Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing
- Duration: 2 hours
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Our driver for the day (Jalbier) was just the loveliest man, and although he was later than our pickup time, it was not his fault and we still hit the road at 8.10am, plenty of time to get to Niteroi. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful all day and at all stops, informative and answered all our random questions about Rio & Niteroi. We went on a Monday but the museums are closed but Jalbier still managed to get the lovely tourist office lady to give us a private tour of the Oscar Niemeyer way buildings eventhough they were closed for maintenance. The car was wonderful and he was very conscientious of the heat on the day. After our unplanned paragliding adventure from the parquet de cidade, Jalbier even took us for a quick tour of Santa Teresa neighbourhood on our way back to Ipanema. An excellent tour guide who made this day trip extra special. The BBQ lunch was also exceptional. Niteroi is gorgeous with amazing views across the bay to Rio and all the mountains, Sugar Loaf, etc.
If your are considering whether you should take this tour or not? Just do it.. in my opinion you won't get dissapointet. My boyfriend and I took a 6 hour trip, and after just 10min the captain of the boat lets us sail the boat us selves. We saw the city skyline and the sunset. The weather was a bit windy and the captain paid much attention to the security. But we just loved the waves, the drink, snacks and most important the captain of the boat.
The ten of us had a truly great time. Despite the maximum participants the boat never felt crowded. Cassio and his son were great hosts. There was a small picknick, beer, nice music and a very relaxed roundtrip around the bay and outside of the bay to very nice spots. The wind was perfect. We returned just after dark for a fresh view of Rio at night from the water. In summary, I can highly recommend this more unusual experience in Rio.
The food tour offers Rio beginners a great insight into regional cuisine! The Glória Food Market on Sunday is worth discovering. The selection of fruits is incredible - good when you have an experienced guide with you who also lets you try all kinds of fruits. Highly Recommended!
The tour operator was well versed in the area, telling us about popular and unfamiliar places. They were able to rearrange the schedule to have better weather conditions for parasailing.