BOUNDLESS BRAZIL DRIVE 2023

Trip Overview

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Brazil will unfold itself to you in many ways, one place at a time. First, a charming revelation, then a fulfilling destination, and lastly a memorable experience of a lifetime. Imagine touring the beautiful landscapes via road, cruise, and flight of this fifth-largest country in the world that occupies almost half of South American! Be enthralled as you visit Brazil’s cosmopolitan cities, glamorous beaches, and tropical rain forests. Shop till you drop in its marvellous shopping avenues and get high on Brazil’s heady nightlife. Experience magic every moment on its tropical beaches and exquisite waterfalls. Get up close and personal with Brazil’s wildlife in the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity – The Amazon Rainforest – that is crisscrossed by thousands of rivers. And believe us when we say that this is just the tip of the iceberg! Brazil is an extensive terrain and planning a road trip in this enormous country can be daunting. That’s why we’re here with a 15-day Brazil self drive itinerary covering the best-in-class experiences Brazil has to offer.

About the trip

Duration

14 Nights / 15 Days

Trip style

Landscapes

Activities

Upcoming Dates

Itinerary

DAY 1

Rio de Janeiro

Idyllic coasts and lush, sprawling mountains, samba-powered nightlife and great football matches: Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City)! Start your Brazilian adventure in the huge seaside city of Rio, famed for its Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, 38m Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, and Sugarloaf Mountain, a granite peak with cable cars to its summit. No other city in the world gives you the opportunity to bask in the marvelous charm of sprawling favelas. A rare amalgamation of the beauty of sea and mountain placed side by side in perfect harmony, Rio will leave you wanting for more and in a pleasant state of mind. Settle in your hotel, get over the jet lag and get ready to start exploring Brazil!

DAY 2

Full day tour Corcovado and Sugar Loa

After a hearty breakfast, get ready to explore Rio in a 4x4 Jeep covering two of the biggest landmarks. First up is Corcovado. Imagine looking at Christ taking the form of man right in front of your eyes! That’s what happens at this peak. This statue appears as just a cross in the sky from afar. But close up, the statue's size just overwhelms the human form. Its duality of proportion will be an intriguing and humbling experience to your human soul. Then, after a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, climb your way up to Sugar Loaf through the famous cable cars, where the most impressive views of Rio are awaiting you. Perfect spot to capture the charm of Rio's natural beauty in your camera.

DAY 3

Rio de Janeiro

We will take the early morning flight to Fortaleza, one of the warmest and most popular tourist destinations in the country, it’s a place with something for everybody. Its’ palm-tree-flanked shoreline gives you a sense of ultimate calm. Its’ cosmopolitan theaters and lively nightlife will satisfy the wild side in you. Its’ serene beaches bring out the zen in you. Fortaleza’s shops will satisfy the shopaholic in you. And its lip-smacking food like freshly caught shrimp cooked and drizzled with garlic oil will please your palate. Besides, Fortaleza is famous for its handicrafts, particularly its embroidered white lace textiles. This makes it one of the best places to pick up locally made gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones. One such place is at the Fortaleza Central Market or Mercado Central de Fortaleza. You can also choose to go on a city tour, visiting popular places like Beira Mar Avenue, Mucuripe Port (Mueuri), and Futuro Beach.

DAY 4

Rio de Janeiro - Fortaleza

We will take the early morning flight to Fortaleza, one of the warmest and most popular tourist destinations in the country, it’s a place with something for everybody. Its’ palm-tree-flanked shoreline gives you a sense of ultimate calm. Its’ cosmopolitan theaters and lively nightlife will satisfy the wild side in you. Its’ serene beaches bring out the zen in you. Fortaleza’s shops will satisfy the shopaholic in you. And its lip-smacking food like freshly caught shrimp cooked and drizzled with garlic oil will please your palate. Besides, Fortaleza is famous for its handicrafts, particularly its embroidered white lace textiles. This makes it one of the best places to pick up locally made gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones. One such place is at the Fortaleza Central Market or Mercado Central de Fortaleza. You can also choose to go on a city tour, visiting popular places like Beira Mar Avenue, Mucuripe Port (Mueuri), and Futuro Beach.

DAY 5

Fortaleza / Canoa Quebrada

It’s time to start our self-drive expedition to the long-awaited Canoa Quebrada! Known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, Brazil, it is an international tourist beach resort 164 km from Fortaleza. Experience going back in time in this small fishing village, among dunes and cliffs, that has scintillating views. We start our drive on the paved road to Praia do Iguape, continue along the beaches of Aguas Belas, Barra Nova, and Morro Branco. We will head towards more exotic beaches like Praia das Fontes, Lagoa do Uruau, Sucatinha, Canto Verde, Parajuru, taking the asphalt to Canoa Quebrada. The constant fresh breeze with temperatures between 30' degrees and 32' degrees sets the tone for a relaxed atmosphere ahead. Enjoy the drive and the soak in the sun kissed warmth of Brazil on the open road!

DAY 6

Fortaleza / Canoa Quebrada

It’s time to start our self-drive expedition to the long-awaited Canoa Quebrada! Known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, Brazil, it is an international tourist beach resort 164 km from Fortaleza. Experience going back in time in this small fishing village, among dunes and cliffs, that has scintillating views. We start our drive on the paved road to Praia do Iguape, continue along the beaches of Aguas Belas, Barra Nova, and Morro Branco. We will head towards more exotic beaches like Praia das Fontes, Lagoa do Uruau, Sucatinha, Canto Verde, Parajuru, taking the asphalt to Canoa Quebrada. The constant fresh breeze with temperatures between 30' degrees and 32' degrees sets the tone for a relaxed atmosphere ahead. Enjoy the drive and the soak in the sun kissed warmth of Brazil on the open road!

DAY 7

It’s time to start our self-drive expedition to the long-awaited Canoa Quebrada! Known as the pearl of the east coast of Ceará, Brazil, it is an international tourist beach resort 164 km from Fortaleza. Experience going back in time in this small fishing village, among dunes and cliffs, that has scintillating views. We start our drive on the paved road to Praia do Iguape, continue along the beaches of Aguas Belas, Barra Nova, and Morro Branco. We will head towards more exotic beaches like Praia das Fontes, Lagoa do Uruau, Sucatinha, Canto Verde, Parajuru, taking the asphalt to Canoa Quebrada. The constant fresh breeze with temperatures between 30' degrees and 32' degrees sets the tone for a relaxed atmosphere ahead. Enjoy the drive and the soak in the sun kissed warmth of Brazil on the open road!

Today is the day to start your trip that goes back in time thousands of years ago, literally! We will go to Pedra Furada which contains hearths and stone artifacts as old as 48,000 years. We are talking about even 35,000 years earlier than the commonly accepted dates for the first human settlement of the Americas! We will continue driving along the beachfront to Preá Beach, where we will follow through exhilarating trails to visit "Lagoa" Azul and Paraíso. After rejuvenating in the lagoons, we will go to Komaki restaurant at the edge of Barrinha beach to have lunch. After lunch and rest, we will continue exploring the dunes' region of Barrinha and of the National Park, where we will end the day in the company of a beautiful sunset on the famous dune of Jericoacoara.

DAY 8

Jericoacoara - Parnaiba

The beaches of Mangue Seco and Guriu welcomes you with open arms. Crossing the river on a pastoral wooden ferry across the Mangue Seco is just like living a fairy tale moment in real. Not only do you get to experience the rustic charm of Brazil, but you will also find peace away from the cacophony of city life. After arriving in Parnaíba, we go straight to Armadillo Port where we will get onboard a speedboat through the majestic labyrinth of islands in the Delta do Parnaiba towards Baía do Caju and Guarás' Island, where we will stop at Morro do Meio. You can walk over the gigantic dunes of Baía do Caju and take a dip in the magical waters of Parnaíba, where the sight of hundreds of beautiful birds named “Guará” with its bright red plumage will captivate you as they roost at sunset - a rare and unforgettable spectacle indeed!

DAY 9

Parnaiba - Barreirinhas

If you think you’ve grasped the delightful charm of Brazil in the past eight days, then you are in for a surprise and know that you’ve just dipped your hands in the sea of Brazil’s vibrant culture. Begin a journey inward as you cross several villages until we reach the municipality of Paulino Neves – MA, from where we will continue to the city of Barreirinhas. Reach the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (PNLM) that was created in June 1981 and has an area of 155,000 hectares, of which 90,000 hectares are made up of free dunes and inter-dune lagoons, thus giving you the best of both worlds. The trail takes an average of 40 minutes to reach the foot of the dunes, where we get off the vehicle and start a walk exploring the Circuit of Lagoons, with stops for swimming and insta-worthy photos!

DAY 10

Barreirinhas

Barreirinhas is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is going be worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore in this hidden gem of destination. Riding quads through the dunes of “Lençóis Maranhenses” is definitely going to be an unforgettable experience. After breakfast and a briefing with instructions about the tour, depart to the quads boarding place. Pass through dream-like sandy trails and dunes of the “Pequenos Lençóis”. Then, we’ll take the beachfront towards Caburé, where we will have a stop for lunch and get some time to relax on the beach. The day ends here, but not the journey. Leaving you with memories that will become timeless treasures in your heart.

DAY 11

Barreirinhas - São Luis

Today we will drive to Sao Luis, known as the Brazilian capital of reggae, a very popular rhythm in the city, the World Heritage-listed historical center of São Luís is an enchanting neighborhood of steamy cobbled streets and pastel-colored colonial mansions, some restored, many crumbling. It’s a charming area with a unique atmosphere and one of the Northeast's best concentrations of museums, galleries, and craft stores, an added reason to put São Luís on your itinerary. You will get to experience Afro-Brazilian side of the culture, from a lively reggae scene to the highly colorful Bumba Meu Boi festivities. And that’s why we have kept the afternoon and evening free for you to utilize this day as per your whim.

DAY 12

São Luis - Manaus

It’s time to say goodbye to the vehicles as we make our way to the airport to board a quick flight to Manaus, from where you will begin an unforgettable journey out into the Amazon rain forest. En route, our guides will welcome you and brief about Manaus and your long-awaited luxury cruise experience in the Iberostar Grand Amazon! After departing Manaus, the Iberostar Grand Amazon makes stops at locations along the Amazon jungle, offering one of a kind excursion to explore the dense, untouched vegetation. And we’re just getting started as Manaus is just a starting point for your Amazon adventure.

DAY 13

Manaus

By now you would have realized that Manaus is the ground zero for ecotourism into the massive Amazon rainforest. Explore the mighty Amazon river in this the largest city in the entire Amazon Basin. Manaus is much more than a stopover point. It’s the starting point of your journey deeper into the surrounding natural splendor! Many rewarding experiences await you like lip-smacking food at the Kuarup restaurant, a fun, entertainment session with the expedition team, and a motorboat ride in the Manaquiri region, where you will witness amazing local fauna and flora. Besides, the Piranha fishing in the Manaquiri region would be the cherry on the cake!

DAY 14

Manaus

Welcome to Day 3 of your Amazon Awakening Trip. Start your day with a pleasant morning tour in motorboat in the Manacapurú region, where beautiful birds and a picturesque landscapes illuminated by the sunrise will make your day! Partake in a completely immersive session on “Amazon, its people and their culture.” Today is your opportunity to understand and explore the local crafts and take a short walk in the region of the Lago Janauari, a 9000-acre park that provides an Amazon-like experience. Pass through dry and flooded forests and lowlands, and numerous giant water lilies on the way that measure as much as seven feet in diameter. Go fishing or just be in awe amid a smattering of Amazonian wildlife. While it's quite timid compared to the real thing, with raised wooden walkways and even a restaurant, but it's still a valuable introduction!

DAY 15

Manaus - São Paulo

Brazil will have enticed you with its culturally rich heritage, charming beauty, unparalleled biodiversity in the Great Amazon, and delectable delicacies. Oh, and how can we forget, so many great new friends you will have made, with whom you can plan your upcoming adventures! Brazil, undoubtedly, is a magnificent revelation that turns you from a traveler into a storyteller. It is about as surreal and dreamlike as you can ever imagine. We will board a flight from Manaus to Sao Paulo where we will conclude this Great Brazilian Adventure. But, we’ll meet again, somewhere, sometime. Until then, here’s to a heart full of memories, a life with new, beautiful friends and unforgettable experiences!

DAY 16

Departure

It is time to say farewell to charming Brazil. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Airport for your flight back home. In case you wish to extend your holiday and explore Brazil further and want to add few more days, we will be happy to assist you.

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Useful information

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodation:
    • 12 Nights On Twin Sharing In Below Mentioned Hotels Or Similar Category
    • 3 Nights On Twin Sharing In Iberostar Amazon Cruise Or Similar
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 Domestic Flights:
    • Rio De Janeiro – Fortaleza
    • São Luis – Manaus
    • Manaus – São Paulo
  • Self Drive Suv Vehicle For 7 Days From Fortaleza To São Luis (4 People Sharing 1 Vehicle)
  • Fuel, Toll Fees, Parking Charges Of The Vehicle
  • City Tour – Rio De Janeiro, Fortaleza
  • River Ferry Crossing & Speedboat Ride In Parnaíba
  • Quad Ride In Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
  • Motorboat Ride In Amazon River
  • Adventures Overland Crew & Support Team
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Adventures Overland Merchandise
  • Visa Assistance

Trip Exclusions

          Meals And Drinks Other Than Listed In The Itinerary
  • Any International Air Tickets
  • Insurance And Documentation Costs Like Medical And Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • Tips
  • Lunch On Day 1
  • Additional Accommodation Charges Due To Unforeseen Delays In The Journey
  • Any Cost Arising Out Of Unforeseen Conditions Like Ill Health, Road Blocks, Bad Weather Etc.
  • Any Charges For Carrying Video Camera Or Still Camera
  • RT PCR Test If Required
  • 5% GST
  • 5% TCS

Cancellation Policy

  • 10% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled before 60 days of the departure date
  • 25% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 60 – 45 days of the departure date
  • 50% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 45 – 30 days of the departure date
  • 100% of the trip cost will be charged as cancellation fee if the trip is cancelled within 30 days of departure date

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 15 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQs)

What type of expeditions do you organise?

Adventures Overland offers two types of Expeditions – Fixed Departures and Customized Tours. As part of our Fixed Departures, you will be self-driving your (or a rented vehicle) in a convoy of vehicles that is always led by at least one support vehicle and 2 crew members. For a bigger convoy, we provide a lead and a sweep vehicle. Customized Tours are those where you travel on your own chosen dates and we can customize the route as per your preferences.
For such journeys, we make all necessary travel arrangements including hotel bookings, permits, excursions and if required, we can send a support team with the group.

In which parts of the world do you organize expeditions?

We organize expeditions all around the world in 6 continents every year. We organize fly anddrive expeditions in Jordan, Russia, Iceland, Alaska, Mongolia, South America, Africa and Australia where you don’t need to bring a vehicle as the vehicle is included as part of the package.

What kind of people travel on your expeditions?

Since 2012, we have been proudly putting together off beat and luxury bespoke tours all
around the world for solo travelers, families, couples and senior citizens who come from
different walks of life and comprise of entrepreneurs, professionals, industrialists, doctors, creative minds etc. mostly aged 35 years & above.

Are your expeditions suitable for solo woman travellers and families?

Our expeditions are ideal for solo travelers (male and female) and families with kids. The
average male female ratio on most of our expeditions is 60:40. Families, couples and senior citizens join us frequently in all kinds of expeditions.

Is driving mandatory on these expeditions?

Driving is NOT mandatory on any of our expeditions and you are most welcome to enjoy the journey, sit back and relax while someone else is behind the wheel!

How much driving experience do I need to join an expedition?

Drivers must be a minimum 25 years old. We expect you to be a confident and competent
driver, with plenty of driving experience. You should normally have held your driver’s
license for a minimum of two years. Please also note that most of our expeditions include
sections of gravel or dirt roads, as stated in the Expedition Summary. We never travel off
road; it is simply that there are sections where the road is not paved.

Our expeditions call for all participants to be good team players, who are flexible and
adaptable when things do not go as planned and will muck in as requested by the Expedition
Leader. Self sufficiency is important and being able to manage yourself – your well being,
hygiene & health – is vital, together with having a good sense of humour. Overland
travel can be challenging and bring up the most unexpected of situations. This means that
you will all be expected to work together as a team to resolve any problems we may
encounter, but always subject to the authority of the Expedition Leader.

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