Tijuca Forest (price per person – minimum of 2 people)
3 hours tour – customize your tour to fit a minimum of 5 hours
Get to see the contrast between the ” Stone jungle and a Tropical rain forest in the middle of a big city”.
This tour offers a magnificent view from the Vista Chinesa (Chinese View) towards Leblon & Ipanema beaches, the Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas, Sugar Loaf and Christ Staue. Since we are driving towards the forest there is a chance to spot monkeys ( capuchin & marmoset), sloths, birds and butterflies. We will stop at Mesa do Imperador ( Emperor’s table), Cascatinha (Taunay ) Water Falls and the Mayrink Chapel.
Trekking of approximately 40 mins through an easy trail where the botanical aspect is developed.
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.
Located just 60 km / 38 mi from Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis is Brazil’s “imperial city.” Home to the former palace and gardens of Emperor Dom Pedro II, Petropolis is one of Central Brazil’s most unique destinations and as such is is highly recommended to visit during your stay. The tour includes a private car with guide and visits to the Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace (an imposing glass winter garden).
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.
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.