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Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana) Tours

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Copacabana Beach (Praia de Copacabana)
Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Copacabana Beach evokes images of white-sand shores, sun-kissed volleyball players, tourists sipping agua de coco out of bright green coconuts, and bikini-clad revelers partying long into the night. And for the most part, that’s pretty accurate. Add in a touch of local carioca (Rio residents) flavor and a splash of the obscure, and it becomes obvious how thousands of people easily spend entire days (and nights) wholly entertained on the world’s most famous beach.

The Basics
Copacabana’s roughly 2.2-mile (4-km) stretch along Brazil's Atlantic coast is divided into seven informal sections, or postos. Although visitors are free to wander wherever they please on the beach, those looking for a particular vibe may want to get a lay of the land: Postos two through six draw the largest crowds thanks to landmarks such as Copacabana Palace, and posto seven is the best surf spot from dawn till dusk—thanks, in part, to a floodlight. Stretch your legs with a stroll along the boardwalk and Avenida Atlantica or a jaunt to the many beachfront shops, or incorporate Copacabana Beach into a full Rio de Janeiro tour for a quick look at the city’s top sights. Guided tours often combine trips to Copacabana with visits to nearby sites such as the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf, and downtown Rio.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • No matter where you park in the sand, bring plenty of sun protection and leave your valuables at home—cheap snacks and drinks will get you through the day without too much cash outlay. Vendors hawk everything from cold drinks and snacks to reasonably priced towels and souvenirs.
  • Look left for views of Sugarloaf Mountain and the historical Fort Duque de Caxias, and catch sight of Copacabana Fort and Two Brothers Hill to the right.
  • Leme occupies the span between postos one and two, and posto eight marks the transition to Ipanema Beach, popular among locals.
  • Although Copacabana is lit up at night, it’s still wise to avoid walking along the beach after sunset.

How to Get There
The easiest way to get to and from Copacabana Beach is in a yellow taxi, which is also an economical option. There are three metro stations a few blocks north of the beach, and numerous city buses stop in the vicinity. Myriad city tours, both group and private, also stop on Copacabana’s sands.

When to Get There
The beach is open and crowded year-round, but plan your visit during Rio’s warm season—December to March—to enjoy the water. Weekends are busier than weekdays, and Sunday is a popular time to visit because part of Avenida Atlantica is closed to cars. Keep your eye out for various volleyball, soccer, and other sporting events taking place on the beach throughout the year.

Sports on Copacabana Beach
Volleyball nets, soccer courts, and other sports equipment facilitate physical activity all along the beachfront. Copacabana’s sands are also popular training grounds for those practicing capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music with Angolan tradition for a graceful, fluid, and powerful form of movement.


Address: Avenue Atlantica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Admission: Free
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Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal

Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf and Copacabana Beach - From Cruise Terminal

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Cover more Rio de Janeiro highlights in less time on a sightseeing tour that provides a stress-free introduction to the Marvelous City. Perfect for visitors short on time, this tour transports you around Rio in air-conditioned comfort, and includes admission tickets for Sugarloaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor).
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive, full-day tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana Beach, Botafogo Beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras on the way up Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.50
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Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras to board transportation to the top of Corcovado, home of the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Day Sugar Loaf, Maracanã including Skip the Line Christ Redeemer By Train

Full Day Sugar Loaf, Maracanã including Skip the Line Christ Redeemer By Train

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Take a panoramic city tour through Downtown Rio, a stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral and travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and by cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This full-day tour includes round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels, allows you to see all of Rio's sights in just one day.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$129.99
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Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

Rocinha Favela Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth local experience with this walking tour of one of Rio's favelas, Rocinha. Follow your resident guide to get an insider's perspective on daily life and learn about the challenges these communities face.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.30
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Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Small-Group Tour

Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Small-Group Tour

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Summit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains in the early morning to beat the crowds on this half-day tour in Rio de Janeiro. After bright and early pickup from your Rio hotel, travel through the Tijuca National Forest to get up close with the Christ the Redeemer statue without throngs of people around. After learning about its history from your local guide, move on to Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of the sprawling city, slowly waking up in the morning light. Tickets for the Sugar Loaf cable car are not included.
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  • 5 hours
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$51.50
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

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Explore Rio and visit Sugar Loaf Mountain during this 4-hour morning tour. Visit some of the city's most important landmarks, including the Metropolitan Cathedral and Copacabana Beach. Then, board a glassed-in cable car bound for Sugar Loaf's peak, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. Upon reaching the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet (396 meters) above sea level, admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana, and Santa Cruz Fortress. Round-trip transportation from selected Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$39.99
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Small-Group Panoramic Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Small-Group Panoramic Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Experience the vibrant culture and coastal charisma of Rio de Janeiro on an exciting 4-hour bike tour of the beguiling Brazilian city. Follow a knowledgeable guide on an explorative route past landmarks like Copacabana Beach, São João Batista and the colored Steps of Selaron. Gaze at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on his cliff-top perch and explore Rio’s famous celebrity cemetery. Stop regularly to capture photographs and listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$45.91
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Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

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Sail on Guanabara Bay for half a day, viewing the Rio's picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain from the water. On this cruise from Rio, glide through the bay's tranquil waters, passing islands and historic forts. Upgrade your experience to enjoy a local all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch at a restaurant in Rio. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$59.99
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Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

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Fly over Rio's landmarks in a helicopter during this 1-hour tour from Rio de Janeiro. During the 9-10 minutes of flight time, get aerial views of the Rio skyline, Copacabana Beach and Guanabara Bay. See the spectacular granite peaks of both Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain, as well as an up-close view of the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 1 hour
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$249.99
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Rio Sunset Tour Including Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Cathedral and Selaron

Rio Sunset Tour Including Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer, Cathedral and Selaron

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You haven’t experienced Rio until you’ve taken in a Brazilian sunset. Save time as an experienced guide and driver navigates you through the busy streets during this afternoon tour to popular attractions like Christ the Redeemer, Metropolitan Cathedral, and Selarón Stairs. Wrap up a wonderful day of exploration atop Sugar Loaf Mountain as you watch the sun set over iconic Copacabana Beach.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

Favela Tour Rocinha and Vila Canoas in Rio de Janeiro

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Get a glimpse into local life in Rio de Janeiro during a favela tour that reveals a different side of the Marvelous City. In an intimate group limited to 12 travelers, you’ll explore two of the largest favelas in Rio, and benefit from the local insight of a guide as you learn more about living conditions in the city.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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The Best of Rio Helicopter Flight - Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer

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The Best of Rio Helicopter Flight - Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer

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It is perfect to know the main wonders of Rio in a short, fast and unforgettable journey. WE MAKE YOUR DREAM OF FLYING COME TRUE! We are a specialized company in panoramic flights through the city of RJ. We have started from the desire of showing our passengers a new landscape of the Wonderful City. Some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world are present in our itineraries, such as: Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Maracanã, the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer – one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Routes that surprise Cariocas and tourists from all over the world. Our aircraft carefully follow all the maintenance procedures recommended by the aircraft manufacturers and by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC); following international safety standards. We have highly qualified mechanics and pilots, with international qualification and on permanent duty. Everything is to offer you more tranquility in the unforgettable experience of knowing the Wonderful City.
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  • 30 minutes
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Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch

Full Day in Rio: Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, Maracanã, Selarón & Lunch

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Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on this full-day guided tour with lunch. Take the Corcovado train up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, take a cable car ride up to the Sugarloaf Mountain, see the famed Maracana soccer stadium, capture beautiful photos in front of the colorful Selaron Steps, and much more. This tour is also inclusive of a delicious barbecue buffet lunch at a local steakhouse.
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  • 8 hours
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$98.14
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Full Day Boat Tour - Super Ilha Grande All Inclusive from Rio de Janeiro

Full Day Boat Tour - Super Ilha Grande All Inclusive from Rio de Janeiro

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What will the Super Island tour be like? Imagine a special day in Ilha Grande all inclusive… A day of adventure in paradise, without having to worry about anything, as this tour includes transportation from Rio de Janeiro (round trip) + speedboat ride in Ilha Grande to Lagoa Azul and 4 more stops + lunch + drinks and snacks. We want to show you that paradise is very close and for everyone. We at Adventure Boat will take you there. We guarantee all the ease, comfort and quality for an unforgettable trip. In SUPER ISLAND tour we do: 4 stops about 1h: blue Lagoon Aripeba Small Bananal Grumixama Jaconema Beach Strong Site The stops may vary slightly, but we always look for the best 4 for the day, depending on the tide and the movement. Let's look for the empty beaches to ensure a better experience.
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  • 14 hours
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3 Hour Sailing Experience in Rio

3 Hour Sailing Experience in Rio

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See two iconic Rio de Janeiro landmarks from the water—Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf—while sailing aboard a 40-foot (12-meter) yacht. Sail in Guanabara Bay or the open sea while you relax with a welcome drink and snacks. Enjoy stunning views and discover the magic of sailing from the captain who illuminates Rio’s history. This 3-hour boat tour has a max capacity of 10 for a small-group experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande (Abraão) by Easy Transfer Brazil

Transfer from Rio de Janeiro to Ilha Grande (Abraão) by Easy Transfer Brazil

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Our van will pick you up at your accommodation in Rio de Janeiro. After collecting all passengers in Rio we will take you to Conceição de Jacareí, where we will direct the customer to board the flexboat (outsourced service) that will take him to Vila do Abraão on Ilha Grande. At Vila do Abraão, we will drop you off at the main pier at Abraão station. Please read important information below: Estimated times after boarding all passengers: 3:00 hours on the road and 45 minutes on the boat. The driver stops at the convenience station for all passengers to snack and go to the bathroom. We are not responsible for delays caused by traffic and sea conditions. There are no banks in Ilha Grande and the driver cannot stop at one on the way. Be forewarned. Thank you! We cannot be more precise with the pick up schedule as we are a collective transport.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Shared Boat Trip - Cagarras Islands - Rio de Janeiro

Shared Boat Trip - Cagarras Islands - Rio de Janeiro

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It is our most requested Tour for telling the best of each and still count on the exuberant beauty and tranquility of the Cagarras Islands.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.00
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Private transfer GIG Rio Galeao airport MiniVan up to 6 pax to Zona Sul

Private transfer GIG Rio Galeao airport MiniVan up to 6 pax to Zona Sul

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Planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro? Alone, with family or for business, do not worry. We want to offer you a stress-free travel experience. Just choose the date, communicate the flight information and leave the rest with us. Simple as that. We offer transfer from GIG Galeao Airport to Zona Sul and downtown Rio de Janeiro for Hotels, Inns and Residences: 1) South zone - Botafogo, Catete, Copacabana, Cosme Velho, Flamengo, Gávea, Gloria, Humaitá, Ipanema, Botanical Garden, Lagoa, Laranjeiras, Leblon, Rudder. 2) Centro - Imperial District of São Cristóvão, Benfica, Caju, Catumbi, City Center, Nova Estácio, Gamboa, Lapa, Mangueira, Santa Teresa, Santo Cristo, Saúde, Vasco da Gama
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  • 1 hour
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Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach - from Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá

Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach - from Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá

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Get picked up from the Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá and drive up to the Christ the Redeemer statue - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - on top of Corcovado Mountain. The drive is short and beautiful, traveling through the Tijuca Forest - one of the largest urban forest of the world - before opening up to incredible views of the entire city. After, pass by the edge of Copacabana beach and conclude the tour with an exquisitely beautiful panorama of one of the most famous beaches in Brazil. Return to the Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá.
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  • 4 hours
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$49.17
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Full-Day Tour Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

Full-Day Tour Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

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Tick off all the attractions on your Rio de Janeiro must-see list on this full-day tour. With transportation included and a guide in the lead, you'll make good time on visits to the city's highlights, including the Selaron steps, the main Rio cathedral, the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado, and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Gondola ride and lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio Shore Excursion: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Sambodromo

Rio Shore Excursion: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Sambodromo

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See Rio de Janeiro’s top sights in one day on this full-day tour with a guide. See the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue on Corcovado Mountain, stop for lunch at a traditional steak house, drive through Tijuca National Park, and get panoramic views of the city from the cable car ride to Morro de Urca and Sugar Loaf. This tour is designed for visitors who are short on time, but don’t want to miss any of Rio’s major sights. See it all in one day.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.34
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Jewish Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Jewish Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Learn about the Jewish heritage of Rio de Janeiro on this 4-hour private tour. With a local guide, enjoy the flexibility to customize your own tour according to your interests. Visit Itzhak Rabin Park to enjoy spectacular views over Botafogo beach and Sugar Loaf. See Chaim Weitzman Square and a public school named after Anne Frank. Head to the Jewish Museum and the Grand Temple, a beautiful building from 1932. See the Clube Israelita Brasileiro and Beth El Synagogue in Copacabana, as well as the Beit Lubavitch Synagogue and the Midrash Cultural Center in Leblon. Along the way, enjoy personal attention and informed commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.50
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Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

Private Walking and Cultural Tour Rocinha-Rio de Janeiro

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Favela Brothers is a family run tour company, operated by the brothers Maka and Obi Basilio, both born and raised in Favela da Rocinha. We decided to organize guided tours within the community in which we live to offer a unique and quality service for travellers who are in search of culture and knowledge. Our tours allow a great immersion into daily life inside the favela and it is a great cultural exchange for all. You will learn about the history from the eyes of the locals, As the whole tour is carried out on foot where you get to know the alleys, rooftops, shops, cultural projects with which we work, and delicious local restaurants if you get hungry. Part of the resources that we collect through the tours, we donate to assist social projects (capoeira and an English school) that contribute to the education and development of the community's children and youth.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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