Cruz the Coast Brazil. A fun way for time-pressed travelers to see as much of Rio's coastline as possible is to take a bus tour 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, surfing lessons, and even Portuguese classes included. If you have more time on your hands, consider their 10-day trip through Bahia and all the way up to Salvador. Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. 21/97041--2026 ; www.cruzthecoastbrazil.com. From R$400 for Rio State Loops.
Rio Xtreme. Rio Xtreme offers group and private adventure tours and activities in Rio de Janeiro State. The friendly, English-speaking guides and instructors can take you scuba diving in Cabo Frio or zip-lining, hiking, and rafting in the jungle that surrounds Rio. Booking inquiries are best made via the website or email. www.rioxtreme.com. From R$200.