Brazil’s cuisine is as varied as its geography and culture.
Perhaps the most emblematic national dish, it is the feijoada (a hearty stew made of black beans and pork meat, served with white rice). However, in each region, food will have its own flavors and mixtures.
In Bahia, there is the flavorful African influence, consisting mostly of seafood, beans, coconut milk and palm oil, and very spicy. The Churrasco (barbecue) is of Argentinean influence, very typical from the South of the country. With the exception of salt, the meats are cooked with no spices or sauces, because the Chef wants to show his guests that the quality and flavor of the meat does not need to be camouflaged.
Suggested Itinerary: 6 Days/ 5 Nights
Day 01 – Wednesday - Arrival in Rio and transfer to hotel Royal Rio Palace. Rest of the day at leisure. Welcome dinner at Churrascaria Palace. Enjoy the famous Brazilian barbecue upon arrival in Rio (meal is included). Walking distance from the hotel, guide assistance included.
Day 02 – Thursday - Breakfast and departure to Corcovado tour followed by a visit at CADEG local market center with a variety of typical flowers, fruits, vegetables, grocery shops and restaurants. You will have the chance to know a little bit about our local flavors and ingredients and have lunch at the restaurant of your choice (meal not included). Return to hotel and time to rest.
In the evening, departure to Toca da Traira restaurant, where you will taste the Moqueca dish, typical from Bahia state (a stew of fish and shrimp with coconut milk, palm oil, and spices, meal is included). Then continue to Lapa, the most bohemian area of Rio. Enjoy Rio Scenarium, a special venue with live Brazilian music with unique decoration as an antique shop (entrance fee included, food or beverage not included). Return to hotel in the late evening.
Day 03 – Friday – Breakfast and departure to Downtown Rio for a Historical walking tour followed by buffet lunch at Confeitaria Colombo (meal is included), one of the most iconic restaurants, since 1894. Return to hotel and time to rest.
In the evening, departure to the Feira de São Cristóvão, a popular center with the culture and gastronomy from the Northeast of Brazil. You will have the chance to taste the typical food from this region in one of the many restaurants inside the complex (meal not included). Then enjoy a live music presentation at the main square. Return to hotel in the late evening.
Day 04 – Saturday - Breakfast and departure for a full day tour to Niteroi city. You will pass by the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, over Guanabara Bay, with beautiful views of both cities. Arrival and city tour including the famous monuments project by the architect Oscar Niemeyer. Lunch at local Fish Market with many options of fresh seafood (meal not included). Optional: return to Rio by public transportation “barca” (shuttle boat service) and experience a little more about the routine of the locals. Return to hotel and time to rest.
In the evening, enjoy dinner at Galeto Sats, an authentic Brazilian casual restaurant with typical cuisine (meal is included). There is also a large menu of artisan Cachaças (typical liquor made of sugar cane) with over 300 labels, each one researched and approved by the owners.
Day 05 – Sunday - Breakfast and departure for a Fruit Tasting experience at a street market, you will taste many tropical fruits at an authentic popular fair. Continue to the Hippie Fair, in Ipanema, where you will find Brazilian handicrafts and souvenirs. Lunch will be served at Casa da Feijoada, where you will taste our national dish (mealis included). Return to hotel and time to rest.
In the evening, departure to Leblon neighborhood to enjoy some popular “botecos” (casual bars where locals go to). We recommend trying chopp (draft beer), caipirinha (national drink made with cachaça) and some typical appetizers (food and beverage not included).
Day 06 – Monday – Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
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