*Please note – Prices will increase if traveling during Brazilian holidays*

The city of Florianopolis (referred to as Floripa by islanders) is the gateway to Santa Catarina, island paradise off the southern Brazilian coast and a highlight location for any travel to Brazil. Blessed with subtropical forests, surf rivaling the Hawaiian Islands, a laid-back island vibe and Rio-style nightlife, Santa Catarina is a popular destination for tourists from other parts of South America. The geography and attractions of Santa Catarina trip allow visitors to experience the destination as an international playground or peaceful oasis.
In this adventurous Brazil tour, enjoy a combination of hiking and white water rafting with plenty of time to enjoy the white-sand beaches in your pick of calm warm waters or big surf. The itinerary includes three excursions in the company of an English-speaking guide: an exciting (yet safe) whitewater rafting trip and two very different hikes. One hike is undemanding, along the scenic lakeshore depicted in Santa Catarina postcards, and the other challenging, ascending into the mountains with panoramic views on the way to the beach considered the island's most beautiful. Each evening a nightlife guide is included to help you find the best restaurants, clubs and/or music. Of course you will always be guided to the best spots with your name on the VIP lists.
A little over two hours from Buenos Aires and only an hour and a half from Rio by air, this Brazil tour in Santa Catarina is closer than one might expect. Travel to Brazil and enjoy one the hottest locations in all of South America!



Upon arrival into Floripa's airport, our driver will pick you up and get you to your hotel on the east side of the island. You'll have the rest of the day and evening free to enjoy the beach and get acquainted with your exotic surroundings. From your hotel, it is a five-minute walk to beautiful Campeche Beach. Overnight at the charming Vila Tamarindo Eco Lodge.


After breakfast at the hotel, your Brazil travel begins as you and your guide drive to the south end of Lagoa da Conceição, a large lagoon that is the island's hub, to its namesake town. From there, start today's one and a half mile hike to Costa da Lagoa along the picturesque and mostly flat lakeshore, seeing Atlantic forest mirrored in its waters. Pass through diverse villages for a taste of island life and stop at the best-preserved flourmill on the island to explore the historical roots of the area. At trail's end, you're in for one last treat: a tasty lunch on the pier at a typical lakefront seafood restaurant before returning to Canto dos Araçás. Enjoy a relaxing night at Vila Tamarindo or meet your nightlife guide for the evening. (B)


Enjoy a free day at the beach—an ideal part of any travel to Brazil. With forty-two beaches to choose from, you'll undoubtedly find one that suits you perfectly. Head north and you'll find calm waters and new friends; to the south, big waves and solitude. Spend another comfortable night at your hotel. (B)


After breakfast, you will drive with your guide twenty-five miles south of Floripa into the mountains to reach Sto. Amaro da Imperatriz near Tabuleiro State Park. It is a picturesque area of hills, pristine rivers and many waterfalls that make a scenic backdrop for today's Level II and III white water rafting trip along the Cubatão River. A safety briefing precedes the launch. This rafting excursion offers a lot of excitement within a beautiful surrounding. Another night at the Vila Tamarindo. (B)


Spend a final free day at the beach or wherever else you desire. Trails are well marked along many of the island's beaches. For today's self-guided Brazil tours, you may wish to try an adventure sport such as surfing, kayaking, windsurfing or sand boarding or take in some of the area's history, the colonial areas of Floripa or the petroglyphs of Campeche Island, easily accessible by boat. Meet with your guide for the evening to experience the true Floripa nightlife. Spend another comfortable night at the Vila Tamarindo. (B)


After breakfast, your English-speaking guide will meet you at your hotel for the drive to Pântano do Sul, a fishing village down the coast where you'll likely find more fishermen than tourists. From there, your Brazil travel continues with a hike into the mountains for about two hours through native Atlantic forests before descending to Lagoinha do Leste, an isolated beach with a small lake. You'll relax there before embarking on the return hike to Pântano do Sul where you may wish to sample some of the island's best seafood before returning to your hotel at the conclusion of today's Brazil tours. Spend your last night relaxing at your hotel or head out on the town with your guide. (B)


Today a driver will transfer you from your hotel to the airport to fly home or to continue your adventures on Brazil tours elsewhere. (B)


When to Visit
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Visitors may find one of several distinct climates in Brazil, depending on where they travel. Along Brazil’s northeastern coast, temperatures are mild year-round, rarely dipping below 75F. The summer rains, usually lasting three to four months, arrive as early as April here, consisting mostly of quick showers. Rio de Janeiro is pleasant year-round with slightly cooler winters than summers. Rio’s rainy season begins as late as October though rains can occur anytime of the year. Further down the coast, temperatures are more variable. Visitors will experience the most temperature variation between seasons in the south, with hot humid summers December to March and cooler temperatures in the evenings and during winter from June to August. In the country’s interior, the hottest, wettest weather occurs from December to March.

So vast is the Amazon Rainforest that its climate varies by sub-region. The north is rainy most of the time with a little less rain from June to December. In Amazon areas further south, especially around the largest population centers where there are fewer trees, temperatures are more variable with distinctly drier months between August and October.


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**The summer high season in Rio is December to March. Off-season (May-October) is also a good option since Rio’s winter temperatures stay around the 70sº F/20sº C, dipping occasionally below 60ºF/15ºC. Rainy days are unpredictable andcan happen even in the high season.


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**For the central Amazon region (Manaus) the average daytime temperature in the rainy season is in the mid-80º F (30º C), with a fall of 10 to 20º F (7 to 12º C) at night. In the dry season the average temperatures are 5º F (2-3º C) higher. Although recipitation varies significantly within the Amazon due to various factors (e.g. altitude) it is usual to consider two distinct periods: the rainy season, and the dry season. In the central zone (Manaus) the rainy season begins in December and lasts until mid-May.


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**The rainy season lasts from December to March. The intermediary seasons are April-June and October-November. During the rainy season rain storms can be intense, the temperature is high and the Pantanal is subject to flooding. This isn’t the best period to visit Pantanal, particularly January and February. It’s much better to visit the Pantanal in the dry and intermediary seasons.


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**Salvador, Fortaleza, Recife and nearby resorts (Praia do Forte, Porto Galinhas, Natal, etc.) have agreeable temperatures all year round, rarely dipping below 25ºC (77ºF) and there are very few days hotter than 32 or 33ºC (90ºF). Winter temperatures are just 3-4ºC degrees below the summer averages. In Salvador and Recife the rainy season begins around the beginning of April and lasts three months. At Fortaleza the rain begins a little later. Rain showers usually don’t last enough to spoil your visit to these year-round beach resorts.


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**March-November could be considered the best time to visit Iguazu Falls but there really isn’t a 'best time'. The high season is in January and February, when most Brazilians and Argentineans are on vacation. It’s a good period to visit Iguazu Falls. But there are downsides, the humidity and the heat are also at their peaks and this is also a crowded period which you might prefer to avoid. If you want to avoid busy periods then avoid Easter time also. May and July are rainy months, though the rain is rarely a problem and the volume of the falls is at its highest.



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**The coastal city of Florianópolis enjoys a semi-tropical climate, without extreme variations in climate so any time of year is a good time to visit. It just depends upon your preferences. Winters are mild and summers hot with an average of 80% humidity. Rains should be expected from September through March. Mid-winter (June to August) is drier than summer, but anticipate cooler temperatures then as well. That said, even the coldest temperatures brought in by southerly wind will rarely drop below 50 Fahrenheit. The windiest days are most likely during the spring months of September and October for those interested in trying their hand at kiteboarding. The busiest time on the Island is in the summer months from December through mid-March, so those looking for a more peaceful trip should travel during the winter months.


Brazil Adventure Tour

Per Person
Included in tour cost
  • Nightlife guide
  • Private transportation
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Hiking boots and other necessary sports gear
  • Visa fee

Brazil Adventure Tour

Trip Dates
Can’t find a date that works for you in the list below? Southern Explorations can arrange a private departure on any date that works with your schedule. Custom tours are also available. Contact us for details.
Friday, May 26, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017 to Friday, November 24, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017 to Saturday, December 23, 2017
Monday, January 1, 2018 to Sunday, January 7, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018 to Friday, February 2, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018 to Friday, March 16, 2018
Saturday, April 7, 2018 to Friday, April 13, 2018
Saturday, May 5, 2018 to Friday, May 11, 2018

Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.

  • World’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago
    Amazon River and Rio Negro
    Lago Janauari Ecological Park
    Pink and Grey River Dolphins and other Jungle Wildlife
  • Home of the samba, the jet-set capital of Brazil is a smorgasbord of experiences for first time visitors and veteran travelers alike. . . spend a few days here on your way to or from your South America tour

"I have already recommended Southern Explorations to my friends. The phone calls at the hotel from you guys were very much appreciated. Checking up on me and making sure everything was good was very comforting in a foreign place. I trust Southern Explorations and will use them again. Thank you for a trip of a lifetime. My only complaint was that it was not long enough but I'm thankful for experiencing a little bit of So. America." - Debra Giancola, USA (Rio de Janeiro & Iguazu)

Southern Explorations has arranged 3 very successful trips for us. We appreciate all the help with details and suggestions. We loved the Pantanal. The Cordilhiera Lodge was wonderful. Beautiful views. Guides and other personal at the lodge were very friendly and knowledgable. The activities during the day were great, saw many animals and birds. 
- Leslie Williams, USA (Custom Amazon & Pantanal Tour)


Brazil - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: We offer both active and cultural tours that visit the incomparable Rio de Janeiro, the Amazon, massive waterfalls, the epicenter of Afro-Brazilian culture, and seemingly endless beaches. These itineraries vary in length and level of accommodation. Our Adventure Travel Coordinators would be happy to chat with you to help you find the itinerary that best meets your needs and interests.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Yes! We are happy to put together a custom Brazil tour for you if our current itineraries are not quite what you are looking for. We can also add extensions onto any of our existing tours.
Q: When is the best time to go to Brazil?
A: Brazil is a year-round destination. High season runs from December through April, which is also generally the warmest time of year.
Q: What is the weather like?
A: You will find several distinct climates in Brazil, depending on where you travel. Along Brazil’s northeastern coast, temperatures are mild year-round, rarely dipping below 75F. The summer rains, usually lasting three to four months, arrive as early as April, consisting mostly of quick showers. Rio de Janeiro is pleasant year-round, with slightly cooler winters than summers. Rio’s rainy season begins as late as October, though rains can occur anytime of the year. You will experience the most temperature variation between seasons in the south, with hot humid summers from December to March and cooler temperatures during winter, which runs from June to August. In the country’s interior, such as the Pantanal and Bonito, the hottest, wettest weather occurs from December to March.
Q: What is a typical day like on a Brazil tour?
A: A typical day in Brazil will vary from tour to tour, but you can generally expect to start your excursions right after breakfast, with a full day of scheduled activities or sightseeing. A lunch break is included and you’ll retire to your accommodations in the late afternoon, with evenings free.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Brazil?
A: Our Brazil trips vary in level of activity, so the requirements differ based on itinerary. Please check our physical ratings for each itinerary to see what may be required of you when assessing your ability to enjoy a trip. If you have any specific questions, please contact your Adventure Travel Coordinator. We have personal experience with these activities and can help you decide whether a trip is right for you.
Q: How much time do we need to visit Brazil?
A: Most of our Brazil trips are between one and two weeks, depending on how much of the country you would like to see.
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: For the best guide availability and selection in hotels, we recommend booking three to six months in advance. December through April are especially popular times for Brazil travel, so more advance planning is ideal. For the Christmas holiday season, Carnival and the week prior to Easter, we recommend booking a year in advance.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: Click here to see our booking and cancellation policies.
Q: Do you use certified guides?
A: Our guides have been carefully selected for their knowledge, professionalism, experience and ability to effectively manage groups with finesse. We only hire guides who are native to the destination and licensed or certified in accordance with the government regulations of their country. All are fluent in Spanish and English. Most have advanced degrees in tourism, biology, native culture or other related field. All guides are experienced in the outdoors and trained in basic first aid.
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: In major cities we offer a variety of hotels including boutique properties and larger business-style hotels. Throughout the rest of the country we work with a combination of pousadas, small traditional hotels, and remote lodges. The majority of the properties are family-run or locally owned. All of our accommodations are clean and comfortable, with private bathrooms and hot water. We offer basic or luxury options in many locations, depending on taste and budget.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: Travelers are responsible for their own international airfare. Internal flights are quoted separately from our base trip costs. We will include any necessary internal flight pricing in your quote.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A: Eight travelers is the maximum for our Brazil trips, but the majority of our departures are private.
Q: Do I need a visa to enter Brazil?
A: Yes, Brazil requires tourist visas for travelers from most nations. Please contact your nearest Brazilian consulate for more information or a third-party visa specialist such as VisaHQ.
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking you will receive a link to our online trip portal, which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary. This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.