Rio de Janeiro - Cidade Maravilhosa - " The Marvelous City"

Rio de Janeiro is world renowned for breathtaking landscapes and its unique location nestled between steep, green mountains and crystal clear seas.

Rio, as it is called by the Cariocas, those born in the city of Rio, features some of country's most famous attractions.

As the first city in the world to be awarded the UNESCO World Heritage Status in the urban cultural landscape category, Rio is famous not only for its beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, but also Sugar Loaf with its breathtaking vistas and also the city's 200-year-old botanical gardens.  You will also discover Rio’s Guanabara Bay, the Tijuca National Park, Corcovado, and the Christ Statue.

Rio bustles with energy and the Cariocas are known for their carefree spirit and charm. Whether you are looking to experience “The Greatest Party on Earth” -Carnaval, or relax in a wondrous natural environment, you will certainly enjoy all the luxuries of a cosmopolitan Brazilian city.  Rio de Janeiro has it all!

Paraty

Located between Rio de Janiero and São Paulo, you will discover the “Costa Verde” or “Green Coast” -this gorgeous stretch of coastline along the Atlantic is a calm and peaceful region full of tropical coastal rainforests lapped by the Atlantic Ocean. Paraty is a delightfully enchanting colonial town, peaceful and picturesque. It has changed little since it was the main port for the gold trade in the colonial era. Its historic cobble stone streets and ornate churches are an absolute delight to discover! Spending a couple of days here is a perfect way to relax.

Schooners can take you to the many small uninhabited islands lying just off the coast. The surrounding waters are peacefully calm and excellent for swimming and snorkeling. Paraty to this day retains its colonial air of charming cobbled streets and lovely colored houses.

Búzios

A few hours away from Rio on a tiny Peninsula with small sandy beaches is the world famous resort town of Buzios. The town's cobble stone streets echo its past as a quiet fishing village. Búzios was put on the map by Brigitte Bardot who stayed there in 1960s.  Since then it has remained a lively but relaxed beach destination. The town retains a pleasant atmosphere and during the Brazilian summer months makes for a great beach side-trip for anyone visiting Rio.