Beach life and island-hopping in Brazil
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9
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4 May
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Trip Highlights

Sail away

Island-hop across a series of idyllic beaches and lagoons near Paraty on a private day-long boat trip

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Paddle-board pro

Paddle-board and snorkel through warm tropical waters and stop for a seafood beach picnic

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Golden sands

Kick back for a day of sun, volleyball and people-watching on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches

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Sundown on Sugarloaf

Marvel at Christ the Redeemer statue and hike then cable car for sundowners on Sugarloaf Mountain

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Samba soul

Learn to samba in the Bohemian district of Lapa, and visit one of Rio’s most iconic samba night spots

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Cocktail o’clock

Master the art of making caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, in a rooftop lesson at sunset

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What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners and a caipirinha class

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in twin room boutique hotels

  • All activities, from island-hopping to samba classes, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private air-conditioned minibus

About the trip

Party animals and beach-lovers, look alive: our adventure to the sun-dappled mecca of Brazil is calling you with open arms.

Our getaway to this fabled land of palm trees and the warmest people on the planet really does live up to the hype. Join us as we escape to the UNESCO town of Paraty, with cobbled streets and a maze of hidden beaches. Hit our private boat to zip between jungle islands, exploring turquoise lagoons on stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling along the tropical coastline.

We’ll also spend time in iconic Rio, dancing with locals in a unique colonial townhouse and muddling up caipirinhas over the sunset skyline. Clamber aboard for sundowner cocktails on Sugarloaf Mountain and a mosey around the arty neighborhood of Santa Teresa. From seafood picnics to samba classes and lazy days on Ipanema beach, this escape has it all.

Dive right into the warming waters: Brazil is ready when you are.

Where you will stay

Pousada do Ouro, Paraty

Small and charming colonial hideaway

We hear Mick Jagger is a fan of this delightful retreat, tucked away in a whitewash facade of tropical gardens – but just moments from the center of Paraty town.

Why we stay here

This is a real neighborhood gem with endlessly friendly staff, a pool fringed by tropical foliage and an enchanting garden bar.

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Arena Ipanema Hotel, Rio

Hip and contemporary hotel by Ipanema beach

As far as locations go, you can’t do better than one of the world’s most iconic beaches, with all the thrills of the city in easy reach.

Why we stay here

Its setting is unbeatable and best enjoyed from the glistening rooftop pool, with panoramic views of the beach and ocean beyond.

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Caipirinhas at sunset

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro! From the moment you set foot in this land of palm trees and sunshine, you can’t fail to be swept up by its swinging samba beat. Even the drive from the airport – by private transfer, naturally – is a delight, as you whisk along an Atlantic ocean avenue lined by rapturous beach crowds and hordes of sun lovers. This is a place where the people are as warm as the climate, and everywhere seems infused with an irresistible energy. Freshen up at your boutique hotel before a rooftop caipirinha lesson at sunset. Muddle up your own version of Brazil’s potent national cocktail, as you get to know your guide and fellow Flashpackers. Later on, we’ll head to a hip local neighborhood for dinner. If you still have energy afterward, it’s a Saturday night in Rio and the samba clubs will just be heating up – have your dancing shoes handy…

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Rio de Janeiro

Day 2

Selfies with Jesus and a Santa Teresa lunch

Have your bucket lists handy, because today we’re visiting a Wonder of the World. No trip to Rio would be complete without seeing Christ the Redeemer, so we’re heading up Corcovado Mountain to admire this epic statue, in all 125 feet of its towering splendor. It also happens to be a landmark in Flash Pack history, with our co-founder Lee’s “Selfie with Jesus” catapulting Flash Pack to fame back in 2014. Once you’ve snapped selfies of your own (at base level this time), we’ll head on over to the Bohemian district of Santa Teresa. Tuck into lunch at a buzzing local restaurant before an afternoon exploring the winding, tram-filled streets of this arty neighborhood. There are plenty of boutiques and old, tree-lined avenues to meander around, with glimpses of the ocean far below. We’ll then head back down to our hotel, where the party continues at beach level. This is Brazil; it’s rude not to…

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chris the redeemer

Day 3

The ultimate beach day

You can’t know Brazil without getting a feel for its beach life: embrace your inner Cariocan today, as we live like the fun-loving locals. Copacabana and Ipanema beaches beckon for a day’s sunbathing, swimming and sashaying in the sun. We’ll start with a juice bar lunch before an afternoon of beach volleyball matches and kicking back on the golden-white sands. Make room for ice-cream and a caipirinha or two, while basking in the spectacle of Rio’s sizzling beachfront. From its muscly weight-lifting area to the cross-dressing section, a fishermen’s colony and favela kids’ football hangouts, the beaches of Rio offer a fascinating window onto an ever-changing parade of people. Out on the waves, surfers strut their stuff while beach baskers lounge in threadbare swimwear, and laid-back party souls gather around bar shacks. A golden sunset is a fitting finale, so we’ll head to the jutting rock at Arpoador for panoramic views across this epic city.

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Copacabana

Day 4

Party in picturesque Paraty

This morning, we’re travelling south to Paraty, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a five-hour drive through beautiful national parks, we’ll reach this picturesque town on the coast. Nestled amid tropical mountains and secluded beaches, Paraty is filled with colonial architecture and quaint cobbled streets. Traffic is not allowed in the town center due to the high tide, making it feel pleasantly, like stepping back in time. Settle into your hotel then spend the afternoon rambling around. A magnet for local artists, Paraty has a strong creative streak and you’ll find plenty of exhibitions and galleries tucked away in its colorful alleyways. After an amble around the shops and scenic waterfront with its white-wash buildings, settle at one of the sidewalk cafés for a glass of Portuguese rosé. In the evening, us Flashpackers will gather together for an al fresco feast before partying up a small town storm, Paraty-style.

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Paraty

Day 5

Island-hop a tropical paradise

Grab your shades and swimming gear, a golden day of island-hopping awaits. Step aboard your private boat to cruise across the shimmering ocean in search of Paraty’s unspoiled beaches. With your local captain leading the way, zip between a labyrinth of hidden islands and lagoons. On board, you’ll find snorkeling gear and stand-up paddle boards, as well as an icebox brimming with cold drinks and a fresh seafood picnic. Keep a lookout for secluded spots, where we’ll dock up to stretch out on golden sands, bathe in tropical waters or hike through lush stretches of rainforest. The water is crystal-clear here, so a dash of snorkeling is a must, to paddle between schools of colorful fish. Alternatively, you can just soak in the rays under the gentle swish of palm trees. This is a day of pure escapism, so leave your cares behind on dry land and let your inner adventurer run free.

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Paraty

Day 6

A day of sun-soaked freedom

Today is free to do whatever you please. For those who simply want to chill with a book, the serene hotel pool beckons. An ice-cold caipirinha amid a chorus of birdsong here is not to be missed, no matter what time of day it is. Or, take a closer look around the quirky streets of Paraty, and get to grips with its creative character – including museums, art pop-ups and local craft shops. Want to get that adrenaline pumping? Book on a jeep tour bound for the Atlantic Forest, where you can splash your way around a series of waterfalls nestled in the tropical greenery. Make a beeline for Tobogã waterfall, with its slippery stone surface, for the ultimate slide into the cool waters below. You can also join a sea kayaking exhibition to nearby mangroves or sign up to a Caçacha safari, to learn how this eye-watering Brazilian spirit is made.

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Paraty

Day 7

Embrace the city of samba

Get set for Rio: Round Two today, as we drive back along the jungle coastline to your city hotel, where you can check in and chill by the pool. This afternoon we’ll take a wander along Rio’s Olympic Boulevard from the 2016 Games before limbering up for a late afternoon dance class in the samba-fueled streets of Lapa. Known as the party district of Rio, Lapa is home to the historic Old Town and your toe-tapping samba session. The drinks will be flowing freely, so embrace the carnival atmosphere and shake your tail feather. After, we’ll head to Rio Scenarium, an antique colonial townhouse that happens to be one of the best nightclubs in town. Get those hips swinging amid a cacophony of curiosities, from ornate chandeliers to bikes on the ceiling and cabinets stacked with cocktail glasses. Work your new moves by a three-storey balcony that looks down on a live Samba band, below.

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A flurry of Samba in Rio

Day 8

Cocktails on Sugarloaf Mountain

A chilled start is in order this morning, after last night’s samba antics. Rest up and take it easy, reflecting on your past week of blazing Brazilian adventure. In the afternoon, we’ll head to one of Rio’s most famous landmarks; Sugarloaf Mountain. An iconic motif on the city skyline, you’ve already admired it from afar but today we’re heading to the top. To beat the queues, we’ll take a short but steep hike up Urca Hill before catching the cable car to Sugarloaf’s panoramic summit. In true Rio style, there’s a bar waiting at the top for farewell drinks at sunset. Grab an ice-cool apertif and drink in the spectacular view stretching from tropical peaks to skyscrapers, hillside favelas and the shimmering Atlantic coast. Here is Rio de Janiero, in all its magnetic diversity. Travel back down to beach level for your last night in this marvellous city – anyone for a caipirinha?

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Day 9

Back to reality – or onto Iguazu?

All good things must come to an end, and today it’s time to sign off on our escape to a land of samba and sunshine. From the highs of Christ the Redeemer to the depths of snorkeling the Atlantic, you’ve seen Wonders of the World, embraced beach life on Copacabana and cruised between Paraty’s jungle islands by private boat. You’ve moseyed through colorful Bohemian neighborhoods, learned a few slick samba moves, partied with locals and sipped sundowners on Sugarloaf Mountain. From hunting down golden beaches to mastering the (crucial) art of caipirinha mixing, this has been a non-stop jaunt of delights – with boutique hotels and like-minded travellers in the mix. After one final breakfast with your adventuring pals, it’s time to book your taxi to the airport and return to reality. Not ready to go right yet? Grab an extra slice of adventure at Iguazu Falls. Bucket lists at the ready…

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Igazu Falls

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Important notes
  • Fly into and out of Rio de Janeiro.
  • The plan is to meet at around 5pm on Day 1 in Rio, so please book a flight that arrives before 3pm if you can.
  • We’re happy to book you an extra night at our Rio hotel, if you want to arrive a day early.
  • Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Latin America (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. During the rainy season the locations visited may change due to some routes being covered by water.
  • Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
  • We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, click here to learn more.
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Fancy extending your adventure on this 3-day trip?

Behold the beauty of the Iguazu Falls

Prepare to experience a taste of true luxury on this 2-day optional extension to the Iguazu Falls. Situated at a stone’s throw from one of the wonders of the natural world, sink into the opulence and splendor of the only Forbes Five-Star hotel in South America. Expect understated beauty, deep relaxation and unparalleled service: this is timeless elegance at its very finest. Surrounded by lush thickets of rainforest and an abundance of flora and fauna, this secluded luxury haven boasts exclusive access to the waterfalls. At the frontier between Brazil and Argentina, behold the sight of the ethereal waters as they plunge off the edge of the landscape. It’s a sight guaranteed to leave you breathless. Keen? Check in with our sales team to enquire about adding on.

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Where you will stay

You’ll be staying at the Hotel Das Cataratas, a luxury five-star hotel in the heart of the National Park. Beauty, refinement and elegance make this an unequalled stand-out experience. Step into a world of splendor in the midst of the rainforest. With exclusive access to the Iguazu Falls, experience the perfect blend of deep luxury and high adventure.

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Day 1: Wildlife and waterfalls

Flashpackers, welcome to the Iguazu Falls! You’ll arrive at Foz do Iguacu Airport, where a private transfer will be waiting to whisk you to the resplendent Hotel Das Cataratas. Nestled in the heart of the National Park, step into a secluded haven of tranquillity tucked away from the outside world. With howler monkeys, rare birds and colossal butterflies for neighbours, absorb the beauty of the rainforest amid the majesty of the Iguazu Falls. Take in the mists and swirling waters of one of the world’s natural wonders; it’s an experience that will blow you away.

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Day 2: Breathe the flora and fauna

After fuelling up on breakfast at the hotel, this is your day to explore your surroundings as you please. Traverse the rainforest by foot amid the textures of flora and fauna, and bask in the mystical rainbows cast from the waterfalls. Take advantage of early mornings to explore the rainforest; the peace and tranquillity will clear your mind and recharge your energy. With the crashing waters and the symphony of the wilderness surrounding you, this is truly an unspoilt paradise escape.

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Day 3: Revitalized by wilderness

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to Iguazu. Not only have you luxuriated in exceptional comfort, but you’ve experienced it at the heart of one of the world’s natural wonders. You’ve enjoyed uninterrupted days surrounded by vibrant wildlife and stretches of wilderness – return to the outside world feeling revitalized. It’s now up to you to make your own way to your next destination. Boa viagem!

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Important notes

Arrive at Foz do Iguacu Airport, where a private transfer will meet you and transport you to the hotel.

As the hotel is located inside the National Park, you are free to explore the Brazilian side of the falls at leisure. This extension does not call for a guide as the hotel is situated in the National Park itself.

We offer the option of a full-day excursion to the Argentinian side, with an additional cost at check-out.

Make your own way to your next destination upon departure on day 3.

For Americans citizen passport holders the reciprocity fee is suspended until revocation decree is issued. www.embassyofargentina.us/en/consular-section/reciprocity-fee-for-us-citizens.html

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

We take safety very seriously on Flash Pack adventures, ​click here to learn more.

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