We are seeing that the definition of luxury travel is evolving. Today’s traveler is seeking solitude, escape, and something that feels authentic. They want to connect with locals, sample the native cuisine, and interact with nature.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) December 1, 2009
As winter peaks here in the U.S., summer is just beginning to heat up in Brazil attracting travelers looking for places to party, relax or both. Brazil’s summer climaxes this February for four days with the world-famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Daniela Schuch, founder of Real Brazil Travel, a boutique travel agency, suggests that visitors also consider several luxury destinations around Rio de Janeiro, which are less crowded and offer authentic experiences for an unforgettable vacation.
With 395 miles of stunning coastline, the state of Rio de Janeiro is a top destination for those looking for a vacation that’s anything but ordinary. Secluded beaches, eco-diversity, and luxury hotels decorate the landscape, but it’s still considered a well-kept secret. According to Daniela Schuch, a native Brazilian herself, “We are seeing that the definition of luxury travel is evolving. Today’s traveler is seeking solitude, escape, and something that feels authentic. They want to connect with locals, sample the native cuisine, and interact with nature. Areas outside the city of Rio de Janeiro combine all of that.”
The following top destinations are conveniently located from Rio de Janeiro, and each offer something special. These relaxing settings were chosen based on their luxury accommodations, natural beauty, and authenticity.
Búzios – Just a 2 hour drive from Rio, or 30 min by helicopter, this peninsula has over twenty beaches waiting to be explored and offers historical, cultural and ecotourism tours that will enlighten even the savviest traveler. The town of Búzios has become increasingly trendy over the years and caters to the most demanding guests with its luxury options. It has high-end shopping, restaurants and boutiques along its cobblestone streets. Búzios also has a reputation as a party town, with many nightlife options.
Angra dos Reis – This archipelago, part of the famous “Green Coast” of Brazil, is 3 hours by car or 40 min by helicopter from Rio. It has 2000+ beaches, and 365 islands to choose from and Brazilians say it has an island for each day of the year. Angra dos Reis offers plenty of upscale accommodations and luxury vacation homes, making it popular among wealthier Brazilians and international visitors alike. The largest island in the area is Ilha Grande. Focused on conservation and eco-diversity, this is a common stop where one can see numerous endangered species in a stunning preserved setting.
Paraty – Located 4 hours by car from Rio, the town is also part of the “Green Coast” of Brazil. Its colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and cultural traditions are remnants of the past. This small town, formerly a fishing village, is an example of the new luxury – a place which provides authentic experiences, charm and style. Accommodations are rustic-chic, designed to coexist with the surroundings and capture Paraty’s essence. It’s also surrounded by miles of beaches and the Atlantic Rainforest, offering a unique blend of natural and historical sites.
About Real Brazil Travel:
Real Brazil Travel is a boutique travel agency specializing in tailor-made luxury vacations. We focus on serving Brazil, offering the best beach destinations, unique luxury hotels, custom tours, and much more.