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Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

Go all the way up to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer by the Corcovado Train. The train rides through a railway inside Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world, making a unique view over Rio de Janeiro city. Enjoy an amazing ride on a train that takes you right up to the foot of the statue of The Christ, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and one of the most famous sights in Brazil. Besides admiring one of the most beautiful landscapes of the city, you will take a walk through Brazil's history. The Corcovado Railroad was the first electrified railroad in Brazil. Inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II, it is older than Christ the Redeemer itself. In fact, it was the train that, during four consecutive years, transported pieces for monument’s construction. Your visit starts on the century-old electric locomotive, riding across the preserved Atlantic Forest, part of the Tijuca National Park. At the foot of the statue of Christ, you'll be able to take in the most beautiful view over the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so special.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugarloaf Cable Car Official Ticket

2. Rio de Janeiro: Sugarloaf Cable Car Official Ticket

Discover the world-famous Sugarloaf Mountain with prebooked official tickets for the cable car, and explore one of Brazil's most popular attractions. Admire stunning views of Rio de Janeiro as you ride the cable car to the summit. Take incredible photos from the lookout point as you enjoy the panorama of the city and the ocean below. Make your own way to the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, and head directly to the ticket office to exchange your printed voucher. Board the next cable car up the mountain, riding in the fully-enclosed cabin as you take in panoramic views of the city, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay.  Disembark at the top, where you can spend as much time as you wish. There is a food court and restaurant at the summit where you can purchase snacks and drinks. Once you have finished exploring the summit, your ticket is valid for any returning cable car.

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

3. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

Rio's Carnival is the most popular and the best Carnival in the world! No wonder it was named “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Carioca Carnival is a cultural event, where freedom of expression dominates in a creative and fun way, represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and a street carnival. The official Samba School parades take place in Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by the most renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1983 with capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, one school will be chosen as the best of the best. More than 30,000 people perform throughout Carnival. Each school has between 4,000 and 5,000 participants. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Parade of Champions. Access Group In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. You will see 12 schools parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Vila Abrão (Ilha Grande)

4. Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Vila Abrão (Ilha Grande)

Arrive at Vila do Abraão (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Rio de Janeiro via car and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a quick and smooth ride on the FlexBoat and enjoy flexibility with daily departures. Start by getting picked up directly from your hotel, accommodation, or airport in Rio de Janeiro. After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 4-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Vila do Abraão to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. After arriving in Ilha Grande, meet a local guide.

From Foz do Iguazu: Brazil Iguazu Falls & Macuco Safari Boat

5. From Foz do Iguazu: Brazil Iguazu Falls & Macuco Safari Boat

Experience one of the must-see tours during your stay in Foz do Iguaçu. After being picked up from Foz do Iguaçu, start the tour with a 3-kilometer ride in an electric vehicle to the Iguaçu National Park in Brazil. Embark on a 500-meter hike through the woods towards the river. Climb into a special Zodiac riverboat and begin your adventure towards the base of the Iguaçu Falls. A tip, if you want the best views and picture opportunities, try to sit on the right side of the boat. Sail upstream and get close to the waves and the current caused by cascading water. With safety in mind, the specialized captain will make radical maneuvers as you sail up the Iguaçu River. Experience unforgettable adrenaline and emotions as you get splashed and admire this incredible natural formation. Make a stop at the observation deck above the mighty Devil's Throat waterfalls where you can admire the stunning cascade of water from a new angle. End the trip with convenient return transport back to Foz do Iguaçu. Upgrade your tour to include access to Bird Park where you can see an array of colorful bird species, and/or add a thrilling helicopter flight over the falls for the opportunity to view this natural marvel from an aerial perspective.

Rio de Janeiro: 6-Stop Highlights of Rio with Lunch

6. Rio de Janeiro: 6-Stop Highlights of Rio with Lunch

Start your adventure with a pickup in the morning from hotels located in the South Zone and head towards your first stop at Christ the Redeemer.  Enjoy great jungle views in the minivan ride through the Tijuca Forest that surrounds the Corcovado Mountain. Reach the peak of the mountain and meet the statue of the Christ the Redeemer with its arms right open over the city. Admire the sweeping views and take breathtaking pictures. Head to a nice walk outside the Maracanã Stadium and find out more about the passion of the Brazilians for football. Learn about the samba tradition in Rio by visiting the Sambadrome, the place with the biggest Carnival parade on the planet. Marvel at the beautiful street art of the Selarón Steps, a gigantic mosaic work of the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. He started dedicating himself to decorate the stairs in the early 90s. The 250 steps have become a monument and an icon of Rio. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro to revel at the biblical passages on the stained-glass inside it, following a stop for lunch in an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant. With the batteries recharged, there is still one place left.  Head to Urca neighborhood and marvel at the beauty of the Sugarloaf Mountain and be amazed by the cable ride to the top. From 220 meters above sea level take in the breathtaking 360-degree view of Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi, and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

From Paraty: Shuttle To/From Abrãao Village on Ilha Grande

7. From Paraty: Shuttle To/From Abrãao Village on Ilha Grande

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer to the fantastic Ilha Grande from your accommodation in Paraty or from Ilha Grande to Paraty. Choose 1-way in either direction according to your needs. From Paraty to Ilha Grande, get picked up at your hotel then head to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. From there, use your flex boat ticket to cross the water to Abraão Village on Ilha Grande. From Ilha Grande to Paraty, depart Abraão Village on Ilha Grande by boat and cruise to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. Your driver will be waiting for you to take you to your accommodation in Paraty.

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

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

Visit the islands of Angra do Reis on this boat trip from Rio de Janeiro. Sail through the archipelago of Ilha Grande. Disembark on the small islands to explore the beaches, browse the markets, and snorkel in the deep blue waters. Savor lunch on board and enjoy round-trip transfers from Rio hotels. 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 different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather conditions.

From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

9. From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

- Shared Transfer DOOR-TO-DOOR from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro. Shared transfer means you’re booking a seat on a vehicle, and will likely be sharing with others. - Fast Boat from Ilha Grande (Vila do Abraão) to Angra dos Reis. Passengers must arrive at the Pier 20 minutes before boarding time. The guide will identify all passengers, put on the wristband and direct them to the Top line at the main Pier in Vila do Abraão. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows us to offer fast and safe boat crossings to Ilha Grande while at the same time a smooth ride. The boat crossing takes up to 40 minutos. When disembarking from the boat, the driver will pick you up and direct you to the van that will be stopped in front of the Pier. - From Angra dos Reis, you will be driven 2 hours and a a half to Rio de Janeiro . Your ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival - depends on your final destination, and the route that will be taken to drop other passengers. In Rio de Janeiro, you will be dropped off at your hotel, accommodation or airport. - Daily departures.

From Foz do Iguaçu: Brazilian Side of the Falls with Ticket

10. From Foz do Iguaçu: Brazilian Side of the Falls with Ticket

Be dazzled by one of the great wonders of the world, Iguazu Falls, home to more than 270 breathtaking waterfalls. Start your tour with pick up from your hotel before heading to Iguazu Falls, located 24 kilometers from downtown Foz do Iguaçu. After passing through the visitors’ center, continue your tour to the magnificent Iguazu Falls. Take a 1-kilometer walk and marvel at the surrounding beauty. This walk offers you an amazing panoramic view of the falls and an up-close view of the Devil’s Throat Waterfall. Your tour ends at the top of Iguazu Falls, which can be accessed by stairs or the Panoramic Elevator. Then, follow the catwalk to the Porto Canoas Space, where you can see the Iguazu River.  After the tour, enjoy a meal at the restaurant or snack bar and take souvenirs from the handicraft stores. Finally, your van will be waiting to take you back to your hotel. Upgrade your tour for a private driver, the chance to observe incredible wildlife species at the Bird Park, and/or the opportunity to take a panoramic helicopter flight and see the region from a new perspective. All upgrade packages include all tickets and transportation.

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What people are saying about Brazil

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based on 9,373 reviews

Our tour was great! The pick up from our hotel was a little delayed, but I called as we were waiting and they gave us a new ETA, which was accurate and it was no big deal overall to me or my group. Once we were picked up, we began driving toward the Christ statue. On the way, Victoria was great about pointing out key building or facts about the buildings or areas we were passing by. She was very knowledgeable about the city as a whole and we really enjoyed hearing commentary on what we were driving past on the way to the main attractions. She even recommended dinner spots for us that we ended up trying and loving! It was definitely a great bang for our buck and we really enjoyed the entire day!

We really enjoyed our time. Juçara was very friendly and informative. She was happy to answer all our questions and we felt safe the entire time. To start the tour off, we took the bus to the favela, where we explored both main streets and small alleyways. We got to meet the locals living there and enjoy the breathtaking views of Rio from various viewpoints. Would recommend to everyone, such a unique experience.

Fernandes was wonderful. He speaks good English. He recommended a place for us for lunch and it was fabulous. That wasn’t even part of the tour. He goes above and beyond. Would definitely recommend this tour if you have a 6-8 hour layover at the airport.

It was very informational. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area as she was born there. Stopped at local shops to support the community. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants an amazing experience.

Short but nice! I would be more time in the stairs that they offer, because is one of the most beautiful places included in the tour