Summary

A journey into Brazil’s most classic sights starting at the magnificent Iguassu Falls, one of the Natural Wonders of the World, combined with São Paulo, Latin America’s non-stop metropolis and largest storehouse of urban art of the planet! A few days to soak up some history and culture in the historical towns of Minas Gerais, where the first ‘gold rush’ in the World occurred in the 18th Century, before hitting Rio de Janeiro to guarantee finishing on a high note.

Itinerary

Day 1 - 2
Excursion starts:

Fly to Foz do Iguaçu. Upon arrival you will be met and tranferred to your hotel.

Since the Iguazu Falls are at the doorstep of your hotel, a short walk (200m) leads to a prime view of them. Here, a 1km track begins through the forest. The end of your trek leads to the most impressive segment of the Falls, only steps away from the mighty Devil’s throat!

Accommodation:
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 2 - 3
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In the morning, enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to see the power of this awesome spectacle of nature from above. Follow on to the Argentinian side of the Falls, where the paths are narrower and afford a more intimate contact with this beautiful natural environment as well as a train ride to the top of the Devil’s throat.

Accommodation:
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas

Day 3 - 4
Excursion starts:

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sao Paulo. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Spend some time at leisure to recharge your batteries. You’ll have time to explore the iconic Paulista Avenue and the charming neighborhood of Higienópolis, also known for its prominent cultural institutions.

Accommodation: Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

Day 4 - 5
Excursion starts:

Today you will explore the city centre of Sao Paulo with your local guide. Look between the high-rises and you'll discover splashes of history, encapsulated in a small but rewarding set of churches, houses, and museums.

After lunch, you will proceed to the Vila Madalena tour – the street art neighborhood and a perfect place to observe this more bohemian side of the city with all its fresh galleries, charming shops, bars and terraces.

Accommodation:
Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo

Day 5 - 6
Excursion starts:

After breakfast you will be transferred to Sao Paulo airport for the flight to Belo Horizonte. Upon arrival at Belo Horizonte, follow on to the city to Tiradentes, the most picturesque of all the so-called Historical cities, with the best restaurants, hotels and shops. Have lunch at São João del Rei and go to the small village of Coronel Xavier Chaves to find out more about the best Brazilian cachaças. Visit a traditional Alambique (a sugar cane distillery) from the 18th century. Then, visit the Alambique Jacuba, which has a more modern cachaça production than the first.

Accommodation: Solar da Ponte

Day 6 - 7
Excursion starts:

Today, your day will start with a short walk to São Francisco church, from where you will have a good view of the town. Your guide will give you a historical overview while you go through some of the main monuments.

Later, you will visit the Liturgy Museum and end the tour with a 30 min walk by the Mãe D’água woods.

At night, you will have an exclusive dinner in a privately owned house, awarded for its modernist architecture. The owners are great cooks and will serve you a delicious dinner and wine for this evening.

Accommodation: Solar da Ponte

Day 7 - 8
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Today, you will be driven to Ouro Preto, the largest and most famous of the Historical Cities where the best examples of Baroque Architecture are to be fond. Do a walking tour of the city and visit the richest church of Ouro Preto, the Matriz Nossa Senhora do Pilar. Head to the Gege Mine, one of the many gold mines in the region.

Accommodation:
 Solar do Rosário

Day 8 - 9
Excursion starts:

The immersion in Ouro Preto's history continues with a visit to the iconic São Francisco de Assis church. In the afternoon, visit the Mineralogy Museum before a special meeting with a local story teller, who will let you know all about the myths of the region and put all the last 4 days in context.

Accommodation: Solar do Rosário

Day 9 - 10
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Today, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Belo Horizonte airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

After check-in, head for a reconnaissance tour of the area. Enjoy the view from the platform on the hill-side of Leblon. Carry on down and start a leisurely walking tour of Ipanema to feel its unique vibe. Walk down to the Copacabana Fort for a drink at sunset with the iconic view of Copacabana bay before returning to the hotel.

Accommodation: Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 10 - 11
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Today, your first stop will be the Corcovado Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Reach the mountain top in a small electric train going through lush vegetation. Afterwards, you will walk through the charming Santa Teresa neighbourhood. Then you will continue to the historic center of Rio, where your guide will show you some of the most important places and buildings. You will end the day at the Sugarloaf Mountain – one of the best places to watch the sunset in Rio!

Accommodation: Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 11 - 12
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Today you will meet a local chef, who will pick you up at the hotel, take you to the street market and give you an introduction to typical Brazilian ingredients. Continue to the chef’s house where you will prepare a three course meal in a very informal and fun cooking session.

Enjoy your afternoon at leisure to relax or explore the city by yourself.

Accommodation: Belmond Copacabana Palace

Day 12 -
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Last day in the country! Enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping, or sunbathing on Ipanema beach and get ready for your international departure from Rio de Janeiro airport.

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