Sights of Rio Grande
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: RGR-001
Begin with a scenic drive through the downtown area of Rio Grande, past the heart of the city, where the majority of the most elegant and historical buildings are located. Established in 1737 by the Portuguese, Rio Grande is the only seaport of the Brazilian State and the most important trading center due to its strategic location.
Your first stop is a visit to Alfandega, the Customs House, a neo-classic style building built by the Emperor Dom Peter II in 1879. Stroll to the oldest Cathedral of the State, Cathedral Sao Pedro, constructed in Baroque style and erected by the Portuguese in 1775. Continue on to the Museum of Sacred Art at the Chapel of the St. Francisco, which holds several important pieces, some from the legacy left by the Jesuits and some from a private collection acquired by the Government.
Next, your guide will take you to the Praca Tamandare, where you will view several art sculptures. Then visit the Oceanographic Museum and view its collection of rare and unusual species of invertebrates, fish and mollusks. As you make your way back to the pier, view the Molhes da Barra, a rock and cement defense constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of walking on mostly flat surfaces and is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Lightweight clothing and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.