- Soak in city views from the Christ the Redeemer statue
- Feel the carnival beats and learn to dance or drum at a samba school
- Learn the art of the caipirinha cocktail with the locals
- Swim in paradise at the beaches of Buzios
|Day 1||Arrive in Rio de Janeiro||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 2||Corcovado Mountain & Christ the Redeemer||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 3||Rio de Janeiro City Tour||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 4||Day Trip to Buzios||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 5||Free Day in Rio de Janeiro & Boteco Tour||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 6||Explore Carnival Culture||Rio de Janeiro|
|Day 7||Depart Rio de Janeiro|
Day 1: Arrive in Rio de JaneiroWelcome to Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City). From the rich cultural scene to the geographical diversity of mountains, tropical forests, and stunning beaches, if you're looking for both adventure and relaxation, Rio is your perfect destination. Experience the friendliness and hospitality of the Cariocas, as locals are known, as you discover their culture and cuisine over seven fantastic days
After dropping your bags at the hotel, there's no doubt you'll want to start exploring the city's world-famous beauty right away. Use this afternoon to find your feet and explore solo—checking out the world's largest urban forest at Tijuca, visiting the birthplace of samba music at Pedra do Sal, or picking up one-of-a-kind souvenirs at the Feira de Arte de Ipanema Sunday market (also known as the Hippie Fair).
Day 2: Corcovado Mountain & Christ the RedeemerNo trip to Rio is complete without a visit to its most iconic landmark and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: "Cristo Redentor" or Christ the Redeemer. Perched atop the 2,300-foot-high (700 m) Corcovado Mountain, this giant representation of Christ looks down over the city with wide open arms. Transfer from your hotel to Tijuca National Park, which at 8,300 acres (3,357 ha) is the largest urban park in the world. A 20-minute train ride will take you through lush forest to the peak. There, you'll meet Cristo Redentor, the largest Art Deco statue ever built at 98 feet (30m) high.
Day 3: Rio de Janeiro City TourToday's city tour kicks off at the Maracana, the most popular soccer stadium in the world. Next, wander Santa Teresa, one of Rio's most charming neighborhoods to take in breathtaking views of Guanabara Bay and the city center, and enjoy graffiti-covered walls and street art hidden between the hillsides and old mansions. Stop at Selaron Steps and the famous Parque das Ruinas, pass through the financial center of Rio, where modern and colonial styles clash, and visit the famous Cathedral of San Sebastian.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 4: Day Trip to Buzios
Looking for paradise? Today's day trip from Rio will take you there. Located 105 miles (170 km) from the city, Búzios is a small charming town and peninsula that's home to 23 stunning beaches. With so much coastline, there's a beach for everyone. Geribá is for surfers, João Fernandes and João Fernandinho are for those who like low tides and clear water, and Azedinha offers calmer waters for families.A group bus tour takes three hours to reach the coastal town. Wander through cobbled streets rich with quaint charm, made famous by the French actress Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. Board a cruise to explore the best Búzios beaches and stop for a blissful swim at Azedinha, João Fernandes and João Fernandinho, Ilha Feia or Tartaruga beach. After the boat, enjoy lunch in a delicious restaurant with several options before heading back to Rio.
Day 5: Free Day in Rio de Janeiro & Boteco Tour
Your fifth day in Rio de Janeiro is yours to explore. Simply relax into the Carioca lifestyle at Ipanema Beach, use your time to conquer Sugarloaf Mountain, explore nature in the National Park of Tijuca, wander the Botanical Gardens, view art at the Museu de Arte do Rio or Museu do Amanha (Museum of the Future), or join a day trip to places such as Petrópolis or Niterói.
Day 6: Explore Carnival Culture
There is nothing more representative of Brazil than the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, a massive annual event that attracts people from all over the world. Today's tour gets to the heart of this iconic celebration as you discover the people and culture of Rio's samba schools. Kick-off with an exploration through the commercial and historic center, learning about the customs, commerce, and joy of the local Cariocas. Wander the Saara neighborhood, enjoy delicious tropical juices, and stop for lunch at Confeitaria Colombo, one of the oldest and most historic restaurants in Brazil.After lunch, it's time to dance. Feel the joy and warmth of the Brazilian people when you visit the Cidade do Samba (Samba City), where they prepare for Carnival throughout the year. A local guide will lead a tour of the Pimpolhos project, a social scheme that seeks to transform the community by training professionals in dance, production, music, and arts. Hear about the history of samba music, dance, and carnival parades. Try on costumes, take pictures, and learn a little bit of percussion and samba to really feel the carnival atmosphere! After all that dancing, a delicious caipirinha awaits.
Day 7: Depart Rio de Janeiro
It's your last day in Rio de Janeiro. Sneak in one final caipirinha before you transfer to the airport and wave goodbye to this magical Brazilian city that's no doubt stolen a piece of your heart.