Brazil: Iguassu, Paraty & Rio

  • Overview
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    10 days

    Activity Level


    Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.

    8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners

    Visit Brazil, the largest country in South America on this expansive family vacation.  Starting with the massive Iguassu Falls, continuing on to the charming coastal town of Paraty and ending in the colorful city of Rio de Janeiro, you are sure to fall in love with this amazing country.

    Recommended Age: 8+

    See Iguassu Falls from Brazil and Argentina

    The incredible, mesmerizing, and powerful Iguassu Falls are a natural wonder and seeing them from all angles in Brazil and Argentina only amplifies the experience.

    Explore the Best Sites in Rio de Janeiro

    Relax on the beach at Copacabana, stand in the shadow of the Christ the Redeemer statue, and journey to the top of Corcovado Hill for an amazing view of the city.

    Take a Traditional Cooking Lesson

    Everything in Brazil is done with flare and passion, and learning how to use spices and flavors to create a delicious meal during a cooking lesson with Chef Simone is no different.

    Relax in Paraty

    Paraty is a beautiful beach town and whether relaxing on its quiet beaches or cruising around the bay on a private boat, paradise is at your finger tips.

    Visit a Quilombo Settlement

    Slavery was abolished in 1888, but before that day could come, escaped slaves created thousands of hidden societies and this particular settlement is still inhabited by direct descendants of the original settlers, or quilombola.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Brazil

    Days 2-3

    Iguassu Falls

    Brazilian Side of the Falls

    Take a guided walk around the Brazilian side of the falls, which offers the widest, most panoramic views of the expansive, intricate, and gorgeous waterfalls.

    Argentinian Side of the Falls

    We’ll have a full day today to explore the Argentinian side of UNESCO World Heritage Site Iguassu Falls, through an aerial, interactive experience.

    Days 4-6


    Guided Tour of Historic District

    Walk around the historic city center of Paraty, a Portuguese colonial city dating back to the 18th century and served as a port during Brazil’s Gold Rush.

    Ceramics Workshop

    Meet a local artist and spend some time learning about his craft. The art of ceramics is beautiful and mesmerizing; don’t be surprised if it turns into a new hobby at home!

    Quilombola Community

    Learn about the country’s difficult history of slavery on our visit to a quilombo, a settlement created by escaped slaves that still flourish today. Many of the people living in these communities are descendants of the original quilombola.

    Boating in the Bay

    Enjoy a fun day on the water as we take a boat out for a day of adventure. We will stop for lunch at an island restaurant. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing when we anchor in Paraty’s beautiful bay.

    Days 7-9


    Hike Sugarloaf Mountain

    We’ll hike up Sugarloaf Mountain for spectacular views of Botafogo Cove, Guanabara Bay, and the Copacabana seafront. We’ll head back down the mountain in a more relaxed fashion, catching a ride in a glass-walled cable car.

    Corcovado Mountain (Christ the Redeemer)

    Take a train ride to the the top of Corcovado Mountain and get face-to-face with Christ the Redeemer, an iconic symbol of Brazil that’s a stunning site to behold. This is also a wonderful place to get sweeping views of the city!

    Capoeira Class

    Learn the art of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art combining elements of dance, acrobatics, and music that remains an important part of the country’s cultural heritage.

    Cooking with Chef Simone

    Visiting the teaching kitchen of Chef Simone, a vibrant, energetic Brazilian woman who’ll help us make some scrumptious local dishes is a treat that everyone’s tastebuds always remember!

    Churrascaria Dinner

    We’ll dine at a Churrascaria, where meat is cooked “churrasco” style, the Brazilian version of a Barbeque. There’s no need to get up for seconds; the food will be brought right to our table for us to eat as much as we’d like!

    Day 10

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2018 Dates


    Adult $6090PP
    Teen $6090PP
    Child $5890PP
    Internal Air $300

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get free flight insurance, free cancellation insurance, and a GoPro Hero Session!

    Triple Discount

    $200 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults


    Traveling in a party of six or more friends or family members? Call us about our large group discounts.

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

  • Hotels

    Hotel das Cataratas

    Guests at Hotel das Cataratas benefit from a supreme location, directly across from the majestic Iguassu Falls. The hotel is built in traditional Portuguese colonial style, with dark wood furnishings and bright Brazilian accents, like paintings of local tropical flora and fauna. All rooms have free internet access and widescreen LCD TV. On the property is an outdoor pool and tennis courts as well as a full service spa.

    Pousada Literaria de Paraty

    All 23 rooms at the Pousada offer king beds, LCD TV, DVD, air conditioning, safe and Wi-Fi. The restaurant Quintal das Letras has a menu reflecting Paraty cuisine. Pool, spa, and a large library of books and DVDs complete the comforts offered here.

    Windsor Atlantica Hotel

    The Windsor Atlantica sits along a beautiful stretch of beach on the famous Copacabana waterfront, just five minutes from Ipanema Beach and right near plenty of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. All of the hotel’s 545 contemporary, comfortable rooms feature central air, Wi-Fi, and LCD TVs with cable.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler from free flight insurance and trip cancellation to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

    Travel Insurance

    Every Thomson Family Adventures trip comes with travel insurance for your entire family at no extra cost.