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.

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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 13-day tour offers a taste of Brazilian living - Rio, the car free island of Ilha Grande, Paraty, the wildlife haven of the Pantanal and Iguazu 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

Insider’s Guide to 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 Insider’s Guide to 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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Salvador de Bahia, a traveller’s paradise

Posted on Mon, 07 Sep 2015

Brazil’s first capital and still considered Brazil’s “capital of happiness” – Salvador is a fantastic mix of history and relaxation. On my first day I strolled along the Barra district, with its magnificent beaches and historical buildings such as the imposing Barra Lighthouse which dates back to the 16th century.

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Exploring the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015

We boarded the Amazon Clipper form a small pier outside Manaus. The boat was small but had a great communal feel. It was to be our home for the next three days as we left the metropolis that was Manaus and set off into the labyrinth of waterways on the Rio Negro and Amazon rivers.

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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 Unforgettable experience and trip! I would like to thank you guys for making our trip really an awesome experience and being very helpful all the time and whenever we needed being there for us. I can definitely only recommend Chimu adventures and would love to make my next adventure happen with you again!
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, all the arrangements by Chimu went really well. the guides in all the places that we stopped were excellent, knowledgeable and helpful. The local domestic airports are interesting, well chaotic actually watch the boards carefully as they change gates regularly and even if we spoke Portuguese the tannoy announcements are not clear. Pantanals were very good for birds and butterflies, didn't realise how big the Blue Macau's were until 4 of them flew over the pool at the Pousada, and the treks were easy. There were cats in the area but unfortunately we didn't see them but we did see Caymen, Capybara, Foxes, Armadillo's, Coati, Rhea, Capuchin and Marmoset monkeys, Horse riding was a lovely way to see the area. Iguacu Falls were spectacular and well worth the visit you really don't get the full effect on a TV screen, the sound of the water accentuates the drama of thousands of litres of water plummeting over sheer drops. Ihla Grande was pretty but you do need to be fit as the 'walks' are more rock scrambles in a lot of places. Beaches were beautiful and gently shelve into the warm sea so swimming was relaxed. We stayed in a standard room at the Asalem, our choice not Chimu's, which I have to say was a little disappointing. The room was definitely in need of some serious refurbishment. All the standard rooms had a third bed in the 'living area' fine if you have 3 people staying but we didn't, which meant there was nowhere to sit inside the room and the space was cramped to say the least, the table was under the stairs so you could not use it. Website photos look great but do not portray what you get when there. We asked if there was a suite available but unfortunately they were fully booked. Swimming from the sundeck was possible but the area was poorly maintained, the steps were bent and one set unstable and the area was the material store for the new building work that was underway. Shame because the area would have been nice to relax in and the location of the hotel was lovely - definitely go for a suite if you are thinking of staying here. Although the area of Brazil we visited is not a malaria area the mosquitoes were still widespread so take precautions. All in all this holiday definitely celebrated 30 years of marriage in style.
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Once in a lifetime trip....or is it? Winning a competition to spend 5 nights in Rio was something I never thought would happen to me but it did! So off we went to Rio in February, leaving the UK in temperatures below 0 and enjoying 5 days of temperatures in the mid to high 30's. Ipanema beach soon became our favourite for an afternoon spent under an umbrella and enjoying a swim in the sea. We did a full tour of Rio (Christ the Redeemer, Maracana and Sugar Loaf Mountain) which made you realise just how big Rio is and what an amazing city it is. Like many people, we had a vision of crime happening every few minutes with robberies happening left, right and centre. Staying between Ipanema and Copacabana, I can honestly say I never once felt unsafe. We left phones and cameras in the safe at the hotel on the first day but soon realised that everyone had their phones on the beach and you just needed to be careful (as in any major city in this world). The fact that people were selling selfie sticks and waterproof phone covers on the beach was also a give away!!! So what we thought would be a once in a lifetime trip may well now turn out to be the first of many winter sunshine holidays.
Date published: 2015-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from brazil falls were very good Rio was the pitts guide Rachel was the worst ever couldn't understand anything she said and she would not answer questions the open bus ride was horrid sitting in the hot sun for hours on end ended up with sore eyes from wind and dust we were an hour late for lunch
Date published: 2015-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anavilhanis Jungle Lodge Excellent area to visit. Chimu arranged for our travel from Rio and return to Manaus, all very smooth and well organised. Anavilhanis Jungle Lodge looks out over the Anavilhanis Archipelago and is stunning. Guides and staff provide a very special experience.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brazil - what a trip! 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
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful trip! Itinerary went to plan and all accommodation and activities were great! Guides and drivers were punctual and informative.
Date published: 2014-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brazil Well organised. Good hotels and tour guides. Iguassu was fantastic.
Date published: 2014-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing rio everything went well with the itinerary and we had a good time.
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasant trip Every thing went very smoothly, no flaws. I like the trip.
Date published: 2016-12-14
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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