersports on offer. A more relaxing option is to spend time in the Spa being pampered.

You will be staying at Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, Half board

Day 10

You will be staying at Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte, Half board

Day 11

Drive from Praia do Forte to Salvador

A journey of approximately one and a half hours.

Fly Salvador to Sao Paulo

Fly Sao Paulo to London overnight


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Belmond Hotel das Cataratas is a beautifully restored, traditional Portuguese-colonial residence, just a stone's throw away from the mighty Iguaçu Falls....

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Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte

Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte

The Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte is within walking distance of the pretty fishing village of Praia do Forte....

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Porto Bay Rio Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Janeiro

Porto Bay Rio Janeiro is a contemporary-style hotel directly opposite Copacabana Beach....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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