Rio de Janeiro is the most famous destination in Brazil. It’s the picture postcard we imagine when thinking of this country. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in the world. One has to visit Rio when coming to discover Brazil!
The Sate of Rio de Janeiro is less famous than the city but it also has lots of interesting places to visit along the famous Costa Verde with its hundreds of small islands. There is also the lovely ancient, colonial port of Paraty, or the tropical paradise of Ilha Grande. The Northern coast has the town of Buzios, the Brazilian equivalent of Saint-Tropez and coveted by the local jet-set. A choice destination for relaxing, beaches and partying in exceptionally beautiful and natural surroundings!
Discover our stays in the state of Rio de Janeiro
Explore dream landscapes and the Wonderful City all to the beat of Samba at Rio and its region
Brazilian tourism first developed here in Rio de Janeiro and its region.
This is why you will find the country’s best hotel and restaurant services here. Alternating between mountains, jungle and ocean means that Rio and its coastline are totally unique where nature and humanity live in harmony. It is not just by chance that the biggest urban forest on the planet is here in Rio.
The birth place of samba and Bossa nova music, and the land of many poets and writers, Rio state is also a choice destination if you want to explore Brazilian culture and nightlife. This Carioca capital has several museums and monuments to visit, not to mention the small colonial streets that will take you back to these ancient times. From Lapa to Copacabana, all the « Zona Sul » will welcome you whole heartedly; eager to share a few smiles and laughs along with guitar and drum beats. .
Rio is also a perfect destination for the more active among you, with lots of nature walks, from easy ones to quite good hikes, which is a great way to explore the region and its capital. The many local beaches are also perfect for just swimming or surfing or snorkeling depending on which one you choose.
A vacation just in the state of Rio de Janeiro can therefore be enough in itself. There is indeed a huge variety of things to do in the carioca capital, as much in the city as in the surrounding area creating a fantastic holiday agenda.
A stay in Rio de Janeiro, where the myth becomes reality!
The i, literally the “Wonderful City” as its inhabitants call it, snakes around the rounded mountains, closely interlaced with the mysterious tropical jungle and lined by a delicate band of superb beaches.
This is carnival country; the sweetness of life in Rio de Janeiro is felt in every step you take. From the heights of Sugar Loaf Mountain to the heart of Guanabara bay or with your feet in the waves on the famous Ipanema beach, Rio will be a complete change of scenery. After staying here you will leave with lots of memorable moments. You will just want to come back and discover more of its secrets!
Rio de Janeiro is set in a unique position. Even if you only have a few hours to go up Sugar Loaf Mountain or to see Christ the Redeemer, you will be amazed by the magnificent panoramic view spread out before you. For those who want to sunbath, relax and enjoy the mythical beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, they fully live up to their reputations. You will enjoy strolling along the vast sidewalks that border the beaches, an excellent way to discover the customs of the Cariocas, the Rio inhabitants.
If you want to meet some of the locals, you can try and join in a football game on the beach early in the morning. A great moment of complicity and sharing could be in store, The Brazilian reputation of having golden feet is not a fake! The more daring can go and mingle with the crowd on the beach at the weekends and join in the fun and laughter with the locals.
During your stay, you must see some of the remarkable places like the curious modern Saint Sebastian cathedral, built in the heart of the city with its pre-Colombian pyramid shape. The Corcovado, also known as Christ the Redeemer and the Pao de Açucar, or Sugar loaf Mountain, are two “must see” places from where you get different panoramas of this breath taking city.
For historians or budding strategists, you can take a boat & enjoy visitng the Guanabara bay fort. Finally the mythical Sambodrome, a wide street full of stands from which you can sit and watch the carnivals pass is not to be missed for those interested in the local culture! For nature lovers, Rio is a choice destination, the tropical jungle is everywhere, the town has lots of parks such as the magnificent Botanical garden or the Tijuca forest, the largest urban forest in the world, offering a constant display of the amazing biodiversity nature has here. It is therefore not surprising that our nature tours include a stay in Rio de Janeiro!
There are also lots of hiking paths on the outskirts of the city offering more adventure for those who are looking for more physical activities..
The surrounding area of Rio de Janeiro: Dream beaches, wild celebrations and historic colonial heritage
If after your discovery of the capital, you have a few days left for a beach holiday in the region of Rio, there are plenty of options.
Discover the beauty and historical heritage in the south of the state and the beautiful beaches to the north with the village made famous by one of our compatriots in the 1960s.
Paraty, the historic port of the gold route
For the curious, or those seeking a quiet destination and above all for history lovers, the small port of Paraty from where the galleons set sail loaded with gold for the Portuguese crown in Lisbon is a place to discover. With a little imagination, it can be a real journey into the country’s colonial past.
The architecture of this remarkably preserved, and for a long time forgotten, seventeenth-century village-museum lends itself admirably to the most baroque reveries. You will soon get caught up in the game and imagine yourself a pirate strolling through the cobbled streets lined with colored colonial houses. In the evening, the pretty mansions and the cobbled streets light up and come alive to entertain you.
Ilha Grande, ecotourism and dream beaches.
The Costa Verde, is dozens of different sized islands covered by jungle along a coastline dotted with little bays, coves and peninsulas. Some islands are private properties, some larger ones have a few inhabitants, and the smaller ones generally only have a few birds and their nests.
It’s in this idyllic setting that we have chosen the best place for a stay in paradise on the Ilha Grande, the largest island nestled in the Angra dos Reis bay.
The island is 30kms long with steep slopes and covered with forest a few hours from Rio. A true ecological sanctuary, with no cars allowed and where you can discover the beautiful wild nature of the Atlantic forest. It is a perfect combination of tropical forest, mountains and ocean not to be missed for those looking for their paradise island! A place to go for families, friends or romantic couples.
Buzios, The fashionable seaside destination in Rio state
This small chic and trendy village, whose fame began after Brigitte Bardot’s stay in the 1960s, lies on a majestic 8km long peninsula, two hours’ drive from the city of Carioca.
Bordered by small coves, it has, among many other assets, twenty magnificent beaches all very different from each other thanks to the encounter of two opposing ocean currents. Today, Buzios is one of the venues of the Brazilian jet-set, as well as the destination of many celebrities from around the world, and many artists have settled here. It is a cosmopolitan village where some have come for a short vacation and been seduced by the enchanting surroundings and the sweetness of life and have never left! An important French community has built up here.
As a result of this success there is a large choice of quality establishments for those looking to relax, eat good food and party. Buzios offers top-of-the-range services and entertainment day and night!