The Brazil Experience

Rio de Janeiro

There aren’t very many places in the world where you can feel the vibe of a real carnival, go to the top of a mountain to see a World Wonder, and be amazed by the lush landscapes in one of the best beach-life experiences in the world.

Join us on our 7-day exploration to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We will experience the country’s culture on the days preceding Carnival, in a way that goes beyond everything you’ve been told about this festivity and this gem in South America. You can’t call yourself a bougie traveler until you have experienced the out-of-this-world energetic vibe of Copacabana and it’s legendary beaches. Check out our client photos at #UITALBrazil.

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of samba music and dancing Cariocas announcing the parade is about to start. Brazil has the largest population of Africans from the diaspora, and these African and Portuguese influences pour into the food, the culture and the vibe. The soundtrack of drums and the festival energy will touch your soul and keep you moving during the entire experience.

And you didn’t come snatched for nothin’! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ drinking a Caipirinha while viewing the sunset over Sugarloaf mountain, or eating a fresh watermelon and roasted cheese on Copacabana Beach will be enough to shut down the gram, for sure!

Whether you are soaking in the vibes of Brazil, learning about history and culture, enjoying a sunbath on the Beach, or taking in the breathtaking views of the city – the energy and the music will make you feel blessed to experience the true beauty of Rio.

The samba rhythm, a deep dive into Brazilian culture, new friends, and award-winning restaurants await you on your Up in the Air Life journey to Brazil.

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WHERE YOU'LL GO

From enjoying one of the best beach services in the world to visiting must-see world wonder Christ the Redeemer, this trip offers a wide variety of scenery (and selfie) options. You'll also visit Sugarloaf mountain, the Selaron steps, take in samba rehearsals, and a lose yourself in the incredible Street Graffiti Art section at Maua square.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

This trip is your chance to be classy, bougie, and a little ratchet. From high end and local dining, where you'll taste the best beef in the world, to soaking in the vibes of Carnival Bloco parties while you learn to dance from the locals, you will experience the spectrum of Brazil's multifaceted culture on this once in a life time adventure.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

Our accommodation is over the top. Right in front of Copacabana beach, enjoy your champagne brunch at the hotel with magnificent views from the pool. Walking around the hotel is pretty much on fire: only the very best awaits you.

Explore the day-by-day itinerary.

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Day 1

Arrive in style in Rio (GIG). Our private Up in the Air Life drivers will whisk you away to your luxury beachfront hotel in Rio De Janeiro.

After your long flight, it’s time to unwind after you check-in to take a swim, grab an acai or caipirinha in Lapa and explore Rio’s most iconic beach neighborhood. At nightfall, we’ll gather for a true Carioca Night with a visit to the infamous Selaron steps in Lapa. Dinner will follow at one of the best views of the entire city while we have a gastronomic experience in nature. Explore Rio’s greatest nightlife district for Brazilian food, live music and dancing.

Day 2

Locals meet their friends at the beach in Brazil by letting them know which numbered post they are seated near, and the location of our post is one of the most popular. You’ll spot swimmers along with bodybuilders, guys and gals playing pickup soccer or volleyball and samba performers while you sunbathe in the warm South American sun.

In the evening, we’ll have an early dinner at a restaurant which is world-known for an international hit song about a girl. This place has some of the most delectable steak, cooked over a flame to your liking.

At nightfall, prepare to experience an authentic Brazilian Samba School with its roots planted firmly in Africa.

Day 3

After replenishing yourself with a delicious breakfast, we’ll head directly to Rio De Janeiro’s most beautiful and famous arts and crafts market, showing off the work of some of the city’s best artisans. After you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, we’ll head over for lunch to an iconic restaurant to nosh on a famous stew with delectable African & Portuguese influences.

Then it will be time to enjoy another side of Rio’s Carnival as we make our way to the most famous Black Brazilian Street Bloco Party in Rio for an evening of music, dancing, flirting and socializing with Cariocas in one of Rio’s most beautiful parks until late.

Day 4

After an action-packed first few days, we’re going to let you sleep in then it’s breakfast in bed or by the pool at your leisure. With the beach & boutique shopping steps away, it’s the perfect time to soak in more Rio vibes.

Later we’ll visit Praca Maua for the amazing Street Art & Mural Outdoor Exhibition. There you will see cool murals and vibrant street art with the backdrop of magnificent beaches. Did someone say selfie time?

For sunset, we’ll head to Sugarloaf Mountain, a world heritage site by Unesco, and grab a cocktail while we soak up the most breathtaking views of the city.

The night will end with a visit to Pedra Do Sal for the Samba Street Party in an area referred to as Little Africa. Here you can indulge in fine music and strong caipirinhas. Preach!

Day 5

Today we’ll take your Up in the Air Life experience sky high. After a sumptuous breakfast at our luxurious hotel, get ready to be dazzled by World Wonder, Christ the Redeemer. To get there, we’ll snag a ticket aboard the red-hued tram to Corcovado in the Tijuca Forest National Park.

Afterward, we’ll explore the beauty of two parks where you can snap your most Instagram-worthy pics! 

First stop is Parque Lage, a public park in the city with a beautiful green toned pool and next door is the lush Botanical Gardens. 

Day 6

Relaxation awaits as you take a day to rest and recharge those batteries. It’s the perfect time to reflect and catch up with people you’ve met in Rio or connected with the others on your trip. 

Wake up to a tasty breakfast and enjoy your day with everything you desire, all steps away from your luxury hotel.

Your intimate farewell dinner will be at our favorite cooking school with a quintessential Carioca. 

We’ll start with a signature Brazilian cocktail then be schooled on making a Carioca meal from scratch.

Day 7

Rise and shine for an optional-self guided tour or a visit to your favorite shops. Ask your tour leader for recommendations!

Private drivers will sadly whisk you away to the airport (GIG) where you’ll begin your journey home.

No matter where you travel, our standards are the same.

YOU CAN ALWAYS EXPECT TO:

Connect with amazing people.

We provide the opportunity to make friendships with people who share your worldview and won't ask why you wear a bonnet to sleep.

Experience attentive
and authentic hospitality.

Not only is the staff of Up in the Air Life dedicated to making sure your trip is flawlessly executed, but we are also intentional about choosing locales and vendors who celebrate Black travelers.

Be pampered with only the best.

There is no need to take a break from your baller lifestyle when you travel with us. Our lodging, excursions, and dining are pure luxury.

Feel safe and secure.

Our experienced American guides and well-maintained local relationships mean that you will have peace of mind when you travel with us.

Say "goodbye" to FOMO.

Our trips are anything but basic. While we make sure you see well-known main attractions, we also develop itineraries that will give you unique stories to share with your friends back home.

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

The Brazil Experience

What is included:

Our trips get you close to that Beyoncé-on-a-boat lifestyle. Let us handle your travel style glow up.

  • Up in the Air Life Onsite Staff
  • Local Rio Carioca Tour Guide
  • 6 Nights Lodging Accommodations at a Luxury Hotel
  • A Bubbly Toast to kick off the week
  • Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel (1 lunch, 1 brunch, and 4 dinners)
  • Unlimited Champagne Brunch at Copacabana Palace
  • Gourmet lunch at a Michelin Guide Restaurant
  • A Gourmet Dinner at the best restaurant with a view
  • A Gourmet Dinner at the best French restaurant in Rio
  • A Local Carioca Family-Style Dinner
  • Gourmet Cooking Class including cocktails and dinner
  • Visit the World Wonder Christ the Redeemer
  • Sunset Cocktails at Sugar Loaf
  • Shopping at Ipanema Hippie & Art Fair
  • Photo Op at Parque Lague
  • The Rio Beach Experience
  • Bloco Party Experience
  • A night at a local Samba School
  • Lapa Nightlife Experience
  • A Tour to the Seleron Steps
  • Visit to a Street Graffiti Art section at Praca Maua
  • R&B Street Party
  • Watch a live Carnival Sambadrome Performance
  • VIP Meet + Greet Private Airport Transfer
  • Curated Swag Bag

What is not included:

We take care of all the details on your itinerary once you land. If you want to further personalize your experience, go off!

  • Round trip Airfare to and from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Optional tours available for purchase after booking
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Tour Directors, and Drivers

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