Day 1 / Origin – Rio de Janeiro
Its nickname as the Marvelous City is fully deserved. Its steep hills facing the sea, its long white sandy beaches and the imposing Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado Mountain make it not only marvellous but also unique in the world.
On arrival, meet your guide at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free and the first night in Rio should be a memorable one – let’s go for it!
Day 2 / Rio de Janeiro
After breakfast, we meet our guide and start the experience with a visit to the Corcovado Hill in the Tijuca National Park: a 20-minute drive takes us to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, passing through the Tijuca forest. From the top, we can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding landscapes. This impressive statue stands 710 metres high and is Brazil’s main monument. It was inaugurated in 1931 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the way down we head to Santa Teresa, one of Rio’s oldest and most charming neighbourhoods. We will stroll through its cobblestone streets amidst the interesting architecture of the neighbourhood. Enjoy sweeping views of the city, climb the Selarón staircase, explore the Chácara do Céu Museum (entrance fee not included) or the Park of Ruins.
After lunch, it’s time to explore some of the world’s most famous beaches, Copacabana and Ipanema, whose black-and-white, undulating promenades are world-renowned. But if you’re looking for a small, quiet and easily accessible beach, Vermelha Beach, at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, is the one for you.
You can’t miss Ipanema’s Posto 8, the LGBTI community’s hot spot for making friends and meeting people. A relaxed stretch of sand, bordered by rainbow flags, where you can find everything from national TV stars to families with children or groups of friends. The place was immortalised by Mario Testino in photos that travelled the world and made Praia da Farme one of the most frequented sections also by tourists. After the beach, the meeting place is Rua Farme de Amoedo, the epicentre of Ipanema’s gay neighbourhood, with bars and nightclubs where you can have a good time.
Visit Sugarloaf Mountain: located in the Urca neighbourhood, it is another of Rio’s world icons. At 396 metres high, from its summit you have a privileged view of the Guanabara Bay. Take the cable car up and visit the Urca Hill station before continuing your journey to the top of Sugarloaf Hill. At the top, you’ll enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro.
After dinner, the day ends with a tour of the LGBTQ bars of Lapa with our guide.
Day 3 / Rio de Janeiro
Free day to continue enjoying all that Rio has to offer. You can relax on the beaches, visit one of the city’s many museums or the famous Botanical Gardens.
Did you know that Rio de Janeiro was voted the best gay destination in the world? All thanks to the countless gay-friendly attractions in the city, including beautiful beaches, trendy bars, clubs and parties, as well as the country’s first LGBTQ Pride Parade.
In the evening, tour with our guide through the LGBTQ bars of Copacabana and Ipanema.
Day 4 / Rio de Janeiro – Paraty
After breakfast, departure to Paraty and transfer to the hotel. The transfer will take about 4 to 5 hours.
Paraty is one of the oldest colonial towns in Brazil, nestled in a small bay with paradisiacal beaches located 250 kilometres west of Rio de Janeiro. The region where today’s Paraty is located was first settled by the Tamoios Indians, who had their first contacts and clashes with the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century, when they began to settle in the area during expeditions to the interior in search of gold.
Take advantage of the afternoon at leisure to visit the city centre, considered a National Heritage Site due to the importance of its architectural ensemble. Along its cobblestone streets, where cars are not allowed, stand churches and colonial mansions, most of them painted white and very well maintained. A leisurely stroll through the centre can’t help but give you the feeling that you’ve stepped back several centuries. A curiosity is that on many of the walls of these old colonial houses you can find mysterious masonic symbols, another of Paraty’s hallmarks.
Day 5 / Paraty
After breakfast we start our day with a boat trip departing from the “cais” of Paraty (regular service, without guide). Embark on this traditional boat trip around the bay of Paraty, visiting two beaches and two paradisiacal islands. The boat stops for 40 minutes at each of them for swimming and snorkelling. For those who wish, floats for diving and snorkelling masks are available for hire. If you wish to admire the scenery without going into the sea, we have a support boat available to transport passengers to the beach. Buffet lunch included during the tour and rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 / Paraty – Rio de Janeiro – Home
The holiday is coming to an end and we hope you had a great time. At the appointed time, you will be transferred to Rio de Janeiro airport for your return flight.
At the indicated time, transfer to Morro de São Paulo. Pick up at the hotel in Salvador and private transfer with guide to the port of Mercado Modelo (Maritime Tourist Terminal). Boarding on a regular catamaran to Morro de Sao Paulo. Your guide will help you with the boarding. Boat trip. During a little less than 2 hours, you will sail towards the south of Bahia to reach the island of Tinharé. Disembark in the small village of Morro de São Paulo.
Tinharé is an archipelago of 26 islands covered in tropical forest and surrounded by crystal clear waters. It is located south of the Bahian capital of Salvador, on the island of Tinharé which bears the same name as the archipelago. The natural beauties with beaches of calm, crystal-clear waters, white sands and dense Atlantic rainforest make for an impressive and beautiful scenery. Morro de Sao Paulo is suspended on a rock and its fine sandy streets invite you to discover it at the pace of the island, in peace and quiet.
Luggage service on arrival on the island is not included. The hotel is located on the second beach, approximately 1 km away. Lunch and dinner are free.
We’re sure you’re ecstatic to be back after these days of disconnection in Morro. We’re sorry it’s all happened so quickly, but it’s time to get back to reality.
At the appointed time, return to Salvador by regular boat (2h trip, sometimes rough seas). As we approach Salvador, we have a fantastic view of the city and its bay of All Saints from the sea. Reception at the port by the guide and private transfer to Salvador de Bahia airport to return.
5 or 10 nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in 4* hotels, depending on the chosen itinerary.
The above-mentioned land transfers will be carried out in private tourist transport all along the route.
Itinerary Rio + Paraty: the above mentioned visits will take place with private multilingual local guides in Rio de Janeiro; as well as in Foz do Iguaçu and Salvador de Bahia for the second itinerary. The excursion in Paraty will take place in regular service.
Itinerary Iguassu + Rio + Salvador: all the above mentioned visits will take place with private multilingual local guides in Rio de Janeiro, Foz do Iguassu and Salvador de Bahia, except the boat trip in Salvador on the 10th.
Meals as mentioned.
Permanent assistance during the whole tour.
Meals not mentioned in the section “Your trip includes”.
Individual equipment: sunglasses, sunscreen, clothes, walking shoes, hat and personal pharmacy.
Baggage handlers at the airport and hotels.
Tips, or any items not specifically mentioned as included in the programme.
All items not mentioned as included in the “Your trip includes” section.