It may be fall in Brazil, and the winter season is approaching, but things are always hot in the land of samba. A trip to Brazil in the off-season is the perfect way to take advantage of lower prices on airfare, accommodation and tours -- and the low season is generally a very long one -- with peak prices not returning until December. More importantly, visitor numbers are fewer and there is still plenty to do and see apart from the girls from Ipanema (who may not be donning their miniscule bikinis for a few months). The north of the country has a warm and inviting climate all year long so the beach can still be very much a part of your Brazilian adventure.
Brazil Nuts (tel. 800/553-9959; www.brazilnuts.com) has a number of appealing land-only packages including their nine-day Taste of Brazil tour that includes eight nights' accommodations (three in Rio at the Martinique Hotel, three in Salvador at the Marazul Hotel and two in Fortaleza at Praiano Palace), daily breakfast, city tours, domestic flights and airport transfers. The tour begins in Rio de Janeiro and ends in Fortaleza and is priced from $877 per person for travel in May and June, 2007 (based on double occupancy). The nine-day Brazil Explorer gives visitors a taste of Brazilian cities, jungles and natural attractions, visiting Rio, Iguassu and the Amazon. Priced from $1,214 per person based on double occupancy, the trip includes eight nights' accommodations (three in Rio at the Martinique Hotel, three in Iguassu at the San Martin Hotel, one at the Mango Guesthouse in Manaus and two at the Amazon Ecopark Lodge), daily breakfast, full board for two days while at the Amazon Lodge, round-trip transfers, a Rio city tour, domestic flights and guided tours while in the Amazon. Prices valid for travel from May through August, 2007.
Brazilian Vacation (tel. 800/222-2746; www.brazilianvacation.com) is currently offering a low-priced air and land package called the "This Is It" Rio package. It includes round-trip airfare from Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Baltimore or New York flying Delta, round-trip airfare transfers, four nights' accommodations and breakfast daily. Stay at the California Othon with this package from $699, the Olinda Othon from $725, the four-star Luxor Regente from $765 or the five-star Pestana Rio from $875. These prices are valid for travel for various periods until mid December, 2007.
Their Salvador and Recife package includes round-trip airfare on TAM Airlines (tel. 888/235 9826; www.tam.com.br) from Miami or New York, airport transfers, four nights' accommodations, daily breakfast and a city tour. This trip is priced from:
- $725 at the five-star Atlante Plaza
- $745 at the three-star Catharina Paraguacu
- $755 at the four-star Blue Tree Towers
- $790 at the four-star Tropical Bahia
Airline taxes are additional.
Borello Travel (tel. 800/405-3072; www.borellotravel.com) has a selection of short land-only trips within Brazil to most regions. Their four-day Amazonas tour includes airport transfers (in Manaus), three nights' accommodations at an Amazonian Lodge, all meals and Amazon adventures like jungle treks, motorized canoe rides, nighttime alligator spotting, visits to native villages, Piranha fishing and a sunrise tour. The tour is priced from $438 per person based on double occupancy. The four-day Natal trip is priced from $252 per features airport transfers, three-nights accommodations in a superior hotel, breakfast daily and a half-day city tour. Add $58 per additional night. The two-day Foz de Iguazu tour includes airport transfers, one-night accommodation in a superior hotel, breakfast, a half-day tour of the Argentine side of the falls, visiting the Devil's Throat and an open train ride to Cataratas Station and the Garganta Station. The trip is priced from $428 per person, double occupancy and $73 for additional nights.
Book by May 6, 2007 and take advantage of low season Brazil deals from Go-Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com). Travel between May 1 and June 27, 2007 and enjoy the six-night Rio and Búzios getaway priced from $1,229 per person based on double occupancy. The trip includes round-trip airfares from Boston, Miami or Philadelphia, airline fuel surcharges, four-nights hotel accommodations in Rio de Janeiro at the Savoy Othon Hotel, first class round-trip minibus transportation between Rio de Janeiro and Buzios, (approximately three hours), two nights' hotel accommodations in Buzios at Pousada La Chimere, breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges. Add $25 from Atlanta or Washington, D.C., $50 from New York or Denver, $100 from Detroit and $115 from Los Angeles or San Francisco. 14-day advance purchase is required due to visa requirements. Their Rio and Iguassu trip is valid for travel from May 9 to June 26, 2007 and is priced from $959 plus taxes. It includes round-trip airfare from Miami, airline fuel surcharges, round-trip airport to hotel transfer in Rio de Janeiro, four nights' hotel accommodations at the Savoy Othon Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, round-trip flight to Iguassu, airport to hotel transfer in Iguassu, two nights' hotel accommodations at the Falls Galli Hotel in Iguassu, breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges.
Intratours (tel. 866/952-0662; www.intratours.com) specializes in discounted airfares to South America. Its sample low-season airfares to Brazil (until June 22, 2007 and from August 16 to December 8, 2007) include:
- Miami or New York to Rio from $499
- Washington DC to Rio or São Paulo from $543
- Chicago to Rio from $606
- New York to Porto-Alegre, Belo Horizonte or Recife from $707
- Los Angeles to Rio or São Paulo from $750
- Miami to Manaus, Brasilia or Salvador from $569
- Boston to Recife, Iguassu or Salvador from $910
Taxes are additional.
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