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Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

1. Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

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

2. 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 de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

3. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Explore a favela of Rio de Janeiro on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of locals on this tour that is focused on education. Get a different perspective on life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a local guide. Start your favela tour with a pickup from one of the meeting points in Copacabana or Ipanema beach. Journey to the Rocinha Favela for the start of a walking tour at approximately in the afternoon. Follow your local guide through the favela and learn more about what it is like to live there. Rio's favelas are a big part of city life and the non-intrusive tour aims to educate you in a way that pays respect to the locals. Give back to the locals as part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future.

Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Full-Day Tour

4. Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Full-Day Tour

Discover the hidden treasure of Angra dos Reis on this guided tour. Explore the spectacular bay, home to over 365 islands and about 40 beaches, making it one of the most renowned destinations in Brazil. Visit Ilha Grande, the largest island in the region. Experience the crystal-clear blue-green waters, coral reefs, and rich marine life of Ilha Grande. Some of the most coveted beaches and islands include Lagoa Azul, Lagoa Verde, Praia Cataguazes, Praia de Freguesia de Santana, and Praia de Japariz, where customers can enjoy a delicious lunch. *Note that we do not stop at every island; some will only be seen panoramically.

Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

5. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep and discover a tropical forest in a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the importance of the reforestation process of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Continue with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail to learn more about and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys, and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Rio de janeiro: Helicopter Tour

6. Rio de janeiro: Helicopter Tour

Meet at Jacarepaguá Airport, in Barra da Tijuca and take a scenic flight over the Marvelous City lasting 20 or 25-minutes. 20-Minute Flight: Fly over the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, and Ipanema. Take in beautiful views as you travel over Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Jockey Club, Botanical Garden, and Christ the Redeemer. 25-Minute Flight: Fly over the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, and Arpoador. Travel over the Copacabana Fort, Urca, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Jockey Club, Botanical Garden, and Christ the Redeemer. Bring a lot of joy and enthusiasm for an amazing and unforgettable tour. Avoid heavy meals and don't forget your identification document. Attention: The flight time is only ESTIMATED, once our flights are based on route not time!

From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

7. From Rio de Janeiro: Shuttle to/from Abraão on Ilha Grande

Enjoy a convenient shared transfer to Angra dos Reis from your accommodation or the airports in Rio de Janeiro. Get transferred to a flex boat that takes you the final stretch to Abraão on Ilha Grande in only 40 minutes. Choose a transfer in either or both directions according to your needs.   The service from Rio to Ilha Grande runs 365 days a year. Departure available from Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels (Flamengo, Botafogo, Copacabana, Leblon, Centro, Lapa and Ipanema), as well as from Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU. You will be taken to the Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis, and by flex boat to Abraão Village in Ilha Grande.  The service from Ilha Grande to Rio also runs 365 days a year, from Abraão Village to Santa Luzia Pier in Angra dos Reis. There, a local driver will be waiting for you to take you to Rio. Drop-off is possible at Rio de Janeiro South Zone Hotels, as well as Galeão International Airport-GIG or Santos Dumont Airport-SDU

Rio: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

8. Rio: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour with Local Guide

Experience authentic living in Rio de Janeiro, on a guided tour of Rocinha. Appreciate local culture and a completely unique way of life in a city plagued by hardship and neglect. See how citizens use art, music, and community to create a positive atmosphere in this special Brazilian neighborhood. Follow your local guide to feel a sense of belonging in this tightly knit area. Learn about generational stories from residents, how they care for their home and their people. Discover street art decorating the buildings that cover the hillside, and grab a snack from one of many local vendors. Admire gorgeous views of the cityscape as you climb the high streets, and see as far as Christ the Redeemer. Notice the respect and kindness that locals have for each other and for tourists so they can protect and develop their beloved community.

Rio: Tijuca National Park Caves and Waterfall Hiking Tour

9. Rio: Tijuca National Park Caves and Waterfall Hiking Tour

Feel the vibe of the must-see Tijuca Forest in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, a city world-famous for its stunning views and landscapes. Explore the best spots of the largest urban forest in the world on this 5 hours guided tour, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels or flats in Rio's City Center, Barra or South Zone. The tour includes an experienced guide who will take you to the best spots in the park such as the biggest waterfall (Cascatinha Taunay) and the Vista Chinesa viewpoint. Along the way, you will also learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area, as well as the park's various conservation efforts. The tour typically lasts about five hours, and is a great way to explore one of the most beautiful and diverse areas of the city. Hike to a delightful secret cave and falls and at the end make a stop at São Conrado Beach to see the hang gliding and paragliding landing spot. Throughout your tour, we try to spot some of the local wildlife. On most days, you can see some animals like: small mammals, birds, insects and snakes.

Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

10. Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Botanical Garden & Tijuca Forest Tour

Experience the diverse nature of Rio de Janeiro up close. Begin your tour at the Botanical Garden and visit the Sensory Garden. See the Brazilwood tree after which the country is named, the Turtle Lake and floating giant water lilies. Walk through the bicentenary imperial palm trees as you go to the Orchidarium and Bromeliad house.   Then, climb up to the Vista Chinesa gazebo and enjoy a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro with mountains, forests, and ocean at 388 meters (about 1,273 feet) above sea level. In the distance, you can also clearly make out Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.   Next, go on an adventure through Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world. Gaze up at the Taunay Waterfall and follow a simple trail as you learn more about the Atlantic Forest, its flora and fauna.   Once back in the vehicle, pass by the famous São Conrado beach to observe the hang gliders and paragliders. Take in breathtaking panoramic views on route back to the hotel.

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I had the best half day of my Rio trip with Tania as my guide. She is a nature lover and has hiked many of the trails around Rio. She is very knowledgeable about the area and the favella and Rio information. I felt well cared for and safe at all times. She hiked at my speed which I really appreciated. Tania is a kind and genuine person with a love of the city. She is also a talented photographer, taking amazing photos for me. Highly recommend Tania.

Amazing experience - would recommend everybody! Sometimes you have to wait a little, so take your time. But the experience is amazing!!!!

Very interesting, Carlos was able to bring a social and human dimension to the visit. We were able to talk about everything.

Our guide was amazing, explaining the workings of the Favela and showed us the real side of Rio

Carla was so friendly. It was a pleasure to have her as a guide. We had a good time. Thanks