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Costa Verde, Rio and Iguazu Falls

13 days

Rio for three nights, the Iguacu Falls for two nights, and then onwards to the lush Costa Verde ? Green Coast, where you stay a couple of nights in colonial Paraty, before ending on Ilha Grande for three nights.

This Brazil holiday is based on the Chameleon team's recommendations and experience of arranging trips to this country. We think this combination of city, waterfalls and beautiful coastline is hard to beat.

  • Take the cable car up Sugar Loaf in Rio
  • Admire the power of the Iguazu Falls
  • Wander the cobbled streets of colonial Paraty
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of Ilha Grande
  • Take in the famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches in Rio de Janeiro
Costa Verde map, Google
Day 1. To Brazil
Fly from the UK to Rio de Janeiro where you'll be met at the airport and taken to the hotel where you spend the next three nights.

With a dreamlike beauty that exceeds even the greatest of expectations, Rio is a city that has to be seen to be believed.

Day 2. Corcovado and Santa Teresa
Take a three hour tour of Corcovado and Santa Teresa by open-top jeep. Perched atop Corcovado (Hunchback) Mountain at an altitude of 710m, the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the world's best-known and most-visited monuments. The next stop is Tijuca Forest, the world's largest urban rainforest. Finally, to the district of Santa Teresa, one of the most interesting corners of Rio, due to its topography, history and bohemian lifestyle of its inhabitants.
Day 3. Sugar Loaf
Today you'll be driven through the old Urca neighborhood towards Sugar Loaf. Here you board a cable-car which starts the steep, exhilarating 215m climb up Morro da Urca. From here, the cable-car travels high above the rugged, vegetated terrain to the Sugar Loaf's 395m summit. Visitors can enjoy wonderful panoramic views over Rio de Janeiro from the top.
Day 4. To Iguazu Falls
You'll be driven to Rio airport and from there will fly to Iguazu where you'll be met again and taken to your hotel where you spend the next two nights.

The Iguazu falls are the most spectacular in South America, arguably the world. A total of 275 falls cascade over a precipice that is 3km wide, sending up an endless wall of spray laced with rainbows. At the heart of this unforgettable scene is the Devil's Throat, where 14 separate falls join forces. The visitor can enjoy the spectacle from the various walkways that offer close-up views or by boat.

In the afternoon you will be taken on a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. This excursion begins at Iguazu Visitor Centre with a drive through the park's lush sub-tropical vegetation. On leaving the vehicle you continue on foot along a trail that leads into the canyon to a spectacular panoramic viewpoint over the falls. A walkway leads right to the edge of the Devil's Throat for an awe-inspiring view into the seething waters. You then take a glass elevator up the cliff-face for a view of the upper falls.

Day 5. Iguazu Falls
Today you'll visit the Argentine side of the falls. A series of walkways allows a bird's-eye view of the falls and the adjoining rainforest, but the undoubted highlight is the close-up view from platform suspended right at the edge of the Devil?s Throat. An exhilarating boat trip is included too before you return to your hotel.
Day 6. To Paraty
You'll be taken back to Foz de Iguazu airport for a morning flight to Rio where you'll be met and be taken straight onwards to Paraty a journey of about four hours. Spend three nights in Paraty.

Laid-back Paraty is a gem of charming planned colonial architecture, a legacy of the late 17th century when it became a port for the shipment of gold from Minas Gerais. The churches and cobbled streets against a backdrop of lushly forested hills, plus dozens of secluded beaches nearby, make Paraty an excellent place to spend a few days.

Day 7. Paraty
You will have a short guided walking tour of Paraty then the remainder of the day you'll have to explore further on your own.
Day 8. Ponta Negra
On this guided walk through the Atlantic Rainforest you hike to the remote fishing village of Ponta Negra (about 3 hours walking), stopping at some of the most beautiful beaches in the region. On the way back you'll take a small motor boat.
Day 9. To Ilha Grande
You'll travel by road and ferry from Paraty to Ilha Grande, about three hours in total. Spend the next three nights on Ilha Grande.

5km from the mainland, Ilha Grande is an idyllic tropical island covered in jungle, with clear-water and excellent beaches. There are numerous trails through the steaming jungle to beaches such as Praia Lopes Mendes, claimed by many to be Brazil's most beautiful beach.

Day 10. Lopes Mendes beach
Lopes Mendes is an idyllic three kilometer stretch of powdery white sand. It's an amazing place, which offers something for everyone: surfers revel in its awesome breakers, while families enjoy swimming in its crystal-clear water and picnicking in the shade of the lush vegetation. The excursion includes a boat ride to Pouso beach (a 30 minute walk from Lopes Mendes beach) and back.
Day 11. Lagoa Azul
Your schooner's first stop is at Lagoa Azul (Blue Lagoon), a calm bay with crystal-clear water - ideal for snorkeling. You can swim amidst schools of colourful fish. Next stop is Freguesia de Santana Beach, followed by another at Japariz beach before returning.
Day 12. Depart Brazil
Travel by ferry and road back to Rio airport for your overnight flights home.
Day 13. Arrive UK

13 days

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