The local tour operator, in charge of transportation and getting us the tickets for the show, was good. The theatre in which the performance takes place is also good. Sadly, I didn't feel the show was that good. There are a lot of performers and costumes -- the 'scope' of the show is large but I was let down by the quality of the performances. Perhaps the performers must moderate their energy to save something for the second show of the night (I'm sure it is exhausting). I think my opinion was largely shared by the audience as a whole as applause was tepid at best. I believe this show has been running for 20+ years and maybe it's time to make some changes.
I don't know if this is typical for this tour, but it was only the two of us, the driver, and the guide. It was great! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to spend time as we wished, stopping for a coffee, and even bought a painting from a shop we walked past!
We've taken a lot of tours booked on Viator in various places, but this was probably one of the best. This tour includes a lot of great attractions and views. The guide was very good and the tour was totally satisfying. We also felt safe with our driver.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There was a lot of time spent driving on this tour with all the hotel pickups and drop offs, and the traffic in Rio surely doesn't help. If you're going up to Corcovado Mountain (best to do in the afternoon as it's more likely to be clear) then perhaps you don't really need to also go up on Sugar Loaf. Still, it is convenient to hit both of these sites along with some city points of interest, in one day / tour.
It is fun to take both the gondola up to Sugar Loaf and the cog wheel train up to Corcovado.
We were lucky in that the weather was beautiful and clear when we were up there with the famous statue - the views all around are amazing.
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