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

1. 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.

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 de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

3. 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.

Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountain Full-Day Tour

4. 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.

Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

5. Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

Join a delicious guided walking food tour in Rio de Janeiro's lively Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods where you will visit unique local restaurants and specialty shops and sample different foods and beverages, including cachaça. Enjoy foods that contain some of the most important elements found in traditional Brazilian cuisine like açai, tapioca, and manioc flour.  Hop on a charming tram ride going over the Lapa Arches aqueduct, and passing by Ruinas Park to marvel at panoramic views of the city as you make your way from downtown to Santa Teresa. Taste local beer, as well as delicious cachaça on your route, and learn about the culture and history of Rio de Janeiro and the family traditions behind each food locales you visit. Your local guide will answer any questions you might have.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

Start your private Rio de Janeiro adventure with a drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Go to Corcovado Station and ride to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue by train. Relax on the 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest, and get a preview of the wonderful landscape that awaits you. Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, get a meet and greet at the main monument of Brazil and marvel at the 710-meter statue of Christ with his arms outstretched. Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and surrounding countryside from Rio de Janeiro's most strategic viewpoint. Follow your guide as they point out Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi and other highlights, such as the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the Botanical Garden, the Jockey Club and the Tijuca National Park. Look further towards Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo and the famous Sugar Loaf mountain. Descend Corcovado and continue your tour with an external view of the Maracanã Stadium, Mario Filho (which staged two World Cups and one Olympic Games). Visit the Sambódromo, the famous parade ares of Rio's carnival. Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral to observe its impressive and unusual architecture. Go to the brightly-colored Selarón Steps in Lapa, one of the most visited landmarks in Rio de Janeiro. Take time to lunch at a restaurant of your choice (not included). Head to the Urca neighborhood to ride the cable car to the top of the mountain in 2 stages. Board the cable car to Urca Mount, 224 meters above sea level, and then continue to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain, 395 meters above sea level. Here, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful panoramic views of the city before you return via the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana en route to your hotel drop off.

4-Hour Urban Arts Walking Tour

7. 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.

Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Maracana by Train

8. Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Maracana by Train

If you have always dreamed of visiting Rio then this is the tour for you. Take a tour of downtown and learn a little bit about the city's history with a stop at the incredible Metropolitan Cathedral.  Next stop is Sugar Loaf Mountain. From Urca Hill and Sugar Loaf Mountain, you'll see some great views of Guanabara Bay and Niterói. You'll also see where the City of Rio was founded and where the fights between the Portuguese and French took place. For a break before Christ Redeemer, enjoy an appetizing barbecue lunch. If you are not a meat lover, don't worry, there are plenty of sides and alternative options for vegetarians. After lunch, make your way to Maracanã Stadium where you will take a lap around the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950 when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. Then, take a train ride up the Corcovado Mountain and sit beneath the Christ Redeemer Statue looking down on the marvelous city of Rio. Don't miss the chance to snap terrific photographs.

Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã Stadium Football Match Tickets

9. Rio de Janeiro: Maracanã Stadium Football Match Tickets

Watch a live football match at the world-famous Maracanã stadium accompanied by an expert, bilingual guide who will ensure you have an exciting and safe experience. Live this passion that unites all Brazilians cheering and singing alongside thousands of fans. Maracanã is where Brazilians from all regions meet, driven by the inexplicable passion for their clubs. Watching the football match can be fun, but getting there can be stressful. Our planning lets you to focus on the experience hassle-free, with assistance on everything to keep you on pace of the event. With the tickets in hand, we set off by metro from Ipanema neighborhood towards the stadium. Once in the stadium, walk through the doors and quickly immerse yourself in the surrounding atmosphere, the energy of the crowd cheering as one, the live action and the opportunity to do “the wave”, among other things, will make your day memorable. In this experience, we will take you to witness the games of two of the most important football clubs in Brazil, Flamengo and Fluminense, playing national and international matches at Maracanã, a stadium where these rival clubs share their management. We will meet with the local fans, sing the chants, raise the flags, support the players and hear stories about the past and future heroes of these fields. DO NOT book before checking the next game date just below. • 28/09 Fluminense x Juventude (National Championship) 19:00 • 01/10 Flamengo x Bragantino (National Championship) 19:00 • 05/10 Flamengo x Internacional (National Championship). 21:30 • 09/10 Fluminense x América-MG (National Championship) 18:00 • 15/10 Flamengo x Atlético-MG (National Championship) 20:30 • 23/10 Fluminense x Botafogo (National Championship) (The date may change) • 26/10 Flamengo x Santos (National Championship) (The date may change) • 30/10 Flamengo x Corinthians (National Championship) (The date may change) • 06/11 Fluminense x São Paulo (National Championship) (The date may change) • 09/11 Fluminense x Goiás (National Championship) (The date may change) • 13/11 Flamengo x Avaí (National Championship) (The date may change)

Rio: Maracanã Stadium & Christ the Redeemer by Rack Railway

10. Rio: Maracanã Stadium & Christ the Redeemer by Rack Railway

Make your way to Maracanã where you will take a lap around the outside of the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There, you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950, when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. Once the biggest stadium in the world, the stadium was used extensively during the World Cups and recent Olympics, and it's often used for local games and concerts. Next you head to the Cosme Velho Train Station to make your way to Rio’s major attraction: The Christ Redeemer Statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Ride the rack railway train from Cosme Velho station, through the Tijuca rainforest, and up Corcovado Mountain (maybe you'll see a monkey on the way up). The train ride ends at the top of Corcovado Mountain where you'll have about 1 hour to view the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue, the symbol of Rio de Janeiro for many years. Enjoy views across the whole of Rio and beyond and spot Ipanema and Copacabana from way up high.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro (State)

Priscylla and George picked us up from our hotel on the morning of our tour in a minibus and proceeded to pick up the rest of the group. After picking everyone up, Priscylla started the tour - speaking in 3 different languages to cater for the group. She was super friendly and chatty, and very knowledgeable. She got everyone into good spirits very early in the morning. Priscylla remained upbeat during the whole day, getting to know everybody and answering questions. She set meeting times and allowed us to have our own time at each location. We had a fantastic and fun day and couldn't recommend Priscylla enough, she felt like a friend at the end of the day!

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.

An incredible walk with Carla, our exceptional guide, nothing like walking through the streets of Santa Teresa and in the bondinho with a local person! Interesting all the history of its corners, and secrets, it is worth without a doubt !!!!

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.

A experiência foi ótima. Só achei desnecessário parar no sambódromo e na entrada do Maracanã. De resto nos adoramos tudo. Obrigada pela experiência.