Home away from home
Up in the hills of Santa Teresa, deep within the lush jungle, each day begins with a call to rise by the neighboring toucans. Not your typical hotel, Chez Georges is a home designed by mid-century architect Wladimir Alves de Souza in 1974.
Living room at Chez Georges
A few steps from Chez George, local gem Cultivar offers simple but satisfying acai bowls, pao de queijo and fresh squeezed orange juice.
Caipirinhas at sunset
The beach is Rio. There is no better place to enjoy than in Ipanema, running on the magnificent Roberto Burle Marx designed boardwalk or sipping a caipirinha at Quiosque Marea at sunset.
Roberto Burle Marx’s garden
Daytrip to Barra Guaratiba
Roberto Burle Marx was Brazil’s most iconic parks and gardens designer, collaborating with the likes of Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. His former residence has been turned into a museum and is now open to the public, surrounded by breathtaking gardens filled with the rarest tropical species. End your visit with a meal at Bira de Guaratiba, a family-style restaurant breathing the soul of Brazilian cuisine.
Views from above
The city is surrounded by mountains which offer great hiking opportunities. A favorite is the Pedra Bonita Trail towards the west. Casa das Canoas, the former home of Oscar Niemeyer, can be found a few minutes by car from the trailhead. The house is sadly under renovation without a reopening date confirmed.
Oscar Niemeyer’s Casa das Canoas
Views on Pedra Bonita mountain
Beach trips outside of Rio
While Ipanema and Leblon offer great city beach possibilities, Rio is surrounded by exquisite nature. A favorite is Búzios in the North, only two hours by car. A delicious lunch at Rocka in Praia Brava can only be followed by sunset at Praia Azeda where any of the fishing boats turned bars are simply great. Sleep peacefully at Vila da Santa.
Sunset on Praia dos Ossos