Rio de Janeiro is known worldwide for its natural beauty. Its beaches, mountains, and forests are immortalized in songs, stories, photos, television, and film. But perhaps you haven’t yet had chance to appreciate Rio’s natural wonders from the most privileged of vantage points. Taking a boat ride along the Guanabara Bay gives you a completely new view of the Carioca shore. You’ll absolutely love it.
The tours depart from Marina da Gloria and take different routes. Saveiros Tour offers simple two-hour trips that hug the shore and touch on points of interest like Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain), Forte de São João (Fort of Saint John), the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (Museum of Contemporary Art), the Monumento aos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial (Monument to the Dead of World War II) and will even pass beneath the Rio-Niterói Bridge. You can also opt for a more exclusive trip with Tropical Charter, where you can charter a world class yacht for groups of up to 15 people, all with the comfort, security, and sophistication to ensure you make the most of the view.
But there’s plenty to enjoy on a boat ride through the bay, and there are many alternative routes available. Marlin Yacht offers four different itineraries. The first follows the beach and includes a 30-minute stop, allowing passengers to take a dip in the placid waters of Ilhas Cagarras (an ideal place to appreciate the local flora of the Atlantic Forest, and see if you can spot any herons, spotted boobies, or seagulls). You might also want to explore the coastal region of Niteroí, visiting the historic fortresses of Santa Cruz and Inbuí, not to mention the beaches of Camboinhas and Itaipu. If you’re a romantic at heart, you’ll want to take the Sunshine route and enjoy a special moment: sundown in front of the Cristo Redentor. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can take a yacht or schooner out on the ocean.
Better still, why not make the most of your trip and charter a party boat? Just imagine the fun you’ll have with your friends and family celebrating your birthday on the water. Companies offer ships with capacity for 150 guests. Or perhaps you’re keen on heading out to open water, exploring islands and beaches beyond the city limits, or taking a scuba diving course and learning about all the wonders hidden at the bottom of the ocean. Your options are endless. By the time you’re done you just might even turn into one of the local sea creatures!