DAY 2: Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and take an orientation tour of the city. Enjoy dinner at a churrascaria, a Brazilian barbecue where freshly cooked meats are served from large skewers.
DAY 3: Explore Corcovado Mountain and the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Take a guided tour of some of the city’s highlights, including the Candelaria Church the unique cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, and the colorful art mural by famed Brazilian artist Kobra, created for the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.
DAY 4: Learn capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music, at a workshop. Meet and perform a concert with a local ensemble.
DAY 5: Discover the historical significance of the annual carnival celebration, try on one of the carnival costumes, and see some of the elaborate floats at one of the city’s samba school production sites in the Cidade do Samba complex. Take a two-stage cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain to see stunning views of the city and the bay.
DAY 6: Depart Rio today to travel to Petropolis, the summer residence of Brazilian Emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century, in the forested mountain region outside the city.
DAY 7: Leave Rio and drive to Paraty, a charming historical town on the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro
DAY 8: Take a guided walking tour of Paraty, and meet and perform a concert with a local ensemble.
DAY 9: Farewell dinner and transfer to the airport to begin your journey home.