Rio de Janeiro

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

There are other cities in the world that have grown up backed by mountains and fronted by the sea, but none where the play of light, the shifting of shadows, the mix of colours and hues are so vibrant and mobile.  Each day in Rio is slightly different from the previous one and all are strikingly beautiful.

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN RIO DE JANEIRO

PAO DE AZUCAR

Known to the world as Sugarloaf, this infamous mountain the Indians called Pau-nd-acuqua, meaning high, pointed, isolated peak, which was bastardised by the Portuguese.  The peak is accessible by cable car with a 360 degree view of Rio from the top.

CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN

Corcovado is one of two images that are synonymous with Rio de Janeiro.  The statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking Rio’s beach life, standing with his arms outstretched atop Corcovado Mountain.  The best way to reach the summit is by Corcovado rail

CITY TOUR

A half day trip taking in some of Rio’s museums and colonial districts including the Santo Antonio Monastery, the new Cathedral and the museum of fine arts.

FAVELA TOUR

This is a full day tour by 4×4 that takes you through some of the lesser visited districts of Rio.  The shanty towns that you will pass and stop in show the real life of Rio de Janeiro, the life of the cariocas, the life away from the glitzy beach front.

BEACHES

The world famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, which line Rio’s Atlantic coastline, are worth exploring at your own leisure. If you can be here on a weekend there is almost a carnival atmosphere on the beach

SANTA TERESA

Accessible by tram, making it an easy way to jump off throughout the district.  An artisan area in old Victorian style with wrought iron balconies and bougainvilleas throughout

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