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A Brazil Train Journey from Ouro Preto to the Atlantic Rainforest

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Atlantic Rainforest by train Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro Cable Car Ouro Preto Train Station Paraty Colonial Church Aerial view of the waterfalls at Iguazu City streets of Salvador da Bahia Brazil

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14 Days / 13 Nights

A Brazil Train Journey from Ouro Preto to the Atlantic Rainforest

This 14-day Brazil train tour takes you from Vitoria, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, and Rio de Janeiro to Salvador da Bahia. This is the most complete Brazil train tour, perfect for train enthusiasts who want to see Brazil's landscapes and landmarks aboard meter gauge rails and steam engines. Starting in the port city of Vitoria, travel to Belo Horitzonte and the Minas Gerais region where Brazil's gold rush took off during the 17th century. Then lounge on the world-famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro before continuing on into southern Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest. Ride on the Serra Verde Express on the way to Iguassu Falls. Finish this rail journey in Salvador da Bahia, the original Brazilian capital and the heart and soul of Brazil's African culture.

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This tour includes:

  • 13 nights in hotels or pousadas
  • All breakfasts and other meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All tours, transfers, and entrance fees
  • All train rides
  • English-speaking guides

Highlights:

  • City tours of Vitória, Ouro Preto, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, & Salvador
  • Train ride Vitória to Belo Horizonte
  • Steam train from Ouro Preto to Mariana
  • Steam train from Tiradentes to São Jão del Rey
  • Train through the Atlantic Rainforest
  • Iguassu Falls Tour

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Pelhorinho Plaza Salvador da Bahia Brazil

Arrive in Salvador Bahia

Day 1

Arrive today at the Salvador Airport and check in to the hotel in downtown Salvador da Bahia. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and get excited for this 15 day Brazil Train Tour to the hidden gems and colonial treasures of Rio de Janeiro.

Downtown streets in Salvador Brazil

Salvador Historic City Tour & Suburbian Salvador Train Tour

Day 2

After breakfast, explore historic Salvador, including the Pelourinho neighborhood. This 4 hour guided tour also includes lunch. Pelourinho was described by UNESCO as the most outstanding collection of baroque colonial architecture in the Americas and has been recently restored to its sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth-century splendor. It retains a traditional atmosphere rarely found in old cities, because in Bahia, the tradition lives on, intermingling with its present. Visit the House of Jorge Amado Foundation, the City Museum, the Udo Knopf Museum, and the gilded São Francisco Church.

In the afternoon get ready for your Suburbian Salvador Train Tour. Train, beaches, hills, streets and the people of Bahia: And in the beautiful climate of Bahia, enjoy an unforgettable visit to the Periphery of Salvador. From the Central Sation of Suburban train, continue to Paripe station. Admire the contrasts of the beautiful beaches and simple dwellings of the suburb. Follow the streets of the most popular neighborhoods, heading towards the Sao Tome de Paripe beach, where you will have one of the most beautiful views of Bahia de Todos os Santos. 

 

Praia do Forte Tamar Turtle Project

Praia do Forte & Tamar Turtle Project Tour

Day 3

Known as the "Brazilian Polynesia", Praia do Forte has so many leisure options that it is hard to know where to start. There are 12 kilometers of beaches surrounded by dunes, coconut groves and tidal pools. Among the attractions there are: Garcia D'Ávila Castle Historic District, Sapiranga reserve, Pojuca river rapids and a fishermen village that welcomes the tourists with open arms. Besides all that, Praia do Forte also offers an excellent infrastructure. An old fisherman?s village originated what today is known as Praia do Forte Village, where the rustic meets the sophisticated. A few streets, from the coconut plantation to the village which has several natural attractions and where preservation is a strong characteristic of the place.

Also visit the Tamar Turtle Project, a refuge for sea turtles. See infant and adult turtles, listen to lectures from professional researchers, and learn about the project's ongoing research


Vitoria Aerial View

Arrive in Vitoria & City Tour

Day 4

Arrive today at the Vitoria airport and check in to the hotel. Due to its white sandy beaches and beautiful coastline, Vitoria is often called the sister city of Rio de Janeiro. In the afternoon, take a city tour of Vitoria and nearby Vila Velha. In the evening, relax in the hotel or stroll along the beach.

Train to Belo Horizonte

Train from Vitoria to Belo Horizonte

Day 5

After breakfast, transfer to the train station for the ride from Vitoria to Belo Horizonte in executive class. Admire the lush green landscapes and through valleys and up mountains along the beautiful railway journey. Once you arrive in Belo Horizonte, check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure

City landscape in Ouro Preto Brazil

Arrive in Ouro Preto & City Tour

Day 6

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel in Belo Horizonte and get ready for your transfer to Ouro Preto by car, van or bus (Belo Horizonte - Ouro Preto: 104 km). Upon arrival, go on a guided city tour through Ouro Preto and learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once "the world's richest city".  Ouro Preto, which means "Black Gold" in Portuguese, was the heart of Brazil's 17th-century gold rush. Gold from this region was sent overland to Paraty, where it was then shipped to the Old World, and financed Europe's Industrial Revolution.

Ouro Preto Streets

Free Day in Ouro Preto

Day 7

Today is a free day in Ouro Preto, continue exploring this beautiful colonial city. 

Paraty City Tour

Transfer to Paraty

Day 8

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for your full-day transfer to Paraty. Along the way stop in Tiradentes to visit the Basilica Bom Jesus do Matosinhos, the Chapel dos Passos, and the see Brazil's most famouse sculpture of The Twelve Apostles. The impressive soapstone sculptures were made by Aleijadinho and are considered an important part of Brazil’s national heritage. 
Arrive in Paraty and check into your hotel. 

Paraty Schooner Cruise in Brazil

Paraty Schooner Cruise

Day 9

Set out to explore Paraty’s islands on a boat ride surrounded by exuberant and lush vegetation. The waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. This traditional tour has different routes for each day of the week, with four stops of about 40 minutes in each place.  One of the best islands is Ilha Comprida, a natural aquarium great for taking pictures, diving or swimming.
After the tour, return to the shore and explore the picturesque city on your own.

Iconic aerial view of Christ the Redeemer

Transfer to Rio de Janeiro & Corcovado Tour

Day 10

Transfer from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival, get ready for a city tour of Corcovado by train & explore some of Rio's best beaches. Christ the Redeemer keeps an eye on Rio from an elevation of 710m (2340ft). Board the trenzinho (cogwheel railway) up to the top of Corcovado Mountain for a bird's eye view of the center of the city from the center of the city! The 38-meter statue is the image of the faith and friendliness of cariocas. The monument was inaugurated on the day of Our Lady of Aparecida, 12 October, 1931 by then President Getúlio Vargas and cardinal Dom Sebastião Leme. Then get a close-up look at Rio's world famous beaches.

Cable car reaching Sugarloaf Mountain

Rio de Janeiro City Tour & Sugar Loaf Mountain

Day 11

After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour scenic city tour of Rio de Janeiro, including historic landmarks and the Sugar Loaf Mountain cable car ride. Sugar Loaf is a mountain overlooking the bay, right in the midst of the city. Once you reach the top from a cable car gondola, you can walk around the summit and see beaches, the city, the forest, islands, and the bay - possibly the most scenic visitpoint in Brazil.

Botanical garden in Curitiba

Fly to Curitiba & City Tour

Day 12

Transfer to the airport and fly to Curitiba. Upon arrival, get ready for an exciting city tour. Visit Curitiba’s highlights, passing the Tiradentes Square, the Guaira Theater, and the Museum of Oscar Niemeyer. Stop to visit the Wire Opera House, Tangua Park, Tingui Park and the Botanical Garden. Also, visit Antonina, a lovely and historic port town.
Then transfer to Morretes and have a delicious lunch by the river. Take some free time to explore this quiet colonial town. The lunch (included) is a typical barreado, with slow-boiled beef and seafood.

Train ride through the Atlantic Rainforest

Atlantic Rainforest Train Ride

Day 13

Travel through the scenic Serra do Mar by train.  Take a scenic drive down the old Graciosa Road, through the Atlantic Rainforest, to the oldest port of Parana, dating back to the early 16th century to view the Dom Pedro II port. Then a short drive takes us to Morretes, a quaint little town founded in 1714 when it became important as a major plantation of mate (a tea) and for its lovely architecture of Portuguese origin, the São Benedito church and the historical center with the old water fountain, municipal market, Itiberê river, the Nossa Senhora do Rocio sanctuary, and the popular art and Archaeological Museum dated 1755. After the city tour, lunch will be in a restaurant on the waterfront - experience the local dish of "barreado" (included).

After lunch, transfer to the train station to board the train back to Curitiba. The tour will ascend through the centennial and fantastic railroad that links Curitiba to Paranaguá, the state of Paraná's main port and the 3rd in importance in Brazil. Enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery with rivers, waterfalls, tropical plants, flowers and birds. Ride over bridges that span precipices and gorges as far as Curitiba.

Iguassu Falls Argentina

Arrive in Foz do Iguassu & Tour of the Falls

Day 14

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for the flight to Foz do Iguassu, Brazil's closest city to the Iguassu Falls. After you check in to your hotel and rest for a little while, your guide will take you on an afternoon tour of the Brazilian side of the Iguassu Waterfalls. This impressive set of waterfalls forms the border between Argentina and Brazil, and from the Brazilian side, you can walk out over catwalks and above the falls as well. There are also walking trails surrounding the falls.

Argentine side of Iguazu Falls

Iguassu Falls Tour from Argentine Side

Day 15

After a short drive and a quick customs check, cross the bridge over the Iguassu River, which forms the border between Argentina and Brazil. Once in Argentina, follow a scenic highway up to the Argentine Iguazu Park. Visit the upper falls, including the San Martin Falls and Devil's Throat, visible from a series of walkways that take you right up to the 70 meters tall falls and through the lush forest of the park. Cross the Tancredo Neves Bridge with its lovely view of the Iguassu Canyon in route to the Iguazu National Park in Argentina. Visit the upper walkways which allow a different perspective and more intimate contact with the falls and adjoining rainforest filled with orchids, bromeliads, birds and other wildlife. 
Return to your hotel on the Brazilian side of the falls and spend the rest of the night at your leisure

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Departure from Foz do Iguassu

Day 16

Transfer to the Foz do Iguassu Airport to catch your flight home or onto your next destination in South America.


14 Days / 13 Nights

A Brazil Train Journey from Ouro Preto to the Atlantic Rainforest

This 14-day Brazil train tour takes you from Vitoria, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, and Rio de Janeiro to Salvador da Bahia. This is the most complete Brazil train tour, perfect for train enthusiasts who want to see Brazil's landscapes and landmarks aboard meter gauge rails and steam engines. Starting in the port city of Vitoria, travel to Belo Horitzonte and the Minas Gerais region where Brazil's gold rush took off during the 17th century. Then lounge on the world-famous beaches of Rio de Janeiro before continuing on into southern Brazil's Atlantic Rainforest. Ride on the Serra Verde Express on the way to Iguassu Falls. Finish this rail journey in Salvador da Bahia, the original Brazilian capital and the heart and soul of Brazil's African culture.

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