Brazilian Cuisine in Rio

 

Departures: Year around 

Places Visited: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Highlights
Visits to Copacabana Beach, Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, the classic monuments and landmarks that have earned Rio de Janeiro its nickname “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Amazing City). Get a taste of Brazilian cuisine; visit  an outdoor produce market and sample exotic fruit and spices, shop where the cooks stock up on ingredients, taste the foods and flavors  of Brazil’s Northeast and learn how to make a traditional Brazilian black bean stew from scratch.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transfer airport/hotel/airport with bilingual speaking guide.
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 1 Half day tour to a Local Market (lunch not included)
  • 1 Half day City Tour with Sugar Loaf visit
  • 1 Day tour to CADEG market & Luiz Gonzaga Center of Northeast Traditions
  • 1 Half day to Corcovado (lunch not included)
  • 1 Brazilian private cooking class with specialized bilingual Chef, incl. lunch and caipirinha


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Domestic & International Flights
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours and experiences
  • Any items not mentioned

Day 01: RIO DE JANEIRO. Upon arrival private transfer to Porto Bay Rio International hotel in Copacabana. The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure. We suggest to take a stroll along Copacabana’s beachside boulevard, browse the neighborhood’s fashionable boutiques and enjoy a refreshing coconut water at a beachside café.

Day 02: RIO DE JANEIRO. Visit a local street market where vendors display a variety of local flowers, fruit and vegetables. Browse the colorful stalls, sample local delicacies and learn more about the tropical flavors and ingredients.

Afternoon, Half day Corcovado
Rio de Janeiro is a city blessed with beautiful views, impressive mountains and lush Atlantic rainforest. The highlight of this tour is a visit to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic monument, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, on top of Corcovado Mountain (2,300 feet above sea level). Drive through the residential neighborhood of Laranjeiras and quaint Cosme Velho, lined with lovely 19th century mansions, to the Corcovado train station. Board a cogwheel train for a 15-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest National Park-the largest urban forest in the world with more than 8,000 acres of Atlantic rainforest in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. At the hilltop enjoy 360º views of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The return itinerary leads through the Rebouças Tunnel and along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a heart-shaped body of water lined with luxury apartment buildings and gracious mansions, set against the backdrop of the Tijuca Forest.

Day 03: RIO DE JANEIRO.  Early start for a visit to the CADEG market, a large warehouse that houses a bustling wholesale market where many of Rio’s restaurant owners and savvy shoppers come to buy their supplies of fruit, vegetables, delicatessen, flowers and plants.

After CADEG, visit the LUIZ GONZAGA CENTER OF NORTHEASTERN TRADITIONS. This large venue features approximately 700 booths and restaurants, a wonderful introduction to the rich culture of Brazil’s Nordeste (Northeast). Enjoy culinary delights, browse the colorful arts and crafts, listen to live music and trios playing forro/dancing (night only), watch shows by popular singers and poets, “repentista” singers and pick-up some traditional folkloric cordel prints.

Day 04: RIO DE JANEIRO. Experience a private cooking lesson with a Brazilian chef (lunch included) to learn how to prepare a hearty black bean feijoada stew, one of Brazil’s signature dishes, and make a perfect lime caipirinha.

In the afternoon, Half day City tour with Sugar Loaf
Pick-up at hotel for an afternoon sightseeing tour of downtown Rio; get an insider perspective that goes beyond the beaches and mountains. See the Sambadrome, the purpose-built parade grounds where Rio de Janeiro’s world famous dazzling carnival parade takes place. In the heart of the downtown business district stands the modern Metropolitan Cathedral. Shaped like a pyramid, the 220 feet high concrete structure has a surprisingly light and spacious interior. Next, visit nearby Cinelândia, Rio de Janeiro’s grand neoclassic square inspired by late 19th century Paris. Architectural gems include the monumental Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts.

From downtown, travel along the scenic waterfront Aterro do Flamengo Park to Urca. The neighborhood of Urca is home to Rio de Janeiro’s landmark natural symbol: Sugar Loaf Mountain. Board the cable car to Urca Hill (elevation 650 ft) for beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. A second cable car continues to the highest point of Sugar Loaf mountain (1300 ft) for splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and ocean beaches of Niterói. After riding the cable car back down, return to the hotel.

Day 05: RIO DE JANEIRO. At appropriate time private transfer to the airport.


Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.
Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.