Inspiration Itinerary | Rio de Janeiro


Iguassu Falls, Brazil

Top two of Brazil

Arrive to Sao Paolo, and check into the Marriott for your overnight stay.

The following morning fly to Campo Grande, before a road transfer of approximately 3.5 hours to your lodge, the Caiman Ecological Refuge, in the Pantanal, where you have a four-night stay.

The Pantanal is considered one of the richest wildlife territories and the largest floodland region in South America, a labyrinth of still and running waters with an abundance of wildlife. During your stay head out on safari and search for wildlife such as caiman, jaguar and capybara, admire the birdlife, and perhaps try your hand at canoeing, horseback riding, fly-fishing or trekking.

Continue your journey in Rio de Janeiro, a year-round destination and a melting pot of Brazilian culture.

Check into your hotel, the Fasano for a four-night stay, the property oceanfront in the stylish district of Ipanema, adjacent to Leblon. Freshen up, rest by the lounge bar perhaps, take a swim in the rooftop infinity pool, and gear up for further exploration of the city.

While in town, head out for a guided tour of the city, visit both Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado with the Christ the Redeemer statue, and spend a day perhaps lounging or walking along Copacabana beach.

Next up, fly to the mighty Iguassu Falls, the widest falls in the world! Check into Das Cataratas, the only property located within the Iguassu National Park, and spend the afternoon appreciating the unrivalled location where after the park’s closing hour and before it opens again in the morning, the sounds, serenity, views and thunder of the falls are all yours!

On your last day in Brazil and while at the Falls, spend the entirety of it visiting the Argentine side of the Falls, head out on a boat trip and be prepared to get very wet(!), and if the opportunity allows, perhaps fly over the Falls in a helicopter!

You will love

  • Searching for jaguar
  • Walking about Copacabana
  • Flying over the Falls
  • Nocturnal safaris in the Pantanal



This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.


Arrive to Sao Paolo and check into your hotel for the night. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to rest or to head out and explore the local suburb.


Fly from Sao Paolo to Campo Grande, then road transfer (approx 3.5 hours) to your lodge. Check in and relax for the evening.


Spend the day walking through various trails learning about and observing small animals and local vegetation. Later in the afternoon head out on a Canadian canoe in the bays of the ranch to admire bird and wildlife, and to watch sunset.


Enjoy a full day experience with a jaguar habituation team in search of these big cats. After dinner this evening venture out for nocturnal spotlighting.


Enjoy exploring more trails in search of local wildlife, with the opportunity for a photographic safari, or at an additional cost, biking, a birdwatching tour, or boat trip on the Aquidauana River.


After breakfast road transfer back to Campo Grande, and fly to Rio de Janeiro. Check into your hotel and the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.


Head out with a guide this morning for a half day tour of the highlights of Rio, and to orientate yourselves. The afternoon is at leisure.


A full day today will have you visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer Statue.


Enjoy a full day at leisure to appreciate Copacabana’s beach, the locals and street life, to shop and to explore.


After breakfast, fly to Iguazu, then check into your hotel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure to appreciate the property’s facilities.


Spend today visiting the Argentine side of the Falls with a boat trip, then a helicopter ride


After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and end of arrangements.


A handpicked selection

Caiman Ecological Refuge: Baiazinha Lodge – Pantanal

The Caiman Ecological Refuge is pioneering ecotourism in the Southern Pantanal. It is actively involved with environmental research and conservation projects and provides the perfect base for experiencing the Brazilian wilderness while also offering a sanctuary for relaxing in the beauty and tranquility of nature. Read More

Belmond Copacabana – Rio de Janeiro

A landmark hotel, the Copacabana Palace has been an essential part of the fabric of Rio since it opened its Art Deco doors in 1923. The Copacabana Palace is superbly located, facing the world famous Copacabana Beach just minutes from the city centre, Ipanema and Leblon districts. Read More

Belmond Hotel Das Cataratas – Iguazu

The only hotel located within the Iguaçu National Park, Belmond Hotel das Cataratas enjoys an unrivalled location just a short stroll from the sensational Falls themselves. A Portuguese colonial residence, this classic luxury hotel is redolent with the atmosphere of lazy days lounging on a veranda or beneath sub-tropical palms. Read More

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