Rio de Janeiro Full-Day Tour

Rio de Janeiro Full-Day Tour

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the most famous places in Rio de Janeiro
  • Discover the lovely district of Santa Teresa, nominated by many visitors as the Carioca Montmartre
  • Experience the reality of life in the favela shantytowns
  • Visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Christ the Redeemer
  • See where Michael Jackson filmed one of his music videos
  • Marvel at views of Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Santa Marta
Get a glimpse into Rio de Janeiro's neighborhoods of cobblestone streets, shops, and culture on a full-day tour. From sweeping vistas at monumental sites to the alleyways of the Santa Marta favela, you will see a full mix of what makes Rio remarkable.
What to Expect
Expose yourself to the real Rio de Janeiro with its mix of culture and history on a full-day tour that immerses you into the extraordinary and the conventional of local life.

First take the subway downtown and learn how to use this excellent means of transportation in Rio, a great way to orient yourself within this large city. Hop off at Carioca Station and wander through the Financial District, home of huge companies such as Petrobras and BNDES. Visit Carioca Square, once the main sources of drinking water in Rio, with water transported in by the aqueducts of Lapa.

Climb on the tram for the journey up to Santa Teresa, a 20-minute ride over the aqueducts that are now used as the tram route. This is the last tram line in Brazil for transportation purposes. The next stop is Largodos Guimaraes. Explore the cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa on foot and discover beautiful architecture, art galleries, restaurants, and local costumes. One of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, Santa Teresa is situated high on a hill overlooking Rio and enchants locals and visitors alike with its cobblestone streets and eclectic architecture. The views of the city center and the bay are stunning. Previously a neighborhood dominated by the elite, their departure to more modern suburbs of Rio has transformed this area into an artistic center with many artists choosing the area as their preferred place of residence.

Among the attractions in Santa Teresa, the highlights are the Chacara do Ceu Museum, Ruins Park and its gorgeous view over downtown Rio de Janeiro, and Guanabara Bay. Many visitors compare the neighborhood to the bohemian district of Montmartre in Paris. During the Carnival season, many bands perform on the streets, the most famous of which is "Bloco das Carmelita," named after the local convent.

On the way back toward Lapa District, drop by the Carmelitas’ Convent and clamber down the picturesque "Selaron’s Staircase" to see the masterpiece.

Enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the city at the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue. This enormous white statue keeps constant watch over Rio, offering sweeping 360-degree views of the city’s natural wonders, including beaches, lagoons, forests, bays, and mountains that seem to rise from the ocean.

It’s no wonder that the "Cristo" statue was recently selected as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Soak up the views, pick out some of Rio’s most famous sights, and snap a must-have picture before getting a very different view of the city.

Next, it’s time to trade in this tourist icon for something less visited, and step into the Santa Marta favela. Accompanied by your local guide, wander through the community, meeting the people who live here and seeing the places made famous in one of Michael Jackson's videos. Stroll the narrow alleys, learn about local life, and dispel some of the myths about these vibrant communities.

In the heart of the favela, take a moment to admire the breathtaking views over Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Michael Jackson’s lookout. For anyone wishing to experience the real Rio, you simply can’t miss this experience. From beautiful vistas and iconic locations, to some of the communities that have helped make this city the melting pot that it is, you’re sure to find Rio a captivating and complex place that can steal your heart forever.
What's Included
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Round-trip subway ticket
  • Tram ride fare
  • Christ the Redeemer statue entrance fee
  • Transportation
What's Not Included
  • Personal shopping
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities for your local guide
Meeting Point

Please meet at Copacabana Palace Hotel, directly outside the hotel by the statue. Address: Copacabana Palace Hotel Avenida Atlântica 1702 - Copacabana Rio de Janeiro - RJ 22021-001 (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Additional information:
A backpack is recommended for cameras and personal belongings.

Dress standard:
Light clothes and tennis shoes are recommended.

Child policy:
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

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Product ID: 28317