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Blue Grotto, Arraial do Cabo

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From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

1. From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your 12-hour tour through paradise with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the region of the Costa do Sol (Sun Coast). When you arrive in Arraial do Cabo, hop aboard a majestic schooner to sail through the warm, clear waters of what’s often called the Brazilian Caribbean. Gliding through the sea, you’ll make a 40-minute stop to swim and snorkel near the Ilha do Farol, a peninsula famous for its lighthouse, and Prainhas do Pontal, a coastal zone flanked by towering cliffs and verdant mountains. Continuing on your boat tour, you’ll stop for photos at the Gruta Azul, a grotto known for its shockingly-azure waters, and the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, where a statue of a saint is placed between a massive rift in between 2 cliffs. To cap off your boat tour, you’ll enjoy another 20-minute stop at one of the region’s most famous beaches, the Praia do Forno. After working up an appetite swimming and relaxing on the boat, you’ll enjoy an authentic buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant, before hopping back aboard your transportation to Rio, arriving back in time for dinner.

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What people are saying about Blue Grotto, Arraial do Cabo

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 28 reviews

It started a little bit later than the original time, got an email changing the pick up time the night before. But operator was on time. Great organization for stops, pick-up, the stop to rest and at the pier and islands. Amazing team on the boat, friendly, fun and overall really good.

Sensational ride. Tortuga boat crew always attentive to our needs. Guia Daniel from the C2Rio Travel agency did his best: he carried the child, helped the elderly, took bags, explained everything in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Lunch was divine! It is worth it

I give 5 stars to C2Rio (guide Adriano and driver Oliveira). But the tour was too late because of the Navy, we had lunch at 5 pm and arrived at our hotel in Copacabana at 9:30 pm. But overall, the tour was great!

Superb trip. Swimming in turquoise water (many snorkels and fish masks) and stops at the various heavenly beaches are respected as well as the very generous meal in the restaurant

Trip was really nice. The beaches and this area are really amazing!