Gyde & Seek Opens for Tours in Rio de Janeiro

Gyde & Seek Opens for Tours in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is pure visual melodrama, situated at the convergence of emerald gardens, jungle-clad monoliths, and sun-kissed beaches. Dubbed Cidade Maravilhosa, Rio is both deeply cosmopolitan and marvelously wild. Vast swaths of Atlantic rainforest lie within the city limits—and monkeys routinely swipe bananas from Copacabana kitchens. Intimacy with the natural world informs the way Cariocas live, work, and create, from their daily beach workouts to the nature-inspired architectures of Niemeyer and Burle Marx.

What is the secret formula that makes Rio unique? Foremost, it has a rich and complex cultural heritage nourished by Portugal, West Africa, and the Amazon; the city's distinctive culinary scene, spirituality, music, and arts are all evidence of this fascinating cultural syncretism. So, what is the ingredient that completes the magical spell? Soccer (futebol brasileiro), of course! The national pastime is a passion that connects all Brazilians to each other and to their own fútbol-crazed continent (if you're curious to see how Cariocas do game day, we suggest reaching out to Marcelo).

There is so much to do and see that Rio may seem overwhelming. Take heart: whether you have a day, a week, or a month, our gydes can customize your experiences and optimize your time. You may want to start by visiting Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, but there's no reason to wait in a long, miserable line, especially when a pro like Maiko, Neyla, or Gisela can whisk you skillfully up and down. Once you've glimpsed the coastline from above, we recommend you seek out the view from the water (Captain Cassio provides private sailing excursions—and killer caipirinha cocktails).

Already seen the essential sights? Let Markus take you trekking under the Tijuca rainforest canopy—or plan a day of secret beach-hopping with Renato. Of course, urban naturalists like Marcio, Luís, and Laís can serve up a safari of marmosets, toucans, and waterfalls right in the middle of the city. When it's time for a break from the sun, count on Emel for a deep-dive into Brazilian modernism or explore the thriving street art scene with Tiago. Prefer a guided graze through the tropical farmers’ market? Tom is an outstanding tastemaker. For an evening of music and dancing, Rafa will take you to the beating heart of the samba scene. Hopefully you brought your camera, because Rodrigo is standing by to help you capture it all.

However you choose to spend your time in this singular city, by the end of the day, you're sure to be craving a cold sundowner and a knockout western view. Luckily, everyone on the team is an expert when it comes to beachfront botecos (dive bars), so we've got your sunset cocktail covered, too.

Rio On Repeat: Music Straight from Brazil

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