Rio de Janeiro is one of the most attractive cities in South America, with the largest urban forest in the world, beautiful bays, lagoons and 90 km of beaches and mountains. Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the World, Rio de Janeiro is the first city to receive the certificate of World Heritage for its Cultural Landscape. This unprecedented title was recently conferred by the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO).
The city of Rio is indeed considered one of the world’s dream cities! It is located in a beautiful natural environment which brings amazingly together the mountains and the sea in a luxuriant tropical setting, all this highlighted by one characteristic that is fundamental: the friendliness of its people.
Rio de Janeiro is easily accessible from all over the world, with direct flights from major cities in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. It is also a one stop away from Asia and Australia. Additionally, Rio de Janeiro is a 50 minutes flight from São Paulo, which has the biggest international airport in South America.
Right in the heart of the city, you can find a tropical forest known as Tijuca Forest. There, in an area of over 4,200 hectares, you can get in touch with an amazing flora, and also find lakes, fountains, historical sites and marvel at the over 200 species of birds and other animals, like the capuchin monkey, the agouti, and the crab-eating fox.
Rio also offers a wide range of options for tourism and should not be looked at a single destination but as a Gateway to Brazil. Some of the many wonders of the country can be found within two hours drive from the city, in the State of Rio de Janeiro. A variety of options that can take visitors to the mountains, the beaches, the Atlantic forest, historic towns or fishing villages, depending only on the visitors choice.
Tours in Rio
Rio de Janeiro, famous for its forest-covered mountains and golden beaches, will take your breath away with its dramatic scenery. Take a hike in the mountains and enjoy the colorful flora or visit one of the many architectural wonders offered in beautiful Rio. As an attendee of the event, you can take advantage of these exciting city tours. It was curious, more information.
Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf)
Ride through Rio’s beautiful architectonic monuments, passing by the Sambodrome, where Rio’s famous Carnival Parade takes place and visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral, located in the Downtown area. Familiarize yourself with traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. After the panoramic tour, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf.
You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes us to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. From this stage, a second cable car takes us up to the second Hill, called “Pão de Açúcar” (Sugar Loaf). At 395 meters we’ll enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói. You will for sure be amazed by the awesome views.
Frequency: Daily departures in the morning (exact pickup time to be informed upon booking confirmation)
Approximate duration: 4hr
Corcovado Mountain & Christ The Redeemer Statue
Reach the top of “Corcovado” by rail. A modern Swiss-made cogwheel rail climbs through “Tijuca” Rain Forest to the top of the mountain (710 meters). The cogwheel takes about 17 minutes, at a maximum speed of 15km/h on its way up, and 22 minutes, at 12km/h, on its way down. One of the most amazing views during this trip is the one of “Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas”. At the very top of the mountain, carved in soapstone mosaic in the finest art nouveau style, stands the Christ the Redeemer, a 38 meters tall statue with arms outstretched as if it were blessing the city. The above view of nearly the entire city is nothing but breathtaking.
Frequency: Daily departures in the afternoon (exact pickup time to be informed upon booking confirmation)
Approximate duration: 4hr
Historical Rio – Walking Tour
Our expert guide will lead you through the colonial avenues, squares and narrow streets of Rio, explaining the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America’s most exciting city. The walk includes a visit to many interesting points, such as the São Bento Monastery, Candelaria (the candle makers), Praça XV, the “Travessa do Mercado”, Imperial Court, the cultural centre located in the beautifully-beautifully restored Banco do Brasil, the Casa França-Brasil, França Ouvidor (the listeners) Street and Gonçalves Dias Street with the traditional Colombo Coffee Shop. The walk continues on down Uruguaiana Street, Carioca Square up to the Metropolitan Cathedral where passengers will meet the transportation that will take them back to their hotels.
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. Already from the 19th century, the French influence e is still shown by the “Teatro Municipal” (Municipal Theater) and the “Museu Nacional de Belas Artes”. The city’s cultural and artistic variety is exhibited on major cultural institutions such as “Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil” and the “Casa França-Brasil”. Some other features of this tour are “Candelária” Church, “Praça XV” and “Arco dos Telles”.
Frequency: Tuesdays – Thursdays – Fridays, in the afternoon (exact pickup time to be informed upon booking confirmation)
Approximate duration: 4hr
The Rio Botanical Garden covers an area of 137 hectares, where 54 hectares are cultivated, and the other 83 hectares are still of native vegetation. The cultivated area is divided into 24 rows, 40 sections and 40 garden beds, totaling almost 6.000 species The history of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro begins with the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to the country in 1808. Shortly after arriving, the Prince João VI founded the Botanical Garden ordering the construction of an acclimatization garden for growing species brought from the East Indies. The Garden also houses monuments of historical, artistic and archaeological significance. The Botanical Garden has an important research institute, which develops a wide range of botanical studies in Brazil.
Frequency: Tuesdays – Saturdays, in the morning (exact pickup time to be informed upon booking confirmation)
Approximate duration: 4hr
Petrópolis – The Imperial City
Located about 800 meters above sea level, the city of Petropolis is located 60 km away from Rio and has been called the Imperial City since the times of the Emperor Pedro II. Settled by the Germans, Petropolis keeps the memory of Brazilian history alive with its buildings and charming streets. This tour starts with the visit to the Imperial Museum, which has been the summer residence of the Emperor D. Pedro II, and keeps furniture and objects such as the crown of gold, pearls, and diamonds used by D. Pedro I and D. Pedro II.
The tour will continue on to the Gothic Cathedral where Princess Isabel was buried along with the tombstones of D. Pedro II and his wife. From there you will see the Crystal Palace, built in France and mounted in Brazil, destined to shelter exhibitions and great parties promoted by Princess Isabel.
Frequency: Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the morning (exact pickup time to be informed upon booking confirmation)
Jeep Tour in Tijuca Forest
Just a few steps from the streets of Rio lies the thriving oasis of Tijuca, the world’s largest urban rainforest. Contained within the city limits, this lush jungle is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. You will enter the Tijuca Rainforest in an open jeep, truly emphasizing the contrast between the stone jungle of Rio and the lush green backdrop of Tijuca. Feel the refreshing spray of the Monkey’s and Taunay Waterfalls, pausing to soak in impressive views of Rio and its surroundings at Vista Chinesa. No visit to the rainforest would be complete without actually hiking the trails under the canopy and interacting with this amazing ecosystem. Enjoy an approximately 20 to 30-minute hike along a pleasant trail as you see the plants, animals and beautiful butterflies.
Frequency: Daily departures in the morning and afternoon (exact pickup time to be informed upon booking confirmation)