Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, The Route of Emotions Tour

11 days | 10 nights
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Explore the amazing natural beauty of the north-eastern coast of Brazil on this relaxing 11-day tour.

Start your visit exploring the unforgettable Rio De Janeiro, lazing on some of the world's best beaches, taking in the magnificent views atop the city's nearby Corcovado mountain by the statue of Christ the Redeemer surrounded by the lush environment while spectacular encounters await at every corner of the ancient capital of Brazil.

The 'Route of Emotions' is one of the most breathtaking journeys in Brazil, taking you to the beautiful beaches of the state of Ceará, through the unique landscapes of the Lençóis Maranhenses national park, across the natural wonders of the Delta of the Parnaíba river between the States of Piauí and Maranhão.

Experience the unique feeling of walking barefoot among the countless dunes and lagoons in the national park of Lençóis Maranhenses, stop for unique swimming opportunities along the Preguicas river where fresh seafood and warm hospitality await, and sail among the fascinating islands of the Parnaíba Delta and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of local fishing villages.

Destinations

Brazil

Trip at a glance

Visits

RIO DE JANEIRO: Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon's beaches, Santa Tereza district, Selaron Stairs, Historical Center

ROUTE OF EMOTIONS: São Luis, Lagoa Azul, Lagoa do Peixe, Lagoa Bonita in Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Preguiças River, Pequenos Lençóis, Mandacarú village and lighthouse, Caburé beach, Barreirinhas, Parnaíba Delta, Jericoacoara: buggy to: Prea, Lagoa Paraiso and Lagoa Azul, Fortaleza

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL, RIO: ICONIC BEACHES, SUGAR LOAF

Morning

Arrival at Galeão, Rio de Janeiro International Airport. Transfer to your hotel and assistance with check-in. 

Enjoy some free time around your hotel and take the opportunity for a stroll on Copacabana beach. (Check-in available after 2 pm or upon availability).

Afternoon

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Rio’s iconic beaches, including Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, and the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
Ride the cable car up the Sugarloaf Mountain where you will have a toast as the sun sets over the amazing scenery of Rio's background.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Rio de Janeiro. 

Day 2 RIO: CORCOVADO, CHRIST THE REDEEMER, SANTA TEREZA DISTRICT

Morning

Early in the morning, board the train on the rack railway up the Corcovado mountain. On reaching the peak of one of the most distinctive mountains in the world, you will get amazing scenic views of Rio and a close look at the majestic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Back in the city, visit the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa with its unique architectural heritage and incredible cultural wealth.

Afternoon

Free afternoon. Relax at the beach, keep exploring the vibrant city or visit the modern Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do amanhã) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Museu Nacional de Belas Artes) (not included).

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Rio de Janeiro. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 RIO: HISTORICAL CENTER

Morning

After breakfast, take a walking tour in the historical center of Rio de Janeiro. Step back in time and learn about the city's vibrant life much like when Rio was still the capital of Brazil.

Afternoon

Free afternoon. Relax at the beach, keep exploring the vibrant city or visit the modern Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã) and the Museum of Fine Arts (Museu Nacional de Belas Artes) (not included).

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Rio de Janeiro. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 FLIGHT TO SAO LUIS

Morning

Morning transfer to Rio de Janeiro's airport with assistance with check-in. Direct flight to São Luis.

Afternoon

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in São Luis and assistance with check-in. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Sao Luis. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 LENÇOÍS MARANHENSES NATIONAL PARK

Morning

After breakfast, take the bus to the small town of Barreirinhas, the gateway to the Lençóis Maranhenses national park. After a 5-hour drive, transfer and check-in at your hotel in Barreirinhas.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, a 4-wheel drive will pick you up to discover the Grandes Lençois Maranhenses National Park, an incredible sand dune environment with mesmerizing lakes and lagoons such as Lagoa Azul, Lagoa do Peixe and Lagoa Bonita. Watch the sunset in this idyllic environment before driving back to your hotel.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Barreirinhas.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 PREGUIÇAS RIVER

Morning

Transfer to the port of Barreirinhas for morning departure on a full-day cruise down the Preguiças river. In Vassouras, stop to explore the Pequenos Lençóis, walk past the golden sand banks and discover the small lakes behind the sand dunes of this protected area. Further down the river, visit the village of Mandacarú, where you can climb up the famous lighthouse for amazing views of the Atlantic. Across the river, stop at Caburé beach, a narrow sand bank that separates the river and the ocean.

Afternoon

Return to Barreirinhas mid-afternoon. Rest of the day at leisure.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Barreirinhas.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 7 PARNAÍBA DELTA

Morning

Morning transfer to Parnaíba. From the comfort of your 4-wheel vehicle, enjoy the incredible views of the south-eastern edge of the Pequenos Lençoís with the rainforest to your right and sand dunes to your left.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, take a fast boat ride to explore the Parnaíba delta, the largest open sea delta in the Americas and the third-largest in the world. Your 5-hour boat tour will take you around some of the 70 islands in a natural area that covers 1,050 square miles (2,700 km2). Marvel at this rich environment made of sand dunes, mangrove forests, igarapés (natural canals only accessible by canoes), fresh water lagoons and amazing wildlife.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Parnaíba.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 8 ROAD TO JERICOACOARA: TATAJUBA BEACH, TORTA LAKE

Morning

Morning departure to the village of Jericoacoara. Stop on the way at Tatajuba beach and Torta Lake for a relaxing time. Have a nap in one of the hammocks over the water and try some of the delicious fresh seafood. (lunch not included).

Afternoon

In the afternoon, cross the river by ferry to Guriú beach and drive on to the village of Jericoacoara, on time to enjoy the warm sunset.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Jericoacoara. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 9 JERICOACOARA: BUGGY TO LAGOA PARAISO AND LAGOA AZUL

Morning

After breakfast, you will leave on a buggy trip to Jericoacoara National Park, famous for its unique beaches. Stop on the way for a short hike to the “Pedra Furada” (holed stone) before driving to the village of Prea for some ocean time with incredible views.

Afternoon

Your buggy will take you up and down the dunes of the park all the way to Lagoa Paraiso and Lagoa Azul, two marvelous lagoons where you will stop to enjoy crystalline waters or relax in some of the hammocks.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Jericoacoara. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 10 TRANSFER TO FORTALEZA, FREE TIME

Morning

After breakfast, drive to Fortaleza (5 hours). 

Afternoon

Upon arrival, transfer and check-in at your hotel in Fortaleza. Rest of the day at leisure to visit the city, a highly sought-after destination in Brazil.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Fortaleza. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 11 DEPARTURE, FLIGHT TO RIO

Morning

After breakfast, transfer to Fortaleza airport. Check-in for your flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Afternoon

Check-in for your international flight.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

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What's included

Accommodation

Nights
10 nights in 3* or 4* Premium Hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
10 breakfasts

Transportation

Bus
Shared transportation on day 4, 5, 6
Car
Private car and driver for day 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking guide on day 2, 3, 7, 8, 9. Shared English-speaking guide on day 4, 5, 6

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees except museums on day 2 and 3

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights:
    • Rio de Janeiro to São Luis
    • Fortaleza to Rio de Janeiro
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Museums on day 2 and 3

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