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Brazil Trip Details

Introduction

Famous for its vibrant culture, filled with music, dance, art, and soccer, Brazil is one place on everyone's bucket list.  On this trip you’ll experience 2 distinctly different regions and cultures.

In Rio de Janeiro you’ll see the bustling city streets, Christ the Redeemer, beaches, and amazing city views

In the state of Bahia you'll see untouched nature including tropical waterfalls, plateaus, caves, and expansive river valleys.

Brazil is a mecca for travelers looking to experience a culture entirely different than that of it's South American neighbors. Brazil is beautiful and diverse in it's people, food, music and culture.

From Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Christ the Redeemer to the majestic Chapada Diamantina National Park this trip is quintessentially Brazil and the perfect balance of city and nature.

All signups must by made by April 1st, 2018

Duration:  8 days/7 nights

Start: Galeão Airport (GIG), Rio de Janeiro, RJ
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive Day 1 by 12:00 PM 

Finish: Magalhães International Airport (SSA) Salvador, BA
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart Day 8 after 4:00 PM

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

What's Included

-8 days / 7 nights in double accommodations
-7 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch, 7 dinners
-Transportation/Entrance to Christ the Redeemer
-Transportation/Entrance to Botanical Gardens
-Santa Teresa Tour - Selaron Steps/Parque das Ruinas/Historic street car ride
-Domestic flight to Salvador
-Tour of the Cultural Market and Pelourinho
-Ground transportation from Salvador - Lençois
-Guided city tour of Lençois
-Authentic cultural experience
-Transport, entrance fees, guides to Lapa Doce cave
-Transport, entrance fees, guides to Pratinha natural springs
-Transport, entrance fees, guides to Pai Inacio Mountain Vista
-Meet and greet with diamond miners, local business owners

Attendees are responsible for their own airfare

Highlights

-Exotic Brazilian fruits
-Caipirinhas - Brazil’s national drink
-Visit to world renowned Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
-Stay in Bohemian “Santa Teresa” neighborhood
-Christ the Redeemer Statue
-Botanical Gardens
-Rio Street Party
-Pelhourinho historical center
-Cultural Market shopping
-Pai Inacio Mountain
-Lapa Doce Cave
-Devils Pool Waterfall
-Pratinha Natural Springs
-Rebeirao do Meio natural waterslide

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement:  21+
-Group Size:  12-14 travelers
-Physical Rating: 2 - Moderate; While in Rio and Salvador we’ll mostly be walking around the city. Both Rio and Salvador are very hilly cities so walking can be strenuous at times. While in Chapada Diamantina National Park there are several hikes that last anywhere from ½ hour to 2.5 hours. Almost all hikes have swimming holes along the way and we’ll be making frequent stops at rivers and waterfalls to cool off. You’ll complete shorter hikes through large caves (Lapa Doce) and up to the top of a table top mountain (Pai Inacio).  
-Style:  Largely active trip with cultural activities mixed in to offer travelers a glimpse of everyday Brazilian life.
-Brazil has a tropical, hot climate.  Daytime temperatures can be hot (upper 80’s to lower 90’s fahrenheit).  This trip involves of lot of movement throughout the day and you will definitely work up a sweat. We make frequent stops to swim and cool off in the refreshing rivers and waterfalls all around us.
-Brazilian food is delicious combination of European, South American, and African cuisines. Typically it is not spicy but there is always a bottle of hot pepper sauce on every table. We will be indulging in a variety of local dishes on this trip. Our meals will be eaten at both street vendor food stalls and modern restaurants. It is easy to find both familiar foods like pasta and steak as well as more exotic ingredients and dishes. 

Community

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Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to our travel community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. 

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Sample Breakfast Menu (served at hotels):

  • Mixture of savory and sweet items. Eggs, baked goods and fresh fruit are almost always an option

Lunch options are typically buffet - pay by weight

For group dinners, we will eat at both restaurants where you can order off of a menu and at restaurants with a pre-set group menu or buffet

Food vendors will range from modern restaurants to local style food stalls

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions

Transport

Public taxis from Galeo airport to accommodation in Rio de Janeiro

Private minivan service for most activities in Rio

Public transit system including subway trolley car and VW van cab service in Rio

Domestic airline service from Rio to Salvador

Private minivan service from Salvador to Lençois

Private minivan service to activities in Lençois

Private minivan service from Lençois to Salvador

Accommodation

Boutique hotel rooms for duration of trip

Single travelers are paired with someone of the same sex

*Private room options available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge)
Laundry available at most hotels (inquire with front desk)
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Passport & Visas

Passports and Visas (Guidelines for US passport holders)

  • If you are a US Citizen you will need a tourist visa to travel to Brazil.  We will provide detailed instructions on how to apply for your visa once you register for the trip.  If you’d like to take a look at this ahead of time you can use this map to see which Brazilian consulate has jurisdiction over your application.
  • Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip. Please consult the US embassy for more information.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.
  • If you have a passport different than USA please check visa requirements to enter Brazil.

Health & Insurance

  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • No inoculations are required to enter Brazil from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.
  • Mosquito born viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Money & Currency

  • Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.
  • Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you will be traveling overseas.
  • Bring cash with you!  It will be helpful to have at least the equivalent of $300 USD cash on you during the trip for lunches, snacks, optional activities, souvenirs, etc.
  • You will have to exchange your money into Brazilian Reais (BRL). Vendors do not accept USD. ATM’s offer the best rate and exchange booths are available at airports. It is good to call your bank and order Reais before your trip so that you have some money for food/water upon arrival
  • For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the accommodations. A photo of these items on your phone is a good backup.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended and be aware of purses/backpacks, especially in crowded markets as pick-pocketing/bag snatching does occur.
  • US Citizens please register with the State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

Brazil has a tropical, hot climate. Please advise that daytime temperatures can be hot (upper 80’s to lower 90’s Fahrenheit).  

This trip involves of lot of movement throughout the day and you will sweat.

Key Phrases

  • ‍Hello-- olá
  • How are you?-- como vai?
  • Thank you-- obrigado (masculine) obrigada (feminine)
  • Please-- por favor
  • How much does it cost? quanto custo
  • Yes-- sim
  • No-- não
  • Goodbye-- tchau (pronounced “ciao”)

Optional Activities

Rock Climbing

Cave Rapelling

Spelunking

Horseback riding

Mountain Bike Rental/tour

Learn to make natural soap with local ingredients

Photography class

Capoeira class

All activities are between $90-100 USD

General Rules

Illegal drugs or any illegal activity will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or any other illegal activity like prostitution.

Staying longer or arriving early?

-Check out these accommodations in Rio: Casa Cool Beans

-Check out these accommodations in Lençois: Por do Sol B&B, Por do Sol Hostel

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2018 Dates

May 24 - May 31, 2018 - Sold Out!
June 8-15, 2018