As the largest country in South America, to say that there's a lot to do in Brazil would be an understatement! Whether you end up in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo, you're bound to discover endless relaxation and excitement.
There are many reasons why tourists visit Brazil. Some come to enjoy the country's natural beauty, including its stunning beaches, lush rain forests, and majestic mountains. Others come for the vibrant culture, music, food, and of course, the experience of Rio de Janeiro's world-famous carnival.
No matter your reason for visiting Brazil, there is sure to be a tour that's perfect for you. Rio de Janeiro tours are all one-of-a-kind experiences, including São Paulo's wine tastings and awesome city tours. And no guide on any of the best tours in South America is complete without a trip to the Amazon Jungle!
What are the best Brazil package tours?
Want to save money and time while planning your trip to Brazil? Look for a travel package that suits your interests and price range! While there are many Brazilian tours to discover and explore, I have compiled a list of some of the best brazil package tours:
1. Hang Gliding over Rio de Janeiro
For adrenaline junkies and anyone who has ever been interested in parasailing or hang gliding, your Brazil vacation is the perfect time to check this one off your list.
Unless you're afraid of heights, Hang Gliding Tours over Rio de Janeiro are a must-do in Brazil. There's really nothing like getting a bird's-eye view of the sprawling city of Rio with the wind rushing through your hair.
This package includes a quick training session on the flight ramp, so you don't need any experience. Throw caution to the wind—quite literally—and explore the Brazillian skies.
The tour company also offers a go-pro camera to use on your flight. That way, you can prove to everyone back home exactly how brave you are!
The hang gliding groups are small with a maximum of eight people and be aware that you have to get to the departure point yourself.
Don't forget to bring an extra $20 in cash for insurance!
Cost: $140 USD
Departure Time: varies by the tour operator, but they generally run between 8 am and 3 pm during peak season.
Duration: 1.5 hours
2. Amazon Jungle Multi-Day Tour from Manaus
Ask anyone who's been here, and they'll tell you that one of the absolute best things to do in Brazil is to visit the Amazon Jungle! It would be a shame to travel all the way to South America and not experience the thrill of this unique ecosystem.
The Amazon Jungle Tour from Manaus is in the northern part of Brazil, about as far away from Rio de Janeiro as you can get. Amazon tours in Brazil are common, but the one from Manaus to Anaconda Lodge is not to be missed. Depending on your budget, you can choose to spend anywhere from two to four days fully immersed in your jungle experience. Just getting to the lodge is an adventure on its own, with multiple river boat rides and journeys on land via a van.
Once you get there, it will feel like another world. Be prepared to have your days filled with hiking, dolphin swims, piranha fishing, and caiman (similar to an alligator) patrols.
Anaconda Lodge offers a pool and hammocks for relaxation, and all your meals are included in the package. You can customize your Amazon tour package by the number of nights at the lodge and the number of days you want to venture out into the jungle.
The bottom line is: don't leave Brazil without exploring the Amazon jungle!
Cost: Starts at $200 USD for two nights
Departure Time: Hotel pickup in Manaus from 7 am to 9:30 am.
Duration: 2 to 4 days, plus you customize your day and night tours.
3. São Roque Wine Tasting Tour from São Paulo
For something a little different from the typical São Paulo city tours, get out into the countryside with a Wine Tasting Tour to São Roque. This famous wine-producing countryside city is full of rolling hills and charming vineyards. And perhaps the best part is getting to drink the day away in these gorgeous surroundings.
This tour leaves from São Paulo and will take you to the Land of Wine to sample food and drinks. Maybe you'll learn a little something about the wine industry along the way—but I wouldn't blame you if you've been a little distracted by the offerings.
One of the best features of this tour is that it's private!
Your guide will drive you around while you sample everything from cachaça, a regional favorite rum-like drink, to the best local wines. Remember to pace yourself because each vineyard will offer you a tasting of four different wines.
Additional drinks and food are not included in the ticket price, so plan to spend a little more on pairings for all those drinks.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities as well. Stock up on souvenirs like jams, your favorite wine, and other hand-made crafts.
Cost: $250 plus food, drinks, and souvenirs.
Departure Time: Hotel or airport pickup in the morning.
Duration: 8 hours
4. Bike Experience at Iguazú Falls
On the border between Brazil and Argentina, you'll find one of the new seven wonders of the natural world, Iguazú Falls. This tour is ideal if you plan to visit Argentina during your South American adventure.
Located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Iguazú National Park, these semi-circular waterfalls span almost two miles across.
One of the most thrilling ways to experience this wonder is on a guided bike ride with the Bike Experience at Iguazú Falls. Explore the rocky terrains, trees, and cliffs in a way that be done via car or bus.
Bike, helmets, and entrance fees to the National park are all included in the package. It also includes a local guide to help you discover everything there is to know about the magnificent falls.
Cost: $25 USD
Departure Time: 9 am from the bus terminus on the edge of the park.
Duration: 5.5 hours
5. Angra dos Reis Boat Trip
Once you've exhausted all the great things there are to do in Rio, you might ask yourself, what island tours are close to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?
The answer would most definitely be the Angra dos Reis Boat Trip excursion. This schooner boat ride will take you past some of the most scenic offshore islands in the area.
Highlights of the sights you'll see include the archipelago of Ilha Grande and pretty much any of the islands off the coast of Angra dos Reis. The specific itinerary of this tour changes from day to day based on weather conditions and crowds. So you can do this one twice without getting bored!
At each stop, you are encouraged to swim, eat, and shop to your heart's content. Enjoy the clear waters of the Blue Lagoon and the sand of the Araçá beaches. You'll quickly see precisely why it's a good idea to plan a Brazil vacation.
This Brazil cruise tour is hosted on a large boat. So if you're looking for a party atmosphere, this is one of the best Brazil tours you can take. Drinks are not included in the package, but they are available for purchase.
Don't forget you're snorkeling gear! But if you've left yours at home, they also have equipment for rent on the boat.
A hot and cold buffet lunch is included in the ticket price, as are the transfers to and from your Rio hotel.
The one downside to a tour like this is the time it takes to get from Rio to Angra dos Reis. Depending on traffic, it can take up to three hours by bus. But the amazing islands and colorful fish you're going to see will more than make up for the long ride.
Cost: $50 USD
Departure Time: usually around 7 am
Duration: 4.5 hours
Plan your Brazil Tours!
Anybody would be lucky to take any of these tours. Since they're spread out over the country, chances are, you'll have to prioritize. Plan your Brazil vacation around the ones that sound the most appealing to you and discover a Brazil vacation package that suits your adventure.
Whatever you do, don't miss out on Brazil's exciting cities, beautiful beaches, and natural wonders. Of course, if you need help arranging it all, Pilot is here to help!
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