(Rio de Janeiro, Paraty)
Brazil’s coastal cities, with their vibrant historic neighbourhoods, beach-lined islands, and sought after restaurants, are the perfect starting point for anyone looking to delve into the heart of this impassioned country.
Begin in Rio, and visit Ipanema and Copacabana. Take rainforest train rides to iconic landmarks like Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Lunch in a restaurant founded in 1894, considered a living portrait of Rio’s Belle Epoche era, and regarded by “Saveur” magazine as one of the 100 best in the world. Tour colonial history with your expert private guide, learning about the different hands who’ve left their mark on this cosmopolitan city.
Travel on to Paraty, a city considered an Historic National Monument by UNESCO. With more charm and ambience than can be squeezed into one trip, you’ll stroll picturesque streets, snorkel any of its 65 islands and numerous beaches, and enjoy an evening of culinary indulgence, as you learn from the masters the many histories that make up todays Brazilian cuisine.
An immersive trip for those looking to dive into Brazil’s history, and mingle with its diverse modern culture. Rio and Paraty is a beautiful stand-alone trip, or can be your base for a longer trip to Iguassu, the Amazon, or the Pantanal!
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Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Meet your personal driver and guide for an airport transfer in Rio de Janeiro.
A valid passport is required for all American or Canadian citizens, including children, intending to visit Brazil. It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country. There have been cases where citizens were refused entry for not having the six-month validity. In addition, all Americans & Canadians are required to have a valid Brazilian Visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance. Otherwise, they will be refused entry into the country.
Enjoy a full day private excursion with your own vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking guide to visit Corcovado and Sugarloaf. After being picked up from your hotel, the morning starts with a panoramic tour of the Rio beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, and the famous Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon as you head to the Cosme Velho district. Board the traditional cog-wheel train and enjoy the ride through the Tijuca rainforest up to the 125 foot-tall (38 meter) iconic Christ Redeemer Statue. The impressive statue hosts one of the best views of the city.Continue your tour to downtown Rio where you'll pass by the infamous Sambadrome, the exhibition area for the renowned Samba schools during Carnival. Continue through the city to see the Metropolitan Cathedral, made famous for its unusual pyramid shape, the traditional Cinelandia Square where you'll find various historic buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts.Enjoy lunch (included) at Confeitaria Colombo (except Sundays). Founded in 1894, the restaurant is living portrait of the Belle Époque era of Rio’s Downtown Business Center. Nominated one of the 100 best options of world gastronomy by "Saveur” Magazine, the food will not disappoint. After lunch head towards the Urca neighborhood, to visit one of Rio's most iconic symbols, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Traveling on a cable car, you'll first stop on Urca Hill at 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level to capture panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Ascend on a second cable car to reach the Sugar Loaf summit for breathtaking views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Note: Sites visited may change depending on current traffic conditions, weather, street closures or other factors that may arise.
Spend a half day today on a private historical tour of Rio de Janeiro in the company of a guide and private vehicle and driver. On your tour you will be lead through the colonial avenues, squares and back streets of the city, and your guide will explain the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America's most exciting city. Focusing on the period or architectural style, fine examples of Baroque constructions would be the "São Bento" and "Santo Antonio" Monasteries, which recall the times when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. The French influence can be seen from buildings that were built as early as the 19th century and examples include the Municipal Theater and the Fine Art museum. The city's cultural and artistic diversity is showcased on various cultural institutions such as the Cultural Centre Bank of Brasil and the Brazil-France House. Some other features of this tour are "Candelária" Church, "Praça XV" and "Arco dos Telles".
Consider a tour to Corcovado, a trip up Sugarloaf Mountain, a visit to the botanical gardens or a tandem hanggliding experience off one of the nearby mountains.
Join a shared coach transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty today. The journey should take between 4 to 5 hours. Please note this is a shared service, with the driver picking up passengers at different hotels.
Different from the other colonial cities of Brazil, the architecture of Paraty has character, originality and definition forming a harmonious monument to the XVIII century. Paraty today is a Historic National Monument as declared by UNESCO. The tour has includes a guide that will tell you about legends and history of the last century, visiting churches, museum, and old houses. The tour is perfect for taking pictures and videos.
The churches charge a tax (it is not included in the tour price).
Enjoy a demonstration of typical Brazilian cooking from the Amazonas, Bahia and Minas Gerais. The evening of demonstration and dinner starts with a batida. Then chef Yara Castro Roberts gathers the group around the stove in the ultra-modern kitchen and demonstrates how each dish on the meni is made. Those who so choose participate in the preparation. Brazilian cuisine is at a cross road of cultures reflecting its roots that combines the native Indian, the Portuguese and the African. Yara tells stories about each of these traditions and tells stories about the ingredients, their origins and their place in Brazil’s history. Along with the recipes, she gives cooking tips that you can apply easily yourself. Next, the superb dinner. It includes a welcome drink, then enjoy the dishes you produce together: appetizer, main course with side dish, salad, and dessert. Beverages include wine at dinner (Argentine or Chilean) then cafezinho and concluding with a cachaça tasting. Throughout dinner Yara entertains you with stories about how each dish entered Brazilian culture, stories about who prepared the dishes through the centuries and thus who seduced who. Conversation flows and civilization happens.
Paraty has 65 islands and many beaches. It is surrounded by exuberant vegetation that forms a secluded and stunning area. The waters are perfect for both swimming and snorkeling. The specific route depends on the day of the week, but regardless, you are sure to have an enjoyable day at sea! The tour makes 4 stops with about 40 minutes at each spot, and there is the option of having lunch on one of the beaches’ restaurants. Every stop presents the possibility for some snorkeling with great visibility of the water fauna.
Join a shared coach transfer from Paraty to Rio de Janeiro today. The journey should take between 4 to 5 hours. Please note this is a shared service, with the driver picking up passengers at different hotels.
The Windsor Excelsior Copacabana Hotel is situated right on Copacabana Beach, facing the ocean, at one of the most elegant addresses in Rio de Janeiro. All the Windsor Excelsior Hotel rooms and suites were designed with charm and elegance to provide guests with comfort and moments of relaxation. Staff are warm and hospitable, and serve up the best of breakfasts, featuring fresh fruits and lots of continental options. When not lounging on the beach, check out the view from the hotel's rooftop pool. The hotel is also walking distance or a short cab ride to all the attractions one's heart could desire.
The Pousada Arte Urquijo is located in the historical colonial center of Paraty next to the Santa Rita Church, with a panoramic view of the Bay of Paraty and the Bocaina Mountains. The Arte Urquijo is in an old restored "sobrado" (2-story house) where its architectural style and the preservation of original materials, including stonewalls, wooden furniture and fine wooden details make it stand out. Relax in this quaint and cozy lodge, decorated with a one of a kind art collection, as guests immerse themselves in the cool and refreshing mountain air and wake to the sea breeze in their room courtesy of Mother Nature. Rooms also provide a secret rooftop view of this magical town.
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