On your Rio de Janeiro to Buzios Tour, you will see the highlights of one of the most spectacular cities in the world, a lovely colonial mountain retreat and two chic seaside towns with idyllic beaches all in one 9 day long Brazil vacation. Starting in Rio de Janeiro take in the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer Statue, the world famous Ipanema/Copacabana beaches from the ground and then from the air on a thrilling helicopter tour. This city’s natural geography is something not to be missed with jungle covered peaks exploding right out of the cityscape, high into the sky and descending down to white sandy beaches. Also eat a a delicious Brazilian BBQ lunch and absorb the contagious Carioca (Rio dweller) vibe. Then escape the heat of the city by heading into the mountains west of Rio, to Petropolis where on your city tour you will be wowed by the 17th/18th century Portuguese architecture, picturesque parks, canals, bridges, mansions and museums. In the nearby Serra dos Orgaos National Park, enter a protected Atlantic Rainforest reserve where you can trek, bird watch, climb and enjoy the waterfalls/panoramic views of the valley’s below. End your trip in the tropical beach town of Buzios. Walk through the lively, seaside village with its chic restaurants/bars/nightclubs/shops and take a schooner cruise to explore the peninsula’s 17 impressive beaches on your Buzios Tour. Also enjoy a day trip to nearby Arraial do Cabo for its turquoise, cristaline waters, whale watching, snorkeling, diving and surfing.
Situated between lush, Atlantic Rainforest-covered mountains and breathtaking beaches, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) has an allure like no other. Rio’s passion and zeal are instantly felt upon arrival as a result of the Carioca’s (Rio dwellers) way of life where every day seems like a celebration. While large-scale festivities such as Carnaval make Rio famous, there are countless occasions to enjoy all year long; Saturday at Ipanema Beach where some of the the bikini clad Brazilians bask in the tropical sun, a festa (party) in Lapa, football at Maracanã, or an impromptu roda de samba (samba circle) on the sidewalks of Leblon, Copacabana or Lagoa. The spectacular landscape is another of Rio’s virtues. Majestic peaks, golden beaches and deep blue sea offer a range of adventure. Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugarloaf are just the beginning of Rio’s wonderful offerings, ride great surf breaks, trek through Tijuca’s rainforest or hike up Morro Dois Irmaos (Two Brothers Hill) for one of the most impressive views of the city.
Petropolis is a charming mountain retreat with a distinct European feel and less than a one hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro. Situated at an elevation of 838 m (2,749 ft), Dom Pedro II, Brazil’s second King, found the summers to be too humid in Rio de Janeiro and built an ornate and luxurious mansion in Petropolis to escape the heat of the coast below. Much of the ruling class followed suit shortly thereafter and tons of investment/construction came to the city as a result. These beautiful 18th century Portuguese buildings have been preserved and now turned into hotels, museums, monasteries and theaters open to the public. The city center, with its picturesque parks, bridges, canals and old-fashioned street lamps is easily enjoyed on foot or by horse drawn carriage. For bird watchers, trekkers, rock climbers and really any type of outdoor enthusiasts, the lush, 118 square kilometer Serra dos Orgaos National Park features an extensive series of walking trails with waterfalls, natural swimming holes and panoramic views of the valleys below
Lovely Búzios sits on a jutting peninsula featuring 17 beautiful beaches and clear, turquoise sea. Just another fishing village until the 60s, it’s now one of Brazil’s most upscale and happening seaside towns, with chic boutiques, fine restaurants, luxurious accommodations and hip night spots. Búzios is not a single town but rather three settlements on the same peninsula – Ossos, Manguinhos and Armação de Búzios. Ossos, at the northern tip of the outcropping, is the oldest and probably most attractive. It has a pretty harbor and yacht club, plus a few hotels and bars. Manguinhos, has most the luxury resorts, whereas Armação has the most tourist amenities; it’s here that you’ll find famous Rua das Pedras, the pleasant cobble stone street that is the hub of Búzios’ nightlife, and Orla Bardot, the town’s picturesque beachfront promenade. See all of this and more on your Buzios Tour.
Arrive at the Rio de Janeiro airport where our tour representative will be waiting for you to escort you to your accommodations by air conditioned coach. Embrace the lively carioca lifestyle by going for a stroll along the boardwalk, relaxing on the beach, going shopping, and people-watching. For dinner, enjoy a deliciious Brazilian barbecue at one of the most highly touted churrascarias in the city, included in your tour.
After a fresh Brazilian breakfast at the hotel, your English speaking guide will pick you up by air conditioned coach for a full day tour of Rio de Janeiro. First head up to Sugar Loaf Mountain, a granite peak that towers over Guanabara Bay and is right in the midst of the city. Take the cable car ride to the top of Urca Mountain. The views of the city, the ocean, the islands in the bay, and the jungle covered peaks are truly amazing. Then ascend the most famous peak in Rio de Janeiro, Corcovado Mountain where the iconic “Christ the Redeemer” statue sits on top, gazing with outstretched arms over Rio. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s incredible natural terrain as well as close-ups of the statue. Finish your trip in Tijuca National Forest, a protected national reserve that is situated right in the heart of the city. It a lush portion of Atlantic rain forest with a huge variety of wild animals. In terms of territory, the park represents 7% of the whole city and is considered to be the lungs of Rio. See the parks attractions like the Taunay`s waterfalls and with a bit of luck, monkeys as well as many species of birds can be spotted along the way. The evening is free to relax, stroll the promenade, go shopping, watch the Cariocas (Rio Dwellers) in their element and try one of several top notch restaurants nearby.
After yesterday’s ground tour of the city, today see Rio de Janeiro form the air by Helicopter. The 1 hour long flight will provide you unimpeded, spectacular views of: Jacarepaguá airport, Barra da Tijuca forest, São Conrado, Rocinha Slum, Vidigal Slum, Leblon, Ipanema, Arpoador, Copacabana Fort, Copacabana beach, Sugar Loaf, Niteroi city ( Mac Musem, Ferryboat Station and Icaraí beach), Rio- Niterói bridge, Santos Dumont airport, Downtown Rio, Sambadrome (where the largest carnival in the world takes place, Maracanã Stadium ( Brazi’s largest soccer stadium and home to the 2014 world cup final) Corcovado Mountain (the Statue of Christ), Alto da Boa Vista, Barra da Tijuca. Panamerican Games Village, 2016 Olimpic Games Village. Spend the afternoon at your leisure and tonight, try one of our Rio de Janeiro nightlife tours. Just let us know you are interested and we can provide you all of your options and arrange it in advance. Enjoy the best cuisine the city has to offer, a fascinating cultural event, a live Brazilian music/performance or dance samba late into the night at one of the city’s original samba houses in the Lapa neighborhood.
After breakfast at your hotel in Rio transfer by air conditioned coach to the mild, lush, mountain city region, west of Rio for your Petropolis tour with our bilingual guide. On Today’s Petropolis tour you will see the 17th/18th century Portuguese mansions that have been preserved and converted into museums, theaters and monasteries. These include: Museu Imperial, Cathedral Sao Pedro de Alcantara, which has a gorgeous bell tower, offers expansive views of the city and also houses the tomb of Don Pedro II, Brazil’s last emperor. Casa da Santos Dumont a charming house was the summer home of Brazil’s diminutive father of aviation and inventor of the wristwatch. Photos and exhibits document Dumont’s many inventions. The Crystal Palace, built in France and imported in 1879 as greenhouse to grow orchids, is now a venue for evening cultural events. Check into your hotel after the tour and spend the evening at your leisure in the city center, with its picturesque parks, bridges, canals and old-fashioned street lamps, its easily enjoyed on foot or by horse drawn carriage. A wonderful dinner at the hotel is included in the tour.
After another delicious Brazilian breakfast our tour representative will take you by air conditioned coach to the beautiful Buzios. Once you are checked into your hand picked accomodations, spend the afternoon relaxing at the pool or lying on the beach, strolling the promenade or shopping at the chic boutiques in town. Tonight’s scrumptious dinner is included.
After breakfast, our bilingual, certified guide will take you on private boat tour to the see the Peninsula’s 17 impressive beaches. Snorkel, swim and tan as you wish. Stop for a fresh, seafood lunch before continuing the rest of your Buzios tour on land to see the most beautiful parts of the region. The evening is free to spend as you wish.
After breakfast, our bilingual, certified guide will take you 1 hour, by air conditioned coach for your Arraial do Cabo Tour for the even more vibrantly, crystal clear, turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Whale watching, snorkeling, diving and surfing are all wonderful here. Please let us know what interests you and we can arrange it all in advance. A fresh caught sea food lunch with your feet in the sand is included. You’re evening is free to spend at your leisure.
Have a leisurely breakfast, take a morning swim, read in your hammock, do as exactly as you see fit, after all, you are on your Brazil vacation! If you would prefer to do another Buzios tour today, just let us know, there is much more to see and we can arrange it all in advance.
Savor your last Brazilian breakfast of your Rio de Janeiro to Buzios Tour (North) and our representative will take you by air conditioned coach to the Rio de Janeiro airport. If you have extra time, opt to extend your trip or combine it with any of our other personalized, tailor made Brazil Vacations to see more of this immense and gorgeous country.
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