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Jul 18, 2019
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July 2019

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Adult 5 - 99 years


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  • 9 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

Is this your first time in Rio? So this is the best choice for you to explore all the main "Carioca" wonders.
During 8 hours, you will see the world known Christ, the Redeemer, being one of the firsts to get there and having the opportunity to take the best pictures; pass through the Tijuca Forest, the biggest rain forest inside a city in the whole world; straight to the Sugar Loaf, where you'll have an absolutely stunning view not only the city of Rio de Janeiro but also Niterói and the Guanabara Bay.
Have a lunch break in Ipanema, where you'll have options from a salad to a "all you can eat" Brazilian Steak House. In the afternoon, a lighter tour: you will visit the Maracanã stadium, the stage of the 2014 World Cup; Selaron stair case, with colorful tiles from around the globe; the Sambadrome, where our carnival magic happens every year, and much more. Round-trip transportation from selected Rio hotels is included.

  • Excellent value for money
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Meals or drinks (if any) Entrances fees - Estimated local cash needed for entrance fees: USD 40 = BRL 126.00 per person. Entrance fees will be paid directly at the attractions. All major credit cards are accepted in both attractions. Attraction prices are subject to changes without prior notice Discount at the Sugar Loaf tickets for: Children, Juveniles, Students ,Seniors above 60 years old and People with disabilities. To guarantee your discount you must present an identification document with photo and date of birth on paper. No electronic documents will be accepted.
  • Entry/Admission - Corcovado Christ the Redeemer
  • Entry/Admission - Morro da Urca
  • Entry/Admission - Pao de Acucar
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Leme, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22010-000, Brazil

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up by selected hotels by the cost of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Please contact local operator to know the best pick up location and pick up time

Please note:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point



What to Expect What to Expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Ipanema Beach, Avenida Vieira Souto - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-002 Brazil

Ipanema beach is bordered by Arpoador Beach on one end and Leblon Beach on the other end. This beach is considered one of the main centers of activity for the city of Rio. One of the most expensive places to live, the neighborhood is full of wealthy residents.

Pass By: Copacabana Beach, Av. Atlantica - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22070-011 Brazil

Is one of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in the world. The atmosphere is very vibrant and the people are colorful and fun loving.After the pick-up we will start the tour from Copacabana Beach.

Pass By: Guanabara Palace, Rua Pinheiro Machado s/n, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22231-901 Brazil

The palace was built around 1853 for a merchant named Machado Coelho in neoclassical style. It was acquired by the imperial government in 1865 in favor of the recently married Princess Isabella and the Count of Eu; On this occasion, the architect José Maria Jacinto Rebelo underwent some transformations to the building. He also planted a hundred palm trees to give more solemnity to the access road. In 1889, the building was confiscated by the Republican government and subjected to a new restoration in 1908 under the direction of Francisco Marcellino de Souza Aguiar and landscape architect Paul Villon, in an eclectic style. After various uses, the palace belongs since 1960 to the government of the state of Rio.

Pass By: Parque Nacional da Tijuca, Estrada da Cascatinha 850 Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-590 Brazil

The Tijuca Forest or Floresta da Tijuca is a tropical rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro which is 3.5% of the city of Rio de Janeiro, around 11 times Central Park in NY. The tour will reach Tijuca Forest with a stop at Paineiras to board the official vehicles of the National Park Authority to be able to reach the top of the Corcovado Hill where The Christ The Redeemer Statue is located.

Stop At: Corcovado Christ the Redeemer, Parque Nacional da Tijuca Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330 Brazil

From the top of Corcovado Hill you will be able to admire The Christ of the Redeemer statue, which has 38m or 125 feet in height and was made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles, and also will have a chance to see some of the most beautiful views of the city.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mirante Dona Marta, Estrada das Paineiras Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-330 Brazil

Only in case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado, we will make an alternative stop at Mirante Dona Marta which offers one of the most incredible views of the city, guaranteeing the title of one of the most visited tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Morro da Urca, Praia Vermelha, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-270 Brazil

This hill, 220 meters or 722 feet high, has at its peak the first stop of the cable car towards the Sugar Loaf. From the top of Morro da Urca you have spectacular views of various points of the city, such as the beaches of Botafogo, Flamengo, Corcovado with a statue of Cristo Redentor, Guanabara Bay, Rio's downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, Governador Island, Niterói, Rio-Niterói Bridge and, in the background, the Serra do Mar and the Dedo de Deus peak.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Pao de Acucar, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Sugar Loaf Mountain, 396 meters or 1300 feet above sea level. From up there, you will have a chance to see the most breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and will definitely understand why everyone says that Rio is “The wonderful city”

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portao 3 Portao 3 - Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20271-130 Brazil

After lunch, the tour starts with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium (outside only) where we will have a quick stop for pictures at the Bellini’s statue, a famous captain who led Brazil’s soccer team to win the World Soccer Cup in 1958.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai, Rua Marques de Sapucai, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22640-100 Brazil

After seeing Maracanã Stadium we will head to the Sambadrome, get ready to see where the magic happens every year. You'll see where the biggest carnival parade happens, try on some typical costumes and even try to dance some samba, Rio's main dance and musical style.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sao Bento Monastery, Rua Dom Gerardo 40 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20090-030 Brazil

Following we will then visit the São Bento Monastery. A place of monastic simplicity that is one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in Brazil where there is a surprising contrast between the austere, purposefully simple appearance of the exterior and the richness of the interior highlighting gilded Baroque engravings with plants motifs. See for yourself the exuberant Rococo style in the engraving on the high altar, followed by a view of the dome and the Chapel of the Santíssimo Sacramento.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, Avenida Republica do Chile 245, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-170 Brazil

As we continue through the city, we will see the Lapa Arches, Lavradio street and Avenida Chile. There we will visit the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a major landmark in this Brazilian city and a masterpiece of modern art. With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. You will notice that acoustics are great in there!

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Carioca Aqueduct, Rua Riachuelo 27, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-010 Brazil

The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the center of the city, in Lapa neighborhood, and is frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) by Brazilian people. Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city center with the Santa Teresa neighborhood uphill, the Santa Teresa streetcar.

Stop At: Escadaria Selaron, Rua Joaquim Silva, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20241-110 Brazil

Next we will visit the Escadaria Selarón or Selaron staircase, a colorful tiled stairway, work of a self-taught Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Having traveled the world, Selarón moved to Rio in 1983, in a tiny house just in front of the desolate stairway connecting the areas of Lapa and Santa Teresa. 215 steps that he entirely covered with tiles collected in urban areas of Rio or donated by visitors from all around the world. Since 1990, Selarón has laid over 2000 tiles, He choose green, yellow and blue as main colors like the Brazilian flag: unique pieces representing a “tribute to the Brazilian people”.
It has starred in many music videos such as "Beautiful" by Snoop Dog and Pharrel Williams in 2002.

Duration: 25 minutes

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Remark: In case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado, we make an alternative stop at mirante Dona Marta (362m), generally less affected by cloudiness.
  • Child rates apply provided they have ID and do not occupy a seat
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


24 Reviews

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Anna S

14, March, 2019

The tour was awesome. The problem was that the cathedral, which was part of the tour, was closed. I have to mention that we were the only participants who had to personally get tickets for the Christ Redeemer entrance while the rest of the group were purchased by the tour guide which made us feel out of place.

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Elga L

21, August, 2018

We spent a beautiful day with Gisela and her driver. Gisela was very informative and took us to most of the beautiful sites of Rio. Our visits to the Christ and the Sugar Loaf were scheduled very early in the morning; therefore, we were able to avoid the long lines and big crowds. Highly recommended!

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Christine S

06, May, 2018

This tour was great! I saw everything I wanted to see in Rio in one day. My tour guide was informative and tried his best to keep the larger group on a schedule so that we could still get everything in. I would recommend this tour if you want to see all the famous landmarks all in one day.

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Traron M

02, January, 2018

This was a really awesome experience! My family and I got to see all the sights of Rio in one day! The tour guide Kiko was awesome. He and his team made sure we had no issues. A person in my party uses a wheelchair for mobility. They made sure everything was always accessible! We couldn't have asked for more.

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Robert L

22, November, 2017

Carmen, the tour guide took us to all the attracions that she could reasonably cover. I was completely awed. Rio is a beautiful metropolis. Carmen spoke fluent English and expertly answered every question she was challenged with.

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12, May, 2017

A well organised tour. We arrived at Christ Redeemer early and just about had the place to ourselves. Brilliant

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04, May, 2017

The tour was amazing but tour operator customer service was terrible, asked for pick up at my hotel never reply. After I bought the tour told me to go to wrong pick up point, lucky the taxi driver help me find the pick up point which is Hilton Hotel.

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William T

24, April, 2017

Our guide Ana did a great job showing us the sights and informing us on all the fascinating history of this lovely city!

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Stephen G

31, March, 2017

Excellent tour, and friendly guide!!!
This is THE tour to get around Rio, and see the major sights.

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Ellen C

10, March, 2017

The tour was everything I wished for and more. Our guide Ana was super. Very informative and very friendly. She gave us choices and time and helped us learn about Rio. I would recommend this tour to everyone

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David M

20, February, 2017

Highlight of 3 week South America trip!

Saw so much and our guide and driver were amazing!

To be honest, we started the day a bit homesick and miserable it had and still was raining in Rio, but we saw and learnt so much during the day it completely turned around our experience. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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Joseph K

27, January, 2017

This is a small group van tour there were only 6 of us, so almost a private day tour of Rio: pickup and dropoff in Copacabana, Christ Redeemer statue and gondola to the top of Sugarloaf mountain in the morning amazing views on a clear day, Carretao churrascaria lunch in Ipanema almost too much food...wish we had more time, and various stops in the downtown area in the afternoon Maracana, Carnival parade stadium, staircase, old and new churches. The van had high ceilings and was quite comfortable. Our enthusiastic guide Anna from Portugal and driver Roberto were both great. Even with limited mobility I limp with a cane I was able to do this tour. We went on a hot summer day and one suggestion would be to provide a needed bottle of water in the afternoon luckily there were street vendors for this at some of the stops. This tour is a great way to see the major highlights of Rio in a day.

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Anthony C

26, January, 2017

Excellent tour. Started early but because of this we avoided the very long lines that other tours experienced. Guide took time to ensure everyone stayed together and was used extra time for photo assistance.

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Eric W

20, January, 2017

Carmen, our tourguide, was amazing! Full of stories, background and information of all the wonderfull locations we visited! She had a great personality wich made our day unforgettable! This really is a wonderfull full day tour with all the amazing places in Rio, wow! Thank you Carmen, see you next time in Rio!

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07, January, 2017

Wonderful trip. Very knowledgable, helpful and friendly guide. There were 10 people on this trip and the driver and guide managed to accommodate everyone. All the main sights are included and ample time is given at Sugar Loaf, Chris Redeemer and Escudaria Selaran. Lunch was included and was very good.

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Kevin G

06, January, 2017

This tour was fantastic starting with Christ the Redeemer before the crowds. Our guide Vincent spoke good English and made sure he kept track of the 14 of us which is something we lacked throughout the rest of Sth America. The temp was 41degC so make sure to take plenty of water as this is not supplied. It was good to be able to get back into an air conditioned mini van which was able to negotiate the many narrow streets

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Cathy L

04, January, 2017

Great tour. You get to see everything in one day. It's a little long but you get to see it all then have free time.

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Eric W

02, August, 2016

Great tour of Rio, we were suppose to be with other people in a mini bus for the tour, but since the tour company was unsure of the family size, we got a private car, for a private tour of Rio, very personal and nice. For the first part of the tour we had Katia as a guide, she was nice. We started at Escadaria Selarón, it was great we were there early with no crowds, followed by Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, she gave us a feel for what it is like to live there, even pointing out her favorite beach, Red Beach after we went up Sugar loaf. Lunch was at a local churrascaria where she pointed out what was must try. After lunch we change tour guides to Leo who was very funny, he explained more about Rio to us. He took us up to Cristo Redentor. Wish we could have saw more, but a lot of things were closed due to the Olympics, oh well, still a great day! With two great tour guides and a great driver.

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09, July, 2016

We've gone on many sightseeing day tours around the world and this is one of the very best on Viator. Our guide Vincent spoke excellent English and was able to joke in English with us, too. His explanations of the history of the region and Brazil itself were critical to the day's success. The tour starts out perfectly as you get whisked up to see Christ the Redeemer before the crowd's get there. We had the entire monument to ourselves for nearly 20 minutes! We then went over to Sugarloaf Mountain and rode the cable cars to take in the amazing views. The steakhouse lunch included in this tour is absolutely incredible! Bring your appetite as the waiters will literally not stop shoveling meat in front of you until you tell them to stop. And it's very high-quality, well-seasoned meat along with tons of veggie options, too. The afternoon is a bit more leisurely but beautifully rounds out a fuller understanding of the city's landmarks. Climbing the steps, visiting the cathedral, and seeing the soccer stadium were all excellent ways to end the day. We were back at our hotel before 5pm with plenty of time to shop and eat dinner. Perfect day!

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05, July, 2016

This tour was amazing!!! Tour guide Vincent Thomas very helpful and professional. Very happy with the services. Lunch was great and all the attractions were done on time. I will do it again!!!

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