I have an uncle who works as a millwright and his job frequently takes him to destinations all around the world, from Japan to Russia to Tahiti. His extensive business travels also means he has oodles of frequent flyer miles for vacations he gets to enjoy and NOT work. But I digress. The bottom line is that this man has seen the world and knows a lot about traveling, which is why when I asked him where is number 1 favorite destination was in the whole wide world I expected an insightful and very valuable opinion.
“Rio de Janeiro!” he screamed without any hesitation and donning a wide, child-like grin.
“Ah, Brazil,” I responded, “I’ve always wanted to go there. Why is it your favorite?”
“Beautiful half-naked women and a beer shack every 50 yards on the beach.”
So, there ya go. But, naked women and beer aside, Brazil has a lot to offer travelers. With thick Amazon jungles, beautiful beaches, diverse and vibrant cities and a rich, colorful culture, Brazil is one of the top destinations in the world. It’s diverse landscape provides almost limitless opportunities for exploration, making it the a perfect place to visit, but is also totally overwhelming to a traveler. Plus, Brazil is a big country, with a lot of areas that are hard to access (like the Amazon) and cities where it might be a good idea to know what areas to stay out of (Sao Paulo). Plus, my guess is that most travelers wanting to experience Brazil don’t speak Portuguese. So, in light of all the obstacles that may or may not hinder your ability to properly explore this amazing county, a great way to experience Brazil (or more of Brazil than bikini clad babes and beer) is to head out on a small group adventure tour.
So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. First off, they keep the groups small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Second, these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. In fact, you may be so spoiled by having a guide that arranges your travels, can help you spot the most amazing wildlife, take you to the best stops to eat and communicate with locals in Portuguese, that you may never want to go on a trip by yourself again. The Brazil tours also allow you to penetrate into the Amazon and will take you through the jungle on boats and in specially designed overland vehicles. So, pack your swimsuit and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Who knows, maybe you’ll even agree with my uncle when you get back and call Brazil your favorite destination in the world.
Journey through the heart of Brazil, from the beachside beauty of Rio de Janeiro, to the jungle clad depths of Manaus. Get acquainted with the variety of local fauna and flora, spectacular landscapes and fascinating cities as you explore the wetlands of the Pantanal, the dense Chapada Dos Veadeiros National Park, the country’s futuristic capital and end the adventure in the mighty Amazon Jungle. Travel onboard our specially designed overland vehicles through the heart of South America on this journey through beautiful Brazil.
Discover the heart and soul of Brazil on a journey through its beautiful interior. From the dramatic setting of Rio to the thundering waters of Iguazu Falls and onto the startling array of wildlife in the Pantanal wetlands, experience the natural wonders and vibrant energy that this welcoming country is known for.
Brazil is a front-runner in the competition for the world’s best beaches. Decide for yourself: spend three nights on one of the Rio area’s best, Angra dos Reis. Famous for its spectacular beaches, crystalline water and exactly 365 islands, this area is ideal for swimming, diving, hiking to waterfalls or cruising around the islands and bays. The only hard part? Leaving.
Cross the largest river island system of the Anavilhanas Archipelago and explore the heart of the Amazon by boat. This 9-day tour will have you crossing this wild and mystiqued river, visiting monkey jungle preserves, going on toured jungle hikes (because who wants to hike in the Amazon without someone who knows where they are going? I mean, honestly), and visiting a local village. You’ll have the experience of a lifetime on this unique trip.
If ever there was a top ten list, learning to surf in Brazil would be on it. Surfing is not just a sport, but a way of life; Hang-ten and catch a wave on this compact, four day program, designed to teach you the basics of surfing and its unique counter-culture. Our beach of choice is Praia da Rosa, recently named one of the best beaches in Brazil. Close to the trendy city of Florianopolis, this is the place to see and be seen.