9-Day Itinerary in Brazil: City, Beach, and Nature

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  • Brazil

  • Rio de Janeiro

  • Beaches

  • Luxury Travel

  • City Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Food & Wine

  • Mountains

  • Outdoors

  • Local Culture

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This itinerary is perfect for first-timers who are eager to get to know Brazil. Get a taste of remarkable Rio de Janeiro, tranquil Trancoso, and the astonishing Amazon.

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Where to stay

MGallery Santa Teresa Hotel

A historic, 19th-century coffee farm and garden adapted as an urban retreat in the charming town of Santa Teresa.

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  • Hotel / resort credit.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa

Tropical boutique hotel with unique features and near the historic Quadrado town square.

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  • Complimentary airport transfer

  • Special lunch tasting menu at UXUA Beach Bar.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

A small and exclusive bungalow style hotel situated in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

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Day 1: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

views of mountain and city with status atop the highest peak

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro, a Cidade Maravilhosa (the Marvelous City), and check in to your boutique hotel located in Rio's hills, favored by celebrities. Ascend Sugarloaf Mountain for epic sunset views. Pick your adventure level for your ascent: ride a cable car, go on a 50 minute hike with monkeys and sea views, or rock climb to the summit.

Day 2: Experience Iconic Rio

orange blue yellow and red tiled stairs

Check a world wonder off your bucket list and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue - it's a 3 hour hike up or a ride on a Swiss-made train. Spend the afternoon strolling/snacking/shopping through chic Leblon, popular Ipanema, and classic Copacabana. For dinner, enjoy a meal made by a local host at her home overlooking Copacabana beach. If you're up for it, dance the night away to live music at one of the city's beloved Samba clubs.

Day 3: City to Beach

aerial view of sandy beach and shallow waters onto lush green land

Discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood on a morning walk with a local guide. Your journey through Brazil continues. Take a domestic flight from Rio de Janeiro to Porto Seguro, and after a 1 hour drive arrive in Trancoso, former fishing village turned trendy getaway.

Day 4: Get to Know the Local Environment

sandy beach and turquoise water

Go on a jungle trek with a naturalist guide, kayak up and down Troncoso's rivers or the sea, try net fishing like the natives, go horseback riding on the beach, or visit an indigenous tribe in the heart of the jungle. In the evening, mingle with the locals in the Quadrado, the town square.

Day 5: Explore Trancoso

a hand scoops pink sorbet from a bowl with other sorbets and fresh fruits

The day is yours to uncover why everyone says Trancoso is so magical. Get a birdy on a golf course overlooking the ocean, learn how to make Bahian food from locals, break a sweat with a Capoeira class, visit the town’s charming boutiques, or do your best impersonation of a seal on one or all of Trancoso’s eight exceptional beaches.

Day 6: Gateway to the Amazon

sunrise view over the still water reflecting the clouds with a dock and several boats in the foreground

Arrive in Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon. Learn about the Amazon’s flora, fauna, and culture at Museu da Amazônia and watch the sunset from the museum’s jungle observation tower. For dinner, sample traditional Amazonian cuisine.

Day 7: Welcome to Anavilhanas National Park

dirt road into jungle with sunlight peaking through lush trees and foliage

A 3 hour drive through the jungle will bring you to your rustic luxury lodge where you can explore the Amazon by foot or canoe with local expert guides.

Day 8: Adventure through the Jungle

a three person kayak on a pristine river surrounded by lush trees reflected in the water

Continue to experience the wonders of Anavilhanas National Park. Spend the day exploring the jungle – maybe you'll find pink porpoises or search for nocturnal wildlife. Cool off in the lodge pool, claim a hammock to nap in, or both.

Day 9: Obrigada, Brazil!

the view from a plane of an archipelago with navy blue water

After breakfast, take a seaplane over the stunning Anavilhanas archipelago back to Manaus. Obrigada, Brazil! Bittersweet goodbyes. Manaus offers direct flights to the U.S. and other international hubs.

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