Unspoilt Parati combines a pretty colonial centre with golden jungle-fringed beaches and fantastic snorkelling.

Southwest of Rio de Janeiro is the small town of Parati, virtually unchanged since its heyday as the main port on the Gold Route to Portugal. The former pirate hideout boasts a colonial centre adorned with cobbled streets, pretty houses, art galleries and craft shops, as well as restaurants serving freshly caught local fish. Traffic is forbidden here, so as to preserve the tranquil atmosphere, seemingly paused in time from centuries ago.

Tours explore the surrounding area by foot, boat and bicycle and there are some fantastic vistas on the Gold Trail over the mountains. You will also encounter isolated waterfalls and ancient ruins of Portuguese forts, resting on outcrops, both on the mainland and the islands. A wonderful boat trip can be made to explore the islands, landing on secluded beaches, or you can anchor in bays to snorkel or dive in the clear, warm waters.

Parati is comfortably reached by road from Rio and so makes a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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The Samba Tour - Holidays to Brazil

Brazil

Samba Tour

20 Nights from £4,538 €4,545 $4,899

Comprehensive tour exploring Brazil's colonial origins, rich cultural heritage and natural wonders and vibrant cities

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20 Nights from £4,538 €4,545 $4,899

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  1. Day 1 - Flight: London to Rio de Janeiro

    Day 2 - Tour of Rio de Janeiro

    Day 3 - At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

  2. Day 4 - Travel to Paraty

    Day 5 - At Leisure in Paraty

  3. Day 6 - Travel to Ouro Preto

    Day 7 - At Leisure in Ouro Preto

  4. Day 8 - Travel to Iguassu Falls

    Day 9 - Tour of Iguassu Falls ( Brazilian & Argentian Sides )

  5. Day 10 - City Tour of Manaus

    Day 11 - Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge

    Day 12 - Rainforest & Wildlife Excursion

    Day 13 - Visit Local Community

  6. Day 14 - Morning Excursion, Return to Manaus & Travel to Brasilia

  7. Day 15 - Walking Introduction to Salvador da Bahia

    Day 16 - City Tour of Salvador

    Day 17 - At Leisure in Salvador

  8. Day 18 - Travel to Praia do Forte

    Day 19 - At Leisure

    Day 20 - At Leisure

    Day 21 - Return Flight to UK

The Costa Verde Tour - Holidays to Brazil

Brazil

Costa Verde Tour

10 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159

Explore Rio de Janeiro in-depth tour then journey along the lush Green Coast to colonial Parati and its rainforest trails and tropical islands. Unwind in s…

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10 Nights from £2,430 €2,016 $2,159

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  1. Day 1 - Flight to Rio de Janeiro

    Day 2 - In-depth special Rio de Janeiro tour

    Day 3 - Rio at leisure or optional tours/excursions

    Day 4 - Rio at leisure or optional tours/excursions

  2. Day 5 - Transfer to Parati

    Day 6 - Parati at leisure or optional tours/excursions

    Day 7 - Parati at leisure or optional tours/excursions

  3. Day 8 - Transfer to Ilha Grande

    Day 9 - Ilha Grande at leisure or optional tours/excursions

    Day 10 - Ilha Grande at leisure or optional tours/excursions

    Day 11 - Transfer to airport for return flight

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  5. Day 11 - Fly to Iguassu

    Day 12 - Tour the Iguassu Falls

    Day 13 - Return flight to UK

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