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Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch

1. Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and 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.

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Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Stairs & Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

2. Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Stairs & Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

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.

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

3. 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 and have more than 2 thousand pieces of 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, 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.

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Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

4. 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.

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Rio: Cariocando Tour with Visit to Christ the Redeemer

5. Rio: Cariocando Tour with Visit to Christ the Redeemer

Spend the day touring Rio’s neighborhoods, the home of bossa nova. Be guided round some of the most well-known sights, including Christ the Redeemer, with your south-side hotel pickup and drop-off included. Start your day with a hotel pickup for south-side accommodation. After meeting your guide and group, head to the first stop. First up is a visit to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, entry tickets included. Be amazed by breathtaking panoramic views of the city from the top of Corcovado Hill during your journey to the statue. Next up is a visit to the outside of the famous Maracaña Stadium, home to many a World Cup match. Learn a little more about this important world-famous symbol while taking in its façade. Discover the samba catwalk by visiting the Sambódromo, where the biggest popular party on the planet takes place. Then, the next stop is the Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. Take in its unique architecture that attracts the attention of those who pass by — it boasts colorful stained glass windows 60 meters high all the way up to the dome. Next, marvel at the beautiful street art of the Selarón Staircase, a gigantic mosaic work by the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. With 250 steps they have become a monument and an icon of Rio, it contains more than 2000 pieces from more than 60 countries. Finish off the day with a drop-off back at your hotel.

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

6. 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. Continue to visit the famous landmarks of the city and learn more about their place in the city. 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 the Corcovado Mountain. Reach the peak of the mountain and see the statue of the Christ the Redeemer with its arms right open over the city. Admire the sweeping views and take fantastic pictures. After going down from the 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. He started dedicating himself to decorate the stairs in the early 90s. The 250 steps have become a monument and an icon of Rio and have more than 2 thousand pieces of 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. After, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Rio de Janeiro: 7-Hour City Highlights Tour by Bus

7. Rio de Janeiro: 7-Hour City Highlights Tour by Bus

See the best of Rio de Janeiro from the comfort of a tour bus featuring a live guide. Take advantage of opportunities to walk around during stops at important sites and neighborhoods. Marvel at the 98-foot Art Deco statue, Christ the Redeemer, an iconic symbol of the city. Learn about the famous pyramid-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. Stop off at some of the hot spots and shops that are popular among locals, including nightlife hub, Lapa. Purchase tickets to ride the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain for beautiful sunset views of Guanabara Bay and Copacabana Beach. Get helpful tips from your guide on how to make the most of your remaining time in the city.

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Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

8. Rio de Janeiro: 4-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

Dive into Rio de Janeiro's past. Travel through time from the discovery of Brazil, through the arriving of the royal family, the country’s independence, and the proclamation of the republic. Get to know the historical past of the city of Rio de Janeiro, which was once the capital of Brazil for almost 2 centuries, taking a walk through the city center that holds memories of different times. Also notice the contrast with the new Mauá Square a gift from the Olympic legacy that has changed the life of the Cariocas forever, creating a new pole of entertainment and culture, hosting two new Museums, the Rio Art Museum and the Museum of Tomorrow, and the famous Cobra murals. You can identify the different periods just by taking a look at the Downtown’s architecture: Colonial, Imperial and Republican.  This tour to the past begins at the doors of the museum of Tomorrow and the Rio Art Museum, where you have a wide view of the Olympic Boulevard. From there you will visit the Monastery of São Bento, founded in 1590 by 2 monks from Bahia and considered one of the most important heritage of Brazilian architecture. Afterward, continue to the Candelaria Church constructed in neoclassical style, which began being built in 1630 and finished in 1775.  Then will continue along Primeiro de Março Street, admire the France-Brazil House, the Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and the post office building until you reach the Praça XV where the Imperial Palace, which was built to be the residence of the governors of the captaincy and it was the residence of the Portuguese Royal Family, when it arrived in Brazil and lastly passing by the Tiradentes Palace. From Praça XV continue to Cinelândia, the tour's final point, where you can enjoy the beauty of the buildings of the Municipal Theater, the Legislative Assembly, the National Library and the Museum of Fine Arts. From there return to your hotel.

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Rio: Highlights Day Tour with Lunch

9. Rio: Highlights Day Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most popular attractions in Rio de Janeiro on a day tour. See the Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain, get a panoramic view of the Maracanã stadium, ride the cable car at Sugarloaf Mountain and more. Get picked up from your Rio hotel and drive up to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take in this famous monument, snap some pictures, and enjoy the views before returning to sea level. Next, drive past the legendary Maracanã soccer stadium and see this iconic arena from the outside. Afterward, head to Sambódromo, the location of Rio's exciting carnival. See the Metropolitan Cathedral, a modern structure influenced by ancient indigenous pyramids. Check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps, one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. Head to a local steakhouse for a Brazilian barbecue lunch. After lunch, go up Sugarloaf Mountain using a series of cable cars and reach a height of 1,295 feet (395m). Finish off your tour with panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro before getting dropped back off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro Cathedral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,287 reviews

This was the best tour we have taken and so worth the price. Our guide Leonardo was fantastic, providing information in English, Portuguese and Spanish (I think-I only understood the English!). He was knowledgeable, kind, helpful. The lunch was better than our meal the night before at a much more expensive restaurant. Driving would have been a bit harrowing had we attempted this with a rental car, well, more than a bit, and we never would have been able to see all these sights in one day.

Foi tudo maravilhoso! Desde a pontualidade do pick up até o momento que nós deixaram no hotel. O guia Bruno foi incrível! O passeio foi todo falado em três línguas, o que facilitou meu marido entender. Amamos e sem duvidas recomendamos o passeio!

Excellent tour. Great price, includes lunch and entrance into the locations. If you aren't spending a lot of time in Rio it is the best option to see many of the major attractions.

Our guide tour was amazing he speak several languagues and make sure everyone hada good time

It was a great experience, the guide was terrific. A Must if you are in Rio