Brazil Tours

Why visit? From cruising the remote waters of the Amazon in Brazil’s north to celebrating the world’s greatest carnival in bustling Rio or sipping caipirinhas at Copacabana beach, a Brazil tour offers a diversity that is second to none. 
 
The most popular starting point for Australian travellers visiting Brazil is Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second largest city. Exploring Rio is one of the highlights of any Brazil or Latin America tour with popular attractions including visits to Sugar Loaf Mountain from where you can enjoy the best views over Rio’s spectacular natural settings, its lush green mountains, endless hills and valleys lined with some world-famous stretches of white beach including Ipanema and Copacabana beach. 
 
Far away from the busy streets of Rio, for an insight into the country’s rich biodiversity, a Brazil tour could introduce you to the diverse ecosystems of the Amazon Rainforest or the Pantanal where you may encounter species such as toucans, pink dolphins and jaguars. 
 
If you want to explore Brazil’s culture and heritage, a visit to Brazil’s north-east might be what you are looking for. Head to Salvador to feel the country’s rich Afro-Brazilian influences or wander the colonial streets of historic Olinda.  
 
One of the main attractions for many is a visit to the mighty Iguazu Falls in the south of Brazil, the largest water falls system in the world.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Brazil and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you. 
 
#Livefortoday and book your Brazil tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
 

I travelled through Brazil (and Argentina) recently with a few friends. The trip was spectacular. It's was my second trip with Chimu after an amazing adventure in Peru a few years earlier - Darren

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Feel the spray of the mighty Iguazu Falls, experience the vibrant city of Rio and sail around the beautiful bay of Paraty on this 10-day adventure.

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Join us on this wonderful journey from Buenos Aires to Rio. Marvel at the mighty Iguazu Falls, experience Buenos Aires and the beaches of Rio.

Brazil Tours

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This 4 day tour cruises down Amazon river learning about and gazing at the magnificent wildlife that can be found no where else on earth!

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Experience the wonderful and diverse wildlife of the Brazilian Amazon jungle on this short five-day adventure from Manaus to the deep Amazon Jungle on-board the Motor Yacht Tucano.

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On this 12 day tour we have hand picked the top highlights of Brazil to give you a flavour of the country’s incredible diversity.

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This 12-day tour offers a taste of Brazilian living - Rio, Salvador the birthplace of Brazilian culture, the wildlife haven of the Pantanal and Iguacu Falls.

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This tour is the perfect combination of city, culture and beach. View Rio's magnificent skyline, iconic Christ the Redeemer and sail around Paraty.

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Try to spot a Jaguar in one of the world's best wildlife locations, the Pantanal.

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Go to the world's greatest party - Rio's Carnival Festival. Book early to make sure you get there.

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Looking to explore South America? This 21 day loop covers the best of Argentina, Brazil, Peru and a taste of Chile. Highlights include Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, the Amazon and more.

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Our highlights of Brazil tour designed specifically for wildlife lovers. Start in Iguazu Falls then venture into the Amazon Rainforest & Pantanal Wetlands.

Articles On Brazil

Hotel review – Copacabana Palace, Rio

Posted on Thu, 15 Jun 2017

The iconic hotel Copacabana Palace sits directly across from one of the worlds most iconic beaches and right in the middle of the action of the vibrant tourist district of Copacabana. History of the Hotel Copacabana Palace The hotel was built in 1923 well before the beach came to world fame. In fact, when the hotel was built it was the …

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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Posted on Thu, 18 May 2017

Locals call Rio de Janeiro the Marvellous City (Cidade Maravilhosa) and there’s certainly no denying that this is one outlandishly beautiful city. Mind-boggling in size and population – almost 6 million people call Rio home – and boasting a long and illustrious history connecting it to just about every corner of the globe, this is one of the most vibrant, …

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Things to do at the Rio Carnival

Posted on Sun, 05 Mar 2017

It’s that time of year! The eyes of the world are converging on Brazil as the Rio Carnival springs to life yet again. Our Things to do at the Rio Carnival outlines the ins and outs of this visual spectacular. What is the Rio Carnival? Just as the rest of the world starts to recover from end-of-year celebrations, Brazil – and …

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Secret Wonders: Presenting the Pantanal

Posted on Sat, 07 Jan 2017

Brazil’s Pantanal region would have to be one of the most underrated destinations on earth. The world’s largest wetlands, home to an intoxicating collection of rare and precious animals, is South America’s premier wildlife spotting destination, thanks to its distinctive lack of thick vegetation, the one primary characteristic of the Amazon rainforest. Out here, animals are not just everywhere but …

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Must Try Food From Brazil

Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2016

Brazil is the largest country in South America and is made up of many cultures, all of which have their own cooking techniques and individual flavour combinations. This mix of eclectic influences come together to create the exiting and robust dishes traditionally served throughout this lively nation. From tantalising small bites and deliciously devious deserts, to hearty mains and mouth-watering …

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The Jericoacoara Bubble

Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016

Jericoacoara, known locally as Jeri is a small beach town that lies in the north east of Brazil. Fortaleza is the closest gateway city so most people arrive from there with a journey that can take anything from 4 to 6 hours. As the roads leading in to Jericoacoara are all sand and pass through the dunes, passengers travelling by bus must switch …

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Porto de Galinhas – The Port of Chickens

Posted on Thu, 26 May 2016

Porto de Galinhas translated as Port of chickens is located 1 hour south of Recife in the north of Brazil. Once a small fishing village, it’s now become an important tourist destination in that region. Stroll around Porto de Galinhas The town itself remains pedestrianized which makes it very pleasant to stroll around day or night and is full of restaurants and …

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Guide to the Olympics in Brazil – Schedule & Travel Info

Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016

Scored yourself an early-bird ticket to the most fantabulous party of the year? Lucky you! Read on for a guide to the Olympics in Brazil, includes schedule, travel tips and more! The Brazil Olympics are set to light Brazil on fire this year, a country that’s still basking in the limelight spearheaded by the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Much as …

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Is it safe to travel to Brazil?

Posted on Fri, 08 Apr 2016

“Is it safe to travel to Brazil?” This is a common question we field regularly here at Chimu, especially in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The games promise to be a huge success (most notably the Football World Cup) and the eyes of the world once again turn to Brazil. At the time of writing, …

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Guaraná Antarctica : Brazil’s Other National Drink (after the Caipirinha)

Posted on Wed, 30 Mar 2016

In South America the usual fizzy drink international brands like Coke and Pepsi are certainly very strong, but in many countries there are other local players who pack some serious punch against the multinationals. In Peru Inka Cola has always outsold Coke, to the point that Coke eventually had to buy Inka Cola. If you can’t beat them, join them. …

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Brazil Reviews

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rio, Paraty, Isla Grande and Iguazzu Our first visit to S.America. We were trepidacious at our age (mid sixties) about going to Rio and whether the transfers were going to be arduous. But we had a whale of a time. All the destinations were fabulous and we felt safe everywhere even in Rio where safety was no different to a city in Europe. Two transfers were arduous but how else can one get around to see these wonderful sights? If you think one waterfall is like another - don't. Iguazzu Falls are totally awesome and must be seen from both Brazil and Argentina. I suggest Argentina first.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazon trip - completely recommend Everything was perfect about the trip from the pick up from the airport to us leaving the amazon. The guide (Zacarchious) was superb, really informative, went out of his way to give us the most perfect trip. The itinerary was perfect and the Amazon Eco Lodge was a really great place to stay with good accommodation, helpful staff and really good food. In case you cannot tell, we had an AMAZING TIME!
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a Life Time Everything was planned and executed according to plan from the very beginning to the end! Amazing trip with great friends.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Carnival Loved every minute of carnival in Brazil. Unbelievable and a bucket list item truly ticked! Everything from Chimu was perfect and Nick was very helpful on the ground in Rio. Loved our hotel, the tours were incredible (especially the bike tour - I reccomend this to anyone visiting the city ) and Betty was a great guide on our city tour. Transfers worked like a dream, everything was A1 - can't wait to travel with Chimu again. Thanks for the memories!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buzios was Amazing We went to Buzios for a wedding and the destination was perfect but not long enough. Chez Pitu was the pick of the accommodation, fantastic place
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW, Brasil is a buzz The itinerary went as planned with no hiccups. The tour guides were all very helpful. Salvador da Bahia was our hilight.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brazil, Iguecu Falls and Rio De Janeiro The Brazilian side of the Iguecu Falls were very impressive and we had a great time in Rio.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really successful trip! This trip met all my hopes (I won't say expectations because I didn't dare have any). My main focus was to find places where my grandparents had lived in Rio and in Minas Gerais at the beginning of the 20th century, but with advice from Chimu I build in some nice extras, too, which included a couple of days in Belo Horizonte and plenty of sightseeing time in Ouro Preto (lovely hillside town which is full of amazing Baroque churches, museums and interesting old buildings) and nearby Mariana. I found the addresses of the places where my grandparents had lived in Rio, but I needed to have a guide to help me to find the fairly remote area where my grandparents had spent 3 years. The guide that Chimu organized for me was really helpful and also interested in the reason I was in Minas Gerais. Amazingly, he managed to get informaton online for me and then took me to the tiny town near where my grandparents had set up home in 1909 and introduced me to a local man who knew a lot about the history of the area and was able to take me to see a fazenda that was familiar to my grandparents and to see the grave of a close colleague of my grandfather's. We also went to the small town where they had first arrived by train from Rio all those years ago. This was a different kind of a trip, but the whole thing went really smoothly, and was very exciting! My accommodation throughout was very good, but the hotel in Rio was particularly good, with friendly staff and excellent breakfasts - and very close to Copacabana Beach.
Date published: 2017-01-23
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Tourism and sustainability of Brazil

Posted on Thu, 02 Feb 2017

What does sustainable tourism and ecotourism mean? It basically means conscientious and responsible travel and amounts to conserving the environments you travel through, respecting the local communities that you visit and minimising your impact on the natural environment. Brazil’s Amazon Brazil is home to 60% of the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the world, one …

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A Brief History of Brazil

Posted on Wed, 04 Jan 2017

Early History of Brazil As with many South American countries, the history of Brazil begins with indigenous people, and dates back over 10,000 years. The first inhabitants of Brazil were native indigenous “Indians” (“indios’’ in Portuguese) who lived mainly on the coast and alongside rivers in tribes. But very little is known about the history of Brazil before the arrival …

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The Weather in Brazil

Posted on Thu, 27 Oct 2016

The weather in Brazil varies considerably from tropical in the north to temperate in the regions south of the Tropic of Capricorn. It tends to be hot and dry in the arid interior of the country, changing to humid in the tropical rainforests of the Amazon. There are in fact 5 sub-types of climate in Brazil – equatorial, semi-arid, highland …

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The Typical Food and Drinks of Brazil

Posted on Fri, 21 Oct 2016

For me an important part of travel is to sample the local cuisine and eat at restaurants where the locals eat. It’s usually a good indication of good food if the eatery is full of locals. Brazilian cuisine varies greatly from region to region but fresh meat and fish play an important role in the diet. Root vegetables such as …

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Wildlife Species in Brazil

Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016

Brazil is considered to have the greatest biodiversity of any country in the world. It holds the largest tract of unspoilt rainforest on Earth and accounts for 60% of the Amazon Rainforest. Brazil is home to hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, macaws, waterfowl and birds of prey. Amongst the mammals you can find capybaras, sloths, monkeys, anteaters, pumas, jaguars, armadillos, otters and …

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The Culture and Customs of Brazil

Posted on Thu, 06 Oct 2016

Brazil is one of the most multi-racial nations in the world resulting in a diverse, colourful and unique culture that reflects the ethnic and cultural mixing of indigenous people with Europeans and Africans. Brazil is a melting pot of nationalities that resulted from Portuguese colonisation, European immigration and slavery and led to its complex and fascinating culture. Population of Brazil …

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When to go to Brazil?

Posted on Mon, 12 Sep 2016

Brazil is a year round destination, but due to the vast size of Brazil and resulting differences in climate across the country, the best time to visit will depend on where you are planning on visiting for your Brazil travel and the activities that you plan to include on your Brazil tour. Generally speaking, the warmest months across Brazil are from …

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Frequently Asked Questions

What money do they use in Brazil ?

The unit of currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL). Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure.

What language do they speak in Brazil?

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, the only Portuguese-speaking country in South America.

What is the religion of Brazil?

Brazil’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic with Brazil boasting more Roman Catholics than any other country in the world.

Do I need to be fit to go to Brazil ?

The level of fitness needed will depend on the Brazil tour that you choose to take in terms of places to be visited and the types of activities to be included on your itinerary. Hiking and trekking are not activities that are generally associated with Brazil although most Brazil tours that include the Amazon and/or Pantanal do include guided walks, when conditions may be hot and humid. Altitude is not a problem in Brazil as only a fraction of the country lies above 1,200 metres.

Is it safe to travel in Brazil?

Most South American countries have now recognized that tourism plays an important part in their economies and governments have taken great steps in the last few years to change South America’s poor security image. Security has been an issue in Brazil for many years, but there is a strong police presence in the major tourist areas of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls and in coastal areas most frequently visited by tourists. To minimise security risks we recommend the following: - do not show any outward signs of wealth or wear expensive jewellery - keep your valuables in your hotel in safety deposit boxes (you may be charged a small fee for the use of in-room safety deposit boxes in some Brazilian hotels) - keep any valuables that you must carry with you hidden, as pickpockets can be present in crowded areas and around tourist areas - use only taxis with official identification - avoid going on your own to remote areas where tourists would not be expected to go - always keep your day pack and camera close to you and never leave them unattended There has been a huge effort in recent years to clean up many of the favela areas (shanty towns) and as a result of social programs, gang activity in these areas has been drastically reduced. Some of the favelas are now open to tourists and becoming popular inclusions on a Brazil tour. Drugs are an issue in parts of Brazil. Acute poverty, access to drugs and a party reputation all lead to Rio de Janeiro being a hotspot for drug activity. Activity is at its highest around party events such as Carnival and New Year’s Eve. In the Amazon region, mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevalent. In areas such as Manaus, most tourist areas are considered “safe” but we do advise that you take precautions such as using mosquito repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers. In the Rio Negro section of the Amazon River, the black waters of the river are highly acidic and mosquitos are rare.

Do I need a visa to travel to Brazil ?

A pre-arranged visa is not required to enter Brazil for citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa. However, for citizens of Australia, the United States and Canada a pre-arranged visa is required and can be applied for within 90 days of entering the country. The first arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued. Please contact your local Brazilian embassy for details on how to apply for a visa and allow a minimum of 6 weeks for the visa to be processed by the Brazilian consulate. For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

How long do I need to travel to Brazil ?

You could spend anything from a few days to several weeks or even months on your Brazil travels, depending on whether you plan to explore the entire country or just focus on one experience such as the Pantanal or an Amazon adventure or maybe join in the Carnival festivities in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador. Chimu Adventures offers itineraries to suit every time frame.

How much should I budget for daily in Brazil?

Our Brazil tours include breakfast daily and many other meals may also be included in your itinerary. As a rough guide for additional spending money based on having moderately-priced lunches and dinners and buying a few souvenirs at local markets, we suggest a budget of 35-45 USD per day per person.

Do I need to get vaccinations for Brazil?

For some states of Brazil (generally in or around the Amazon Rainforest), it is compulsory for all travellers to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever. It is also compulsory for all travellers to have had a vaccination against Yellow Fever if entering Brazil through the following South American countries: - Bolivia - Colombia - Ecuador - French Guiana - Guyana - Peru - Suriname - Venezuela We recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those places that you will be travelling through. As a general guide we recommend the following: - Yellow Fever - Especially for jungle areas - Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix) - Typhoid - Diphtheria - Cholera - Rabies - Tetanus The risk of malaria is present throughout the year in parts of Brazil, in particular in the Amazon. Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net.

What kind of power adaptor plug do I need for Brazil ?

In Brazil the standard voltage is 110V or 220V and standard frequency is 60Hz. Power sockets are of types A, B and C but outlets are often a combination of types A and C, and can accept either plug. Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

What should I pack to travel in Brazil ?

What you need to pack will depend on when and where you plan on travelling and on the activities that you plan to include whilst on your Brazil tour. The following should act as a useful checklist of essential items: • Passport, photocopy of passport & spare passport photos • Travel Insurance documents • Air tickets and itinerary • Foreign Currency (US$) and/or debit/credit cards, traveller’s cheques • Money belt • Small daypack • Basic first aid kit • High UVA sun block • Sunglasses & sunhat • Mosquito spray & insect repellent • Comfortable walking shoes/boots • Sandals • Long sleeve tops and trousers • Light-weight clothing • Warm clothing (depending on itinerary and time of year) • Camera with spare battery and memory cards • Security code padlock • Adaptor • Small torch If your Brazil travel is to include the Amazon, the climate is hot and humid year round but it can be surprisingly cool at night. Most of the time light clothes such as shorts, T-shirts and sandals are suitable, but for hikes in the forest we recommend long sleeved shirts, long trousers, light rain jacket, good supportive footwear such as trainers or hiking boots and items such as small torch or flash light, binoculars, water and personal effects. Additional Amazon items: • Light rain jacket or rain poncho • Swim suit • Binoculars • Lightweight towel • Dry sack for camera • Water bottle