Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Private tours

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Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

1. 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: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

2. Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

Explore Tijuca National Forest in meticulously restored ex-military open-air off-road vehicles. After hotel pick-up, cut to the Lagoa with the striking view of the Christ statue and head to the rainforest. Stop at the famous Vista Chinesa to discover the history of this unique monument as you'll soak in the views of the Christ Statue in the distance. Move on to the Cascatinha Visconde de Taunay waterfall, and take a quick dip in the crystal clear refreshing water. Continue to a charming chapel constructed in 1855, and start the first of 2 trails. See coatis, toucans, and monkeys! Take a restroom stop and start the second trail of the tour, passing through the Atlantic forest with the sounds of waterfalls following your footsteps. Hop back into your top-down Jeep and head to the famous São Conrado Beach to watch the hand-gliders, before your scenic drive back to your hotel.

Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

3. Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

The tour takes you on a challenging hike, uphill and on rough terrain, through the Tijuca Rainforest, one of the biggest urban forests on the planet, on this off-the-beaten-track circuit of trails to discover the nature and beauty of the jungle, reaching the Taquara Hill (814m=2670ft). This peak is a 100m higher than the Christ Redeemer statue, and on clear days, you have 2 amazing views: one to the valley of the forest and another to the West part of Rio, its coastline and lagoons. After that, you will go to a deeper part of the jungle following a trail that is almost secret as it is very rare to see other people doing it. Within 1 hour of hiking up and downhill, you will reach the ruins of an old coffee farm and, with a bit more walking, you will reach a grotto and a cave in the middle of the rainforest. After this, you head to a waterfall where you can refresh yourself (bring a towel and bathing suit). The hike covers a total of approximately 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) and will take around 5 hours. Go up and downhill with an elevation gain of 651 meters (2,135 feet). The trail circuit was designed by experts in the Tijuca Forest Park using tracks and sites that are not well-known or regularly visited, so you'll be hiking in a very unusual part of the forest.  The scenery of this tour is amazing and it has a lot to offer as you are visiting sites that are not featured in most tours. On the way up, you will learn the history of Brazil, Rio, the Tijuca Forest, and everything about the coffee farms that used to occupy that area before the reforestation that happened in the 1800's.

Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

4. Rio: Tijuca Forest & Horto Waterfalls Circuit Tour

Experience the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit! The tour consists of hiking trails with a moderate level of difficulty and some natural obstacles that you have to overcome. The place is beautiful and extremely pleasant, offering beautiful flora and wild animals for you to observe. Start the Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit towards the Jequitibá Waterfall, following trails and waterfalls until arriving at the famous Waterfall of the Shower, also known as Box Waterfall by the design and format that the rock presents. The Horto Waterfall Trail and the Secret Waterfall Circuit are an excellent alternative to get away from the overcrowded beaches of the city.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hiking Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hiking Tour

Admire the breath taking views from the peak of Pedra do Telegrafo. This mountain stands 354 meters high and is located in the Selvagens Beaches sector of Pedra Branca State Park, in Morro de Guaratiba, near Rio de Janeiro. Discover the Praia Grande in Barra de Guaratiba, known locally as the Fisherman's Path, it was once a military station during World War ll. As you explore the trails of Pedra do Telégrafo you will travel 3.5 kilometers through moderate hiking terrain, and your expert guide will ensure you pass several viewpoints for the breath-taking of the panoramas. Once you reach the peak, you will be able to stand upon a stone that photographs well, giving the impression of a large drop into the abyss of tree tops. Hikers past have taken imaginative and super cool photos that went viral on the internet. Be assured that your guide to the Telegraph Stone is trained in photography and knows the best angles for the best photos. 

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea & Garganta do Céu Guided Hike

6. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea & Garganta do Céu Guided Hike

Hike to the cave of Garganta do Ceu for some of the best views of Rio de Janeiro from the monolithic mountain of Pedra da Gávea. Experience the world's biggest block of solid rock by the sea, and get stunning panoramas from its peak of 842 meters above sea level. While shorter than the traditional Pedra da Gávea trail, this hike is considered more difficult as it is steeper and requires good orienteering skills. First, hike through the dense forest with your specialist guide. Upon arrival at the cave of Garganta do Ceu, soak up the spectacular views. Then, continue along the trail to the summit of Pedra da Gávea. Here, you will need to complete some basic rock climbing with the aid of steel cables. All climbing equipment is provided, along with assistance from your guide. Benefit from their expertise as they help the group with all safety techniques and procedures needed. Once at the summit, look out at Guanabara Bay, the districts of Ipanema and Leblon, São Conrado, the Barra Tijuca and the Serra dos Orgaos region. Catch your breath before starting your descent. Return to the base of Pedra da Gávea via Carrasqueira. Descend using techniques similar to your climb. Rappel down the rocks as your guide keeps control of the equipment for your safety. Relax and keep your eyes open for the native wild animals of the Atlantic rainforest of Rio de Janeiro along the way.

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

7. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Guided Hike Tour

Hike one of the most famous rock formations in this wonderful city, the Pedra da Gavea. Summit at 842 meters and take in the spectacular views of the Bay of Guanabara and some of the main beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Also, see majestic views of famous mountains in nearby Tijuca National Park, such as Pico da Tijuca, Bico do Papagaio, Pedra Bonita and Corcovado. During your adventure along the Pedra da Gavea trail, you may also spot some wild animals of the Carioca Atlantic Forest! There are many animal and bird species that live in the greater Tijuca National Park area. Bring your camera and capture the panoramic views this special spot has to offer.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Peak Guided Hike

8. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Peak Guided Hike

Hike inside the urban rainforest of Rio de Janeiro and get back to nature in Tijuca National Park. Climb Pico da Tijuca for stunning views at the highest point in the forest at an altitude of 1,021 meters above sea level. Experience one of the most beautiful trails of Rio de Janeiro, starting at the entry gate to Tijuca National Park and travel through several sections before arrival at the summit. Discover the amazing waterfall of Cachoeira das Almas and get breathtaking views from the peak of Tijuca Mirim. See a legendary staircase carved into rock and more.

Rio de Janeiro: Vidigal Favela Tour and Two Brothers Hike

9. Rio de Janeiro: Vidigal Favela Tour and Two Brothers Hike

Experience the mystique of the Vidigal favela and discover a peaceful community that emerged in the city around 1940. Get stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from one of the most interesting locations in Rio de Janeiro. Start your hike in Vidigal, and experience the favela like a resident. Use the transport system that circulates the neighborhood and rub shoulders with the locals. Follow your guide in a group through the forest and head to the first viewpoint. Look down at the favela of Rocinha and see one of Latin America's largest slums. Continue to the next viewpoint for a breathtaking view of Pedra da Gávea and Pedra Bonita. See Corcovado in the other direction before going to the summit of Two Brothers hill (Morro Dois Irmaos). From there, it's possible to see all the famous beaches of Rio spread out before you, including Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Hike for approximately 4.5 hours to turn your favela tour into a true adventure. Experience the warmth of the Vidigal community and get a better understanding of the social divisions in Rio de Janeiro. 

Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Cuisine Cooking Class

10. Rio de Janeiro: Brazilian Cuisine Cooking Class

Learn to make delicious Brazilian food with simple recipes using ingredients found worldwide. Join a fun, hands-on cooking class in Rio. Choose from 2 mouth-watering menus, plus a vegetarian menu, and make your own traditional meals and cocktails. Menu options:Bahian Moqueca Make some authentic Moqueca, a seafood coconut stew, paired with toasted 'forofa' with banana and white rice. Wash these dishes down with bottomless Caipirinhas, made with limes and Brazilian rum. For appetizers, you'll cook flambéed sausage with onions and seared white cheese with pepper jam. Delight your taste buds with an incredible brigadeiro, Brazil's take on chocolate fudge, for dessert. Picanha Steak Cook the perfect Picanha in the oven, along with toasted 'forofa' with banana and cooked cassava in butter sauce. Mix as many Caipirinhas as you wish and enjoy the same appetizers and dessert as the first menu option: flambéed sausage with onions, seared white cheese with pepper jam, and brigadeiro. Don't forget there's a vegetarian option available as well.

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Book this tour! Riccardo was super friendly, patient, and incredibly knowledgable - to be honest, it was so nice to have someone so extremely knowledgable as a guide! (I enjoyed this tour so much that I ended up booking another tour with this company the next day and gladly had Riccardo again). We stopped to learn about the nature and the history during the hike. The views are magnificent. And especially because it’s a small group, you grow very close. I have nothing but good things to say about this tour. They are professional, especially with your safety! This is a really great way to explore the nature side of Rio, especially to fill up your whole day!

undoubtedly highlight of trip. did a lot of tours every day but this was amazing. if you never climbed (but happy to hike) you should do it. if you have climbed then you should definitely do it. the views are amazing on the trail. I was lucky to have Thomas as a guide, he was super considerate with the pace and I learnt so much on the way. was an amazing feeling to arrive at the top.

I booked this because I went on another hike with JungleMe and loved it so much that I wanted to go on another one with them. The hike is pretty easy if you want a easy/moderate hike, yet the views are incredibly rewarding. The perks of going with JungleMe as guides is that they will stop you to tell you about different plants/trees/fruits, the history, and help you to spot monkeys!

Max was very informative and made the tour a lot of fun. We tried a quite a few caipirinhas, atmosphere in all the clubs was very enjoyable and different, but never overwhelming.

well organised tour and very well versed and friendly guide...highly recommended