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Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

1. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

Take an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the favelas on this guided tour. Your guide is a local from Santa Marta, who will be able to share you with you an authentic perspective of the beautiful favela they call home. Using the Santa Marta cable car, your guide will take you to the top of the favela. From here you will get to witness one of the best panoramic views of the city. Spot Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. Then explore the streets and alleys held dear by both residents and the many famous visitors to Favela Santa Marta alike, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson. Stroll through the favela, seeing the best sights and stopping at many of the local artisan shops along the way.

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 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: Sunset Sailing Tour

3. Rio de Janeiro: Sunset Sailing Tour

Marvel at the scenery of Rio de Janeiro, the Marvellous City, on a sunset sailing tour in Guanabara Bay. Admire the beautiful sunset, and savor all-inclusive drinks and snacks aboard your boat. Enjoy a small group tour for no more than 10 people, or opt to splash out on a private tour to make your experience extra special. Set sail from Marina da Glória and pass by 3 fortresses — São José, Lage, and Santa Cruz — on your way to Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Cruise past Oscar Niemeyer's striking Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art and enjoy the views in Guanabara Bay. Then, sit back and appreciate the sunset over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Delight in scenic views of the city's most famous landmarks, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, as the sun sets on the horizon. Throughout the tour, relax with drinks on board, such as the famous Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, beer, and sparkling white wine. The tour concludes back at the marina in Glória. Hotel pickup and drop-off options are available.

From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

4. From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your 12-hour tour through paradise with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the region of the Costa do Sol (Sun Coast). When you arrive in Arraial do Cabo, hop aboard a majestic schooner to sail through the warm, clear waters of what’s often called the Brazilian Caribbean. Gliding through the sea, you’ll make a 40-minute stop to swim and snorkel near the Ilha do Farol, a peninsula famous for its lighthouse, and Prainhas do Pontal, a coastal zone flanked by towering cliffs and verdant mountains. Continuing on your boat tour, you’ll stop for photos at the Gruta Azul, a grotto known for its shockingly-azure waters, and the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, where a statue of a saint is placed between a massive rift in between 2 cliffs. To cap off your boat tour, you’ll enjoy another 20-minute stop at one of the region’s most famous beaches, the Praia do Forno. After working up an appetite swimming and relaxing on the boat, you’ll enjoy an authentic buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant, before hopping back aboard your transportation to Rio, arriving back in time for dinner.

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

5. 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 hidden cave with deep blue water. Revel at the crystal-clear water and white sands before leaving the boat around 3:00 PM and have a buffet lunch. Then, it is time to leave Arraial. Hop on the bus to make the journey back to Rio where you will arrive around 8:00 PM.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

6. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

7. Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

The operator will first search for the best spot to fly. The most common destinations are the coast of Niteroi and Urca, but depending on the conditions, other routes are also possible.  After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated, the first crew mate clips your harness to the parachute. Then up you will ascend really nice and smoothly, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime.  The local operator does everything that is possible to ensure your safety. How? Always respecting the limits of nature, providing the best equipment and performing constant security checks. Your safety is top priority! 

Rio de Janeiro: Best Beaches Boat Tour with Free Beers

8. Rio de Janeiro: Best Beaches Boat Tour with Free Beers

See Rio's most beautiful beaches from an exotic and aquatic angle. You'll depart from the yacht club near Sugarloaf Mountain from where you will pass by several gorgeous beaches and islands. Throughout your experience, you will be welcome to stop at any time to swim or simply chill out and take in the scenery. You can also expect to experience a secret island throughout your day too. Throughout your 3-hour trip you will encounter Urca Beach, Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf), Praia Vermelha (with swimming time), Copacabana Beach, Arpoador Beach, the Ipanema beaches (with swimming time), and Ilhas Cagarras (Cagarras Islands. At the conclusion of your enjoyable day out on the water, you will return back to your tour starting point.

Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

9. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

​​​Be picked up early in the morning to head to the most incredible landmark in Rio de Janeiro: The Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill. Start at Copacabana Beach and pass Botafogo Beach and the Palácio Guanabara, the official residence of the State Governor. See the old mansion houses of the coffee barons in the Laranjeiras and Cosme Velho districts. Arrive at Tijuca Forest and board the vehicles of the National Park Authority at Paineiras. Then, go to the top of the Hill to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and be amazed by the magnificent landscape. If you wish to visit Sugar Loaf, continue along Botafogo Beach to reach Praia Vermelha. Then, board the cable car to ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for a 30-minute stop to enjoy the views and its natural beauty (ticket not included). You can also choose to be dropped off at the same pickup point and enjoy the rest of your day. Upgrade your visit to include a downtown city tour and visit all of the well-known landmarks in Rio de Janeiro in an 8.5-hour sightseeing tour.

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

10. Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

Ilha Grande is one of the most beautiful and well-known beach destinations in Brazil and receives a large number of visitors. On this tour, leave Rio de Janeiro, towards Ilha Grande on a trip of approximately 3 hours, with a snack stop along the way, arriving at Angra dos Reis between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. You then onboard a speedboat for Ilha Grande. Make between 4 and 5 stops to explore some of the most beautiful spots of the island such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases Islands, Botinas Islands, Green Lagoon, Japariz beach, and Saco do Céu. The stops can vary, according to the weather, sea condition, wind and the number of people on site. The intention is to escape the great boats and stops with many people, seeking to provide a more exclusive experience. Opportunities for a good dive, beautiful photos and moments of relaxation are not going to fail. After a day in paradise, begin your return to Rio de Janeiro at approximately 5:00 PM, arriving in the city between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. You can choose to do the basic tour (transportation, speed-boat and lunch) or the all-inclusive package tour (includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, underwater photos and snorkel mask).

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

As someone who was born and raised in Rio but lives many years abroad I was delighted with the experience and my boyfriend who is a foreigner who never been to Rio as well. Very friendly staff and beautiful beaches. The first stop Lagoa Azul where you can snorkel with the fishes was the best. Between stops you can buy very tasty drinks in the boat and there was definitely the Brazilian vibe. I would definitely recommend this experience.

This is a must do trip whilst in Rio. You get to see the famous sights from a different angle whilst enjoying freshly prepared drinks and soaking up the late afternoon sun. What really made the trip special though, were our wonderful guides, John & Tainà, who made us all feel like friends.

Fantastic trip, hosts and boat. Couldn’t have asked for better. As a solo traveller was made to feel very welcome and included. Hopefully I’ll get another opportunity to do it again.

Great day trip to see outside of Rio’s touristy areas. Relaxing ride to beautiful beaches and scenery.

Excelente experiencia, buen servicio y bonitos spots para disfrutar de las islas