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                     Brazil family holiday, Rio, Amazonia and the Northeast                      

Take the family to discover Brazil, from Rio de Janeiro to Jericoacoara in the Northeast via the Amazon. Unusual activities between sand dunes and deserted beaches, boat trips and observing animals in the heart of the jungle: a unique journey tailored to each individual family member's needs.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana
  • Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Copacabana
  • Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas - Copacabana
  • Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Manaus
  • Day 5: Manaus
  • Day 6: Manaus
  • Day 7: Manaus - São Luís
  • Day 8: São Luís - Barreirinhas - Atins - Barreirinhas - Atins
  • Day 9: Atins
  • Day 10: Atins - Delta of Parnaíba
  • Day 11: Delta of Parnaíba - Jericoacoara
  • Day 12: Jericoacoara
  • Day 13: Jericoacoara - Guajirú
  • Day 14: Guajirú - Fortaleza

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Rio De Janeiro - Copacabana

Airport pick up (time and flight number to be confirmed) and transfer to the hotel.

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : english speaking guide, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: Rio De Janeiro - Corcovado - Santa Teresa - Sugarloaf Mountain - Copacabana

At 09:00am start a city tour with your english speaking guide, firstly going up to the Corcovado (el. 700 m.a.s.l.), worldly known symbol of Rio. Once up there, take the time to appreciate the unique and amazing panoramic view of the "cidade maravilhosa" (wonderful city).

Then way back down via Santa Teresa, which used to be one of the wealthiest residential neighborhoods of Rio, when the town was the capital of Brazil and all the principal institutions were located there. Surrounded by the agglomeration, the neighborhood has lost its former character, and the wealth of the area has moved to the Southwest of Rio, to Barra da Tijuca. Santa Teresa now shelters a diverse population in the bohemian quarter of the modern Rio. Walk through this area to get a taste of its quaint and old atmosphere. During the trip to Lapa, visit the colored stairs or "Escadaria do Convento da Santa Teresa", decorated by Jorge Selarón.

Later, take the cable cart to the summit of the Sugarloaf (el. 400 m.a.s.l.), another symbol of Rio which marks the entrance of the Guanabara Bay. Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Option: Helicopter flight of a few minutes from the mirador of Sugar Loaf (check with us).

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 3: Rio De Janeiro - Historical Center - Favelas - Copacabana

At 09:00am you will meet your french-speaking guide for a private visit of Rio’s city center, from a colossal avenue framed by imposing glass buildings to quaint, small streets and their little affordable shops.

Many styles, one spirit, is the best definition to describe the architectural cocktail of the center, where past and modernism coexist in harmony. Among the possible visits (to be coordinated with the guide depending on opening times, your centers of interest, or eventual manifestations organized that day): Imperial Municipal (replicate of the Opera Garnier in France), foundation Banco do Brasil, casa da França (old custom house), national History museum, largo da Carioca, convento Santo Antônio, metropolitan cathedral, plaza Tiradentes...

In the afternoon, a specialized guide will take you on an "off-the-beaten-track" visit: the favelas. This visit of a few hours in a different reality of Rio, will give you a more real and complete view of the life in Carioca than the images of violence poverty which usually shown by the medias lacking of originality.

At the heart of these popular and "lawless" suburbs (the favelas are originally illegal land occupations), Brazilians organize themselves and live in a dignified and solitary manner.

Return to the hotel at 05:00pm.

Note: For the visit of the center, avoid Sundays and bank holidays.

Night at the Copacabana Palace (breakfast included). Street view room.
Included : english speaking guide, private transport, room & breakfast

Day 4: Rio De Janeiro - Manaus

Transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to departure. Flight from Rio de Janeiro (time and number to be confirmed).
Your English speaking guide will pick you up to start your journey in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, at the gate of the Anavilhanas Archipelago National Park.

During your stay, several activities will be organized by the lodge:
- canoeing through the igapós and igarapés (Amazon canals)
- visit of the local community
- Anavilhanas archipelago nocturnal sightseeing
- recognition tour on the archipelago
- hiking on dryland forests
- visit to pink river dolphins and the handicraft fair in Novo Airão
- recreational piranha fishing and sunrise contemplation.

Night at the lodge.
Included : transfer departure, room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), english speaking guide, transfer arrival, excursion (shared)

Day 5: Manaus

During your stay, several activities will be organized by the lodge:
- canoeing through the igapós and igarapés (Amazon canals)
- visit of the local community
- Anavilhanas archipelago nocturnal sightseeing
- recognition tour on the archipelago
- hiking on dryland forests
- visit to pink river dolphins and the handicraft fair in Novo Airão
- recreational piranha fishing and sunrise contemplation.

Night at the lodge.

Day 6: Manaus

During your stay, several activities will be organized by the lodge:
- canoeing through the igapós and igarapés (Amazon canals)
- visit of the local community
- Anavilhanas archipelago nocturnal sightseeing
- recognition tour on the archipelago
- hiking on dryland forests
- visit to pink river dolphins and the handicraft fair in Novo Airão
- recreational piranha fishing and sunrise contemplation.

Night at the lodge.

Day 7: Manaus - São Luís

After lunch, the lodge driver will take you to Manaus airport.

Arrival at São Luís airport and meeting with your Portuguese-speaking driver who will drive you to the hotel.

Night at the pousada Casa Lavinia***.
Included : private transport, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 8: São Luís - Barreirinhas - Atins

Your driver will pick you up at the hotel or airport in São Luís to go straight to Barreirinhas.


You will take a small motorboat to go from Barreirinhas to Atins on the Preguiças River.
After a quick stop at the “pequenos Lençóis” (a smaller version of the Lençóis Maranhenses Park), you will go up the Mandacaru lighthouse to enjoy a panoramic view of the region.
The trip will continue by crossing mangroves to reach Caburé (shoal between the river and the ocean) and towards Atins beach, where the hotel staff will pick you up.
n.b: two-hour trip.

Night at La Ferme de Georges****
Dune chalet
Included : private transport, local guide, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 9: Atins

Departure at 8h00 from your hotel towards the Lençóis Maranhenses Park. After a short 4WD ride to Canto do Atins, you will walk approximately 50 minutes between sand dunes and lagoons and eventually reach the Lagoa Verde. After enjoying a refreshing bath, your driver will take you to a restaurant where you will taste the famous shrimps of Dona Luiza.

Return to Atins around 18h30.

Night at La Ferme de Georges****
Dune chalet
Included : local guide, private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 10: Atins - Delta of Parnaíba

Departure for a short boat ride to Caburé, then you continue your journey with a 4WD ride to Tutoia to take another boat to discover the Delta de Parnaiba canals. During your crossing you´ll be able to see lot of birds, monkeys and caimans if you´re lucky. Arrival at the Port of Tatus and transfer to your hotel.

Night at the Casa Santo Antônio****
Suite de charme
Included : private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 11: Delta of Parnaíba - Jericoacoara


Departure in the morning towards Camocim, your first stop.
You´ll cross the Coreau river by barge before entering the Jericoacoara National Park, where the dunes begin.
Second stop: Tatajuba village and the Lagoa da Torta, where you will have lunch.
Then you will enter the mangrove before crossing another river. Only then, you will see the little village of Jericoacoara.
Arrival at the pousada.

Night at the Vila Kalango****
Included : private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 12: Jericoacoara

Departure at 9h00 for a buggy excursion with a local driver to the Lagoa Azul and the Lagoa do Paraíso.
You will make a stop at the Pedra Furada (holed stone) and the Árvore da Preguiça (laziness tree) to take some pictures.
You will then follow to the lagoons to swim and enjoy the hammocks. Lunch (not included) in one of the Lagoa do Paraíso little restaurants.
Ride back to Jericoacoara in the afternoon.


Night at the Vila Kalango****
Included : local guide, private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 13: Jericoacoara - Guajirú

Your buggy driver (bugueiro, in Portuguese) will come to pick you up at your hotel in Jericoacoara to drive you to Guajirú.
You will go through Icaraí de Amontada and Mundaú seaside villages before reaching your hotel in Guajirú.

Night at the Zorah Beach****
Included : private transport, excursion (private), room & breakfast

Day 14: Guajirú - Fortaleza

Return trip from Guajirú to Fortaleza by the road.
Included : private transport

Belmond Copacabana Palace   Copacabana

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

This glamorous landmark is pre-eminent among the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, Belmond Copacabana Palace has been welcoming the rich and famous. A truly iconic city-centre hotel, Copacabana Beach only a heartbeat away, this is the best place to stay in Rio. Soak up the sun in the magnificent pool or join Brazil’s style setters at the Piano Bar. Each room is unique, featuring fine period furniture and original works of art. Widely admired as the best hotel in Brazil, Belmond Copacabana Palace offers two different room categories. Choose between charming city views or magnificent beach vistas.

Anavilhanas Lodge   Manaus

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast, lunch (no drinks), dinner (no drinks), english speaking guide, transfer arrival, excursion (shared)

The Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is situated at the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, on the Rio Negro River shore, at 180 km from Manaus. The lodge is on the Brazilian luxury hotels guide “Roteiros de charme”. It represents the perfect balance between nature and comfort, with its 22 luxurious bungalows spread over a 380,000 m2 property. The lodge also has a big swimming pool with view over the Rio Negro.

Casa Lavinia   São Luís

Level : 3*
Included : room & breakfast

La Ferme de Georges   Atins

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

La Ferme de Georges is a high-end hotel, which spreads over several hectares in the charming Atins village, at the gate of the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park. The hotel has seven tastefully decorated chalets that can accommodate up to 4 guests. The Tree Chalet, the most luxurious, is 150m2 and has its own tower observatory. The tiny restaurant is supplied by a rice field and a vegetable garden. You will taste the farm production cooked by the talented chef Mark. You will be welcomed by Pierre (the owner) and its family in the best hotel in Atins.

Casa Santo Antônio   Delta of Parnaíba

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Casa Santo Antônio is a charming and well-decorated colonial mansion. The hotel is located in the center of Parnaíba, a few minutes away from Porto das Barcas, the habor which gives access to the Delta of Parnaíba. Its luxuriant gardens and swimming-pool area is the perfect place to relax. The hotel has 22 colonial/modern style suites. The Princesa Isabela suite is our favorite: it has a private patio with jacuzzi, which makes you feel like a Princess during your stay.

Vila Kalango   Jericoacoara

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The seafront wooden bungalows of Vila Kalango create an idyllic setting. The swimming pool and restaurant (which serves delicious food) have an unobstructed view over “the sunset dune”, and the pousada is a few minutes away from the vibrant village center. Our Jericoacoara’s favorite!

Zorah Beach Hotel   Guajirú

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

The Zorah Beach hotel is part of the Condé Nast Johansens network, a guide that awards the best hotels all around the world. It is ideally located in front of the sea. The hotel has 16 suites, 5 bungalows and a 140 m2 villa. All the rooms are equipped with Jacuzzi and are surrounded by a luxuriant and well-maintained garden. The tropical and Indian style decoration creates a magical atmosphere. The Zorah Beach a peaceful and intimist place, perfect for those yearning to relax

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