Rio de Janeiro
arrive in Rio and are taken to the Fasano Hotel, a synonym of sophistication,
elegance, and beauty and favorite of Rio residents, located on lovely Ipanema
Beach. The rest of the day is free time for you to relax and take advantage of
the hotel facilities, gazing out onto the beach, or to explore the
neighborhood, walking down the street, Calle Garcia DÁvila, and shopping at any
of the brand-name stores. The nightlife is fantastic, with excellent bars and
Rio de Janeiro
schedule today is a half day visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue on
Corcovado Hill, Rio’s most well-known landmark. Your trip begins in the
neighborhood of Cosme Velho, at the train station. You board the train that
takes you through the Tijuca Forest, the world’s largest urban forest. Once at
the hilltop, you will look out over the city in amazement, being able to see it
all, the Guanabara Bay, southern beaches, and Lake Rodrigo de Freitas. Next,
you move onward to the São Conrado zone for a brief stop at Pepino Beach,
taking in the sight of hang gliders soaring high above you. There is nothing
more scheduled for the rest of the afternoon, and at night you will enjoy an
excellent dinner at the hotel’s restaurant (not included).
Rio de Janeiro
you will visit Pan de Azucar Hill, a Rio tourist icon. This 396 meter tall hill
is located at the entrance of the Guanabara Bay, on a peninsula that juts out
into the Atlantic Ocean. Its name probably refers to the traditional form of
loaf sugar that was produced at the end of the 19th century and that
looked like a tall cone with a rounded top, much like the hill. The excursion
begins with a tour of historic downtown Rio, with stops at the Sambadrome and
Metropolitan Cathedral. Then, it’s on to Central Square, with its landmarks
like the Municipal Theater, National Library, and National Fine Arts Museum. Afterwards,
you cross Flamengo Park and reach the neighborhood of Urca, the location of Pan
de Azucar Hill. You will reach the hilltop by way of a 2 stage cable car ride.
Its first stage takes you to the top of Urca Hill, 215 meters tall, a prime
spot for viewing the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, and
Corcovado Hill. From Urca Hill, the second stage takes you to Pan de Azucar
Hill, 395 meters tall, where you will get a fantastic view, from a unique
angle, of Copacabana Beach, Fort Santa Cruz, and some of the Niteroi beaches.
* Optional: Helicopter flight from Pan de Azucar Hill and over the Sambadrome, Maracana Stadium, Lake Rodrigo de Freitas, the neighborhoods of Leblon and Ipanema, the Copacabana Beach, and area around Christ the Redeemer.
Rio de Janeiro / Buzios
The morning is free, but if you so desire you can visit the Tijuca Forest in a private jeep. During the excursion, you will stop at the lookout point called Vista Chinesa, a magnificent place for seeing the Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay, and Pan de Azucar Hill, as well as two waterfalls: Los Monos and Cascatinha. You can also hike in the forest, enjoying the tropical setting that surrounds you. Once completed, you will be driven to Buzios (a 3 hour drive) and there check into the Insolito Boutique Hotel & Spa.
The next three days are tailored for complete relaxation on the beaches of Buzios. The Buzios Peninsula is located 170 km from Rio de Janeiro. It’s a pleasant 2 hour drive to this paradise that boasts more than 20 magnificent beaches of crystalline waters, contrasting directly with the lush, exotic vegetation and sculpted cliffs that Mother Nature has blessed with a year round summer.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the Rio de Janeiro International Airport for your international flight.