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Rio de Janeiro Itinerary

How long was your stay?

8 days

How did you travel?

As a couple

Tell us why you traveled to this destination.

Our motives in traveling to Rio and the Costa Verde were to enjoy some beach vibes and colonial charm. Plus, the opportunity to see the famous harbor of Rio de Janeiro and its world-famous beaches was a strong incentive as well.

Give us all the details! Tell us where you went and what you did on your trip.

Our trip started and ended in Rio de Janeiro. We based ourselves right near the spot where Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches converge, giving us easy access to some of the best attractions the city has to offer. We also took a trip up Sugarloaf Mountain for spectacular views of the city and even took in the lovely Botanical Gardens and its tropical flora and fauna. After a few days in Rio we took a bus to Concecao de Jacerei – a launching point for boat transfers to idyllic Ilha Grande.

There we spend a few days in a lovely pousada, enjoying the secluded bays and charming pedestrian-only hamlet of Abraao. A highlight was visiting Praia Lopes Mendes – a world-class beach on the Atlantic shore. The last stop on our itinerary was the historic town of Paraty. Here we wandered its cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses trimmed in color. Best of all was a schooner trip to the many islets in Paraty Bay for some fun in the sun in a natural paradise setting.

Would you recommend this trip to a friend?


What was the highlight of your trip?

While Rio was awesome, my favorite highlights were the chilled vibe of Ilha Grande, where we dined on the beach and walked everywhere we needed to go. Most of all I loved the historic center of Paraty, with its festive vibe, authentic architecture, and gorgeous setting. I’ve traveled all over the world and I can honestly say this is one of my all-time favorite places.

Ben Pastore
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