Itinerary In Detail
As soon as you’ve landed in Brazil, transfer to the beautiful tropical island Ilha Grande. Originally a lair for dangerous pirates, then a leper colony, and most recently home to one of the highest security prisons of Brazil. However, due to its tumultuous past, the island is now one of the most pristine spots in Brazil because it was untouched by developers and resorts until the jail closed in 1994.
Experience the beauty of the island on a tour to Lopez Mendes beach, a 2.4km strip of land only accessible on foot. Take a 45-minute boat ride and the hike 30 minutes to reach this paradise. Featuring white sand and crystal clear waters, this is the perfect haven to relax and enjoy. Discover transparent streams, a little chapel, and a mosaic-covered barrel decorating the beach.
Once you’re back in Rio de Janeiro, discover some of the top Brazilian attractions. Take a full-day tour of the city, starting with a trip up Sugar Loaf Mountain. Peaking at 1,300 feet, the pristine ocean beaches come fully into view from the mountaintop. Spend another day visiting the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue atop the Corcovado mountain. At an elevation of 2,400 feet, marvel at the panoramic views of Rio’s beaches, buildings, bridges, and more. On a free day, hit up some of Rio de Janeiro’s beautiful beaches. If you’re up for a more active day, hike or bike through the scenic city, shop at the local markets, and sample some Brazilian cuisine.
Good Life Expeditions also offers more off the beaten path options that expose you to Brazil’s undeniable wealth disparity. Known around the world for its favelas, or slums, Good Life Expeditions can help you experience the realities of low-income Brazilian families in a respectful manner that will be a learning experience for both you and the communities you visit. Rather than taking you on a tour, we can connect you with individual families or communities through our partner non-profit MEDLIFE.
For the final leg of your trip, head to Buzios – stopping along the way to check out João Fernandes, Armação, and Ferradura beaches, as well as unique statues, landmarks, and lookouts in the area. Buzios is a peninsula – meaning each shore offers a different experience. For example, on the west coast of the peninsula, you can find calm and clear waters perfect for families or travelers looking to relax. While on the east coast adventurers will delight in the wild waves and open waters that are perfect for surfing and adventure sports.
After spending a week on beautiful sandy beaches, it’s time to return to the airport for your international connection or onward travel!
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