Venture to Brazil with ITC Classics!
One of the many exciting new touring destinations featured in our Pure Platinum Brochure is Brazil and I was incredibly fortunate recently to visit this beautiful country.
Once I had arrived, and following a good night's sleep, I awoke to views over the sun-kissed beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. I visited the finest hotels available to our clients along the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, including Orient-Express' opulent icon of Rio, Copacabana Palace.
Next it was off to Sugar Loaf Mountain where, two cable cars later, I was standing surveying the 360 degree vista of Rio de Janeiro, watching the sun set behind the silhouetted outline of the statue of Christ The Redeemer.
A leisurely bicycle ride along Ipanema Beach followed by a ramble through the stalls of Ipanema's Hippie Market was the perfect way to clear the cobwebs away after dinner, drinks and samba at Rio Scenarium, a converted antiques store which is now Rio's premier samba bar and restaurant. The afternoon was spent high on Corcovado Mountain where I got a much closer look at one of the seven "New Wonders of the World", the statue of Christ The Redeemer, a big tick on my own "Bucket List".
Another personal highlight from my visit to Brazil was the chance to view the power and beauty of Foz Do Iguaçu (Iguaçu Falls). Not only did I get the opportunity to stay just metres away from this natural wonder at Orient Express' Das Cateratas, but I got even closer during an exhilarating, and rather wet, powerboat ride under the falls.
For more information on Brazil, or any of our many touring destinations, please call one of our Travel Specialists on 01244 355 300.