Welcome to Brazil!
Famous for its vibrant culture, filled with music, dance, art, and soccer, Brazil is a 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 its South American neighbors. Brazil is beautiful and diverse in its 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.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights
Start: Galeão International Airport (GIG) -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 12:00 pm on Day 1.
Finish: Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport (SSA) -- Salvador, Brazil
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 4:00 pm on Day 8.
Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.
Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Brazil
This trip is a mostly active trip with cultural activities mixed in to offer travelers a glimpse of everyday Brazilian life.
There will be a 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.
-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).
Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.
Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.
From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.
More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.
Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.
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.
Breakfasts will be served at your boutique hotel. Dinners will be enjoyed at both street vendor food stalls and modern restaurants.
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.
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.
It is easy to find familiar foods like pasta and steak as well as more exotic ingredients and dishes.
Sample Breakfast Menu:
Sample Dinner Menu:
We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.
You will be traveling by private and public ground transportation, and domestic flights throughout your trip.
You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.
Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.
Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).
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. Please ensure that all the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance. For World Nomads, the “Explorer Plan” will cover all of the included activities on U30X trips.
If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or 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.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.
All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.
The goal of the Trip Leader 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.
We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
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Guidelines for U.S. 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. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.
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.
The tap water in Brazil is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Brazil beautiful.
Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD 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. Required vaccines should go through CDC, recommended vaccines should be through your doctor.
More specific Health information for travelers to Brazil can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Mosquito born viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.
The official currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real (BRL).
Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.
We suggest bringing at least USD $300 in cash for the duration of the trip.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.
We recommend exchanging from USD to BRL at your local bank before arriving in Brazil to make sure you have some local currency in case you have issues with your card when you arrive.
You will have to exchange your money into Brazilian Reals (BRL) since vendors do not accept USD. ATM’s typically offer the best rate and exchange booths are available at airports.
Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.
For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE
Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.
Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
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 consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.
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.
Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $300 in cash.
The activities below will be paid in Brazilian Reals. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.
All of the activities below cost between USD $90-$100
Mountain Bike Rental/tour
Learn to make natural soap with local ingredients
While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.
Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.
Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.
It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.
Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.
Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.
Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!
Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.
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