Spend a week in Brazil with this Rio de Janeiro vacation for less than $1500

With the help of low airfares and pegged as one of the must-see destinations for 2016, Rio won’t be this cheap for long.

Home to the next Olympic Games, some of the world’s most iconic beaches (we’re talking about you two, Copacabana and Ipanema), and being just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Amazon, there’s a good chance Rio de Janeiro is pretty high on your bucket list.

And if, like us, a trip to Brazil was just a pipe dream, you need to check this out. We’ve found a way to spend a whole week in Rio, including flights, accommodation and three separate day tours for just $1466.50.

Here’s how:

First, you’ll need to book your flight:

I Want That Flight is currently offering fares to Brazil from a few places in Australia from just $1108 return. These flights are with Air New Zealand. While there’s not much flexibility in terms of departure dates, it’s good to know that these May departures sit just after the wet season comes to a close and average temperatures in the city are a comfortable 27 degrees.

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There are flights available form other cities in Australia as well, including Brisbane from $1127 return and Adelaide from $1274 return, however in order to get this price the trips were much longer than one week.

Second, you’ll need to book accommodation in Rio de Janiero:

Rio’s a huge city that’s home to more than 6.3 million people and sprawls for 1,221 square kilometres. We’ve found the Ibis Rio de Janiero, a 3-star hotel in the centre of city, to be a suitable budget option. At just $459 for a week (or $229.50 per person, twin share), the hotel is close to a metro station and tram stop, a short walk to the quickly gentrifying area of Caioca’s bars, cafes and restaurants, and is about 15 minutes from Copacabana and Ipanema. There’s also free Wi-Fi.

Ibis Rio de Janiero

Ibis Rio de Janiero from Accor Hotels

  • Rooms have hardwood flooring, modern bathrooms, comfortable bedding, flat-screen televisions and free Wi-Fi access
  • Short walk to a Carioca metro station, Santa Tereza tram terminal and 15 minutes to Copacabana and Ipanema
  • Le Club members can get an extra 5% off
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$229 per person, twin share

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Third, you’ll need a few things to do in Rio de Janeiro:

As much as we all say we’d like to for nothing but lay on a beautiful beach for an entire week, let’s face it: after a day or two, boredom kicks in. So we thought we’d throw in a couple of day tours to help get the most out of your time in Rio.

    • Favela Tour: Home to about 20% of the city’s population, the hillside favelas are a must-see if you want to experience local life in the city, and due to safety concerns, it’s recommended you see them on a tour. US$35 (AUD$45)
    • Samba Lessons: Get into the rhythm of Brazil and learn the country’s dance moves with a 4-hour samba class before joining the group for a night of dancing. $36
    • Walking tour of Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps: Explore some of Rio’s local areas and tour the cobblestoned streets of Santa Teresa. This tour takes you to local artists, historic architecture sites and the iconic Selaron steps.$48
Walking tour of Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps
Walking tour of Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps

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Don’t believe us that a weeklong trip to Brazil can be this cheap? Here’s the maths:


*Flight and accommodation prices accurate as of 4 April,2016 and represent pricing for a stay from 17-24 May, 2016. Prices are subject to change.

Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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