- Sampling world-class cuisine in São Paulo
- Participating in capoeira and percussion classes
- Exploring the beautiful colonial city of Paraty
- Cruising and snorkelling around the dozens of islands near Paraty
- Admiring the views from Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro
- Enjoying the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL SÃO PAULO (D)
Arrival in São Paulo meet your guide and transfer to your well-located hotel. We’ll have an orientation meeting followed by dinner and drinks on a rooftop patio with a fantastic view of this fascinating city.
São Paulo is the largest city in Latin America, with a city population of over 12 million. It is a hive of activity that offers vibrant nightlife (around 20 thousand pubs) as well as amazing cultural experiences which is why it is not only Brazil’s Economic Capital but is increasingly becoming a Cultural Capital. São Paulo or “Sampa” is one of the richest cities in the southern hemisphere, historically attractive to immigrants as well as (somewhat later) Brazilians from other states, being in the top 10 most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Its eponymous city boasts a dizzying variety of cultural centres and art galleries, and the noise from its vibrant fashion and music scenes is heard around the globe. One of the major draws of the city is its world-class cuisine, with the second highest number of restaurants in the world – around 15 thousand. With over 70 museums, 120 theatres, 50 parks, dozens of cinemas – it is a fabulous city to explore and certainly has something for every traveller.
Overnight: São Paulo
DAY 2 – SÃO PAULO – HD City Tour (BLD)
After breakfast we depart with our guide for a tour to the historical part of town, exploring the old part of the city, checking out important sites and understanding the area where São Paulo was founded. Here you will visit Cathedral, Patio do Colegio, Theater Municipal, São Bento Monastery, and Nossa Senhora da Luz. From here we explore the Municipal Market and sample local fruits. We enjoy a group lunch inside the market which has dozens of options.
Transfer back to the Hotel. This evening we enjoy typical Italian “cantina” food.
Overnight: São Paulo
DAY 3 – SÃO PAULO – FD City Tour (BLD)
After breakfast we depart to Vila Madalena neighbourhood to have Capoeira lessons. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century. Don’t worry…this lesson is for beginners.
Afterwards we wander around area to check out the street art and graffiti in a famous street known as “Batman Alley”. Today we’ll have a typical feijoada lunch (included). This afternoon, visit one of the São Paulo parks before transferring back to the Hotel.
Tonight we enjoy a wonderful sushi dinner! Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.
Overnight: São Paulo
DAY 4 – SÃO PAULO / PARATY – Walking Tour (B)
This morning we travel to Paraty (approximately 5hr).
Paraty is a beautiful colonial city and considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inhabited since 1650, the centre of Paraty (officially Vila de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios de Paraty) has remained fundamentally unaltered since its heyday as a staging post for the eighteenth-century trade in Brazilian gold, passing from Minas Gerais to Portugal. Before becoming a Portuguese settlement, the land had been occupied by the Guaianá Indians, and the gold routes followed the old Indian trails down to Paraty and its sheltered harbour.
Walking through the Historic Centre of Paraty is like stepping back in time. However the constant pirate attacks, who took refuge in close beaches, changed the gold route leading the city to economic isolation. In the 1970’s, due to easier access through a new road, Paraty has became a more touristic place due to its rich history, beautiful nature and spectacular landscape. Here we will enjoy a combination of sight seeing, culture experiences, nature, and rich entertainment with the colonial town of Paraty as your base.
When we arrive in Paraty, check in and depart for a historical and cultural walking tour (2hrs). Paraty is a perfect place simply to wander aimlessly, each turn of the corner bringing another picturesque view.
DAY 5 –– PARATY – HD Private Boat Tour (BL)
After breakfast we depart on a private boat tour adventure. Paraty is surrounded by lush rain forest vegetation and stunning beaches. Paraty Bay is an unforgettable place with its crystalline water, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. We’ll visit some of the islands today as there are 65 islands and about two hundred beaches to choose from.
Please note: Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and hat. Water, cool drinks, mask and snorkel are available inside the boat.
Day 6 – PARATY – Rain Forest and The Making of Cachaça + Evening Cooking Class (BLD)
Have breakfast and depart to visit the Atlantic Rain Forest. During this tour you will discover Serra da Bocaina National Park and its diversity of fauna and flora as well its stunning waterfalls. We hike to the famous Tobogã Waterfall and then a short hike until the Tarzan Waterfall; a nice place to swim.
After a dip in the river we depart to ‘Alambique’ Engenho D´Ouro, the place where ‘cachaça’ (alcoholic Brazilian beverage made from the sugar cane) is made. Here we have the chance to taste different kinds of cachaça and have lunch at typical restaurant (included) before returning to the Hotel.
This evening, we depart for a special Brazilian Cooking Class. The evening begins at 8:00pm sharp and ends about 11:30pm. We start by serving a caipirinha made from cachaça and Richard Roberts shows a unique way to make it. Next, guests are invited to gather around the stove to join or just watch the preparation of the dishes. Then we all sit at our decorated table and enjoy the four-course dinner we made together, with wine. We end with coffee or mint tea and a tasting of aged cachaça. The menu is from six regional and historical cuisines such as Minas Gerais, Bahia, Amazonas, and Cerrado.
DAY 7 – PARATY / RIO DE JANEIRO – Sugar Loaf Sunset (B)
We depart after breakfast for Rio de Janeiro (approximately 4hrs). Citizens of the huge metropolis city of Rio de Janeiro call it the Cidade Marvilhosa – and there can’t be much argument about that. Over its nearly 500 years of history, Rio has been the spring board for all the country’s principal cultural exports, and the port of entry for major international art exhibitions or musical events bringing top names from the classical to the contemporary. Rio’s architecture embraces churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 19th centuries, blending with the world renowned designs of the 20th. In the South Zone, along the sea front, the city preserves the memory of names such as Tom Jobim and João Gilberto, who wrote the first chords of the Bossa Nova. Although riven by inequality, Rio has unparalleled style. Its international renown is bolstered by a series of symbols that rank as some of the greatest landmarks in the world: the Corcovado mountain supporting the great statue of Christ the Redeemer; the rounded incline of the Sugar Loaf mountain, standing at the entrance to the bay; and the famous sweeps of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, one of the most notable lengths of sand on the planet.
Upon arrival you will have time to relax or wander before 3:30pm when we depart to visit the Sugar Loaf Mountain with its world famous views. Afternoon at Sugar Loaf with drinks at Classico Beach Club boasting a great sunset view.
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
DAY 8 – RIO DE JANEIRO – FD Tour Corcovado / Santa Teresa / Morrinho Project + Cooking Class (BD)
Breakfast and transfer to the world renown Christ the Redeemer located at Corcovado Mountain (710 meters) with a height of 38m. The most important symbol of Rio de Janeiro, this monument is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. From there you can have a panoramic view of the city.
Afterwards taking in the views, we continue to Santa Tereza neighbourhood where we will have lunch (not included). Located in an old neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa is a very bohemian place where lots of local artists live and exhibit there.
From here we visit Morrinho Project, a social and cultural project based outside the Pereira da Silva favela (shantytown) in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Favelas start off as huddles of cardboard boxes and plastic sheeting, and slowly expand and transform: metal sheeting and bricks provide more solid shelters of often two or more storeys. Clinging to the sides of Rio’s hills, and glistening in the sun, they can from a distance appear not unlike a medieval Spanish hamlet, perched secure atop a mountain. It is, however, a spurious beauty. The favelas are creations of need, and their inhabitants are engaged in an immense daily struggle for survival, worsened by the prospect of landslides caused by heavy rains, which could tear their dwellings from their tenuous hold on precipitous inclines. At the Morrinho Project we find a Model of 450sqm made of bricks and other recycled materials. With the aim of showing that favela life is multi-dimensional, and endeavours to communicate their own reality through film, plastic arts, theatre, and music.
Return to the hotel late afternoon to rest or head to the beach. This evening we enjoy another Cooking Class. Learn about local culture, Cariocas (people from Rio) and about exploring Rio from people who love it. You`ll go from a visiting tourist to a sociologist, which is that`s way more fun as you will learn a lot about what it means to live in Rio. You will prepare an incredible meal using local Brazilian flavours.
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
DAY 9 – RIO DE JANEIRO – Olympic Boulevard + Percussion Classes + Rio Scenarium (BD)
After breakfast enjoy the beach like a local. After lunch (not included) we stroll along Olympic Boulevard in Rio’s rejuvenated port area. The Guinness World Records officially recognized the Olympic Boulevard mural of Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, titled Etnias (Ethnicities), as the world’s largest spray paint mural by a team in the world. We’ll also admire the futuristic architecture of the Museum of Tomorrow (outside only).
You can’t visit Rio without learning about percussion and Brazilian rhythms. Get to know the City of Samba, the place where the Samba Schools get ready for the Carnival. Here we visit the Samba School – Acadêmicos da Grande Rio and also have a percussion class.
Return to the Hotel around 6:00pm. After a rest we head out for our last night together at Rio Scenarium Pavilhão da Cultura.
Overnight: Rio de Janeiro
DAY 10 – RIO DE JANEIRO / OUT (B)
After breakfast, check out and private transfer to the airport.
Option to extend your visit in Rio or other parts of the country! Contact us for more information
- Meals as per itinerary (9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners)
- 9 nights accommodation in a variety of well-located hotels (3-4*)
- Services of local Brazilian guides
- Services of a tour leader
- Entrance fees to all the sites and parks mentioned in the program
- All tips for local guides, boat captains, drivers, restaurant staff, etc
- All transportation as per itinerary
- All applicable taxes
- International flights (can be booked by firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mandatory travel medical insurance (can be booked by email@example.com)
- Services not specified
- Meals, beverages not mentioned above
- Optional trip cancellation insurance
- Personal items
- Passport fees, Brazilian Visa, Vaccinations, etc
- Departure taxes (international if applicable)
NOV 2-11th, 2018
$3775USD based on double/twin accommodation
$4625USD single accommodation (own room)
Please note that a 20% non-refundable deposit is required to hold you place. Please contact us for an invoice which is payable online, via eTransfer, or cheque. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.
Do not book your international flights until the tour has been confirmed in writing by us.