A Brazil vacation is not complete without at least some time spent in the incredible city of Rio. A great way to see the main sights is on a guided tour of Rio. Once you have visited the iconic sites of the White Christ and Sugar Loaf though, what else is there to visit on your trip to Rio?
Here are some of our suggestions for alternative Rio day trips that get you closer to the city, its beaches and people. A great addition to any Brazil holiday!
1. Rio Favela Tour
Essential to the heart of Rio are the many favelas or shanty towns that sprawl across the hills above Rio. Even Barac Obama included a trip to a Favela on his visit to Rio and Blue and Jewel took a side trip to a favela in the movie Rio.
The Rio Favela Tour is generally a half day tour which can be taken in the morning or the afternoon. You wont regredt taking this fascinating trip into an entirely different side of Rio. Knowledgeable, local guides can help you make the most of yoru visit. Tours only visit safe areas where local people welcome visitors. You can also be pleased to know that you are contributing directly to the local economy.
2. Rio Tropical Islands Tour
Discover the tropical islands and beaches around Rio on a one day sailing tour. Travel along the coast to the small town of Itacuruca then board a scooner saveiros to sail out into Sepetiba Bay. Explore fishing villages, quiet beaches and small islands, Enjoy lunch on a quiet island and swim or snorkel in clear blue waters. There are opportunities to see dolphins, parrots, turtles and sting rays. If you have limited time in Rio and want to experience a more quiet side of Brazil -then this is a good option.
Rio´s Guanabara Bay Boat Tour
See Rio from a different perspective on this boat tour of the Guanabara Bay. This sailing cruise of Guanabara Bay, allows you breathtaking views of the coastline of Rio de Janeiro. See Sugar Loaf, Copacabana Beach and Corcovado Mountain from the sea as you sail past the many islands that dot the bay. You will sail past the fort of Santa Cruz and head towards the city of Niteroi which lies opposite Rio. There is a sun deck, opportunities for swimming and a seafood lunch included.