Brazil: Rio de Janeiro

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Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

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From a five-star hotel beside one of the world’s most famous beaches, you’re poised to experience the energy and tropical charm of Rio de Janeiro. Explore the bohemian flair of the St. Teresa neighborhood with a local guide, stopping by artists’ studios and striking public installations along the way. Set your toes tapping with a live samba performance in the famous Lapa neighborhood. Walk the world’s largest urban rainforest in Tijuca Forest up to the unforgettable panorama of Corcovado. Learn about an inspiring social project transforming the city’s largest favela. And, through it all, relax: soak up the city’s laid-back vibe with a glass of cachaça and the warm tropical sun.

Activity Level
Activities vary and
are accessible to
most fitness levels;
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Depart
Rio de Janeiro Airport, Brazil
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3 days, 2 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Two breakfasts and one lunch (Day 2)
  • Accommodations in a luxury hotel
  • Private guided visits of Rio’s highlights, including Sugar Loaf Mountain,
    Tijuca National Park, Corcovado, Santa Tereza district, Cinelandia Square or Project Morrinho with expert bilingual guide
  • Entry fees and park permits as noted in the itinerary
  • Private transportation from the meeting point to the departure point (including airport transfers)
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Please call for pricing December 2015
Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
1
Rio De Janeiro
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2
Tijuca National Park
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3
Rio de Janeiro
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Day 1

Rio De Janeiro

Arrival in Rio De Janeiro; Sugar Loaf Mountain

Upon your arrival and meeting in Rio de Janeiro—as one Portuguese king put it, the “once-mighty capital of the Brazilian empire”—your first visit is to Sugar Loaf Mountain, the 1,300-foot peak rising from Rio’s harbor. A perfect introduction to Brazil’s second-largest city, the cable car ride to the top provides unparalleled views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, and, of course, the iconic Corcovado with its Christ the Redeemer statue. Returning to your hotel, you may choose to enjoy its exceptional cuisine or step out to a nearby restaurant with recommendations from your local host or hotel concierge.

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Located between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and considered one of Rio’s best hotels, featuring luxurious rooms with terraces and beach views. Other amenities include swimming pools, saunas, two outstanding restaurants and bars, and views of the beaches and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Day 2

Tijuca National Park

Tijuca National Park: easy to moderate walk options, 2½ hours. Visits to Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer statue) and the Santa Tereza district. Afternoon tour to the Morrinho Project or Cinelandia Square

This morning takes you to the trails of Tijuca National Park, the world’s largest urban forest, containing hundreds of protected plant and animal species unique to the Atlantic Rainforest. Rio’s lush backdrop of granite rock is crisscrossed by trails leading to its best viewpoints, such as the Chinese View at the Emperor’s Table, the Taunay Cascade, or the summit of Tijuca Peak, Rio’s highest at 3,300 feet. The trails can also lead you for a close-up visit to the 130-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue. At lunchtime, you are high up in the picturesque Santa Tereza neighborhood with its winding cobbled streets and 19th-century mansions, now full of galleries, art studios, and cafés.

In the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Morrinho project, a successful teen-founded and art-centered nongovernmental organization based in the Pereira da Silva favela in the south of Rio de Janeiro, promoting social and cultural transformation, and now emulated worldwide. Or you could visit the traditional Cinelandia Square to tour Rio’s historic Municipal Theater, National Library, National Museum of Fine Arts, and the Lapa Arches. Before returning to your hotel, you make a brief stop at the Bohemian Lapa neighborhood to listen to a typical Roda de Samba, an informal gathering of musicians playing samba, rounding out this tour of the Cidade Maravilhosa—the “Marvelous City.”

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Located between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and considered one of Rio’s best hotels, featuring luxurious rooms with terraces and beach views. Other amenities include swimming pools, saunas, two outstanding restaurants and bars, and views of the beaches and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Day 3

Rio de Janeiro

Departure from Rio de Janeiro

After breakfast and your last view of Copacabana Beach this morning, you are transferred to the Rio airport to catch your flight for onward travels.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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