A Special 9 Days Cultural Tour in South Brazil
Brazil is the largest country in South America. They’re also the only country that speaks portuguese. Portueguese has some similarities to spanish but it’s still very different. A number of the words are the same but the pronunciation differs.
The beauty of Brazil is one of it’s most striking features. Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio de Janeiro and it’s beautiful beaches, the Amazon river and rainforest, Florianapolis and it’s numerous beautiful beaches (a lot more than 500).
Brazil’s landscape is as diverse as the individuals who inhabit it. With almost five thousand miles of sunny coastline scattered with dazzling beaches, tropical islands, wildly energetic cities and picturesque colonial towns; you can easily understand why few tourists never venture not even close to Brazil’s spectacular coastline but, a visit into the interior reveals another but equally captivating country that provides a variety of terrain and, obviously, the world’s biggest rainforest in the lush Amazon Basin which boasts a fantastic array of wildlife and exotic fauna. Brazil can also be the home of South America’s greatest waterfall, the majestic Iguassu Falls; the two-mile wide curtain water crashing 300ft over a number of precipices into a spray-filled gorge constitutes the most spectacular sight of southern Brazil and probably the whole of South America.
Brazil’s most seductive city is Rio de Janeiro; it’s truly a city of contrasts of colour, of life-style and dazzling scenery which will always fascinate and make one long to become there. Rio de Janeiro is a city sculptured in space that sits capriciously on the thin strip of land between the mountains and the sea. Its horizontal dimensions and hills give a unique vertical perspective. Every segment of the landscape differs: on the ocean side of the city islands reflect the sun on the other part the city is bounded with a forest with its lush greenery. Winding through the midst of this, the city, using its avenues and skyscrapers. Rio is the capital of happiness and the sun washed town of Carnival, built around the most beautiful bay in the world, where visitors can join the mayhem of samba-filled parties.
South Brazil Cultural Tour – 9 days/8 nights
First visit the Iguazu Falls, one of the unmissable natural sights in Brazil. Then carry on to Curitiba for the most impressive train journey in Brazil and some quaint colonial villages. Soon after nights in the region to unwind or enjoy the rainforest, continue by route to the coast of Santa Catarina for some relaxing days at Santa Catarina Island, in Florianopolis.
Day 1: Arrival in Foz do Iguazu and private transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day free. The world famous Iguazu Falls is a 3km-long wall of water inside tropical rainforest on the borders of Brazil and Argentina. Encompassed by two National Parks, the most magnificent waterfalls in the world are merely stunning.
Day 2: Full-day visit to the Argentinean side of the falls for any close view of the different falls and a trip to National Park. Many birds’ species and small mammals can be simply spotted on the trails. B.
Day 3: Morning visit the Brazilian side of the Falls. Private transfer to the airport for the onward flight to Curitiba. Arrival at Curitiba airport. Transfer to some tourist class hotel. Remainder of the day free to explore this pleasant city. B.
Day 4: Train Journey and Colonial towns
Completed in 1885 this railway lines are still a testimony of great railway engineering and doubtless the most remarkable train journey in Brazil. On the way you’ll have fantastic views of the lush Serra do Mar, included in Atlantic Rainforest. Visit Morretes and Antonina, two charming colonial towns, then spend two nights in a lodge at the border of the Marumbi Estate Park.
Pick-up from Curitiba hotel at 07:00. You’ll be transferred to the railway station for the train journey from Curitiba to Morretes . After several tunnels, bridges and viaducts with vertical drops you’ll alight around 11:30 am at Morretes, a little colonial town.
Following a visit to the historical centre, you’ll have a typical lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the historical capital of scotland – Antonina (15 km not even close to Morretes) and Antonina Bay and back to Morretes for any 2-night stay at nearby Porto de Cima village. B, L, D
Day 5: Day liberated to relax on its lush gardens observing the rich birdlife with magnificent views of the highest peaks of Serra do Mar and the Atlantic Rainforest like a background. B, D
Day 6: Departure after breakfast by route to Florianopolis, the Capital Island of Santa Catarina. The journey takes around 5 hours but we’ll make stops on the method to rest and to enjoy the scenery. Arrival at the accommodation of your liking for a 3-night stay.
The charming capital of Santa Catarina State is a secret that Brazilians kept on their own for a very long time. The Island of Santa Catarina, the insular part of the city, is famous for surfing and its 42 beaches, but it’s also a centre for those nautical sports and outdoor activities. The Azoreans settlers created a unique cultural legacy that’s best experienced on its small fishing villages.
Day 7: Azorean Villages: historical centre, Lagoa da Conceição & New england Beaches. A full-day tour that’s a great introduction to the historical and cultural heritage of the city and the natural beauty of the Island.
Day 8: Day liberated to relax.
Day 9: Breakfast and return transfer to Florianopolis airport. B