Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro Tours & Activities

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Steps & Sugarloaf Sunset

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Steps & Sugarloaf Sunset

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: 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 de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

3. 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. 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, covered in over 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle through Flamengo Park. 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. Savor a typical Brazilian lunch — included in the tour — at a local restaurant. The last stretch of the tour passes by the beautiful lake, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by hills clad with lush Atlantic rainforest.

Christ the Redeemer and Escadaria Selarón Half-Day Tour

4. Christ the Redeemer and Escadaria Selarón Half-Day Tour

Explore some of Rio de Janeiro's top sights with this fantastic guided tour. After being picked up from your hotel by your driver/ guide, you will set off for your first stop at Rio's infamous Christ the Redeemer statue. On your journey up Corcovado Mountain, you will pass through dense Tijuca rainforest to the 38-meter tall Christ the Redeemer statue. From the top, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Rio and the surrounding countryside. After descending back down the mountain, you will take a pleasant drive through the charming Santa Teresa neighborhood, where old Rio comes alive! Admire its stunning street art as you make your way to the amazing Selaron Steps. Decorated in ceramics artist Jorge Selarón, these steps are truly are one of a kind. Following your exploration of Rio, sit back and relax as your driver transfers you back to your hotel. Or, if you choose an option with a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain included, you'll then travel all the way to the top in 2 steps by cable car. At 395 meters, enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress, and several beaches of Niterói. Enjoy this magnificent scenery for about 45 minutes until you head back down to catch the van which will bring you back to your hotel.

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 de Janeiro: Christ Redeemer, Selaron steps & Sugarloaf

6. Rio de Janeiro: Christ Redeemer, Selaron steps & Sugarloaf

Explore the best of what Rio de Janeiro has to offer on a guided sunset tour. See the World famous Christ the Redeemer, visit Santa Teresa, Escadaria Selarón, and take in sunset views of the city from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Begin your tour with a visit to Corcovado Mountain. After a 25-minute drive to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue through the Tijuca Forest, take in the enchanting views of the city and surrounding countryside. Continue towards the Santa Teresa neighborhood where you will see its charming streets and its history by sight. Right after that, visit the famous Escadaria Selarón, before heading to Sugarloaf Mountain for the sunset. Board a cable car and head to the Morro da Urca station before continuing to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From there, marvel at the fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world while admiring Copacabana Beach from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Private Helicopter tour - Rio de janeiro in 30min

7. Private Helicopter tour - Rio de janeiro in 30min

Helicopter Flight - Classic Itinerary (25-30 minutes) Experience the best of your life by soaring over the marvelous city and discovering Rio de Janeiro's main attractions in under 30 minutes, all from a privileged angle. Departure Location: Jacarepaguá Airport - Barra da Tijuca Hangar 37, Street E - Emar Important: Make sure to check if the chosen option includes pick-up and drop-off service. Tour Itinerary: • Barra da Tijuca Beaches • Joá and Gávea Rock • São Conrado, Leblon, and Ipanema • Arpoador and Copacabana Beach • Urca and Red Beach • Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon • Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Notes: All points flown over will be sighted from the allowed distance, with the main highlight of the tour being Christ the Redeemer, where the helicopter will make one or two complete rounds. To conduct the tour, it's necessary for weather conditions to be safe and favorable at the scheduled time. There might be a route change in case of unfavorable wind or visibility conditions.

From Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights Helicopter Tour

8. 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 de Janeiro: Sugarloaf Mountain Hike and Climb

9. Rio de Janeiro: Sugarloaf Mountain Hike and Climb

Join the select few people who have hiked up the legendary Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) and experience Rio de Janeiro from a fresh perspective. Follow the same path that the first person to walk up the mountain used in 1817. Set off from the Pista Claudio Coutinho to reach a beautiful lookout with spectacular views of the entrance to Guanabára Bay and the city of Niterói in just 20 minutes. Then, brave the more technical trail and hike across stone ramps to discover some beautiful belvederes. Get the perfect introduction to basic rock climbing as you face the challenge of a 20-meter high vertical wall. Reach the viewpoint of the Pedra Filosofal to soak up the magnificent vistas of Copacabana Beach, Pedra da Gávea, and Morro Dois Irmãos. Continue to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain before the descent on the cable car back down Urca Hill.

Sugarloaf Mountain & City Tour with Metropolitan Cathedral

10. Sugarloaf Mountain & City Tour with Metropolitan Cathedral

Your tour begins with a drive through beautiful downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, the Metropolitan Museum, Cinelândia square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Passing through the Aterro do Flamengo , the largest park in Rio de Janeiro you arrive in Urca, home of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain , one of the major symbols of the city. Your visit to the top is made by two sets of cable cars, the first taking you to the top of Urca Hill which stands 215 meters high and overlooks Guanabara Bay and its many islands, the Rio-Niteró Bridge and Corcovado Hill, where you can see the statue of Christ the Redeemer keeping watch over the citizens of Rio. Your second cable car journey takes you to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain where panoramic vista's await and you can view such sights as the famous Copacabana Beach.

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4.7
(767 reviews)

Super organized, lots of information and lots to admire. The only thing we unfortunately couldn't see was the view of the valley at sunset because the Sugarloaf had simply disappeared in a cloud. But unfortunately you can't book the weather in advance.😩

A super morning seeing Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf mountain before the main crowds arrived. Super knowledgeable guide who clearly loved her job and was super enthusiastic with facts and stories.

Small group of 5 people plus a guide. The guide Igor's English was easy to understand. The tour started on time, was very informative, well organized and entertaining. Can only be recommended.

It was a great experience getting to view the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf mountain. A must do experience if visiting Rio. Sabine was also a very patient and knowledgable host.

João was a great guide. Very motivated, lots of information about the country and its people. Very interesting and varied!