Brazil – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:29:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 Winter in Rio de Janeiro: 10 must-see activities to enjoy the best of the Wonderful City http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/winter-in-rio-de-janeiro-10-must-see-activities/ Wed, 30 May 2018 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12332 Rio de Janeiro is a destination to visit at any time of the year. So if you travel the Marvelous City between June and September, you will also have the guarantee of an excellent suntan, since the temperatures usually stay at around 25 °C, and the sea water doesn’t fall below 21 °C. In addition [...]

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Rio de Janeiro is a destination to visit at any time of the year. So if you travel the Marvelous City between June and September, you will also have the guarantee of an excellent suntan, since the temperatures usually stay at around 25 °C, and the sea water doesn’t fall below 21 °C.

In addition to being able to immerse yourself in the delicious beaches of Rio, take advantage of our top 10 activities you can’t miss in Rio to enjoy every day of your vacation.


1) Visit the emblematic sites of Rio in 7 hours

Landing in Rio de Janeiro and not visiting Christ the Redeemer can be considered as an incomplete trip. The Rio Express City Tour is an excellent option for seeing the most outstanding attractions of the city in one day, and after having taken the necessary photographs, you will be able to spend the rest of the holidays resting in front of the sea. With this city tour you will reach the top of the Sugar Loaf, you will go through the Bosque da Tijuca, you will meet Christ the Redeemer, and you will pass through the Sambadrome, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Plaza de Cinelándia.

Cristo RedentorLanding in Rio de Janeiro and not knowing the Christ the Redeemer is synonymous with an incomplete trip / Photo: Daytours4u

2) Travel by jeep in the carioca rainforest

It rains very little during the winter in Rio, so lovers of adventure can tour the Floresta da Tijuca and discover all the exuberance that hides in the heart of the city. Access to this National Park by Jeep allows travelers to see places such as the Cachoeira dos Macacos (Monkey Waterfall); the Mesa do Imperador (Emperor’s Table), the Cascatinha (Taunay Waterfall) and the amazing Vista Chinesa viewpoint, where you get a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro.

Book the Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour online


3) Try an authentic feijoada to warm the soul and the body

We have already clarified that in Rio it is not cold during the winter, but the cuisine of Rio de Janeiro defies the 25°C weather with its exquisite feijoada made up of several pieces of pork, and for the bravest, there is the feijoada noble that includes the ribs, ham and other sausages. In the Authentic Feijoada Experience this dish is accompanied by rice, yucca sticks, black beans and orange slices, and is finished off with tasty desserts and typical Brazilian coffee.


4) Discover the fascinating history of the Colonial Era of Rio in Petrópolis

This activity is a cultural classic to do in the surrounding areas of Rio de Janeiro and is a novel excursion that can’t be omitted from the itineraries of curious travelers and lovers of history. In Petrópolis, located 65 kilometers north of Rio, you will see the Mirante do Cristo -a popular viewpoint of the city- the Quitandinha Palace, the Imperial Museum -which used to be the Emperor’s Palac -, the imposing Cathedral of Petrópolis, the majestic Crystal Palace, Relogio das Flores and the city’s chocolate factory.

Book here the Petrópolis Day Tour

Museo ImperialTake a day to go to Petrópolis and learn about the colonial history of Rio / Source

5) Experience the passion of football in the spectacular stadium of the city

Join the shouting in the stands with Rio fans, and be a part of one of the most colorful and euphoric parties in Rio by taking the sports tour which can’t be missed from your itinerary. It’s not necessary to know how the standings of the First Division in Brazil or the Copa Libertadores de América are doing, the only important part is your willingness to enjoy an authentic travel experience and clear your throat for the moments of the goal!

Buy your tickets here to see a Football Match in Rio


6) Go to the Churrascaria Palace and love the delicious carioca gastronomy

If you associate Rio de Janeiro with seafood, you’re right! The Churrascaria Palace is one of the ideal places to enjoy the exquisite oysters and fresh seafood, accompanied by a timely white wine. Those who prefer beef, can order any cut they want, but the jackpot always goes to the bife ancho and the picanha, a very popular cut in Brazil.

Reserve the Copacabana Churrascaria Palace Experience and secure your place


7) Celebrate Carnival even in winter

Being a part of the camera after one of the biggest carnivals in the world is now a reality with the “Carnival Experience” tour. In addition to knowing the history of the samba and the origin of the parades, travelers will discover all the logistics involved in the organization of the samba schools and even wear the costumes of fantasies used by the professionals who give life to this majestic event every year.

Carnival ExperienceEnjoy the biggest party in Brazil all year with the Carnival Experience! / Photo: Daytours4u

8) Renew the love enjoying the sunset in the Sugar Loaf

The sunsets in Rio de Janeiro are indescribable. You have to witness the light show in person to understand why adjectives fall short of narrating their sunsets. Every traveler looking for the perfect place for the best pictures should go up to the Sugar Loaf after noon and find some postcards. It is also the ideal plan for lovers and here is a known fact: it is the perfect place for important proposals!

Book an Sunset Tour to Sugar Loaf Mountain online


9) Attend the Ginga Tropical Show to discover other Brazilian rhythms besides the samba

The nightlife of Rio de Janeiro is diverse and vibrant with the inhabitants of the city. The Ginga Tropical Show is a must-see show of the local culture because the staging brings together the varied artistic manifestations of Brazil. There are Brazilian dances from the African tribes, and also from the Northeast and the Pampas. Finally you will enjoy a presentation that recalls the luxurious Carnival of Sapucaí, along with its fantastic dancers.


10) Spend a whole day in Ilha Grande and Angra dos Reis

There are countless beaches in Rio de Janeiro but the entire Angra dos Reis coast is a must. It is located around the city, so take a day trip to make the most of the time. You will visit the Serra do Mar Valley and the Atlantic Forest, take a boat cruise to tour the islands and stop at Ilha Grande, where you can cool off in the sea.

Ilha Grande BoatDo not stay with the beaches of downtown Rio; travel to your surroundings and get to know Angra dos Reis / Photo: Daytours4u

These are just 10 options to make the most of an excellent vacation in this Wonderful City. However, there are endless activities to explore around the city, including its museums, its attractions and its culture. Go to www.rdj4u.com to learn more about tours in Rio de Janeiro.

By: Keilma Rojas, web content editor of Daytours4u

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3 trendy bars in São Paulo that you should know about on your next trip http://www.daytours4u.com/en/saopaulo4u/3-trendy-bars-sao-paulo-know-next-trip/ Tue, 15 May 2018 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12294 São Paulo has endless amounts of bars and restaurants to satisfy every traveler. Knowing about every single one during a short trip is an arduous task, that’s why we have gathered together 3 trendy bars in São Paulo that awaken the curiosity of the public with their exotic drinks and novel environments. Pizza and beer: [...]

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São Paulo has endless amounts of bars and restaurants to satisfy every traveler. Knowing about every single one during a short trip is an arduous task, that’s why we have gathered together 3 trendy bars in São Paulo that awaken the curiosity of the public with their exotic drinks and novel environments.

Pizza and beer: the perfect combination! / Photo: Bar Câmara Fria

Bar Gibi Cultura Geek

Attention geeks of the world: this is your place! The Bar Gibi Cultura Geek appeals to all – from video game lovers to Star Wars fans.

The decorations demonstrate the owner’s broad knowledge about video games, movies and television series – from the oldest, to the most current.

The drinks menu is also inspired by characters or movies. My favorite drink was the Ninja Turtle!

Address: R. Maj. Maragliano, 364 – Vila Mariana, São Paulo – SP
Website: www.gibiculturageek.com

References to video games and movie classics are the best things in the Gibi Geek Bar / Photo: Patrícia Furlan

Bar Câmara Fria

If you love the feel of New York bars that are dimly lit and are well hidden, then you will definitely like the Bar Câmara Fria. The given address indicates the location of the Original Bar, and in order to access the Cold Chamber, you must ask your waiter to take you to the refrigerator door. The bar is located at the top.

The all-day menu includes coxinhas (chicken snack) and delicious pizza. The menu of craft beers is extensive, and the atmosphere is very pleasant. The female bathroom is an additional separate attraction for women. Worth a visit!

Address: R. Graúna, 137 – Moema, São Paulo – SP (In the Original bar, ask for the Cold Chamber).

The bathrooms are, without a doubt, a very important part of the Câmara Fría Bar / Photo: Patrícia Furlan

Olívio Bar

The drinks here are the most distinguishing feature of the bar, due to the creatively unique presentation of each drink, including: the Trump glass, or the bathtub with patios and a bag of blood to “replenish” the stock of alcohol.

The traditional drinks are accompanied by small posters with funny messages, an ideal opportunity to take a selfie and post it to your social network. Stopping to try out new drinks will be the only difficulty you’ll face at this bar.

Address: R. Delfina, 196 – Vila Madalena, São Paulo – SP, 05443-010
Website: www.oliviobar.com.br

The originality in the presentation of the drinks is the funniest part of Olívio Bar / Photo gaved by Olívio Bar

Go ahead and explore the gigantic city of São Paulo beyond its urban, daily life. Discover all of the cultural and tourist options offered in São Paulo with the tours and activities of Saopaulo4u.

By: Patrícia Furlan, publicist, psychoanalyst, and travel blogger in free time. Her experiences as a traveler can be found on Viagem de Fuga

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Rdj4u Review: Everything you wanted to know about the Rio Carnival experience in a VIP Suite http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/review-rio-carnival-experience-in-a-vip-suite/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:00:23 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=12227 Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the biggest events in the world and an exhilarating experience that we should all have at least once in a lifetime. Watching from the stands of the Sambadrome while the Samba Schools parade is an incomparable sensation, but viewing this same show from a VIP Suite is, without [...]

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is one of the biggest events in the world and an exhilarating experience that we should all have at least once in a lifetime. Watching from the stands of the Sambadrome while the Samba Schools parade is an incomparable sensation, but viewing this same show from a VIP Suite is, without a doubt, on another level. Experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival from the inside and start planning your vacation to the Marvelous City now.


VIP Suite at Rio Carnival

Rio Carnival is organized into several parades that take place on different days. What distinguishes one parade from another are the participating samba schools. Regardless of the date you choose to be part of this fantastic experience, the VIP suite option will ensure an unforgettable night.

If you book the VIP Suite for the Serie A Schools Parade that participate on Friday and Saturday prior to the official Monday and Tuesday of the Carnival; you’ll see the academies that prepare with great determination to move up in category each year and become champions in the carnival’s following editions. If you select a VIP Suite for the Parade of the Special Group you’ll enjoy a show from the most popular and traditional samba schools, which take place on the Sunday and Monday of Carnival.

From the VIP Suite you can see all the details of the spectacular Samba Schools / Photo: Daytours4u

The pre-carnival

The Rio Carnival Experience from a VIP Suite begins before the opening of the Sambadrome. If you’re going to see the Serie A Schools, you’ll first need to pick up your tickets and your T-shirt at the meeting point established by the operator or pay an additional fee to have both items brought to the hotel where you’re staying. Then, you’ll go to the address determined by the operator for the second phase of the day: the decoration of your shirt. You’ll be able to customize the design to suit your style and make it as dazzling as you want. The recommended arrival time for this activity is at noon because there are usually a lot of people waiting in long lines to decorate their outfits.

If you selected a Carnival day to see the Special Group, an exclusive transfer service is included that will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the place where makeup and decorating the T-shirts are done. Professional stylists will make you shine and there is even a massage area so you can enjoy the experience completely relaxed. At the same location you’ll receive your credential that is similar to an identity document which you’ll bring to the Sambadrome.

Shine during the Carnival of Rio decorating your shirt as you like / Photo: Daytours4u

The Sambadrome and VIP Boxes Experience

The third phase for travelers who reserve the Serie A Schools is to decide how to get to the Sambadrome that opens the doors at 8:00 p.m. You can request an Uber, pay for a taxi or book an additional transfer that picks you up from the hotel and takes you to whichever entrance corresponds to your ticket.

TIP: Be sure to check and see if your assigned section is odd or even so that the driver can leave you at the correct entrance. After they check your ticket, which you should keep visible throughout the night along with your decorated shirt, you’ll head to the VIP box to enjoy the show. Those who book to see the Special Group will have the transfer from the place where they do the decoration and makeup to the Sambadrome included.

The VIP box, both for Schools A Series and for the Special Group, is composed of three floors filled with the best carioca vibes, air conditioning, and WIFI so you can share all your experience through social networks in real time. On the first floor there is a parade nearby, a live music group to dance all night long and there are also dispensers of all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that don’t run out, so you’ll be able to consume as much as you want until closing. There’ll be promoters and travel guides present to assist you in whatever you need.

On each floor of the VIP Suite there is an area and balconies to watch the entire parade / Photo: Daytours4u

The second floor is the buffet: pasta with delicious sauces, chicken stroganoff, hotdogs, tropical fruits, ice cream and other desserts served until 2:00 a.m. This area has more of a restaurant vibe but also has a balcony where you can sit and watch the parade.

The third floor, on the other hand, is where you’ll find sushi being served throughout the night. There’s also an area for dancing here but, unlike on the first floor, there’s a DJ with a selection of electronic music. Don’t worry about missing the parade of the samba schools, because there is also a balcony here to enjoy the show. The party ends at approximately 6:00 a.m. when the last school parades. The exit is organized and safe, as well as perfectly identified.

Have one of the most incredible nights of your life with VIP Suite Tickets to the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. Book your tours and activities in Rio de Janeiro with Rdj4u online and clear up any doubts about the Wonderful City with our team of experts.

By: The Content Team at Daytours4u

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rio de Janeiro [Infographic] http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/10-things-about-rio/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:00:27 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2533 You probably knew that Rio de Janeiro hosts the world’s largest Carnival celebrations each year. But did you know that the city’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvellous City? Or that it is considered the cultural capital of Brazil? Discover 10 more interesting facts about this truly wondrous megacity with this Daytours4u infographic.   [...]

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You probably knew that Rio de Janeiro hosts the world’s largest Carnival celebrations each year. But did you know that the city’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa – the Marvellous City? Or that it is considered the cultural capital of Brazil? Discover 10 more interesting facts about this truly wondrous megacity with this Daytours4u infographic.

 

Infographic: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Rio de Janeiro

 

All the previous travellers who have made Rio the most visited city in Latin America can’t be wrong! See for yourself why this is a city is so appealing to so many people from across the globe.

Here are some ways to experience some of the most interesting things in Rio de Janeiro for yourself.

  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue with a Christ the Redeemer City Tour.
  • Explore some of the 50km worth of pristine beaches. There are plenty of beaches to choose from, whether you’re looking for a relaxing spot to tan, a fun and safe place for your kids to play, seeking good surfing waves, or want to find the trendiest stretch of sand to see and be seen.
  • Take in the magic of the Maracanã stadium. Do a tour of the stadium or attend a local football game and truly experience the Brazilian football fever.
  • Skip the cable car queues and climb Sugar Loaf Mountain. With a bit of hiking and climbing, in a safe environment, you’ll be rewarded for your effort with the best views of Rio.
  • Enjoy the local music scene, from Bossa Nova to Samba and Forró.
  • Learn more about the history of Rio de Janeiro and uncover more fascinating facts about the Marvellous City on a Historical Walking Tour.
  • Celebrate the biggest party in the world all year with the Carnival Experience. On this tour you will discover everything that happens behind the staging of the carnival, how the samba schools are organized and you can even wear fantasy costumes full of brightness and color.

Discover more interesting things you didn’t know about Rio de Janeiro for yourself! Plan your travels to Rio with Rdj4u.com.

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7 Things That Happen After Carnival In Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/7-things-that-happen-after-carnival-in-rio/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:45 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2412 Because you can leave the Carnival in Rio, but the Carnival doesn’t leave you… 1. You will need to put on clothes again to leave the house. Unfortunately Carnival’s free dress sense doesn’t extend to normal life / Source 2. Not it is not normal to see men dressed as women, and vice versa In [...]

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Because you can leave the Carnival in Rio, but the Carnival doesn’t leave you…

1. You will need to put on clothes again to leave the house.

Clothes before and after carnival in RioUnfortunately Carnival’s free dress sense doesn’t extend to normal life / Source

2. Not it is not normal to see men dressed as women, and vice versa


In many of the street parties, almost all of the men appear in dresses / Source

3. You don’t need to guess the nationality of all those around you.

Chances you that you won’t hear this many different accents back at home / Photo: Daytours4u

4. Sunrise will indicate the start of a new day, rather than the end of the previous.

Sunrise during Carnival in RioThe party during Carnival tends to go on until sunrise, then keeps going! / Source

5. You probably no longer party with people of all ages.

Life after Carnival in Rio
There’s no ageism is Carnival / Source

No, really, of ALL ages!

From young to old, everyone gets into the Carnival spirit / Source
From young to old, everyone gets into the Carnival spirit / Source

6. There’ll be an endless loop of samba music in your head.

Samba beats are infectious and difficult to get out your head! / Photo: Daytours4u

7. You’ll miss all the love and fun on the streets.

Love and fun during Rio's Street Parties
There’s a lot of love to share around during Carnival’s street parties / Source

Let’s face it, Carnival ruins you! Life after Carnival in Rio is just plain boring. Time to start saving for round 2 in 2017. Start planning your next Brazilian vacation with us now.

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By Thalles Santos

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Planning Your Trip to São Paulo http://www.daytours4u.com/en/saopaulo4u/planning-your-trip-to-sao-paulo/ Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:00:24 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=9345 São Paulo is enormous: an intimidating giant. From above, it is a seemingly endless urban jungle; a blanket of concrete punctuated by the occasional pocket of green. Down in the thick of it, however, visitors will find a megalopolis that is at once vibrant, cosmopolitan, and incessantly energetic. The city’s collection of unique attractions makes [...]

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São Paulo is enormous: an intimidating giant. From above, it is a seemingly endless urban jungle; a blanket of concrete punctuated by the occasional pocket of green. Down in the thick of it, however, visitors will find a megalopolis that is at once vibrant, cosmopolitan, and incessantly energetic. The city’s collection of unique attractions makes travelling to São Paulo, either for a short getaway or extended visit, very tempting. Indeed, an exquisite array of architectural wonders, cutting-edge museums and some of the best gastronomic experiences on the continent are all waiting to be discovered. Read this essential guide on how to plan your trip and make the most of your stay.

Planning your trip to sao pauloThe cityscapes of São Paulo are quite spectacular / Image Source

SUITCASE DECISIONS

A question that always arises before travelling – what kind of clothes do I need to bring? São Paulo has a defined climate in relation to summer and winter, but conditions can vary quite considerably from morning to evening on any given day. Come prepared for every eventuality; the average temperature hovers around 19°C throughout the year and climbs to 22.4°C during the hottest month of February.

WHEN TO GO

Before deciding when to travel to São Paulo, be sure to check the specific cultural and gastronomic programs that take place across the city almost every month. In addition to an impressive schedule of music concerts and festivals, the city also hosts a number of themed events with fabulous discounts: Restaurant Week, Fashion Week, Spa Week, Cocktail Week – São Paulo has a celebration for pretty much everything.

av paulistaAvenida Paulista is a shopper’s paradise, one of the most exclusive spots in the city / Image Source

WHERE TO STAY

In a city of this size, location is very important. Lying west of the central areas, the bohemian neighbourhood of Vila Madalena offers boutique designer outlets, independent art galleries, and a wonderful assortment of bars and restaurants. For something in the heart of the city, the modern sweep of Avenida Paulista is also a great option, bringing untold cultural delights and round-the-clock entertainment. Elsewhere, the upmarket Itaim Bibi district is a very popular haunt for younger travellers, and the equally fashionable Moema is close to Ibirapuera Park and all the spectacular sights that come with it. Wherever you stay though, make sure you have easy and convenient access to the public metro system: São Paulo is gridlocked from dawn till dusk and you don’t want to be a part of it.

Planning your trip to sao pauloIbirapuera Park is a beautiful urban park, home to many cultural attractions / Image Source

The Iconic Avenida Paulista

Avenida Paulista is somewhat of a symbol of São Paulo. Served by the both the blue and yellow lines of the metro, this dynamic thoroughfare is home to iconic attractions aplenty and runs like a fissure through the city’s central zones. Here’s what you can find nearby:

Consolação – small yet multifaceted, this modest area boasts a large number of bohemian bars, authentic restaurants, and dizzying nightclubs, making it a very popular stopover for both tourists and locals alike.

Jardins – the upscale restaurants and verdant, tree-lined streets make for a refreshing break from São Paulo’s unrelenting asphalt labyrinth. The city’s most chic and stylish streets – Alameda Lorena and Rua Oscar Freire – can be found in this neighbourhood.

Bela Vista – home to elegant eateries, trendy cafés, and a number of contemporary shopping malls, laid-back Bela Vista has much going on. Look on Alameda Ribeirao Preto for some of the best Italian cantinas in the city.

Paraíso – situated between Paulista and Ibirapuera Park, this area is a great base from which to explore. Pavilhão da Bienal (Biennial Pavilion), Museu de Arte Contemporânea, and Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo are all within walking distance.

Planning your trip to sao pauloMuseu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) is one of the best museums on the continent / Image Source

SᾹO PAULO’S MUST-DOS

Stroll along Avenida Paulista and visit the Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) to check out their enviable collection of visual art. When you’re done, make your way to Vila Madalena to explore quaint urban art galleries and marvel at the extraordinary graffiti.

Rent a bike and cruise around the green oasis of Ibirapuera Park before heading north to Rua Oscar Freire to dip in and out of the trendiest clothing stores in the city.

Take a walk through the bustling historical centre to appreciate the city’s innovative architecture, and stop at Mercadão to sample some exquisite local food delicacies.

For trips within a trip, São Paulo has plenty of options – uncover the stunning beaches of Santos and Guarujá on the Costa Verde, amble around the Open Arts Fair in hipster suburb Embu das Artes, or travel to Tozan Farm and learn about the history of Brazil’s rich coffee making industry.

For panoramic views of the city, Banespa Tower is the place to go. Two elevator rides and a spiral staircase stand between you and vistas that will take your breath away.

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By following these simple tips on how to plan your trip to São Paulo, you can see the very best of what the city has to offer. Book your tours and travel activities in advance with Sãopaulo4u.

By Luiza Cavalcante,  professional in Visual Arts and Image Technologies. Portuguese travel writer, passionate photographer and traveller / Translated by Simon Hall.

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Top Places to Spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/valentines-day-in-rio/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:55:04 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1232 Rio de Janeiro is a city for lovers so spending Valentine’s Day here can be very special. Some say that romantic ambiance is generated by Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but we believe it’s due to Rio’s natural beauty, which is truly inspiring. To help you score points with your special someone, we’ve listed some of [...]

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Rio de Janeiro is a city for lovers so spending Valentine’s Day here can be very special. Some say that romantic ambiance is generated by Rio de Janeiro Carnival, but we believe it’s due to Rio’s natural beauty, which is truly inspiring. To help you score points with your special someone, we’ve listed some of the top places to spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Enjoy with the love of your life the spectacular view of Rio in Pedra Bonita / Source


1) Pedra Bonita for a picnic under the stars:

Pedra Bonita is one of the mountains that shapes Rio de Janeiro and is the site for tandem hang-gliding. It’s one of the tallest hills in Tijuca Forest and offers a beautiful view over the beaches in the south and west zones of Rio. Behind the jump zone, there’s a little trail that leads to a higher part of the hill, where you can sit and appreciate the views over the beaches in São Conrado and Barra da Tijuca, and of Pedra da Gavea in front. There, you can camp overnight and enjoy a private evening with your partner beneath the stars and away from the city. Bring your picnic basket and a bottle of wine to make it a simple yet wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration.

Getting there: Walk up the Caminho da Pedra Bonita, from the Alto da Boa Vista neighborhood, until you reach the take-off point for hang-gliders take-off ramp. From there, take the little trail up the hill.

Price range: $

Romance-o-meter: <3 <3 <3

Valentine's Day in Rio de Janeiro - Pedra Bonita for a picnic under the stars / source

Appreciate the charm of the Sugar Loaf during a romantic dinner in Porcão Rio / Source


2) Dinner with a view over Sugar Loaf Mountain:

One of the best views over Sugar Loaf Mountain can be seen from Aterro do Flamengo Park. The restaurant Porcão Rio is the perfect spot to admire not only the hills, but the whole of Guanabara Bay. You can make a reservation for a table near the panoramic window and enjoy a romantic evening complete with excellent food and a spectacular view for your Valentine’s Day.

Getting there: Take a taxi to Porcão Rio: Infante Dom Henrique Ave, Aterro do Flamengo.

Price range: $$

Romance-o-meter: <3 <3

Valentine's Day in Rio de Janeiro - Dinner with a view over Sugar Loaf Mountain / source

At any time on February 14, Copabana is a magical place to enjoy / Source


3) A dream meal in Copacabana:

On top of a hotel in Copacabana, there is a beautiful deck lounge with a panoramic view over the beach, which is simply breathtaking. The food here is exquisite, with a mixture of Brazilian classics and international dishes. There is also a bar, where you can enjoy tasty caipirinhas and relaxing music beside the pool. For a sophisticated warm-up to the night, we would recommend this option, followed by one of the nearby nightclubs as Valentine’s Day combo.

Getting there: Go up to the Deck Lounge Bar at the top of Pestana Rio Atlantica Hotel: 2964 Atlantica Ave., Copacabana.

Price range: $$$

Romance-o-meter: <3


Besides these three places, there are a number of options for ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Rio de Janeiro. Visit our website for more information, or to book tours and activities.

By: Pedro Rocha

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Rdj4u Review: Day trip to Arraial Do Cabo http://www.daytours4u.com/en/daytours4u/day-trip-to-arraial-do-cabo/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=11199 Get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio’s lively beaches and experience real tranquillity on the white sands of the surrounding picturesque islands. With aching legs, sun burn and a hoarse throat after an incredible Carnaval I decided to flee the city for the day. My getaway of choice was a day’s boat trip [...]

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Get away from the hustle and bustle of Rio’s lively beaches and experience real tranquillity on the white sands of the surrounding picturesque islands.

With aching legs, sun burn and a hoarse throat after an incredible Carnaval I decided to flee the city for the day. My getaway of choice was a day’s boat trip in Arraial do Cabo, roughly two and a half hours drive away from the city of Rio.

Arraial do CaboDay trip from Rio

Getting there

Getting there couldn’t be easier as with the tour I chose it’s all done for you. The mini van collected all of us from wherever we were in the city, mainly the centre and Zona Sul (there is also a meeting point for anyone further out). It’s an early start in order to get the most out of our time on the boat so I hopped on the minibus in the Centre at 7am. After everyone is picked up you set off over the Rio-Niterói bridge all the way to the port at Arraial do Cabo.

The boat

As you walk along the pier, the crew on the boat are waiting for you ready to help you hop on board. The boat is incredibly spacious with benches that line the outside and a block of high up mattresses in the centre all under cover to allow you a break from the morning’s sun. There is also the outside section at the front of the boat nearest the speakers that enables maximum enjoyment of the Brazilian music played throughout the trip. You’re introduced to all the crew before you set off out into the ocean. All day you have free bottled water on offer and you can buy beer, caipirinhas and soft drinks from the bar below deck. The music makes for a party atmosphere but this is by no means a boat just for young people. Our boat was filled with families, elderly couples, and groups of friends. I was on my own and managed to make friends not only with the crew but, as always, the friendly Brazilian passengers also. Throughout the tour the multi-lingual guide talks you through the beautiful surroundings and it’s impressive history.

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Arraial do CaboThe beaches and hills from the boat

Where you’re taken

On the boat tour from Arraial do Cabo we stopped four times: twice in order to dive into crystal clear waters and catch a glimpse of the extensive marine life with our snorkels, and twice more at two picture-perfect beaches. Both beaches are environmentally protected and therefore untouched with soft, white sand. Just what was needed in order to wind down after Carnaval.

Our first stop was out in the ocean to admire any marine life within view. Fortunately we saw many beautiful fish although my highlight was a school of bright pink jelly fish which were beautiful. Luckily we weren’t too close to them when stopped! I rented a pair of snorkling goggles for 20 reais at the beginning of the day and saw the most colourful array of fish of all shapes and sizes, it was wonderful.

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Arraial do CaboSuch beautiful landscapes

Forno Beach

Our first beach was Forno beach and is environmentally protected. It is untouched and we had to be ferried in on a dingy in order to not get too close to the beach with the boat. It was such a refreshing change to the fast pace of Rio’s beaches, we were the only people on the beach and there was nothing but crystal clear water and the white sand.

Blue grotto and Fenda de Nossa Senhora

On the way to the Lighthouse Island we passed the Blue Grotto, a beautiful large cave where the water inside is said to turn a dazzling blue when the sun hits it. The boat pulled up as close as it could and gave us a good a peak inside. Then we passed the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, a large rock with a gap in the middle within which has a replica of the statue originally found by a fisherman. The guide relays the mystical story of how the statue was found and is equally interesting as it is beautiful.

Arraial do CaboCrystal clear water full of wild life

Ilha do Farol

Ilha do Farol or the Lighthouse Island was our last stop and it did not disappoint. Once again we walked across white sands but here we had a huge lighthouse towering over us. Once again, we plunged into the unspoilt and refreshingly cold seas and worked up our appetite for our late lunch back on the mainland.

The lunch, which was included in the tour, was a typical Brazilian buffet full to the brim with traditional Brazillian dishes as well as pasta and salad meaning there is something for everyone. After such an active day we all took full advantage and ate as much as we could. A perfect end to a day full of breath taking surroundings and the journey back to Rio flew by as all of us dropped off in the air conditioned coach.

After my day in Arraial do Cabo I feel rested and refreshed and ready to carry on my Carioca life and learn more about this wonderful city.

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By: Lucy Gavan, student of Spanish and Portuguese culture at the University of Bristol in England, currently living in Rio as part of an exchange programme with Rdj4u.

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Things to do during the Weekend in Rio de Janeiro http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/weekend-in-rio-de-janeiro/ Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:55:39 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1997 Are you planning your trip to Rio de Janeiro? Unsure how to fit all Rio’s top attractions into just two days? We’ve got your back, with our guide on how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro. We’ve compiled our ideal itinerary for one weekend in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the [...]

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Are you planning your trip to Rio de Janeiro? Unsure how to fit all Rio’s top attractions into just two days? We’ve got your back, with our guide on how to spend a weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

We’ve compiled our ideal itinerary for one weekend in Rio de Janeiro to help you make the most our of your limited time in Brazil’s ‘Marvellous City’.

Friday in Rio de Janeiro

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Every night in the exclusive Leblon area, Plataforma Show offers a musical performance that travels across the Brazilian culture. Photo source: Rdj4u

If you arrive on Friday afternoon, head straight to Rio’s beaches. Sandwiched neatly between Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, you’ll find Arpoador Rock. Join the crowds on the rocks, with magnificent views over both neighbourhoods, the city skyline and the sunset. When the sun goes down, take a stroll along the beachfront of either Copacabana or Ipanema, choosing from the range of dinner options. Try your first “by the kilo” restaurant or hit one of Rio’s trendy food establishments.

If you’re looking for a party afterwards, it doesn’t get much better than Arcos de Lapa on a Friday night, which turns into a big street party. Be warned: if you’re planning on sampling Brazil’s iconic caipirinha, this local favourite is deceptively strong. Go easy if you want to pack in a full day of sightseeing on Saturday!

If you prefer to stay in Zona Sul area, places like Plataforma Show and Ginga Tropical offer a daily performance of brazilian rythms and culture. Preferring a party? then a Pub Crawl in Lapa will take you to visit several pubs and a Samba dance club

Saturday in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Scenarium is a classic Carioca experience in Lapa – Photo source: Rdj4u

Aim to fit in the bulk of your sightseeing today. If it’s sunny, get a jump start on the crowds and head to Sugar Loaf Mountain or Corcovado, where the giant Christ the Redeemer Statue is perched above the city.  After taking in the spectacular views, head down to the shady Tijuca Forest, the largest urban forest in the world. Finally, make your way to the city centre for a tour of Rio’s historical buildings and museums.

To maximise your time and fit in as many Rio attractions as you can, book a city tour. The Rio Full Day Tour visits Rio’s highlights and top attractions, along with an expert tour guide who will fill you in on all you need to know about Rio.

If shopping is on your agenda for your trip to Rio, remember that while the malls are open on Sundays, the majority of street shops are not. Take a half-day Express tour of Rio de Janeiro instead and then spend your afternoon at the city’s best shopping spots. Hit the Rio Sul Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the city, or head to a more traditional market at the Old Rio Market ( Feira do Rio Antigo), taking place the first Saturday of every month in the Lapa district. If you’re looking for smaller boutique shops, visit the Rua Visconde de Pirajá in Ipanema or Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva in Leblon. Alternatively, swing by the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa for its art galleries and handicraft stores.

End the day by exploring Rio’s legendary nightlife. If it’s pre-Carnival season, attend a samba school rehearsal to get a taste of the world’s biggest Carnival party. Otherwise head to Rio Scenarium, one of the best famous nightlife spots in Brazil. With three floors, this restaurant, bar and club is the perfect place to listen to live music or dance the night away to Rio’s samba rhythms.

Sunday in Rio de Janeiro:

Nothing more interesting to learn about the carioca culture than spending a busy Sunday on the Ipanema beach. Photo: Matt Kieffer

Spend your last day in Rio enjoying what the city is most famous for: its beaches! Grab your sunscreen and hat, rent a beach chair and soak up the sun, sand and waves. You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing which beach to visit, so read our handy guide to Rio’s best beaches to help you make up your mind.

For those that can’t face lazing on the beach all day, take a cultural trip to the Copacabana fort or add some activity to your day by renting a bike and cycling along the promenade or visiting the city’s parks. If you’re looking for a bit more adrenaline, step up the tempo with a surfing lesson, a hike up Pedra da Gavea, or hang-glide over the city for spectacular views.

Rio has something for everyone, whether you’re a beach bum, history lover, shopaholic or sporty traveller. Don’t try to fit it everything in – tailor your itinerary to your interests to ensure a memorable weekend in Rio de Janeiro.

Finally, keep in mind that Rio sits in a tropical zone and clouds and rain are common year-round. It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your visit so that you can choose the sunniest day for activities like Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado that need a clear day for you to fully appreciate the spectacular views!

Other Sources:

Rio Nightlife Guide:  updated local guide with local events, shows and performances in the city.
Tours and activities in Rio:  from city tours to local experiences,book online travel related services in Rio.

Written by: Nicole Eberhard

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5 Reasons to Visit Paraty http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-reasons-to-visit-paraty/ http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/5-reasons-to-visit-paraty/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:26:56 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=511 Just 125 miles south of Rio de Janeiro lies Paraty, a beautiful colonial town located on the Costa Verde. It is renowned for its charming cobbled stone streets which run throughout the historic centre, where vehicles are banned but horses and carts can be frequently spotted. With its combination of historic buildings, beaches and jungle, Paraty is [...]

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Just 125 miles south of Rio de Janeiro lies Paraty, a beautiful colonial town located on the Costa Verde. It is renowned for its charming cobbled stone streets which run throughout the historic centre, where vehicles are banned but horses and carts can be frequently spotted. With its combination of historic buildings, beaches and jungle, Paraty is an ideal destination for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Rio and enjoy a calmer, more relaxed and more natural environment. Below are five good reasons to visit Paraty.


1. Architecture

Paraty Architecture

Discover Paraty’s charming colonial architecture and its mystic cobblestone streets.

Undoubtedly Paraty’s main attraction is its stunning colonial architecture, most of which has not changed for over two hundred years. Wonderful colourful historical buildings are positioned on the cobbled streets, where pedestrians and cyclists are free to roam, but the lack of cars means the streets are kept peaceful and quiet, free of traffic and pollution. This is notably the main reason that tourists choose to visit Paraty.

Book a city tour in Paraty to uncover its history and mystique


2. Beaches

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A boat ride will take you to navigate and discover many hidden beaches of clear water and white sand. Photo source: Rdj4u

Paraty is surrounded by many beautiful beaches. One must-do for visitors is a boat tour of Paraty Bay, which enables you to visit the best of these beaches and go swimming, snorkelling and diving, or simply sunbathe on the sand while listening to the waves lapping against the shore. Nearby fishing village, Trindade, is another hot destination for tourists, as it too has access to a number of fantastic beaches, such as Cepilho, which is ideal for surfing, Figueria, a nudist beach, and Cachadaco, a stunning setting with rock formations and natural pools.

Enjoy the Brazilian beaches of Paraty with this fun Boat Ride in Paraty


3. Jungle

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Taking a jeep tour you will be able to reach the mountains and to hike to the many “cachoeiras” or waterfalls around. Photo source: Rdj4u

Paraty is bordered by jungle-clad mountains, which blend harmoniously with the town’s old buildings, islands and beaches. You can experience the lush nature of the jungle with an off-road Jeep tour, which takes you to the cascading waterfalls, followed by the Gold Trail Exposition, a cachaca distillery, a farm and finally, a Bromeliad Exhibition with over three hundred different species of plants.

Discover the amazing jungles of Paraty with this Waterfalls Jeep Tour.


4. Art

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Julio Paraty is one of the brazilian artists that found in this city the inspiration for its art. Photo source: mapadecultura

Paraty is an important artistic centre, which plays host to old traditional craftsmen and modern artists alike, who are drawn to the region by its striking scenery and picturesque landscapes. There are a number of interesting art galleries and museums dotted around the historic centre, which exhibit paintings and sculptures as well as ceramics, jewellery and traditional handicrafts produced by the native Indians. For those interested in religious art, the Museu de Arte Sacra (Museum of Sacred Art), boasts some highly impressive religious works of art, alongside magnificently carved woodwork on its altars and doors.


5. Vibrant Atmosphere

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The streets of Paraty offer a genuine and vibrant atmosphere at any time of the day and night. Photo source: Rdj4u

Paraty attracts partygoers from all over Brazil, meaning the streets are constantly brimming with young, lively people. While it may be peaceful and quaint during the day, Paraty comes alive at night, when people make their way not only to bars and clubs but parties on the beaches and nearby farms too. Head to Café Paraty for live music, Porto da Pinga to sample local cachaças and Paraty 33 for some late night dancing.

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You only need to visit Paraty for three to four days to satisfy your urge to be out of the city and spend time somewhere that is peaceful and beautiful, but which still manages to maintain a fun and lively vibe. If you’re planning on visiting Paraty, why not book a private transfer to Angra Dos Reis, the gateway to Paraty and Ilha Grande.

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By: Camilla Day

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