The place was created in 1808 by the prince Dom João VI to keep in safe conditions exotic species brought by the Portuguese and replanted there, and became one of the best preserved parks in the city.
We´ll be able to see plants and flours from all over the world, including very different collections of cactus and bromeliads and over 100 feet groups of imperial palm trees, the main symbol of the park.
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Historical Rio's Downtow
The idea is to show you beautiful historical buildings, churches and sites that tells the story of Rio´s occupation and men´s urban development since the begin of the XIX century.
The colonial times, the rise of the monarchy and the establishment of a Republican country will be part of our tour too.
Niteroi is a city with very interesting touristic attractions connected with Rio by a 13 km bridge.
Our visit includes going to the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC), an architectural “jewel” created by our most important architect (Oscar Niemeyer) and visiting a Park with a very special view from the lagoons, beaches and mountains all around both cities.
Tijuca's National Park
Considered one of the biggest urban parks in the world with 4.000 hectares, we´ll visit waterfalls, stop for pictures in breathtaking views and be surrounded by a tropical forest full of water, trees and different animals.
It´s not unusual to see monkeys, tropical birds or lizards on the way.
Located in a lovely spot in Santa Teresa neighborhood, this Cultural Center was once a famous place for intellectual meetings in the begin of the last century.
From the top of what is left of the hold house mixed with a metallic structures, we´ll have a very privilege view from all downtown area and Guanabara bay.
Built in 1984 to become at official place for the annual Samba School Parades, it became the most important reference in Rio of this kind of culture.
During the competitions, the Samba Schools pass by a 2.100 feet avenue showing the best of what they passed a whole year preparing only for that moment.
During the visit, we´ll be able to see from close some costumes used in official parades and understand a little more about this very mythic place.
Inaugurated in 1950 for the first World Cup in Brazil, it became one of the biggest and most important stadiums in the world.
All refurbished for the 2014 Wolrd Cup, the place was the scene of some very important football moments in our history, such as the 2013 Confederations Cup won by Brasil.
The idea is to take some pictures around the stadium and understand a little more about his story, since the visits inside are not allowed for the moment.
Favela (Dona Marta)
In my opinion, the most important thing about visiting a favela is to understand how this place matches with the rest of the city so far.
Why are all they living there? What kind of taxes or services do they use and pay? How many people live in favelas in the city? These are only some examples of very common issues we'll discuss during this tour.
The idea is to show you a more real perspective about this places that became famous by their own way of living and spreading their local culture.
Beyond that, we´ll be fortunate to take some spectacular pictures from Sugar Loaf and Crist Redeemer facing us.