Known to Brazilians as a Cidade Maravilhosa (‘marvellous city)’, Rio enjoys and enviable location along an astonishingly beautiful coastline, set between rainforest-clad peaks and idyllic sandy beaches. Many have described it as the world’s most beautiful city setting, with its lofty peaks offering panoramic city views over the ocean and bays below.
Whether you’re planning a multi-centre Brazil or South America holiday, or you’re planning to stop over for a few days on your round the world trip, this package offers everything you need. Including hotel, transfers and a jam-packed city tour to all the highlights – you can visit Rio de Janeiro, tick off all the sights and still have time for a Caipirinha!
When you arrive at Rio airport, you’ll be met by a private car and driver and taken to your hotel, to check in for a 3-night stay.
Depending on when you arrive, you should have some time to start exploring the city or hit the beach. If you’re looking for nightlife – try the bars and restaurants in the Lapa district.
Today we’ve included a Rio city tour to help you get your bearings and deliver you to all the main sights. First, you’ll visit the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, who watches faithfully over the city from the summit of the Corcovado. From this high vantage point, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. ‘Breath-taking’s is often over-used to describe views, but not with Rio; you’ll see the city’s skyscrapers, Guanabara Bay, the Maracana stadium, Tijuca Forest and the other well-known lookout – Sugar Loaf Mountain (more of this on later)
After soaking in the views, your tour will take you to Tijuca Forest National Park, an Atlantic rainforest full of lush vegetation, waterfalls and a huge variety of wildlife. Your guide will take you to see Taunay’s waterfalls and the ‘Chinese View’ – a beautiful oriental gazebo, built to honour the Chinese who brought tea cultivation to Brazil. Hopefully, you’ll also spot some monkeys, lizards, coatis, racoons and toucans too!
Top end your tour, you’ll visit Sugar Loaf Mountain, the peak at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. Take the cable car through several levels to reach the summit at 394m and prepare yourself for some more amazing views – including back towards the Statue of Christ.
After your tour, you’ll be driven back to your hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.
Today is free for you to explore Rio at your own pace.
With so much on offer; sports fans could visit the famous Maracanã Stadium, taste some Brazilian dishes in one of the city’s vibrant restaurants, explore the historic neighbourhoods, colonial architecture, museums and natural sights – or just hit the beach.
For an authentic night out in Rio, we recommend the bohemian Lapa neighbourhood where Caipirinha and samba go hand in hand; this is where thousands of people in Rio start their evening.
Today, you’ll be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport or bus station to continue your travel plans.
Our itineraries are tailor-made, so this stopover can be attached to a more extended tour of Brazil or switched around to suit your stay. Please let your consultant know your preferences!
This itinerary is based on 3 nights in a twin share room including breakfast. The accommodation used is 3* - 3.5* and our preferred hotels can be found in either the trendy Palermo district or the more bohemian San Telmo.
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