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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rail tours

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Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

Go all the way up to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer by the Corcovado Train. The train rides through a railway inside Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world, making a unique view over Rio de Janeiro city. Enjoy an amazing ride on a train that takes you right up to the foot of the statue of The Christ, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and one of the most famous sights in Brazil. Besides admiring one of the most beautiful landscapes of the city, you will take a walk through Brazil's history. The Corcovado Railroad was the first electrified railroad in Brazil. Inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II, it is older than Christ the Redeemer itself. In fact, it was the train that, during four consecutive years, transported pieces for monument’s construction. Your visit starts on the century-old electric locomotive, riding across the preserved Atlantic Forest, part of the Tijuca National Park. At the foot of the statue of Christ, you'll be able to take in the most beautiful view over the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so special.

Rio Essentials: Christ Redeemer & Sugarloaf Official Tickets

2. Rio Essentials: Christ Redeemer & Sugarloaf Official Tickets

Book your tickets in advance and visit both Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro at your own pace. Christ the Redeemer: you will have the chance to ride the century-old electric Cog Train locomotive, first electrified railroad in Brazil inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II. Riding across part of the Tijuca National Park, you’ll be able to take views of the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so unique. Sugarloaf: you will visit another historical Brazilian landmark since the first cable car was installed in Brazil, and the third one in the world. From the top, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Rio, while being surrounded by the local flora and fauna.

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

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

Discover the landmarks of Rio on a full-day guided tour, including pickup and drop off at hotels in Rio. Start with a visit to Corcovado Mountain. Ride by van to the top or board the train, both through the Tijuca Forest. Then, marvel at the main monument of Brazil, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, as you take in panoramic views of Rio. Next, head towards the mythical Maracanã football stadium and observe its imposing façade. Continue to the legendary Sambódromo where the annual Carnival parade takes place. Visit the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, influenced by Mayan pyramids. Check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps at Lapa, before enjoying a typical Brazilian steakhouse lunch. After lunch, visit Sugar Loaf. Take the cable car to the top in two stages and see one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Rio.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

4. Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Visit Rio's top attractions on this private tour. See highlights, including the Christ the Redeemer statue, the Santa Teresa neighborhood, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Travel through a rainforest by train to reach the Christ the Redeemer statue. Then, head to the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, where artists live and have transformed ageing mansions into creative studios and artistic hotspots. Stop at the Sambadrome, where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place. Travel to the historic center of Rio and stop at Colombo Bakery, open since 1894. Visit The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and drive past the bohemian Lapa District. Stop and explore the Selaron Staircase made of 215 colorful steps. Finally, take the cable car from Urca Hill and head to Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy views over Rio and its surroundings. End your day with transport back to your accommodation.

Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain Full-Day Tour

5. Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain Full-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Rio de Janeiro on a full-day sightseeing tour, with your choice of transportation options. Benefit from pickup at your hotel in the South Zone, and then journey past the beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. Cross the Santa Barbara tunnel to take a panoramic tour of the downtown area and see the Sambodrome and Metropolitan Cathedral. Make your way to Urca to board the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain in 2 stages. Look across Guanabara Bay and its islands and see landmark monuments such as the Rio-Niterói Bridge. Next, enjoy a traditional all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch of typical churrascarias or tasty vegetarian options.  Continue to Corcovado Mountain by van and visit the Selaron Steps, or catch the train from Cosme Velho station in Laranjeiras and make a visit to the Maracanã Stadium, depending on option booked. Travel through the dense Tijuca rainforest to reach the amazing Christ the Redeemer Statue, where panoramic views await at the summit.

Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Maracana by Train

6. Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Maracana by Train

If you have always dreamed of visiting Rio then this is the tour for you. Take a tour of downtown and learn a little bit about the city's history with a stop at the incredible Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next stop is Sugar Loaf Mountain. From Urca Hill and Sugar Loaf Mountain, you'll see some great views of Guanabara Bay and Niterói. You'll also see where the City of Rio was founded and where the fights between the Portuguese and French took place. For a break before Christ Redeemer, enjoy an appetizing barbecue lunch. If you are not a meat lover, don't worry, there are plenty of sides and alternative options for vegetarians. After lunch, make your way to Maracanã Stadium where you will take a lap around the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950 when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. Then, take a train ride up the Corcovado Mountain and sit beneath the Christ Redeemer Statue looking down on the marvelous city of Rio. Don't miss the chance to snap terrific photographs.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

7. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

Start your private Rio de Janeiro adventure with a drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Go to Corcovado Station and ride to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue by train. Relax on the 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest, and get a preview of the wonderful landscape that awaits you. Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, get a meet and greet at the main monument of Brazil and marvel at the 710-meter statue of Christ with his arms outstretched. Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and surrounding countryside from Rio de Janeiro's most strategic viewpoint. Follow your guide as they point out Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi and other highlights, such as the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the Botanical Garden, the Jockey Club and the Tijuca National Park. Look further towards Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo and the famous Sugar Loaf mountain. Descend Corcovado and continue your tour with an external view of the Maracanã Stadium, Mario Filho (which staged two World Cups and one Olympic Games). Visit the Sambódromo, the famous parade ares of Rio's carnival. Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral to observe its impressive and unusual architecture. Go to the brightly-colored Selarón Steps in Lapa, one of the most visited landmarks in Rio de Janeiro. Take time to lunch at a restaurant of your choice (not included). Head to the Urca neighborhood to ride the cable car to the top of the mountain in 2 stages. Board the cable car to Urca Mount, 224 meters above sea level, and then continue to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain, 395 meters above sea level. Here, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful panoramic views of the city before you return via the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana en route to your hotel drop off.

Rio: Maracanã Stadium & Christ the Redeemer by Rack Railway

8. Rio: Maracanã Stadium & Christ the Redeemer by Rack Railway

Make your way to Maracanã where you will take a lap around the outside of the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There, you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950, when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. Once the biggest stadium in the world, the stadium was used extensively during the World Cups and recent Olympics, and it's often used for local games and concerts. Next you head to the Cosme Velho Train Station to make your way to Rio’s major attraction: The Christ Redeemer Statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Ride the rack railway train from Cosme Velho station, through the Tijuca rainforest, and up Corcovado Mountain (maybe you'll see a monkey on the way up). The train ride ends at the top of Corcovado Mountain where you'll have about 1 hour to view the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue, the symbol of Rio de Janeiro for many years. Enjoy views across the whole of Rio and beyond and spot Ipanema and Copacabana from way up high.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 44 reviews

Despite being a rainy day, I decided to go to the top. The company staff was nice and willing to change the ticket if I wished to. The weather turned bright for a few minutes when we reached the top - making it a great visit. The train ride was beautiful

We had a great time in the private tour! We wanted to explore as much of Rio as possible during our short stay and felt like the tour did exactly that! The tour guide and driver were very kind and we had a great time. Highly recommend!

Great experience. Definitely a good idea to buy in advance. Once you get to the ticket window they Just verify your information. (Identification). I would recommend this to see the views alone. Breathtaking views of the city!

Great tour guide and excellent driver made the experience tailored to our wishes and very comfortable for us. Also the guidelines given ahead of time made sure we could manage through efficiently long lines eventually.

The tour was excellent. Our guide Geasa was absolutely friendly, on time and helpful. The places was great.