Revel in one of the biggest parties on earth, witness the spectacular scenery of Rio, experience the craziness of the Sambadrome, relax knowing you have local support taking care of all the details.
Rio de Janeiro • Sambodrome • The Sugar Loaf • Corcovado • The South Region of Rio
- Rio de Janeiro – chasing the samba scene in Lapa or wandering the village like streets of Santa Teresa;
- Sambodrome – the setting for the greatest show on earth;
- A tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain with a cable car ride for stunning views and dinner at a barbecue restaurant;
- Corcovado – the famous Statue of Christ made of soapstone mosaic;
- The South Region of Rio – Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon (three famous beaches where most tourists usually stay ).
Tour available as:
• Private tour –English-speaking local tour guide and pre-booked accommodation.
Day 2 – Rio de Janeiro – The Carnival Experience
Breakfast at the hotel. Take it slow today because the parade literally lasts all night. It might be a good day to relax on one of the many beaches on offer in the city. Carnival Parade Night it starts at 21:00. At around 19h, you will be picked and transferred to the Sambodrome to see the Carnival Parade. Be prepared for a very late night ( until 04/05 am ). After the Parade you’ll transfer back to your hotel. Since 1984, the Samba Parade found a permanent home at the Sambodrome, in the downtown area.
Day 3 – Rio de Janeiro – The Sugar Loaf
Breakfast at the hotel. Leaving the hotel, tour will visit the Sugar Loaf, known world over as Rio’s postcard and a must to visit.. Sugar Loaf is reached on a two-stage cable car ride. This cable car, in operation is of Italian manufacture and takes 80 persons per trip on a 2-minute ride, each stage. The first stage, Morro da Urca – barely 170 mts high, has a restaurant, amphitheater, a helipoint for scenic rides and a privileged view of the Yacht Club and Botafogo Bay. The second stage takes one up to the Sugar Loaf – thus named because of the loaves of sugar that were commonly used by the Portuguese at the time of the discovery of the city. The all-encompassing view of this privileged 270-meter high lookout is unrivaled.
We will head to downtown where Rio’s major colonial buildings are located and where the city started to develop. We will pass by the Marechal Floriano Square, also known as Cinelandia. This square concentrates the best of late 18th century French style architecture in Rio de Janeiro: the Municipal Theatre, a scaled-down of the Paris Opera; the Fine Arts Museum; the National Library (reputed worldwide for the copies of Gutemberg’s bible and other first editions dating back to 1500 – brought to Brazil by the Imperial Family of Portugal when they moved to Brazil fleeing Napoleon’s threat). A fine example of baroque art – and usually unnoticed – the Sao Bento Monastery, which can also be visited.
Day 4 – Rio de Janeiro – Corcovado
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time to visit your favourite site again or take in some of Rio de Janeiro’s expansive beaches. “God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio,” so say the Cariocas, residents of this beautiful city. In the Afternoon visit Corcovado. Corcovado’s summit, home to the Christ the Redeemer statue is reached by taking a Swiss made cogwheel train that climbs the mountain from its base at 15 mts to near its summit at 670 mts. The very top is reached by climbing a flight of steps reaching the base of Christ the Redeemer statue. This statue covered with a mosaic of soapstone is one of Rio’s finest Art Nouveau monuments. The view, from this vantage point, with the surrounding Tijuca National Forest spreading below and a circle of mountains closing the horizon at the very back of the Guanabara bay.
Day 5 – Rio de Janeiro
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time in the morning to visit the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro ( Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon ). Brilliant, white beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema, deep blue waters of the Atlantic, the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay, the bare blue slopes of the Sugar Loaf combine to make Rio unique. In the afternoon transfer to the airport for the fliht back home.
The music, the beaches, the wildlife, and most importantly the people: it’s hard not to fall for Brazil. In Brazil there really is no end. I have fond memories spotting wildlife (especially in the Pantanal and the Amazon), making friends in small towns and in general getting beneath the surface. There’s really no other country that offers so much.
At once both a cinematic cityscape and a grimy urban front line, Rio de Janeiro, known as the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), is nothing if not exhilarating. Flanked by gorgeous mountains, white-sand beaches and verdant rainforests fronting deep blue sea, Rio occupies one of the most spectacular settings of any metropolis in the world. Tack on one of the sexiest populations on the planet and you have an intoxicating tropical cocktail that leaves visitors punch-drunk on paradise.