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A fun way for time-pressed travelers to see as much of Rio's coastline as possible is to cruise it with Cruz the Coast Brazil. This hassle-free hop-on, hop-off service makes a four-day loop from Rio to Paraty and Ilha Grande, or from Rio to Cabo Frio and Búzios, with all travel and accommodations prearranged and excursions such as boating trips and surfing lessons included. Cruz the Coast also arranges adventure tours, as do the friendly, professional guides of Rio Xtreme. This outfit's tours range from the relatively mild (hiking Ilha Grande, for instance) to the adventurous and wild (rappelling in dense rain forests).
Cruz the Coast Brazil (021/3251–5833. www.cruzthecoastbrazil.com.)
Rio Xtreme (021/8105–7335. www.rioxtreme.com.)