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. Rio de Janeiro, 021/97827–3256 ; 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, zip-lining in Rio, or hiking through thick jungle on Ilha Grande. Climbing tours in and around Teresópolis and Petrópolis can be arranged on demand. 021/98516–1146 ; From R$200.

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