Rio de Janeiro
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  • 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.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Hang Gliding Tandem Flight

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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.

  • Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

    6. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

    Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep where you will discover a tropical forest in the middle of a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the history of the reforestation process and the importance of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forrest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Your tour continues with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail where you will learn more and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in ...

    Good trip but make sure to do it with good weather as we were very unlucky we had fog and rain we couldn’t see most of the things. Henry the guide was very good and we learned about the rainforest and life in Brazil.

  • Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

    7. 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.

  • Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

    8. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

    For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight,  experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Next, you’ll see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day...

  • Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

    9. 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.

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

  • 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 you...

    Lucas, jesse, and calcao, not sure if i spelled his name right, were excellent guides. Had a blast during the boat ride. Just be prepared that its 3 hours away but works for sleeping.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 154 reviews

The booking was easy and the meeting point was easily found. Communication thru WhatsApp was no problem and replies were done in a timely manner. Our guides Jessie and Erica were lively and fun. They kept the party mood alive and was always willing to help. The islands were absolutely beautiful. Pictures don't do these islands justice. It's simply paradise. The third island stop was a wonderful and filling lunch. The dive mask/snorkel are a must. I highly recommend this tour.

We had a great time. Very motivated staff, although the group was quite bland, but that is not their fault. The snorkel in the fantastic blue lagoon with many fish, sea horses and a turtle piece that we follow.

Lucas, jesse, and calcao, not sure if i spelled his name right, were excellent guides. Had a blast during the boat ride. Just be prepared that its 3 hours away but works for sleeping.

The perfect day. The tour guides were amazing, full of energy, helpful and you can tell they love what they do. Unlimited drinks, delicious lunch and just overall a really fun day!

AMAZING! ♥️ Thank you Ericka for being an awesome guide. Definitely recommend them.