The Cidade Maravilhosa (marvelous city), as it is called by the locals, Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most exciting and seductive destinations. With its spectacular setting, famous beaches and charming neighborhoods, Rio offers something for everyone. Whether your interest lies in sophisticated tourism, dance lessons at a local samba school, non-stop nightlife, or just soaking up the sun, there is always something to do and discover in this wonderful city.
Rio de Janeiro Highlights:
The Beaches of Rio
Rio de Janeiro's beaches are legendary throughout the world. This is where the locals come to relax and unwind, mixing happily with international holidaymakers to the seductive rhythms of Bossa Nova. The site of a daily parade of gorgeous people, the beach pulsates with a life of its own and there is electricity in the air; perhaps due to all the beautiful women and their famously diminutive bikinis?
Nightlife and Entertainment
The Cariocas, as Rio natives are called, savor life, and this is most evident in the city's vibrant nightlife. At any time of the day one can enjoy a cold beer or a freshly prepared caprinhia at one of Rio's famous botequins. The extent of dining options is worthy of any world-class city, and ranges from the traditional Brazilian Churrascaria to elegant International cuisine. After dinner, experience live Samba in the city where it was born, attend a Carnaval rehearsal, or spend the night dancing at a glamorous discotheque.
Rio de Janeiro Tours and Services:
A three hour city tour of Rio de Janeiro is the best way to get familiar with the sights and history of this fascinating metropolis. Your knowledgeable guide will pick you up at your hotel and provide insightful commentary on the city's numerous landmarks and diverse neighborhoods.
Note: This three hour tour does not include tours of Sugarloaf or Corcovado Mountains.
Soccer Match Tour:
Soccer, or as the locals call it, futbol, is an important part of Brazilian life and culture. Attend a futbol match at Rio's famous Maracana stadium and get caught up in the passion and excitement of the Brazilian fans.
This tour will take you to the top of Corcovado Mountain, and quite literally into Christ the Redeemer's outstretched arms. A train takes you to the mountain top passing through Tijuca Forest, the largest urban rainforest in the world. Upon arriving at the peak, enjoy breathtaking views as the entire city unfolds beneath you, and the 40 meter-high statue of Christ the Redeemer soars above.
This trip is done by cable car in two stages. The first stop is at Morro da Urca (700 ft), where one can enjoy beautiful views of the city and beaches, have something to eat, or take in a show at the island's outdoor amphitheater. If you choose to go higher, another cable car will take you to the very top (2,460 ft.), which marks the entrance to Guanabara Bay. Here the views are even more spectacular, and if the timing is right, it is the best place in Rio to watch the sun setting over the water.
This tour is one of the best ways to enjoy Rio's unbelievable views, and a unique perspective on all the beauty of this city. There is a selection of different flights that last from 6 minutes to a full hour.
Hang-gliding in Rio:
Hang gliding is an extremely popular activity in Rio. The starting point is Pedra Bonita, considered the best hang gliding site in all of Brazil, and just a short distance from Ipanema. Enjoy a birdseye view of Rio as you coast serenely down to the beach, with the refreshing sea breeze washing over you.
Rio de Janeiro Luxury Lodging Option:
Stay at the Copacabana Palace Hotel:
This is truly one of greatest hotels on earth. Its luxurious rooms, splendid pool, and first class amenities are eclipsed by only one thing, its location. Proudly positioned on one of the world's most famous beaches, a stay here is never disappointing, and something guests will always remember.
Rio de Janeiro Multi-Day Trips:
This spectacular beach resort lies only 2 hours from Rio de Janeiro, and boasts over 20 beaches and more than one hundred inns. Buzios' marvelous beach culture creates a pleasant and tranquil atmosphere; distinguishing it from the nonstop energy of Copocabana and Ipanema. Buzios is an excellent three-day trip, allowing visitors the time to relax and explore the full range of beaches, restaurants, and shops.
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The historic town of Parati is simply enchanting. Three hours drive from Rio de Janeiro; Parati is a charming colonial town, surrounded by hundreds of gorgeous beaches and tropical islands. Experience both culture and relaxation at this popular destination
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Rio de Janeiro Nearby Luxury Beach Resort:
Pestana Angra Resort
Two and a half hours from the bustle of Rio de Janeiro lays this decadent oasis. With access to unique excursions such as waterfall trekking and river fishing, you will be constantly entertained both on and off the resort premises. Furthermore, the seclusion of each individual guest accommodation provides an unmatched venue for honeymooners and travelers who prefer both privacy and serenity.
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Rio de Janeiro Day-trips:
Tropical Islands Tour
A day trip to the tropical islands provides ample opportunities for sailing, snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing. The tour stops at several gorgeous islands throughout the day, including a visit to spectacular Marambaia Bay, where one may have the unforgettable experience of watching Dolphins playing in the turquoise waters.
Nested among the forested hills, The Imperial City, as Petropolis is known, is a popular summer retreat for wealthy Brazilians seeking relief from the heat. Steeped in history, this delightful town is home to the neo-gothic Cathedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara, as well as several museums, including the former summer palace of the Brazilian Emperors. This is a wonderful tour for people interested in Brazil's intriguing past.
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Contact: Karolina Guilcapi
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