Rdj4u Tour Reviews – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 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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Rdj4u Review: Historical Downtown Rio Walking Tour http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/historical-downtown-rio-walking-tour/ Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:44:23 +0000 http://daytours4u.com/en/?p=5978 People don’t often talk about the beauty and value of Rio de Janeiro’s historical heritage. Mention Rio, and images of idyllic beaches, beautiful people, and relaxing in the sun probably come up. But the city has another side to see, thanks to its historical legacy. See this extraordinary beauty up close by taking a walking [...]

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People don’t often talk about the beauty and value of Rio de Janeiro’s historical heritage. Mention Rio, and images of idyllic beaches, beautiful people, and relaxing in the sun probably come up. But the city has another side to see, thanks to its historical legacy. See this extraordinary beauty up close by taking a walking tour of Rio’s historical downtown.

A private Rio walking tour is the best way to get to know the city that until a few decades ago was the cultural, economic, and political capital of Brazil (from 1764 to 1960), and that of the Portuguese Empire from 1822-1889. It is important to highlight the restoration of the tangible and intangible heritage of the port area and historic city centre, started by the city government in 2009 through a programme called Porto Maravilha. This programme has given this historic area a new breath of life, helping attract hundreds of tourists who come to discover another face to the Marvellous City, making them fall in love with Rio.

The Odeon Cinema at Cinelândia

Cine Odeon is one of the attractions you can see at Cinelândia / Credit: Daytours4u

Cinelândia: architecture, art and glamour to start

Our Historical Downtown Rio Walking Tour started in Ipanema (in the South Zone) with a short Metro ride to Cinelândia station. Emerging out of the subway, one has the feeling of having arrived in a totally different Rio de Janeiro to the Zona Sul: workers rush around in suits and formal office wear, making the beach seem thousand of kilometres away.

The charm in this first attraction of the tour is in the details. This part of town is called Cinelândia and is framed by Plaza Marechal Floriano Peixoto. It got its name during the 20s when the city’s most important cinemas and theatres were clustered here. The Cine Odeon is still standing here, recently remodelled, along with some other important architectural masterpieces of the city: Câmara Municipal, the National Library, the National Museum of Fine Arts, Federal Justice Cultural Centre, and of course the beautiful Municipal Theatre.

After stopping at this important landmark in Rio, the walking tour of downtown Rio continues down the street Araujo Porto Alegre. There is plenty to distract you, as life springs from every corner, with eclectic architecture where the city’s colonial past meets the botecos, barzinhos, per kilo restaurants and street vendors that are part of the modern culture of the Marvellous City.

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The grand front of the Palacio Tiradentes

See the grand Palacio Tiradentes on this Historical Downtown Rio Walking Tour / Credit: Daytours4u

Praça XV: The imposing Tiradentes Palace, Paço Imperial and other Carioca beauties

The next big attraction you’ll see on the walking tour is Tiradentes Palace. We’ll leave its history a mystery for when you visit because it’s as interesting as its architecture, which dates back to 1926. It’s worth pausing here for a moment to take photos of the façade, tiled floors, Roman columns, and modernist sculptures. The rich detail of this building begs a closer look to appreciate all the intricate features.

Right next to this Palace is the Paço Imperial. A beautiful colonial-style house converted into a cultural centre, this building was once home to the Portuguese monarchy in the eighteenth century. Both buildings are located around Praça XV – Plaza Fifteen of November. This square functioned as the main entry point into the city until the twentieth century. You can find many other buildings of historical interest around here, including the Stock Exchange and the Arco do Teles – a colourful and picturesque passage that links the square to Rua do Ouvidor.

A narrow cobbled street in downtown Rio , with tables and chairs on the street

The Arco do Teles opens onto the cobbled alley of Travessa do Comércio / Credit: Daytours4u

Discovering Rua do Ouvidor, religious architecture and Confeitaria Colombo

Rua do Ouvidor is one of the great curiosities to be found in Rio de Janeiro. Its minimalism and colonial simplicity are in surprising contrast to the impressive architectural monuments of Praça XV. To get here, you walk through Arco de Teles and Travessa do Mercado, and enter the narrow cobbled streets where you’ll find colourful bars and restaurants, aged houses and a church full of old religious legends.

This is the church of Nossa Senhora da Lapa dos Mercadores, a beautiful colonial building built in 1747, which, according to legend, had a statue of the Virgin of Nossa Senhora da Lapa until it was hit by a cannonball during a battle, hurling it to the ground where it miraculously survived, breaking no more than a finger. As proof, today you can see the cannonball and missing finger in the sacristy of the virgin!

After learning about this religious history, we continued on to a more commercial and contemporary part of Rua do Ouvidor. We made a beeline for the famous Confeitaria Colombia. This bakery is famous not only for its delicious pastries, but because of its 100 years of history, keeping alive the Carioca Belle Epoque, with its marble walls, Belgian mirrors and many items from its history which adorn the café, suspending it in time.

After recharging our energy with a delicious coffee and a snack, we were ready to continue our journey with our charismatic guide, eager to discover more about the history of this fascinating city.

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Largo do Carioca, Lapa Arches and the Selarón Steps to end with art and passion

Largo do Carioca is a large square where the Carioca Metro Station is. This busy square is an important part of the city and provides an interesting snapshot of ordinary life in Rio. From here you can see the monastery of San Antonio, – located on a hill bearing the same name – the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio with its interesting design, and the Arcos de Lapa.

We decided to continue from here to Arcos de Lapa, also known as the Carioca Aqueduct, built in 1750 to supply water to the city. From there, we continued just a bit further to the famous Escadaria Selarón (the Selarón Steps), work of the late Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Starting in 1990, he decorated the stairs piece by piece with tiles from all over the world.

After taking our pictures on the famous steps, we made our way back toward Cinelândia station where we started this tour. On our way, we spontaneously made a stop at the first public park in Rio de Janeiro, Passeio Público, built in 1783 by renowned artist of the Brazilian colonial period, Mr. Valentim da Fonseca e Silva.

Technical details of the Historical Downtown Rio Walking Tour

  • The private tour was 3.5 hours long;
  • We recommend you bring water, sunscreen and comfortable shoes;
  • This is a private tour so the route can be adapted to your interests. It is not comparable with the free walking tours, as this is a professional service run by a specialised tour guide;
  • Downtown Rio is surrounded by many old churches, which is great for lovers of architecture and religious history. We specifically asked the guide to skip over the La Candelaria Church and the Metropolitan Cathedral as these were visited during the Rio Full Day City Tour. Instead, we spent more time at the Selarón Steps and Passeio Público;
  • Downtown Rio is an area with a lot of activity during the weekdays, which doesn’t impact the tour. On the contrary, for safety reasons and to get a sense of the city, this is the best time to take this tour, as the downtown area is very quiet on weekends;
  • The guide will drop you off at the entrance to the metro station to take the subway back to Zona Sul, or will accompany to your doorstep if you request.

To book this tour, or another another walking tour of Rio de Janeiro, visit www.rdj4u.com.

By: Nohelia Sanchez / Adapted by: Nicole Eberhard

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Rdj4u Review: Christ the Redeemer City Tour http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/christ-city-tour/ Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:00:03 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2449 You haven’t been to Rio de Janeiro until you’ve paid a visit to the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain. One of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the iconic statue is a breathtaking sight. Christ the Redeemer City Tour On a sunny afternoon in Rio, I was picked up for the Christ the Redeemer [...]

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You haven’t been to Rio de Janeiro until you’ve paid a visit to the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain. One of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the iconic statue is a breathtaking sight.

The Christ statue | Christ the Redeemer City Tour

One of Rio’s most iconic images…

Christ the Redeemer City Tour

On a sunny afternoon in Rio, I was picked up for the Christ the Redeemer City Tour. The tour departed in an air-conditioned bus and picked up the rest of the passengers quickly in Copacabana and Ipanema.

We had a wonderful tour guide who immediately started giving us information about Rio de Janeiro and the statue, in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The bus took a scenic route along the beachfront and past the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, before heading to the Cosme Velho Train Station.

After a brief queue, we boarded the cog train and started the 20-minute train ride through the Tijuca Forest, ascending Corcovado Mountain. The train ride is relaxing and scenic, taking you through the lush forest, with great vistas through the trees of the city.

Cosme Velho Train | Christ the Redeemer City Tour

The Cosme Velho train winds up Corcovado Mountain through the scenic Tijuca Forest.

Once at the top, we were given an hour to wander around. To get to the very top, there is a lift, escalator and stairs. Reaching the upper viewing platform, the sight of the giant statue towering above you is breathtaking. Considering how small it seems from the rest of Rio, it is absolutely mammoth when standing at its feet.

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The viewing platform extends out in front of the statue, allowing you to get a proper picture, as well as to enjoy incredible views over Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain, the city centre and the Zona Sul. It does require some patience, given that it’s nearly always crowded at the top, and many people are competing with selfie sticks or lying on the ground to get the perfect picture of themselves with the statue. But since we were given enough time to spend at the top, we could take our time, waiting for the crowd to ebb a bit.

Statue from below | Christ the Redeemer City Tour

You start to get a sense of the statue’s size when you go up the escalators!

There’s not a great deal much else at the top of mountain. On the levels below the statue, there is a café, some concession stands and a few souvenir shops. After admiring the view, getting in my photos of the Christ and enjoying a much needed refreshment, it was back to the queue for the train to journey back down the mountain, and to be dropped back at the hotel.

View from Corcovado | Christ the Redeemer City Tour

The view from Corcovado Mountain is reason enough to visit Christ the Redeemer!

Dos and Don’ts When Visiting Corcovado

  • Do keep in mind that you are reliant on the weather for good views. Check the weather forecast before booking in order to get a sunny day. There’s no point going up if the statue is covered in clouds.
  • Do be prepared for crowds at the top and some jostling to get a good picture.
  • Do be aware that there are other ways to see Christ the Redeemer Statue on your own. However, pre-booking your tickets, particularly from the Cosme Velho train is important, or you need to be prepared for long queues.
  • Don’t forget sunblock and a bottle of water!

By Nicole Eberhard 

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The 4 Most Popular Tours in Rio http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/most-popular-tours/ Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:00:25 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=2019 Ah Rio, the city that seems to have it all: gorgeous beaches, luscious green spaces, phenomenal lookout points, historical buildings, not to mention its buzzing nightlife, electric samba beats, friendly people and rich culture. The only problem with Rio is that the city’s endless activities make choosing what to do in Rio quite difficult. To help [...]

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Ah Rio, the city that seems to have it all: gorgeous beaches, luscious green spaces, phenomenal lookout points, historical buildings, not to mention its buzzing nightlife, electric samba beats, friendly people and rich culture.

The only problem with Rio is that the city’s endless activities make choosing what to do in Rio quite difficult. To help you out, we are sharing our best-selling tours, the favourites amongst fellow travellers like yourself. Our 4 most popular tours in Rio de Janeiro are:

1. Rio Full Day City Tour

This comprehensive full day city tour visits all of Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions and highlights. Starting in the city centre, visit Rio landmarks such as the Sambadrome, Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelandia Plaza. Next, head up Urca Hill and ascend Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of the city. Indulge in a delicious seafood lunch before taking the train across Tijuca Forest and up to Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Hill. A day jam-packed with culture, history and breathtaking views awaits you with this city excursion.

The Rio city tour is ideal for travellers who are short on time and are looking to see the best of Rio de Janeiro in one day.

Tour runs daily, and lasts 9 hours.

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See Rio’s highlights on a Full Day City Tour / source

2. Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour

Immerse yourself in the shady green embrace of one of the largest urban forests in the world. This Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour takes passengers deep into the heart of the sprawling Tijuca Rainforest. Take a gentle walk along the jungle trail before hopping into an open-top jeep to explore more of the forest. Keep an eye out for the wildlife living amongst the trees, such as monkeys, exotic birds and butterflies, and visit the park’s top natural attractions, including waterfalls and lookout points with extraordinary panoramic views over the city.

This tour is perfect for tourists looking to explore more of Rio’s abundant nature, and seeking a peaceful escape from the bustling city.

Tour runs daily, with 2 departure times, and lasts 3 hours.

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Take a drive in a jeep in the cool shade of Tijuca Forest / source

3. Rocinha Favela Tour

Brazil is a complex society with enormous social inequality, and Rio de Janeiro is no exception. To truly understand Rio’s complexities, you need to venture to its less affluent spaces. One of the most popular ways of doing this is with a Favela Tour. On this Rocinha Favela Tour, visit Rio’s largest favela on a half-day tour. Admire the views, the architecture and learn about daily life in the Rocinha and Vila Canoa favelas. The tour includes a stop at Para Ti school in Vila Canoas, run by an Italian family with the goal of improving the favela children’s school success.

If you’re interested in seeing another side to Rio, and gaining greater understanding of the social realities in Brazil, then this Favela Tour is perfect for you.

Tour runs daily with 2 departure times, lasts 3 hours.

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Tour a tour of Rio’s largest favela, Rocinha / source

4. Plataforma Samba Show

You don’t have to be in Rio during Carnival to experience live samba and the indescribable energy of Rio’s Carnival atmosphere. Book your place at Rio’s most popular samba show for an evening of live samba, expert dancers, elaborate, colourful costumes and the energetic beat of Brazilian percussion music. This Plataforma Samba Show is an evening experience that you can’t get anywhere else in the world!

This tour is ideal for travellers looking to experience a bit of Rio’s nightlife and its infectious samba culture.

Tour runs daily, from 8:30pm. It is possible to book this door with dinner included.

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Experience electric atmosphere at Plataforma Samba / Credit: Rdj4u

The great thing about Rio is that there’s something for everyone in the Marvellous City. At Rdj4u, we try to reflect that in our tours, offering you, the traveller, a wide variety of tours and activities. Whether you want to book one of these popular tours in Rio, or if you want a more unique itinerary, we’ll help you put together your dream vacation in Rio de Janeiro!

So what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Rio de Janeiro today and let Rdj4u help make it unforgettable! 

By: Nicole Eberhard | English Content Manager for Daytours4u 

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Rdj4u Review: Angra Dos Reis & Ilha Grande Day Tour http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/angra-dos-reis-ilha-grande-day-tour/ Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:41:39 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=1161 A day tour outside Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic option for travellers with limited time in Brazil. Although spending time in Rio is great, as there is so much to see and do with the bustling city and beautiful beaches, it would be a shame to visit and not take at least one day [...]

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A day tour outside Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic option for travellers with limited time in Brazil. Although spending time in Rio is great, as there is so much to see and do with the bustling city and beautiful beaches, it would be a shame to visit and not take at least one day to explore this beach paradise located just two hours away.

The Angra Dos Reis & Ilha Grande Day Tour departs at 9am, a nice early start enabling you to make the most of your day outside the city. Besides the stunning landscapes you’ll be exposed to from the boat, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and get to know the other travellers on your tour, which makes it all the more enjoyable. The tour tends to attract a variety of travellers: families, couples, independent backpackers and groups of friends.

About Angra dos Reis

Angra dos Reis is a municipality whose main commercial activity centres around fishing and tourism. With its proximity to Rio and its 365 breathtaking offshore islands, Angra appeals greatly to locals, as well as tourists.

The view from the boat

The view from the boat

Ilha Grande Tour  – Visiting the “Big Island”

Right after you arrive in Angra, the tour takes you on a boat to explore some of its islands. Below is the boat that transports you from the port of Angra dos Reis.

Ilha Grande Boat Tour

Ilha Grande Boat Tour

The whole tour experience is fun and relaxed, providing you with a unique opportunity to admire these crystalline waters. Bear in mind though that this is a beach tour, therefore you should bring a bathing suit, dry clothes and comfortable shoes as you will no doubt get wet! As you can see from the pictures, the boat stops in some islands where you’ll have to jump into the water to get to the shore, whereas in others you just jump to the water to swim amongst the fish and go snorkelling with the guides.

First stop: Angra dos Reis

First stop: Angra dos Reis

Although all the landscapes you’ll see are truly amazing, the stop at the Blue Lagoon will no doubt be the most memorable. The place is just magical, revealing why Ilha Grande is considered the “second wonder” after Rio amongst locals. It is also one of the richest ecosystems on the world, an ecological paradise.

Blue lagoon Ilha Grande

Blue lagoon Ilha Grande

When you finally arrive at the big island, a magnificent feast awaits! On the Ilha Grande Tour, you’ll receive a full buffet featuring typical Brazilian dishes such as rice & beans, fish, fruit and vegetables, all of which is served on the beach.

Ilha Grande beach restaurant

Ilha Grande beach restaurant

One of Ilha Grande's 365 islands

One of Ilha Grande’s 365 islands

You’ll make one last stop on an island with an abandoned church, built in a Portuguese style, before returning to Angra in the late afternoon. Overall, the Angra Dos Reis & Ilha Grande Day Tour is a wonderful, unique way to visit these paradisical spots and spend time with Brazilians and other travellers. With such beautiful and peaceful places on its door stop, it’s really no wonder Rio de Janeiro is such a popular travel destination.

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Written by: Nohelia Sanchez
Amended by: Camilla Day

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Rdj4u Review: Plataforma Samba Show http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/plataforma-samba-show/ Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:09:10 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=881 Travelling to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is no doubt a dream for those travellers that envision the fun and sexy stereotype of Brazil: Samba, pretty girls and endless partying. Unfortunately, not all travellers can afford to experience Carnival in this way, as visiting Rio de Janeiro during this time is expensive, plus not [...]

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Travelling to the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is no doubt a dream for those travellers that envision the fun and sexy stereotype of Brazil: Samba, pretty girls and endless partying. Unfortunately, not all travellers can afford to experience Carnival in this way, as visiting Rio de Janeiro during this time is expensive, plus not everyone can justify going on holiday so soon after  Christmas. For this reason, the Plataforma Samba Show was created, enabling travellers to experience a taste of Brazilian culture, folklore and happiness.

Plataforma Sama Show

The colourful, exotic Plataforma Samba Show

The night begins with dinner in the Churrascaria Carretão, a classic Brazilian rodizio restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet (drinks not included), where you will find a great selection of meat, salad, seafood, fruit and vegetables; in other words, all the typical delicacies from the rich Brazilian lands, the perfect start to an evening of fun.

Plataforma entrance

The entrance to the simple, elegant venue which hosts the Plataforma Samba Show

After dinner, you will be transported to the Plataforma Samba Show theatre in the heart of the trendy Leblon neighbourhood. The setting is simple yet elegant, with basic chairs and a large stage forming a cross, nothing too fancy which is nice as it creates a more relaxed atmosphere. After a few minutes of being seated, the waitress will come to offer you a drink and, even though drinks are not included in the package, it is hard to say no to a tasty, irresistible Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink.

Then, let the show begin! The Plataforma Samba Show is a journey back in time through Brazil’s history, demonstrated through colourful folklore. The show starts with Indian dancers, paying tribute to Brazilian culture before the arrival of the Portuguese, followed by some amazing capoeira, which represents the strong African influence in Brazilian rhythms. The impressive performance put on by these capoeira dancers, with their nimbleness and agility, was a great opening for this first section of the show.

The Plataforma Samba show begins to heat up with a spectacular Forró number, followed by a display of stunning fantasias, which represent the exuberance of the Portuguese royalty and the richness of Brazil. This, combined with a great Samba performance, perfectly tops off the tale of Brazilian folklore and history.

Dancers

The white fantasias represent peace and the wealth of the Portuguese

Dancers

These beautiful colours represent the exhuberance of Brazil’s nature

At the end of the Plataforma Samba Show, all the fun and excitement will no doubt give you the urge to leap out your chair and join the dancers. Well, fortunately this is exactly what the dancers welcome you to do, and even if you’re a bit on the shy side, they, along with all the Caipirinhas you had during the show, will help you to lose yourself a little bit and enjoy moving to the rhythms.

Joining the dancers

At the end of the show, you’ll have the opportunity to get up and join the dancers!

After this great demonstration of Brazilian history, music and dancing, you will undoubtedly experience the satisfaction of having experienced a sample of Brazilian folklore, without having to fork out for Rio de Janeiro Carnival.  Before going to bed, one thing that you can be certain of is that after the Plataforma Samba Show, that huge smile on your face will last until the next morning.

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Written by: Nohelia Sanchez – Marketing Director
Edited by: Camilla Day – English Content Manager

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Rdj4u Review: Rio Walking Tour http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/rio-walking-tour/ Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:33:21 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=737 The Rio walking tour takes you through Rio’s city centre and enables you to explore some of its most famous landmarks, which many people don’t make the time to visit, as they can’t bear to tear themselves away from the beautiful beaches. Hearing a guide explain the history behind these places makes it a very [...]

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The Rio walking tour takes you through Rio’s city centre and enables you to explore some of its most famous landmarks, which many people don’t make the time to visit, as they can’t bear to tear themselves away from the beautiful beaches. Hearing a guide explain the history behind these places makes it a very memorable experience, as understanding their context makes them all the more interesting.

In addition, as the infrastructure in Rio can at times be very tricky to overcome, the Rio walking tour is a great alternative to visit other areas of the city and to escape the busy ‘Zona Sul‘ (South Zone), which hosts many of the international events in Rio.

Rio City Centre

The beautiful, historical city centre of Rio / source

The Rio walking tour is not a private tour, but in this case there were only three people, including the tour guide, who speaks English and Spanish as well as Portuguese. You cover two neighbourhoods, passing through the most famous places in the city centre, such as Arcos de Lapa, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Escadaria Selarón steps in approximately three and a half hours, before culminating in the Saara, an enormous bazaar where you can purchase budget-friendly clothes and souvenirs. We also made stops for coffee and pastries, which isn’t included in the price of the tour, but is a welcome opportunity to rest your legs after all the walking.

Two places that really stand out on the walking tour are the National Library of Brazil and Confeitaria Colombo. The National Library of Brazil, a magnificent building located in Cinelândia square, is the largest library in South America and has a staggering collection that includes approximately nine million items. The Confeitaria Colombo is also a rather fancy sight, with its glamorous salons and cupboards which expose dozens of tasty sweet treats, causing it to attract an equally fancy clientèle, including Queen Elizabeth!

National Library Of Brazil

The National Library Of Brazil contains approximately 9 million items / source

Confeitaria Colombo

The Confeitaria Colombo has been visited by King Albert of Belgium and Queen Elizabeth / source

Overall, the Rio walking tour is a delightful way to see the city centre, which is extremely beautiful and rich in history.

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By: Camilla Day – Content Manager

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Rdj4u Review: Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/tijuca-rain-forest-jeep-tour/ Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:17:16 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=547 The Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour enables you to enjoy Rio in a whole different way. As you’re travelling by jeep, you’re essentially out in the open, breathing the fresh air and enjoying a cool, crisp breeze. The jeep tour begins in the morning or the afternoon, depending on your preferences, when you will be [...]

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The Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour enables you to enjoy Rio in a whole different way. As you’re travelling by jeep, you’re essentially out in the open, breathing the fresh air and enjoying a cool, crisp breeze.

Rio neighbourhood

Passing through one of the city’s scenic neighbourhoods

The jeep tour begins in the morning or the afternoon, depending on your preferences, when you will be picked up from your hotel in a jeep big enough for ten people, however it’s possible to travel with a minimum of just three passengers. A professional tour guide sits with you in the back and talks you through the various different parts of the tour, telling you all you need to know about the area and its fascinating history.

Jeep view

The view from the open top jeep

The jeep tour passes through various different neighbourhoods before making its way up to the Tijuca forest, where you have the opportunity to stop at regular intervals to admire the stunning scenery and take plenty of snaps.

Tijuca Forest

The world’s largest urban forest

From here, you go hiking through the forest for approximately an hour, which is great fun as you get to clamber through the woodland and dip your toes in the clear streams.

Streams

Paddling through streams in the forest

There are also some breath-taking views of the nature and wildlife in the area, such as the cascading waterfalls and all the tropical plants and animals that inhabit the forest.

Waterfalls

One of the forest’s many small waterfalls

Once you complete the trail, you’ll be taken to the other side of the mountain, passing through São Conrado beach and a number of Rio’s other magnificent beaches, before the driver drops you back off at your hotel.

São Conrado

The stunning São Conrado beach

Not only is this an exceptional tour but, as is the case for many tours in Rio, it’s great value for money too! Moreover, all the tour guides are multilingual, so whether you want to practice your Portugese, or have everything explained to you in English, the choice is yours.

View from above

View of the city from above

Overall, the Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour is a fantastic way to see the city, the forest and the beaches of Rio. The tour guides are really friendly and informative, but undoubtedly the highlight of the tour is the amazing view you get from the open jeep, along with the sensation of the breeze flowing through your hair; a truly wonderful sensation. The Tijuca Rain Forest Tour is certainly one we’d recommend to anyone planning to visit Rio.

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By: Camilla Day

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Rdj4u Review: Samba School Rehearsals http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/review-samba-school-rehearsal/ Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:58:06 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=410 Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is by far the city’s largest and culturally significant event, attracting thousands of people from around the world to catch the contagious dancing, music, costumes and overall debauchery that the festival evokes. Carnival takes place in February, and while it only lasts for a few days, preparation for the following carnival commences [...]

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival is by far the city’s largest and culturally significant event, attracting thousands of people from around the world to catch the contagious dancing, music, costumes and overall debauchery that the festival evokes. Carnival takes place in February, and while it only lasts for a few days, preparation for the following carnival commences almost immediately after it ends and lasts the whole year, for this reason, one of the top activities to do in Rio is to attend Samba School Rehearsals to join the samba practice party for the next carnival competition.

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Salgueiro dancers addresing the crowd during the samba school rehearsal.

Salgueiro Samba School

One of the most authentic and fun carnival rehearsals to visit in Rio de Janeiro is the Salgueiro Samba School, perhaps the most well-known and representative samba school in the city. The Salgueiro Samba School was founded in 1954 in the Morro do Salgueiro (Salgueiro Mount), a favela in the Tijuca Neighborhood. Since then, they have won Rio de Janeiro Carnival championship at least nine times and at least 43 times classified in the top five. Their drums received the Golden Flag in several opportunities and many of their samba songs like “Pega no Ganzê” (Festa para um Rei Negro) became famous around the world. The GRES Acadêmicos do Salgueiro is well-known for having talented dancers and inspiring themes, as well as the largest number of fans including many celebrities.  Salgueiro’s samba school is located in the North Zone in Andarai, a very friendly area of the city, which probably makes easier to visitors to attend to their rehearsals.

The Samba School Rehearsal

The Salgueiro Samba Rehearsal begins on June, and every Saturday at 10pm their dancers, players and fans gather to practice their performance at the carnival parade.   The night begins with a guest Samba band and the training of the new dancers.  Following, you’ll have a three hours live concert of samba and forró by the “Banda Furiosa” (furious band), while the main dancers of the school perform in colorful outfits.

The samba school rehearsal at Salguero’s samba school is definitely a one-of-a-kind travel experience.  It allows you to share the local culture, to catch the contagious happy energy of the cariocas that will make you feel part of the performance. No matter if you are an experienced dancer or not, the music is so powerful that without thinking you will start moving your feet to the point of wishing it never ends.

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Both locals and tourists come to watch the spectacular performances that are rehearsed for Carnival each year.

The Salgueiro Samba School is located in the Andaraí neighborhood in Zona Norte, which is considered one of the most secure places out of all the samba school locations. The carnival rehearsal goes until 3am, and inside you can find plenty of local food and a variety of drinks at affordable prices.  Wearing comfortable and informal clothing is also very important as you probably are not used to being in such parties and and with a tight travel itinerary, you won’t want to spend a full day of recovering your damaged feet.

The Salgueiro samba school rehearsal is definitely the best alternative if you are not going to be in Rio for Carnaval. You can just show up by yourself, but having the company of a tour will ensure you a safe transportation there and back besides having the support and the company of a group of travelers that just like you, will be positively shocked by the experience.

Be sure to book a samba practice in advance, along with many other tours and  activities in Rio de Janeiro.

Happy and safe travels!

By: Alyse DiNapoli

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Rdj4u Review: Ilha Grande & Angra Dos Reis Tour http://www.daytours4u.com/en/rdj4u/rdj4u-review-ilha-grande-angra-dos-reis-tour/ Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:44:37 +0000 http://rdj4u.com/blog/en/?p=133 Ilha Grande is one day tour in Rio that you cannot miss. It is one of the top activities in Rio de Janeiro that combines its best elements: beautiful beaches, dense jungle, island music, and great vibes. On a beautiful sunny day in January, I embarked on this magical tour with my two best friends. [...]

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Ilha Grande is one day tour in Rio that you cannot miss. It is one of the top activities in Rio de Janeiro that combines its best elements: beautiful beaches, dense jungle, island music, and great vibes. On a beautiful sunny day in January, I embarked on this magical tour with my two best friends. We were picked up at our hostel early in the morning by our lovely host, who spoke great English, as well as fluent Spanish and Portuguese. The amazing views on the way of the city definitely compensated for the long bus ride, and gave us time to really see the city and its surroundings. As we got off the bus, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the colorful port of Angra dos Reis. In the past, Angra dos Reis was one of the most important ports on the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Native ships loaded with goods from across the world used to dock at this port. Today you can still see its fishing boats and the colorful houses that decorate the hills of this port.

Angra dos Reis

Angra dos Reis / source

We sailed past the beautiful islands and beaches of Angra Dos Reis and Ilha Grande, giving us an amazing day full of sensational natural tropical views: natural Serra do Mar valleys, the vibrant Atlantic rainforest, the turquoise waters, and the soft sandy beaches. Along the way we stopped at the peaceful islands of Ilha Grande, where we enjoyed this amazing tropical paradise by swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, exploring the soft sandy shores, and simply lying back and soaking up the warm sun.

Angra dos reis.

Angra dos reis. / source

On the relaxing ride back we were offered delicious hot and cold buffet lunch, coupled with the latest Brazilian tunes, leaving us satisfied before beginning the journey back to Rio de Janeiro.

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