Rio de Janeiro
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Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing Tours

  • Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch

    1. Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch

    Discover the landmarks of Rio on a full-day guided tour, including pickup and drop off at hotels in Rio (check the pickup locations). Start with a visit to Corcovado Mountain, where you will ride to the base of the 38-meter tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, standing at an altitude of 710 meters (about 2329 feet). Ride by van to the top or board the train, both through the Tijuca Forest, for a preview of the wonderful landscape. Then, marvel at the main monument of Brazil 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 Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, a modern structure influenced by Mayan pyramids. Check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps at Lapa, before enjoying a typical ...

    Great tour!! Pedro the guide was very knowledgeable about everything. I even tried to one up him on a few things but even with all the research I did before coming here he always had a little extra unknown fact about everything. Everything ran smoothly and they kept everything flowing. Was able to get everything in, and have a little extra time at a few places. Would definitely recommend.

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

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

    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 four to five different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Green Lagoon, Saco do Céu, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The knowledgable captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather.

    Most comfortable trip ever: Luisa is downright a sweetheart who knows whats up. From the coach driver to the ship captain and the staff are extremely nice.. I cannot describe in words how beautiful the whole area is!! I'm very glad I booked this trip. Also would 1000% recommend snorkeling and getting your pics!!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

    3. Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

    Benefit from pickup from your hotel, São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor. Then take a 15-minute jeep ride into Tijuca National Park, arriving at the Pedra Bonita Ramp, 1,700 feet (520 meters) above sea level. After a safety briefing and a rehearsal, it's time for takeoff.   Take the leap and experience incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean, Rio’s famous beaches, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay and much more. Your tandem flight ends with a smooth landing on the beach at São Conrado and the entire adventure will be captured by GoPro cameras attached to the wing. Enjoy an unforgettable sightseeing experience in Rio de Janeiro.

    The entire experience was epic!!! Beto and his team are extremely well organized, professional, and also so much fun! From pickup to drop off, I felt like I was on a journey of a lifetime! Beto, thank you for making my flight so enjoyable and personalized!!! I will be back!

  • Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

    4. Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

    Explore Rio’s largest favela on a half-day walking tour of Rocinha, the largest favela (shantytown) in South America. Organized by local, English speaking guides and favela hosts, the walking tour is respectful and non-intrusive to the residents. Subject of the movie "City of God," Rio’s favelas have fallen victim to unfortunate stereotypes. In order to correct this, and show you the true Rio de Janeiro, the favela tour will let you see and experience how daily life happens away from the sensationalist headlines. While other favela “zoo-tours” drive around in jeeps, you will get to walk the streets in small groups (average of 10 people) and meet the locals to hear their stories. Learn the history of the favela and its social and economic challenges. The tour cost also includes a monetary contribution to the favela community.

    Alfredo's ( Alberto) knowledge was immense and he was so we'll connected in the favela as he lived there for his whole life. He is extremely intelligent, sociable, and really explains the life inside the favela through bringing you on the tour!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Walking Tour with Local Guide

    5. 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.

    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!

  • Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Stairs & Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

    6. Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Stairs & Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

    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.

    Igor Mendez was our tour guide. He was fantastic! He was punctual, very knowledgeable, informative, passionate about Rio and all it has to offer.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hiking Tour

    7. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra do Telegrafo Hiking Tour

    Admire the breath taking views from the peak of Pedra do Telegrafo. This mountain stands 354 meters high and is located in the Selvagens Beaches sector of Pedra Branca State Park, in Morro de Guaratiba, near Rio de Janeiro. Discover the Praia Grande in Barra de Guaratiba, known locally as the Fisherman's Path, it was once a military station during World War ll. As you explore the trails of Pedra do Telégrafo you will travel 3.5 kilometers through moderate hiking terrain, and your expert guide will ensure you pass several viewpoints for the breath-taking of the panoramas. Once you reach the peak, you will be able to stand upon a stone that photographs well, giving the impression of a large drop into the abyss of tree tops. Hikers past have taken imaginative and super cool photos that went viral on the internet. Be assured that your guide to the Telegraph Stone is trained in photography ...

  • Rio Carnival 2022: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

    8. Rio Carnival 2022: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

    Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and the best parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators.  Start the tour with a shared shuttle transfer to the Sambodrome, from main hotels in Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Lapa, Barra da Tijuca, Centro, and Rio Cruise Port. Choose to spectate the incredible event from 5 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. – February 25th, 2022 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 26th, 2022 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 27th, 2022 (Su...

    Picked up at hotel promptly. Taken to Sambadrome and everyone dropped off at their particular ticket area. Guide explained exactly when and how our return transportation worked giving us all several time options. Everything worked like clockwork which was amazing considering the amount of people in the area.

  • Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

    9. 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. 

    It was a great experience. Scary at first but worth it. My instructor was very helpful and patient with my boyfriend and I.

  • From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

    10. From Rio de Janeiro: Arraial do Cabo Boat Trip with Lunch

    Enjoy an early morning pickup from Rio and relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Arraial do Cabo. A quick pit-stop on the road is made to stretch the legs, have a bathroom break, and buy a snack. Explore the Arraial sea which is special for a very particular reason. In the region, there is the phenomenon of a resurgence, which brings to the surface deep waters rich in marine life. The abundance of food turns Arraial into one of the best diving spots in the country, with clear waters and lots of life. Leave the bus upon arrival in the docks of Arraial do Cabo, around 10:00 AM, and hop on the schooner. Enjoy a schooner ride through the best beaches of Arraial do Cabo. Marvel at the waters in shades of green and blue, ready for a swim. Explore 4 different stops in places like the Forno beach, the Praia do Farol, or famous Atalaia beach. Take in the panoramic view of the Blue Groot, a h...

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 455 reviews

Great guide and a great tour. They tend to cancel at really short notice if there are not enough people. Which I can understand but please plan more time. I recommend to just pay for the group to fill up.

Igor Mendez was our tour guide. He was fantastic! He was punctual, very knowledgeable, informative, passionate about Rio and all it has to offer.

Great Guide which speaks perfectly english and knows a lot. I felt secure at all the times. Support the local stores inside. Thank you!

Very good experience and the guide is one of the best i have ever met.

Nice guide, and nice stops. Lunch is not to good but decent :)