Corcovado + Botanical Gardens + Beaches


We will start visiting the Corcovado, world famous mountain, where the statue

of Christ the Redeemer was built and inaugurated in 1931. To reach the top

of the mountain we will take the cog railway at the Cosme Velho Station,

which takes us through the Tijuca Forest on a 20 minute breathtaking trip

through the rainforest. After reaching the top, we will get very close to the 38m

high Christ Redeemer statue, which has been voted one of the New Seven

Wonders of the World. From above, we can enjoy the magnificent view of Rio

de Janeiro, in its nearly total extension.

The following attraction is the Botanical Garden. It was built in the 19th century

by the Prince Regent D. João VI, to be a testing laboratory of plants from

many parts of the world. The Botanical Garden brings us in touch with the

diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. It is a lovely refuge in the heart of Rio.

Then, we will visit the Tijuca Forest, considered the biggest urban forest in the

world. We will have the opportunity to visit the imposing Taunay natural water

cascade. During this trip, there will be a chance to see wild animals such as

monkeys, birds, butterflies, sloths, among others.


Sugar Loaf & Old Rio


We will start the tour driving to the exclusive Urca area where the Sugar

Loaf is located. Rio was founded at the foot of this landmark. We will take a

cable car journey to the 395 metre high summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The

massive granite stone at the entrance of the Guanabara Bay. The journey and

the scenery from the top provide astonishing views of the city curling around

the mountains and shores, overlooked by the statue of the Christ Redeemer.

The natural atmosphere in and around Sugar Loaf are absolutely facinating – and

will provide a different intake and view as from the Corcovado mountain.

We will continue the tour with a stroll through the old historical city centre of

Rio de Janeiro, from where this magnificent city slowly grew to become the

major natural metropole you are visiting today. Historical buildings, Cultural

Centres, Museums of both modern and traditional art, the famous Theatro

Municipal, Rio´s opera house, and colonial houses from as far back as 16th

and 17th centuries. We will go to both the Lapa and Santa Teresa districts, as

part of the Old Rio visit, stopping at unique places such as the colourful stairs

elaborated by the famous artist Selaron.


Barra da Tijuca Area + Casa do Pontal + Sitio Burle Marx


This drive takes us through the modern Rio de Janeiro, the Barra da Tijuca

area – which will host the Olympic Games 2016, with the majority of the

constructions already well under way.

During this tour, we will visit the artist Burle Marx’s open air museum and

famous gardens. Burle Marx was a well-known Brazilian landscape architect

whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. His work had a

great influence on tropical garden design in the 20th century. Water gardens

were a popular theme in his work.

Afterwards we can learn about Brazilian folklore during the interesting visit to

Casa do Pontal (folklore museum). We will find arts and crafts from all over

Brazil, telling the story of the Brazilian folklore through its objects.


Petrópolis

This full day tour takes us to the historical part of Rio de Janeiro, the nearby

imperial city of Petrópolis, a short drive out from Rio. Petrópolis, in the

mountain range known as Serra Fluminense, in Rio de Janeiro State; it is a

favourite getaway for Rio de Janeiro residents. With cooler weather, historic

buildings, plenty of ecotourism and adventure opportunities, and charming

hotels, Petrópolis is the closest mountain resort around Rio.

Sightseeing in Petrópolis is convenient as many of the city's attractions are in

the historic downtown area. We will visit the following sites:

The exquisite house of Santos Dumont, Brazilian aviator and first pilot to fly

with his famous airplane 14-Bis, around the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


Imperial Museum - Built to be the summer residence of Emperor Pedro II.


São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral - The imperial families mausoleum.


Crystal Palace - Built as a present from Count D'Eu to his wife, Princess

Isabel, the 1884 structure was built in France and inspired in London's Crystal

Palace.


Quitandinha Palace - Once the largest hotel/casino in South America,

Quitandinha is now a trade center.


Praça 14-Bis - On a square dedicated to Alberto Santos Dumont, view a

replica of the 14-Bis, his pioneer airplane, at 75% of the original size.


This will be a welcoming opportunity the leave the busy city of Rio de Janeiro

for a few hours, and dig into Brazil´s history.



Classic Full Day Tour

This tour will take you to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue considered one of the new seven wonders of the world. We will take a cogwheel train to the top of the Corcovado Mountain trough the lush Tijuca Forest where you will have the chance to see diferent animals such as monkeys, birds, butterflies, amongst others. Reaching the summit, you will enjoy one of the most spectacular views worldwide.

I will then take you to the Santa Teresa area. There, we will discover examples of Rio’s old colonial style architecture, as well as a cool place to have lunch or enjoy a drink settling into the atmosphere.

On the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain, we will make a stop at the Selaron staircase, in the Lapa district, the ceramic monument of the now deceased artist.

Urca is where we will take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy the city from a yet a another perspective and a breathtaking view of the hills and beaches of Rio. This is done in a twice 2 ½ minutes gondola ride stopping at Morro da Urca for souvenir shopping and maybe a quick Caipirinha.


H/D Corcovado

Elected one of the New Seven Wonders of the world, the Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the highlights in town that should not be missed. From the top of the Corcovado Mountain you have a 360º view over Rio. We will take a cogwheel train to the top through the Tijuca Forest, 12.5 mi², considered the biggest urban forest in the world, possibly with wild animals to be spotted.

This tour can be combined with a drive along the famous Rio beaches.


H/D Sugar Loaf Mountain

Urca is where we will take the cable car up to Sugar Loaf Mountain and enjoy the city from a yet a another perspective and a breathtaking view of the hills and beaches of Rio. This is done in a twice 2 ½ minutes gondola ride stopping at Morro da Urca for souvenir shopping and maybe a quick Caipirinha. One of the two major “must see’s”.

Rio de Janeiro and Brazil was declared part of the Portuguese colonial empire in the 16th century at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. The cable car dates from back 1912 It was climbed for the first time in 1877 by a British lady.


H/D Botanical Garden + Tijuca Forest

Created in 1808 by D. João VI, the Botanical Garden is one of the most pleasant places to visit in Rio. After a stroll in the Garden, we will drive into the Tijuca Forest, biggest

urban forest in the world, 12.5mi², where there is the possibility to see local flora and fauna.

At the entrance of the park you can experience a trail though the lush and dense Atlantic rainforest.

On the way back we will pass by São Conrado which belonged to the Niemeyer family. The Gávea Golf was the home of Conrad Niemeyer who produced sugar cane in the valley. The world famous Brazilian architect and designer of the nation’s capital Brasília, is a grandson and build his first home here.

Until very few years ago the whole western and modern part of the city of Rio was only accessible through via Avenida Niemeyer, private road to the state. We will take this road back reaching urban Rio.


H/D City Center + Sugar Loaf

Historical downtown Rio, a another absolute “must see”, is a near natural replica of Lisbon, the colonial empires capital, with enoumerals narrow lanes and streets and at nearly every street corner you will discover rococo or baroque churches, as well as the residence of the governor, Vice-roy and later King and Emperor of Brazil. This tour we will be explored walking, seeing beautiful colonial architecture, museumsMonasteries São Bento, the well known Confeitaria Colombo (optional lunch) and the Rio Opera House. Visit to the Sugar Loaf Mountain follows. Description as above.

Maracanã Stadium

The best way to visit the worldwide famous Maracanã stadium is to witness a football match. The matches usually take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Obs.: During my tailor-made tours, we can visit the premises.


Rio by Night

Start by having dinner in one of the many great restaurants in town. After dinner we proceed to Lapa area site of music pubs, bars, show places, all with braz. live music. Mingle with the locals, lose your breath in the samba rhythm. 



Optional Activities:

• Guanabara Bay boat tour;

• Helicopter tour;

• Play Golf at Itanhangá Golf Club;

• Bird Watching;

• Hiking: Morro da Urca (easy) or Tijuca Peak (moderate), both half day tour;

• Hang gliding from Pedra Bonita;

• Scuba diving;

• Shopping tour 

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