Upon leaving your hotel in Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Barra da Tijuca, Sao conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Leme, Botafogo, Flamengo, Downtown Rio we’ll drive towards Cosme Velho neighborhood. On the way we’ll pass Palacio Guanabara and start the day going all the way up to the summit of Corcovado Mountain at 2,100 feet to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.
The monument, located inside the Tijuca National Park, is reachable by train or van, and the ride through Tijuca Forest is quite pleasant. Going by van we’ll make a quick stop at the Paineiras Visitors Center and take a shuttle van to reach the monument. The train does not stop at the visitors center. At the monument we’ll enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city.
After enjoying the stunning city view, we’ll drive to one of the several Farmer’s Markets. Each morning farmers set it up on a different street. These are the places where the locals go to do their grocery shopping, and tourists are welcome to walk around the several stands sampling the fruits and vegetables offered at the market. The fruit in Brazil really taste different. More than once I had people telling me “So that is what mango is supposed to taste like! I feel I’ve been cheated all my life…”
Besides the many nice pictures you’ll take of the very colorful stands where you’ll also be able to try some amazing street food like the “pastel com caldo de cana” (fried empanadas and sugarcane juice).
The third point of interest is the colorful Selaron’s Steps . Selaron’s Staircase is a set of world-famous steps. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selaron who claimed that the staircase is his tribute to the Brazilian people. The steps, next to Carioca Aqueduct, straddle both the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods. There are 250 steps which are covered in over 2000 tiles collected from over 60 countries around the world.
Tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle driven by your tour guide.