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Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain

1. Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain

Start with pickup from your hotel in southern Rio and meet your guide, who will provide more information about the sites you will visit. Begin the tour with a visit to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Experience breathtaking views of the city from the top of Corcovado Hill. Pass the historic and cultural neighborhood of Santa Teresa, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from Mirante dos Prazeres. Learn more about how the Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue was first opened to the public in 1931. From its base, enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the Tijuca Forest, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and the city's most stunning beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema. After visiting one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, continue the tour with a ride on the cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy the journey on the most famous cable car in Brazil where you can enjoy more fantastic views of the entire city. Afterward, be returned to your hotel.

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Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Selarón Steps Half-Day Tour

2. Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Selarón Steps Half-Day Tour

Meet your group at the meeting point in Copacabana. Start your half-day and drive up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top of the Corcovado Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Journey through a short and beautiful route through Tijuca Forest, one of the largest urban forests in the world, before enjoying the incredible views of the entire city. When reaching the top of the mountain, visit the most famous tourist attraction in Brazil and get a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, 710 meters above sea level. Return from Christ the Redeemer and drive past Santa Teresa, the famous neighborhood located on a hillside known for its narrow cobblestone streets, unique cultural flair, and iconic yellow tram. Arrive at the neighborhood of Lapa, a hot spot of Rio’s nightlife and known for the Carioca Aqueduct, before visiting the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps. Take some photos at one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. This landmark was created when Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón began renovating the dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. This now-iconic site has featured in many famous magazines, newspapers, travel shows, documentaries, and commercials.

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Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

3. Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on a 6-hour guided tour of Corcovado, Selarón Steps, and Sugar Loaf Mountain and see it all! Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Corcovado Mountain through the Tijuca Rainforest. Ascend to the summit to see the 38-meter (128-foot) tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy spectacular views of Rio and its surrounding countryside. Then, travel back downhill to take a tour of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. Admire its charming architecture and go to the famous Selarón Steps made in ceramic by the artist Jorge Selarón. After that, head to the Sugar Loaf Mountain taking a ride through the charming neighborhood of Urca to take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf in two stages. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, from where you will get beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Continue to the summit for unrivaled views of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niterói.

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Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

4. Rio de Janeiro: Historic Rio and Santa Teresa Half-Day Tour

Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. Consisting of centuries-old buildings and roads, the historic center of Rio best illustrates the most important chapters of Brazil’s history.  See the contrast of new and old architecture at XV de Novembro Square. Continue to Cinelândia Square until you reach the famous Carioca Aqueduct (Arcos de Lapa) in Lapa. Admire the historic beauty as you continue to Santa Teresa by car. Enjoy the winding narrow streets and colorful buildings of bohemian Santa Teresa, famous for its bars, galleries, ateliers, and the 19th-century Santa Teresa tram. From the top of Santa Teresa Hill, enjoy some of Rio’s finest views and look across Guanabara Bay.  Take in the panoramic views of the city from the Parque das Ruínas, located in the ruins of an old mansion belonging to Laurinda Santos. The mansion has been partially restored and is now used as a cultural center hosting various exhibitions and events.

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Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights with Electric Scooter

5. Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights with Electric Scooter

Experience an exhilarating and memorable tour via an electric scooter of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro. Your guide will offer you instructions if you are a newcomer, ensuring that you and your group are safe throughout the whole trip. This tour is a sustainable way to meet people and witness the highlights of the city. Have plenty of opportunities to appreciate nature and acquaint yourself with the city. Flamengo, Rio Historical Center and Olympic Boulevard: Your route will take you from Flamengo Park through the Rio historical center, Olympic Boulevard, and Mauá Square Downtown. Highlights of your experience include Flamengo Park, MAM (the Modern Art Museum), Cinelândia Square, the Municipal Theater, the National Library, the Candelária Church, LAPA, and the Selaron Stairs. You will also see the Metropolitan Cathedral, Olympic Boulevard (Olympic Pyre), the Tomorrow Museum, and the Ethnicities Mural in the port zone.

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Rio de Janeiro: Christ Redeemer, Santa Teresa & Sugarloaf

6. Rio de Janeiro: Christ Redeemer, Santa Teresa & Sugarloaf

Explore the best of what Rio de Janeiro has to offer on a guided sunset tour. See the World famous Christ the Redeemer, visit Santa Teresa, Escadaria Selarón, and take in sunset views of the city from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Begin your tour with a visit to Corcovado Mountain. After a 25-minute drive to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue through the Tijuca Forest, take in the enchanting views of the city and surrounding countryside. Continue towards the Santa Teresa neighborhood where you will see its charming streets and its history by sight. Right after that, visit the famous Escadaria Selarón, before heading to Sugarloaf Mountain for the sunset. Board a cable car and head to the Morro da Urca station before continuing to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From there, marvel at the fantastic panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world while admiring Copacabana Beach from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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

7. 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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Rio de Janeiro: Classic Downtown Food Tour

8. Rio de Janeiro: Classic Downtown Food Tour

Join a delicious guided 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.

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Rio: Highlights Day Tour with Lunch

9. Rio: Highlights Day Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most popular attractions in Rio de Janeiro on a day tour. See the Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain, get a panoramic view of the Maracanã stadium, ride the cable car at Sugarloaf Mountain and more. Get picked up from your Rio hotel and drive up to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take in this famous monument, snap some pictures, and enjoy the views before returning to sea level. Next, drive past the legendary Maracanã soccer stadium and see this iconic arena from the outside. Afterward, head to Sambódromo, the location of Rio's exciting carnival. See the Metropolitan Cathedral, a modern structure influenced by ancient indigenous pyramids. Check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps, one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. Head to a local steakhouse for a Brazilian barbecue lunch. After lunch, go up Sugarloaf Mountain using a series of cable cars and reach a height of 1,295 feet (395m). Finish off your tour with panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro before getting dropped back off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Everyone was really great ! Friendly , made sure the whole group was together. Knew a lot of history . Also was really good with Communicating and updates all the way to the day of the excursion . I highly recommend this tour group .

Great tour, thanks to a great guide Manuela. They were on time on a pick up spot, everything went smooth, Manuela is smart, interesting and easy going. And she made this tour so good.

Everything was great! Louis told a lot of interesting things. I helped to take many photographs. I highly recommend it!

Ideal to learn a lot in a short time and see the highlights Before or after lunch at the Copacabana

Guide,Luan, speaks good english and is open to learning more words. He has a good sense of humor.