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

1. 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. 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.

Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

2. Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa, the aqueduct used to connect water from Santa Teresa to Downtown and one of Rio’s most traditional postcards. At Santa Teresa, you will experience an interesting local atmosphere. Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. Located on a hillside, Santa Teresa has become a district of cultural interest because of its architectural value and prime location, famous for its winding, narrow cobblestone streets and a favourite spot for artists and tourists. A flair similar to Montmartre, in Paris. You will visit the Ruins Park, a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. (Please note that Ruins Park is closed on Sundays.) Take a minute to enjoy the city’s landscape, in particular the Downtown area and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with the most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Among many remarkable constructions in the area, you will notice the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional theatre and opera house, as well as the Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil’s most important library. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo, a permanent member of all must-see cafés rankings around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decoration with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks – such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’) – or desserts – such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in what was one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th Century. (Please note that Confeitaria Colombo is closed on Sundays.)

Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, & Selaron Day Tour

3. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, & Selaron Day Tour

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.

Rio: City Sights Van Tour with Christ the Redeemer

4. Rio: City Sights Van Tour with Christ the Redeemer

Embark on a guided tour of Rio and see important highlights, including Christ The Redeemer and Selaron Steps. Ride a cable car to Sugar Loaf and take in the sunset views overlooking Copacabana Beach. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

5. Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

Choose from 3 different itineraries to best fit your time in Rio and your preferences. Explore some of the city's highlights on a small-group bike tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 3-Hour Urban Tour: Praia Vermelha, Botafogo & Lagoa Visit several of Rio's famous sites and some of its traditional neighborhoods on this tour that focuses on the southern part of the city. Start at Copacabana beach to experience where locals spend a large part of their social life. From there, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain to view its imposing vastness up-close, and make a stop at nearby Vermelha Beach, a tiny oasis of quietness. Next, pedal to the lively neighborhood of Botafogo to get a glimpse of the back lanes of Rio. This stretch of the bike tour will give you a closer look at how real Cariocas live when they’re not on the beach. Finally, head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and admire its surrounding green hillsides and fancy neighborhoods. • 4-Hour Panoramic Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Park & Old Rio Get a panoramic perspective of Rio on this tour that goes from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths, bike through the lively backstreets of iconic neighborhood Copacabana to Botafogo. There, pass by Rio’s “celebrity” cemetery, São João Batista, the resting place of several Brazilian presidents, writers, singers, actors, and renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Pedal on to the Bay of Guanabara along the beach of Flamengo, the site of the first European settlement after the discovery of the city. Continue to the historical center of Rio, with stops at Cinelândia and the bohemian neighborhood Lapa, well-known for its nightlife and the Selarón steps, 250 steps covered in more than 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle along the paths that wind through Flamengo Park, designed by famous Brazilian landscaper, Burle Marx. The last stretch of the tour will pass along Copacabana beach. 7-Hour Ultimate Tour: Urban Tour + Panoramic Tour + Lunch Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro in just one day. As well as exploring the popular South Zone, famous for the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, pedal through less well-known but equally fascinating neighborhoods such as Botafogo and Urca. After taking these in, head to the old city center where you’ll stop in the Bohemian quarter of Lapa. Take a step back to Rio's colonial past at the historic Cinelândia Square, and visit Jorge Selarón’s psychedelically decorated staircase to see how art can be truly public in this city. Savor a typical Brazilian lunch — included in the tour — at a local restaurant. The last stretch of the cycle tour passes by the beautiful lake, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by hills clad with lush Atlantic rainforest. Last, soak up lots of great views of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Visit Rio's top attractions on this exclusive private tour. Get picked up at your accommodation by your professional, English-speaking guide and your adventure starts by visiting Christ the Redeemer. Travel through a rainforest to reach it and then, after a photo at the awe-inspiring statue, head to visit the Maracanã Stadium, the main site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics. Stop at the Sambadrome where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place, and learn from your guide about Brazilian Carnival culture. Continue the tour through the historic center of Rio and stop at Colombo Bakery, open since 1894. It still preserves its Art Nouveau décor (food and drinks available to purchase), and is closed on Sundays. Next, visit The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, a masterpiece of modern art that takes influence from Mayan pyramids. Drive past the bohemian Lapa district, where the monumental aqueduct was built in the mid 18th century to transport water from the Carioca River to the city center. Stop and explore the Selaron Staircase – 215 colorful steps, one of the most fascinating and original staircases in the world. Conclude your trip visiting the Sugarloaf mountain, taking the cable car from Urca hill up to the top. This unique rock formation also offers a fun way to reach its summit, enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings. At the end of your tour, enjoy comfortable transportation back to your accommodation.

Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Tour with Optional Tickets

7. Rio de Janeiro: Full-Day City Tour with Optional Tickets

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with an 8-hour city tour. Throughout the duration of this experience, you'll discover the city's most iconic attractions whilst enjoying the company of a bilingual local guide.Enjoy a lively day filled with popular attractions such as the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracanã Stadium (outside), the Selarón Staircase, and the historical downtown district. You'll also encounter both the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, along with the Christ the Redeemer Statue and other sights.Later, discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, which is home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. The tour follows a set itinerary for people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities seeking to discover the beauties of the city in the company of an expert guide.

Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain Full-Day Tour

8. Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain Full-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Rio de Janeiro on a full-day sightseeing tour, with your choice of transportation options. Benefit from pickup at your hotel in the South Zone, and then journey past the beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. Cross the Santa Barbara tunnel to take a panoramic tour of the downtown area and see the Sambodrome and Metropolitan Cathedral. Make your way to Urca to board the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain in 2 stages. Look across Guanabara Bay and its islands and see landmark monuments such as the Rio-Niterói Bridge. Next, enjoy a traditional all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch of typical churrascarias or tasty vegetarian options.  Continue to Corcovado Mountain by van and visit the Selaron Steps, or catch the train from Cosme Velho station in Laranjeiras and make a visit to the Maracanã Stadium, depending on option booked. Travel through the dense Tijuca rainforest to reach the amazing Christ the Redeemer Statue, where panoramic views await at the summit.

Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

9. Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

This specially designed 7-hour tour around the city of Rio de Janeiro provides a unique chance to see the attractions of Rio de Janeiro with a professional English speaking tour guide showing you all around. The day tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Rio. Your first stop will be at São Conrado beach where the hang gliders land after their take off from Pedra Bonita. You will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains on the blue coast of the ocean. From there, you will visit the Tijuca National Park and get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. This is the best spot to check how nature and the urban area can coexist, while seeing waterfalls, tropical plants and the wildlife.  After that, stop for lunch in Ipanema, and then hit the road again, this time to visit the Christ The Redeemer. Remember to bring your camera for the breathtaking photos of this memorable day. After the visit to the Christ, have a stop in Santa Teresa. This is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Rio. It still retains much of its original architecture and character of previous colonial years. At the end of your Rio day tour, see the Escadaria Selaron or secret Lapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for ‘Beautiful’ with Pharrell Williams. Finally, you will be offered the option to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back in your hotel or hostel.

4-Hour Urban Arts Walking Tour

10. 4-Hour Urban Arts Walking Tour

Experience the result of a 6-year project and discover the urban art streets of Rio de Janeiro. Walk with your guide through colorful titles and massive murals such as The Ethnicities. Learn about Brazilian culture and those from all over the world. Meet your guide in front of the Municipal Theatre in Cinelandia, downtown Rio. From there, listen to a quick briefing and head to the nearest VLT station. On the way, begin to see urban art that surrounds the area. Ride on the new tramway inaugurated in the 2016 Olympic Games, and get off at the Olympic Boulevard stop. Here, experience old and modern Rio, and capture amazing sights of graffiti, including the largest mural in the world. Discover the diversity of Brazilian artists and foreigners alike by admiring the dozens of different graffiti and paintings that dawn the city. Finish the tour at the Museum of Tomorrow where you'll be directed on how to get back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Escadaria Selarón

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,550 reviews

We had a lovely day with our tour-guide Carla. The group consisted out of several tourist from different countries. Carla was very enthusiastic which was contagious. Rio is very nice city and we enjoyed al the beautiful views from different hights. As we are not a fan of all you can eat concepts we were not so pleased by the lunch. But others from really seemed to like it. Would recommended this tour because it a safe way for tourist to do a very quick experience of Rio. You will not visit Copacabana or Ipanema.

Amazing that we could do all these activities within one day without feeling rushed. Our guide Flavio was the best and learned us a lot about the history of Rio and Brazil.

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

Lots packed into one day but really worth it if you dint have a lot of time in the city. Christian was an excellent guide.

It was an excellent tour…Priscilla was the best guide ever, 100% recommended.