ARRIVAL RIO RIO DE JANEIRO - Your Brazilian tour begins in Brazil, a city famous for its Carnival, its beaches, and its friendly people. Meet your guide at the airport and travel to your hotel. In the afternoon, take a tour to the top of Corcovado Mountain to get a close-up of the most iconic statue of Brazil: Christ the Redeemer. From this location, you will get a panoramic view of the city, the bay, and the mountains. The contrast of its high peaks right next to the sea along with the hustle and bustle of the city earned Rio its place as a UNESCO World Heritage. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city.
VISIT SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN - Explore Rio de Janeiro on a city tour. Visit its museums, churches, and historic buildings, Transfer to Sugarloaf Mountain to board a cable car up Urca Hill, take in breathtaking views of the city and the bay along the way. In the evening, enjoy a taste of Brazilian cuisine at Churrascaria Palace, one of the most famous restaurants in town.
CITY WALKING TOUR WALKING TOUR AT PARATY - Rise early to take a 4-hour ride from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty, a quaint town of white buildings, charming lamp posts and cobblestone streets. Take a walking tour to visit its churches, museums, and appreciate its colonial architecture, which distinguishes the city as one of Brazil’s Historical National Monuments. Explore the port, which takes a principal role in the Golden Route as the main port for trading gold from Mina Gerais to Europe. Next, transfer to your Pousada. Please note that churches charge an entry fee that is not included in the price of the tour.
PARATY CRUISE TOUR PARATY SCHOONER CRUISE - Set out to explore Paraty’s islands on a boat ride. Surrounded by exuberant vegetation that makes it a quiet and incredible place to stay. The waters are perfect for swimming and snorkeling. This traditional tour has different routes for each day of the week, with four stops of about 40 minutes in each place. One of the main tourist spots is Ilha Comprida, a natural aquarium great for taking pictures, diving, or swimming. After the tour, return to the shore and relax on the beach.
TRANSFER TIRADENTES TRANSFER FROM PARATY TO TIRADENTES - This morning, transfer from Paraty to Tiradentes. First, travel through the Serra da Bocaina National Park to Minas Gerais, Brazil’s cultural heartland. En route, stop at Caxambu, a resort and spa town known for its mineral water with healing properties. Later, the transfer continues to Tiradentes, a small colonial town. Check into the hotel, have dinner at a local restaurant and then spend the rest of the evening at leisure.
SIGHTSEEING TIRADENTES FREE DAY IN TIRADENTES - Choose to spend the day exploring the cobblestone streets of Tiradentes or opt for a 2-hour train ride to São João del Rei, another colonial town, and visit its railway museum. If a free day in Tiradentes enjoy strolling along the quaint streets, passing by historic churches, antique stores, boutiques, and art galleries. Then, return to a local pousada for the night.
TRANSFER CONGONHAS TRANSFER TO CONGONHAS & OURO PRETO - Today, travel to Congonhas and visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Congonhas. Here, the Brazilian sculptor Aleijadinho carved his Twelve Prophet statues After admiring the work of Aleijadinho, transfer to neighboring Ouro Preto, where the majority of the gold in Minas Gerais was extracted during the Gold Rush. Check into the hotel in Ouro Preto.
WALKING TOUR MARIANA WALKING TOUR OF OURO PRETO & MARIANA - After breakfast at the hotel, walk through Ouro Preto with your guide and learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once "the world's richest city." Then continue to Mariana, a smaller town where you can explore a gold mine. There are also handicrafts and locally-made goods available for purchase in the area
TRANSFER RIO RETURN TO RIO VIA PETROPOLIS & THE SERRA DO MAR - The return journey to Rio de Janeiro follows the Serra do Mar Atlantic Rainforest mountains, a very scenic ride. Stop along the way to tour Petrópolis and visit the Imperial Museum, which was once the summer palace for the Emperor. Your driver will then drop you off at the Rio de Janeiro airport for your flight home.
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