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HomeRio’s natural gems (full-day excursion)
Rio’s natural gems (full-day excursion)

The lively metropolis Rio de Janeiro offers numerous beautiful oases with lush scenery and stunning beaches. On this excursion, you will visit the city’s wonderful green areas of natural beauty and discover national parks, protected areas and beautiful beaches off the beaten track – and you might even be lucky enough to spot caimans and capybaras!

The excursion is ideal for those who love nature but who are not so keen on hiking. You will be driven from one area of natural beauty to another, allowing you simply to enjoy the nature and take in the scenic surroundings.

The first stop on the excursion is the Penhasco Dois Irmãos municipal park, from which you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Morro Dois Irmãos rock formation on one side and the city and Ipanema and Leblon beaches on the other.

You will then visit Tijuca National Park, a lush rainforest in the heart of Rio and one of the world’s largest city parks. A stop is made here at the beautiful Taunay waterfall in the midst the green surroundings, at the Mirante das Canoas vantage point, which offers breathtaking views of the coast and mountains, and at Vista Chinesa, which is a vantage point with a Chinese-inspired pavilion from which there is a unique panoramic view of the magnificent metropolis, the Sugar Loaf and Mount Corcovado with the famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

Before heading on to Chico Mendes Park, there will be time for a break, when you can enjoy your packed lunch. Chico Mendes is a small, protected municipal park created with the intention of preserving the Lagoinha das Tachas lake and the flora and fauna around it. On the banks of the lake, you may be lucky enough to spot caimans and capybaras.

You then head to the small beach called Prainha, which is surrounded by mountains and lush rainforest. Prainha is one of Rio’s most popular surfing spots, where you can watch the surfers riding the waves.

The last stop is the secluded beach, Praia do Grumari, where you can relax on the tropical beach in lush green surroundings or take a refreshing dip in the sea.

Remember to bring a backpack for your lunch, water (preferably 2 litres), sunscreen and mosquito repellent. We recommend that you wear sportswear, closed shoes and a sunhat.

Lunch is at your own expense. A stop will be made at a supermarket in the morning, where you can buy a sandwich, fruit and water to take with you on the hike.

Duration: approx. 8-9 hours

The price is valid when at least 2 people

Please note that this tour cannot be booked during the carnival on the following dates:
2021: 13 February to 22 February
2022: 24 February to 7 March

Price:
Per person:  £79

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