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

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.

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

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: Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Steps & Sugarloaf Sunset

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: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba

Rio: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba

Have a night out and experience the local culture on this pub crawl in Lapa, the most bohemian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Discover classic places frequented by locals and tourists, taste different flavors of cachaça, drink a free caipirinha, try some samba moves at a live concert and end the night in a nightclub with a DJ playing Brazilian and international rhythms. Do all this accompanied by a local guide who is an expert in the region (limited people per guide, ensuring that you'll always have a guide nearby taking care of all the fun and safety). Meet your guide and start the night at a classic cachaça bar and taste different flavors (at least 4) of cachaça, the main brazilian liquor. Then, move on go to the Arcos da Lapa, an iconic tourist spot in the city. Get to know the famous food and drink stalls and drink a free Caipirinha. Next, take a break to learn about the history and take pictures of the beautiful Selarón, a grand staircase made of colorful tiles. Continuing the party, go to a Samba bar with live music. Immersion in the carioca culture and get to know the local rhythms. Finally, visit a nightclub to close your night with a flourish. Enjoy Brazilian funk, pop, and reggaeton and have fun until the club closes.

Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa, the aqueduct used to connect water from Santa Teresa to Downtown and one of Rio’s most traditional postcards. At Santa Teresa, you will experience an interesting local atmosphere. Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. Located on a hillside, Santa Teresa has become a district of cultural interest because of its architectural value and prime location, famous for its winding, narrow cobblestone streets and a favourite spot for artists and tourists. A flair similar to Montmartre, in Paris. You will visit the Ruins Park, a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. Take a minute to enjoy the city’s landscape, in particular the Downtown area and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with the most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Among many remarkable constructions in the area, you will notice the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional theatre and opera house, as well as the Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil’s most important library. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo, a permanent member of all must-see cafés rankings around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decoration with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks – such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’) – or desserts – such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in what was one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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

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 (pick up only at some areas in Zona Sul)*. Your first stop will be at Christ Statue (ticket included) to avoid the crowd we arrive early there. 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 (not included) and then hit the road again, this time to visit Maracana Stadium from outside, then go towards the Centro to go to Cinelandia (Municipal Theater) from outside and the Cathedral (visit inside). Then finally we will visit the Selaron Steps at Lapa and Santa Teresa Neighborhood. At the end of your day you will be offered the option to be dropped off (in case you are not in the pick up cover area we will drop off at a meeting point) at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back at your hotel or hostel. *We board guests at the following locations: Centro- Meeting point at Lapa Flamengo/Gloria- pick up included Botafogo- Meeting point at Novotel Botafogo Copacabana-pick up included Ipanema- pick up included Leblon- meeting point at Ipanema

Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Selarón Steps Half-Day Tour

Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Selarón Steps Half-Day Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Copacabana. Start your half-day and drive up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Journey through a short and beautiful route through Tijuca Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world, before enjoying the incredible views of the entire city. When reaching the top of the mountain, visit the most famous tourist attraction in Brazil and get a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, 710 meters above sea level. Return from Christ the Redeemer and drive past Santa Teresa, the famous neighborhood located on a hillside known for its narrow cobblestone streets, unique cultural flair, and iconic yellow tram. Arrive at the neighborhood of Lapa, a hot spot of Rio’s nightlife and known for the Carioca Aqueduct, before visiting the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps. Take some photos at one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. This landmark was created when Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón began renovating the dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. This now-iconic site has featured in many famous magazines, newspapers, travel shows, documentaries, and commercials.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

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.

Rio de Janeiro: Half-Day Christ the Redeemer and City Tour

Rio de Janeiro: Half-Day Christ the Redeemer and City Tour

Discover the best of what Rio de Janeiro has to offer on this 5-hour city tour with a visit to Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado mountain. Admire not only the iconic statue but also the incredible views of the city from above. Start with a pickup in the morning from hotels located in the South Zone and make your first stop at Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a great jungle view while riding through the Tijuca Forest in a minivan and take in the stunning surroundings of Corcovado Mountain. Reach the peak of the mountain and see the statue of Christ the Redeemer with its arms right open over the city. Admire the sweeping views and take fantastic pictures. After going down from Corcovado Mountain, enjoy a nice walk outside the Maracanã Stadium. Find out more about the passion of the Brazilians for football. Then, 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. The 250 steps have become a monument and an icon of Rio and have more than 2 thousand pieces from more than 60 countries. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro to revel at the biblical passages on the stained-glass inside it. Afterward, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Rio de Janeiro Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Avoid the crowds with an early morning visit to Corcovado Hill and see the Christ the Redeemer statue before the masses arrive! Drive alongside Botafogo beach en route to the monument, passing the official residence of the state governor at the Palácio Guanabara along the way. Admire the manor houses of the old coffee barons in the upscale districts of Laranjeiras and Cosme Velho. Arrive at Tijuca Forest and stop at Paineiras to board the vehicles of the National Park Authority. Ascend to the top of Corcovado Hill for a 45-minute visit and some of the best views of the city. In the event of poor visibility on the summit, an alternative stop will be made at the Mirante Dona Marta (362 meters). Descend Corcovado Hill and head towards Sugarloaf Mountain, passing the Brazilian Empire relics of Largo do Boticário and Casa dos Abacaxis. Head back along Botafogo beach towards Praia Vermelha in the district of Urca, admiring the neo-classical buildings of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Institute Benjamin Constant for the blind and the National Institute for Mineral Resources. Arrive at the Sugarloaf Mountain cable car station and climb aboard the first cable car to go into service in South America. Ride up Urca Hill (200 meters) and continue to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (395 meters) to enjoy about 30 minutes at the top. Next, enjoy lunch in an Ipanema restaurant. There will be many different meal options at your disposal, so choose anything from Brazilian steakhouse fare or a light sandwich. You can also use the time to explore the Ipanema district. After lunch, visit the Maracanã Stadium, where the 1950 World Cup was held just after it opened. Discover the main arena of Rio Carnival at the Sambadrome. Journey along Avenida Presidente Vargas to see downtown landmarks such as the Central Railway Station, Duque de Caxias Palace, Itamaraty Palace and Campo de Santana. Continue along Avenida Passos to Praça Tiradentes, and admire the Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos da Lapa) that carries the trams from the city center to the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Travel down one of Rio's oldest streets on Rua do Lavradio, and then see the modern buildings of Avenida República do Chile. Go to the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral to marvel at a masterpiece of modern architecture. Next, visit the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa and see the Escadaria Selarón, where the vibrant green, yellow and blue colors of the staircase match the Brazilian flag. Enjoy a moment of peace at São Bento Monastery before traveling along Aterro do Flamengo to the admire the Museum of Modern Art, the Monument to the Brazilian Soldiers of World War II and the tiny church of Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro. Pass the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo before a drop off at your original starting point.

Escadaria Selarón: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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.

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

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: Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Steps & Sugarloaf Sunset

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: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba

Rio: Pub Crawl in Lapa with Cachaça Tasting and Live Samba

Have a night out and experience the local culture on this pub crawl in Lapa, the most bohemian neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Discover classic places frequented by locals and tourists, taste different flavors of cachaça, drink a free caipirinha, try some samba moves at a live concert and end the night in a nightclub with a DJ playing Brazilian and international rhythms. Do all this accompanied by a local guide who is an expert in the region (limited people per guide, ensuring that you'll always have a guide nearby taking care of all the fun and safety). Meet your guide and start the night at a classic cachaça bar and taste different flavors (at least 4) of cachaça, the main brazilian liquor. Then, move on go to the Arcos da Lapa, an iconic tourist spot in the city. Get to know the famous food and drink stalls and drink a free Caipirinha. Next, take a break to learn about the history and take pictures of the beautiful Selarón, a grand staircase made of colorful tiles. Continuing the party, go to a Samba bar with live music. Immersion in the carioca culture and get to know the local rhythms. Finally, visit a nightclub to close your night with a flourish. Enjoy Brazilian funk, pop, and reggaeton and have fun until the club closes.

Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa, the aqueduct used to connect water from Santa Teresa to Downtown and one of Rio’s most traditional postcards. At Santa Teresa, you will experience an interesting local atmosphere. Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. Located on a hillside, Santa Teresa has become a district of cultural interest because of its architectural value and prime location, famous for its winding, narrow cobblestone streets and a favourite spot for artists and tourists. A flair similar to Montmartre, in Paris. You will visit the Ruins Park, a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. Take a minute to enjoy the city’s landscape, in particular the Downtown area and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with the most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Among many remarkable constructions in the area, you will notice the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional theatre and opera house, as well as the Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil’s most important library. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo, a permanent member of all must-see cafés rankings around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decoration with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks – such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’) – or desserts – such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in what was one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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

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 (pick up only at some areas in Zona Sul)*. Your first stop will be at Christ Statue (ticket included) to avoid the crowd we arrive early there. 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 (not included) and then hit the road again, this time to visit Maracana Stadium from outside, then go towards the Centro to go to Cinelandia (Municipal Theater) from outside and the Cathedral (visit inside). Then finally we will visit the Selaron Steps at Lapa and Santa Teresa Neighborhood. At the end of your day you will be offered the option to be dropped off (in case you are not in the pick up cover area we will drop off at a meeting point) at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back at your hotel or hostel. *We board guests at the following locations: Centro- Meeting point at Lapa Flamengo/Gloria- pick up included Botafogo- Meeting point at Novotel Botafogo Copacabana-pick up included Ipanema- pick up included Leblon- meeting point at Ipanema

Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Selarón Steps Half-Day Tour

Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Selarón Steps Half-Day Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Copacabana. Start your half-day and drive up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Journey through a short and beautiful route through Tijuca Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world, before enjoying the incredible views of the entire city. When reaching the top of the mountain, visit the most famous tourist attraction in Brazil and get a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, 710 meters above sea level. Return from Christ the Redeemer and drive past Santa Teresa, the famous neighborhood located on a hillside known for its narrow cobblestone streets, unique cultural flair, and iconic yellow tram. Arrive at the neighborhood of Lapa, a hot spot of Rio’s nightlife and known for the Carioca Aqueduct, before visiting the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps. Take some photos at one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. This landmark was created when Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón began renovating the dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. This now-iconic site has featured in many famous magazines, newspapers, travel shows, documentaries, and commercials.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

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.

Rio de Janeiro: Half-Day Christ the Redeemer and City Tour

Rio de Janeiro: Half-Day Christ the Redeemer and City Tour

Discover the best of what Rio de Janeiro has to offer on this 5-hour city tour with a visit to Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado mountain. Admire not only the iconic statue but also the incredible views of the city from above. Start with a pickup in the morning from hotels located in the South Zone and make your first stop at Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy a great jungle view while riding through the Tijuca Forest in a minivan and take in the stunning surroundings of Corcovado Mountain. Reach the peak of the mountain and see the statue of Christ the Redeemer with its arms right open over the city. Admire the sweeping views and take fantastic pictures. After going down from Corcovado Mountain, enjoy a nice walk outside the Maracanã Stadium. Find out more about the passion of the Brazilians for football. Then, 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. The 250 steps have become a monument and an icon of Rio and have more than 2 thousand pieces from more than 60 countries. Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro to revel at the biblical passages on the stained-glass inside it. Afterward, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Rio de Janeiro Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Avoid the crowds with an early morning visit to Corcovado Hill and see the Christ the Redeemer statue before the masses arrive! Drive alongside Botafogo beach en route to the monument, passing the official residence of the state governor at the Palácio Guanabara along the way. Admire the manor houses of the old coffee barons in the upscale districts of Laranjeiras and Cosme Velho. Arrive at Tijuca Forest and stop at Paineiras to board the vehicles of the National Park Authority. Ascend to the top of Corcovado Hill for a 45-minute visit and some of the best views of the city. In the event of poor visibility on the summit, an alternative stop will be made at the Mirante Dona Marta (362 meters). Descend Corcovado Hill and head towards Sugarloaf Mountain, passing the Brazilian Empire relics of Largo do Boticário and Casa dos Abacaxis. Head back along Botafogo beach towards Praia Vermelha in the district of Urca, admiring the neo-classical buildings of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Institute Benjamin Constant for the blind and the National Institute for Mineral Resources. Arrive at the Sugarloaf Mountain cable car station and climb aboard the first cable car to go into service in South America. Ride up Urca Hill (200 meters) and continue to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (395 meters) to enjoy about 30 minutes at the top. Next, enjoy lunch in an Ipanema restaurant. There will be many different meal options at your disposal, so choose anything from Brazilian steakhouse fare or a light sandwich. You can also use the time to explore the Ipanema district. After lunch, visit the Maracanã Stadium, where the 1950 World Cup was held just after it opened. Discover the main arena of Rio Carnival at the Sambadrome. Journey along Avenida Presidente Vargas to see downtown landmarks such as the Central Railway Station, Duque de Caxias Palace, Itamaraty Palace and Campo de Santana. Continue along Avenida Passos to Praça Tiradentes, and admire the Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos da Lapa) that carries the trams from the city center to the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Travel down one of Rio's oldest streets on Rua do Lavradio, and then see the modern buildings of Avenida República do Chile. Go to the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral to marvel at a masterpiece of modern architecture. Next, visit the bohemian neighborhood of Lapa and see the Escadaria Selarón, where the vibrant green, yellow and blue colors of the staircase match the Brazilian flag. Enjoy a moment of peace at São Bento Monastery before traveling along Aterro do Flamengo to the admire the Museum of Modern Art, the Monument to the Brazilian Soldiers of World War II and the tiny church of Nossa Senhora da Glória do Outeiro. Pass the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo before a drop off at your original starting point.

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4.7
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Had an amazing tour with Victoria our guide, and Marcelo who drove us around and also provided wonderful tips about the areas we were in. Can't imagine a better day out to see Rio. We were picked up at our Airbnb in Copacabana on time. Communication was always given on confirming the trip details, how far they were, leaving times at every destination. Victoria knows the area so well. We were a group of 7 people and were joined in the transport by others. The transport was spacious and had the aircon on blast. Which helped tremendously with the heat and humidity. Learned so much about beautiful Rio!

Excellent tour, very fun and explained by Guía Helio, there were external inconveniences that caused the tour to be delayed. However, each of the mentioned parts was covered.

Our guide was absolutely amazing! Perfect timing on each place. The guide was also super nice and polite (and very patience) !

Vicky and Marcel shared lots of wonderful gems along the tour

Great trip! Good lunch buffet! Everything well organized.