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Rio de Janeiro During the World Cup: Best Tours and Activities

By Viator, June 2014

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With the city gearing up to host the FIFA World Cup finals on July 13 and soccer fever sweeping the nation, it is an atmospheric time to visit Rio de Janeiro. Even if you don’t have tickets for a game, you can still make the most of the festive mood. While soccer fanatics will be hopping between the 12 host cities, those staying in Rio can catch the action on Copacabana’s giant public TV screen or get in the sporting spirit with a tour of the famous Maracanã Stadium, South America’s largest soccer stadium and the venue for the finals.
 
Thousands of people will be flying into the one-time capital city during the World Cup and tours are filling fast, so if you’re planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro this summer, now’s the time to secure your place on a city tour, book a helicopter ride over Rio or buy tickets to a dazzling Plataforma Samba show. Avoid high prices and make the most of your money by pre-booking a combo or super-saver tour, combining must-do activities like visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain, riding the cable-car up Sugar Loaf Mountain or exploring one of the city’s pacified favelas.

If you’re only in town for a day or have limited time to spare between soccer match days, opt for a half-day walking tour around Rio Centro or Sugar Loaf Mountain, where you can check off all the top sights at once: Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Corcovado Mountain and the Rio-Niteroi Bridge. Once you’re done battling the crowds, give yourself a rest and escape the city for a hike in the Tijuca rainforest, an island-hopping cruise around Sepetiba Bay or a day trip to the tranquil beach town of Buzios. 

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Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 195 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour to Corcovado Mountain topped with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. You'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.99

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 154 Reviews

No visit to Rio de Janeiro is complete without experiencing the glamour and rhythm of a colorful samba show. Your entertaining evening at the Plataforma Show ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 3 to 5 hours

From USD $114.99

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 131 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

Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 114 Reviews

Hop in an open Jeep for a morning tour of the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, also known as Tijuca National Park. This section of Brazil’s Mata Atlântica ...  Read more

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

From USD $74.99

Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain and Santa Marta Favela

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Visit some of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous attractions and discover the various sides to the city on this full-day tour with a local guide. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $155.99

Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 29 Reviews

Venture into a Rio de Janeiro favela (the Brazilian version of a shanty town) on this half-day educational tour. See the day-to-day lifestyles of locals who ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.99

Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 45 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

Petropolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Escape the crowds of Rio de Janiero at Petropolis, the beautiful mountain retreat of Brazil's only two emperors. Wander through the Imperial Museum. Pay your ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.99

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of Old Rio on foot, and get a feeling for the legends and history woven around the narrow streets and superb baroque ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.99
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Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour from Rio de Janeiro

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 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

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