See the highlights of one of the most spectacular cities in the world, a truly idyllic paradise island and an UNESCO World Heritage Site tucked away high in the mountains all in one 9 day trip. Staring 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 of the city. 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. Taste the best Brazilian cuisine in the city and absorb the contagious Carioca (Rio dweller) vibe. Then wind down from the busy city and head to the tropical, car free island of Ilha Grande where you can enjoy the pristine Atlantic rainforest trails and deserted beaches at your leisure. End your Brazil trip in the beautiful mountainous state of Minas Gerais. In this amazingly preserved, historical mining region, you will visit the charming towns of Sao Joao Del Rei, Caxambu and Tiradentes which are on the way to Ouro Preto. Once there, walk the cobblestone streets, admire the exquisite 17th century Portuguese architecture, take in the expansive views and majestic waterfalls. In route back to Rio de Janeiro, stop for a city tour of Petropolis which is surrouned by jungled filled mountains and houses some of the Brazil’s most interesting museums.
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. A Rio de Janeiro tour is a must see for anyone coming to travel in Brazil.
A true tropical paradise island filled with empty beaches, pristine/protected rain forest covered hills, kilometers and kilometers of hiking trails and a small, inviting town called Vila do Abraao which has b&bs, restaurants, bars and all the tourist infrastructure necessary to absorb the island’s beauty comfortably. Spend your days exploring the trails, snorkeling, surfing, basking in the sun on the white sand beaches and taking a boat tour to explore the entire perimeter of the island. No need to worry about traffic on this island since motor vehicles are prohibited, sit back and relax, you are in paradise! One of our Ilha Grande tours are a must on your Brazil vacation.
Of all the exquisite colonial towns scattered around the state of Minas Gerais, Ouro Preto is the crown jewel. Significant historically as a center of gold mining and government, the city remains vital in modern times as a center for education and the arts, and as one of Brazil’s most visited tourist destinations. Built at the feet of the Serra do Espinhaço (mountains) Ouro Preto’s colonial center is larger and has steeper topography than any other historical town in Minas. The narrow, crooked streets of the upper and lower towns tangle together beautifully giving Ouro Preto its unique feel and UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Navigating the vertiginous cobblestone slopes make the views from the 23 churches spread out across the hilly panorama that much more spectacular. The city is a showcase of outstanding Mineiro art and architecture with its many museums and 17th century Portuguese buildings. An Ouro Preto tour is a must for anyone interested in architecture, history and nature on their Brazil holiday.
Start one of our Rio, Ouro Preto, Ilha Grande Tours on arrival 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 delicious 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 another wonderful breakfast at your hotel, transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis by private air conditioned coach. Then take the ferry to Vila do Abraão in Ilha Grande. This tropical, mountainous island features federally protected Atlantic Rainforest vegetation, 150 km of walking trails, waterfalls, tranquil villages, secluded beaches, and an absence of cars or roads. Check in to your beautiful hotel and enjoy the delightfully slow pace of this island paradise as well as a wonderful dinner included in your itinerary.
Have breakfast at the pousada and then enjoy a free day relaxing on the beaches, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, and hiking. There are an endless series of trails, including easy walks as well as more strenuous hikes. Parnaioca beach on the opposite side of the island from the main port town, is the most secluded and pristine of Ilha Grande’s stretches of sand. If you prefer to spend the day scuba diving, doing a boat tour to see all the island’s beaches, or a guided walking tour we can arrange that for you as well. Just let us know.
This morning, after breakfast at your pousada, (b&b) take the ferry back to Angra dos Reis where our tour representative will be waiting for you to take you by air conditioned coach through the Serra da Bocaina National Park to the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil’s historic mining area. En route, stop at Caxambu, a beautiful town known for its mineral water with healing properties. Take a dip and tour the village before continuing on to the gold mining town of São João del Rei. Check into your hotel, relax and stroll the quaint, peaceful streets at your leisure. Tonight’s scrumptious dinner at your hotel is included.
After breakfast at your hotel, our tour representative will take you on the short drive to Tiradentes, a sleepy and wonderfully preserved colonial city where the Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho carved his famous “Twelve Prophets” statues. See these works of art, admire the beautiful mountains surrounding you and then continue on to Ouro Preto, the region’s crown jewel, where the majority of the gold was extracted during the gold rush. Check into the hotel, and enjoy a wonderful dinner, included in your tour.
After breakfast at the hotel, walk through Ouro Preto with our bilingual guide and learn about the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you take in the panoramic views of the city’s 23 restored, colonial churches. The evening is free to walk about at your leisure and try one of the diverse eateries in town.
After the last Brazilian breakfast of one of our Rio, Ouro Preto, Ilha Grande Tours , our representative will take you by air conditioned coach for the return journey to Rio de Janeiro. The scenic ride follows the beautiful Serra do Mar mountains. Stop along the way to tour the city of Petrópolis, which was once the summer palace for Brazil’s first emperor that has been turned into the Imperial Museum. Eat a delectable lunch at one of the city’s top restaurants (included) and then continue to the Rio de Janeiro airport for your flight home. Or, if you are not ready the Rio, Ouro Preto, Ilha Grande Tours to end, choose to extend your trip or combine it with any other of our other 100% personalized, Custom Brazil Vacations.
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