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Brazil Rio de Janeiro & Emerald Coast

8 Days | A Classic Journey

8 Days

Brazil Rio de Janeiro & Emerald Coast

Welcome to Brazil!

8 Days Sample Journey

Trip at a Glance

Day 1

Arrival Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Day 2

Soak up the atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro during a full day exploration

Day 3

Peddle your way to discover Rio’s urban side. Enjoy a fun paddle boarding lesson

Day 4

Discover the world-famous Sugar Loaf Mountain before heading to the seaside town of Paraty

Day 5

Venture out for an exciting waterfall and jungle jeep adventure

Day 6

Head out on a full day trek to Mamangua Peak

Day 7

Take in the vibrant underwater sea life during a snorkeling adventure in the Paraty Islands

Day 8

Depart Brazil

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Day 1: ARRIVE RIO DE JANEIRO

Welcome to Brazil!

Your classic luxury journey begins with a stay in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Accommodations: Miramar Hotel by Windsor
  • Meals Included: None Today
Day 2: RIO DE JANEIRO

Enjoy a full day exploration of Rio de Janeiro

Situated atop a mountain, at a height of 2,329 feet above sea level, is the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the world’s best-known and most-visited monuments and now one of the seven wonders of the world. Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, you arrive at the foot of the hill from where you will embark on a small train. Upon reaching the top, experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City!”

The charming district of Santa Teresa is one of the most original of the city due to its unique hillside geography, history, and the alternative urban lifestyle it offers. This picturesque neighborhood that began as the site of a Carmelite convent (still here) in the 18th Century is home today to some of Brazil’s most vibrant artists – many of whom open their home studios to the public. Rio’s elegance and colorful artistic side are expressed in Santa Teresa’s lush flowers; large, elegant old houses; winding streets and breathtaking views.

Enjoy an overview of the downtown area with stops at the modern cathedral, Banco do Brazil Cultural Center, and the Casa Franca-Brazil (France-Brazil foundation), and The Marechal Floriano Square, also known as Cinelandi. These locations concentrate the best of late 18th century French-style architecture in Rio de Janeiro. The Municipal Theatre (a scaled-down copy of the Paris Opera), the Fine Arts Museum, and the National Library will also be stops during your tour. Lunch will be at a local churrascarias in town.

  • Accommodations: Miramar Hotel by Windsor
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 3: RIO DE JANEIRO

Continue your exploration of Rio de Janeiro on a bike tour, followed by a fun paddle boarding lesson.

The Urban Tour is a cycling tour in Rio, focusing on the southern part of the city. You will visit several of Rio’s famous sites, but also some of its traditional neighborhoods.

Start at Copacabana Beach, to experience where a big part of the social life of the locals is spent. From there you will bike on to Sugarloaf Mountain, to view its imposing vastness up close. The tour will also include a stop at nearby Praia Vermelha (Red Beach), a tiny oasis of peace and quiet.

Leaving Praia Vermelha behind, you will pedal to the lively neighborhood of Botafogo, to catch a glimpse of the back lanes of Rio. This stretch of the bike tour will give you a closer look at how real Cariocas (people from Rio) live when they are not on the beach. The last part of the trip will lead to Lagoa, the big city lake, which is surrounded by green hillsides and high-end neighborhoods.

Head to one of the local beaches to spend the afternoon paddle boarding and enjoying a refreshing dip in the ocean. Experience the waves of Barra da Tijuca and Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro!

Paddle out with your expert guide, enjoy a fun aquatic activity, and take in the panoramic views from the bay.

  • Accommodations: Miramar Hotel by Windsor
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 4: RIO DE JANEIRO / PARATY

Discover the world-famous Pão de Açúcar, or Sugar Loaf Mountain

Sugar Loaf is an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rising from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined sugar loaf.

The tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain is done in 2 steps by glass cable cars. The first cable car takes you to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 710 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its islands. You continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, which rises 1,300 feet above sea level and offers a 360-degree view of the entire city. Downtown Rio de Janeiro, the Southern beaches, Corcovado and Niteroi Bridge lie in front of you.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving to the quant seaside town of Paraty, where you will begin your exploration in the surrounding area.

  • Accommodations: Literaria de Paraty
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 5: PARATY

Venture out on a waterfall and jungle jeep adventure

Explore Serra da Bocaina National Park (Bocaino Mountains National Park) on today’s adventure. Start with boarding a 4×4 vehicle that will take you deep into the forest, down rugged roads in search of pristine waterfalls like Tarzan Falls and Toboga Falls. Once at the falls, you will take a leisurely hike to enjoy the natural fauna and wildlife, while taking in the colorful and tranquil scenery. Take a dip in the natural pools at the bottom of the falls, before heading on to your next stop.

Get ready to enjoy a sampling of Brazil’s national liquor during your visit to the cachaça distillery. Continue down the Caminho do Ouro (Gold Trail) before reaching Paraty and your hotel.

  • Accommodations: Literaria de Paraty
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 6: PARATY

Head out on a full day trekking adventure to Mamanguá Peak

Enjoy a day hiking on Brazil’s only tropical fjord, the Saco do Mamanguá. Explore the Juatinga Peninsula Eco-Reserve with your naturalist guide as he teaches you about the surrounding area and the region’s marine ecosystem. Let your guide lead the way up the 1,444-foot Mamagua Sugarloaf Peak, which allows views of the bay and rain forest. Take a refreshing swim at the nearby beach, before enjoying a picnic lunch beachside.

  • Accommodations: Literaria de Paraty
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Today
Day 7: PARATY

Embark on a half day snorkeling adventure to the Paraty Islands

Set out on a scenic boat ride onboard a local schooner tour to the Paraty Islands. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about the local ecosystem during your boat trip. Once you arrive at the islands, you will slip on your gear and enjoy a refreshing snorkeling experience in the crystal clear waters. You will have several opportunities to take in the colorful coral reefs and a wide variety of fish as you visit different islands and beaches, before heading back to your hotel.

  • Accommodations: Literaria de Paraty
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Day 8: DEPART BRAZIL

Head back to Rio de Janeiro airport for your departure flight from Brazil

Bid farewell to Brazil as you head out today.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
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Desire a perfect trip? With the help of our travel specialists, this journey can be customized around your specific interests, tastes and preferences. We will provide helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.

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