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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

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 2:20 PM. 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. In addition, part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future. Get a different perspective about life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a local guide.

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Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

2. Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

Want to Samba but have no dance experience? Learn basic Samba moves that you can use in all types of dance in a 1 hour dance crash course! This Samba lesson in Rio is a fun and entertaining time, and lets you experience the true culture of Rio. The student chooses the kind of dance – Samba no pé (solo Samba), or Samba de Gafiera (partner Samba) – that he or she wants to learn, and participates in one or more private lessons of the chosen style. The private Samba lessons are divided into about 90% practical and 10% theoretical. The Samba Lesson is lots of fun and you'll find yourself dancing away after the first class. The teacher will explain how this type of dance fits into Brazil’s cultural history as well as Rio’s current night life. Enjoy a 60-minute dance crash course, and you'll be sure to feel the energy of Samba. After that, you'll be able to go out and practice your new moves in the city's bustling dance clubs.

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From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary & Poço Negro Waterfall Tour

3. From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary & Poço Negro Waterfall Tour

After boarding the jeep in Rio de Janeiro, drive for 2 hours to reach Vale do Amor, located in the Petrópolis mountains. This sanctuary is a peaceful, scenic spot where you can enjoy looking out for different bird species.  Enjoy a guided tour, with explanations about the history of the construction of the sanctuary. Learn how the gardens were designed and built based on themes around Mother Nature and the divine. Then, enjoy some free time to meditate, practice Yoga, or simply relax in the peaceful surroundings. Then, head to to the Poço Negro Waterfall, which has a deep pool where you can dive and enjoy swimming surrounded by nature. Finally, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before returning to Rio.

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Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

4. Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

Join this guided tour to see the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Parque Lage, and the Brazilian Jockey Club. Explore rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as other exotic plants. Spot different species of birds that live in the trees of the gardens. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive towards Parque Lage, a charming public park located next to Corcovado Hill. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of Parque Lage. The palace has served as a filming location for several movies, soap operas, and music videos. Snap photos in front of the superb swimming pool. Admire the view of Christ the Redeemer in the distance. If time allows, stop for a delicious snack at the Plage Café or visit the palace’s shop for art, design, and fashion pieces. Next, go to the Botanical Garden, one of the best-preserved green areas in the city. Explore Rio de Janeiro’s biodiversity. Visit attractions such as the Jardim Sensorial-Sensorial Garden, Lago com a Vitória-Régia, and Lago das Tartarugas. Walk by the bicentennial imperial palm trees while going towards the orchidary. Finally, head to the Jockey Club Brasileiro or Hipódromo da Gávea and discover the largest racetrack for horse racing in all of Brazil. The Jockey Club is open to the public and offers the possibility to watch horse races for free. If there’s time, try your luck by playing a bet and feel the excitement of attending a live horse race. The optional activities depend on the race schedule which varies daily. Then, board your transportation back to your hotel.

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Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

5. Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

If you love beaches but want to get away from the crowds, this six-hour tour is for you. Visit beautiful beaches in different regions of Rio de Janeiro and be amazed by the stunning natural surrounds. The tour starts with the meeting in your hotel. Then continue along the coast and stop at some photo viewpoints. Arriving in São Conrado, head towards the sea and stop at the beach to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and free flight landings. Continue towards Barra da Tijuca, the western zone of the city, one of its newest regions and very different from the south zone. Follow the coast along more than 20km of beach, passing the beaches of Pepe, Barra da Tijuca, Reserva and Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The beaches will amaze you with their beauty. Continuing along the coast, head towards the beaches of Macumba, Prainha and Grumari. These beaches are within a natural park, there are no residences, only a few kiosks and restaurants for you to enjoy. Arriving on the wild beaches you can have fun walking, relaxing with your feet in the sand and taking a dip in the sea. Depending on your preference, you can stop to eat at one of the kiosks or restaurants in the area, specializing in fish and seafood. Then make your way back along the coast to your hotel.

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Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

6. Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Do you find yourself feeling nervous or unsure about heading out to dance in a new city? Let a Samba dance instructor get you started off on the right foot in Rio de Janeiro, and take a 1-hour Samba lesson at a professional studio in Copacabana. Your instructor will show you some of the key steps of Brazil's favorite dance during a class to get you warmed up. Then go for a night out in a typical Brazilian nightclub and practice the new moves and steps you learned just hours earlier. A lesson followed by a night out is a great way to combine new technical skills, such as basic and intermediate steps, with the real dance club atmosphere. Get to know Rio's famous nightlife and meet some locals as you build confidence in your dancing and have a great night out! The dance class can happen directly before going to a club, or you can choose to meet your instructor later on and go to the club together.

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Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

7. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 165 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

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Rio de Janeiro: 7-Hour City Highlights Tour by Bus

8. Rio de Janeiro: 7-Hour City Highlights Tour by Bus

See the best of Rio de Janeiro from the comfort of a tour bus featuring a live guide. Take advantage of opportunities to walk around during stops at important sites and neighborhoods. Marvel at the 98-foot Art Deco statue, Christ the Redeemer, an iconic symbol of the city. Learn about the famous pyramid-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro. Stop off at some of the hot spots and shops that are popular among locals, including nightlife hub, Lapa. Purchase tickets to ride the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain for beautiful sunset views of Guanabara Bay and Copacabana Beach. Get helpful tips from your guide on how to make the most of your remaining time in the city.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 187 reviews

Rafael knows his stuff! We definitely recommend anybody to tour Rocinha with him! It's also a huge plus that he speaks 5 languages! English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Hebrew! Not only did we feel 100% safe with him on our tour, we left with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for what life in a favela is like for the people who live there. Rafael was very thorough and made sure to stop and see if we had questions along the way! We went on our tour in the late afternoon so luckily it wasn't too hot but make sure you wear comfortable shoes as there is lots of walking up and downhill and some parts can be quite exhausting if you're not used to walking up and down steep slopes. Again, we can't thank him enough and HIGHLY recommend him to anyone! Tell him Christian and Alexis from America sent you!

This was one of the best tours. I felt safe and the experience was amazing and the view was picturesque. It opens your mind about the fevalas. Alberto was the coolest guide. I had to do the tour twice!

The favelas are part of Brazil and immersing yourself in their breasts for a few hours is really a must to understand their history.

Rafael was an excellent guide, very informative and flexible due to the unexpected rain! His trip was interesting and very safe.

Jose Is an outstanding person He has heart and soul in his Job Very well spoken languages and explained everything Thank u