Favela / Slum Tour (price per person – minimum of 2 people)
2 hours tours – customize your tour to fit a minimum of 5 hours
It is an illuminating experience for those looking for an insider point of view of life in this very different distict of Rio de Janeiro. The tour introduces you to another Rio, within Rio city: the favela. There are close to 950 favelas in Rio. Mostly placed on former public areas on the hillsides, they are now home to 20% of Rio’s population, however they remain a mystery for most people who don’t live there. The tour is not only to explain about favelas, but to give you a whole new understanding about different aspects of Brazilian society.
Santa Teresa (price per person)
The neighbourhood of Santa Teresa was born in the area of a convent on “Morro do Desterro” (Exile Hill) during the 18th century. The district occupies a hill in the heart of the city, keeping aspects of the Rio Antigo (Old Rio) which delights writers and artists for its charm and its architectural and cultural riches. Through its narrow streets circulate the old cable-cars (the only ones still running in Brazil), which are considered historical heritage. The tour starts at Cosme Velho, through the Castelinho (Little Castle – Castelo do Valentim) – building known by this name, because the commander Antonio Valentim lived there in the late XIX century. Visit to Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park), where the visitor has a privileged view of Rio de Janeiro. Then continue to the Museu Chácara do Céu (Farm of Heaven Museum) – which has a very interesting collection of Brazilian and European art highlighting Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Matisse e Si Modigliani. Then a tour to Largo do Guimarães, considered the neighbourhood’s heart, where there are several bars and restaurants.
Roberto Burle Max Gardens (Price per person)
4 hours (under request)
Roberto Burle Marx (Sao Paulo, 1909-Rio de Janeiro, 1994) is known internationally as one of the most important landscape architects of the 20th century. An artist of multiple facets, besides being a landscape designer he was also a remarkable painter, sculptor, singer and jewerly designer. The Garden is located outside Rio in the estate of Barra de Guaratiba where he bought in 1949 a 365,000 square meter / 100 acres . Visitors can see more than 3,500 species of plants, an extraordinary collection of religious images and pottery from the River Jequitinhonha Valley, and, of course, Burle Marx’s own paintings.
Paraty ( Price per person)
12 hours (under request)
Paraty is a longer journey but rewards you with stunning coastal views as you drive the south bound coast of Rio de Janeiro state for about 200 km / 125ml.
Highlights of Rio – Tour 1
Private guided tour visiting Christ Statue by train + Sugar Loaf ( 5 hours ) Price = BRL 500,00 per person. Minimum of 2 people is required. Entrance tickets are not included.
Rio de Janeiro by Bike (price per person- minimum of 2 people)
Explore Rio de Janeiro by bicycle and enjoy the sunshine along the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. There are seaside pavements making it perfect to explore some of its most beautiful sights including the Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas. At anytime we will be able to stop at the quiosques along the beaches or at the Lagoon to enjoy a refreshing coconut water.
Botanical Garden (price per person – minimum of 2 people)
Private guided tour visiting Botanical Garden (4 hours) Price = BRL 400,00 per person. Minimum of 2 people is required. Entrance ticket is not included.
Each of the 141 hectares of Rio’s Botanical Gardens shelters outstanding examples of plant life from Brazil and all over the world.
Christ Redeemer (price per person – minimum of 2 people)
Private guided tour visiting Christ Statue by car + Tijuca Forest (4 hours). Price BRL 400,00 per person. Minimum of 2 people is required. Entrance ticket is not included.
Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project
8 hours tour – under request. The Golden Lion Tamarin is endemic to the Atlantic Forest of the coastal lowlands of the state of Rio de Janeiro and it occurs at the São João river basin, in the municipalities of Casemiro de Abreu, Silva Jardim, Rio Bonito, Cachoeiras de Macacu, Cabo Frio and Macaé.