Following pick-up in open jeeps guests are taken to the stunning Tijuca Atlantic Forest with stops at the Chinese Vista with magnificent views of Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. During the tour, guests often spot tropical animals such as monkeys, sloths and exotic birds. On the way back you stop at Pepino Beach to watch the hang-gliders flying down from the nearby mountain.
Corcovado by Tram
A visit to the Christ Statue recently elected one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2,300 ft. above sea level, atop Corcovado Hill. You start on a small train that climbs the beautiful mountainside. Upon reaching the top, visitors admire a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro and discover why it is known as the “Marvelous City”! The tour also includes a drive along Rio’s famous beaches.
The Botaniclal Garden is a true ecological sanctuary and also a prominent scientific laboratory. The towering Amazon trees provide protection to a wealth of wildlife including Marmoset monkeys, and toucans. There are over 8,000 species of plant life, with orchids and bromeliads in abundance. The royal palms and pau-brasil trees have become the Garden’s symbol, while the Garden is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Royal City of Petropolis
Visit the Imperial Museum that served as summer residence of the imperial family in the 19th century. Petrópolis has landmark buildings such as the Crystal Palace; a cast-iron structure built in France at Princess Isabel’s request. Our last stop is the São Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral dating back to 1884 and the resting place of the remains of Don Pedro II, Dona Teresa Cristina, Conde D’Eu, and Princess Isabel.
Sugar Loaf Mountain by Cable Car
Over a million tourists each year visit the world famous ‘Pão de Açúcar’ (Sugar Loaf Mountain), which has become an iconic symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The journey to the top is made in glass cable-cars and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its surrounding islands, Botafogo and Copacabana Beaches, Corcovado Mountain and downtown Rio de Janeiro.
Dinner at Belmond Copacabana Palace
The Belmond Copacabana Palace, which sits directly on Copacabana beach, is one of South America's most famous and glamorous hotels. Made famous worldwide in part because of Barry Manilow's hit song which was inspired by a conversation he had while on the beach at the legendary hotel.
Briefing by the U.S. Consulate General
The Consulate General of the United States of America in Rio de Janeiro was established in November, 1971, when the Embassy was transferred to Brasília. Headed by a Consul General, the office is responsible for a broad range of consular and commercial functions and for coordination of United States Government activities in its Consular District, which covers the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo and Bahia.
Brazilian Naval School
The Naval Academy is the oldest educational institution of higher education in Brazil with its direct origins in the Portuguese Naval Academy, established in Lisbon, Portugal, by Royal Charter of Queen Maria I in the 18th century. We will tour and also have dinner at the Officers' Club.
Historical and Geographical Brazilian Institute
In 1838, a group of politicians and intellectuals founded the Historical and Geographical Brazilian Institute in order to make Brazil better known to its own people. Its main purpose is to "collect, methodize, publish and archive the documents for the history and geography of Brazil".
Considered one of the most beautiful buildings of Rio de Janeiro and one of the 7 Wonders of Rio de Janeiro, the Municipal Theater is the leading playhouse in Brazil and one of the most important in South America.
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