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  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:  Varies

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See the best of Rio de Janeiro with a knowledgeable local guide on a private, customizable city tour! You’ll be chauffeured around Rio in a comfortable private vehicle and have the unique opportunity to fully customize your own itinerary. Head to whichever neighborhoods, beaches or city landmarks you’d like to see, from the shores of Guanabara Bay to the hilltop enclave of Santa Teresa – your choice. If you opt to upgrade your tour, travel through the Tijuca Forest by cog train to Corcovado and/or by cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain.


  • 4- or 6-hour private tour of Rio de Janeiro with optional upgrades
  • Customize your private tour and create your own itinerary
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro’s top landmarks and interesting neighborhoods such as Leblon and Lagoa
  • Ride the cog train through the lush Tijuca Forest to the Christ Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain (if option selected)
  • Take a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain and admire sprawling views of Guanabara Bay (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transport by private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets

Visit Corcovado!

Framed by the granite peaks of Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountain, and embraced by Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro is a beautiful city to behold. The ‘marvelous city’ offers a multitude of fascinating beachfront and hillside neighborhoods to explore, from the bohemian Santa Teresa – with its pastel mansions along cobblestone streets – to the upscale Jardim Botânico, which houses Rio’s historical botanical gardens.

This create-your-own-itinerary option allows you to design your own private tour with maximum flexibility. See the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana or venture to Flamengo Park, Rio’s largest leisure complex. Stop by Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, bordered by Rio’s most fashionable neighborhoods – including Lagoa, Leblon and Gávea – and take in the views overlooking Guanabara Bay. View the Sambadrome, where samba schools compete during Carnaval, or admire historical buildings in Cinelandia Square.

Upon confirmation, you will receive contact details to work directly with your guide to build your custom 4- or 6-hour tour, depending on your choice. Your private guide can offer suggestions of things to do and see, or you can simply design your itinerary as you see fit. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour. If you'd like to stop for lunch, your guide can offer recommendations.

Upgrade your tour to include Sugar Loaf or Corcovado – or a combination of both – including entrance fees and guided transport to each fantastic site (see descriptions below).

Sugar Loaf Mountain:
Your private guide will take you to the Urca neighborhood, where one of Rio's most iconic symbols is located – the monolith of Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). Board the glass-walled cable car, making a brief stop at a vista point approximately 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level. Capture unrivaled panoramic views of Rio, including the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain across Guanabara Bay. Finally, ascend to the summit of Sugarloaf for breathtaking vistas of Copacabana Beach and beyond (visibility dependent on weather conditions)!

Your private guide will accompany you on a cog train ride through the scenic Tijuca Forest, a national park. When you reach the 2,329-foot (710-meter) granite peak of Corcovado, climb the steps (or ride the escalator) to the foot of the iconic Christ Redeemer statue, which stands 125 feet (38 meters) tall with outstretched arms over Rio. Enjoy magnificent photo opportunities of the panoramic vista (visibility dependent on clear weather), which includes downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, and several hillside favelas.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Super experience and our guide was perfectly suited for a custom tour. We were able to eat an authentically local breakfast before arriving at Corcovado and were dropped off for a delicious chiurasco lunch when the tour ended. The four hours was adequate for all of our purposes. We were 9 people total and had a full-sized, comfortable coach that added a lot of extra comfort.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

My husband and I were only in Rio for one day and wanted to make the best of it so we decided to do a Half-day Private Tour. We were picked up at our hotel at 8am sharp and off we went. It was a beautiful day so we went to see Christ the Redeemer first. Our guide, Fatima, was awesome! She was knowledgeable, interesting and spoke very good English. She knew the ins and outs of getting around Rio. We also visited Santa Teresa (Unfortunately it was Monday and many things were closed). She then took us places we did not know anything about! We loved our time with Fatima! We would definitely booked this tour again when in Rio!

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