Jess was lucky enough to be sent on a short trip to Brazil recently and explored the sites and sounds of Rio de Janeiro and then escaped to the quiet bliss of Buzios.
Rio is home to many famous sites and home to Carnival, a world famous party held before Lent every year and considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day on the streets!! I was not visiting during this festive time however still got to experience Brazilian culture through tours to see the many sites the city has to offer. Key highlights to visit whilst in Rio include Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and a guided tour of the favelas before hitting the beach at famous Ipanema or Copacabana.
Another highlight for the foodies is to go to a tradition Brazilian BBQ where skewered meats will be brought to your table and carved by the skilled Passadors.
Millions of visitors flock to Rio each year but only a handful venture out of the city to discover the specular beaches and more relaxed pace. I am glad did with a trip to Buzios which is a beautiful 180km drive north of Rio. Buzios is a small fishing village with narrow cobbled street surrounded by shops, restaurants and bars. It has a relaxed feel but still a nightlife for those wanting to go out and explore after dinner.
There are some beautiful beaches a short drive from the town also with beach clubs to allow you to stay and relax for the day, with a bite to eat or even a glass of Verve champagne!
Buzios was definitely a highlight for me for this trip and would highly recommend you include this in any itinerary to Brazil as it is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio, and easy accessible for a short few nights away.
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