We will visit the Christ Statue elected as one of the seven modern wonders of the world. The statue sits 2 300 ft. above sea level atop Corcovado Hill. Following a scenic drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon we will arrive at the foot of the hill, where we embark on a small train which climbs the beautiful mountainside.
Bike Tour along the Beachfront Lagoon A pleasant tour along one of the world's most famous beaches. You will have the chance to feel and observe how the Cariocas enjoy their beaches; running playing soccer and cycling along the seashore and Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon.
Social and Religious Focus Tour In Bahia Africa abounds, but especially so in Salvador, the most African city in the Western World, a cornerstone of the vast African Diaspora to the New World, experienced in the cuisine, arts, music dance and religious traditions.
Travelers will complete a trip planning questionnaire that will allow Global CommUnity, working with their travel advisor, to fully customize their trip according to their family interests.
The Cristalino Jungle Lodge is nestled in a private forest reserve in the Southern Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It borders the Cristalino State Park and is therefore part of a continuous extensive protected area that extends northward into the adjacent state of Pará. This unique region contains many species found only in this part of the Amazon. The area contains pristine forest and aquatic habitats that support a very rich fauna and flora, and it has been described as an Amazon sanctuary. The rooms have a rustic style and ceiling fan available as well as natural ventilation. Facilities include a reading room, mini-store, open deck area and a floating deck on Cristalino River.
Created in 1991, this privately owned property opened its jungle lodge doors to guests in 1995. It is a convenient location close to Manaus (approximately 1 h) on Tarumã river, a tributary of the Negro river. The lodge operates its own transfer (shuttle van or bus to a river pier and regional boat to the lodge). The lodge has 70 bungalows in 22 stand-alone structures, each with 3, 4 or 6 apartments. A striking feature of the Amazon Ecopark is the distribution of these structures under the rainforest tree canopy. Each apartment has its own entrance from outside, balcony, screened windows, bathroom with electric shower, air-conditioner and mini bar. All units are comfortable and decorated with Amazonian handicrafts. Activites you can experience include; Monkey Forest, Tour of “Indigenous Ritual”, Interact With The Dolphins, “ Meeting Of The Waters “, Sunrise Tour, Fishing Tour, Canoe Tour at Night
The peninsula of Búzios is only 170 km and a short pleasant 2½ hour drive from Rio de Janeiro. Búzios is home to more than 20 magnificent beaches, all of them with crystal-clear waters, and in perfect harmony with the surrounding sculpted landscape and exotic vegetation. Originally settled by European pirates and slave traders, this historically diverse city enjoyed periods of prosperity and emerged as one of Brazil’s most picturesque fishing villages. In more recent years, the actress Brigitte Bardot popularized the town when she visited in the 60’s. As one of the most beautiful areas in Brazil, it is famed for its unique combination of rustic charm, distinctive architecture, incredible allure, exciting nightlife and sophisticated restaurants and boutiques. Every year thousands of visitors come from all corners of the world to enjoy this Brazilian beach paradise.
This tour will introduce you to the artistry and imagination involved in the creation of Carnival. You will learn about the construction and production process of more than 6000 costumes and 7 floats. This experience includesa visit to one of Rio’s first group schools) exhibitions about the history of Samba and the Carnival Parade. This tour also provides a chance to dress up in carnival costumes experience the music and talk to people of the community who work and participates in carnival. To finalize, some fun time either at a samba lesson or a drums and percussion workshop, to truly experience this exciting rhythm. If you choose to give back to this community, you will meet with the children of the Pimpolhos NGO and help them with their English studies.
Full day Hike to Wild Beaches and Picnic Only Rio can provide beaches almost completely unknown even by its natives which are only accessible by trail or by boat. In the region of Grumari and Prainha there are “wild” beaches surrounded by rolling hills covered in a lush tropical forest. Following the ocean drive through Barra da Tijuca tourists notice the contrast between the developed areas and the preserved nature, where the bright blue sea meets the white sand. Perigoso beach is located in the outskirts of Rio and possesses clear waters and perfect waves, which make this beach also frequented by surfers and boogie-boarders. To reach Perigoso you will hike for 40 min through the virgin Atlantic rain forest. Your reward is one of Rio´s most isolated and unspoiled beaches, designated as an Environmental Protection Area. You will have time to relax and enjoy the beach and a delicious picnic. Before returning, we will help maintain this paradise for future visitors, we will gather trash left behind so it won’t be carried by animals or the ocean.
Salvador: Arte Consciente Project Arte Consciente is a grassroots social project in Saramandaia which is a desperately poor community in the city of Salvador. Art Consciente Recreational and Cultural Group has returned hope and self esteem to many youth in the neighborhood gaining immense respect from the local community in the process. You will meet with the founders or managers learn of the history and of challenges past present and future. They will introduce us to the community and to this element of what has become a uniquely self-sustainable and self-propagating grassroots social movement in Salvador. We will tour the community see examples of urban graffiti produced by the project and be treated to exhibitions of one of the local activities like boxing, soccer, percussion, and circus arts. This will offer participants with a very rare opportunity to see first-hand the social need for and the positive benefits of grassroots social projects in a community rarely visited by the outside world. The students of Arte Consciente, will likewise broaden their cultural experience with this opportunity to introduce their community, answer questions, and tell the story of their desires for and successes with this project.