Brazil highlights: Salvador, Iguazu Falls & Rio

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Duration (in days): 8

From: Salvador

To: Rio de Janeiro



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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This trip idea is a great way to experience some Brazil highlights if you’re short on time, by flying between the cities of Salvador and Rio and Iguazu Falls.

First, spend a couple of days enjoying the Afro-Brazilian culture and colonial heritage of Salvador with its pretty colonial centre, Pelourinho, before flying south to experience the impressive natural wonder of Iguazu Falls on the border between Brazil and Argentina.

Finally, you’ll fly up to Rio, a city that’s quite simply packed with iconic sights, from the hilltop Statue of Christ to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Grab a Caipirinha cocktail and get yourself down to the urban beaches in Copacabana or Ipanema and toast your whistle-stop trip!

This Brazil itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Visit colonial Salvador and iconic Rio and Iguazu Falls
  • Fly between destinations to see more if you’re short on time
  • Take a walking tour through Salvador’s colonial and baroque architecture
  • Enjoy spectacular, panoramic views over Iguacu Falls
  • See 360 degrees panoramas from a viewpoint near the statue of Christ, in Rio
  • Enjoy a locally-made Caipirinha cocktail on the beach in Copacabana or Ipanema



Itinerary in brief:

  • 2 nights in Salvador
  • 2 nights in Foz do Iguacu
  • 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro


Day 1: Arrive in Salvador   

On arrival at Salvador airport, you will be met and taken by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for a 2-night stay.      

Day 2: Walking tour of the city

A walking tour is the best way to visit the colourful and historical centre of Salvador - Pelourinho. Starting at the Municipal Square, you will have a beautiful view of the city including the Art Deco-style Lacerda Elevator that takes its passengers high above the city, as well as Saint Marcelo Fort in All Saints Bay, Rio Branco and Thome de Souza Palaces. You will continue your walk to the Terreiro de Jesus Square, where the magnificent Basilica Cathedral and the former School of Medicine are located, and also to the Cruzeiro of Saint Francis, a church famous for its baroque style and gold leafed interior. Walking through this colonial architectural treasure, you will appreciate the historical and African heritage of the city.

Day 3: Salvador to Foz do Iguacu         

You will be collected from your hotel and taken by private transfer to the airport for your flight to Foz do Iguacu. On arrival, you will be met and driven by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for a 2-night stay.

Day 4: Brazilian falls tour  

Today you will be picked up in the morning and taken on a guided tour of the Brazilian side of the falls.

As soon as you enter the National Park, you will be welcomed by a breath-taking view of the falls. You’ll have the opportunity to walk the trails to appreciate the landscapes and the different points over the thundering falls as the Brazilian side offers a wide-angle perspective and .panoramic views of the cascades.

Early in the afternoon, you will be driven back to your hotel, but we can also arrange a guided tour to the Argentinian side of the National Park – please ask for details.

Day 5: Foz do Iguacu to Rio de Janeiro

You will be collected from your hotel today and taken by private transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. On arrival, you will be met and driven by private transfer to your hotel where you will check in for a 3-night stay.

Day 6: Tour to Corcovado  

This morning you will be picked for a guided tour to visit the most famous landmark in the city and see from above the natural beauty of Rio.

After a scenic drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you will arrive at the bottom of the Corcovado Hill to embark on a comfortable train ride that ascends the mountain to reach the statue of Christ the Redeemer, at 700m above sea level. Once at the top, you will be able to use the panoramic elevators or escalators to get to the foot of the statue to enjoy incredible, 360-degree views over Rio’s many peaks, bays and beaches – it’s a truly intriguing view. 

Day 7: Free Day

You have now a free day to explore Rio de Janeiro. We suggest making your way to another high viewpoint – by taking the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain, for more spectacular views or soaking up the Brazilian sunshine on one of the world’s most famous urban beaches, Copacabana or Ipanema.

Day 8: Depart Rio de Janeiro       

You will be collected from your hotel at any time today and taken by private transfer to the airport to connect with your onward travel plans.



This trip can be enjoyed all year round, however, March to November is the drier season in Rio and Iguazu, but the temperatures can be higher.      

We've made a similar trip

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog, 10 Caipirinhina spots in Brazil   - written by one of our consultants who has been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance ticket to Iguazu National Park
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included: 

  • International Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Any excursions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


Seven nights in 4* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Casa do Amarelindo

  • Hotel San Martin 

  • PortoBay Rio Internacional


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