Vibrant doesn’t begin to capture the magic of Brazil. This massive country
has it all from sophisticated cities and well-preserved historical sites to awe-inspiring
forces of nature and a love for life that is contagious.
Starting with the national spectacle of Carnival, the heartbeat of
celebration is what you will remember about Brazil.
Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Brazil special:
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
BIKE TOUR ALONG BRAZIL'S
Bke Tour along the Beachfront Lagoon A pleasant tour along one of the world's most famous beaches. You will have the chance to feel and observe how the Cariocas enjoy their beaches; running playing soccer and cycling along the seashore and Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.
ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS
SOCIAL AND RELIGIOUS
Social and Religious Focus Tour In Bahia Africa abounds, but especially so in Salvador, the most African city in the Western World, a cornerstone of the vast African Diaspora to the New World, experienced in the cuisine, arts, music dance and religious traditions.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES
WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12
VISIT THE CHRIST STATUE
We will visit the Christ Statue elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2 300 ft. above sea level atop Corcovado Hill. Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon we will arrive at the foot of the hill, where we embark on a small train which climbs the beautiful mountainside. Upon reaching the top, visitors will experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City”!
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GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK
Give Back Day Option 1 - Half Day Carnival Experience with Pimpolhos Warehouse This tour will introduce you to the artistry and imagination involved in the creation of Carnival. You will learn about the construction and production process of more than 6000 costumes and 7 floats. This experience includes: a visit to Pimpolhos da Grande Rio’s warehouse Samba School for Kids Grande Rio Samba School (one of Rio’s first group schools) exhibitions about the history of Samba and the Carnival Parade. This tour also provides a chance to dress up in carnival costumes experience the music and talk to people of the community who work and participates in carnival. To finalize, some fun time either at a samba lesson or a drums and percussion workshop, to truly experience this exciting rhythm. If you choose to give back to this community, you will meet with the children of the Pimpolhos NGO and help them with their English studies. These kids receive lessons for free in a private language school and need help practicing their speaking skills and with homework. Gifts like pencils, coloring pens, or other small school kits are welcome and appreciated. * This tour is guided and ministered by the Pimpolhos staff and students. Part of the cost goes to the maintenance of the NGO.
Give Back Day Option 2 - Full day Hike to Wild Beaches and Picnic Only Rio can provide beaches almost completely unknown even by its natives which are only accessible by trail or by boat. In the region of Grumari and Prainha there are "wild" beaches surrounded by rolling hills covered in a lush tropical forest. Following the ocean drive through Barra da Tijuca tourists notice the contrast between the developed areas and the preserved nature, where the bright blue sea meets the white sand. Perigoso beach is located in the outskirts of Rio and possesses clear waters and perfect waves, which make this beach also frequented by surfers and boogie-boarders. To reach Perigoso you will hike for 40 min through the virgin Atlantic rain forest. Your reward is one of Rio´s most isolated and unspoiled beaches, designated as an Environmental Protection Area. You will have time to relax and enjoy the beach and a delicious picnic. Before returning, we will help maintain this paradise for future visitors, we will gather trash left behind so it won't be carried by animals or the ocean.
Give Back Day Option 3 - Salvador: Arte Consciente Project Arte Consciente is a grassroots social project in Saramandaia which is a desperately poor community in the city of Salvador. Art Consciente Recreational and Cultural Group has returned hope and self esteem to many youth in the neighborhood gaining immense respect from the local community in the process. Today the group attends 250 local children and youth in a series of workshops focusing on the talents of each of the founders. We meet with the founders or managers learn of the history and of challenges past present and future. They will introduce us to the community and to this element of what has become a uniquely self-sustainable and self-propagating grassroots social movement in Salvador. We will tour the community see examples of urban graffiti produced by the project, and be treated to exhibitions of one of the local activities like boxing, soccer, percussion, and circus arts. This will offer participants with a very rare opportunity to see first-hand the social need for and the positive benefits of grassroots social projects in a community rarely visited by the outside world. The students of Arte Consciente, will likewise broaden their cultural experience with this opportunity to introduce their community, answer questions, and tell the story of their desires for and successes with this project. * Not open on Sundays, activities and time are different according the day of the week
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Time of Year to Travel
The ideal times to travel to Brazil:
We recommend the mid-seasons like autumn (From March to June) and spring (From September to December), the weather is not that hot anymore, but Brazil is good to visit all year.
Here are some things to consider when choosing when to travel to Brazil:
Summer time in Brazil, from December to March, is a time of the year that most of the cities are very crowded, when Brazilians are taking vacations with their children. During summer weather gets very hot, can get more than 104oF (40oC).
Holidays: It is always good to avoid holidays in Brazil,if you want to avoid crowds. Brazilians travel a lot during holidays, so hotels in some touristic cities charge more expensive daily rates and cities can become to packed. Main Brazilian Holidays, dates based on 2017:
Travel Documents Required
A valid passport is required with six months before expiration for entry into Brazil. To apply for a visa or passport click this link: www.cibtvisas.com/departurelounge
Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry. Please note also that passports must be valid for six (6) months before departure and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigrations stamps. Global CommUnity cannot be held responsible should you be denied entry to a country due to non-compliance with these requirements.