ISCRAM 2016 - The 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response
May 22-25, 2016 | Pestana Rio Atlāntica Hotel - Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Tours in Rio


Rio de Janeiro, famous for its forest-covered mountains and golden beaches, will take your breath away with its dramatic scenery. Take a hike in the mountains and enjoy the colorful flora or visit one of the many architectural wonders offered in beautiful Rio. As an attendee of the event, you can take advantage of these exciting city tours.


Sugar Loaf

Ride through Rio's beautiful architectonic monuments, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, and ascend the twin peaks by a series of venturing cable car rides. On the first hill, called "Urca", walk around the flowered walkways enjoying the magnificent views. On the second hill, which is called "Pão de Açucar" (Sugar Loaf), admire the unique beauty of "Guanabara" Bay, "Niterói", "Copacabana" and "Santa Cruz" Fortress, a landmark of Rio's history. You will for sure be amazed by the awesome views.

Frequency: Daily departures in the afternoon
Approximate duration: 4h


Corcovado Mountain & Christ the Redeemer Statue

Reach the top of "Corcovado" by rail. A modern Swiss-made cogwheel rail climbs through "Tijuca" Rain Forest to the top of the mountain (710 meters). The cogwheel takes about 17 minutes, at a maximum speed of 15km/h on its way up, and 22 minutes, at 12km/h, on its way down. One of the most amazing views during this trip is the one of "Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas". At the very top of the mountain, carved in soapstone mosaic in the finest art nouveau style, stands the Christ the Redeemer, a 38 meters tall statue with arms outstretched as if it were blessing the city. Reach the statue by climbing a flight of steps quite steep. The above view of nearly the entire city is nothing but breathtaking.

Frequency: Daily departures in the morning
Approximate duration: 4h

Rio by Night

An evening excursion to the "Carioca's" (Rio's natives) favorite kind of restaurant - the "churrascaria". It's a meat eater's delight, where waiters bring over choice meats on skewers and cut slices of your choice.

After dinner, head to a rousing Brazilian Show of music, which can be experienced all year-round. The gamut of Brazilian rhythms can be heard, and the exotic costumes worn by performers are a sight apart.

Frequency: Daily
Approximate duration: 5 ½h

Petrópolis The Imperial City

Located about 800 meters above sea level, Petrópolis is Rio de Janeiro's city most sought as mountain Resort and fourth largest commercial center. It is chiefly a monument to Dom Pedro II, emperor of Brazil from 1831 until his exile in 1889. Emperor Pedro I, who purchased land in the spectacular Serra do Mar for a projected summer palace, first time Petrópolis was idealized in the 1830's. However, it was his son, Pedro II, who actually built the palace and the quaint town surrounding it. The idea was to maintain a refreshing refuge from Rio's wilting summer heat.

The highway linking Rio and Petrópolis is an engineering marvel. Its concrete bridges soar over green valleys and the road curves around mountain walls revealing magnifics views of the horizon. We will see: Quitandinha Hotel, Imperial Museum, Sao Pedro de Alcântara Cathedral, Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square), Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace), and Santos Dumont's Home.

Departures: Tuesday, Thrusday and Saturdays

Duration: 6h

Tropical Islands

A beachcomber's delight! This tour will take you for a 90 minutes bus ride to a southern fishing village, called "Itacuruçá", where you will board a schooner to cruise away from the "green coast" of Rio. You'll dock at an island where a buffet style lunch will be served. Enjoy the magnificent views or swim around. Stroll at the beaches, sunbathe and don't forget your bathing suit, sun block and beach towels.


Frequency: Daily, full day excursion
Approximate duration: 8 ½h

Historical Rio

Our expert guide will lead you through the colonial avenues, squares and back streets of Rio, explaining the important historical, political and social events that shaped Rio into South America's most exciting city. Focusing on the period or architectural style, fine examples of Baroque constructions would be the "São Bento" and "Santo Antonio" Monasteries, which recall the times when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. Already from the 19th century, the French influence is still shown by the "Teatro Municipal" (Municipal Theater) and the "Museu Nacional de Belas Artes". The city's cultural and artistic variety is exhibited on major cultural institutions such as "Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil" and the "Casa França-Brasil". Some other features of this tour are "Candelária" Church, "Praça XV" and "Arco dos Telles".

Frequency: Tuesday to Friday
Approximate duration: 4h

Jeep tour in Tijuca Forest

Ride by open off-road jeep to "Tijuca Forest" which covers an area of 3.200 hectares. Shelter to an enormous variety of birds and butterflies as well as "prego" and "sagui" monkeys the forest is also home to hundreds of species of wildlife and plants, many of them threatened by extinction, found nowadays only in the Atlantic Rainforest. It's historical attractions and enchanting spots such as "Cascatinha" waterfall, "Mesa do Imperador", the mammoth granite table used for Imperial picnics, and "Alto da Boa Vista" are well worth a visit. Located in the heart of the city, the "Tijuca" National Park is the largest urban reserve in the world.

Frequency: Daily, morning and afternoon

Approximate duration: 4h

Botanical Garden

The Rio Botanical Garden covers an area of 137 hectares, where 54 hectares are cultivated, and the other 83 hectares are still of native vegetation. The cultivated area is divided into 24 rows, 40 sections and 40 garden beds, totaling almost 6.000 species. Some of Brazil's existing ecosystems are represented in Rio de Janeiro's Botanical Garden, organized in characteristic settings. The history of the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro begins with the arrival of the Portuguese Royal Family to the country in 1808. Shortly after arriving, the Prince João VI acquired a piece of land, that belonged to Rodrigo de Freitas, and ordered the construction of an acclimatization garden for growing species brought from the East Indies. First, the garden was called Royal Orchard, then Royal Botanical Garden. For many years, only authorized people accompanied by caretakers were allowed to enter it. In 1822, the Emperor Pedro I opened the garden's gates to the general public.

Frequency: Under request

Approximate duration: Under request

Guanabara Bay

Board on for a schooner cruise over "Guanabara" Bay at "Marina da Glória" dock, in the downtown area. Enjoy the views of the "Villegaignon" Island and its fortress, the beach districts that surround the bay: "Flamengo", which is a result of the largest urban project in Brazil, "Botafogo", which features the Monument to Estácio de Sá who founded Rio de Janeiro city and "Urca", district where one of the most important symbols of the city lays - the Sugar Loaf. View "São João" Fortress, which marks the entrance of "Guanabara" bay and "Santa Cruz" Fortress, built in 1555. These two fortresses were built to protect the harbor of the city from eventual invaders. See also "Rio-Niterói" Bridge, the largest bridge in the world in terms of construction volume, and the imponent Contemporary Art Museum, which is a masterpiece of architecture for its flying-saucer-like design by Oscar Niemeyer, a worldwide famous architect. Already in "Niterói", visit the beach districts of "Flechas", "Icaraí" and "Charitas".

Frequency: Tuesday to Sunday in the morning

Duration: 3h