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  • Location:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Duration:13 to 15 hours

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Plataforma Samba Show

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Combine a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions with an evening of samba at the Plataforma Show! This is the ultimate day out in Rio — enjoy a city tour of downtown attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cinelandia Square; ride the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and the cog train to the top of Corcovado Mountain; see the statue of Christ the Redeemer; marvel at amazing views of the city; and end your day with a colorful dance performance that celebrates Brazil’s cultural roots. Hotel or port transport, lunch and dinner are included.


  • Rio de Janeiro full-day Super Saver combo tour
  • Get an overall look at the vibrant city of Rio, from mountains to historic buildings to dance
  • See city attractions like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cinelandia Square and the Sambadrome
  • Visit the summits of the city’s two famous mountains — Sugar Loaf and Corcovado
  • Enjoy an up-close look at the statue of Christ the Redeemer
  • Watch a 2-hour performance of samba and other Brazilian cultural dance and music styles at the Plataforma Show
  • Lunch, dinner, cable car ride and cog wheel train ride are all included

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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Plataforma Samba Show

Plataforma Samba Show

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour (10 hours)
Your Rio Super Saver begins with morning pickup at your hotel or the cruise port, followed by a tour of downtown. Pass attractions like the Sambadrome, and stop briefly at the Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana), known for its pyramid shape.

Visit Cinelandia Square to see its historic buildings, including the National Library and National Museum of Fine Arts, and then make your way to the Urca neighborhood, where you’ll board the cable car for the ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar).

During the ride, make a quick stop at a 700-foot (215-meter) vantage point where you can admire stunning views of the city, from Guanabara Bay to Rio’s other famous mountain, Corcovado. Snap a few photos before getting back in the cable car for the rest of the ride up to Sugar Loaf’s summit. From here, gaze in awe at the expansive view of the city, including sights like Copacabana Beach and Santa Cruz Fortress.

Next, enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant before starting the afternoon portion of your tour, which begins with a drive through Rio’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district on your way to the Cosme Velho train station. Here, board the cog train for a scenic ride through the Tijuca Rainforest and up to the city’s most iconic landmark — the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor). Standing at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 meters), the 1930s statue boasts a height of 98 feet (30 meters) and a wingspan of 92 feet (28 meters) and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Spend 45 minutes here, enjoying the sweeping views of Rio’s beaches, mountains and waterways.

After taking the train back down, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel, where you can freshen up for about an hour before the evening portion of your Super Saver begins.

Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro (5 hours)
You’ll be picked up again for the ride to Leblon, one of Rio’s most affluent neighborhoods, where the Plataforma Show takes place. You'll have plenty of time for your buffet dinner at the Plataforma Restaurant before the show begins. Your meal includes barbecued meat and seafood, salads and sushi; drinks and dessert are available for purchase at your own expense.

After dinner, head into the theater for the Plataforma Show, a colorful spectacle of lively music, outrageous costumes and, of course, samba — Brazil’s famous style of dance that takes its influences from Portuguese, African and indigenous cultures. During the two-hour show, watch the dancers give it all they’ve got alongside drummers and performers demonstrating capoeira, a Brazilian movement that combines martial art with dance.

The show finishes at midnight with a Carnival parade, after which you’ll be returned to your hotel or cruise port (or you can stay out on your own to continue your night, making your own way back when you wish).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip with fantastic views, the Samba show was really entertaining and the food was great. Picking up all the people is the worst part of the trip as it takes so long. The guide forgot my hotel and drove past it at midnight so delayed in getting back to hotel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We loved seeing Rio from both Sugar Loaf and Corcovdo and the fun ride on the cog railway. The rhythms of the samba show were really great, along with the costumes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was outstanding, Sugar Loaf Mountain had a view that was unbelievable, Corcovado was amazing, and the Samba Show was fantastic. Note the all you could eat lunch and dinner was excellent, I ate until I could not eat another thing. I am already making plans to return to Rio and I will use your agency to book my tours.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Everthing went like clockwork. Small delay in picking up other tourists from hotels but nothing to complain about. Views were amazing and we went straight to head of queues every time. guides spoke alllanguages and things were at an easy pace. Highly recommended.

Ally Munro
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This full day is a great way to see the main highlights of Rio all together, particularly if you are short on time to spend in this wonderful city

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I enjoyed this tour even though its a bit too much activity for one day (3 tours crammed into one day), plus the 90+ degrees weather doesn't make it any easier. From Top of Sugarloaf Mountain you get a panoramic 360 degree view of the city below. The Christ the Redeemer Statue is a sight to behold, and as for the Samba show, the dancers (especially the girls) were gorgeous. The barbecue dinner before the show can easily take care of your hunger for the next 3 days!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Good value for money - you saw all the main highlights of Rio all in the same day with rewards of some of the most fantastic views in the world. The samba show in the evening was excellent - good hearty meal before the show at a lovely restaurant with some fantastic dancing and costumes afterwards at the theatre. The male gymnasts were awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Incredible!!!! Our guide was very nice and our tour was very very exciting!!! Love it!!!

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

It was well organized and everything that I expected and even more! I was very impressed with the guides, they were knowledgeable, courteous, and proficient in several languages. I will recommend this to anyone who is planning to visit Rio and wants to do everything in one-day.

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