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What to expect

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Experience the world's greatest party

Natural Wonders

Admire the jaw-dropping Iguazú Falls

Iconic Landmarks

Ride a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain

Private Boat Ride

Explore Paraty Bay's secluded beaches

About the trip

You’re invited to the biggest party on earth! Join your fellow Solos guests to dance the night away and immerse yourself in the joyous rhythms and samba beats of the world’s iconic Rio de Janeiro Carnival. You’ll watch the festivities unfold from the Sambadrome, as the Carnival Champion’s Parade passes through in a riot of colour and celebration.

Explore this incredible city’s stream of attractions. Whether that’s strolling the shores of the infamous Copacabana or Ipanema Beach, riding a cable car ride up to Sugarloaf Mountain or enjoying panoramic city views from the peak of Corcovado.

After living it up in Rio, the pace slows for a step back in time with a visit to the enchanting, cobbled lanes of Paraty. This beautiful old colonial town and UNESCO World Heritage site is peppered with art galleries and shops, and just a short boat ride from the region’s untouched rainforests and pristine tropical beaches. Next you’ll experience the mighty cascading Iguazu falls, a breathtaking spectacle forming the international border between Brazil and Argentina, and known as one of the seven natural ‘Wonders of the World’.

An epic journey of discovery for solo travellers with a taste for adventure and unique experiences.


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What's Included

  • Return flights, internal flight & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/Twin room for single use
  • Breakfast daily, 7 dinners & 6 lunches
  • Tickets to Sambadrome Carnival Winners' Parade
  • Transportation, guides and entrance fees: Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Mountain Statue of Christ, Maracana Football Stadium, Paraty city tour, Jeep tour Waterfalls & Cachaça destillery
  • Schooner cruise to Cotia Island
  • Schooner cruise over Guanabara Bay
  • Iguazu falls entrance to Argentinean National Park and Brazil National Park
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully Financially Protected


  • Overnight flight from the UK
  • Arrival in Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Carnival Winners' Parade
  • Day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio de Janeiro - Paraty
  • Paraty
  • Paraty
  • Paraty - Iguazú Falls via Rio de Janeiro
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil NP
  • Iguazú Falls Argentina NP
  • Departure Day
  • Arrival back into the UK


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What you'll be doing


Overnight flight from the UK

Today, we depart the UK and head to Brazil on an overnight flight.


Arrival in Rio de Janeiro

Upon arrival at Rio de Janeiro Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and meet our local guide. We then transfer to our hotel, where we check-in at 2.00pm* and take some time to rest. Your Tour Leader will confirm the details of your welcome drink and meeting.

This evening, we meet our guide and transfer to a local restaurant for our first taste of Brazilian food.

  • Dinner Included
  • Hotel B&B Forte de Copacabana

*There is a possibility to book optional early check in (subject to availability) fee: GBP 178.00


Journey to Sugarloaf Mountain

After breakfast at the hotel, we enjoy cultural tour of Rio and visit iconic sites like Olympic Boulevard, Tomorrow Museum (outside), Metropolitan Cathedral, Selaron Steps, Municipal Theater (external). We continue via Flamengo Park, with its beautiful landscape by Burle Marx, until reaching the traditional and residential Urca neighbourhood and Praia Vermelha cable car station. Here, we board a glass cable car to travel up the Urca mountain (mid-way station/first stage) to see its gardens and look-out points. The second part of the ride takes us to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain, 1300 ft. above sea level (second stage). At the top, majestic views of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay await us.

Olympic Boulevard, Tomorrow Museum (outside), Metropolitan Cathedral, Selaron Steps, Municipal Theater (external). Maybe it’s more interesting. What do you say?

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Christ The Redeemer & Maracana Football Stadium

This morning, we enjoy a half day (4 hr) tour to Corcovado Mountain Statue of Christ. It is Rio’s second world-famous landmark. The ‘Corcovado-Mountain’ with the statue of Christ The Redeemer, is a must for visitors of this city. It is set right in the ‘Tijuca Rainforest National Park’, the largest urban park in the world, found in the heart of the city of Rio, being considered by locals as the ‘lung of the city’.

From Copacabana, the bus takes the route through tunnel ‘Rebouças’, which intersects the surrounding mountain range, reaching the ‘Laranjeiras District’. From here, a cogwheel train, constructed by Swiss engineers, takes visitors up, passing lovely parts of the forest, and allowing visitors to get panoramic views of the city while climbing up. Finally, after reaching the mountain top, escalators are available, as well as an elevator to assist us reaching the statue, which stands at 28 meters in height and offers the most incredible views of the city. 

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Carnival Winners' Parade

Today we have busy day and night ahead! After breakfast, we board a schooner for a cruise around Guanabara Bay. We enjoy views of the Villegaignon Island and its fortress, the beach districts that surround the bay; ‘Flamengo’ – a result of the largest urban project in Brazil, ‘Botafogo’ – which features the Monument to Estácio de Sá who founded Rio de Janeiro city, and Urca – a district where one of the most important symbols of the city can be seen – the Sugarloaf. View São João Fortress, which marks the entrance of Guanabara Bay and the Santa Cruz Fortress, built in 1555. These two fortresses were built to protect the harbour of the city from eventual invaders. See also ‘Rio-Niterói’ Bridge – the largest bridge in the world in terms of construction volume, and the impressive Contemporary Art Museum, which is a masterpiece of architecture for its flying-saucer-like design by Oscar Niemeyer – a worldwide famous architect. We will have lunch at Frontera (local cuisine/self-service buffet).

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Day at Leisure - Rio de Janeiro

After our fabulous evening, we enjoy a full day at leisure in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Breakfast Included
  • Hotel B&B Forte de Copacabana

A scenic drive to Paraty

Today we transfer to Paraty. We can enjoy the drive from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty (approx. 4 hrs), experiencing scenic landscapes, nature and history along the way.

Paraty, a stunning colonial city, is revered as both a National and World Historical Monument, preserving a myriad of natural and architectural wonders.

After check-in, we will have lunch at local restaurant (no drinks included).

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Boat Tour through Paraty Bay & Cotia Island

After breakfast, we walk from our hotel to the pier to embark on a schooner boat tour at Paraty Bay and Cotia Island (approx 5 hrs). The tour through the Bay of Paraty and its surroundings allows us to appreciate the natural beauty and exuberant vegetation. The waters behind the island are so well protected, it feels like a swimming pool. We stop at the best places for snorkelling and see the best beaches in the region. We enjoy lunch on board the boat which includes a mineral water. A float, mask and snorkel are also provided.

Important: Wear comfortable clothes, swimsuit, hat, towel, sunglasses, repellent and sunscreen.

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Today we take part in a fantastic jeep tour (approx. 4 hrs). We travel inside the National Park of Serra da Bocaina – also known as the ‘trekking paradise in Brazil’ – visiting several waterfalls, distilleries of cachaça and the beginning of the famous Gold trail. Lunch will be served at Engenho D’Ouro Restaurant, with local cuisine.

The evening can be enjoyed at leisure in Paraty.

  • Breakfast & Lunch Included
  • Hotel Pousada Condessa
DAY 10

Paraty - Iguazu Falls via Rio de Janeiro

Today we transfer from Paraty (Approx. 4 hours) to Rio de Janeiro Airport for our internal flight to Iguazu Falls – our next destination.

Upon arrival, we meet our local guide and transfer to the hotel to relax.

In the evening we have a dinner at the hotel (drinks not included)

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
  • JL Hotel by Bourbon
DAY 11

Iguazu Falls

After breakfast at our hotel, we have a private half- day guided tour (4 hrs) of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls – considered one of the ‘Wonders of the World’. Here we will see the waters of the Paraná River plunge through 32 individual falls into a 2.5-mile-wide, 200-foot precipice. We can admire the jaw-dropping series of waterfalls and enjoy unforgettable scenery.

In the evening, we have dinner at the hotel (drinks not included)

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
  • JL Hotel by Bourbon
DAY 12

Iguazu Falls

Today we cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge, encountering incredible views of the Iguazu Canyon en-route to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. We visit the upper and lower walkways which allow a different perspective and more intimate contact with the falls adjoining rainforest, filled with orchids, bromeliads, birds and other wildlife. The highlight of the trip is a visit to the suspended platform at the very brink of the Devil’s Throat – the largest of the waterfalls.

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DAY 13

Departure Day

After breakfast, we will get ready to head to the Iguazú Falls Airport for our flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast Included
DAY 14

Arrive back into the UK

We arrive back into the UK after a connecting flight from Iguazu, Brazil via Sao Paulo.



We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar);

  • Three-star Hotel B&B Forte de Copacabana – 5 Nights
  • Three-star Pousada Condessa  – 3 Nights
  • Four-star JL Hotel by Bourbon -3 Nights

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Average Temperatures

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Our Reviews

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“I’ve been travelling with Solos for nearly 20 years, on and off. The reason is for exactly what you want – you meet like minded people… and have loads of fun!”

“I’ve been on loads of trips with Solos over the years and can honestly say you will not regret booking your 1st one!”

“The feeling you have once you go away on your own is worth all the nerves before! I was so very anxious the first time but now having done it 4 times, I love it!”


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