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Just short flight from Sao Paulo lands you in Florianopolis, an island off Brazil's southern coast known for its idyllic white-sand beaches, international surfing competitions, and lively nightlife.  Our Brazil Multi Sport trip is the perfect way to travel to Brazil and experience the leisure and adventure of this island paradise.  To make the most of your time here, an English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel each day to accompany you to all destinations. With a different activity planned each day, in just a week you'll experience much of what makes Florianopolis a magnet for sun worshippers and adventure travelers on Brazil tours.  You'll go sand boarding in the dunes, whitewater rafting in the mountains, hike lakeshores, snorkel in an area of fascinating wildlife, and ride horses in the countryside. Late afternoons will be free to enjoy the nightlife or the leisurely beach town atmosphere with delectable seafood cuisine.  The island's geography makes it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts on Brazil tours who enjoy a variety of different recreational pastimes.  

Itinerary
Day 1 ARRIVE FLORIANOPOLIS

On your arrival at the airport of Florianopolis, the island's colonial gateway city, a driver will pick you up and get you to your hotel, just a five-minute walk to beautiful Campeche Beach.  The remainder of the day is yours to get settled in your comfortable suite and relax after a long day’s travel. If you are up for it, head out for your first night on the town! 

Day 2 HIKE COSTA DA LAGOA

After breakfast, your Brazil travel starts off with meeting your guide in your hotel. Set out for the start of today's leisurely four and a half mile hike to the fishing village of Costa da Lagoa along the shore of the Lagoa da Conceição, the island's centrepiece. This undemanding hike travels on mostly flat terrain, affording views of the crystalline water through Atlantic forest. Along the lake, travel through diverse villages for a taste of local island life, along the way stopping at a historical flourmill. At the end of the trail, enjoy a delectable lunch lakeside at a traditional seafood restaurant on the pier. Later in the afternoon you'll return to Canto dos Araçás by public ferry to reach your hotel for a free evening and overnight at the charming Vila Tamarindo Eco Lodge. (B)

Day 3 WHITEWATER RAFTING CUBATAO RIVER

This morning meet your guide for the fifty mile drive to the mountain town of Sto. Amaro da Imperatriz near Tabuleiro State Park. The Park’s gorgeous rivers, waterfalls, and hills are a perfect setting for rafting the Cubatao River of Level II and III rapids. Before launch, have a safety briefing with your guide. After an exciting ride, return to Vila Tamarindo and spend a relaxing night at your hotel or exploring the city. (B)

Day 4 PARAGLIDING & SANDBOARDING

After breakfast, you and your guide will head to the nearby dunes to add another day of adventure to your Brazil tours.  The Santa Catarina dunes are an idyllic spot for sand boarding, a popular pastime here. After ample time to surf the sand, you will transfer to meet your paragliding guide. Strap on a tandem Paraglider for the ride and views of your life!  Depending on wind conditions, enjoy a 20-30 minute flight with a birds eye view of Florianopolis and the beautiful surrounding beaches. Land just in time for a late lunch and celebrate your flight with a cold cerveza with your guides. Overnight in your eco-lodge accommodations. (B)

Day 5 HORSEBACK RIDING

After a leisurely morning, travel to the northeast coast of Floripa with your guide to explore the road less traveled by horseback. Travel along varied terrain, suitable for riders of all riding abilities and backgrounds. Spend the night at your hotel. (B)

Day 6 HIKE LAGOINHA DO LESTE

After breakfast, you will drive down the coast to the start of today's guided hike: the fishing village of Pântano do Sul, where fishermen outnumber tourists.  The two-hour hike takes you through native Atlantic forests into the mountains to reach Lagoinha do Leste, considered the most beautiful area of the island because of its idyllic beach and freshwater lake. You'll relax on the beach before embarking on the return hike. Return to your comfortable accommodations at Vila Tamarindo. (B)

Day 7 CAMPECHE ISLAND SNORKELING

Travel by boat to spectacular Campeche Island, a tiny landmass off the east coast of Santa Catarina and the best place to snorkel.  It is an area populated by sea turtles; and from June to November, visitors may spot a Southern Right Whale or migrating Magellenic Penguins on their own Brazil tours from their more southerly waters. Spend the afternoon in the water or basking in the sun before traveling back to the mainland. Enjoy one last peaceful night at your hotel. (B)

Day 8 FLORIPA - HOME

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)

Note:
Changes in weather or road conditions and other safety factors may necessitate modifications to the itinerary.

Weather

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.
 

RIO DE JANEIRO

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN75-824.7
FEB75-824.7
MAR73-825.1
APR72-814.3
MAY68-773.1
JUN50-752.0
JUL63-751.6
AUG64-751.8
SEP64-772.6
OCT68-773.1
NOV68-793.9
DEC72-825.5

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**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.
 

MANAUS

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN75-889.8
FEB75-889.1
MAR73-8810
APR75-888.7
MAY75-886.7
JUN75-903.3
JUL75-902.4
AUG75-911.6
SEP75-911.8
OCT75-914.1
NOV75-915.6
DEC75-907.9

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**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.
 

PANTANAL

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN63-8812
FEB63-909.8
MAR63-9010
APR63-914.6
MAY63-910.4
JUN55-900.3
JUL55-900.0
AUG59-930.3
SEP63-932.4
OCT63-935.3
NOV63-909.4
DEC63-909.4

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**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.
 

SALVADOR

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN77-862.2
FEB77-863.1
MAR75-866.3
APR75-848.7
MAY73-829.8
JUN73-8211
JUL72-829.8
AUG72-815.9
SEP73-822.6
OCT75-841.0
NOV75-841.0
DEC77-841.2

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**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.
 

IGUAZU

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN68-883.5
FEB68-883.1
MAR64-843.9
APR59-794.1
MAY54-824.5
JUN48-665.1
JUL48-664.5
AUG50-705.1
SEP54-705.1
OCT57-733.4
NOV59-813.1
DEC64-843.5

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**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.

 

FLORIANOPOLIS

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN70-806.8
FEB69-817.4
MAR69-817.1
APR64-773.7
MAY58-723.7
JUN56-692.9
JUL56-673.5
AUG53-703.3
SEP55-694.9
OCT61-724.9
NOV64-765.1
DEC67-795.7

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches
**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.

Maps

Brazil Surf & Yoga Tour

Pricing
Per Person
$1,800
*Please note – Prices will increase if traveling during Brazilian holidays*




Included in tour cost
  • Snorkeling gear
  • 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 Surf & Yoga 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.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Thursday, June 1, 2017
Available
Saturday, November 18, 2017 to Sunday, November 26, 2017
Available
Saturday, December 23, 2017 to Saturday, December 30, 2017
Available
Saturday, January 6, 2018 to Saturday, January 13, 2018
Available
Saturday, February 24, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018
Available
Saturday, March 24, 2018 to Saturday, March 31, 2018
Available
Saturday, April 7, 2018 to Saturday, April 14, 2018
Available
Saturday, May 5, 2018 to Saturday, May 12, 2018
Available
Saturday, November 24, 2018 to Saturday, December 1, 2018
Available
Saturday, December 15, 2018 to Saturday, December 22, 2018
Available
Florianopolis
Hotel upgrades are available, please contact us to discuss your options.
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"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.