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Rio, Iguazu Falls, Salvador & Buzios

Experience
Here's where you're going:
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Salvador, Brazil
Buzios, Brazil

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All Transportation*

(*Flights Priced Separately - see below)
Superb guiding & support each step of the way from experts like
Moises Pinheiro

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Pricing

Traveler Quantity23 - 45 - 67 - 10
Price Per Person$3,225.00$2,860.00$2,425.00$2,310.00
Note: Pricing based on double or triple occupancy rooms.
For pricing on traveler quantities not shown above, please contact us.

Local Flight Costs
(in addition to the costs noted above)

$550 per person*
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*Approximate cost. Flight cost only final upon issue of tickets.
Day by Day Itinerary Details
Hotel Category / Style: 4-Star Superior 
Trip ID:
BRA: RIO_IGU_SSA_BUZ [4 SUP]
Day 1
Itinerary Begins in Rio de Janeiro
You've arrived - Welcome!
  • Upon arrival to the airport in Rio de Janeiro (primary airport code GIG; secondary airport code SDU) you will be greeted by your private guide and/or driver holding a sign with your name on it.
  • If you will already be in town today (either by way of another Trip Harvest itinerary which ends in Rio, or on your own), we can of course meet you there as well to begin this itinerary.
Transfer to Hotel, with Guide
Private - Driver and Guide / Driver-Guide
  • Private transfer (car or van, depending on your party's size) to your selected hotel.
  • Driver and English-speaking guide or Driver-Guide (guide drives the vehicle; this depends on the location and traveler quantity).
  • Your guide will provide you with additional information regarding your trip and will assist you with getting settled-in at your hotel on arrival.
  • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
Day 2
Excursion to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf
A full day, complete Rio de Janeiro experience with your private guide.(Lunch Included)
  • You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning by your private guide.
  • Today's first stop is the base of Corcovado Mountain where you'll take a unique Swiss cogwheel train that climbs the mountain, almost reaching the summit. The very top is reached by climbing a flight of stairs reaching the base of Christ the Redeemer statue.
  • After some time to take in the dramatic, sweeping views of Rio, you'll take the train back down and will then make your way to a great local restaurant for lunch (included).
  • After lunch, it's off the the Urca Neighborhood, and your visit to Sugar Loaf.
  • A series of two cable cars will take you to the top of Sugar Loaf.  At the top, again some of the most breathtaking views of Rio, this time from a different vantage point than at Corcovado.
  • Later you'll make your way down and have some time to visit colonial areas of Rio and sights of interest, including the Minicipal Theater, the Fine Arts Museum and the National Library.
  • Later in the afternoon you'll head back to your hotel and be dropped off.
  • This is a full day excursion lasting around 7-8 hours (door to door).
  • Lunch is included.
Day 3
Privately Guided Visit to Sugarloaf Mountain and the Rio Botanical Garden
A partial-day privately guided visit to the iconic viewpoint and the city's unique botanical garden.
  • You will be met by your private guide at your hotel and you'll depart for Sugarloaf, one of the most iconic viewpoints in Rio.
  • You'll take a series of two cable cars which take you up the mountain, high above the city.
  • Once on the top, spend some time walking around and taking in the panoramic views of Rio and neighboring islands in the Atlantic.
  • When you're ready you'll head back down and continue your tour.
  • Later you'll make a visit to the Rio Botanical Garden, located near the base of Corcovado.
  • Stroll through the garden (which covers over 350 acres) with your guide, learning about the incredible variety of plants and trees that surround you.
  • The garden has over 6,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including about 900 varieties of palm trees.
  • There is also a variety of wildlife in the garden, particularly birds, and Toucans can frequently be spotted in the treetops.
  • The garden also affords several views of the Christ the Redeemer Statue up above on top of Corcovado.
  • After your excursion you'll be taken back to your hotel and dropped off.
  • This excursion lasts around 4 hours, door to door.
  • Note: Normally this excursion is done in the morning, allowing you a free afternoon for lunch and beach time, however, the garden opens at noon on Mondays.  If this falls on a Monday given your travel dates, you'll have this excursion in the afternoon instead.
Day 4
Transfer to Airport
Private - Driver Only
  • Transfer to the airport with a private vehicle and driver (Spanish-speaking, generally with a basic understanding of English).
  • Domestic travel generally requires arriving 2 hours prior to departure and 3 hours for international.  Your transfer will be scheduled accordingly.
Fly Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Iguazu (IGU)
Domestic Air Travel - 2h 10m approx.
  • Fly Rio de Janeiro (GIG) to Iguazu, Brazil (IGU).
  • Flights for certain bundles must meet specific parameters for arrival times.  If applicable, these are noted below in the local flights section.  We take care of this but it's good be aware of these logistical elements.
Transfer to Hotel
Private - Driver Only
  • Private transfer (car or van, depending on your party's size) to your selected hotel.
  • Private driver with a basic understanding of English (not a tour guide but able to understand basic questions and/or instructions).
  • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
Private Brazil Side of the Falls and Bird Park Visit
A great introduction to the nature of this area, with your private guide.
  • Your private guide will meet you at your hotel (or depending on timing you may go directly from the airport) and you'll be taken into the Brazilian national park for about a 1.5 hour visit to the bird park as well as the waterfall viewing terraces on the Brazil side of Iguazu Falls.
  • The park is situated on 10 acres of native sub tropical forest.
  • You will have the opportunity to enter huge 20 foot high forest aviaries to study and photograph birds in their natural surroundings without the restriction of netting and cages.
  • There are over 500 birds, indigenous and from other continents.
  • You'll learn about a breeding program is in progress for some of the endangered species.
  • Full facilities are available including a restaurant a public telephone.
  • After your excursion you'll be taken to your hotel and dropped off.
  • This is about a 2 hour excursion.
Day 5
Private Full Day Tour to the Argentine Side of Iguazu Falls, including Lunch
The classic Iguazu experience, with some activity flexibility, and your private guide.(Local Restaurant)
  • Your private guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning and you'll head across the border to Argentina (the Brazilian side has fewer trails, walkways and viewpoints than Argentina, so much more time should generally be dedicated to the Argentine side).
  • Once in the Argentine national park, you'll take an electric train for a visit through the park with 2 stops until you reach the massive "Devil's Throat", the largest of the waterfalls.
  • You'll return by train to visit the upper Argentinean falls, where you'll have a nice panoramic view.
  • Stop for lunch at local restaurant (included).
  • In the afternoon you'll continue to the lower circuit of the falls for .
  • Note that if you prefer to walk more trails (like the excellent Macuco trail), this is also an option today - just let you're guide know and more walking/trekking can be included.
  • After your excursion you'll retrn to your hotel, or will be taken to the airport on the Argentine side, depending on your chosen itinerary.
  • This is a full day excursion lasting around 6-7 hours (door to door).
  • Lunch is included.
Day 6
Transfer to Airport
Private - Driver Only
  • Transfer to the airport with a private vehicle and driver (Spanish-speaking, generally with a basic understanding of English).
  • Domestic travel generally requires arriving 2 hours prior to departure and 3 hours for international.  Your transfer will be scheduled accordingly.
Fly Iguazu (IGU) to Salvador (SSA), with stopover
Domestic Air Travel (travel time varies by stopover location and time)
  • Fly from Iguazu (IGU) to Salvador (SSA).  Currently there are no nonstop flights for this route and flights generally stop-over in either Rio (GIG) or Sao Paulo (SAO).
  • Flights for certain bundles must meet specific parameters for arrival times.  If applicable, these are noted below in the local flights section.  We take care of this but it's good be aware of these logistical elements.
Transfer to Hotel
Private - Driver Only
  • Private transfer (car or van, depending on your party's size) to your selected hotel.
  • Private driver with a basic understanding of English (not a tour guide but able to understand basic questions and/or instructions).
  • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
Day 7
Private Salvador History and Culture Tour
Get to know the unique history and vibrant culture of Salvador with your private guide.(Coffee Break)
  • Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you'll first make a visit to Barra and the Barra Lighthouse on Bahia Todos los Santos, one of the largest bays in the world.
  • The Barra Lighthouse was built using the foundations of the Santo Antonio Fort.
  • Next you'll continue to Porto da Barra where Tomé de Souza docked in the 16th Century; Ladeira da Barra, Vitória and its 19th Century mansions; Campo Grande and the monument of the Liberation of Bahia; Castro Alves Theater, Sete de Setembro Avenue and its throbbing commercial life; São Bento Monastery and last but not least - the main stage of Bahian Carnival - Castro Alves Square.
  • Later you'll visit the Se Plaza; Terreiro de Jesus - a plaza with 5 churches, among them the Basilica Cathedral, the Saint Francis of Assissi church - built in the 18th Century and famous for its gold-inlaid interior.
  • The famous "Pelourinho" (Salvador's historc city-center) was declared a UNESCO World Monument in 1985 and it's one of the most culturally interesting places in Brazil.  It is Latin America's largest colonial complex and has buildings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Before heading back to your hotel, you'll also have the chance to visit the local Mercado Modelo and check out local foods, clothing, and a host of other items common in Bahia, and stop for a coffee or snack.
  • You will be dropped back at your hotel and will have the remainder of the day free.
  • This is a half day excursion lasting around 4 hours (door to door).
Privately Guided Salvador by Night, with Dinner and Bahian Music/Dance Performance
Your private guide will join you for a wonderful introduction to Bahia filled with local culture and fun.(Dinner Included)
  • Your private guide will meet you at your hotel this evening and you'll head to the local theater (or outdoor ampitheater, depending on the exact day).
  • The live music and dance exhibition will explore the origins of Bahian tradition like the Samba de Roda and the Maculelê, Samba de Caboclo, Candomblé and its Orixás with their unique dancing choreography and drum beats, and Capoeira - a leg contact fight that has become a dance / game, brought to Brazil by the Angola slaves and practiced all over the country.  "Playing " Capoeira requires fast leg movements that rarely take one of the players off an almost crouching position.
  • After the show, you'll had dinner in a local restaurant with typical Bahian food and drinks.
  • This is a festive, exciting and authentic excursion, sure to get you into the mood of the culturally-rich Bahia Region for your days to come!
  • Note: This excursion doesn't operate on Sundays or Tuesdays.  If your arrival falls on one of these days, we'll move this excursion to the following day.
  • This is about a 3 hour excursion (door to door).
Day 8
Private Tour to Salvador's Beaches
A great overview of the coastal areas of Salvador de Bahia with your Private Guide
  • This morning you'll have the chance to see some of the beach areas in and around Salvador.
  • With your private guide, you'll travel to the Barra Lighthouse and All Saints Bay, among other coastal highlights, and will have time to walk around and explore at various stops along the way.
  • Next you'll continue to Porto da Barra where Tomé de Souza docked in the 16th Century; Ladeira da Barra, Vitória and its 19th Century mansions; Campo Grande and the monument of the Liberation of Bahia.
  • In the early afternoon you'll return to your hotel and will have the balance of the day at your leisure.
  • This is a half day tour lasting around 4 hours, door to door.
Day 9
Transfer to Airport
Private - Driver Only
  • Transfer to the airport with a private vehicle and driver (Spanish-speaking, generally with a basic understanding of English).
  • Domestic travel generally requires arriving 2 hours prior to departure and 3 hours for international.  Your transfer will be scheduled accordingly.
Fly Salvador (SSA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
Domestic Air Travel - 2h 10m approx.
  • Fly from Salvador (SSA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG). 
  • Flights for certain bundles must meet specific parameters for arrival times.  If applicable, these are noted below in the local flights section.  We take care of this but it's good be aware of these logistical elements.
Transfer Rio to Buzios
Private - Driver Only
  • Private transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Buzios (about 3 hours), with drop off at your selected hotel.
  • This transfer is done with a driver only.
  • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
 for 3 nights
Day 10
Buzios Catamaran Excursion with Snorkeling (Small Group)
A great way to spend a few hours enjoying the views and getting to know the area.
  • You will be met at your hotel and transported (shared transportation) to the dock for a fun and relaxing catamaran trip around the bays of Buzios.
  • You'll have several chances to get off the boat and snorkel or swim (snorkeling equipment provided).
  • Food and drinks are available on board the boat (additional cost, paid directly).
  • You'll learn about the area and get a great overview of the different locations around Buzios.
  • Note: this is a group excursion, normally with around 20 passengers, maximum.
  • This is a partial day excursion, lasting around 3 hours (door to door) and is normally done in the morning.
Day 11
Free Day in Buzios
A day for relaxation on the beach, strolling around town, or setting up an activity on your own.
  • Today you have the day at your leisure.
  • A chance for lounging at one of the picturesque beaches, strolling around on your own, or doing some other activity of interest to you.
Day 12
Transfer Buzios to Rio
Private - Driver Only
  • Private transfer from Buzios to Rio (about 3 hours), with drop off at the airport (if traveling today) or at your selected hotel (if continuing in Rio).
  • This transfer is done with a driver only.
  • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
Itinerary Ends / Travel Home or Add-On
  • This marks the completion of this itinerary.
  • If you aren't heading home today, you may want to add another destination to your trip (suggestions can be found in the "Add On" tab in your shopping cart). 
 

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What's Included and What's Not

The pricing shown above includes all of the following:

  • All accommodations, transportation, guiding, activities and excursions listed in the day by day itinerary description above.
  • Any meals noted as included with booked activities and excursions, as well as breakfast every day at your hotels. 
  • Unless otherwise noted, services are provided in-private, with a driver and/or guide just for you and your traveling companion(s).

The pricing shown above does not include the following:

  • Local or international airfare* (see below), EXCEPT for Galapagos cruises, which do include local flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 
  • Tips or other gratuities.
  • Travel insurance.

*Upon requesting confirmation of your trip, we'll email you local flight options that perfectly match the trip itinerary(ies) that you've selected. During the booking process, you'll have the option to request an international flight quote as well if you would like that quoted as well. You're not required to purchase any flights through us, but it's important to be aware of the logistical notes (necessary arrival and departure times) for local flights on your trip.

For additional information, please refer to our full Terms & Conditions here.

Local Flight Information

Any local flights as well as recommended arrival/departure times related to this itinerary will be shown here.

If you're combining itineraries, the local flight tool in the shopping cart will display local flights based on the combinations you've selected.

We'll assist with your local flights, but it's good to be aware of these logistical elements as you begin making arrangements for your trip.

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Are your trips group trips or private trips?

Answer: 

Any arrangements made through us are for 

you and your traveling companions only.  We do include certain excursions and activities in various destinations that are run on a group basis (like boat rides to view glaciers, or biking with wine tasting, for example) and these are noted in the itinerary details, but your trip is unique and yours alone.

Do you book my flights or do I have to do that myself?

Answer: 

We'll always send you a quote for any local fli

ghts needed for your trip (and international flights as well, upon request), but it's not a requirement that you book flights through us.

Once you've added a bundle to your trip request, you'll have the chance to see some current local flight options via our tool, but it's a good idea to wait until we email you your trip confirmation before booking local flights.

What guides do you work with?

Answer: 

We work with exceptional, top local guides in e

very country and destination that we offer.  Our guides are locals who have intimate knowledge of the areas and activities they are guiding, and a large majority have extensive experience in the industry as well as studies in the tourism field.  All guides speak excellent English.  Guides are employees of our local partner companies (read more about them here), adding to the level of support behind your trip from start to finish.

What is the transportation like?

Answer: 

Transportation to and from airports and hotels

is always private (a car, minivan or van just for you and your traveling companions, depending on the number).  Transportation during excursions or activities is generally done in private, except during excursions noted as "small group" or "shared".  You'll never find yourself on a large tour bus with us.
 

Do you have any certifications or accreditations?

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e state of California and are an IATA/IATAN accredited company.

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We don't sell travel insurance directly. 

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Do I need a passport and/or visa to travel?

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All visitors must have a valid passport to ente

r and proof of onward passage. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your departure date.

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Yes.

We carry a $1 million professional liability, errors and ommissions insurance policy.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Salvador, Brazil
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Iguazu Falls, Brazil
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Buzios, Brazil
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