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

Best Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

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 opportunity to ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. After lunch, you'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train to the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain. This tour is an excellent option if your time in Rio de Janeiro is limited, giving you the best of Rio in one great day.


  • Conquer Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain in one day
  • Board the cog train through lush Tijuca Rain Forest
  • Admire the view of Rio's sprawling beaches from the top of Corcovado Mountain
  • Spend up to an hour with your guide at Christ the Redeemer statue
  • Take the cable car to Sugarloaf Mountain in time to see the sun set over Copacabana Beach
  • Lunch and roundtrip transport to Rio hotels included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You see the can't-miss Rio sights all in one action-packed day. Ride a cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain and a cog train up Corcovado Mountain to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and the most jaw-dropping views of the city.

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What You Can Expect

Best Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

The morning tour starts with a panoramic tour of downtown Rio where you'll pass by the infamous Sambadrome, the exhibition area for the renowned Samba schools in Rio. A brief stop is made at the Metropolitan Cathedral, made famous for its unusual pyramid shape. Admire its beauty and rareness from both the outside and the inside!

Your panoramic city tour continues with a visit to the traditional Cinelandia Square where you'll tour the various historic buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Head towards the Urca neighborhood, where one of Rio's most iconic symbols is located, Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Traveling up Sugar Loaf mountain on a cable car, you'll make a brief stop at a vantage point at approximately 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level. Capture unparalleled panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. You'll then ascend to the peak of Sugar Loaf for breathtaking views of Copacabana Beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi.

You'll then enjoy lunch (included in the price) at a local restaurant before starting the afternoon portion of the tour. After lunch, you'll pass through the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district (except on Sundays) on your way to the Cosme Velho train station. Enjoy a scenic cog train ride through the Tijuca rainforest up to the 125 foot (38 meter) iconic Christ Redeemer Statue. You'll spend approximately 45 minutes at the statue where you can capture once in a lifetime photo opportunities. After the train ride back down, you'll be dropped back off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a great tour for one day. But it would be better if Christ Redeemer can be arranged in the morning because in the afternoon it is hard to take a picture in front of the status due to the sunlight.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

enjoyable day spent on both the sugar loaf,and Corcovado mountains! tout guides were excellent ! would recommend to anyone!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good tour. Great way to experience a lot of Rio sites in one day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

All the timing was right, a little rush but it was a complete day tour. Excellent Guide and drivers. Will take another tour with them if possible.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great tour with the best tour guide - JB. He was knowledgeable, entertaining and efficient. But we never felt rushed. We learned a lot as we went through the city on the way to Sugar Loaf. Loved the stop at the modern Sao Sabastiao Cathedral. The time at sugar loaf was fabulous. Great photo ops. We then had lunch in Ipanema and another tour guide accompanied us up on the train to the top of Corcovado for photo ops with Christ Redeemer and spectacular photo ops. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very very good your. Guides were knowledgeable and courteous. Maintained good timings and over all excellent experience. Highly recommended !!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Good or very good long nice day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour, beautiful weather, tour leader DJ was excellent with humor and knowledge.

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