Overview & Highlights

A truly adventurous family holiday in Brazil to widen the horizons with exhilarating experiences.

  • Visit to samba school in Rio
  • Cable-car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain (helicopter ride optional, charged extra)
  • Guided visit to bird park at Iguazú
  • Guided discovery of the Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls; boat safari
  • Full day guided exploration of the Argentine side of the Falls
  • Panoramic guided tour of historic Salvador
  • Guided opportunity to swim in the natural pools at Rio Serrano, Chapada Diamantina
  • Full day highlights tour of Chapada Diamantina National Park, near Lencois
  • Full day walking-based excursion to the Capao Valley and Fumaca waterfalls

Brazil is a huge, varied country, vibrant, exotic, steamily tropical, full of life. What an opportunity to take the whole family on a holiday which will satisfy everyone’s diverse interests. If you are thrill-seekers, culture-vultures, outdoor or nature enthusiasts, you’ll have a taste of whatever enthuses you most. Stay in Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s liveliest cities with mountains and jungle right in the heart of the city. Even the ways you get around are exhilarating: ride a helicopter over the beaches, whizz up the Sugar Loaf in a cable car and ascend the impossibly steep Corcovado mountain by train.

After that you’ll all thrill to the power of the Iguazú Falls, which crash over cliffs through rainforest populated by toucans and monkeys: but you won’t just look, you’ll explore close up by boat and on foot, and probably get very wet.

From there, it’s a flight northwards to Bahia, Brazil’s most African-influenced state. Salvador, the capital, has a different vibe from Rio, with a colourful culture reflecting the heritage of the African slaves brought over to work on the plantations. Spot ladies with big smiles selling tropical fruits and young people showing off their skills at the martial art dance capoeira in the street, accompanied by the beat of an African drum which dominates the region’s distinctive musical style. Head inland to Lençois in the remote tableland of Chapada Diamantina, stroll among waterfalls and blue pools, drinking in amazing mountain views. End up at one of the glorious palm-shaded beaches for which the state is justly famous.

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What our clients say

97% of our clients rated their experience with us as Excellent or Good.

This was my first tour with JLA, and I would certainly have it as my first choice for tours in South America in the future.

The two journeys from Cajamarca to Leymebamba and Arequipa to Chivay had such spectacular scenery.

MK, Hassocks

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Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia and beyond to Antarctica.

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  • Kathryn Rhodes
    Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Expert

    Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.

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    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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