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We were picked up on time by the bus and Alex (our main guide) was very helpful in translating in English for us even at the stopover store to buy some snacks. The boat ride was pretty smooth and had about 150 people onboard. The stops were about 15-45 minutes for each island. The 1st stop being the shortest and the last one being the longest stop to have buffet lunch. We got to swim with schools of fish at one of the stopover island and enjoyed being immersed in the clear turquoise water even for a short time. It was also fun being on the boat with music whilst people danced and sang. I wish the time at the islands were longer than the commute but 4 islands is quite a lot to visit for a full day. We did return to Rio De Janeiro later & more exhausted than expected but it was totally worth it. This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Rio de Janeiro. Highly recommended for those who love being in the water and enjoy the islands!

The overall day trip was very enjoyable and fun. The pickup was prompt and right on time. We are then whisked away and dropped off in a small port with other group parties and loaded in a boat which could have limited the people in there because it was somewhat crowded & not everyone was wearing a mask for obvious reasons. The boat then stopped for a couple of times for swim time. The island stop was cool & the lunch buffet by the beach was not that bad. Alex the guide was super helpful & helped translate with the Portuguese language.

First of all our guide did a great job. Always friendly, informativ and speaks three languages fluently. The tour was great and I really enjoyed the different stops we made. Beautiful beaches, blue water and normal / good lunch. But there is one thing to mention which is a bit annoying: The description of the tour is wrong. The duration was not 10 hours as mentioned but 15 hours. The traveling time was MUCH to long. We drove 8 hours (without any traffic) and that was pretty long. If you don’t care about it this tour is perfect.

The booking was easy and the meeting point was easily found. Communication thru WhatsApp was no problem and replies were done in a timely manner. Our guides Jessie and Erica were lively and fun. They kept the party mood alive and was always willing to help. The islands were absolutely beautiful. Pictures don't do these islands justice. It's simply paradise. The third island stop was a wonderful and filling lunch. The dive mask/snorkel are a must. I highly recommend this tour.

The trip was reasonably interesting and provided a day away from the bustle of Rio. The historical information about Brazil and “the Peters” - Peter I and Peter II was good. The city itself is bustling and pleasant. We were not very happy with the lunch buffet. Our guide Tanya was excellent - full of information and energy and a great storyteller. She did a remarkable job of keeping things moving despite giving commentary in three languages!

Petrópolis: Imperial City Tour Reviewed by Carol, 02/19/2020