Top New Year’s Eve Destinations

One of my favorite holidays of the year is New Year’s Eve. It’s definitely a holiday that gives you optimism. If you’ve had a tough year, you celebrate good things to come next year. If you’ve had a great year, you celebrate that you will top it! New Year’s Eve is about celebrating a better future, setting goals and objectives for the next year and achieving them, and also about letting loose and having fun. If you are single it’s about getting that New Year’s kiss at midnight with the hottie you have been eyeing all night. If you are in a relationship or married, it’s about celebrating the coming year with your loved one and celebrating the years past. Although its fun to spend New Year’s Eve in your home town with friends and family, there’s nothing like spending it in an exotic destination especially if you can do it with friends or family and if not, it’s still one of the best ways to ring in the New Year! I’ve traveled extensively in my day and below are my top 3 New Year’s Eve Destinations.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rio is one of my favorite destinations in the world. The combination of the people, beaches, landscape, party yet laidback atmosphere is what keeps me coming back. It’s a sexy city and for New Year’s it’s electric. The days leading up to New Years are amazing. The nightlife is probably the best it is all year because you not only have people from all over Brazil in Rio but also the world. The beaches are packed and guess what; it’s the middle of summer! So while most of us are freezing, it’s in the 80s & 90s in Rio. For New Year’s Eve, Millions of people hit Copacabana Beach to experience an incredible fireworks show and party on the beach. There are also a ton of great parties all around the city. I personally enjoy going to the parties because the crowd is more upscale, less hectic and most are all-inclusive, but TGW offers both options. New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. Cartagena, Colombia – This may be an impartial choice as I’m Colombian, but if you’ve ever been to Cartagena, you’ll know why this is my top 2 pick. The Old City is incredible. It’s conserved so well that you literally feel that you are in the Spanish Colonial Era. During this time of year, the city is packed with Colombian tourists. It’s the #1 destination for Colombians from the interior (Bogota, Cali, Medellin) as it’s a beach city and there are a ton of events especially for the country’s jet-set. There are a ton of New Year’s Eve parties all over the city, but we take our clients to one of the best, which is located on top of the historic wall and thrown by one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Cartagena. New Year’s Eve in Cartagena, Colombia
  3. Punta del Este, Uruguay – This was definitely one of the chicest places I’ve spent New Year’s Eve. Punta del Este is where the rich & famous from Buenos Aires & Sao Paulo spend their holidays between Christmas & the beginning of January. It’s extremely pricey, but if your wallet can handle it, it’s totally worth it. I’ve never partied with so many models in my life. Besides the nightlife, Punta del Este is a beautiful city. The beaches are extremely beautiful and they can range from calm waters to incredible waves for the surfers. If you are looking for a chic and beautiful beach town to spend New Year’s, you should consider Punta del Este. New Year’s Eve in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Other destinations for New Year’s are of course Las Vegas, New Year’s Eve in South Beach – Miami, and New York, but if you are looking to get out of the country, I highly recommend you check out the ones above. Also, give me your feedback on some great destinations you have experienced for New Year’s. I’m open to suggestions and who knows, maybe your suggestion will be the next TGW NEW YEAR’S EVE HOTSPOT! You can comment directly on this blog.

Cool Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is an incredible city. The must-see tourist attractions are Christ Statue & Sugarloaf Mountain. We always include the Christ Statue tour in all of our Rio Travel Packages and highly recommend adding Sugarloaf as an add-on. So what else is there to do in Rio besides Sugarloaf & Corcovado??? We put together a very cool list of some of the top things to do in Rio de Janeiro besides booking other Rio de Janeiro Tours.

Top Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

  1. ARPOADOR – Located in between both Ipanema and Copacabana, this little beach is famous for surfing, and its huge rock formations that allow visitors to have a great view of summer sunsets on the ocean.  Cost: Free
    things to do in rio de janeiro
  2. SANTA TERESA TROLLEY (BONDINHO DE SANTA TERESA) – One of the first trolleys to run in Rio de Janeiro, it takes you to Santa Teresa. You will ride over the famous Lapa Arches and get a different view of the city.  The station is located on Lélio Gama street and is only open until 4 pm. It is a good idea to get there early as there are long lines. Cost: Free
  3. CANDELÁRIA: Built in 1775 the church was only finished in 1877. Today, it is one of Brasil´s biggest churches. It´s interior combines a mixture of both Neoclassical and Renaissance Revival Architecture while it´s façade is Baroque. This is because the Candelária´s interior was redesigned in 1878.  Cost: Free
  4. CCBB – Close to the Candelária is a little museum that always has great exhibitions. From Van Gogh’s paintings to local artists in Rio de Janeiro, there is always something interesting to see. Open Wednesday – Monday from 9am- 9pm.  Cost: Free
  5. BRAZILIAN MUSIC PLAYED LIVE IN THE SQUARE (CHORINHO NA PRAÇA) – Every Saturday there is a band that plays Brazilian music in the marketplace on Rua General Glicério starting around noon. While music is being played vendors are selling typical Brazilian foods. (This is a great time to try different croquets, empanadas and tapioca.) Full of people sitting, talking, drinking cold beers, and listening to characteristic Brazilian music, the fair is always a colorful place to go. There is also one on Sundays starting at 11am in Praça São Salvador. On Sundays vendors sell beautiful and unique handcrafted pieces.  Cost: Free admission
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  6. CONFECTIONERY (CONFEITARIA) COLOMBO (DOWNTOWN)  – Built in 1894 by Portuguese immigrants, it allows visitors to feel what the Bell Epoch in Rio must have been like. With large mirrors the interior is stunning. This is a nice place to get a coffee or tea.  Cost:  (cha is between 17 reais per person to 40 reais.)
  7. CAFE CURTO –This Café has a different view point when it comes to how much coffee costs; they leave it up to the costumer. The espressos are of the highest quality as are all of the drinks, but at Curto’s they believe that everyone should be a customer, not only the ones that can afford it. Cost: as much as you feel they deserve.
  8. SELARON’S STAIRS (ESCADARIA SELARON ) – The work of a Chilean Artist, Jorge Selarón, the stairs started off as a past-time, and soon became his obsession. Selarón ended up selling his paintings so that he could pay for the materials needed to create the stairs. Recognized all over the world these stairs have become a main attraction in Rio! Cost: Free
    things to do in rio
  9. HIPPIE FAIR ON SUNDAYS IN PRAÇA GENERAL OSÓRIO – Throughout the years, the Ipanema Hippie Fair has showed off the works of some of the city’s best artisans. Held every Sunday, rain or shine, from 9am – 5pm, since 1968, the Ipanema Hippie fair has covered vendor’s stalls set up all around the entire square.  In the center of the park, painters show off and sell their latest paintings. Some vendors accept credit cards, but cash (Brazilian Reais) is usually widely accepted. Take smaller bills with you, as change for larger bill is hard to come by. Cost: Free Admission
  10. COPACABANA FORT – Located at the end of Copacabana beach and was built that the beginning of the 1900’s.  It is a small museum with displays of arms and weapons from the turn of the last century to now.  At the end of the fort, there are some stairs to climb leading you to a huge artillery bank. You will also have an amazing view of the surrounding ocean and close by islands. Cost: 6 reais for adults/ 3 reais for Seniors (above 60) / Children under 10 are free
  11. FORMER PRESIDENTIAL RESIDENCE OF EX – PRESIDENT GETULIO VARGAS – A small Colonial type house, used as the Presidential Residence when Rio de Janeiro was the Capital of Brazil. The gardens behind the house are beautiful, well-kept and provide a peaceful feel. It is very easy to get there, as Catete Metro stop is right beneath the house. Cost: 6 reais on Wednesday Free Admission
  12. ANTIQUE FAIR – This fair happens only once a month, on the first Saturday of each month. Located all along Lavradio street this fair attracts even locals. With antiques, artwork, vintage clothes and even souvenirs! Although crowed it is a wonderful experience. Cost: Free Admission
  13. ILHA FISCAL- Commissioned by the last emperor of Rio de Janeiro, Pedro I, the building was built to resemble a European Castle. It was used as Rio de Janeiro’s customs checkpoint being the only naval access into Rio. The last imperial ball was held there less than a week before Brazil was declared a Republic. Cost: $ 25,00 reais
  14. JOCKEY CLUB- Built in 1926, and located in Gavea, close to the botanical gardens, the Jockey club not only has a wonderful track and view of the Christ statue, but the architecture that will transport you back in time. The club does have a dress code that they uphold to: men must wear pants, a shirt with sleeves and at least tennis shoes. Women, should dress at the very least casually. T-shirts are ok to wear.  If you have bet on horses before, the betting is fairly easy to understand, and very inexpensive to participate. In addition to the live racing, there are televised races from around the world. Cost: Free Admission
  15. MOSTEIRO DE SÃO BENTO- The monastery was founded by Benedictine monks who came from Bahia in 1590, and until the monastery was built, resided in a simple inn close to the hill on which the monastery now sits upon.  In 1617, the monks finally had enough funds to build the monastery, however,, only in 1633 did the baroque style church start being built, only to be completed 122 years later, in 1755.  Although, the facade of the church looks simple the inside is ornately covered in gold leaf gilding. There is a traditional Sunday mass that starts at 10am with Gregorian chanting. If you do not arrive by 9:30 there will be standing room only.  Cost: Free Admission
  16. MUNICIPAL THEATRE – Built at the beginning of the 20th century this opera house was designed in a diverse style inspired by the Parisian opera house Opera Garnier.  The theatre’s interior is as extravagant as it’s facade, with sculptures, paintings, a majestic drop curtain, and stunning foyer ceiling. The theatre’s restaurant, Assírius, is located on the ground floor and designed in a remarkable Assyrian manner.  Being located in front of the Cinelandia metro station, allows this theatre to be extremely accessible. Although there is a dress code, it usually is not rigid, no shorts or flip flops are allowed. Guided English tours are available at 2pm on Tuesday – Friday and at 12 pm on Saturdays and holidays. Cost: Guided tour $20 reais
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  17. PAQUETÁ –  Paqueta was once occupied and claimed as a French discovery by King Henri II  in 1556.  Along with another island in the Bay, it played a key role in the French resistance against the Portuguese. Now, Paqueta is a quiet island, with no cars. The only transportation on the island is bicycle (there are hundreds you can rent), horse-drawn carts, or walking. It’s a wonderful place for a romantic walk. There are small restaurants on the island that you can eat at or there are places to have a picnic. To get there you have to get a boat downtown that takes you to the island. The boat ride is about an hour. Cost: Ferry tickets are 12 reais round trip.
  18. PARQUE LAGE – A public park with a mansion that was formally the residence of Henrique Lage, Brazilian industrialist, and his wife, opera singer, Gabriela Bezanzoni. With beautiful gardens, hiking trails and a view of the Christ the redeemer statue, this park is perfect to escape from the city for a few hours and enjoy nature. There is a wonderful café inside the mansion that serves brunch on Sundays.  Cost: Free Admission
  19. REAL GABINETE PORTUGUES DA LEITURA-  Built in 1880 with Emperor Dom Pedro II  laying the first stones and only finishing in 1887 when it was inaugurated by his daughter Princess Isabel and her husband the Gaston d’Orléans. Open to the public since the 1900’s, this royal library owns the largest collections of Portuguese literature outside of Portugal. With over 350,000 books by both international and national authors. In July 2014, it was voted, by Time Magazine, number 4 out of 20 for the most beautiful libraries in the world! Cost: Free Admission
  20. SÃO CRISTOVÃO FAIR –  Rio has a large population of Brazilians from the Northeastern states, and this fair represents their culture. With over 700 stalls all influenced by their culture, there is something for everyone at this fair; food, crafts or even dancing and the music. The food is authentic Northeastern food, filled with spices. Come hungry as portions are big and usually can be shared. There are Forró bands  (genre of Brazilian music that is originally from the Northeast, usually has an accordion and triangle), that play while people dance all through the night.  (The best ones are on small stages)The fair is open from 10 am on Friday to 9 pm on Sunday. It is a partially covered fair so we recommend going only if it isn’t raining!  Cost: Admission = 4 Reais Food = usually between 40- 50 for 2/3 people

Best Restaurants Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is full of great restaurants so it’s extremely hard to pick the city’s best! For the Best Restaurants Rio de Janeiro TGW Travel Guide, we analyzed the restaurants from our staff’s personal experiences as well as online reviews from various sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor & others. Yes, you will always find those people that were at the restaurant on a particularly off day or the worry-warts that don’t seem to like anything, but we visited these Rio de Janeiro restaurants and give them our TGW Approval!

The list includes moderate to high-end Rio restaurants. The number 1 aspect we looked for was the quality of the food and of course the service! Keep in mind that these restaurants have starting entrees of US$20 to US$40. If you are looking for great economical restaurants, check out our Rio Restaurants that Don’t Break the Bank Guide.

Here’s a quick list of some of the Best Restaurants in Rio de Janiero. If you want to see the full list, provide your info and we’ll email you the full guide.

  1. When thinking of breathtaking views and good French food there is only one place TGW can think of, L’ETOILE. We love the air of sophistication, exclusivity and it´s international cuisine.
  2. When you think of Brazilian Food, you automatically think of Brazilian Steakhouses! Fogo de Chão is Rio’s best Brazilian Steakhouse with 2 locations – one in Zona Sul and the other one in Barra de Tijuca.
  3. With its dim lighting, delicious food, and phenomenal service, Sá Restaurant has the ambiance required for a romantic dinner. Located at one of Rio’s top hotels – The Miramar Hotel by Windsor this restaurant will not disappoint!

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Handy Brazilian Portuguese Phrases for Travelers

Traveling to a different country and knowing a little bit of the language or at list the basics to get by is key! In Brazil, Portuguese is the language spoken so before the trip it’s always good to brush up on some Portuguese or at least print out our Brazilian Portuguese Guide – Handy Brazilian Portuguese Phrases for Travelers! Although Brazil is a very touristy country and Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited destinations in South America, English isn’t as widely spoken as you think.

Our Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book is divided into the following sections:

  • Common Portuguese Phrases
  • Numbers & Days of Week
  • Taxis & Transportation
  • Bar & Restaurant Vocabulary
  • Shopping

The 5 page guide gives you the basics of what you need, but one of the great things about booking with TGW Travel Group is that we have contracts with incredible suppliers for your transfers and tours as well as having a sister office in Rio de Janeiro that you can call for any assistance! We make sure you have an incredible vacation in Brazil and have everything set up for you!

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Rio Restaurants That Don’t Break the Bank

Most of the travel guides you’ll find online for Rio restaurants are only for the top, fanciest ones. We wanted to mix it up a bit and provide you with recommendations for Rio restaurants that offer a good value and won’t break the bank. These restaurants are frequented by locals and recommended by local staff in Rio. Rio de Janeiro has 1000’s of restaurants so it’s hard to pick the top 10, but we chose them based on their proximity to the South Zone (Ipanema/Copacabana) where most of you will stay, overall value and local recommendations.

  1. Balada Mix  is a perfect option if you are looking for delicious and healthy meals with a laid back environment. The perfect place for a Sunday Brunch! The juices are always freshly made; we recommend the Fruta de Conde (sugar apple) juice………
  2. TT Burger is Rio’s US$10 (35 R$) Burger and stacks up to the ten dollar burgers in the US. It’s the perfect place to hit after a long day on the beach. It’s located in Aproador (between Ipanema & Copacabana beaches). It’s a small place and there is always a long line, but it’s 100% worth it if you want to taste a good Brazilian Burger…..
  3. Frederico is a small bar located in the heart of Copacabana. f you want a super cold beer with great finger food this is the place to go……
  4. Fazendola is a great option if you are looking for an all you can eat place for a great value. It offers an All-You-Can eat Pizza Rodizio and a great Sushi Buffet………

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Dennis W. Dallas, TX – TGW Travel Reviews

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“TGW is awesome! My friend and I went to Rio for Carnaval and had the best time. We weren’t sure what to expect after being warned about safety and zika virus, but those warnings were unnecessary. We felt safe with TGW the whole time. All of the guides were so welcoming and friendly. They were always available and gave the best recommendations for awesome bars and restaurants. This is the best tour I have ever been on. Most things were included, and I didn’t spend a lot of extra money except for some meals and shopping. The mixers were so well done and beyond any expectation! Well worth the money and one of the best experiences! I will definitely travel with them again!” TGW Travel Testimonials – Tanya W. Jacksonville, FL

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Rio de Janeiro Carnival Trip Video

Our 2016 Rio de Janeiro Carnival Trip was one for the ages! Check out the Rio de Janeiro Carnival Trip Video below.

Over 100 TGW Party-Goers from all over the world had the absolute  time of their lives! From the TGW Mixer at Rio’s hottest lounge, which turned out to be an all-nighter, to the OUTRAGEOUS parties at Rio’s Jockey Club and the World-Famous Maracana Stadium, the party line-up was incredible. We are all about taking our clients to the best Carnival events and most importantly to 100% UPSCALE, LOCAL EVENTS, which equals NO CHEESY TOURIST TRAPS! At all of the events, our TGW Crew got to enjoy their own VIP Areas and we were with them each step of the way with our Bi-Lingual Guides/Hosts making sure everyone had an incredible time as well as getting home safe! The 2016 Samba Parade, which was on the Sunday & Monday of Carnival, was extremely entertaining with the Mangueira Samba School winning it all! Keep in mind that if you don’t want any of the parties, you can substitute them for Section 9 of the Carnival Parade, which is the best section!

We can customize our Carnival Packages to exactly what you want and we also personalize the packages based on your age and preferences. 

What’s included in our Rio de Janeiro Carnival Travel Package:

  • Round Trip Airfare to Rio de Janeiro
  • 5 Nights Rio Hotel  Accommodation
  • Carnival Opening Party (Friday of Carnival)
  • 2 Exclusive Private Rio de Janeiro Carnival Parties
  • Tables/VIP Sections at all parties (if applicable)
  • Drinks nightly*
  • Company Guides/Local Staff at all venues
  • Transportation to events
  • Half-Day City Tour of  Christ Statue Rio 
  • 24 Hour On-Location Staff
  • Daily Breakfast Buffet
  • Airport Transfers in/out of Rio Airport
  • All Taxes & Fees

* Packages can be customized, as long as it is within the dates of the package ** We can provide airfare from any city in the world *** Samba Parade Tickets sold separately or can be traded in for the 2 parties & mixer, Learn More about the Samba Parade *** All Rio de Janeiro Carnival packages are 100% non refundable. *****Number of parties can be customized * 2 to 3 Drinks (often times more) are usually  included at most events. Final inclusions will be known 30 days before Carnival. Click HERE for Package FAQ’s

 

Pierre V. Age: 24 Cape Town, South Africa – TGW Travel Review

“To have experienced the Brazilian culture and see the most beautiful landscapes was a complete life changing experience! I would like to say a special thank you to TGW for the best experience anyone can ask for!!! Thank you TGW AND RIO for the BEST TIME OF MY LIFE !! TGW know how to show you the BEST!!!” TGW Travel Review – Pierre V. Age: 24 Cape Town, South Africa

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David W. Age: 33 Irvine, CA – TGW Travel Reviews

“TGW does it right! This Colombian trip was very enjoyable. I have traveled in the past with them on the Carnival Brazil trip, and they do not disappoint. This trip was no exception. Jennifer and Diego who were are guides and contacts for the trip, were more like our friends than anything else. They made sure we were taken care of and that we were having a great time. I made new friends and our group was not too large. We were able to stay together and experience all that Colombia had to offer. I will be booking other trip with TGW in the near future.” TGW Travel Reviews – David W. Age: 33 Irvine, CA

All TGW Travel Reviews and Customer Testimonials on toursgonewild.com are 100% accurate and made by real customers. All Reviews appearing on toursgonewild.com are received online via our Customer Feedback Form sent to all customers that have recently traveled with TGW Travel Group. All travel reviews / testimonials / success stories are the sole opinions, findings or experiences of our customers alone – and are not ours – neither in whole or part. TGW Travel Group does not “suggest” or “coach” the wording of them – and we do not pay for testimonials or reviews. This TGW Travel Review and other TGW Travel Reviews on our website are the personal opinions and individual experiences of those who have traveled with our company.