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Rio de Janeiro: Beyond Sugar Loaf & Corcovado

By Tereza Heleney

Public green areas, lagoons, forests and urban or wild beaches to choose from. How can we not say that Rio de Janeiro is blessed by such a rich diversity.

Nothing is more grateful than walking in the Tijuca Forest, listening to the birds and the sound of the wind through the trees.

For those who are food lovers, a stop to taste a jackfruit, which is a fruit that weighs up to 15 kg, rich in carbohydrates, minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, iodine, copper and iron. Or perhaps, the preference is for a waterfall bath? Or for the more adventurous, rappelling?

The coast of Rio is 86km long, with beaches for all tastes. Copacabana, known as “Princesinha do Mar” (Little Princess of the Sea) is one of the best known in the world and was the stage for several concerts, such as the Rolling Stones for example.

There is no questions that Copacabana hosts the most famous New Year’s Eve in the world! Ipanema, imortalized by Tom Jobim  with the song  Garota de Ipanema (Girl Of Ipanema) Leblon and its fashionable people,   São Conrado with its colorful sky with hang gliders and paragliders. Barra da Tijuca and its famous beach points.

We also have a beautiful Lagoon, an open space where tourists and locals who love being in contact with nature can use to practice outdoor sports, stroll, walk and do many other activities over more than 8 km in length. The area also offers multisport courts, in addition to baseball and tennis courts, and is home of the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (the most famous local soccer team) and faces its famous headquarters, where a great museum will be inaugurated in 2021.

Skate Park, helicopter tour, water sports and green grassy areas for those who love outdoor physical exercise

It is an immense body of water, surrounded by mangroves, it shelters several species of birds and even the water-chicken.

Last but, not least, the lagoon became an area for celebrations, as many celebrate their birthdays there by the beautiful picnic areas. It is a proof that Rio de Janeiro is really one of the most democratic cities in the world.

And what about the sandbank area of ​​Marambaia? A sport that became a fever in the summer, the stand up paddle is a good choice for anyone visiting it. Being a region of calm waters, in the mangrove, it is ideal for beginners.

It is for this and for many other reasons that we believe that Rio is truly a blessed city, always ready to reinvent itself to embrace everyone who arrives here. Lucky for those who live here and even luckier for those who have the opportunity to visit it and immerse themselves in the vibrancy of this city.

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LGBTQIA+ Pride Month


Brazil is known for its receptive and hospitable people.  In the month of June, we at Havas Creative Tours love to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and make a toast to diversity!

We are proud to say that Brazil is a destination that not only offers beautiful landscapes, but also people that welcome all tourists and love diversity! For June, the month of LGBT pride​​​​, we have prepared for you a list of the top 5 LGBTQIA+ friendly destinations in our country: 

Sao Paulo: São Paulo is on of the most interesting cities to be in when we think about LGBTQIA+ tourism in Brazil. The city is one of the most populous in the world, this makes it, in essence, quite diverse. Amazing nightlife, the best restaurants in the country, year round celebration of art all over the city and the home of the one of the largest LGBT Pride Parade in the Americas!

Rio de Janeiro: Rio is the the place to be for LGBTQIA+ tourists is Rio de Janeiro. Attracted by the natural beauty of the beaches and hills, as well as by the cariocas running along the beach of Ipanema or Copacabana, foreigners have already chosen Rio as the most LGBTQIA+ friendly destination in the world and the Carioca lifestyle is one of those responsible for maintaining the city’s charm. 

Belo Horizonte: Is one of the new exponents of LGBTQIA+ tourism. With increasing investments, it has participated in events in the segment to show its openness to diversity. Around Belo Horizonte region we find the historic cities of Brazil, full of culture, art, history and some legendary parties and festivals!

Florianopolis: In the southern region of the country, Florianópolis is certainly the highlight. “Ilha da Magia” (The Magic Island) has been working its magic with the LGBTQIA+ community for many years. So much so that in 2012 the International Association of LGBTQIA+ Tourism, held its annual convention in the city. With amazing beaches, good nightlife and a very unique island feeling ambience.

Salvador: As the most internationally known city in the Northeast, Salvador welcomes diversity. Crowded during its famous Carnival, the city has good weather all year round and, for the LGBTQIA+ public, nothing like an excuse to put on beach clothes and enjoy the sun, the music and the laid-back lifestyle.

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Selaron Stairs in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro – Downtown

There is no way to talk about the staircase without mentioning the artist responsible for it and who lends his surname to the work: Jorge Selarón. 

Selarón was born in Chile, in 1947, in the small town of Limache, and died in Rio de Janeiro, on January 10th, 2013. A self-taught painter and ceramist, the Chilean realized in Santa Teresa his greatest and best-known work, known today as “Escadaria do Selarón”, listed by the city hall of this city in 2005 and located at Rua Manoel Carneiro. 

The “Escadaria do Selarón“, a place formerly known as Escadaria do Convento de Santa Teresa, has 215 steps and 125 meters in length and connects Rua Joaquim Silva, in the Lapa neighborhood, with Ladeira de Santa Teresa, in the Santa Teresa neighborhood in the city of Rio. 

The “Escadaria do Selarón” is considered the largest sculpture in the world made by a single artist since Jorge Selarón has always worked alone, relying only on the money he made from the sale of his paintings (all representing the theme of the pregnant black woman, an emotional motif of his own life, as he states) and with eventual donations from residents. The work does not stop, the tiles are placed, new tiles arrive, others are removed from there, they change places. 

Nowadays it is a very popular place for locals and tourists to take pictures as the colors are simply amazing, don’t miss it on your next visit to the Wonderful city! 

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Portogalo Suite Hotel – Angra Dos Reis

Rio de Janeiro

In the middle of the mountains and the sea, the Portogalo Suíte hotel is located in front of the bay of Ilha Grande, just 3 hours from Rio de Janeiro. It has ample infrastructure with sauna, swimming pool, hot tub, cinema, sports court, all in a modern and pleasant environment that blends perfectly with the beauty of Angra dos Reis.  

One of the main attractions is the hotel’s exclusive cable car that connects to the paradisiacal Praia do Portogalo, providing guests with one of the most breathtaking views of Angra dos Reis.  

Angra dos Reis is a small fishing village with great tourist potential due to the natural wealth and beauty of its landscapes.

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Going to the beach in Rio – A special experience!

The beach in Rio is the number 1 leisure option for locals, there is nothing more “carioca” than spending a Saturday or Sunday at the beach. We have 24 kilometers of beach in Rio, starting in the neighborhood of Leme ending at Recreio dos Bandeirantes with Pontal beach. There are a total of 186 kiosks in operation, at the beach you can find all kinds of food and different options for families, friends, and couples. Kiosks (known as ‘quiosques’ in Portuguese) are outdoor bars located between the promenade and the beach, that serve food and drinks to the sounds of live music all day and into the night.

Besides the kiosks, there are also vendor tents on the sand, selling food and drinks while you relax sunbathing. All these elements combined make a day at the beach in Rio quite a special experience, an opportunity to learn more about the local habits and culture.

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Happy Anniversary Rio de Janeiro!

456 years of foundation

In March 1st, the wonderful city completed 456 years since its foundation. It received the name of São Sebastião of Rio de Janeiro by the Portuguese military Estácio de Sá. And since then, it still enchants everyone who knows or heard about it.

Congratulations Rio de Janeiro, always beautiful!

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More Memorable Experiences at Sugar Loaf

Rio de Janeiro

To make your visit to Rio de Janeiro and especially to this attraction, unforgettable, now you can take a souvenir tattooed on your skin. Yes, literally, until April 30th, visitors can get a tattoo related to the attraction or to the Wonderful City, as Rio is known.

On the top of the sugar loaf, with this beautiful view, the cable cars from that the 90s, now in expositions, are the studios for this new option.  Another way to make the visit last forever is with a fantastic video and great photos from a drone, to appreciate the beauty of this landscape in all its splendor.

Remembering that from the Morro de Urca, visitors can take a panoramic helicopter flight to appreciate for themselves the natural beauties of the wonderful city.

Rio will be waiting for its visitors, with security protocols in all attractions, innovating to always offer the best experience.

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BioParque do Rio

Rio de Janeiro – By Tereza Heleney

We are more than happy and ​proud to we announce the opening of the BioParque in Rio de Janeiro, last March 22nd.

BioParque follows the most advanced and modern concepts based on education, research and conservation.

Our team has been to the opening visit and had the chance to experience the areas for contemplation and interaction such as: Tropical immersion  – Village of Reptiles – Burle Marx Garden – Kings of the Jungle – Small Farm  and much more. The great amount of snack stands, restaurants  and the beautiful shop brings a special touch to the visit.

We noted a special attention to the new sanitary protocols: mandatory use of face masks, alcohol based hand sanitizer, minimum distance marks to be followed, preferable use of digital payment methods and several signs to help the visitors to remember these guidelines.The park is opened daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Enjoy it!

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Carnival 2022


In 2022 the biggest party in the world returns, the Brazilian Carnival. This year we remembered with much affection the best of our carnivals, while the samba schools prepare, not only the biggest party in the world, but also the biggest reunion after vaccination.
Our Sambadrome missed our guests for the first time, so we are already preparing everything to have everyone close by in 2022. We are waiting for the greatest party on the planet to be a truly unforgettable one in 2022!


Art and Nature – Burle Marx site renovated

Rio de Janeiro

The Roberto Burle Marx Site, a special unit of the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), underwent a requalification, expanding public access to the life and work of landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The project, completed in December, aimed to enhance visiting places, improve work facilities, improve accessibility conditions, research and education actions. With 407 thousand square meters and a collection of more than 3.500 species of tropical and subtropical plants, the space, located in Barra de Guaratiba, in the west zone of Rio de Janeiro, has works by renowned artists and the landscaper himself, such as paintings, prints, furniture, ceramics, tapestries, murals, tile panels, all items from your private collection. Accessibility features include tactile maps and models and 3D replicas of works for handling. The new tour of the site covers the interior of the residence, giving access to environments such as the dining room, the visiting room, the music room, where the grand piano of the artist’s mother, the ceramics room, is located. It keeps a good part of the popular art collection, the Burle Marx room, the guest room and the kitchen. Now it is also possible to take a close look at pictures and family photos, as well as the landscaper’s collections, which include Cusco, pre-Columbian, sacred and popular Brazilian art. There is also a multimedia guide in the application format, with scripts in Portuguese, English and Spanish, in audio description and in Brazilian Sign Languages (Libras).