|Day 1:||Arrive in Rio and transfer to your hotel, Santa Teresa.|
|Day 2:||Today you will have a full day's tour of Rio city including the incredible Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado where the vast Christ the Redeemer statue is. (B)|
|Day 3:||You have a free day in Rio today. Hit the beach or explore more of this fascinating city. (B)|
|Day 4:||This morning we will drive you south to the Costa Verde. It's about a 3 hour journey. Settle into your lovely Pousada where you have the next 4 nights (B,D)|
|Days 5-7:||For these 3 full days you can simply enjoy being in a truly gorgeous spot by the coast, and staying in a lovely personal boutique hotel. You could take guided hikes in the rainforest, schooner cruises to local islands, walk to local villages, scuba dive and water ski. These are all arranged and paid for these locally. You can also spend time with local fishermen and go horse riding in the rainforest. Visits to Paraty can also be arranged. (B,D)|
|Day 8:||Today we will drive you back to Rio in time to catch your flight home, or any onward connections. (B)|
Water-saving is hugely important at the Pousada as they rely on rainwater only. This small hotel is also great at energy-saving, and they believe in helping their local community and environment too. People making this amount of effort, will certainly be making sure you have a great holiday!
Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in Malawi). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.
Our local operator in Brazil reinforces practices considered fundamental for environmental conservation and works to inform visitors, local staff and the population in general. They are one of the country leaders in ecotourism and one of the company directors is president of the Brazilian Bureau of Ecotourism. The company was founded to supply nature studies trips for students in the preserved areas of the country such as the Amazon and Pantanal. Though the company now also has an incoming tourism department there is still a very active study trips department. They strongly believe that these trips should promote the sensitivity of students towards nature preservation, present and promote models and techniques of sustainable exploration of natural resources and stimulate the sponsorship of local projects. The contact between urban students and local communities brings a possibility of development of other social and economic relations that value cultures and, at the same time, their peoples.
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