Río de Janeiro: Home of Wonders
JANEIRO is the capital of the State of Rio de Janeiro, and was also Brazil's capital from 1763 to 1961. It is nestled between the mountains and the sea. Its magnificent shoreline includes charming bays and beautiful beaches, dotted with islands up and down the coast. Some highlight attractions of the city: Sugar loaf mount (395mts high) situated in the middle of the Guanabara Bay offering one of the most breathtaking views of the city; Corcovado mount with Christ Redeemer statue (completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet/30 meters tall), white sandy beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema beach, the Sambodromo where sambas schools parade, the Maracana stadium and the Metropolitan Cathedral, well known for its pyramid form.
What can we do there?
Duration: 4 hours
Depart from the hotel to visit the Christ Statue, recently elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2,300 ft. above sea level, atop Corcovado Hill. Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, we will arrive at the foot of the hill, where we embark on a small train which climbs the beautiful mountainside. Upon reaching the top, visitors will experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City”!
Sugar Loaf Tour
Duration: 4 hours
Over a million tourists every year visit the world famous Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado and downtown Rio.
Corcovado & Sugar Loaf
Duration: Full Day
Depart from the hotel after breakfast to visit the most famous landmarks of the city and see the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro from up above. Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’, (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a concentrated, refined sugar loaf. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes passengers to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 215 meters above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands. From Urca Hill, passengers continue in a second cable-car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 395 meters above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city including Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards, descend the mountain and stop for a delicious lunch. From there passengers will be taken to the bottom of the Corcovado Hill. Embark on a comfortable train that ascends the mountain, where the statue of Christ the Redeemer is located 2,300 ft above sea level. The Christ statue, known as the “wonder of Rio”, was recently elected one of the 7 "New Wonders of the World". Upon arrival at the top, guests can use the panoramic elevators or escalators to arrive at the foot of the statute. There, passengers can enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is called the "Marvelous City".
Duration: 6 hours
Petrópolis is located in the Serra dos Órgãos National Park, and is only one hour from Rio de Janeiro. In Petrópolis, visitors will have a chance to see the Imperial Museum, which served as the summer residence of the imperial family during the 19th century. Visitors can view various historical pieces such as the scepter and crown of Emperor Don Pedro II, historical documents, imperial jewelry and the priceless pieces of art that belonged to the imperial family. During our tour we will visit the Crystal Palace and the São Pedro de Alcantara Gothic Cathedral.
Jeep Tour Corcovado and Tijuca Forest
Duration: 4 hours
Following hotel pick up in an open-air, we will make our way to Corcovado Mountain, located in the Tijuca Atlantic Forest - the largest urban forest in the world and home to the famed Christ the Redeemer statue which was recently elected as one of the 7 “New Wonders of the World”. Stop at the Dona Marta Observatory and Corcovado to admire the views. The tour continues up Paineiras road and stops at the Tijuca Forest, where guests will embark on a trail up to the Cascatinha Falls. Following Canoas Road, the tour passes by Pepino beach (‘Cucumber Beach’) and returns to the hotel.
Corcovado and Santa Teresa
Duration: 8 hours
We will leave the hotel in direction to the Cosme Velho neighborhood where we will board the train which will take us up the beautiful mountainside before arriving at the feet of Christ the Redeemer, one of the seven “New Wonders of the World”, located 2,300ft above sea level. There will be available time here to enjoy the most famous panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, also known as the “Marvelous City”. From here we will drive to the tram station where we will embark to a tour through Santa Teresa, a traditional neighborhood located high upon the hills of the city, overlooking downtown and Guanabara Bay. Home to several Twentieth century mansions, cultural houses, galleries and gourmet restaurants, Santa Teresa’s charming cobbled streets are also a haven for local artists and intellectuals. Next, we will stop by Ruins Park (‘Parque das Ruinas’) where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Rio de Janeiro. Afterwards, the Farmstead of Heaven Museum (‘Museu Chácara do Céu) – which has a very interesting collection of Brazilian and European art, highlighting Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Matisse and Modigliani. The tour continues to Largo do Guimarães, considered the heart of the neighborhood, where there are several bars and restaurants. We will then return to the hotel.
The Secrets of All Rio
Duration: 4 hours
This is a unique walking tour which gives visitors a feeling for the legends and stories woven around the narrow streets and old historical buildings of downtown Rio. The walk includes a visit to many interesting points, such as the São Bento Monastery, Candelária Church, Praça XV, the \"Travessa do Mercado\", Imperial Palace (‘Paço Imperial’), the cultural center located in the beautifully-restored Banco do Brasil, the Casa França-Brasil, Ouvidor Street and Gonçalves Dias Street with the traditional Colombo Coffee Shop. The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square, and up to the Metropolitan Cathedral where passengers will meet the transportation that will take them back to their hotels.
Rio by Night
Duration: 5 hours
We will pick up you at the hotel for a dinner at a Barbecue Restaurant. After dinner we head to the most famous samba theater in Rio de Janeiro to enjoy an unforgettable performance of Brazilian Samba and folklore. A look into the magical world of Brazilian Carnival wrapped in the colors and the sounds of exotic percussion instruments.