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 its 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 anything! The pics you will snap of your melanin poppin’ drinking a Caipirinha while viewing the sunset over Sugarloaf mountain, or eating 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.

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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-lifetime adventure.

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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 at the sparkling newly remodeled Tom Jobim International Airport (GIG) where 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 açaí or a caipirinha in Lapa, 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, Rio’s greatest nightlife district for Brazilian food, live music and dancing.

Later we’ll gather for a true Carioca night with a visit to the infamous Selaron steps in Lapa, following a private tour at Lapa at night.

Explore Rio’s greatest nightlife district for Brazilian food, live music, and dancing!

Day 2

Begin your day with a delightful Beach Club experience right at the Copacabana Belmond Brazil hotel, immersing yourself in the morning sun and the breathtaking coastal views.

Discover the behind-the-scenes of the greatest Carnival in the world on a private tour. Have a genuine experience exploring the backstage, the secrets, the people working, and the preparations of the must-have party for the jet setters.

Tonight we’ll have an early dinner at a restaurant world-known for an international hit song about a girl. This place has some of the most delectable steaks, where you cook them over a flame to your desired temperature.

At nightfall, prepare to experience an authentic Brazilian Samba School with its roots directly from 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 dropped, we’ll head over for lunch in an iconic restaurant to nosh on a famous stew with African & Portuguese influences.

This afternoon we will enjoy the infamous brunch at Copacabana Palace with unlimited bubbly. This brunch is brilliantly different, indulgent, and classy, served poolside.

It’s 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 the evening.

Tonight we will experience the dry run of the Carnival at the epic Sambadrome. Imagine a stadium larger than several football fields and your front row, hearing the bands and seeing the Samba School march across the half-mile strip.

Day 4

We’re having lots of action-packed fun so far, so we’re going to let you sleep in. Breakfast in bed or by the pool at your leisure always sounds good. And with the beach & boutique shopping steps away, it’s the perfect time to soak in more Rio vibes.

Today we’ll visit Praça Maua for the amazing Street Art & Mural Outdoor Exhibition. There you will see cool murals and vibrant street art in the backdrop of magnificent beaches.

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

Tonight’s dinner is at one of our French restaurants inspired by Chef Claude who visited breeders of steak to identify the best producers of meat to serve with sides and sauces.

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.

Day 5

Today we’re taking your Up in the Air Life experience sky-high. After a sumptuous breakfast at our luxurious hotel, get ready to be dazzled by the 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!

The first stop is Parque Lage, a public park in the city with a beautiful green toned pool and next door is the Botanic Gardens.

We’ll stop for lunch at one of Rio’s most scenic and unique dining experiences at the horse racing facilities and the rest of the afternoon we’ll explore Parque Lage and the beautiful Botanical Gardens next door at our leisure.

Day 6

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

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

We’ll start with the signature Brazilian cocktail followed by learning how to make a Carioca meal from scratch.

Day 7

Rise and shine for an optional self-guided tour or visit 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 On-site Tour Leader
  • A Bon Voyage Group Video Call to review your trip live with the Up in the Air Life Team
  • Concierge Support before your trip to assist you in Upgrading Your Room and Booking Optional Tours
  • Concierge Support before your trip to book your spa appointments
  • Concierge Support before your trip to book your restaurant reservations
  • Up in the Air Life Private Concierge Chat during your trip for dining/spa reservations and more
  • Local Rio Carioca Tour Guide
  • 6 Nights at 5-star Hotel in Brazil
  • A celebratory Bubbly Toast to kick off our trip
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel 
  • Welcome Sunset Multi-course Dinner with wine pairings 
  • Lapa Nightlife Experience
  • Visit the World-Wonder Christ the Redeemer
  • Sunset at Sugar Loaf
  • Shopping at Ipanema Hippie & Art Fair
  • Photo Op at Parque Lague
  • The Rio Beach Experience
  • Visit an authentic Samba School
  • Afro-Brazilian History Walking Tour
  • 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
  • Watch a live Carnival Sambadrome Rehearsal Performance
  • Infamous Bubby Brunch at Copacabana Palace
  • Gourmet lunch at a Michelin Guide Restaurant
  • A Local Carioca Family-Style Dinner
  • Local Cooking Class including cocktails and dinner
  • Praca Maua Street Art and Outdoor Exhibit
  • VIP Meet + Greet Private Airport Transfers
  • Personalized hand-selected gifts in your 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 the destination
  • Travel Medical Insurance Insurance (Please note this is required to attend the trip.)
  • Room Upgrades are available for purchase after booking
  • Optional tours are available for purchase after booking
  • Tips for Tour Leader, Guides and Drivers
  • Passport or Visa Processing Fees
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the time of travel with at least 2 free visa pages.
  • Expenses for vaccines that may be required

Can you envision yourself on this trip?

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