Best of Brazil
Ride from the greatest city in the world to the greatest falls in the world
Experience some of the best that Brazil has to offer as our motorcycle tour starts in the magnificent Rio de Janeiro, with its spectacular beaches, world famous scenery and vibrant nightlife. We ride south and along one of the world’s most scenic coastal rides, the Costa Verde. Its not all bikes as we spend a day out, sailing amongst the islands and bays that dot this magnificent coastline, on a Schooner. Riding inland we will ride the amazing Serra do Rio do Rastro before visiting Brazil's highest city of Sao Joaquim. You will see the plume of mist long before you see the 275 separate falls that make up the greatest waterfalls on earth, Foz do Iguazu. We catch a jet boat to them, a helicopter over them and wander the dramatic walkways around them. A fitting way to end this exciting motorcycle ride of Brazil.
We can't think of a better way to start our tour than sunset drinks from the lofty heights of Pao do Azucar (Sugarloaf Mountain), with the vibrant Rio far below. A full day is spent in Rio with a trip up to Cristo Redentor, the famous statue of Christ, and some time to explore the famous beaches of Ipenema and Copacabana. After a short transfer from the bustling city of Rio to the smaller, peaceful Penedo we ride south along the magnificent emerald coast to the wonderful village of Paraty. We spend the day sailing amongst the tropical islands on a twin mastered yacht or explore the area on the bikes, the choice is yours. We follow the coast road toward Bertoiga where we can enjoy an ice cold beer or a refrigerated coconut or simply idle away the evening walking along sandy beaches. Next port of call, literally, is the port town of Antonina where you can explore the colonial centre and scenic Baia de Paranagua.
We ride into the Vale do Itajai and stop at the Germanic city of Blumenau. A unique Brazilian city, Blumenau was settled by German settlers in the mid 18th century and has retained a strong German identity, it is an amazing place where you will think that we have stepped into the black forest region of Germany. From Blumenau we ascend into the Serro do Rio do Rastro towards Brazil's highest city of Sao Joaquim sitting at 1355 metres / 4445 feet, but not before riding the amazing mountain road that stretches from Bom jardim to Sao Joaquim through Araucaria forests. Continuing east we ride across Brazil before arriving at one of the world's greatest sights, Foz do Iguaçu. With 275 waterfalls plummeting over 80 metres / 262 feet you will hear the roar long before you see the mighty Iguaçu falls. This is one of the world's great sights, one that will leave you awestruck. We spend three nights visiting the falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. Included in the tour price are a host of things to do, such as a jet boat ride up to the falls and a train ride through the park. We celebrate the end of this amazing ride with an optional cabaret show and all you can eat churrascaria, the quintessential Brazilian experience. Our last day is spent with an included flight back to Rio.
* Flight from Foz do Iguaçu to Rio do Janeiro (or reverse)
* Motorcycle rental BMW F 640 GS
* Border Paperwork
* Support vehicle with passenger carrying ability
* Breakfasts everyday, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
* Bonus night accommodation
* Services of ride leader and support vehicle driver
* Pre-departure material and route maps
* Access to satellite phone, pay per minute
* Compass Expeditions dress shirt
* Entrances to Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain
* Schooner sailing around the islands of Paraty
* Entrances to Foz do Iguaçu
*Jet boat and train rides at Foz do Iguaçu park
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
* International flights
* Visas (if required)
* Personal spending money
* Personal health/travel insurance
* Tips and gratuities
Essential InformationRIDE PROFILE
This ride is suitable for off road novice and two-up riding
95% of this ride is on pavement, however some sections of pavement can be potholed. Brazilian drivers can adopt a cavalier approach to road rules, riders need to be aware.
The ride follows the coast on sometimes winding and twisting roads. We ride an amazing series of twisties through the Serro do Rio do Rastro.
Total distance: 2340 km / 1460 miles
* Please note that you will need to be in Rio do Janeiro one day prior to start of expedition.
* Please note your international flight will need to be booked for the day after tour end.
* For bookings of 60 days or less that have an "included flight" a surcharge of US$200 is added.
* It is a requirement that all clients have appropriate insurance for this type of expedition.