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Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

Go all the way up to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer by the Corcovado Train. The train rides through a railway inside Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world, making a unique view over Rio de Janeiro city. Enjoy an amazing ride on a train that takes you right up to the foot of the statue of The Christ, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and one of the most famous sights in Brazil. Besides admiring one of the most beautiful landscapes of the city, you will take a walk through Brazil's history. The Corcovado Railroad was the first electrified railroad in Brazil. Inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II, it is older than Christ the Redeemer itself. In fact, it was the train that, during four consecutive years, transported pieces for monument’s construction. Your visit starts on the century-old electric locomotive, riding across the preserved Atlantic Forest, part of the Tijuca National Park. At the foot of the statue of Christ, you'll be able to take in the most beautiful view over the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so special.

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

2. 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.

Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket with Van Transport

3. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket with Van Transport

Guarantee a visit to Rio de Janeiro‘s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue with official tickets and official transportation. Choose one of the two departure points in Copacabana or Largo do Machado, which are located in strategic points easily accessible by public bus and subway, or a hotel pickup. Experience breathtaking views of the city from the top of Corcovado mountain during your journey to the statute. Enjoy the exuberant nature and cultural landscapes throughout the trip.  When passing through the historic and cultural neighborhood of Santa Teresa, be sure to record the panoramic view from Mirante dos Prazeres. On your way to Tijuca National Park, you will see the Caixa da Mãe D’água Aquifer, built-in 1774 by the Portuguese Crown. This structure was, at the time, mainly responsible for the large-scale water supply reaching the city of Rio de Janeiro. Arrive directly at the visitor's center of Paineiras Corcovado, a new adjacent structure with restaurants, a cafe, a gift shop, and a museum. Be sure to explore the Paineiras Visitor Center displaying exhibitions and models of the city of Rio de Janeiro. From the Visitors Center, board another van to the top of the Corcovado Hill, for a closer look at the Christ the Redeemer statue.  Learn about how the art deco statue was first opened to the public in 1931 atop a 710 m high granite dome. Get spectacular 360 views from Rio of the Tijuca Forest, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and the most stunning beaches in the city such as Copacabana and Ipanema.  After your day of exploring one of the “7 Wonders of the Modern World”, be comfortably driven back to your initial pickup point at either Copacabana or Largo do Machado.

Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

4. Tijuca Forest: Adventure & History Half-Day Hike

Visit a variety of lesser-known attractions in the Tijuca Forest National Park on the Tijuca Forest tour circuit. On a 6-km-long walk, hike along trails made in the 19th century, a period when this area was occupied by coffee plantations. Discover the history of the park, the world’s largest replanted urban forest. Along the circuit, visit the Cascatinha Taunay, the largest waterfall in the National Park, the Mayrink Chapel from 1850, the Cova da Onça Suspension Bridge, the Eucalyptus Forest which houses an old slave cemetery, and the Morcego’s Grotto, the largest gneiss cave in Brazil. Next, cool off at the Baronesa Cascade waterfall. Then, start the journey back to the starting point passing the former residence of Barão d’Escragnolle, one of the park’s managers in the past (now The Esquilos restaurant). Also see the Wallace Fountain, with a sculpture representing goodness, charity, sobriety and simplicity, a gift from the English philanthropist Richard Wallace to Brazil and produced inFrance in 1870. This circuit combines adventure, history, nature, a waterfall shower, among other things, passing through hidden spots and attractions that reveal the richness and personality of Rio de Janeiro and its tropical rainforest.

Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

5. 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.

Rio: City Sights Van Tour with Christ the Redeemer

6. Rio: City Sights Van Tour with Christ the Redeemer

Embark on a guided tour of Rio and see important highlights, including Christ The Redeemer and Selaron Steps. Ride a cable car to Sugar Loaf and take in the sunset views overlooking Copacabana Beach. 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.

Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

7. Wonders of Rio: Christ, Selaron Steps, and Tijuca Forest

This specially designed 7-hour tour around the city of Rio de Janeiro provides a unique chance to see the attractions of Rio de Janeiro with a professional English speaking tour guide showing you all around. The day tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or hostel in Rio. Your first stop will be at São Conrado beach where the hang gliders land after their take off from Pedra Bonita. You will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains on the blue coast of the ocean. From there, you will visit the Tijuca National Park and get a glimpse of the greenest tropical rainforest. This is the best spot to check how nature and the urban area can coexist, while seeing waterfalls, tropical plants and the wildlife.  After that, stop for lunch in Ipanema, and then hit the road again, this time to visit the Christ The Redeemer. Remember to bring your camera for the breathtaking photos of this memorable day. After the visit to the Christ, have a stop in Santa Teresa. This is one of the most traditional neighborhoods of Rio. It still retains much of its original architecture and character of previous colonial years. At the end of your Rio day tour, see the Escadaria Selaron or secret Lapa steps where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for ‘Beautiful’ with Pharrell Williams. Finally, you will be offered the option to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain in time for enjoying the sunset or to be dropped off back in your hotel or hostel.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

8. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

9. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

Experience a mediated opportunity to connect with nature and experience nature’s healing powers. Learn ancestral knowledge and the keys that open the way for freedom and peace from a local guide, through accessing natural powers and learning about natures’ green spirits. Grow faith in nature, through its timeless and borderless deities. Brazilians carry beliefs that originated on Afro-indigenous faith which strengthens many in everyday life. Discover how knowledge within this faith is shared through generations, its original source present in natural elements, represented by different orishas or indigenous entities. Begin the experience with an introduction to the guide and spiritual healing powers of the forest. Try a breathing exercise, stretches, and open your heart through acknowledgment before beginning. Enter the trail to the waterfall, and at the first stream enter, cleanse, and refresh. Reach the “Cachoeira das Almas Fall” and stop to grab some snacks, enter the falls, take pictures, and chill out. Take a different route to close the circuit and visit the painters’ escape garden and lake and the “Mayrink Chapel”. Finish at the parks’ gate and stop for lunch or dinner. In cases of physical limitations that prevent walking longer distances, these trails can be removed from this experience and the route to the waterfalls can be done by car. After visiting the falls, head to one of the two restaurants near the park or in the Tijuca neighborhood for a traditional afro Brazilian dish.

Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

10. Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel, the eco-tour will first explore one of the world's largest urban forests, Tijuca Forest. Stop to visit some important points of interest such as the Taunay Waterfall, Tijuca National Park Visitor Center, and the Chinese Lookout. If you wish, you can take a short walk through the Atlantic Forest as well. Next up, you'll go to Jardim Botânico, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, one of the most important botanical research centers in the world. At this attraction you can visit important points such as the Orchid Garden, Pestle House, the Sensory Garden, the Central Fountain, and the other fascinating diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. Finally, you’ll go to Parque Lage to take the photographs of one of the most charming mansions in Rio set to the backdrop of Christ the Redeemer. The mansion is also equipped with a coffee bar, bistro, and art exhibitions.

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What people are saying about Tijuca National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 833 reviews

It was a great overview of the city and hitting the highlights. You don't have much time in each location so you really need to be on your toes and soak it in quickly

Highly recommended! The team organized very well. Tour attractions, food, and tour guide were very good for a 1 day trip

Just book it. Do it. One of the best days of my life. An unforgettable experience.

Great way to experience the main attractions in a single day.

Great experience, and coordinated well by the company.