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Arrive in Rio anytime today and private transfer to your hotel. If arriving in the day, there will be some free time to go out and get acclimatized to the city. If arriving late at night, you will transfer to your hotel for some rest before embarking on the tour.
This morning we visit Corcovado Mountain to visit one of the seven wonders of the world, the Christ Statue. This tour begins in Cosme Velhos neighborhood from where the cog train starts a trip through the Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world, up to the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands tall over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Once there, take in and enjoy a panoramic and extraordinary view of Rio, see the Sugar Loaf, the Guanabara Bay, the beaches of Southern Zone and the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. After the visit of the Corcovado, the tour will continue to So Conrado area with a brief stop at the Pepino beach.
In the afternoon we visit the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable-car. The cable car trip is in two stages: The first goes to Urca Hill, 220 metres high, and then a short walk to the other side leads you to the second station for the next part of the ride, up to the top of Sugar Loaf itself. From at 396 metres high, there we can take in some spectacular views of the surrounding sights and of the ocean bay. We will also get a better, clearer look of the Christ the Redeemer statue on the other side of the town. The top of Sugar Loaf has been landscaped and includes several pathways and a bar. At the end of the afternoon return to your hotel.
This morning we go behind the scenes of the famous Rio de Janeiro carnival. We begin the tour at the historic site where large groups of African slaves arrived. You will find out how they invented samba music, the heart beat of present day carnaval. We then visit the barracão (atelier of the samba school) where the preparations for the coming carnaval are in full swing. You will see up close and personal the formation of a new carnaval float. We also have the chance to partake in a workshop in a small group, led by experienced designers of the samba school. You will create your own carnival adornment, such as a mask, a doll or a hat, and take home your final work as a souvenir from Rio de Janeiro. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Apart from the famous Copacabana beach and all the other city beaches, like Ipanema and Leblon, Rio de Janeiro has some secluded beaches in natural reserves where you feel miles away from bustling city life. This tour takes you to Prainha and Grumari, beaches in the ecological reserve, still within city limits. During the week it has the feel of a private beach. There is a small trail nearby the beach, going into the ecological reserve. We go into the forest and up to a panoramic viewpoint over the beaches. If you don’t want to do the hike, you can opt for the sea food lunch in a local restaurant, where you really forget you are actually in a metropolitan city.
All good things must come to an end, and today you´ll have a private transfer to the airport for your international flight. Flights may depart any time today.
Brazil Blitz is a six day tour which includes a tour of Rio de Janeiro and walking around several sites on city tours and other excursions.
On all Southern Crossings tours, you are met at the airport by one of our representatives (holding a Southern Crossings placard), who will accompany you to our joining hotel. No bargaining or being ripped off by airport taxis!
International flight to/from Brazil, Domestic flights in Brazil, pre- & post- tour accommodation, visas, vaccinations, personal insurance, meals except where specified above, drinks, laundry, souvenirs, tips while on optional excursions and other items of a personal nature. Medical travel insurance is not included through Southern Crossings though we do require that you have a policy, cancellation insurance is advisable. Any medical insurance is acceptable.
We will gladly arrange additional accommodation for you before or after your trip:
$200 double/$170 single.
This tour includes 4 star hotels. We would be happy to give you an upgrade to 5 star hotels. If you would like to select a specific hotel let us know your preference. We can then work it into your custom itinerary.
All travelers to Brazil are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for U.K., New Zealand and most E.U. passport holders (excluding Cypriots, Maltese, Estonians and Latvians). A visa is required for U.S., Canadian and Australian citizens. U.S. citizens, please visit the U.S. state department website Canadian citizens, please visit the Canadian State foreign affairs website and Australian citizens, please visit the Australian department of foreign affairs website. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Brazilian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.
Brazil is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as endemic for yellow fever. Some airlines may require passengers to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate before being allowed to board flights out of the country. If in doubt, check with your airline. If you have travelled to a country that is considered to be in the yellow fever zone, you will need to show proof of vaccination at the border of Brazil, failure to produce a valid vaccination card may result in refusal of entry. Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.
One should come well prepared for warm weather all year round, for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain depending on the time of year. A recommended list of things to bring:
It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries.
The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:
Rio de Janeiro: Rio has a tropical savanna climate that closely borders a tropical monsoon climate and is often characterized by long periods of heavy rain from December to March. In inland areas of the city, temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F) are common during the summer, though rarely for long periods, while maximum temperatures above 27 °C (81 °F) can occur on a monthly basis. Nights are cool in Rio.
The unit of currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real. Automatic cash points are available in Rio de Janiero. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Rio de Janiero. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country.
Expect to spend about US$50 a day on food, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Brazil.