Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Locally Hosted

Brazil Explorer (9 days)

Ladatco Tours

Sao Paulo, Brazil To Miami, FL, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019


Day 1
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Hotel Das Cataratas None

Upon arrival Iguassu Falls, meeting and transfer to Orient Express's Hotel Das Cataratas, in the national park at the falls, for two night stay. Balance of the day at leisure.

Day 2
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Hotel Das Cataratas Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will spend exploring these awesome falls from the Brazilian side, with 275 falls spanning a 2-mile wide precipice and panoramic vistas. Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have exclaimed upon viewing these falls: "Poor Niagara! This makes Niagara look like a kitchen faucet!". You'll also take the Macuco Safari and motorlaunch excursion for a ride along the turbulent river for different views of these 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. Lunch included en route.

Day 3
Iguazu Falls, Brazil
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Pousada Convento do Carma 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 falls, offering an "Up Close and Personal" encounter with the falls. Midday check out at hotel and late afternoon transfer to the airport for flight to Salvador Bahia. Meeting upon arrival in Salvador Bahia and transfer to your hotel, the Pousada Convento do Carmo, in historic Pelourinho.

Day 4
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 houses, São Pedro Fort, where the independence of Bahia was proclaimed; Castro Alves Square, Terreiro de Jesus surrounded by five churches. Here you will find one of the most spectacular churches in the world, São Franscisco Church with its magnificent gold leaf interior. It is a tour through the history of Salvador and its beautiful buildings hundreds of years old. Afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace. Enjoy a folkloric show with dances and music from Bahia's history and traditions brought by African slaves, and sample the special cuisine typical of Bahia.

Day 5
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 barbecue, visit nearby Cachoeira, a charming colonial town, or explore the many museums of Bahia.

Day 6
Salvador Bahia, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Palace Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Rio de Janeiro, Cidade Marivilhosa. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to your hotel, the venerable Copacabana Palace, on famed Copacabana beach for three night stay. Afternoon at leisure to relax, walk Copacabana Beach or while away time at a sidewalk cafe.

Day 7
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Palace Breakfast, Lunch

Full day excursion discovering the highlights of the "Cidade Maravilhosa". Drive through lush Tijuca Forest and take the modern cogwheel train for 20 minute ascent up famed Corcovado Mountain. Then 220 steps take you to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer for a spectacular 360 degree panorama of Rio. Time for photographing Rio from this vantage point. Then continue with two stage cable-car ascent to the summit of Sugar Loaf for yet another panoramic vista of Rio. En route enjoy lunch at one of the popular "churrascarias", Brazil's barbeque restaurant with a never ending array of food!

Day 8
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Palace Breakfast

Day at leisure to explore at your own pace,. Visit the Hippi Market in Leblon, arrange optional tours, 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 9
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Miami, FL United States
Copacabana Palace Breakfast

Day at leisure to explore Rio at your own pace. Sunday is the day for the Hippi Market on Ipanema Beach and street fairs along the beachfront. No need to hurry through the day as your room is paid for late check-out. Evening transfer to the airport for your overnight departure flight.

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  • Spectacular Iguassu Falls

  • Historic Salvador Bahia

  • Rio de Janeiro

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Second deposit to complete a total deposit of 30% of total cost due upon confirmation of all space.

Full payment due 65 days prior.

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89 to 61 days prior departure 30% of tour costs

60 to 31 days prior departure 50% of tour costs

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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

jf review

By: jim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

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

Learned a lot

By: Sooty

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2019

We enjoyed he tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and fun!
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano