Rio is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful cities, enjoying an incredible natural setting amongst Atlantic Rainforest, granite mountains and of course, those famous beaches. We highly recommend spending a few extra days in la cidade maravilhosa so you can see the well-known highlights of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, as well as some of the lesser known gems such as the recently rejuvenated waterfront district. Rio underwent an amazing transformation as host for the 2012 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games and there has never been a better time to explore the city.
Transfer to your hotel on arrival. We have a wide range of accommodation in popular Copacabana, upmarket Ipanema and the bohemian district of Santa Teresa.
Depart this morning for Corcovado Mountain, where you’ll see the enormous statue of Christ the Redeemer and enjoy fabulous views over Rio. Continue to Santa Teresa where you’ll have lunch and wander the scenic cobbled streets.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon walking tour along the waterfront area, rejuvenated for the 2016 Olympics and now a lovely place for a bike ride or a walk. See the stunning architecture of the Museum of Tomorrow and Museum of Rio Art. Afternoon sunset tour of Sugar Loaf Mountain, riding the cable cars for great views over Rio’s famous beaches.
Morning at leisure. This afternoon you will visit a neighbourhood percussion school where students of various ages and experience levels come together to celebrate the rhythms of Brazil. This is an amazing experience unique to Contours Travel which is sure to leave you exhilarated!
Morning jeep tour up into one of Rio’s favelas where you’ll see another side of life for cariocas (residents of Rio). Locals have welcomed the tours as a way of creating a positive source of income. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight you’ll experience some of the colour and glamour of Carnival with alive samba show and dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your onwards flight or ask us about Rio’s excellent nearby beach breaks – colonial Paraty and chic Buzios are both popular weekend destinations for locals.