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steaks and sambas, football and waterfalls

Book from € 1,199.-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 14 DAYS


"Bem vindo ao Brasil!" Welcome to Brazil! Join this Shoestring group trip through the most beautiful places of Brazil. You will encounter bustling colonial towns and glorious white beaches. Brazil is a country of extremes: The portions in restaurants, where you can sample the most delicious grilled steaks and then the length of the country itself - over 5000 kms! During this group adventure through Brazil visit colourful Salvador, take beautiful walks through the nature reserve of Chapada Diamantina and lay your towel down on the golden beach of Ilha Grande. A visit to Rio de Janeiro, with its vibrant night life is always unparalleled. An unforgettable experience in one of the most beautiful countries in South America.

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For Brazil, a visa is not required for many nationalities. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one. To arrange your visa, you should either contact your nearest Brazilian embassy or use an agency such as CIBT.



Accommodation and transport

During this trip through Brazil we make use of our own private bus and of public transportation. You also get to experience a train as you travel from Curitiba to Morettes. All transfers between hotels are included in Brazil however, airport transfers are not included. We also take a domestic flight from Campo Grande - Sao Paulo to bridge the large distance.
Our slideshow gives a good impression of the transportation that Shoestring use in Brazil.

Whilst travelling with Shoestring in Brazil you'll stay in two-and three-star hotels in a 2-person room with a private bathroom.
Many of the planned hotels have swimming pools; This applies to Foz do Iguaçu, Bonito, Pantanal and Paraty. In exceptional cases it may be that we must use different hotels. In this case a suitable alternative will be found (pool).
Travellers who book alone will share a room. We of course keep in mind to pair people of the same sex.
You can also choose to sleep in a single room during the entire trip. Please indicate this when making your booking. There will be a single room supplement added accordingly.
A good first impression of the hotels Shoestring use in Brazil can be found on the slideshow of this trip.


Rio Carnival

Once a year, the inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro expend their energies at one of the world's biggest parties: the carnival. Carnival in Rio has an almost magical appeal. Images of the splendour of the exuberant carnival parades can be seen every year around the world. And no other town celebrates carnival as intensely as Rio de Janeiro.

Music is made and people are dancing throughout the street. Beautiful girls in tiny bikinis are dancing on large samba floats, accompanied by large groups of beautifully costumed dancers. Anything goes during carnival!

Carnival Associations called samba schools, begin their preparations for the big parades almost a year ahead. The music, the steps and the costumes, everything is very carefully designed and extensively practiced. The competition between the carnival associations is reminiscent of a football league, with fans who commit themselves wholeheartedly to their association. Each year during the parades, the prize for the best performance is hotly contested.

The parades of these associations take place in a street with stands and v.i.p boxes specially built up along both sides, the ‘Sambadrome’. Here the members of the samba schools, from young to old, parade themselves. To be able to participate in a carnival parade in Rio's Sambadrome is the dream of many Brazilians!

In recent years, street carnival has come back with a vengeance. There is more and more music on the streets and on the beach, usually played by bands in huge trucks full of boxes. Very slowly these bands make their way through the streets, followed by a dancing crowd. From authentic samba to the Beatles, in a Brazilian jacket or AC/DC in a samba version; there is a band on the street for every taste.


Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).


This holiday is classified as Category B

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This tour of Brazil falls into Category B. It can be made by any reasonably healthy individual. Remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.

Nature of the trip
Marvel at the world’s biggest waterfalls, old colonial towns and beautiful white beaches!
The vibrant, buzzing cities, the restaurants, where you can limitlessly tuck into the most deliciously grilled steaks. The length of the country is over 5000 kilometres. You will visit the famous waterfalls of Foz do Iguacu, travel by train through tropical rainforest to the coast, and spread out your towel on golden Copacabana beach. An unforgettable adventure! In one of the most beautiful and exciting countries in South America.


We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here


Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.


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You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at [email protected]           

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