Get off Brazil’s well-worn (yet beautiful) path with this 14-day tour that begins in Rio and heads north. Spend two nights in the northern Amazon, slide your way down the sand dunes at Jericoacoara, and then finish off your adventure exploring the coastal city of Salvador. With both remote-beach time and big-city party time built in, this trip’s the perfect way to see north Brazil.
Amazon Jungle stay (3-day). Beach time in Jericoacoara. Guided exploration of Chapada Diamantina NP. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Find a lookout over beautiful Rio, spot wildlife in the northern Amazon Jungle, relax on the beach in Jericoacoara, explore the waterfalls and caves in Chapada Diamantina NP
Group Leader Description
All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, avg 12
Plane, local bus
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Hotels (4 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), guesthouse (6 nts).
My Own Room Exceptions
Nights 2-3: Jungle lodge. Nights 10-12 Chapada Diamantina National Park
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.
Galeao International Airport is a 30 to 45 minute drive from our joining hotel. There are many private taxi companies with booths inside the building where you can pay a set rate for a taxi to Copacabana (approximately $50 USD), thus avoiding the confusion outside the airport. There is a money exchange in the Banco do Brazil on the 3rd floor of the international Arrivals area, which is open 24 hours.
There is also an airport shuttle service, known as ‘Real’ (approximate fare $9USD) which will drop you off at the place of your choice along the route (choose the one that goes to Copacabana beach). The closest point to our start hotel is at the corner of Ave. Atlantica and Rua Santa Clara, which is just steps away from the section of the beach known as Posto 4. Once there, you can flag down one of the many official yellow taxis in the street to get the rest of the way to the hotel (approximately $5 USD).
Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities are planned. Your CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local contact in Buenos Aires. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
G Adventures Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day time phone from Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm
Tel: Int. Dialing Code: + 54 11 2150 2581
From within Argentina: (011) 2150 2581
After hours Emergency number
From outside Argentina: +54 9 11 3425 0380
From within Argentina, but outside of Buenos Aires: 011 15 3425 0380
G Adventures Local Representative (Rio)
From Outside of Brazil: (0054) 9 11 3 425 0380
If using Brazilian SIM card purchased outside or Rio: 031 9 11 3 425 0380
If using Brazilian SIM card purchased in Rio: 9 11 3 425 0380
If you are unable for any reason to contact our local contact in Buenos Aires, we have a toll-free line for North America, which will connect you directly with our Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of our Operations department at the mobile number below:
Toll-free, North America only: 1 800 465 5600.
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Outside North America, Australia and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
What to Take
Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, however this is not always the case, and you may need warm clothes depending on the time of year you travel. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.
-Cash, credit and debit cards
-Vouchers and pre-departure information
-Required visas or vaccination certificates
-Hiking pants/track pants
-Small towel and swim wear
-Sturdy walking shoes
-Watch and alarm clock
-Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen)
-Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
-Waterproof backpack cover
-Reusable water bottle
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
Americans, Canadians, Australians and some other nationalities need a tourist visa in order to enter Brazil. Please contact your local Brazilian Embassy to find out if you need to apply for one and for further details. If you are required to have a visa you will need to get one before entering Brazil, otherwise you will be refused entry. Processing fees and time frames depend on each country, but can take 2 weeks or longer, so we advise you to apply for it as early as possible.
US citizens: 160 USD
Australian Citizens: 35 USD
Canadian Citizens: 65 USD
Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank.
You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money, a combination of US dollar cash and cards is best. Please bear in mind that cost of living in the southern cone countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) is much higher than the rest of South America, and more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.
We do not recommend bringing travellers cheques as they are very difficult to change in country.
CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.
Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.
Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Safety and Security
A Couple of Rules
Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation
Travel Forum - The Watering Hole
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, expert jungle guide in Amazon
Allow USD625-815 for meals not included.
13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
PRODUCT_LINE: SZNB, ID: 23649
Day 1: Rio de Janeiro
Arrive at any time.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2: Rio de Janeiro/Manaus (1B)
Depart in the morning and fly north to the Amazon river and stay in a jungle lodge.
Day 3: Manaus (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy time in the Amazon Jungle exploring the lush surroundings and learning about the wildlife.
Day 4: Manaus/Fortaleza (1B)
Take in the sights and sounds of the Amazon while travelling along the river back to Manaus before flying to Fortaleza.
Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 5: Fortaleza/Jericoacoara (1B)
Today is a long travel day to get to the calm teal waters of “Jeri”.
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 6: Jericoacoara (1B)
Spend the day exploring the area by 4×4 or choose to just relax in the floating hammocks in the crystal clear water.
Day 7: Jericoacoara (1B)
Spend another day in paradise.
Day 8: Jericoacoara (1B)
Enjoy the last day in Jeri before boarding a night bus back to Fortaleza.
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 9: Fortaleza/Salvador (1B)
Transfer straight to the airport and catch a morning flight to Salvador. Spend the day in this northern city to explore. Walk around the old city or opt to see a Capoeira show.
Day 10: Days 10-11 Salvador/Chapada Diamantina National Park
Head away from the coast for some hiking, mountains and breath taking landscapes. Catch a bus to Chapada Diamantina NP and look forward to a few active days.
Local bus (7.00 hour(s))
Day 11: Chapada Diamantina National Park (1B)
Chapada Diamantina NP is a hidden gem in Brazil with flat top mountains, beautiful waterfalls and majestic caves to discover. Hike around the park and explore the caves that are filled with crystal clear water, visit the highest waterfall in Brazil and test your fear of heights at impressive lookout points.
Day 12: Day 13 Chapada Diamantina National Park/Salvador (1B)
Enjoy a scenic ride through the countryside on the way back to Salvador.
Local bus (6.00 hour(s))
Day 13: Day 14 Salvador (1B)
Depart at any time.