Búzios was originally a small village dwelled by fishermen. Centuries ago the settlement was visited by French pirates and other slave trade pirates. With over different 20 breathtakingly beautiful beaches, this peninsula – whose shape actually resembles one of an island – has become a charming and sophisticated Saint-Tropez-like beach resort with an exciting night life. During the low season, Búzios becomes a hot destination for connoisseurs, a cosmopolitan site where people enjoy great gastronomy, bars, boutiques, national and international events and many other interesting activities. The history of Armação dos Búzios as a tourist destination actually began, when Brigitte Bardot visited the village in the 1960's. Since then, it has increasingly attracted more and more visitors from all corners of the world.
Flight Florianópolis or Campo Grande – Rio de Janeiro. Transfer to Hotel on Copacabana Beach. Overnight.
Full day sight-seeing Rio de Janeiro.
Morning: our guide picks you up early this morning for a full day city tour, starting early with a walk through downtown Rio de Janeiro, including the Cinelândia square with the 1909 built Teatro Municipal, which is inspired by the Paris opera house. Next is the futuristic Cathedral Catedral Metropolitana, the Petrobrás and BNDES buildings - outstanding example of modern Brazilian architecture. After a few minutes of walk you arrive at the Santo Antônio Convent, Rio's oldest baroque church with a monastery from the 17th century, located above the Largo da Carioca, where street vendors are disputing space with preachers of indefinable credos. Next stops are the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, a splendid old library of 1888, and finally the famous Art Deco Confeitaria Colombo where we break for an Espresso ( sunday closed ). Now you board the last remaining wooded tram, built 1892. The ride takes you over an aqueduct from 1750, into the hills to the idyllic artist's neighborhood Santa Teresa, with narrow cobblestone streets, historic mansions, studios, bars and craft shops.
Afternoon: we take you for a cable car ride to the top of the 396 m high Sugar Loaf, world famous symbol of Rio de Janeiro, featuring views of the ocean, the bay, the surrounding mountains and the city itself, not to speak of the exuberant tropical vegetation on this island mountain. Right underneath the mountain is a hidden coastal path where you can stroll along while appreciating the views over the sea and watch guenons and several species of humming birds. For the evening we recommend Dinner at "Marius" followed by a live Samba and Bossa Nova Music Show in one of the many bars and show houses.
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Morning: at leisure or more – optional – sight-seeing in Rio de Janeiro. You may not want to miss out on the Corcovado Mountain and visit the Christ Redeemer statue, another world famous symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
Afternoon: Transfer to in Búzios We take you to the Central bus terminal and transfer you to Búzios by scheduled bus. This way you get an impression how most of the Brazilians move around in their huge country. The busses are well equipped, have air conditioning and are mostly sharp on time. Alternatively, private transfers are offered. Heading north-east to the Região dos Lagos lagoon district, we first cross the Guanabara Bridge with spectacular views. We check in at guest house Pousada Praia da Hípica. Traditional Caipirinhas for Welcome drinks are followed by dinner –optional- at the Pousadas Bistro or downtown Búzios, which is only 10 minutes distant by car.
Morning: Breakfast at the Pousada. Riding on Praia Rasa Beach.
Afternoon: Apéro in Búzios Rua das Pedras.
Evening: Brazilian Churrasco, at Equestrian Centre with sea view (included).
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Morning: Another great beach riding on either Marina or Praia Gorda Beach.
Afternoon: Optional equestrian exercises jump and dressage at the Centre, upon request. Otherwise the afternoon is at your leisure.
Evening suggestion: dining out in Búzios fashionable Rua das Pedras.
Morning: Check your golf (optional) handicap at the nearby golf course, featuring a large driving range with 7 practice greens, practice bunker and 18 hole putting green, designed by Pete and Perry Dye, one of the best in Latin America.
Afternoon: riding into the sunset at Marina Beach.
Evening: at your leisure.
Full day excursion: First, we visit the "Manga Larga Marchador" gaited horse breeding farm Rancho da Hora with 2009 National Champion Mambo and other top rated horses in São Pedro d'Aldeia and Pega Donkey/Jack Stock in Araruama. Certainly you like to try the horses – and in fact - you may do so. We now proceed to Arraial do Cabo, a former pirate and whaling port, today a rustic fishermen village. During a schooner boat trip you will discover some of the finest beaches in Brazil, offering outstanding scuba diving or snorkeling in the crystal clear sea. To round up a great day, we will have a seafood dinner at Restaurant Saint Tropez owned by Guy Malvolti, a long time friend.
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Early morning ride on the beach to say Good by to horses and Búzios. Back at Pousada Praia da Hípica we need to pack travel gear and check out. On route to Rio de Janeiro for your return flight, we stop over in Cabo Frio where we pay a visit to Portuguese built São Mattheus Fortress (1620), the Itajuru channel and lagoon, the Nossa Senhora da Guia Chapel and São Benedito Church, both from the early 18th century. Drop off at Rio de Janeiro International Airport.
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