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Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron & BBQ Lunch

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron & BBQ Lunch

Start your tour in comfort, with convenient pickup from the main hotels in the South Zone (Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Leme) and Barra da Tijuca. Your adventure begins with an ascent to Corcovado Mountain, where you'll have the option to either ride by van or board the train, according to the option purchased, both weaving through the lush Tijuca Forest. At the summit, behold the awe-inspiring Christ the Redeemer statue, offering unparalleled panoramic views of Rio's breathtaking landscape. Continue your journey to the legendary Maracanã football stadium, known for its imposing architecture and storied history. Then, venture to the renowned Sambódromo, the vibrant venue of Rio's annual Carnival parade, where you can immerse yourself in the city's rich cultural heritage. Please note that both visits are external, allowing you to appreciate these landmarks from the outside. Explore the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, an architectural gem influenced by Mayan pyramids. Delve into the intriguing blend of ancient inspiration and modern innovation as you discover this iconic landmark on your tour. Immerse yourself in the vibrant artistry of the Selarón Steps, an extraordinary staircase adorned with colorful tiles from around the world. Named after its creator, Jorge Selarón, a Chilean painter and sculptor, this iconic landmark stands as a testament to his dedication and passion. Experience the array of colors and cultures adorning each step, making it a must-see destination in Rio de Janeiro. Choose to indulge in a authentic all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse, included in select options. Opt for the "Christ the Redeemer by Van, Sugarloaf, Selaron, BBQ Lunch" or "Christ the Redeemer by Train, Sugarloaf, Selaron, BBQ Lunch" package for a complete gastronomic experience. Following lunch, continue the tour with a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain. Please note that there are tour options available, some of which include admission tickets to the Sugarloaf. However, if this option is not chosen, clients will have free time during the visit. Enjoy the breathtaking views and iconic sights of Rio as you ascend to the summit via the iconic cable car.

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

2. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Explore a favela of Rio de Janeiro on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of locals on this tour that is focused on education. Get a different perspective on life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a local guide. Start your favela tour with a pickup from one of the meeting points in Copacabana or Ipanema beach. Journey to the Rocinha Favela for the start of a walking tour at approximately in the afternoon. Follow your local guide through the favela and learn more about what it is like to live there. Rio's favelas are a big part of city life and the non-intrusive tour aims to educate you in a way that pays respect to the locals. Give back to the locals as part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future.

Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Full-Day Tour

3. Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Full-Day Tour

Discover the hidden treasure of Angra dos Reis on this guided tour. Explore the spectacular bay, home to over 365 islands and about 40 beaches, making it one of the most renowned destinations in Brazil. Visit Ilha Grande, the largest island in the region. Experience the crystal-clear blue-green waters, coral reefs, and rich marine life of Ilha Grande. Some of the most coveted beaches and islands include Lagoa Azul, Lagoa Verde, Praia Cataguazes, Praia de Freguesia de Santana, and Praia de Japariz, where customers can enjoy a delicious lunch. *Note that we do not stop at every island; some will only be seen panoramically.

Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

4. Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

First, listen to a short briefing from the world's most safe and experienced Hang Glider tandem pilots. They will tell you about the take-off and other aspects of hang gliding before you get airborne. Then, glide smoothly through the tropical air after about 7 steps over the edge of the platform. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility. Enjoy bird's eye views of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Niteroi city on the other side of Guanabara Bay. Land safely on a sandy beach in São Conrado and enjoy some refreshments as you watch others come in to land. The entire activity will be video recorded on cameras attached to the glider so that you can share your adventure with your friends and family back home. 

Rio: Maracanã Stadium Live Football Match Ticket & Transport

5. Rio: Maracanã Stadium Live Football Match Ticket & Transport

Experience a live football match at the iconic Maracanã stadium, guided by an expert bilingual escort dedicated to ensuring you have both a thrilling and secure outing. Embrace the fervor that binds Brazilians as you cheer and sing in unison with thousands of enthusiastic fans. The Maracanã is a melting pot, where Brazilians from diverse backgrounds converge, united by an indomitable love for their teams. While the allure of the match is undeniable, navigating your way to the stadium can be daunting. Our meticulous planning ensures you can relish the experience seamlessly, with guidance every step of the way, ensuring you remain in sync with the event's tempo. Starting our journey from the Ipanema neighborhood, we'll private transport heading straight to the stadium. As you step into the Maracanã, be instantly captivated by the electrifying ambiance, the collective euphoria of fans, the live on-field drama, and the infectious spirit of participating in activities like "the wave". This immersive experience grants you the privilege of witnessing matches between Brazil's football powerhouses, Flamengo and Fluminense. These rival clubs not only play pivotal national and international matches at Maracanã but also share the honor of managing this iconic venue. Join local supporters, belt out the anthems, wave the flags, and root for the athletes. Along the way, you'll be regaled with tales of past legends and potential future stars of this hallowed turf.

Rio de janeiro: Helicopter Tour

6. Rio de janeiro: Helicopter Tour

Meet at Jacarepaguá Airport, in Barra da Tijuca and take a scenic flight over the Marvelous City lasting 20 or 25-minutes. 20-Minute Flight: Fly over the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, and Ipanema. Take in beautiful views as you travel over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Jockey Club, Botanical Garden, and Christ the Redeemer. 25-Minute Flight: Fly over the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, and Arpoador. Travel over the Copacabana Fort, Urca, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Jockey Club, Botanical Garden, and Christ the Redeemer. Bring a lot of joy and enthusiasm for an amazing and unforgettable tour. Avoid heavy meals and don't forget your identification document. Attention: The flight time is only ESTIMATED, once our flights are based on route not time!

From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

7. From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

Enjoy a convenient shared transfer to Angra dos Reis from your accommodation or the airports in Rio de Janeiro. Get transferred to a flex boat that takes you the final stretch to Abraão on Ilha Grande in only 40 minutes. Choose a transfer in either or both directions according to your needs.   The service from Rio to Ilha Grande runs 365 days a year. Departure available from Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels (Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Leblon, Centro, Santa Teresa, Lapa and Ipanema), as well as from Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU. You will be taken to the Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis, and by flex boat to Abraão Village in Ilha Grande.  The service from Ilha Grande to Rio also runs 365 days a year, from Abraão Village to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. There, a local driver will be waiting for you to take you to Rio. Drop-off is possible at Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels, as well as Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU

Rio de Janeiro: Vidigal Favela Tour and Two Brothers Hike

8. Rio de Janeiro: Vidigal Favela Tour and Two Brothers Hike

Explore the Vidigal favela and learn about the local community on a guided tour with a specialist guide. Then hike along the Two Brothers trail and admire the stunning views of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Start your tour in Vidigal, and explore the favela like a local with your guide. Use the transport system that circulates the neighborhood and rub shoulders with the local residents. Experience the warmth of the Vidigal community and get a better understanding of the social divisions in Rio de Janeiro.  Stroll through the forest and head to the first viewpoint. Gaze down over the urban sprawl of Rocinha and discover one of Latin America's largest favelas. Continue to the next viewpoint for a breathtaking view of Pedra da Gávea and Pedra Bonita. See Corcovado in the other direction before heading to the summit of Two Brothers Hill (Morro Dois Irmaos). Enjoy the sight of the famous beaches of Rio including Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana.

Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

9. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight, experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana.  Next, see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour, which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM..

Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

10. Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

This specially designed 7-hour tour around the city of Rio de Janeiro provides a unique chance to see the attractions of Rio de Janeiro with a professional English-speaking tour guide showing you all around. The day tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Rio. Your first stop will be at São Conrado beach where the hang gliders land after their take-off from Pedra Bonita. You will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains on the blue coast of the ocean. From there, you will visit Tijuca National Park and get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. This is the best spot to check how nature and the urban area can coexist, while seeing waterfalls, tropical plants, and wildlife. After that, stop for lunch in Ipanema, and then hit the road again, this time to visit Christ The Redeemer. Remember to bring your camera for the breathtaking photos of this memorable day. At the end of your Rio day tour, see the Escadaria Selarón or secret Lapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for ‘Beautiful’ with Pharrell Williams. Finally, you will be offered the option to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back at your hotel or hostel.

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Ed was an excellent guide with local knowledge. He brought us into the heart of the favela experience. He was extremely friendly and gave good advice throughout the tour. Ed clearly instructed the driver that there were two drop offs at people’s original pick up points - Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. The driver drove straight to Copacabana beach, missing our drop, and adamantly denied needing to go to Ipanema when questioned on it. It was a 3.9km walk back in the midday sun.

it was a fantastic tour, our guide, Douglas, took us to the most amazing places. You will be very Lucky if you get him as your guide on this tour 😃!!

Amazing. What a very interesting day experience. Definitely recommended if you want to know more about history in las favelas.

Samba class was really fun, Carla is a great instructor, patient and knowledgeable which made it easier to learn.

Monica did a great job and I was a very entertaining tour!