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Things to do in Barra da Tijuca

Our most recommended things to do in Barra da Tijuca

Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

1. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight, experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana.  Next, see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour, which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM..

Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

2. Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

Pedra Bonita is one of the highest mountains in the city and is located in the Tijuca National Park. Its position is privileged, between the south zone and the region of Barra da Tijuca. The 4 hour tour provides a light and pleasant experience, full of beautiful scenery and great opportunities for lovely photos. Start by meeting at your hotel, then head towards the National Park to start the walk. The trail through the Atlantic forest does not require a great physical effort or a high level of technique by the participant. Arriving at the top you will be amazed by the beautiful view of the beaches, forest and the other mountains of the city, especially the Gávea Rock, just in front. The top of Pedra Bonita has a large space where you can feel free to explore and enjoy the place. You will also have the opportunity to visit the free flight ramp and observe flight departures. The experience is fun and interesting. On the return you can see the beach of São Conrado and its beautiful landscapes, it is there also where the hang gliders and those paragliding land. Take this opportunity to go for a swim at the beach. The Bonita stone is a great option for those who want to enjoy the nature of the city and see beautiful viewpoints without great physical effort.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Transfer to/from GIG Airport

3. Rio de Janeiro: Private Transfer to/from GIG Airport

Take the stress out of your airport commute by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from the International Airport - Galeão (GIG). Whether you are traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage, tailor your private transfer to your individual needs with this booking. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, a customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. Get picked up from the arrivals hall in GIG by your driver who will help you with your luggage. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, they will be there to greet you on arrival. A customer service line is available 24/7 to support you in whatever you need. So sit back, relax and enjoy the views of Rio de Janeiro.

From Barra da Tijuca: Roundtrip Transfer to Vila do Abraão

4. From Barra da Tijuca: Roundtrip Transfer to Vila do Abraão

Arrive at Vila do Abraão (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Barra da Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) via car and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a fast and smooth ride thanks to the technology of the FlexBoat. Choose from daily departures and shared or private options. Start by getting picked up directly from your hotel or your meeting point in Barra da Tijuca. After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 2.5-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Vila do Abraão to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. In Ilha Grande, you will be welcomed by a local host to help you with the information you need. Located a 3-hour from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is only accessible by boat. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows for a fast yet smooth crossing to Ilha Grande. Return: Passengers must arrive at the Pier 20 minutes before boarding time. When disembarking from the boat, the driver will pick you up and direct you to the van that will be stopped in front of the Pier. From Angra dos Reis, you will be driven 2 hours and a half to Rio de Janeiro . Your ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival - depends on your final destination and the route that will be taken to drop off other passengers. In Rio de Janeiro, you will be dropped off at your hotel, accommodation, or airport.

From Rio: Barra da Tijuca to Vila do Abraão Shared Transfer

5. From Rio: Barra da Tijuca to Vila do Abraão Shared Transfer

Welcome to Paradise! Arrive at Vila do Abraão (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Barra da Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) via van and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a fast and smooth ride thanks to the technology of the FlexBoat. Choose from daily departures and shared or private options. Relax during your trip! Start by getting picked up directly from our meeting point in Barra da Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro). After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 4-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Vila do Abraão to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. In Ilha Grande you will be welcomed by a local guide to help you with the information you need. Located a 4-hour from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is only accessible by boat. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows for a fast yet smooth crossing to Ilha Grande.

From Barra da Tijuca: Shared Transfer to Araçatiba

6. From Barra da Tijuca: Shared Transfer to Araçatiba

Welcome to Paradise! Arrive at Araçatiba (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Barra da tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) via van and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a fast and smooth ride thanks to the technology of the FlexBoat. Choose from daily departures and shared or private options. Relax during your trip! Start by getting picked up directly from our meeting point. After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 4-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross to Araçatiba. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. Located a 4-hour from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is only accessible by boat. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows for a fast yet smooth crossing to Ilha Grande.

From Barra da Tijuca: Roundtrip Transfer to Araçatiba

7. From Barra da Tijuca: Roundtrip Transfer to Araçatiba

Welcome to Paradise! RoundTrip Barra da Tijuca x Araçatiba (Ilha Grande) x Barra da Tijuca. Arrive at Araçatiba (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Barra da Tijuca (Rio de Janeiro) via car and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a fast and smooth ride thanks to the technology of the FlexBoat. Choose from daily departures and shared or private options. Relax during your trip! Start by getting picked up directly from your hotel or our meeting point in Barra da Tijuca.. After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 2.5-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Araçatiba to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. Located a 3-hour from Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande is only accessible by boat. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows for a fast yet smooth crossing to Ilha Grande. Return: Passengers must arrive at the Pier 20 minutes before boarding time. When disembarking from the boat, you have to wait for the driver. He will pick you up and direct you to the van that will be stopped in front of the Pier. From Angra dos Reis, you will be driven 2 hours and a a half to Rio de Janeiro . Your ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival - depends on your final destination, and the route that will be taken to drop other passengers. In Rio de Janeiro, you will be dropped off at your hotel, accommodation or airport.

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What people are saying about Barra da Tijuca

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Despite the fact that we were so late through the traffic, everything worked out so perfectly and super. All of the employees were incredibly friendly and it was so overwhelming that tears of joy flowed. I highly recommend everyone to have this experience!

The flight was very nice. The pilot is very profesional and careful. The agency request you must be 30 minutes before the flight. We don’t know why if they put you on the air 2 hours late.

great experience but I was kind of upset they didn’t let us take any pictures by the helicopter! you would think they would let you after spending all this money

It was the best experience ever, the pilot was funny and made sure that we felt secure and safe. Great choice!

It's just indescribably beautiful. Price-performance fits completely