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Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

1. 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. 

Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

2. Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a unique pub crawl through the neighborhood of Lapa and Copacabana. Stop at several bars, clubs, and parties while making new friends as you explore the city. Walk from bar to bar before ending at a club. When the pub crawl finishes, you are welcome to stay at the last venue until closing time. If you wish to go home, your guide will advise you on how to get back to your accommodation. This trip is recommended for couples, groups of friends, and people who want to enjoy good environments with lots of music, food, and drinks.

Rio: Museum of Tomorrow, AquaRio, and Olympic Boulevard

3. Rio: Museum of Tomorrow, AquaRio, and Olympic Boulevard

Begin the tour going to the Olympic Boulevard or Porto Maravilha, the city's port area that has been completely revitalized and where the newest tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro are located. Visit Museum of Tomorrow, a modern and technological applied science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for building the future of the planet and the human race. Observe and take photos in front of the unusual and futuristic architecture from one of the most visited museums in Brazil. Inside the Museum of Tomorrow, you will learn about opportunities and challenges that humanity will have to face in the coming decades from the perspectives of sustainability and coexistence. Then, make a stop for photos at the Kobra Mural - one of the largest graffiti murals in the world - created by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Observe five ethnic groups depicted realistically on a colorful background with geometric shapes. Last stop is at AquaRio (option with and without ticket to AquaRio included), the largest marine aquarium in South America. See more than 5,000 animals from 350 different species from around the world in 28 saltwater tanks. You will be able to see up close and even interact with an immense variety of fish, invertebrates, rays, sharks, and corals. Take a photo inside the main tank tunnel, where you will see animals passing over you! An entertainment show about nature for all ages!

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: 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, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Transfer to/from GIG Airport

6. Rio de Janeiro: Private Transfer to/from GIG Airport

Take the stress out of your airport commute by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from the International Airport - Galeão (GIG). Whether you are traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage, tailor your private transfer to your individual needs with this booking. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, a customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. Get picked up from the arrivals hall in GIG by your driver who will help you with your luggage. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, they will be there to greet you on arrival. A customer service line is available 24/7 to support you in whatever you need. So sit back, relax and enjoy the views of Rio de Janeiro.

Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

7. Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on a 6-hour guided tour of Corcovado, Selarón Steps, and Sugar Loaf Mountain and see it all! Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Corcovado Mountain through the Tijuca Rainforest. Ascend to the summit to see the 38-meter (128-foot) tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy spectacular views of Rio and its surrounding countryside. Then, travel back downhill to take a tour of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. Admire its charming architecture and go to the famous Selarón Steps made in ceramic by the artist Jorge Selarón. After that, head to the Sugar Loaf Mountain taking a ride through the charming neighborhood of Urca to take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf in two stages. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, from where you will get beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Continue to the summit for unrivaled views of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niterói.

Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

8. Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with an 8-hour city tour. Throughout the duration of this experience, you'll discover the city's most iconic attractions whilst enjoying the company of a bilingual local guide.Enjoy a lively day filled with popular attractions such as the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracanã Stadium (outside), the Selarón Staircase, and the historical downtown district. You'll also encounter both the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, along with the Christ the Redeemer Statue and other sights.Later, discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, which is home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. The tour follows a set itinerary for people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities seeking to discover the beauties of the city in the company of an expert guide.

Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful Sunset Boat Tour with a View

9. Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful Sunset Boat Tour with a View

Take a speedboat and make new friends while visiting some of Rio's most famous spots, and enjoy a beautiful sunset on an exciting sunset boat tour. Come along on this incredible experience to see the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro in a different way. Visit some well-known spots in Rio such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, a landmark peak located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. Learn about Copacabana, one of Rio's most lively and famous neighborhoods, known for its crescent-shaped beach. See Ipanema Beach, made famous by a well-known song, and the Cagarras Islands, a Brazil natural monument and wildlife refuge for a number of species. Explore and see more of Rio's famous sights, like Adao and Eva beach, and Santos Dumont Airport, and potentially see airplanes passing above the boat by speedboat. Take the chance to explore Rio's waters on two stops along the tour for diving, and enjoy the beautiful waters around Rio among beautiful landscapes and a unique sunset. Make new friends while exploring Rio and meet people from different places, not only from Brazil but abroad. Don't forget to bring your camera and take many pictures during this unforgettable tour.

Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG): One-Way Transfer to South Rio

10. Rio de Janeiro Airport (GIG): One-Way Transfer to South Rio

Save yourself the stress of arranging transportation after a long trip with a private transfer service Galeão International Airport to your accommodation Copacabana, Leblon, or Ipanema in south Rio de Janeiro. Travel in a spacious vehicle that has been maintained to the highest safety standards. Be contacted on the day before your flight with the customer service number and your driver's information. The transfer service will track your flight information and be waiting for you whether your plane arrives on time or is delayed. Meet a receptionist who will be holding a board with your name on it in the arrivals hall of the airport. Get help with your luggage and board a comfortable and air conditioned vehicle. Sit back and relax on smooth drive to your destination.

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What people are saying about Ipanema

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 360 reviews

Had an amazing time exploring the city on a guided tour. As foreigners my friends and I weren’t sure where to explore for nightlife. Júlia was an awesome tour guide and gave us some insight on the city as well as great local bars and clubs that we went to. We met lots of new people while out, and made new memories we will cherish for years to come. A fantastic experience that I would definitely recommend and do again if I come back to Rio.

The experience was truly amazing! Besides the delay (i.e., we were supposed to start at 11:00 but ended up starting at 13:30) everything else went well. The views from the top are spectacular!

Vale la pena hacerlo, conocer la ciudad desde el cielo y disfrutar de sus paisajes. Toman todas las medidas de seguridad para que realices la actividad tranquilo.

It was the best experience ever, the pilot was funny and made sure that we felt secure and safe. Great choice!

Perfect nighlife tour, thank you Mayra for showing us an amazing evening!