Ilha Grande "Great Island", along with the small islands of Angra dos Reis, form a paradise for those who love the sea. There are more than 100 options for beaches to enjoy some sunny days in the midst of the Atlantic Rainforest that covers the entire region, this tour will last a full day, leaving Rio de Janeiro hotels between 06:00am and 07:00am and visit a region outside of the common modern world of big cities, were the streets are covered with sand and the beaches stretch for miles the region gathers a set of natural beauties from different biomes creating a unique place. What You Can Expect Transfer: Ground transportation from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacarei approximately 1:30 hour Conceição de Jacareí: Your adventure begins here, boarding our Fastboat to Ilha Grande "Great Island". Blue Lagoon: Our first stop of the tour, is in a location considered the largest natural aquarium in Angra dos Reis, clear waters and abundant marine life. Parish of Santana: Second stop, historical part, first church of the Island, built with whale oil. Saco do Céu - Praia do Amor: Beach full of stories and folklore from the local community of the Island. Praia da Crena - Lunch included: Here we enjoy our lunch served by the sea on the beach club with a beautiful late afternoon. Transfer: Ground transportation from Conceição de Jacareí to Rio de Janeiro approximately 1:30 hour Our tour ends here
Rio de Janeiro also known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City) a tropical paradise located between beaches and mountains, surrounded by both colonial neighborhoods and modern buildings, a place where sounds meets the ocean and create a unique melting pot of colors and beauties. This land has once been the home of the Portuguese crown, nowadays is the home of magnificent festivals such as the carnival parade and the Reveillon (New Year’s eve), but the events, sounds and the dances are not the only reasons that visitors fall for Rio, as this city is in the heart of an exuberant tropical beaches in the heart of the rain forest, a location which makes it a perfect place to visit and enjoy. Our tour will begin with an early pick-up at a selected hotel in Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana and Barra da Tijuca, our first attraction will be the Christ Redeemer statue, a soapstone statue of Jesus Christ which sits in the peak of the Corcovado mountain at 700-metre (2,300 ft) and overlooks the city 360º, a place where man and nature have combined powers to create one of the new world wonders. As we enter the Tijuca forest we will stop at the Paineiras Park to board vehicles which will take us to the top of the monument in approximately 45 minutes, on our way up we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy views of the Copacabana beach, Botafogo bay and Palacio da Guanabara. After our visit we will head to our the Sugar Loaf, a granite rock which is accessible by a cable-car located in the Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) in the Urca district, on our way we will pass by neo-classical buildings like the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Institute Benjamin Constant for the blind and the National Institute for Mineral Resources. As we arrive in the Sugar Loaf complex we will board the cable-car to reach first the 220 meters of the Urca hill and then 396 meters of the Sugar Loaf, here we have a great view of the Guanabara Bay, it also has a gallery with the history of the cable car, our visit here will last approximately 30 minutes. We will then enjoy our lunch at Ipanema's restaurant. There will have different meal options at your disposal. Choose anything from Brazilian steakhouse fare or a light sandwich. You can also use the time to explore Ipanema neighborhood. After our lunch we will continue our tour visiting the outside of the Maracana Stadium, the world famous theater of two world cup finals and the Rio 2016 Olympic ceremonies, there we will be able to take a picture next to the Bellini Statue, as we continue we will then visit the “Sambadrome” (Samba Arena) where the main carnival parade takes place. We will then continue our tour by visiting the most traditional part of the city a neighborhood named “Lapa” and home to the famous “Lapa Arches” and the Metropolitan Cathedral a famous modern art landmark of the city. As we continue we will visit the “Escadaria Selaron”, a fascinating staircase portrait in different movies and videos around the world. As we proceed to the São Bento monastery we will pass by the Museum of Tomorrow, a neofuturistic building in the Port of Rio, once we arrive in the monastery we will see a surprising contrast between the austere, purposefully simple appearance of the exterior and the richness of the interior highlighting gilded Baroque engravings with plants motifs. On your way back to your hotel, looking outward you'll see the Museum of Modern Art, the Monument to the Fallen in World War II, and the Church of the Outeiro da Glória. You will also be able to see the Flamengo bay, as here we conclude our tour and head to your hotel.
In the last decades, in particular, after the beginning of the works of Porto Maravilha, archaeological studies and excavations have brought to the fore the historical and cultural importance of the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro for the understanding of the Diaspora process And the formation of Brazilian society. This tour will allow participants to visit the circuit and better understand the process of the African Diaspora and the formation of Brazilian society. The route lasts an average of two and a half hours with a route that starts from Largo de São Francisco da Prainha, passes through Pedra do Sal, rises Morro da Conceição and arrives at Suspended Garden of Valongo, from where you can see the Largo do Depósito . In the tour we will also visit the Cais do Valongo "Valongo Docks" a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by Unesco. In Pedro Ernesto Street, the last two stops are the José Bonifácio Cultural Center (CCJB) and the Cemetery of the New Blacks. Each of the points indicated refers to a dimension of the lives of Africans and their descendants in the Port Region. The Pier of Valongo and the Empress represents the arrival in Brazil. The New Black Cemetery shows the unworthy treatment given to the remains of the people brought from the African continent. The Largo do Depósito was an area for the sale of slaves. The Suspended Garden of Valongo symbolizes the official history that sought to erase traces of the slave trade - around it were fattening houses and a vast trade in items related to slavery. The Pedra do Sal was a point of resistance, celebration and meeting. And the old school of the parish of Santa Rita, nowadays CCJB, refers to education and culture as instruments of liberation in our day.
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