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While in port, take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day shore excursion to Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This 10-hour tour, which includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port, allows you to visit all of Rio's landmarks in one marathon day.

Highlights

  • Rio de Janeiro full day shore excursion
  • Conquer Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain in one day
  • Board the cog train through lush Tijuca Rainforest
  • Admire the view of Rio's sprawling beaches from the top of Corcovado Mountain
  • Complimentary port pickup and drop off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

Christ Redeemer Statue

After disembarking your cruise ship in Rio de Janeiro's port, board your vehicle for the panoramic sightseeing tour of the city.

Start with visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral, well-known for its unlikely pyramid shape, and the famous Sambodromo, which hosts the festivities for the yearly Carnavale and is the major exhibition hall for Rio's samba schools.

See Cinelandia Square, home to historic cultural buildings like the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library and the Municipal Theater. Then travel through Urca, the neighborhood where Sugar Loaf Mountain resides. Board the cable car up the mountain, making a stop for a scenic photo op and views over Corcovado Mountain, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Guanabara Bay on the way. At the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, pause to admire the expansive scenery, including the beaches of Niteroi, the Fortaleza Santa Cruz and the famous Copacabana.

Enjoy the included lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on your marathon tour in the afternoon. Head for the Cosme de Velho station, where you'll hop on the cog train and ride through the Tijuca Rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Spend 45 minutes at the top of the mountain, marveling at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings.

At the end of your 10-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour in Rio, enjoy drop-off back at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Rio de Janeiro for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Excellent day trip, views from sugar loaf and Corcovado were amazing

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

If you go during busy season you must join a tour because they have your tickets ready and you basically get ahead of the first line. We came during NYE and it was CRAZY! Lunch was very good. The tour guides are very nice. We highly recommend visiting these key attractions with a group.

Eugene G

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

Nice to have both attractions on one tour. Things got off to a very rocky stock when, as required, I called to reconfirm my port pick-up. On three occasions, someone picked up the phone, said "me no speak English" and hung up on me. Fortunately, my hotel concierge was able to call for me and make the confirmation in Portuguese. City tour between the two main events was a bit of a waste. We whizzed by places of interest, such as the opera house and made stops at places that were marginally interesting at best.

Anonymous

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

Everything about this tour was great excep the AWFUL lunch. The place for lunch should be ashamed. One, you had to pay for water, two the food they served was worst then airplane food.

Marcia B

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2013

Two t5hings happened on this tour which were not expected. #1--thunder and lighting the night before closed down the visit to


We had 2 things happen on this tour which were not expected. #1--the Sugar Loaf tram was closed due to a thunder storm the night before which we could not reschedule due to our cruise departure. Not Viator's fault. #2--we wasted 2 hours over a lundh where we had to pay for a glass of water!!!! I stroongly suggest that they rethink that part of the tour. But---our ship was leavijng a 6PM and the tour guide got us up to see Christ the Redeemer which was fabulous and then arrange for our transpor back to the pier which turned out to be an empty 45 passenger coach!!! Good going Viator! M

Anonymous

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2013

We saw all of the main tourist draws in one long day but it was worth it. Sugar Loaf was a highlight and we got fantastic photos from the top. An engineering miracle.
Christ Redeemer was obscured in cloud but was still worth the trip. Tour guide was excellent.

Anthony C USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2014

we had problems getting picked up in the morning and eventually had to get a taxi to "catch up to them". we caught up and really had only missed the picking up of guest from all the different hotels ...so no harm really. the "morning part" of the tour sugar loaf was nice, but after that we started the drop off process of the people that were not going to continue to the "afternoon part". so what this tour is is the morning and the afternoon just put together. so you end up driving to hotels for pick up and drop off a lot.
lunch was good, a local steak house. put the help at the restaurant was VERY confused and it took a long time to get the food and to the right people. but they had AC so it was nice to get in for a bit. FYI, all drinks even water are NOT included. we had 3 cokes and 2 waters and it was $R27.
after lunch we headed with a new guide to the "afternoon" part of the tour. during the second part of the tour a few of us questioned wheather or not we (on a cruise ship) would have to go to all the hotels to drop everyone off, about 1.5 hours worth of driving or could we be taken straight to the ship. in the end they said they would get a bus and take us to the ship. so that was nice. would i do this tour again...no. would i go back to the sights, yes. after we got off the ship and checked into our hotel all of these tours were offered by our hotel and at a cheaper price. dont get me wrong i love viator and use them all the time this was a local tour hiccup. its alot of driving around. get a taxi for the day and do this on your on. it could be done very easily.

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