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From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

Visit the islands of Angra do Reis on this boat trip from Rio de Janeiro. Sail through the archipelago of Ilha Grande. Disembark on the small islands to explore the beaches, browse the markets, and snorkel in the deep blue waters. Savor lunch on board and enjoy round-trip transfers from Rio hotels. Relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Angra dos Reis. A quick pit-stop on the road will be made to use bathroom facilities and buy a snack. Upon arrival in the docks, enjoy a schooner ride through the hundreds of islands of Angra dos Reis.  Marvel at the beauty of the most famous island of it all: Ilha Grande. Revel at the crystal clear water and rent a snorkel on the spot to see the different species of fish. After, devour the buffet lunch in a fishermen’s village. Explore different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather conditions.

Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

2. Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

First, listen to a short briefing from the world's most safe and experienced Hang Glider tandem pilots. They will tell you about the take-off and other aspects of hang gliding before you get airborne. Then, glide smoothly through the tropical air after about 7 steps over the edge of the platform. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility. Enjoy bird's eye views of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Niteroi city on the other side of Guanabara Bay. Land safely on a sandy beach in São Conrado and enjoy some refreshments as you watch others come in to land. The entire activity will be photographed and recorded on cameras attached to the glider so that you can share your adventure with your friends and family back home. 

Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

3. Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

The tour takes you to hike through the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the biggest urban forests on the planet, on this off the beaten track circuit of trails to discover the nature and beauty of the jungle, reaching the Taquara Hill (814m=2670ft). This peak is a 100m higher than the Christ Redeemer statue, and on clear days, you have 2 amazing views: one to the valley of the forest and another to the West part of Rio, its coastline and lagoons. After that, you will go to a deeper part of the jungle following a trail that is almost secret as it is very rare to see other people doing it. Within 1 hour of hiking up and downhill, you will reach the ruins of an old coffee farm and, with a bit more walking, you will reach a grotto and a cave in the middle of the rainforest. After this, you head to a waterfall where you can refresh yourself (bring a towel and bathing suit). This trail circuit was designed by experts in the Tijuca Forest Park using tracks and sites that are not well-known or regularly visited, so you'll be hiking in a very unusual part of the forest. The scenery of this tour is amazing and it has a lot to offer as you are visiting sites that are not featured in most tours. On the way up, you will learn the history of Brazil, Rio, the Tijuca Forest, and everything about the coffee farms that used to occupy that area before the reforestation that happened in the 1800's.

From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

4. From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

- Shared Transfer DOOR-TO-DOOR from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro. Shared transfer means you’re booking a seat on a vehicle, and will likely be sharing with others. - Fast Boat from Ilha Grande (Vila do Abraão) to Angra dos Reis. Passengers must arrive at the Pier 20 minutes before boarding time. The guide will identify all passengers, put on the wristband and direct them to the Top line at the main Pier in Vila do Abraão. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows us to offer fast and safe boat crossings to Ilha Grande while at the same time a smooth ride. The boat crossing takes up to 40 minutos. When disembarking from the boat, the driver will pick you up and direct you to the van that will be stopped in front of the Pier. - From Angra dos Reis, you will be driven 2 hours and a a half to Rio de Janeiro . Your ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival - depends on your final destination, and the route that will be taken to drop other passengers. In Rio de Janeiro, you will be dropped off at your hotel, accommodation or airport. - Daily departures.

Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

5. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep where you will discover a tropical forest in the middle of a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the history of the reforestation process and the importance of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forrest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Your tour continues with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail where you will learn more and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

6. Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

Visit a variety of lesser-known attractions in the Tijuca Forest National Park on the Tijuca Forest tour circuit. On a 6-km-long walk, hike along trails made in the 19th century, a period when this area was occupied by coffee plantations. Discover the history of the park, the world’s largest replanted urban forest. Along the circuit, visit the Cascatinha Taunay, the largest waterfall in the National Park, the Mayrink Chapel from 1850, the Cova da Onça Suspension Bridge, the Eucalyptus Forest which houses an old slave cemetery, and the Morcego’s Grotto, the largest gneiss cave in Brazil. Next, cool off at the Baronesa Cascade waterfall. Then, start the journey back to the starting point passing the former residence of Barão d’Escragnolle, one of the park’s managers in the past (now The Esquilos restaurant). Also see the Wallace Fountain, with a sculpture representing goodness, charity, sobriety and simplicity, a gift from the English philanthropist Richard Wallace to Brazil and produced inFrance in 1870. This circuit combines adventure, history, nature, a waterfall shower, among other things, passing through hidden spots and attractions that reveal the richness and personality of Rio de Janeiro and its tropical rainforest.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

7. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

8. Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

Explore Tijuca National Forest in meticulously restored ex-military open-air off-road vehicles. After hotel pick-up, cut to the Lagoa with the striking view of the Christ statue and head to the rainforest. Stop at the famous Vista Chinesa to discover the history of this unique monument as you'll soak in the views of the Christ Statue in the distance. Move on to the Cascatinha Visconde de Taunay waterfall, and take a quick dip in the crystal clear refreshing water. Continue to a charming chapel constructed in 1855, and start the first of 2 trails. See coatis, toucans, and monkeys! Take a restroom stop and start the second trail of the tour, passing through the Atlantic forest with the sounds of waterfalls following your footsteps. Hop back into your top-down Jeep and head to the famous São Conrado Beach to watch the hand-gliders, before your scenic drive back to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro: Animal Tour to BioParque do Rio and AquaRio

9. Rio de Janeiro: Animal Tour to BioParque do Rio and AquaRio

Behold Brazil’s incredible terrestrial and aquatic animal life with this guided tour to the BioPark of Rio and the Marine Aquarium of Rio. Learn all about how they have become leading centers for education, research, and biodiversity conservation. Start your tour at the BioPark, where animals no longer live in cages, but instead roam in environments designed for their well-being. Explore the more than 1,000 animals representing 140 different species. Stroll the Reptile Village, Primate Island, Pollinators area, and more. Next, head to the Marine Aquarium of Rio, or Aquário Marinho do Rio de Janeiro, the largest aquarium in South America. Get ready for the 5,000 animals from around the world in 28 saltwater tanks. Interact with a variety of fish, invertebrates, rays, sharks, and corals.

Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

10. Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

Experience the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit! The tour consists of hiking trails with a moderate level of difficulty and some natural obstacles that you have to overcome. The place is beautiful and extremely pleasant, offering beautiful flora and wild animals for you to observe. Start the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit towards the Jequitibá Waterfall, following trails and waterfalls until arriving at the famous Waterfall of the Shower, also known as Box Waterfall by the design and format that the rock presents. The Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit are an excellent alternative to get away from the overcrowded beaches of the city.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro (State)

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based on 761 reviews

Picked up right on time by my guide, Bruno. It was about to rain, so we decided to go to Parque Lage first since it is mostly indoors. What a beautiful place! Because of the clouds, we couldn't see the Cristo on Corcovado, but the location more than makes up for it. Bruno made sure I stayed as long as I wanted and took all the pictures I wanted. From there, the rain had mostly stopped and we went to the Botanical Gardens. Bruno know all about the place and the vegetation in it. Because of the rain, there weren't many animals out and about, but I did get to see a baby crane and some turtles. The landscape is so beautiful, it didn't matter that the sky was cloudy. I really enjoyed talking to Bruno and learning more about Rio!

What a great way to see the forest! Picked up right on time by my guide, Henry and the driver, Maria. After picking up the rest of the tour folks, we headed for Tijuca. Along the way we stopped to take a look at Pedra da Gavea--a mountain that has a face on it! Once there, we saw beautiful waterfalls, vegetation, and animals. Henry knew everything about everything! The short hike was easy (I was on a tour with several older people and everyone was able to make it -- even the 88 year old!), and it is nice and cool in the forest. After plenty of time there, we visited the Vista Chinesa, a pagoda overlooking the city--incredible views! Everything went great and I'm glad I had someone to give me background on what I was seeing.

Fabulous tour our guide was the best he was friendly and knowledgeable. We used two jeeps for our group and had a guide in each jeep. Both guides were perfect even helped with photos. They took our physical ability into consideration when it came to the walking paths One of the best things we did in Rio. Absolutely loved it. The drivers were safe and obviously well trained and experienced.

Fantastic trek. Really enjoyed it, though a few parts are a little tricky. Our guide Pedro talked us through them and gave good insights into various parts of the forest. Definitely recommend, and would be more than happy to do it again!

It was a lovely trip, felt slightly rushed at times but understandable as we had to cover a number of places. It was well organised and the fabulous weather made it extra special.