Rio de Janeiro
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Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro Day Trips

  • From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

    1. From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

    Relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Angra dos Reis. A quick pit-stop on the road will be made to use bathroom facilities and buy a snack. Upon arrival in the docks, enjoy a schooner ride through the hundreds of islands of Angra dos Reis.  Marvel at the beauty of the most famous island of it all: Ilha Grande. Revel at the crystal clear water and rent a snorkel on the spot to see the different species of fish. After, devour the buffet lunch in a fishermen’s village. Explore four to five different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon, Saco do Céu, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The knowledgable captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather.

    Most comfortable trip ever: Luisa is downright a sweetheart who knows whats up. From the coach driver to the ship captain and the staff are extremely nice.. I cannot describe in words how beautiful the whole area is!! I'm very glad I booked this trip. Also would 1000% recommend snorkeling and getting your pics!!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

    2. Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

    Benefit from pickup from your hotel, São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor. Then take a 15-minute jeep ride into Tijuca National Park, arriving at the Pedra Bonita Ramp, 1,700 feet (520 meters) above sea level. After a safety briefing and a rehearsal, it's time for takeoff.   Take the leap and experience incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio’s famous beaches, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay and much more. Your tandem flight ends with a smooth landing on the beach at São Conrado and the entire adventure will be captured by GoPro cameras attached to the wing. Enjoy an unforgettable sightseeing experience in Rio de Janeiro.

    The entire experience was epic!!! Beto and his team are extremely well organized, professional, and also so much fun! From pickup to drop off, I felt like I was on a journey of a lifetime! Beto, thank you for making my flight so enjoyable and personalized!!! I will be back!

  • Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

    3. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

    Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep where you will discover a tropical forest in the middle of a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the history of the reforestation process and the importance of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forrest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Your tour continues with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail where you will learn more and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in ...

    Good trip but make sure to do it with good weather as we were very unlucky we had fog and rain we couldn’t see most of the things. Henry the guide was very good and we learned about the rainforest and life in Brazil.

  • 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 photographed and recorded on cameras attached to the glider so that you can share your adventure with your friends and family back home. 

    It was a great experience. Scary at first but worth it. My instructor was very helpful and patient with my boyfriend and I.

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

    5. 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, you’ll 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...

  • From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

    6. From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

    Enjoy an early morning pickup from Rio and relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Arraial do Cabo. A quick pit-stop on the road is made to stretch the legs, have a bathroom break, and buy a snack. Explore the Arraial sea which is special for a very particular reason. In the region, there is the phenomenon of a resurgence, which brings to the surface deep waters rich in marine life. The abundance of food turns Arraial into one of the best diving spots in the country, with clear waters and lots of life. Leave the bus upon arrival in the docks of Arraial do Cabo, around 10:00 AM, and hop on the schooner. Enjoy a schooner ride through the best beaches of Arraial do Cabo. Marvel at the waters in shades of green and blue, ready for a swim. Explore 4 different stops in places like the Forno beach, the Praia do Farol, or famous Atalaia beach. Take in the panoramic view of the Blue Groot, a h...

  • Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

    7. Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

    Visit the city of Armação dos Búzios, located on a peninsula on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro, during this 12-hour excursion. Búzios grew from a fishing village into a charming tourist destination after a visit by the renowned French actress Brigitte Bardot in 1964. Take a walk in Búzios with your guide and enjoy a schooner ride that passes the main Búzios beach. Enjoy a lunch buffet at one of the best restaurants the city. You’ll have a choice of meat, fish or chicken, with an option for vegetarians. On the schooner ride you’ll see Bones Beach, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, Tartaruga, Boi and Rasa.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

    8. Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

    Marvel at the scenery of Rio de Janeiro, the Marvellous City, on a sunset sailing tour in Guanabara Bay. Admire the beautiful sunset, and savor all-inclusive drinks and snacks aboard your boat. Enjoy a small group tour for no more than 10 people, or opt to splash out on a private tour to make your experience extra special. Set sail from Marina da Glória and pass by 3 fortresses — São José, Lage, and Santa Cruz — on your way to Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Cruise past Oscar Niemeyer's striking Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy the views in Guanabara Bay. Then, sit back and appreciate the sunset over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Delight in scenic views of the city's most famous landmarks, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, as the sun sets on the horizon. Throughout the tour, relax with drinks on board, such as the famous Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, beer, ...

    This was absolutely wonderful, the guide ‘Marcelo’ is extremely friendly and welcoming, getting to the meeting point was easy, the boat was well equipped and had the most amazing staff. the drinks, the views, the pictures were all perfect to a point. I highly recommend this for anyone who’s in Rio de Janeiro! A truly unforgettable experience.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

    9. Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

    You'll start with a short briefing from some of the world's most experienced tandem pilots where you will learn about the take-off procedure and other important aspects of paragliding. Then, take off with your pilot over the edge of the mountain to paraglide smoothly through the tropical air. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility only possible with non-motorized, open-air flight. After enjoying the beautiful views over Rio de Janeiro, you'll land smoothly on São Conrado Beach. You'll also receive the exclusive pictures and videos taken during your adventure to share with your family and friends at home.

    Amazing experience, Professional and fun crew which speaks great English, German and Portuguese

  • Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

    10. Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

    Ilha Grande is one of the most beautiful and well-known beach destinations in Brazil and receives a large number of visitors. On this tour, leave Rio de Janeiro, towards Ilha Grande on a trip of approximately 3 hours, with a snack stop along the way, arriving at Angra dos Reis between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. You then onboard a speedboat for Ilha Grande. Make between 4 and 5 stops to explore some of the most beautiful spots of the island such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases Islands, Botinas Islands, Green Lagoon, Japariz beach, and Saco do Céu. The stops can vary, according to the weather, sea condition, wind and the number of people on site. The intention is to escape the great boats and stops with many people, seeking to provide a more exclusive experience. Opportunities for a good dive, beautiful photos and moments of relaxation are not going to fail. After a day in paradise, begin you...

    Lucas, jesse, and calcao, not sure if i spelled his name right, were excellent guides. Had a blast during the boat ride. Just be prepared that its 3 hours away but works for sleeping.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 241 reviews

Most comfortable trip ever: Luisa is downright a sweetheart who knows whats up. From the coach driver to the ship captain and the staff are extremely nice.. I cannot describe in words how beautiful the whole area is!! I'm very glad I booked this trip. Also would 1000% recommend snorkeling and getting your pics!!

The entire experience was epic!!! Beto and his team are extremely well organized, professional, and also so much fun! From pickup to drop off, I felt like I was on a journey of a lifetime! Beto, thank you for making my flight so enjoyable and personalized!!! I will be back!

Great tour with a great tour guide. The English was very good and we could understand everything. Be sure to take the brewery tour with you.

Mary is amazing! She made this trip flow very smooth from the start! The places were absolutely breathtaking!

Amazing experience, Professional and fun crew which speaks great English, German and Portuguese