2 flights; 3 road journeys, 1 train journey.
On this tour we use a wide variety of accommodation: from modern hotels with well-equipped rooms and air-conditioning in cities, to modest but attractive lodges and pousadas in the countryside. The hotel in Iguaçú is motel-style, set in beautiful grounds with a nature trail. In the Serra Geral mountains the lodge is simple, with beautifully crafted wooden cabins. The beach property in Praia da Rosa is boutique-style and very comfortable.
Breakfast daily, lunch days 7, 9; dinner days 10-12.
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise.
• Guided excursion to Corcovado mountain and Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro.
• Walking tour of historic Rio.
• The Brazilian and Argentine sides of the Iguazú Falls.
• Serra Verde jungle train.
• Guided tour of the old Azorean villages of Santa Catarina island.
Summary of nights
16 days, 15 nights: Rio 3; Iguazú 2, Curitiba 1; Morretes 1; Florianopolis 2; Serra Geral 3; Praia da Rosa 3.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land and air transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
Not included in the journey price
• Tips and gratuities.
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights to Latin America.
• Optional excursions.
There are a number of half, full-day or longer excursions or activities you may wish to consider in order to customise your holiday to cater for your interests. Please contact us to discuss these further or to add them to your itinerary before you depart. A selection of these include:
• Samba show, Rio de Janeiro.
• Helicopter ride over the Iguazú Falls.
• Bird Park, Iguazú.
• Guided walks in the Serra Geral mountains
The unit of currency in Brazil is the ‘real’ (plural reais).
A budget of around US$40-70 per day should cover the cost of meals, drinks, local transport, tips and the odd souvenir. Prices of meals and drinks in standard restaurants are more or less the same as in Britain, perhaps a bit cheaper.
How to take it
Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.
We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency, and possibly some travellers’ cheques, though these are gradually falling out of use (American Express are the most widely accepted). Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.
Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
There are no really long days spent travelling (apart from the scenic train journey) but the heat in summer can be tiring. The holiday is suitable for all reasonably fit people, including families. If you have a disability requiring special attention please enquire.
In tropical Rio and Iguazú, December to March are the hottest and most humid months, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C, and rain which falls in brief, heavy showers. From June to September, temperatures are more moderate (18-23°C) and there is plenty of sunshine, but cold fronts can usher in periods of up to several days of cloud and drizzle.
The seasons are more sharply defined the further south you go and frost and snow is not unknown in the mountains in winter. It can be very hot (40°C) in summer Dec-Mar.
The southern coast has a sub-tropical climate, with summers (Dec-Mar) that are hot and winters (Jun-Sep) mild but a bit too cool for the beach. There is sunshine all year round however, with most rain falling in late Dec-Mar – the local holiday season when beaches are packed. The whale watching season is Jun-Oct.
Clothing and special equipment
For day-to-day wear you should take loose-fitting, breathable clothes. Comfortable shoes are important and sandals are useful. A sun hat, sunblock and sunglasses are necessary, and you should take a light fleece for cool nights and a Gore-Tex layer, as well as swimwear. You might benefit from walking boots and poles for the mountain hikes.
At the Iguazú Falls you can get very wet from the spray. Some visitors choose to take dry clothes in a bag.
If you plan to go to good restaurants or out on evening entertainment trips, you might want to bring something a bit smarter as well (although formal attire will not be required).
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
ESTA - If flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
This costs $14 per person. This must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.