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3 Days in Rio de Janeiro: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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Rio de Janeiro isn’t known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvelous City) for nothing. Beautiful beaches, expansive mountains, the lively Cariocas and the grand Carnaval are only some of the reasons why Rio attracts thousands of tourists from around the world each year. If you are visiting this spectacular harbor, one of the seven wonders of the world, this suggested itinerary will ensure that you don’t miss out on the very best that the city has to offer.

Day 1: Roaming Rio de Janeiro

Your first day in Rio is perhaps best spent getting oriented to the city. Get a bird’s eye helicopter view  of the marvelous city guarded by giant granite rocks and vast blue oceans. Alternatively roam downtown on foot  or bicycle  and mingle with the charming locals while learning of the city’s fascinating lore and history. Follow this up with a delectable seafood lunch cruise that sails past the beaches of Niteroi. When the sun sets it’s time to take out your dancing shoes! Catch a samba show and enjoy a famous Brazilian steakhouse dinner.

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro Activities

On day two, it’s time to hit the sun, sea and surf! Indulge yourself with a tropical islands cruise  complete with an island lunch or set sail to the Angra dos Reis archipalego. Cruise around Guanabara Bay and glimpse the spectacular Sugar Loaf Mountain. Or if you prefer basking in the lazy beach culture of some of the world’s best beaches, Ipanema and Copacabana are as good as any. Check schedules to see if you can catch a soccer match at the Maracana Stadium. You can also partake in some unique paragliding where you take off from urban areas and land on a beach!

Day 3: Day Trips from Rio de Janeiro

A holiday in Rio is incomplete without a tour of the famed trifecta of Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf which includes a ride through the Tijuca Rain forest by cog train! Opt for either a half-day or full-day tour and save some time to explore the quaint town of Buzios, known for its architectural finesse. Alternatively visit Petropolis, the lap of luxury, home to Brazil’s two emperors. End your Brazilian sojourn with a sumptuous carnivorous buffet at Porcao or taste some traditional Portuguese fare at the famous Antiquarius.

Tours & Tickets

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 361 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day excursion packed with breathtaking views. In the morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.99

Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour from Manaus

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Put your survival skills to the test on this guided tour through the Amazon Rainforest from Manaus! As you walk through the lush rainforest, your expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.99

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Plataforma Samba Show

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Combine a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions with an evening of samba at the Plataforma Show! This is the ultimate day out in Rio — enjoy a city ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 13 to 15 hours

From USD $276.99

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 133 Reviews

Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous icons. You'll take a breathtaking ride in a cable car to the top of the Sugar ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.99

Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $64.99

Rio de Janeiro Full Day Tropical Islands Tour and Sepetiba Bay Cruise including Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Cruise over the turquoise waters of Sepetiba Bay on a day trip from Rio de Janeiro! Travel by coach along a stunning coastline to the small town of Itacuruca, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour and Christ Redeemer Statue Helicopter Flight

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Combine two top Rio de Janeiro tours into one high-flying adventure at a discounted rate with this exciting Super Saver! In the morning, go to the top of Sugar ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $331.99
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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

Visit one of Rio de Janiero's oldest neighborhoods on this Santa Teresa discovery tour! Explore cobblestone streets and admire the neighborhoods’ unique ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.99

Rio de Janeiro Nightlife Tour in Lapa Including Rio Scenarium

Listen to the iconic sounds of samba as you sip your caipirinha at two popular nightclubs in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. A local guide will accompany you to ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.99

Tijuca Rainforest Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Experience some of Rio de Janeiro’s stunning natural beauty on this hiking tour through the Tijuca Rainforest. Declared a national park in the ‘60s, Tijuca is ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $123.99

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