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Rio de Janeiro: 7 Ways to Spend A Day
Rio de Janeiro: 7 Ways to Spend A Day

Rio de Janeiro isn't called Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) for nothing. For a mega-metropolis, it boasts some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. Whether you prefer to stay in the city or venture out, there are plenty of ways to spend a day: visit Petrópolis, lounge on the beaches of Buzios, or hike to instagram-worthy viewpoints within the city limits.

Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro
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Authentic Rio de Janeiro - 5 Days

To visitors, Rio de Janeiro is an exotic city where color and music flourish. Although the Cariocas (residents of Rio) agree, they know there's much more to their "Wonderful City." Explore irresistible beaches, surf and wooded mountains, the world-famous landmarks of the Pão de Açúcar and Cristo Redentor, and more on this quick immersion into the magic of Rio.

Pedra do Telégrafo
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Hike Gávea & Telégrafo in Rio - 2 Days

Lace up your shoes and get ready for two days of adventure in Rio de Janeiro, enjoying the region's stunning natural beauty and mild climate to hit the trails. On your first day hike to Pedra do Telégrafo to take see views of the surrounding mountains and take the iconic daring photo with the hanging rock. On the second day hike to Pedra da Gávea, where you'll see local wildlife and panoramic views of the city and coast.

Vista Chinesa
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Full Rio de Janeiro Adventure - 2 Days

Enjoy Rio's natural beauty during two days of adrenaline-filled adventure. Start with a hike to Pedra Bonita to get a panoramic view of the city, then hang-glide from the top. The next day, take a train to the top of Corcovado mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer and mountain bike to the bottom before hiking Sugarloaf to take in views of Guanabara Bay.

Rio at sunset
Experience the Magic of Rio de Janeiro - 8 Days

Spend an unforgettable week exploring the Cidade Maravilhosa ("Marvelous City") of Rio de Janeiro! On this colorful journey around Brazil's most glamorous city, you'll hit the major highlights, including a cable car ride to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain and an excursion to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer — both viewpoints offer truly stunning views over Rio and its surrounding landscape. You'll also learn about the city's African heritage, see what life in the favela is like, watch Carnival musicians and dancers in action, and hike in the lush Tijuca Forest. Finish the trip with a full day of relaxing with a local crowd on the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Cycling in Rio
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Adventure Tour of Rio de Janeiro - 5 Days

Adventure mode: on! During this thrilling 5-day tour around Rio de Janeiro, you won't just see the sights — you'll hike, climb, and cycle to them. Start with a train ride to the top of Corcovado to visit Christ the Redeemer, then hop on a mountain bike and ride downhill for lunch on the beach. You'll hike and climb to a sunset panorama at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain to finish the day. Cycle around the city on a history tour, then do some more hiking, scaling the heights of Pedra Bonita for spectacular views over Rio and the surrounding landscape. After trekking along the trails of Tijuca Forest, you'll finish the adventure with a dip in a waterfall.

Rio de Janeiro is paradise
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Highlights of Rio de Janeiro - 7 Days

Relax into the rhythm of Rio de Janeiro with this week-long adventure that takes you to the heart of the buzzing coastal city. The locals—fondly nicknamed Cariocas—know the key to a good life is taking it easy, so switch down a gear and enjoy the vibrant energy and rich culture of the city. With the help of a few local guides, you'll learn to dance the samba, discover the secret to a good caipirinha, and visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil.

Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio
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A Brazilian Adventure, from Rio to the Amazon – 9 Days

Start your adventure in Rio de Janeiro, known as the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (the Marvelous City). Explore the Floresta da Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world, take a cable car to the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and relax on Copacabana beach. Then head to the Amazon, where you will canoe through the watery forest of the Igapós, spot exotic wildlife in the jungle, and swim with pink dolphins.

See if you can spot scarlet macaw parrots in the wild
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Explore Brazil: From Rio de Janeiro to the Amazon - 7 Days

Experience a combination of city life and destinations in nature on this week-long Brazilian adventure. Begin in Rio de Janeiro, and embark on a full-day city tour to Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, and the best beaches in the area. Then, take a day trip to Ilha Grande to soak up the sun and explore a few of the many islands and beaches. Next, head to the Amazon to do some touring of Manaus before arriving in Careiro to enjoy activities in the Amazon rainforest, including canoeing, piranha fishing, and a nocturnal nature tour.

Rio de Janeiro
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Rio de Janeiro and Iguazú Falls - 7 Days

On this weeklong trip to Brazil, experience city life, and then connect with nature. The trip kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, with a full-day city tour of sites like Christ the Reedemer, Sugar Loaf, and all the best beaches. Then, take a day trip to Pedra Bonita for scenic viewpoints. Next, venture to Iguazú Falls, a phenomenon that spans from Brazil to Argentina. Enjoy some free time before experiencing the falls from both countries, and tour the Iguazú River.

View of historic Paraty from the water
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Discover Brazil: Rio de Janeiro & Paraty - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary is perfect for travelers who are visiting Brazil for the first time. First, you'll tour the most famous sites in Rio de Janeiro, including the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue, and experience the energy of Carnival before heading off to the nearby colonial town of Paraty where you can stroll through historic neighborhoods, learn how to cook with Brazilian flair, bike through tropical forests, and relax on secluded beaches.

Vila do Abrãao on Ilha Grande
Adventure & Relaxation in Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande - 7 Days

If you have just a week to spend in Brazil — and you don't want to spend too much time traveling between destinations — this 7-day itinerary to Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande is ideal. The journey offers an unbeatable mix of sightseeing, outdoor adventure, and relaxation, starting in Rio with a full-day city tour that takes you to Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and key historic sites. After a hike in the rainforest of Tijuca, you'll catch a boat to nearby Ilha Grande, seemingly a world away from the bustle of "the Marvelous City." Spend the second half of the trip boating, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing on the tropical island before heading back to civilization to catch a flight out.

Sunrise over Rio
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Best of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro & North Pantanal - 7 Days

This week-long Brazilian getaway takes you to the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro, where you'll visit iconic landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Explore on foot and by bike, touring the favela community of Vidigal, as well as the famed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Then it's off to the Pantanal, the world's largest freshwater wetland, where you'll see exotic wildlife, go horseback riding on marshland trails, and explore the riverways that make up this biodiverse region.

Rodrifo de Freitas Lagoon and Ipanema District in Rio de Janeiro at sunset
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Highlights of Rio de Janeiro & Foz do Iguaçu - 5 Days

Perfect for travelers seeking a mix of city life and natural wonders, this five-day itinerary focuses on the highlights of Rio de Janeiro and Iguaçu Falls. Start in Brazil's "Marvelous City" for panoramic views from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Discover the Carioca lifestyle, visit the birthplace of samba, and learn about Rio's architecture at the Museum of Modern Art. Then it's time to fly southwest to Iguaçu Falls, where you'll explore earth's largest waterfall system by boat and on foot.

Ilha Grande
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Brazil's East Coast: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty & Ilha Grande - 14 Days

For the ultimate beach vacation, it's hard to beat Rio de Janeiro. This 14-day adventure places you right in the mix as you enjoy world-class beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, plus immerse yourself in local culture and revel in the festive Carnival spirit. It doesn't stop there, as you'll also travel to the historic coastal town of Paraty, from which you'll embark on nature tours in the Atlantic rainforests and enjoy sailing and beach days on nearby Ilha Grande.

A Rio de Janeiro sunset
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Beach Honeymoon in Brazil: Búzios, Rio de Janeiro & Itacaré - 14 Days

Set off on a romantic beach honeymoon in beautiful Brazil. Your first stop will be the small village of Búzios, where you will spend the days sunbathing, sailing, and enjoying fresh seafood. Then, you'll pick up the pace in thrilling and thriving Rio de Janeiro. You'll visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, samba through the night, and people-watch in Copacabana. The trip ends in Itacaré, a fishing town with wild beaches where you can once again enjoy a slower pace of life.

Floating in one of Brazil's green bays
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Hiking & Beaches in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu, Ilha Grande - 10 Days

On this 10-day active adventure, you'll hike, bike, dive, and swim your way around some of Brazil's most beautiful natural wonders. Get ready to cycle around Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches, observe marine life on a dive in Ilha Grande, and enjoy a boat excursion around the Iguaçu Falls. You'll also visit several one-of-a-kind trekking spots, like the Pedra do Telégrafo and Pico do Papagaio.

Rio de Janeiro
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Brazil Adventure: Rio de Janeiro, Iguazú Falls, & Pantanal - 10 Days

Embark on a fun and active journey through Brazil on this 10-day tour. Begin in the bustling seaside city of Rio de Janeiro for some sightseeing—Christ the Redeemer, a cable car ride, and the best beaches included. Next, embark on a scenic hike along the Pedra Bonita trail, followed by a tour of the mesmerizing Iguazú Falls, from both Brazil and Argentina. Then, venture to Pantanal, with its densely biodiverse tropical wetlands, for more active exploration.

Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer
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Adventure in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, the Amazon & Salvador - 10 Days

Discover Brazil by hitting the best highlights of this massive country in 10 days. Start in Rio de Janeiro and visit a local samba school preparing for the world-famous Carnival. Journey along the Amazon river and get close to the jungle's exotic wildlife. Move to the beat of the drums as you learn about Bahian percussion instruments in Salvador and take a tour of the city's traditional markets for a taste of the flavorful local cuisine.

See the world's largest waterfall system at Iguaçu Falls
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Adventures in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguaçu & Jericoacoara - 10 Days

See the best of Brazil on this 10-day tour, which starts in the seaside city of Rio de Janeiro. Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue with its expansive views, and walk the winding hills of a Brazilian favela. Then it's off to Foz do Iguaçu and the wonders of Iguaçu Falls, exploring both the Brazilian and Argentian sides of this massive national park. Your trip culminates in the beach town of Jericoacoara, with dune buggy rides, peaceful lagoons, and strolls along the sand-paved streets of this still-rustic village.

Aerial view of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches
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Discover Rio, Costa Verde & Iguazu Falls - 14 Days

Discover Rio de Janeiro: a vibrant and diverse city where emerald blue water, inky green forest, and rocky mountains meet. Explore the lush Costa Verde and the picturesque colonial town of Paraty and visit the island of Ilha Grande to relax on dreamy beaches and enjoy a private boat tour. Get up close to the magnificent Iguazu Falls in all their thundering glory.

Aerial view Rio de Janeiro
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Brazil Highlights: Rio de Janeiro, Iguaçu Falls & Amazon Rainforest - 10 Days

This journey is ideal for adventure seekers, nature lovers, and culture enthusiasts. Start in Rio de Janeiro where you'll visit city highlights such as Sugarloaf and Corcovado peaks, and learn what the “Carioca lifestyle” is all about. Impressive architecture and delicious food await you in a joyful atmosphere, followed by the magic of Iguaçu Falls—the most extensive waterfall system in the world. Then it is off to Manaus, gateway to the Amazon, where you will visit the jungle and observe wildlife.

 Iguaçu Falls
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Highlights of Brazil: Rio, Iguaçu, the Amazon & Bahia - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary gives you enough time to savor Brazil's major highlights without having to rush. It begins in Rio with sightseeing, architecture tours, and a bit of the Carnival party scene, then continues south to Iguaçu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. Afterward, fly far north for adventures in and around the Amazon River before heading east to the sun-kissed Bahian coast. You'll immerse yourself in the music, food, and history of one of Brazil's richest cultures.

Aerial view of Ilha Grande
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Active Brazil: Rio, Ilha Grande, Chapada Diamantina National Park & Salvador - 14 Days

From vibrant cities and fantastic beaches to mountain treks, you'll discover everything Brazil has to offer on this colossal 14-day itinerary. Go bar hopping in Rio before taking a behind-the-scenes tour of a Carnaval samba school. Get a little island fever on Ilha Grande and bask on its pristine beaches. Trek through the enchanting Chapada Diamantina Natural Park to enjoy its canyons, caves, and waterfalls, then end your adventure dancing to the beat of samba music in Salvador.

The paradisiac Parnaioca beach and the Brazilian flag formation
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Ilha Grande Beach Trekking - 7 Days

In this active Brazilian excursion, you'll travel from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis, a coastal region famous for Ilha Grande, the largest of 365 islands in the area. Over six days you'll trek all around Ilha Grande, visiting local caiçara (indigenous) fishing villages, hiking on trails that cut through unspoiled Atlantic forest, ascending mountains, crossing rivers, and, of course, enjoying the island's many sun-kissed beaches. All told it's a 43-mile (70-km) hiking adventure in one of the most scenic locales in a nation abounding with scenic locales.

Sunset over the Amazon Rainforest
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Experience Brazil: Rio de Janeiro, Manaus & the Amazon - 7 Days

See the best that Brazil has to offer on this adventurous seven-day itinerary. Begin with a bird's eye view of Rio de Janeiro from atop Mount Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Morro Dos Irmaos. Then, leave the city behind and travel from Manaus to Anavilhanas National Park, an archipelago in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Tour forests, igarapes, and local communities as you learn about the special animals, plants, and people who call this biodiverse region home.

Ilha Grande's lush coastline
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Explore Brazil's Green Coast: São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro - 10 Days

If you're looking to see a bit of everything on your trip to Brazil, you'll love this itinerary which includes cities, culture, beaches, and outdoor adventure. Start off in bustling São Paulo, then explore the historic town of Paraty and its surrounding nature. Afterward, head to the lushly-forested island of Ilha Grande for beachside relaxation, hiking, and water sports. Finish in Rio de Janeiro, where you'll discover the city's highlights and make an optional visit to a community social project.