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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Nature & adventure

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Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

Go all the way up to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer by the Corcovado Train. The train rides through a railway inside Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world, making a unique view over Rio de Janeiro city. Enjoy an amazing ride on a train that takes you right up to the foot of the statue of The Christ, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and one of the most famous sights in Brazil. Besides admiring one of the most beautiful landscapes of the city, you will take a walk through Brazil's history. The Corcovado Railroad was the first electrified railroad in Brazil. Inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II, it is older than Christ the Redeemer itself. In fact, it was the train that, during four consecutive years, transported pieces for monument’s construction. Your visit starts on the century-old electric locomotive, riding across the preserved Atlantic Forest, part of the Tijuca National Park. At the foot of the statue of Christ, you'll be able to take in the most beautiful view over the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so special.

From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

2. From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

Visit the islands of Angra do Reis on this boat trip from Rio de Janeiro. Sail through the archipelago of Ilha Grande. Disembark on the small islands to explore the beaches, browse the markets, and snorkel in the deep blue waters. Savor lunch on board and enjoy round-trip transfers from Rio hotels. Relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Angra dos Reis. A quick pit-stop on the road will be made to use bathroom facilities and buy a snack. Upon arrival in the docks, enjoy a schooner ride through the hundreds of islands of Angra dos Reis.  Marvel at the beauty of the most famous island of it all: Ilha Grande. Revel at the crystal clear water and rent a snorkel on the spot to see the different species of fish. After, devour the buffet lunch in a fishermen’s village. Explore different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather conditions.

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

3. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

Explore a favela of Rio de Janeiro on this guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the daily lives of locals on this tour that is focused on education. Get a different perspective on life in Rio de Janeiro, and benefit from insider tips from a 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 in the afternoon. 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. Give back to the locals as part of the cost of your tour is contributed to the community to help them build a better future.

Rio Essentials: Christ Redeemer & Sugarloaf Official Tickets

4. Rio Essentials: Christ Redeemer & Sugarloaf Official Tickets

Book your tickets in advance and visit both Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro at your own pace. Christ the Redeemer: you will have the chance to ride the century-old electric Cog Train locomotive, first electrified railroad in Brazil inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II. Riding across part of the Tijuca National Park, you’ll be able to take views of the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so unique. Sugarloaf: you will visit another historical Brazilian landmark since the first cable car was installed in Brazil, and the third one in the world. From the top, you will be able to enjoy panoramic views of Rio, while being surrounded by the local flora and fauna.

Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron & BBQ Lunch

5. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron & BBQ Lunch

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 de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

6. Rio de Janeiro: Paragliding Tandem Flight

You'll start with a short briefing from some of the world's most experienced tandem pilots where you will learn about the take-off procedure and other important aspects of paragliding. Then, take off with your pilot over the edge of the mountain to paraglide smoothly through the tropical air. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility only possible with non-motorized, open-air flight. After enjoying the beautiful views over Rio de Janeiro, you'll land smoothly on São Conrado Beach. You'll also receive the exclusive pictures and videos taken during your adventure to share with your family and friends at home.

Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

7. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep and discover a tropical forest in a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the importance of the reforestation process of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Continue with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail to learn more about and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys, and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

8. Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

First, listen to a short briefing from the world's most safe and experienced Hang Glider tandem pilots. They will tell you about the take-off and other aspects of hang gliding before you get airborne. Then, glide smoothly through the tropical air after about 7 steps over the edge of the platform. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility. Enjoy bird's eye views of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Niteroi city on the other side of Guanabara Bay. Land safely on a sandy beach in São Conrado and enjoy some refreshments as you watch others come in to land. The entire activity will be photographed and recorded on cameras attached to the glider so that you can share your adventure with your friends and family back home. 

From Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights Helicopter Tour

9. From Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights Helicopter Tour

See some of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions from the sky on a helicopter tour. Fly by Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana beach, and more, marveling at them from your unique perspective. Take off over the skies of Rio de Janeiro and see iconic locations such as Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Maracanã, Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Soar in tranquility and leave the bustling city beneath you on this itinerary that will leave you with incredible memories of Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro: Animal Tour to BioParque do Rio and AquaRio

10. Rio de Janeiro: Animal Tour to BioParque do Rio and AquaRio

Behold Brazil’s incredible terrestrial and aquatic animal life with this guided tour to the BioPark of Rio and the Marine Aquarium of Rio. Learn all about how they have become leading centers for education, research, and biodiversity conservation. Start your tour at the BioPark, where animals no longer live in cages, but instead roam in environments designed for their well-being. Explore the more than 1,000 animals representing 140 different species. Stroll the Reptile Village, Primate Island, Pollinators area, and more. Next, head to the Marine Aquarium of Rio, or Aquário Marinho do Rio de Janeiro, the largest aquarium in South America. Get ready for the 5,000 animals from around the world in 28 saltwater tanks. Interact with a variety of fish, invertebrates, rays, sharks, and corals.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,279 reviews

Despite being a rainy day, I decided to go to the top. The company staff was nice and willing to change the ticket if I wished to. The weather turned bright for a few minutes when we reached the top - making it a great visit. The train ride was beautiful

Great experience. Definitely a good idea to buy in advance. Once you get to the ticket window they Just verify your information. (Identification). I would recommend this to see the views alone. Breathtaking views of the city!

To the finish with a few photo stops and otherwise a relaxed walk. Very informative. Not a MUST, but nice to get a little out of town.

Have already been picked up from the hotel by jeep. Super competent and funny guide. Overall a wonderful tour.

The tour was excellent. Our guide Geasa was absolutely friendly, on time and helpful. The places was great.