Charisma & Zest: New Day Excursions of Rio’s Colonial Heart & Exuberant Flavors

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Expand your senses on’s new half day excursions: experience Rio’s historic core and dynamically revived port area by day, and savor the diverse Brazilian cuisine by night.

Rio de Janeiro City Tours

Rio de Janeiro City Tours

" is always looking for unique possibilites which allow travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture - indulge in authentic cuisine on a Culinary Tour or to stroll through the colonial heart of Rio on a Walking City Tour."

In the wake of the 2016 Olympic Games, Brazil’s transformed “marvelous city” of Rio de Janeiro welcomes visitors with a fresh new face. Once-neglected and near-forgotten, the colonial hub and historic port have been significantly enhanced through new streetcar lines and pedestrian areas, as well as the new AquaRio aquarium and Museum of Tomorrow, an architectural masterpiece. Additionally, culinary delights span every corner of this diverse country. However, without a roadmap of the culinary options, most travelers miss the opportunity to experience all the possibilities during their brief stay in the country.

Just in time for the peak travel season, South America custom travel experts, at, are rolling out two new half day excursions: Carioca Charisma - Colonial Rio & The Historic Port, and Zest - A Culinary Journey Through Brazil’s Cultures.

C.E.O. Juergen Keller explains, “At we are always looking for unique possibilites which allow travelers to immerse themselves in the local culture. What better way than to indulge in authentic cuisine on a Culinary Tour or to stroll through the colonial heart of the city on a City Walking Tour. As the saying goes, ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do.’”

Carioca Charisma - Colonial Rio & The Historic Port’s Walking Tour transports travelers back in time, to the colonial heart of Rio, and then propels them into the future at the Museum of Tomorrow on the newly restored waterfront. Starting in downtown Rio’s historic “Cinema-land,” pass by Rio’s Parisian-styled Opera house in Cinelândia. Built in the 20th Century, Teatro Municipal is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in Brazil, known for perfectly blending history and culture. Reminisce on the major international artists that have graced the theater’s existence over the past century.

Walk past the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts). Inaugurated in 1938, the museum holds over 20,000 pieces in its collection, many of which are rich in Brazilian culture. Marvel at the eclectic architecture of the museum from outside and continue to the Biblioteca Nacional, the 7th largest library in the world. Next, stop for coffee at the Paço Imperial, the Palace of the Viceroys and one of Brazil’s most important colonial buildings of baroque architecture.

Contrasting with colonial Rio, venture a ride on Rio’s new light rail tram towards the Museum of Tomorrow, designed to represent forward thinking and to encourage exploration of a sustainable world. Admire the newly constructed building; its futuristic and modern design is a sight to behold in and of itself. Finish this walking tour at the Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict), a mannerist style church of Brazilian colonial architecture. Look out towards the water for magical views of the “organ pipe” mountains across the bay.

Zest: A Culinary Journey Through Brazil’s Cultures

One distinctive cultural characteristic while traveling abroad is the local food. But how does one best find THE perfect, locally-inspired experience? makes travelers’ tastebuds dance on its new savory adventure. Taste Amazonian fruit juices, stop inside bright street markets, enjoy a caipirinha and indulge in authentic cuisine on a unique Culinary Tour. Expand your palate and taste the local flavors of the cidade maravilhosa at 8 fantastic eateries and markets.

Along the tour, visit some of Rio’s most beautiful places, such as the vibrantly painted Escadaria Selarón, the “bohemian Rio” neighborhood of Lapa, the tropical beachside of Flamengo and the cultural hub, Laranjeiras. By the end of the day, travelers will have seen, felt, and tasted authentic Rio.

These two new city tours are fantastic additions to any Brazil Tour. Let arrange the perfect customized tour throughout Brazil and the rest of South America. After gallivanting around the “Marvelous City”, continue with a cruise down the Amazon River, soak in the mystery of Machu Picchu or dance the Tango in Buenos Aires.

With over 15-years of experience, prides itself in partnering with the best 4-star and 5-star hotels and crafting unique tailor-made holidays to design the trip a lifetime. Accomplished local guides, private excursions, superior accommodations and flexibility in travel planning make for an extraordinary travel experience - sure to spawn memories that will last a lifetime. To get started, visit


About Us: is a tour operator specialized in custom South America tour planning for travelers worldwide from its offices in Seattle, Lima, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Stuttgart, Germany, online and with local phone numbers in 88 countries. They offer 4-star & 5-star South America tours to Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Just in time for Carnival 2017, a new ten-day journey of Rio’s Champion Parade & Colonial Brazil, starts March 3rd, 2017. Licensed and bonded in the U.S., has been sharing its love of South America travel since 1999 and is proud of its A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and ASTA affiliation. - Our name is our passion™

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