Brazil on a budget

Brazil On A Budget

Rio & the Beaches of Buzios

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Our 10-day Brazil Bargain

Bargain Holidays in Brazil for just £850pp

Travelling on a budget doesn’t have to mean compromising, as you’ll find out on this week-long trip to Brazil! You’ll arrive in the carnival-capital, Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll be staying in the famous Copacabana Beach area, so you’re right at the heart of the action and perfectly placed to explore. We’ll take you to the top of Christ the Redeemer, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for once in a lifetime views and photo opportunities…

After all that sightseeing you’ll be in need of some well-earned rest and relaxation, so we’ll head out of the city to the upmarket seaside resort of Buzios. This beautiful peninsular used to be a quaint fishing village, and it still retains its charming cobbled streets and picturesque harbours, but the stunning beaches and clear, calm waters are the main attraction nowadays. It’s the perfect place for luxurious holiday on a budget!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival in Rio
  • Day Two: Christ Statue and Tijuca National Park
  • Days Three to Five: Free days to explore Rio
  • Day Six: Drive to Buzios
  • Days Seven to Nine: Relaxing in Buzios
  • Day Ten: Overnight flight back to the UK

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Detailed Itinerary

Day One – Begin your holidays in Brazil

You’ll land in Rio on an evening flight as you begin your holiday in Brazil! We’ll be there to meet you at the airport and drive you to your hotel in the stylish Copacabana area of the city - once you’re settled in, you might want to take a walk along the waterfront or take in an evening meal on your first night here in Rio. Our restaurant guide will give you ideas for your first night, with recommendations for everything from cheap but delicious street food up to high end (but excellent) value restaurants. Of course, since this is your first night on holiday in Brazil, Copacabana is a great place for a night out if you’re feeling up to it!

Day Two - Tour of Corcovado and Tijuca National Park

You'll have some free time this morning to recover from your journey, and then this afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel and drive through Rio to the base of Mt. Corcovado. Here we will board a funicular railway which carries us up through the dense Tijuca Atlantic Rainforest to the top of the mountain and the base of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue that has become one of the most famous symbols of Rio, and indeed Brazil. The views over the city from the top are absolutely amazing and it's the perfect way to get your bearings and pick out where to visit next! (Breakfast included)

Days Three to Five - Exploring Rio

A holiday isn't a holiday if you don't have a chance to relax so the next few days are all yours - you could head to some of Rio's other neighbourhoods, such as Ipanema or the bohemian Leblon area. You could take a trip to the Maracana or head up into the hills to the arty Santa Teresa area for some souvenir bargains, or even just relax in Copacabana and go for a stroll along the beach... (B)

  • If your budget can stretch a little further we highly recommend doing a tour of downtown Rio and Sugarloaf Mountain, for even more fantastic views of our favourite city!
  • Or why not take a tour of the tropical islands in the Sepetiba Bay?
  • Or you could head up into the hills and enjoy a visit to the colonial summer capital of Petropolis?

Day Six – Travel to Buzios

Now you've enjoyed the best of Rio, you're probably ready for some quality relaxation time! This morning we'll pick you up from your hotel and take you north out of the city to the beautiful sandy beaches of the Buzios peninsula. This glamorous area was originally made famous by Brigitte Bardot and is now home to some of Brazil's best beach hotels. If you can push the boat out and stretch your holiday budget further there are some stunning hotel upgrades here which will make you feel like a film star. Where ever you stay it's the perfect place to soak up some sun, go for a snorkel, or just enjoy a caipirinha as you watch the sun set over the ocean.... (B)

Days Seven to Nine - Relaxing in Buzios

You have the whole of these next three days for your total relaxation, so they are completely up to you. As well as all the facilities of your hotel, you have a wide choice of beaches in the area, from the wild east coach beaches that draw surfers and windsurfers, to the calm, clear waters of the west coast, so there really is something for everyone. (B)

  • We'd hugely recommend a schooner tour so you can enjoy sailing between all the different beaches in Buzios, or you could just rent a dune buggy?

Day Ten - Last Day of your Bargain Holidays in Brazil

Most international flights leave Rio in the evening, so you’re likely to have some free time this morning to get as much value out of your holiday as you can and catch some sun or go for a swim before we take you back to Rio in the afternoon in plenty of time to catch your flight home. (B)

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Amazon Jungle

Amazon - 3 days from £1095pp

Get back to nature by adding on some time in the Amazon jungle. Just a flight away from Rio, Salvador, Sao Paulo, and most major cities in Brazil are a range of fantastic jungle lodges where you can immerse yourself in the full rainforest experience (in comfort!) with our experienced local guides.

Pantanal Wildlife

The Pantanal - 3 days from £895pp

This trip begins with a flight into the heart of Brazil and the state of Mato Grosso. We will land at the state capital of Cuiaba and from here will travel up to the edge of the giant Pantanal wetlands. Covering an area larger than England, the Pantanal is the best place in Brazil for wildlife-spotting (even better than the Amazon!) and on our trip downriver to the Rio Mutum lodge, we will hope to see some caiman, monkeys, capybaras and the hundreds of different species of birds. You’ll spend the next two days observing the area's wildlife by boat and on horseback, and you’ll see such as giant otters, iguanas, deer, anteaters and maybe even the elusive jaguars...

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What's Included?

The standard price for our "Brazil on a budget" holidays is a bargain £850 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels.

That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and entrance fees, plus breakfast every day.

We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2020.

International flights

So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.

We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.

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