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3 Days in Rio de Janeiro: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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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.

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 460 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours

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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

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Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours

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Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Sunset Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours

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Tijuca Rainforest Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $82.99

Corcovado Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours

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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 days

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3-Day Customizable Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 days

From USD $398.99

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