Travel from Buzios to Rio de Janeiro
A journey of two and a half hours.
Full Day Tour of Rio with Sugar Loaf, Corcovado & Santa Teresa
Visit Corcovado, one of the world's best-known and most-visited monuments and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Board a small train that takes visitors to the top of the mountain that stands some 2,300 feet above sea level. Below the mighty Christ the Redeemer, experience a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro.
Continue to the charming district of Santa Teresa with its unique hillside geography, history and alternative urban lifestyle. This picturesque neighbourhood that began as the site of a Carmelite Convent (still present) in the 18th Century, is today home to some of Brazil's most vibrant artists - many of whom open their home studios to the public. Rio's elegance and colourful artistic side is expressed in Santa Teresa's beautiful flowers, large elegant old houses, winding streets and breath-taking views. This is a great place to stop and have lunch.
Continue to downtown Rio. At the Lapa Arches Rio's modern Cathedral can be found. Other interesting sites include Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre, Marechal Floriano Square, also known as Cinelandia, where the best examples of late 18th century French style architecture can be seen, such as the Municipal Theatre, the Fine Arts Museum and the National Library.
Drive to the Urca district where one of the iconic symbols of the city is located, Sugar Loaf Mountain. Rising up from a small peninsula at the entrance of Guanabara Bay, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of a refined sugar loaf. The tour at Sugar Loaf is a two step process by glass cable-cars. The first cable-car takes visitors to the top of Urca Hill, which rises 710 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views of the entire bay and its islands. Continue in a second cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf which rises 1300 feet above sea level and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city. Downtown Rio de Janeiro, the Southern beaches, Corcovado and Niteroi Bridge lie below.
This excursion concludes with a visit to the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.
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