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Copacabana Beach: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights Helicopter Tour

1. From Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights Helicopter Tour

See some of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions from the sky on a helicopter tour. Fly by Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana beach, and more, marveling at them from your unique perspective. Take off over the skies of Rio de Janeiro and see iconic locations such as Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Maracanã, Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Soar in tranquility and leave the bustling city beneath you on this itinerary that will leave you with incredible memories of Brazil.

Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

2. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

Be picked up early in the morning to head to the most incredible landmark in Rio de Janeiro: The Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill. Start at Copacabana Beach and pass Botafogo Beach and the Palácio Guanabara, the official residence of the State Governor. See the old mansion houses of the coffee barons in the Laranjeiras and Cosme Velho districts. Arrive at Tijuca Forest and board the vehicles of the National Park Authority at Paineiras. Then, go to the top of the Hill to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and be amazed by the magnificent landscape. If you wish to visit Sugar Loaf, continue along Botafogo Beach to reach Praia Vermelha. Then, board the cable car to ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for a 30-minute stop to enjoy the views and its natural beauty. You can also choose to be dropped off at the same pickup point and enjoy the rest of your day. Upgrade your visit to include a downtown city tour and visit all of the well-known landmarks in Rio de Janeiro in a full day sightseeing tour.

Rio: City Sights Tour with Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf

3. Rio: City Sights Tour with Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf

Embark on a guided tour of Rio and see important highlights, including Christ The Redeemer and Selaron Steps. Ride a cable car to Sugar Loaf and take in the sunset views overlooking Copacabana Beach. Begin your tour with a visit to the Corcovado Mountain. After a 20-minute drive to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer through the Tijuca Forest, enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding landscape. This 710-meter-tall (about 2,330 feet) statue is Brazil's main monument and a World Heritage Site. Next, head towards the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and Selarón Stairs before reaching Sugar Loaf by sunset. Located in the Urca neighborhood, it is one of Rio's icons. Board a cable car and ride to the Urca Mount station before continuing on in a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf. At the top, enjoy the beautiful and panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world while overlooking the Copacabana Beach from the top of Sugar Loaf.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

4. Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

Choose from 3 different itineraries to best fit your time in Rio and your preferences. Explore some of the city's highlights on a small-group bike tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 3-Hour Urban Tour: Praia Vermelha, Botafogo & Lagoa Visit several of Rio's famous sites and some of its traditional neighborhoods on this tour that focuses on the southern part of the city. Start at Copacabana beach to experience where locals spend a large part of their social life. From there, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain to view its imposing vastness up-close, and make a stop at nearby Vermelha Beach, a tiny oasis of quietness. Next, pedal to the lively neighborhood of Botafogo to get a glimpse of the back lanes of Rio. This stretch of the bike tour will give you a closer look at how real Cariocas live when they’re not on the beach. Finally, head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and admire its surrounding green hillsides and fancy neighborhoods. • 4-Hour Panoramic Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Park & Old Rio Get a panoramic perspective of Rio on this tour that goes from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths, bike through the lively backstreets of iconic neighborhood Copacabana to Botafogo. There, pass by Rio’s “celebrity” cemetery, São João Batista, the resting place of several Brazilian presidents, writers, singers, actors, and renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Pedal on to the Bay of Guanabara along the beach of Flamengo, the site of the first European settlement after the discovery of the city. Continue to the historical center of Rio, with stops at Cinelândia and the bohemian neighborhood Lapa, well-known for its nightlife and the Selarón steps, 250 steps covered in more than 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle along the paths that wind through Flamengo Park, designed by famous Brazilian landscaper, Burle Marx. The last stretch of the tour will pass along Copacabana beach. 7-Hour Ultimate Tour: Urban Tour + Panoramic Tour + Lunch Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro in just one day. As well as exploring the popular South Zone, famous for the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, pedal through less well-known but equally fascinating neighborhoods such as Botafogo and Urca. After taking these in, head to the old city center where you’ll stop in the Bohemian quarter of Lapa. Take a step back to Rio's colonial past at the historic Cinelândia Square, and visit Jorge Selarón’s psychedelically decorated staircase to see how art can be truly public in this city. Savor a typical Brazilian lunch — included in the tour — at a local restaurant. The last stretch of the cycle tour passes by the beautiful lake, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by hills clad with lush Atlantic rainforest. Last, soak up lots of great views of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer.

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

5. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

Explore the top sights of Rio de Janeiro with a different take. Ride by speedboat and learn the story of the city as you pass by different spots. Make visits to places of your choosing like Copacabana Beach, the Cagarras Islands, and many more. Begin the tour at Urca pier by boarding your speedboat. Listen to your captain as you ride and hear a brief story about this wonderful city. Pass by all the major sights and make stops as you please. Find yourself at São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, just to name a few. See the underwater world, with diving stops made for you to enjoy even more.

Rio From The Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Lunch

6. Rio From The Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Lunch

Discover the beauty of Rio de Janeiro and see its spectacular sights during a cruise through the historic Guanabara Bay.  See Sugarloaf Mountain, the famous Copacabana Beach and Corcovado Mountain, home to the world-renowned Christ the Redeemer statue. During your return trip, you can choose to stop for an optional barbecue lunch, before continuing your cruise to take in the breathtaking views of the Rio de Janeiro coastline.   Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and this is the ideal way to see it.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Hike

7. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf Hike

Join this hiking trip to discover the two hills of the Sugar Loaf compound, one of Rio's most famous icons. Venture along the Costão Trail, reach the top of Urca Hill, and take in unbeatable views on a cable car ride. The Costão Trail, which will take you to the top of Sugar Loaf, requires a quick climb (15 meters/49 feet) that's considered easy by the experienced. All safety equipment for the climb is included. As you progress, take in views of Copacabana Beach, the Urca district, Guanabara Bay, Christ the Redeemer, and many more priceless sights. On the way down, hop on a cable car to Urca Hill (cost included for the first descent), then continue on a short and easy trail back to the beach. After 5pm, the descent from Morro da Urca to the beach is done by cable car (not included), due to the closing time of the trail.

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What people are saying about Copacabana Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 197 reviews

This day was beautiful! We (2 people) had booked the early tour with Christ, Sugarloaf and subsequent city tour (small group). All tickets were included in the price. Victoria is a great, very personable, funny and lovely guide who we had a very good chat with. We saw Christ under a bright blue sky, the view from there is indescribable. Even if the platform is full, it's definitely worth it! The subsequent tour to the Sugar Loaf was great: When the weather is nice, you also have fantastic views over Rio de Jainero from the summit! It's good to book the tour at short notice and check the weather beforehand, even though the weather in Rio changes quickly. Lunch was just fantastic! We went to a very good restaurant with a wide variety of food! The subsequent city tour to the Monastery of Sao Bento, Selaron Steps, Cathedral... Great! Thank you, Victoria!

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!

Amazing guide Sergio and driving flavio! Amazing view even with a little rain. Guide Sergio deserves 5+ stars, great at explaining and showing the history of Brazil. Absolutely booking with them next time. Not a bad thing to say

Excellent tour. Our guide Sergio was very informative and funny. we saw a lot in an efficient manner. Highly recomendable

Top notch tour! Everything was smooth and enjoyable. Guide was well informed and knowledgeable.