What comes to your mind when it comes to Rio?

That laid-back atmosphere, people at the beach soaking up the sun or getting active surfing or playing beach soccer. Maybe a visit to one of the iconic favelas, to one of the Seven Wonders of the modern world Christ the Redeemer or have an unforgettable sunset view from the top of the Sugarloaf. Oh, and the Carnival… of course!

Let us show that Rio goes beyond that.

Take Morrinho Project for example: a whole different perspective of the favela unfolds when visiting this 450sqm brick mockup replicating the favelas constructions embedded in the hills. It began as a child’s play leading to an internationally recognized art installation.

Nature

Rio is blessed for having not only the famous beautiful beaches, but also a rich nature in the middle of a vibrant urban center. The Tijuca Forest is possibly the world’s largest urban forest, with a dense vegetation and great biodiversity. There are many hiking possibilities reaching waterfalls and summits with incredible views. In the foot of Mount Corcovado is the Botanical Garden, a place to wander and relax amidst some rare species of plants from Brazil and other countries.

Arts and architecture

Arts and architecture are also in the essence of Rio either in Santa Teresa, a funky artistic neighborhood, or down the Olympic Boulevard (built for the 2016 Olympics) with the “Ethnicities” mural painted by the famous graffiti artist Kobra, the Museum of Tomorrow designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect Santiago Calatrava, the MAR – Rio Art Museum, promoting a transversal reading of the city’s history.

Samba, caipirinha and Gastronomy

No worries if the visit is not during the Carnival, it is still possible to visit the backstage of some of the most renowned samba schools and learn more about the samba history, wear a costume, try some samba steps, play an instrument and taste the most traditional drink in Brazil: the caipirinha.

If the interest is not just to drink a caipirinha but learn how to make one (and show-off to the friends back home), engage in a cooking class led by a Brazilian chef. An experience full of flavors, culture and history starting with the entrée, through the main dish and finalizing with the dessert.

Wondering where to stay?

Rio is home to some of the greatest hotels, from the classic Belmond Copacabana hotel to the boutique and trendy Janeiro Hotel in Leblon, or the urban retreat Santa Teresa Hotel. Accommodation and its location play a key role when visiting Rio and the possibilities are innumerous: ocean view rooms, vibrant nightlife spot, just a step from the beach, close to nature, historical buildings, luxury and top service, good value for money…

Get to know Rio like a local, with our local experienced guides prepared to tailormade any experience according to special interests.