Best of Brazil

See all angles of Iguazu Falls from both Brazil and Argentina





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Holiday Overview


  • Wildlife spotting time during this holiday in the Pantanal
  • Highlights of Rio de Janeiro, including Christ the Redeemer
  • Enjoy horse-riding, piranha fishing and walking in the Pantanal
  • Good accommodation with pools used in Iguazu and Rio

Some of the best regarded attractions of Brazil are the magnificent Iguazu falls, the splendid wildlife in the Pantanal and the bustling sights, including Christ the Redeemer, in Rio de Janiero, all of these are including in our "Best of" holiday to Brazil. We have 3 nights at Iguazu falls enabling us to really explore and see the falls from every angle. We visit both the Brazilian and Argentinean sides, have a short bike ride, visit The Devils Throat. Our boat tour will allow us to get so close we will feel the splash of the waters on our faces! The Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland in the world, and is a sight to behold (even if you are a mountain lover!). Its floodplains spread over Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. We spend time in the southern Brazilian Pantanal. We have an array of activities to choose from here, including horse-riding, Piranha fishing, walking tours, boat tours, and wildlife safaris (even by night). The wildlife is breath taking in its diversity with hundreds of different fish guaranteeing a rich bird population, there is also a huge variety of reptiles and mammals such as: caiman, capybara, monkey, armadillo, coatis, giant anteater and, of course, the elusive jaguar. Heading back to the bustle of civilisation we have 3 nights in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A full day tour takes us over Sugar Loaf Mountain and then of course up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Corcovado. We also have a favela tour and plenty of time to get the feel of this lively exotic town, surrounded by beaches. This is a holiday of a lifetime to experience the very best of beautiful Brazil.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a discovery, touring holiday in Brazil. The activities which are included are all suitable for beginners. This includes the piranha fishing and horse-riding in the Pantanal. The walking is all on good paths and are touring walks rather than proper hikes. The walk in the favela in Rio is steep. Though the horse riding is suitable for beginners, you must have some experience of having ridden a horse. All accommodation is of a good standard and many of the hotels have swimming pools. When in the Pantanal the transfer to the accommodation is approx 3-4hrs along dirt roads. The internal flights to the Pantanal may require flight changes. Whilst in Rio we do have the option of walking part of the way up to Sugar Loaf mountain, the way is steep in parts but the walk takes only 40mins-1hr, alternatively we can take the cable car the whole way. The holiday is designed as touring but including as many activities as we can.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Iguazu. A single timed transfer from Iguazu airport is provided.
  • Explore the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Bike ride.
  • Explore the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. Boat ride.
  • Fly to Campo Grande. Drive to the Pantanal.
  • Wildlife viewing and Pantanal Activities.
  • Wildlife viewing and Pantanal Activities.
  • Transfer to Campo Grande. Fly to Rio de Janeiro.
  • Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport is provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Iguazu and departing from Rio de Janeiro. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Iguazu is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.


Christmas Departure

Please note that the itinerary for the 2014 Christmas departure of this holiday will run in reverse; beginning in Rio de Janeiro and ending in Iguazu.

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Iguazu. A single timed transfer from Iguazu airport is provided.

    Rendezvous at the group hotel in Iguazu. A single, timed group transfer is provided from Iguazu airport. KE Land Only services begin with the overnight at the group hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Explore the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Bike ride.

    Even of the most seasoned traveller cannot fail to be impressed by the famous Iguazu falls (also spelt Iguassu or Iguacu). Depending on water levels there are over 275 separate waterfalls tumbling over a 90m high, and 5km wide basalt cliff, this is the Iguazu river falling over the edge of the Parana Plateau. At this point the river also forms the border between Brazil and Argentina. On our first morning here at Falls we have the chance to explore the area by bike. This beautiful ride (1hr) takes us away from the crowds and allows us to explore further than the normal tourist and stopping frequently for photos and to admire the views. We cycle through the jungle on paved road and we should be on the look out for troops of monkeys, coatis and colourful birdlife. We have the afternoon at leisure, and there is plenty to see and do here.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Explore the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. Boat ride.

    After breakfasts we cross the border into Argentina to see the falls from this side, the journey will take around 1hr. We start at the interesting visitor’s centre, which gives us a flavour of what to expect and further details on the flora and fauna of the surrounding forest. We then take the small train to the first stop at Cataratas where we follow the trail to access Upper and Lower circuit walks. Time dependent we will walk 1 of these trails (around 1 hr). They both take us through the forest and have some tremendous view points. Our last stop on the little train is the Devil’s Throat. Here three ring-shaped balconies give us an incredible view of the falls and see the colossal water mass thundering over the edge. Potentially we will get sprayed by some of the vapour from the falls here. No Iguazu Falls trip is complete without a boat trip and this afternoon we take to the water. We depart on a specially adapted truck with panoramic views along the 8km Sendero Yacaratic trail as far as Puerto Macuco on the banks of the river. We board the motor-boats here and journey 6km up river to the base of the falls. At the ‘Tres Mosquesteros’ falls we have a fantastic view of the Devils Throat – from the base this time. We then navigate a little closer to the (more gentle) San Martin waterfalls, where we may get a little wet from the spray! Very exciting. Possibly a good idea to take a change of clothes! We then return to the border and cross back into Brazil and our hotel.

    Please note that certain nationalities/passport holders are required to have a paid a ‘reciprocity fee’ prior to entering Argentina. Please see the visa requirements for further details.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Fly to Campo Grande. Drive to the Pantanal.

    After breakfast we depart Iguazu and fly to Campo Grande, and then transfer into the heart of the southern Pantanal. The drive is approx 3 hrs. On arrival we check in to our Pousada, which is surrounded by gardens and the Cerrado vegetation of the Pantanal. The calm and tranquil setting make this is a great place to start our wildlife extravaganza. The Pantanal is the world’s largest wetland, and an ecological paradise. The wetlands spreads through Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. Considered a World Heritage Site, it boasts an immense variety of wildlife species, including 124 mammals (including the world’s largest jaguars), 177 reptiles, 1,100 species of butterfly and a myriad of birds and shoals of fish. Overnight Pousada Pantanal.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bd

  • Wildlife viewing and Pantanal Activities.

    This morning we go in search the amazing wildlife that can be found here. There are plenty of birds and exotic parakeets to keep us entertained, but also caiman and piranhas. After lunch we take a vehicle transfer to our next pousada. This afternoon, if we wish, we can try our hand at horse riding. This is suitable for beginners, though you do need to have ridden a horse before; a fantastic opportunity to experience the 'Cowboy' lifestyle of the Pantanal. Overnight Pousada Pantanal.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Wildlife viewing and Pantanal Activities.

    There are so many activities to choose from today. We can take a boat tour on the river and see the wildlife on the banks, we can opt for a hiking trip of varying length through the bush, fields and forest, we can fish for piranha, take a jeep safari and go on a nocturnal wildlife safari. Plenty do to, a busy day! Most activities are a couple of hours or half-days, so you will have to make a choice! Overnight Pousada Pantanal.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Meals bld

  • Transfer to Campo Grande. Fly to Rio de Janeiro.

    We say goodbye to the Pantanal this morning and transfer back to Campo Grande for the flight to Rio de Janeiro and the next stage of our adventure. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in the Copacabana area. Time permitting we can explore this neighbourhood on arrival and see what this vibrant city has to offer.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro.

    Rio is famous by its Carnival, Samba and Bossa Nova music, beautiful beaches and beautiful people! The most famous postcards from Rio are Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain and the Sugarloaf Mountain. It is home to the largest samba parades and one of the world's largest football stadiums/ While always a popular destination, Rio gained its fame as a party-going beach haven in the 1930's when Copacabana Palace Hotel was the definition of luxury for Europeans and Americans. A destination that can overwhelm the senses, Rio is for everyone! We begin our exploration of the city on a tour with a difference as we walk through the Babilonia Favela. This, now peaceful favela has become a model for Rio and bridges a gap between the inhabitants and tourists. The walk is relatively steep and gives us a good cultural insight. Our walk continues through the Atlantic Rainforest to a stunning view point. We have the afternoon at leisure. Overnight hotel Rio de Janeiro. Please note that, depending on departure, the order of days 8 & 9 may be reversed.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro.

    After breakfast we set off on our full day sightseeing tour of Rio de Janerio. We start off by taking the cable car up onto Sugar Loaf Mountain, or if we have the energy we have the option of hiking the first 40mins-1hr and then taking the cable car the rest of the way. After lunch we transfer to Corcovado where we walk and of course take time at the famous Christ The Redeemer statue soaring over the city. Overnight hotel Rio de Janeiro. Please note that, depending on departure, the order of days 8 & 9 may be reversed.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Rio de Janeiro Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only services end with breakfast. A single timed transfer is provided from the hotel to Rio de Janeiro airport.

Holiday Information

  • English speaking local leader for each section of holiday
  • Single timed group transfers in Iguazu and Rio de Janeiro
  • Accommodation as described Some meals as detailed in the meal plan
  • All land and boat transport required by the itinerary
  • Internal return flights to the Pantanal and transfers
  • Activities at Iguazu and in the Pantanal as mentioned
  • Excursion in Rio to Corcovado and Sugar loaf

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if applicable
  • Tips for local staff
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Airport taxes
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single, timed group transfer from Iguazu airport is provided. This transfer will normally be in the late afternoon of day 1. At the end of the trip a single, group transfer will be provided to Rio de Janeiro. This transfer will be timed for arrival at the airport in the middle of the afternoon

Private transfers at both airports are available if arrive at a different time or you spend extra nights at either destination. Please contact the office for a quote.

Contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Whilst in Iguazu we have 3 nights in a comfortable tourist-class hotel with swimming pool on the Brazilian side of the falls. We have 3 nights at 2 different Pousadas in the Pantanal. These are simple family run guesthouses/hotels usually with the accommodation in a number of different bungalows spread throughout the grounds. The Pousadas can also be working cattle farms with an interest in eco-tourism. Both of the pousadas we use have a swimming pool. Whilst in Rio de Janerio we have 3 nights in a comfortable tourist-class hotel with roof top pool in the Copacabana part of town. All accommodation has en-suite facilities.

If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Extra nights are available at the beginning of the trip in Iguazu and also in Rio de Janerio at the end. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website or contact the KE office.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Brazilian food is based around 3 main elements: 1) Arroz, a white rice, 2) a variety of beans 3) Farinha, a type of flour. These are usually combined into every meal in one shape or form for lunch or dinner this will include meat, chicken or fish with fried potato and salad. Breakfasts are typically bread, cheese, cereal, eggs, fruit and plenty of Brazilian coffee! Lunch is usually the main meal of the day, and sometimes locals eat in major cities have their dinner very late. In the main towns you will find a selection of western types of food from pizzas and sandwiches. Traditional foods include; feijoada – a black bean meat stew feast; Zinxim de galinha – chicken flavoured with garlic, salt and lemon; Cozido – stew with potatoes, carrots and vegetables; and Barreado – meats and spices cooked in a clay pot for 24hrs and served with banana and farofa.

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included. Lunches and dinners are not included whilst in Iguazu and Rio de Janeiro. There is plenty of choice here to find something suitable for your taste and budget.

Brazil is becoming an increasingly expensive place to visit. Approximately US$500-550 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including non included meals, tips for your local guides, and for airport departure tax if this is not included in your ticket (this depends on your airline and the country where the flight originates). There are a total of 12 non included meals and you should budget around $15-30 per meal. in If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs or large amounts of beer or soft drinks you should budget accordingly. Brazil’s unit of currency is the Real. It is not necessary to purchase Reals outside the country. Your travel money should be carried in the form of cash in US dollars. Money can be exchanged at the airport on arrival. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATMs (including at the airport). We advise you change or withdraw money for the first section of the trip at the airport or Iguazu, as money changing options in the Pantanal will be limited.

The group will be accompanied by a different experienced English-speaking local leader for each section of the holiday, Iguazu, Pantanal and Rio de Janeiro.

Tipping is expected in this part of the world, although you should only tip for services which are well done. The total amount that you can expect to pay in tips for your local guides is approximately $60.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg). However, we do politely ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag and one small daypack per person. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues.

For entry into Brazil, you must have a full passport that has at least 6 months remaining validity.

Citizens of the UK, most European and Scandinavian countries, New Zealand and South Africa do not require a visa if the intended stay in Brazil is less than 90 days.

Citizens of the USA, Canada and Australia do require a visa to visit Brazil. For passport holders of these countries and other countries not mentioned above, please contact the Brazilian embassy in your own country.

Border crossing at Iguazu Falls, into Argentina

As of January 2013 Argentina are now charging USA, Canadian, and Australian citizens a fee to enter the country from any entry point – land, sea or plane. US citizens $160 a fee valid for 10 years, Canadian citizens $75 valid for one single entry, and Australian citizens $100 valid for 1 year. It is required that these fees are paid online PRIOR to arrival. For further details please visit: and click on ‘Pay your reciprocity rate’ in the left hand navigation bar. You should ensure that you have a copy of your paper work (paid fees) with you when you cross the border) These figures are subject to change at any time.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the new Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Swimwear
  • Towel (for swimming)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 25 litres

    Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

The following items are optional:

  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for town use
  • Shorts
  • Scarf or buff
  • Wet wipes
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, film/memory cards, batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The wet season at Iguazu falls is Dec to Feb, meaning that the falls are at their highest during this period. It is also the hottest time of year (22-30C), meaning that it can be humid. At Easter and in November there is less rain, so the falls are not so big, but there is more likelihood of blue skies. The wet season in the Pantanal is November to March. This is a great time to see the wetlands in their full flooded glory! Wildlife is more likely to be seen during the drier times when the vegetation is not so high. The hottest times are Nov & Dec with temperatures ranging 22-40C. The rest of the year the temperatures are slightly cooler with a minimum of around 15 C. Rio has a very temperate climate all year. The hottest months are Dec & Jan with a temperature range of 22-40C. December to April are the months with the most average rainfall. The rest of the year the temperatures are slightly cooler with a minimum of around 15 C.

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The map divides the area north/south, presenting on one side the region with Rio de Janeiro, So Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Curitiba. The reverse side extends the coverage south from Curitiba to the country’s southern tip past Rio Grande, Foz di Iguau and the falls. This map does not have the Pantanal on it.

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