Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted

Ultimate Brasil (24 days)

Ladatco Tours

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil To Miami, FL, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019


Day 1
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sofitel Rio Palace None

Morning arrival in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to the Sofitel Rio Palace on famed Copacabana Beach. Your room is paid for immediate occupancy. Balance of day at leisure.

Day 2
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sofitel Rio Palace Breakfast

This morning you'll enjoy your first introduction to this spectacularly beautiful city. Drive along Rio's famous beached to Urca, at the mouth of Buanabara Bay on a peninsula that sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean, where famed Sugar Loaf mountain (in Portuguese, Pao de Acucar), rises 1299 feet high above the harbor. At Urca you will board an Italian made bubble-shaped glass paneled cable car for a two stage ascent along a 4200 foot route to the summit of Sugar Loaf. Each stage take about 3 minutes start to finish and offers spectacualr 360-degree views. The original cable car line was built in 1912 and rebuilt around 1972/1973 and again in 2008. This iconic symbol of Rio has appeared in a 1942 Bette Davis movie, in the 1979 James Bond movie, Moonraker, and even in a Simpsons TV episode. From the summit of Sugar Loaf you'll enjoy spectacular panoramas of the city, the bay and, on the horizon, Corcovado with the famed statue of Christ the Redeemer. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. The side walk cafes along Copacabana are in full swing as is the Hippi Fair in Ipanema on Sundays .

Day 3
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sofitel Rio Palace Breakfast

Drive along the beaches and through the Laranjeiras residential district and the quaint Cosme Velho to the Corcovado train station, where you will board a cogwheel train for a 2.4 mile, 15-minute journey that crosses Tijuca forest, the largest urban forest in the world. It has 8,000 acres of tropical rain forest right in the middle of Rio de Janeiro. Once on the 2,329 foot tall granite mountaintop, take the glass elevator and an escalator to the summit where the statue of Christ the Redeemer, arms widespread, stands overlooking the city. It is considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world and the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world. It is 130 feet tall, including its 31 foot pedestal, and 98 feet wide. It weighs 635 tons and is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. You'll have plenty of time to enjoy the 360 degree vistas and panoramas over this naturally beautiful city before making your way back down the mountain and returning to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace, relax on the beach or poolside. This evening you might want to arrange optional dinner at one of Rio's popular seafood restaurants and then take in a two hour samba extravaganza with costumes, music and dance from Rio's famed Carnival.

Day 4
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Tiradentes, Brazil
Solar da Ponte Breakfast, Lunch

Morning flight to Belo Horizonte, gateway to the Colonial cities. Meeting and immediate departure for an 80 km drive through scenic countryside to Congonhas do Campo for a visit to the greatest masterpiece of the Brazilian sculpture Alejadinho - the twelve prophets in soapstone and the sculptural representation of the Via Cruces in polychromatic woodwork. Continue to Sao Joao de Rey (also spelled Rei) for lunch at the Quinto de Ouro and than a visit to the main points of interest in Sao Joao del Rey including the churches of St Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Carmel and Rosario. Mid-afternoon departure for Tiradentes to visit the St. Antonio church and the house of Father Toledo. Overnight at the Solar de Ponte.

Day 5
Tiradentes, Brazil
Ouro Prêto, Brazil
Pousada N.S. do Rosario Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast depart for Ouro Preto, a drive of 204 km. Visit the main points of interest in Ouro Preto, including the Mineralogy Museum which gives a complete mineralogical view of Brazil and displays samples from other continents as well. Visit the churches of St. Francis of Assisi and Pilar that marked the climax of the gold cycle with carved works painted entirely in gold. Enjoy lunch and afternoon at leisure to explore this charming colonial city at your own pace. Overnight in Ouro Preto at the Pousada N.S. do Rosario.

Day 6
Ouro Prêto, Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Ouro Minas Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast drive to Mariana for a visit to the Cathedral and the Sacred Art Museum. Enjoy lunch before making the return drive to Belo Horizonte for a visit to the main points of interest in Belo Horizonte before transferring to your hotel, the Ouro Minas, for overnight.

Day 7
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Pousada Convento do Carmo Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Salvador, Bahia. Meeting and transfer to Pousada Convento do Carmo for three night stay. This afternoon enjoy your first visit to Salvador, Bahia on a panoramic tour. The Lower City tour offers another perspective of the sprawling city, taking us to the quiet waters of the Itapagipe Peninsula where life moves at a slower pace than the bustling upper city. Fisherman fish from dugout canoes, locals collect shellfish at low tide, schooners lie at anchor, all protected by the famous Bonfim Church, one of the most important churches of pilgrimage in Brazil and deeply synchronized with the Candombie. We continue to the Monserrat district with its panoramic view of the city and onto the Mercado Modelo, a thriving market for local artifacts and souvenirs. This is where you can test your bargaining skills.

Day 8
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Pousada Convento do Carmo Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning exploring Salvador, Bahia, first city founded in Brazil and a treasure house of colonial architecture. Visit the city's important sites including newly rejuvenated "Pelorinho", the city's colonial center, filled with churches, cobblestone streets and colonial house, Sao Pedro Fort, where the independence of Bahia was proclaimed, Castro Alves Square and Terreiro de Jesus surrounded by five churches. Here you will find one of the most spectacular churches in the world, Sao Francisco Church with its magnificent gold-leaf interior. It is a tour through the history of Salavador and its beautiful buildings, hundreds of years old. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. This evening you will enjoy a performance by the Bale Folcorico de Bahia, one of the most respected folklore dance troupes in the world. They perform in the intimate Miguel Santana Theatre in the Pelourinho in a seamless presentation of the multiple African traditions that underpin Bahian culture. We will see the sacred dances of the Candombie; puxada de rede, a song by fisherman in honor of Yemanja, the goddess of the sea; maculete, an acrobatic stick and sword dance with its origins in the cane fields; capoeira, a martial art/dance of Angolan origin and the samba de roda, a spinning, swirling version of this exuberant national dance. After the show dinner you will be served in one of the many fine restaurants in the area.

Day 9
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Pousada Convento do Carmo Breakfast

Day at leisure to explore this historic city at your own pace. Pelourinho, the historic district, is filled with shops, art galleries and boutiques, in addition to restaurants and bars. Or you might want to arrange an optional schooner cruise with beach barbeque, visit nearby Cachoeira, a charming colonial town with a busy Sunday market, or explore the many museums of Bahia.

Day 10
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Brazilia, Brazil
Golden Tulip Alvorada Hotel Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Brasilia. Meeting and transfer to Golden Tulip Alvorada Hotel. In the afternoon visit Brasilia, the "City of Tomorrow", a totally preplanned city with extraordinary architecture, and considered to be one of the most important milestones in architecture and city planning in the 20th century. You will tour the world's most modern city, founded in 1960. You will visit the Little Church of Nossa Senhora de Fatima, the Super Blocks, the Dom Bosco Sanctuary, the TV and Radio towers, the Three Powers Square, the National Theater and many other modern architecture buildings created and designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Day 11
Brazilia, Brazil
Cuiabá, Brazil
Araras, Brazil
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge Lunch, Dinner

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuiaba. Meeting upon arrival by staff from Araras Lodge and departure to Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge. Transfer is divided into two stages. The first, on a paved road for 62 miles to Pocone, passing by farms and savanna. After a stop in Pocone we start the second stage of the transfer entering at Km 0 the Estrada Parque Transpantaneira (park road), unpaved and built at a higher level than the flood plain. The road has more than 127 wooden bridges spanning fields, bays and grazing lands. Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge is at 9.88 mile and the transfer is considered a photo safari for the many species of animals and birds found along its length. You'll make several stops for photos. Arrival at Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge, reception, welcome with fresh fruit juice and accommodations. Late afternoon hike of the lodge surroundings, reaching the Mirante da Garca, 39.5 foot high observation tower, for an unequaled view of the sunset. After dinner, a star gazing trek, to hear the sounds of the flood plain. Overnight.

Day 12
Araras, Brazil
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Full day dedicated to observing the Pantanal's flora & fauna at the Araras Eco Lodge private reserve. After breakfast the guide will lead you on a 2 to 3 hour horseback ride through the grazing fields, woods and flood lands. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon go on a hike to a different area of the reservation, allowing you to observe and learn about this ecosystem. Overnight.

Day 13
Araras, Brazil
Araras Pantanal Eco Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast departure to Rio Clarinho (river) riding on the flood plain. At Rio Clarinho riverbank, take a canoe and explore its banks, mangroves and forest. With luck sight a family of ariranhas (giant otters) nearby (fishing, playing and teaching the babies to swim and fish). Try to fish for the elusive Piranha, known for nibbling the bait off the hook without the fisherman noticing. Lambaris, another species of fresh water fish, are an easy catch and are delicious when barbecued. A picnic barbecue lunch will be prepared at the camp site. Return to the lodge at the end of the afternoon. Overnight.

Day 14
Araras, Brazil
Cuiabá, Brazil
Brazilia, Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Hotel Tropical Breakfast

The day begins with a very early start to see the sunrise from the top of Mirante da Garza / Heron's Tower. Hear the sounds of the birds leaving the nests for the day and see the rising sun touching the vegetation. Breakfast and departure to Cuiaba airport in time for midday flight to Manaus, deep in the Amazon, 1500 miles up the Amazon River. Meeting and transfer to Hotel Tropical on the Rio Negro for two night stay.

Day 15
Manaus, Brazil
Hotel Tropical Breakfast

This morning visit the Mercado Muncipal, a miniature copy of the now-demolished Parisian Les Halles, filled with exotic regional produce from exotic fruit to magic herbs to cure all ills, plus handicrafts. Built in 1882, the wrought iron work which forms much of the structure was imported from Europe and is supposed to have been designed by Eiffel. In the afternoon continue exploring this historic town, capital of the state of Amazonas. Manaus is a great "free port" city with a mixture of architecture from the varying past. Stop by the famed Opera House, built during the rubber boom days and brought piece by piece from Europe including some 6,000 tiles on the roof. The interior has been restored to its original opulence. You'll also stop by the regional museum with an excellent collection of Indian artifacts and flora/fauna of the Amazon.

Day 16
Manaus, Brazil
Anavilhanas, Brazil
Anavilhanas Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning departure by van for scenic drive of just under three hours to Nova Airao where your motor launch is waiting for a short transfer to the lodge. Located in the greatest river archipelago in the world, the Estacao Ecologica de Anavilhanas with about 400 islands which extend for over 90 km of untouched native forest. It is a veritable maze of lakes, rivers and riverbanks which are the home to a very rich plant and animal life. Located on Rio Negro, the archipelago is a paradise for biologists, ecologists and tourists. You will spend three nights in a Deluxe Bungalow at the Anavilhanas Lodge with all meals and a selection of activities to explore the rich flora and fauna of the Amazon.

Day 17
Anavilhanas, Brazil
Anavilhanas Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will enjoy a selection of activities. Your local host at the lodge will explain the activities available, such as canoeing through riverbanks in Rio Negro; a visit to the Cabocia Community in Tiririca; nocturnal sightseeing at Anavilhanas Archipelago; reconnaissance tour on Anavilhanas Archipelago; hiking in the mainland woods; visit to Amazonian dolphins and art parlors in Novo Airao; recreational piranaha fishing and sunrise contemplation.

Day 18
Anavilhanas, Brazil
Anavilhanas Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will once again enjoy a selection of activities to explore the rainforest.

Day 19
Anavilhanas, Brazil
Manaus, Brazil
Hotel Tropical Breakfast

One last morning to enjoy activities as offered. Afternoon return transfer to Manaus for overnight at the Hotel Tropical.

Day 20
Manaus, Brazil
Brazilia, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Midday transfer to the airport for flight to Brasilia where you connect to your flight to Iguassu Falls, arriving in the late evening. Meeting and transfer to Hotel Das Cataratas at the falls for three night stay.

Day 21
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

Today you will spend exploring the Brazilian side of these awesome falls with 275 falls spanning a 2-mile wide precipice with wide panoramic vistas. Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed upon viewing these falls: "Poor Niagara! This makes Niagara look like a kitchen faucet!". In the morning take the walking tour on the Brasilian side for spectacular panoramas of the falls. In the afternoon take the Macuco Safari and motor launch excursion for a ride along the turbulent river for different views of the falls, including ducks in and out of the cascades themselves. Also stop by the Parque de Aves for a visit to the huge walk-through aviaries and butterfly farm.

Day 22
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas Breakfast

This morning you will cross over the border to the Argentine side for yet another series of walks to view these spectacular falls. One catwalk takes you to the edge of Devil's Throat, two others take you down along the base of the falls offering an Up Close and Personal encounter with the falls. This afternoon you can arrange a variety of visits and activities in the area, including kayaking, hiking and bird watching.

Day 23
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
None Breakfast

Morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. Midday check out at hotel and late afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Sao Paulo for connection to your overnight international return flight.

Day 24
Miami, FL United States
None None

Morning arrival in your USA gateway city. Clear immigration and customs and make connections to your home city.

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  1. Rio de Janeiro

  2. The Colial Cities

  3. Salvador Bahia

  4. Brasilia

  5. Pantanal

  6. The Amazon

  7. Iguassu Falls

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer


By: Doug

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

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By: jim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

Excellent company to work with Very helpful - great contcts
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer