This 14-day ‘Aqua Brazil Family Adventure’ takes travelers to many of the most famous – and some secret – watery wonders this vast country has to offer, as well as many other must-see sights of Brazil. Beginning with the iconic beaches and attractions of Rio de Janeiro, explore the best beaches of Brazil around Buzios on an island-hopping catamaran tour, and go cave and river snorkeling in beautiful Bonito, before finally embarking on a private Amazon cruise aboard a traditional riverboat from Manaus.
Rio de Janeiro
In Rio de Janeiro, ride the historic red train up to the 2329-foot peak of Corcovado mountain to see the colossal statue of Christ the Redeemer, which not only stands tall as the iconic image of Brazil but is also counted among the seven man-made miracles of the world. Be blown away by the incredible view. Take the thrilling cable car ride up the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, which towers over the Guanabara Bay.
Explore Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world; stop at the Vista Chinese lookout and later admire the Tijuca Waterfall Cascatinha. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and the world-famous Selaron Steps. Enjoy a short tour of the traditional Cinelândia Square and its historical buildings; relax and people-watch on both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach, which are both giant sandy playgrounds.
Spend two days in the sophisticated coastal town of Búzios, and visit some of its numerous beaches, including the famous horseshoe bay of Ferradura, and the popular surf beach of Geribá. At night, explore the nearby bustling town of Rua das Pedras. Head off on a whistle-stop tour, by catamaran, of the surrounding islands and as many as 12 glorious beaches, where you can snorkel and swim. Keep your eyes peeled for sea life as you flit between the islands that Brigitte Bardot made famous to European visitors.
Fly to the southwestern town of Bonito, the ecotourism capital of Brazil, which is known for its gorgeous caves and river snorkeling adventures. Hike through the forest to the Gruta do Lago Azul (Blue Lake Cave) where sedimentary rock formations grace the walls and ceilings to create an otherworldly atmosphere. Transfer to Barra do Sucuri and the Sucuri River, paddle 1300 meters upriver in a boat before donning your masks and snorkels and jumping into the crystal-clear water. Hike to the spectacular 512-ft Boca da Onça Waterfall through pristine forest passing ten individual waterfalls en-route, while following the scenic Salobra River.
Your Amazon Cruise
Fly to Manaus and explore a little bit of this historic jungle city before embarking on your Amazon cruise aboard the Iara, a petite and private riverboat with just two cabins, perfect for private and intimate rainforest exploration with your family. Head to the Janauari Ecological Park, followed by an exploration of the flooded forest area known as ‘varzea’ by motorized canoe.
Look for the famous giant Amazonian Water Lily. Witness the extraordinary sight of the two-toned confluence of two massive Amazon tributaries, the “Meeting of the Waters”, where the dark waters of the Negro River meet the muddy waters of the Solimões River to form the mighty Amazon. Meet the Tarrino, Dessano, and Tuiuca indigenous peoples and take part in a night exploration to spot the wildlife that comes alive after dark. Continue up the Negro River through the Anavilhanas Archipelago, hike through the forest looking for beautiful birds, and spend a day canoeing through tiny waterfalls in the cold waters of the Aturiá River.
Please note all of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations on this family adventure tour can be tailored to suit your taste and your time availability in accordance with your personal wishes. All are private tours and transport with a private guide. Perfect for active families with older kids.