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Tijuca Forest Adventure Full-Day Small Group Hike

1. 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 de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour

2. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour

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.

Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

3. Tijuca National Park Small-Group Hike to Pedra Bonita

On this 5-hour tour you will discover the beautiful Tijuca National Park and admire magnificent views of Rio de Janeiro as you enjoy hiking your way to some of the highest peaks in the area. An easy trail takes the group to one of the most stunning summits of Rio de Janeiro with a 1-hour walk. From the top of Pedra Bonita at 696 meters (2,283 feet) and through a unique angle you will see the famous and majestic Pedra da Gavea, one of the highest monoliths (844 meters/2,769 feet) in the world that ends directly in the ocean. Stop at another viewpoint in the park along the way. The trail goes through the Atlantic Rainforest inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the largest urban forests in the world. On the way up, discover the history of Rio de Janeiro and Tijuca Forest, and all about the coffee farms that used to exist there, its golden years, and the reforestation that took place in the 19th century. The tour also drives you from the South Zone to the Tijuca Mountains. Hike: EASY (3,5km=2.2mi) / 2h / elev. gain 203m (667ft) Fitness is required to hike on rainforest rough terrain, up and downhill.

Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

4. Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

Join a delicious guided walking food tour in Rio de Janeiro's lively Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods where you will visit unique local restaurants and specialty shops and sample different foods and beverages, including cachaça. Enjoy foods that contain some of the most important elements found in traditional Brazilian cuisine like açai, tapioca, and manioc flour.  Hop on a charming tram ride going over the Lapa Arches aqueduct, and passing by Ruinas Park to marvel at panoramic views of the city as you make your way from downtown to Santa Teresa. Taste local beer, as well as delicious cachaça on your route, and learn about the culture and history of Rio de Janeiro and the family traditions behind each food locales you visit. Your local guide will answer any questions you might have.

Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis City Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Petropolis City Tour

Explore Petrópolis, also known as the Imperial City, which is located in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy the city’s mild climate and quiet, charming streets. See many historic buildings and the Atlantic forest on your tour. Located among the forested mountains of Serra dos Orgaos, Petrópolis is a very well-known and popular place to visit in Rio with numerous tourist attractions. Enjoy the mild climate, memorable architecture, and preserved forest. Along your tour, stop at some of Petrópolis’ most iconic locations: • Quitandinha Palace: originally the largest hotel-casino in South America • Sao Pedro de Alcantara Cathedral: a cathedral featuring Gothic architecture • Imperial Museum: a historical thematic of the Brazilian monarchy • Santos Dumont’s House: the house of one of the pioneers of aviation • Crystal Palace: a palace built in 1884 • Bohemia Brewery: the first beer factory ever established in Brazil

Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

6. Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on a 6-hour guided tour of Corcovado, Selarón Steps, and Sugar Loaf Mountain and see it all! Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Corcovado Mountain through the Tijuca Rainforest. Ascend to the summit to see the 38-meter (128-foot) tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy spectacular views of Rio and its surrounding countryside. Then, travel back downhill to take a tour of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. Admire its charming architecture and go to the famous Selarón Steps made in ceramic by the artist Jorge Selarón. After that, head to the Sugar Loaf Mountain taking a ride through the charming neighborhood of Urca to take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf in two stages. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, from where you will get beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Continue to the summit for unrivaled views of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niterói.

Prainha and Grumari Beaches: Small Group Hike and Swim

7. Prainha and Grumari Beaches: Small Group Hike and Swim

Travel to the west part of Rio de Janeiro, an area that remains untouched, yet is abundant with nature. Following the coastline, you'll pass by Reserva Beach and Lagoa de Marapendi, before stopping at Roncador viewpoint, that offers a great view to the Sleeping Giant. In this park, see a project where biologists treat animals to put them back to nature. Then we'll head to Prainha, a charming small beach considered the best surf spot in Rio where you'll hike for about 1.5 hours (roundtrip) and reach Caeté summit. From this summit, you will see an amazing view of the coast and the other mountains of Rio and, with a bit of imagination, the legendary 'sleeping giant'. From Prainha, drive for 5 more minutes to Grumari, your last stop where you'll stay and enjoy the beach for about 3 hours. The area is also protected and you'll be able to enjoy an amazing and paradisiac tropical beach, white sands, green mountains and clear blue waters. Hike: EASY (2,8km=1.8mi) / 1,5h / elev. gain 190m (624ft) Fitness is required to hike on rough terrain, up and downhill

Christ the Redeemer and Escadaria Selarón Half-Day Tour

8. Christ the Redeemer and Escadaria Selarón Half-Day Tour

Explore some of Rio de Janeiro's top sights with this fantastic guided tour. After being picked up from your hotel by your driver/ guide, you will set off for your first stop at Rio's infamous Christ the Redeemer statue. On your journey up Corcovado Mountain, you will pass through dense Tijuca rainforest to the 38-meter tall Christ the Redeemer statue. From the top, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Rio and the surrounding countryside. After descending back down the mountain, you will take a pleasant drive through the charming Santa Teresa neighborhood, where old Rio comes alive! Admire its stunning street art as you make your way to the amazing Selaron Steps. Decorated in ceramics artist Jorge Selarón, these steps are truly are one of a kind. Following your exploration of Rio, sit back and relax as your driver transfers you back to your hotel. Or, if you choose an option with a visit to Sugarloaf Mountain included, you'll then travel all the way to the top in 2 steps by cable car. At 395 meters, enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress, and several beaches of Niterói. Enjoy this magnificent scenery for about 45 minutes until you head back down to catch the van which will bring you back to your hotel.

Paraty: Pão de Açucar Peak Tekking and Hiking Tour

9. Paraty: Pão de Açucar Peak Tekking and Hiking Tour

Get to know the only Brazilian tropical fjord and trek up Pico Pao de Acucar. Meet your guide in Paraty and share a speedboat to Praia do Cruzeiro. Hike the trail of Sugarloaf Mountain all the way to the top, with time to contemplate the surrounding landscapes and swim before heading back. Arrive at the meeting point in the center of Paraty and board a speedboat for the idyllic Praia do Cuzeiro in Saco do Mamangua, known for its white-sand beaches and lush greenery. Embark on the 466-meter ascent from the base to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. Embrace the challenging steep stretches and feel the exhilaration of reaching the peak. Explore freely at the top and take in thought-provoking views of the fjord. Breath the fresh air, relax, and ponder one of Brazil's natural wonders before starting the descent. Arrive back at Praia do Cruzeiro and enjoy a peaceful swim in the ocean waters with the option to buy some lunch from a traditional restaurant. Return to the Paraty pier by speedboat accomplished and full of rich experience.

Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Sightseeing Guided Tour

10. Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Sightseeing Guided Tour

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras to board transportation to the top of Corcovado, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. Avenida Atlantica (Pass By) Avenue in front of Copacabana Beach. Copacabana Beach (Pass By) Pass by the edge of the Copacabana Beach and get a panoramic view of one of the most famous beaches in Brazil. Estatua Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Pass By) Statue of a famous brazilian poet at Copacabana beach. Ipanema Beach (Pass By) Pass by the edge of the Ipanema Beach and get a panoramic view of the legendary beach that inspired the famous song "Garota de Ipanema". Centro de Visitantes Paineiras Stop at Visitors Center on your way up to Christ the Redeemer. 10 minutes • Admission Ticket Included Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Pass By) Pass by Tijuca Forest on your way up to Christ the Redeemer. Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer Go up by van to the top of the Corcovado Mountain, where is the Christ the Redeemer statue, passing by Tijuca Forest. The total time includes transportation from Visitors Center to the statue, the period at the top of Corcovado Mountain and the return. (1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included) Maracana Extern visit with a stop in front of the Bellini Statue. Entry admission not included. On event days on the stadium the stop might not be allowed by traffic authorities. (10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included) Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai Visit to a store with samba related products and the option to dress costumes from previous Carnival editions to photograph. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Included) The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian Internal visit. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free) Escadaria Selaron Stop for photos. (15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free) Morro da Urca Take the first cable car ride to Urca Hill and wait for the second one to Sugarloaf Mountain. (20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included) Rio de Janeiro Lunch time - enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch in Brazilian local steakhouse. Meal/Drinks not included (1 hour • Admission Ticket Free) Sugarloaf Mountain Cable car ride in two parts, the first to the Urca Hill and the second to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. The total time includes all cable car rides, the period at Urca Hill and at the Sugarloaf Mountain. (1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included)

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4.6 / 5

based on 55 reviews

We really enjoyed our time. Juçara was very friendly and informative. She was happy to answer all our questions and we felt safe the entire time. To start the tour off, we took the bus to the favela, where we explored both main streets and small alleyways. We got to meet the locals living there and enjoy the breathtaking views of Rio from various viewpoints. Would recommend to everyone, such a unique experience.

It was very informational. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area as she was born there. Stopped at local shops to support the community. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants an amazing experience.

we are 2, me and my daughter, the guide Alex, super nice, we were able to learn a lot of things about RIO, the hike is great, we saw magnificent viewpoints, I recommend!!!

Short but nice! I would be more time in the stairs that they offer, because is one of the most beautiful places included in the tour

Very nice guide with a lot of knowledge about the forest. Would definitely recommend when staying in Rio.