Starting in 2006, we now offer our own tours!!

Whether you would like to know the favela better, see Rio, make a beach tour or take a day trip to the surrounding cities, beaches or mountains – we can offer it all!

We will get back to you quickly and discuss your personal tour with you. All tours are in English!

10h: We leave the hotel and have a look around the Favela Pereira da Silva, including the “morrinho” Project (miniature favelas built by the youth of the favela out of brick stones)

10:30h: We take the bus to Cosme Velho and take the train (R$ 30) up to the Christo Statue. Alternatively we can walk all the way up which takes between 1 and 1.5 hours, according to your hiking skills.

12:30: We take a bus to the beautiful beach of Ipanema and have lunch in one of Ipanema´s famous restaurants like “Garota de Ipanema”

14:30h: We walk along Ipanema (of course it´s possible also to take a dip in the water) to the rocks called “Arpoador” which divide Ipanema and Copacabana. If desired we can visit the old fortress of Copacabana (entry R$ 5,-). Strolling around Copacabana including the street fair.

16:00h: Take the bus to the sugar loaf mountain. Take the cable car up (R$ 30,-). Weather permitting we can see the sunset from above.

19:00h: Back home or do the evening program (see tour 5)

10h: We start the day by walking around the artist´s district of Santa Teresa. The visit will include the “Parque das ruinas”, the museum “Chacara do ceu” and other attractions

13h: Lunch in one of Santa Teresas fine restaurants.

14h: We will take the famous yellow cable car down to the hip nightlife district of Lapa, visit the “Selaron stairs”. Then to the district of Cinelandia, Teatro Municipal, Palacio Tiradentes, the Candelaria Church, and the square “Praca XV” from where the boats to Niteroi leave.

16:30: We can either visit the football stadium Maracana, the “Feira Nordestina de Sao Cristovao” (a huge center for the culture of Northeastern Brazil with lots of local shops, live music etc.) or even take the boat for an afternoon trip to Niteroi

19h: Back home or continue with a night program > tour 5

10h: We leave towards the Forest “Floresta de Tijuca”, thought to be the biggest inner city park sanctuary in the world. There is a lot of time for hiking and seeing some man made wonders like “vista chinesa” and the paragliders jump from “Pedra da Gavea”

13h: We have lunch at one of the lakefront restaurants at the “Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas”, a huge lake close to Ipanema beach. It is possible to rent bicycles here for some “after-lunch workout” 😉

14h: We visit the beautiful botanic garden and the jockey club

16h: We go to the beautiful but rarely visited beaches Barra and Recreio, maybe to the park “Terra Encantada”. If this is too much nature for you, you can also visit the posh area of Barra, where the very rich have their villas and where you can find one of the bigges luxury shopping malls in the world.

19h: Back home or continue with a night program right there in Ipanema >> see tour 5

This tour is not really one tour but a suggestion of what can be done outside of Rio. A car with driver is mandatory for this tour…

To spend the day outside of the city there are several options:

– Buzios, about two hours east of Rio: A very famous holiday destination for Cariocas and tourists alike. Quite crowded on weekends, quieter on weekdays. Nice beaches, good restaurants, lots of local crafts stores.

-Petropolis: to the north of Rio, in the mountains, something very different and good especially on very hot days 🙂

-Parati: Originally a fishing village, this city is lined with a lot of old houses and cobblestone streets. It has become a bit touristy but has retained it´s charme. Boat tours are offered.

-Ilha grande: The “Big Island” is still very unspoilt, lots of beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, a great place to relax. It takes about two hours by car, then another hour by boat to get there, so you would need to start the day early to do this for a one-day tour. It´s definitely worth it though!

This “tour” is best done following one of the other tours. If you are not too tired from the days sightseeing, we will just take you to one of the places below to end your day!!

We take you to one of the following from about 19h till midnight

– Samba School: According to the season and day of the week we take you to one of the places where the big samba schools practice and dance to prepare for next year´s carnival – something not to be missed when you are in Rio

– Restaurant with Live Show and Music: There are several restaurants in the city center and in Ipanema which offer very good shows and excellent food

– Lapa or other nightlife district: Our favorite place for going out is Lapa with its dozens of bars and discos on the street and inside. It´s also very close to our hostel so coming home late at night is no problem. However, there are some other zones in Rio for night entertainment “on the street” also

Prices for Nightlife tour

We charge R$ 100,- for accompanying a group of any size at night, showing the places, translating, arranging transport etc. We can either take a taxi or have a driver accompany us, which will be approximately an R$ 50,-

This is a very special tour and is great to start or end your stay in Rio with. You will be picked up by car from our pousada and drive to the Pepino Beach in Sao Conrado. The trip takes around half an hour and you will see large parts of Rio and the floresta de Tijuca.

At the beach, we will pack the hang-glider before we drive to the steep hill of Pedra Bonita, next to Pedra da Gavea. Together with an instructor you will jump from the ramp at a height of more than 1000 meters. You will be hanging to the side of the instructor and are free to move your hands or even take pictures. From above, you will see the mountains of Pedra da Gavea, Dois Irmaoes, the Pepino Beach, the Hollywood style villa district of Sao Conrado and the Favela Rocinha, the biggest in South America.

The flight will take between 10 to 15 minutes, according to weather conditions. You will land on the beach.

After touching down, you may take a drink on the beach before the taxi will take you back to the pousada, or anywhere else in Rio if you don´t wish to return immediately.

Total duration: Around 3 hours

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