8 days from $1,080 (was $1,113)
- Tour Rio, home to the iconic the Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer
- Discover the island paradise of Ilha Grande
- Visit authentic local communities
- Get stuck into an island hopping adventure!
- Unguided and unrestricted – grab your freedom!
This bite-sized trip is perfect for the independent traveller! This is an unguided trip, meaning there’s plenty of room for adventure, but we’ve got your accommodation and experiences sorted to make it as easy as possible! Discover the sights of Brazil as you explore Rio, Ilha Grande and Paraty. You’ll be heading to vibrant cities and beautiful beaches as well as authentic local communities – this really is the best of Brazil! This experience delivers big on fun, flexibility and freedom, the perfect way to satisfy your wanderlust!
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Day 1: Riveting Rio!
Welcome to Brazil! Once you’ve been transferred to your city hostel you’re free to head out and explore – it’s just 10 minutes away from beach bliss!
Day 2: Explore Rio
See the city today as you visit Sao Conrado, go tropical trekking in Tijuca Forest and lace through Santa Teresa’s streets. See the colour’s of Brazil in the famed Selaron Steps and experience Christ the Redeemer for yourself. It’s mind blowing!
Day 3: Visit an authentic Favela
See the real Brazil as you head out on a guided tour of Santa Marta favela. Meet the locals, learn about Brazilian culture and enjoy a Capoeira dance show led by local kids!
Day 4-5: Paraty and Island Hopping!
Transfer to Paraty and see its charming streets for yourself. Try the lush local cuisine and snap some scenic shots. You’ve even got an island hopping boat trip to look forward to!
Day 6-7: Idyllic Ilha Grande
You’re off to Ilha Grande today! A boat transfer is included as part of your journey to the island, it's a great way to take in the amazing views of the island from the pristine surrounding waves. Spend your time on Ilha Grande topping up the tan or heading out on a rainforest trek.
Day 8: Head back to Rio
Today you’ll head back to Rio where your itinerary ends. You’ll remember bold Brazil for a lifetime!
Please note, this is an independent and unguided trip which is made up of a combination of amazing travel experiences. Your accommodation and activities are arranged for you but you'll need to make sure that you are ready and waiting at the correct place and time each day to meet your transfers and tours etc. Some of the people you meet throughout your travels in Brazil may be with you for certain parts of the itinerary only whilst others may be follow for longer sections of the itinerary. Travelling independently in this way is a fantastic way to experience the culture and vibrant lifestyle of Brazil whilst having the support of your accommodation and activities already arranged for you.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
- 7 nights of accommodation
- Arrival transfer
- Transport between destinations included in itinerary
- Rio city tour
- Christ the Redeemer ticket
- Authentic favela tour
- Boat transfer to Ilha Grande
- Paraty island hopping boat trip
- Breakfasts at accommodation
- Free time to explore Ilha Grande
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Expenses
- Optional activities
This tour includes 7 nights of accommodation in multi-share hostels which are ideal for independent travellers. Breakfasts will be included at your accommodation, but lunches, dinners and snacks are not, giving you the ideal opportunity to sample Brazil’s amazing cuisine! We’ve listed some must try delicacies below:
- Barreado - meats and spices cooked in a clay pot for 24 hours and served with banana and farofa
- Carangueijada - cooked crab, whole
- Caruru - food brought from Africa to Brazil, made with ladies fingers (okra), onions, shrimp, peppers and oil
- Cozido - stew with potatoes, carrots and vegetables
- Doorado - freshwater fish
- Feijoada - national dish of meat stew with rice and a bowl of beans
- Xinxim de Galinha - chicken flavoured with garlic, salt and lemon
You should arrive into Rio de Janeiro International Airport on Day 1 of your itinerary. There’s a transfer to your hostel included as part of this trip. Your trip ends on day 8 on your return to Rio, as the time your trip ends varies we recommend spending an extra night in Rio before flying out. If you’d like assistance arranging an extra night of accommodation or airport transfers please contact us.
The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.
All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise and any subsequent effects.
Citizens of the United Kingdom do not require visas to travel to Brazil if they are staying for under 90 days. Visa rules may change, so it is your responsibility to stay up to date with the current visa laws of the countries you are visiting and adhere to them.
Can I Travel Solo?
Absolutely! Most of our travellers opt to travel solo, and this trip is designed with the independent traveller in mind. This trip is unguided so people will be beginning and ending their itineraries on different days, but you’re bound to meet some interesting fellow globetrotters!\
Will I Have Free Time?
You’ll have plenty of free time during your trip. You just have to make sure you get to your tours and experiences on time, and the rest of your time is free for you to tailor make your experience.
Will I Have A Guide?
This is an unguided trip made easy! We’ve planned and sorted your accommodation, transfers and experiences, so all you need to do is turn up on time and enjoy yourself! This trip is for the independent traveller – you’ll have plenty of freedom and flexibility to do what you enjoy and tailor-make your trip. We’re still on hand for support so feel free to contact us for any more information!
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.