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The tour and guides were wonderful. All that we expected! The bad part of the tour was the trip to other hotels to pickup other people who had booked the tour. Perhaps the use of smaller buses and less stops at hotels would make the tours more enjoyable.
Bus trip was a little long, but it was worth doing for the view and the curious little monkeys. The sidetrip to the Cathedral was also interesting.
This tour would have been awesome, if not for the rain.
We were advised we should watch the video 're-building of the cable cars', so we did on the way down. Turns out the tour was behind schedule so guide decided, unbeknownst to us that there wasn't time! Unfortunately we kept the bus waiting for 20 minutes, but the video was worth seeing!
It was really good to be at the top of the mountain as the sun set; however, the guide seemed to be going through the motions and rattling off facts, rather than engaging well with the group. This was noticeable as I'd been on the Corcovado tour earlier that day with an excellent guide.
The tour is worth doing. The views from top of the mountain are amazing. The tour guide was great when he came to collect us it was raining heavily and he actually asked if we would like to go or postpone to another day. We did postpone and luckily the next day it was glorious sunshine. The guide was very knowledgeable, so good tour. They actually rang the hotel to let us know they were running late too.
The view from the top is definitely worth the visit, especially at sunset if the sky is clear. You can see the whole of beautiful Rio and more.
Bus great. Tour guide could have been more enthusiastic. Overall, good coordination. Good value. View from Sugar Loaf is outstanding.
The tour was OK, but they took so long to pickup and drop us off that we spent the whole day on this. The tour was supposed to start at 8am but it was 9:30 am that we left. The trip was for 4 hours and we thought it will finish at 12 noon, but they brought us back at 3 pm, dropping off people. We had planned something at 1pm which we couldn't do. So, the 4 hour tour took most of our day. We were picked up at the pier and the tour guide had to identify herself which tour company she was representing, she had nothing and we wandered around. If she had identification it would have been less hassle. If they can keep the time properly the tour would have been good. They do need to keep the time they say. That is most important. Once we were on the cable cars, it was OK.
Unfortunately it was raining the day we went on this tour. But the organisation was fine and there were no issues with that side.
Guide was good, very switched on, missed half the tour and was cut short due to the carnival, tour companies should be aware of this and make alternative arrangements.
Trip went ok although it is a litttle tedious picking up people from various hotels so we made our own way back.
I took the tour on the third day of my trip to Rio. By then I have already figured out how to take public transportation which is great here -- cheap and easy to use, and with a map in hand everything is very clear. So, there was really no advantage in taking the tour! It is basically nothing but transportation to the venue and back, though tour bus was well air-conditioned which is a big plus in the hot weather. WHen I signed up for the tour, I was hoping for an excursion with a lot of information, historical and cultural, but did not get that. Information was very limited, not exceeding the tour books, if that. However, our guide was a very nice lady and spoke excellent English. SHe could answer my questions well. Views from Sugar Loaf are spectacular -- not to miss! Unfortunately, we did not get to see the monkeys, they were probably asleep in the hot afternoon...
Got a good sense of Rio de Janeiro, with lots I wouldnt have learned otherwise in a short trip. The views fro the top of Sugarloaf were specatacular, but the views from half way stop just as good. Main criticism was that the tour ran to Brazilian time, was expecting to be picked up at 8.00 am, the bus arrived around 8.30 am., had expected to be finished at 12.00 am, was well after 1.00 pm before I got back. Wouldn't have wanted to have been on a tight schedule.