Rio de Janeiro, famous for its forest-covered mountains and golden beaches, will take your breath away with its dramatic scenery. Take a hike in the mountains and enjoy the colorful flora or visit one of the many architectural wonders offered in beautiful Rio. As an attendee of the event, you can take advantage of these exciting city tours.


Sugar Loaf

Ride through Rio's beautiful architectonic monuments, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, and ascend the twin peaks by a series of venturing cable car rides. On the first hill, called "Urca", walk around the flowered walkways enjoying the magnificent views. On the second hill, which is called "Pão de Açucar" (Sugar Loaf), admire the unique beauty of "Guanabara" Bay, "Niterói", "Copacabana" and "Santa Cruz" Fortress, a landmark of Rio's history. You will for sure be amazed by the awesome views.

  • Frequency: Daily departures in the afternoon
  • Approximate duration: 4h

  • Corcovado Mountain & Christ the Redeemer Statue

    Reach the top of "Corcovado" by rail. A modern Swiss-made cogwheel rail climbs through "Tijuca" Rain Forest to the top of the mountain (710 meters). The cogwheel takes about 17 minutes, at a maximum speed of 15km/h on its way up, and 22 minutes, at 12km/h, on its way down. One of the most amazing views during this trip is the one of "Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas". At the very top of the mountain, carved in soapstone mosaic in the finest art nouveau style, stands the Christ the Redeemer, a 38 meters tall statue with arms outstretched as if it were blessing the city. Reach the statue by climbing a flight of steps quite steep. The above view of nearly the entire city is nothing but breathtaking.

  • Frequency: Daily departures in the afternoon
  • Approximate duration: 4h

  • Rio by Night

    An evening excursion to the "Carioca's" (Rio's natives) favorite kind of restaurant - the "churrascaria". It's a meat eater's delight, where waiters bring over choice meats on skewers and cut slices of your choice. After dinner, head to a rousing Brazilian Show of music, which can be experienced all year-round. The gamut of Brazilian rhythms can be heard, and the exotic costumes worn by performers are a sight apart.

  • Frequency: Daily departures in the afternoon
  • Approximate duration: 5 ½h

  • Petrópolis The Imperial City

    Located about 800 meters above sea level, Petrópolis is Rio de Janeiro's city most sought as mountain Resort and fourth largest commercial center. It is chiefly a monument to Dom Pedro II, emperor of Brazil from 1831 until his exile in 1889. Emperor Pedro I, who purchased land in the spectacular Serra do Mar for a projected summer palace, first time Petrópolis was idealized in the 1830's. However, it was his son, Pedro II, who actually built the palace and the quaint town surrounding it. The idea was to maintain a refreshing refuge from Rio's wilting summer heat. The highway linking Rio and Petrópolis is an engineering marvel. Its concrete bridges soar over green valleys and the road curves around mountain walls revealing magnifics views of the horizon. We will see: Quitandinha Hotel, Imperial Museum, Sao Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral, Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square), Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), and Santos Dumont's Home.

  • Frequency: Tuesday, Thrusday and Saturdays
  • Approximate duration: 6h

  • Tropical Islands

    A beachcomber's delight! This tour will take you for a 90 minutes bus ride to a southern fishing village, called "Itacuruçá", where you will board a schooner to cruise away from the "green coast" of Rio. You'll dock at an island where a buffet style lunch will be served. Enjoy the magnificent views or swim around. Stroll at the beaches, sunbathe and don't forget your bathing suit, sun block and beach towels.

  • Frequency: Daily, full day excursion
  • Approximate duration: 8 ½h

  • Historical Rio

    Our expert guide will lead you through the colonial avenues, squares and back streets of Rio, explaining the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America's most exciting city. Focusing on the period or architectural style, fine examples of Baroque constructions would be the "São Bento" and "Santo Antonio" Monasteries, which recall the times when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. Already from the 19th century, the French influence is still shown by the "Teatro Municipal" (Municipal Theater) and the "Museu Nacional de Belas Artes". The city's cultural and artistic variety is exhibited on major cultural institutions such as "Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil" and the "Casa França-Brasil". Some other features of this tour are "Candelária" Church, "Praça XV" and "Arco dos Telles".

  • Frequency: Tuesday to Friday
  • Approximate duration: 4h

  • Jeep tour in Tijuca Forest

    Ride by open off-road jeep to "Tijuca Forest" which covers an area of 3.200 hectares. Shelter to an enormous variety of birds and butterflies as well as "prego" and "sagui" monkeys the forest is also home to hundreds of species of wildlife and plants, many of them threatened by extinction, found nowadays only in the Atlantic Rainforest. It's historical attractions and enchanting spots such as "Cascatinha" waterfall, "Mesa do Imperador", the mammoth granite table used for Imperial picnics, and "Alto da Boa Vista" are well worth a visit. Located in the heart of the city, the "Tijuca" National Park is the largest urban reserve in the world.

  • Frequency: Daily, morning and afternoon
  • Approximate duration: 4h

  • Botanical Garden

    The Rio Botanical Garden covers an area of 137 hectares, where 54 hectares are cultivated, and the other 83 hectares are still of native vegetation. The cultivated area is divided into 24 rows, 40 sections and 40 garden beds, totaling almost 6.000 species. Some of Brazil's existing ecosystems are represented in Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden, organized in characteristic settings. The history of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro begins with the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to the country in 1808. Shortly after arriving, the Prince João VI acquired a piece of land, that belonged to Rodrigo de Freitas, and ordered the construction of an acclimatization garden for growing species brought from the East Indies. First, the garden was called Royal Orchard, then Royal Botanical Garden. For many years, only authorized people accompanied by caretakers were allowed to enter it. In 1822, the Emperor Pedro I opened the garden's gates to the general public.

  • Frequency: Under request
  • Approximate duration: Under request

  • Guanabara Bay

    Board on for a schooner cruise over "Guanabara" Bay at "Marina da Glória" dock, in the downtown area. Enjoy the views of the "Villegaignon" Island and its fortress, the beach districts that surround the bay: "Flamengo", which is a result of the largest urban project in Brazil, "Botafogo", which features the Monument to Estácio de Sá who founded Rio de Janeiro city and "Urca", district where one of the most important symbols of the city lays - the Sugar Loaf. View "São João" Fortress, which marks the entrance of "Guanabara" bay and "Santa Cruz" Fortress, built in 1555. These two fortresses were built to protect the harbor of the city from eventual invaders. See also "Rio-Niterói" Bridge, the largest bridge in the world in terms of construction volume, and the imponent Contemporary Art Museum, which is a masterpiece of architecture for its flying-saucer-like design by Oscar Niemeyer, a worldwide famous architect. Already in "Niterói", visit the beach districts of "Flechas", "Icaraí" and "Charitas".

  • Frequency: Tuesday to Sunday in the morning
  • Approximate duration: 3h




    Only 105 miles from Rio De Janeiro, a pleasant 2-hour trip takes you to the Peninsula of Búzios, whose more than 20 magnificent beaches and crystal-clear water contrast with the exuberantly sculptured landscape and exotic vegetation, which a prodigal "Mother Nature" has privileged with a wonderful year-round summer. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this happy mixture of many bloods prospered and became a picturesque fishing village. Elected as one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for it's unique combination of rustic charm, architectural harmony, incredible beauty, sophisticated boutiques and restaurants frequented by visitors who come from all over the world to savor its magic. Approximately 5 miles long, the Búzios peninsula is bathed by the Brazilian and Antarctic maritime currents.

    Angra dos Reis

    Angra dos Reis is the principal town along the aptly named Costa Verde (Green Coast) that runs two hundred miles south of Rio to the border with the state of Sao Paulo. This lush, mountainous region receives more rain than the Mediterranean region of Búzios north of Rio, and as a result is verdant and tropical. The beaches are fantastic, not only for their white sand and swaying palm trees, but for their dramatic view of the great bay of Angra which is dotted with hundreds of islands, some inhabited some not.


    A significant advantage to visiting this region is the ability to spend a couple of days at a delightful beach resort and then hop down the coast to spend time in the beautifully-preserved colonial city of Parati. Once the richest port city in Brazil (the mineral wealth of Ouro Preto passed through here en route to Portugal) this sleepy village has become a Mecca for artisans and refugees from big cites who enjoy the combination of gracious colonial architecture and a funky bohemian café scene.



    Cataratas do Iguaçu

    Iguaçú is an indian name, which means "great waters". The city of Foz do Iguaçú, entry gateway to the State of Paraná, offers the visitors a fantastic spectacle of rare beauty, with the famous Iguaçú Waterfalls located in the National Park of Iguaçu - exactly between the borders of Brazil, Argentine and Paraguay. The falls are unequally divided between Brazil and Argentina. To see the falls properly you must visit both sides, Brazilian Iguassú Falls National Park for the grand overview and the park in Argentina for a closer look at the falls. The 275 falls are over 3 kilometers (2 miles) wide and 80 meters high (260 feet), which makes them wider than Victoria, higher than Niagara and more beautiful than either.


    A long with the Amazon Basis, the Pantanal is one of the last virgin areas on the face of earth. A huge lowland plain, it is entirely overgrown by luxuriant vegetation dotted by thousands of rainbow colored flowers, which bloom during the rainy season (January - June). It shelters innumerable rivers and crystal clear lakes. Along their shores are rare species of animals such as jaguars, peccaries, bob-cats, wild boards not to mention flocks of ducks, Gray Teals, pigeons, partridges and herons who live in total and undisturbed freedom protected by the laws that created the National Parks. No experience is more rewarding than a "safari" into this privileged wilderness to photograph the countless birds and animals silhouetted against the brilliant backdrop of foliage and blue skies.

    Bosque Tropical Amazônico

    The term Rainforest was coined to describe forests that grows in constantly wet conditions. They can occur wherever the annual rainfall is more than 2,000 mm (80 inches) and evenly spread throughout the year. The Amazon Rainforest contains the largest area of tropical forest in the world, covering 6 million sq. kilometers in 9 different countries (60% in Brazil). At the heart of this region lies the huge Amazon River, the second longest in the world, which has at least 1,000 tributaries and holds more than 20% of the planet's fresh water, being the Rio Negro its larger tributary. The jungle hotels provide comfort and safety for the discovery and exploration of the vast flora and fauna of the region. The Amazonian folklore and cuisine with its regional products also offer special attractions.


    Natal is known as "City of the Sun" or "Bride of the Sun", where the sun stands high in the sky for almost 10 hours a day. It is also known as "City of the Dunes", with a Park of Dunes measuring 8 kilometers of extension and 1,8 kilometer of width. Natal has an average temperature of 27ºC and stands 31 meters above the sea level. Its sea is of calm, blue and crystal clear waters. Its coast comprises beaches with dunes, cliffs, coconut trees, hills, reefs and some natural swimming pools, river baths besides a structure of regional seafood cuisine. open sea waters with colder temperatures and ideal waves for surfing. The sight of dunes, coconut trees, hills and reefs are also simply marvelous and not to be missed. The famous Beach of Genipabu, another paradise of the Brazilian northeast, offers special adventures such as buggy rides over the fixed dunes, reaching up to 30 meters in height, and the amazing opportunity to visit its movable dunes that for the action of the winds are never in the same place.

    Fernando de Noronha

    Visit an earthly paradise in Fernando de Noronha's archipelago. Its breathtaking scenery composed of islands, beaches, crystal clear waters and its exceptional fauna and flora can be seen while diving or through our many optional trips on and around the island. Make your trip exciting and totally unforgettable.


    The city of Salvador is the capital of the state of Bahia and was also Brazil's capital until 1763. It is divided into two parts. The "Lower City" is at sea level and contains the old port and the commercial district where visitors will find a complete and varied assortment of Brazilian arts and crafts at the Modelo Market. A common sight at the Modelo Market is the "baiana", usually an older woman, dressed in the traditional white, pleated dresses of colonial Bahia. They sell coconut sweets and spicy "vatapás", "acarajés" and "xinxins" from a tray that she carries to the market on her head. The "Lower City" is also the best place to witness a demonstration of "capoeira", a martial art developed by African slaves in Brazil, originally as a form of combat and later as a type of dance and folklore tradition. Practitioners compete to the rhythm of the "berimbaus", local percussion instruments, made with a wire cord stretched tight across a wooden bow. Stone steps, alleyways or the famous Lacerda Elevator can reach the "Upper City". This part of the city contains the old government buildings, the residential districts, museums, churches and much of the newer architecture.

    Ouro Preto

    Surrounded by mountains and displaying a view at the same time beautiful and mysterious, Ouro Preto shows itself as a city that gathers past and present with its large baroque houses built with enormous stones that are also found in the streets. It was first named Vila Rica and, in 1720, it became the seat of the government of Minas Gerais, that had recently been separate from São Paulo. In the beginning of the XIX century it was considered the capital of Minas Gerais bearing the name Ouro Preto. Its history is full of fights and glories and it was the birthplace of Inconfidência Mineira. From this movement a martyr was born, Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, Tiradentes. The main square in Ouro Preto shows the statue and name of this great martyr, who started the fight for Brazilian independence from Portugal. Ouro Preto, with its steep and twisting streets and its houses in colonial style, was considered a Historic Site by UNESCO and attracts millions of people every year. Visiting Ouro Preto is feeling as if you had come across the Portuguese Empire with its carriages and the sound of horse’s shoes on the stones – that were carried by barefoot slaves and used in the streets and houses of the city. Visiting Ouro Preto is also being dazzled by Antonio Francisco Lisboa´s work, the Aleijadinho, whose baroque art embellishes the churches, producing magnificent and indescribable aspect. In Ouro Preto you can feel in the air the inspirations of poets such as Cláudio Manoel da Costa and Tomaz Antônio Gonzaga, with a mixture of romance and disputes, museums and villains, moon and sun.