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Guanabara Bay
Flanked by the looming peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain and Papagaio Peak and dotted with over 100 islands, Guanabara Bay provides a dramatic backdrop to the city of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s second-largest bay, Guanabara is home to the cities of Niteroi and São Gonçalo, the Port of Rio de Janeiro, and Rio’s two airports. 

The Basics
Most visitors choose to explore the sights of Guanabara Bay with a boat cruise from Rio harbor, taking in highlights such as the Rio neighborhoods of Botafogo, Flamengo, and Urca; the beaches of Niteroi; and the fortresses of São João and Santa Cruz. Some tours include a bay cruise as part of a wider sightseeing excursion that includes such attractions as Christ the Redeemer, and many cruises include a Brazilian-style barbecue lunch. Another option for getting out onto the bay is renting a private motorboat, allowing you to create your own itinerary. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Guanabara Bay is a must-visit for photographing Rio’s iconic skyline.
  • Unfortunately, the bay is heavily polluted, so swimming is inadvisable in many parts.
  • If you wish to swim in open water, head for Copacabana, at the mouth of the bay.
  • The bay is home to a small (and sadly declining) population of botos (river dolphins).

How to Get There
Guanabara, an Atlantic-fed bay stretching inland from the city of Rio de Janeiro, can be explored by boat from the city’s main port. The islands of Fundão and Governador and the city of Niteroi are also connected via road bridges to Rio de Janeiro, and passenger ferries regularly cross the bay to Niteroi and the island of Paquetá.

When to Get There
Most boat tours head out into Guanabara Bay in the middle of the day so that guests can see as many attractions as possible. If you want to see the bay bathed in the golden glow of sunset, you can join a tour that takes you to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (by cable car or on foot) for the perfect vantage point.

Niteroi
Some of Guanabara Bay’s best beaches are in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. Beaches here tend to be less crowded, and there are better opportunities for swimming and water sports. Praia de São Francisco, with soft, white sand and calm waters, is a good choice.
Address: Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The most exclusive boat party in the city Rio Boat Club - Every MondayNight Cruises

The most exclusive boat party in the city Rio Boat Club - Every Monday

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Imagine yourself in Guanabara Bay on a two-story boat transformed into a nightclub with bar, DJs, professional sound and light system and much more!One of the best parties in town.Rio Boat Club is a completely unique and original party. Strolling through Guanabara Bay, one of Rio's most traditional and beautiful scenery, you will board a double-decker boat that transforms into a nightclub of bars, amazing djs and professional lights, along with a vibrant crowd of locals. All the world.Happy Hour from 11pm to 12amOpen bar for women2x1 in spirits for men
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Guanabara Bay Cruise Half-Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Admire views of Rio from a different vantage point during this 5-hour sightseeing cruise. As you cruise over Guanabara Bay, snap photos of the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Make a stop for swimming and relaxing at a local beach. Learn about the history, culture and people of this vibrant city through your guide's thoughtful commentary. Pickup and drop-off at Rio hotels is included.
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Discover the Best Sunset in Rio de Janeiro

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Watch the sunset over Rio from Mureta da Urca during this 3-hour tour in Rio de Janeiro. As the sun makes its exit, turning the sky a multitude of colors, relax with a cold bottle of beer and some snacks from one of the bars in the surrounding neighborhood. Enjoy the atmosphere of this popular meeting place, encountering other travelers and locals alike. Learn about Rio's laid-back nightlife and what local residents do in their free time from your local guide. Four beers and round-trip transportation from central Rio hotels are included.
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Two of Rio's Best: Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain TourCultural Tours

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Visit 2 of Rio de Janeiro's most famous landmarks, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain, during this 5-hour tour. Ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain for sprawling views of the city below and Corcovado to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue. See the mountains, lakes, beaches and oceans that surround the bustling city with natural beauty from its highest points. Learn about the culture and history of Rio through informative commentary from your local guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included. 
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Discover the sites around Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on a catamaran tour. After pickup from your hotel in the south zone area, board the boat for your sailing adventure. See key landmarks like the Museum of Tomorrow, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, the Museum of Contemporary Art designed by the famous Oscar Niemeyer, and much more. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride across the bay and capture photos of your favorite landmarks.
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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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Discover the main tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro on this private guided tour. Start at the summit of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Then, head to Rio’s southern beaches, followed by a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain. This tour can be conducted at your own pace and adapted to your interests.
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⭐️ A fun and laid-back tour with electric scooters through the Flamengo Park on a route until the Lapa and Downtown. Let's get the cable car(ticket included) and visit the old and traditional neighbohood Santa Teresa.Interest Points: ⇨ Flamengo Park⇨ Guanabara Bay⇨ Marina da Gloria⇨ MAM⇨ SELARON STAIRS⇨ LAPA AQUEDUTS⇨ Metropolitan Cathedral⇨ Cinelândia⇨ Municipal Theater⇨ National Library⇨ Santa Teresa Cable Car⭐️ A way more sustainable and fun to meet the highlights of the city. Let's enjoy the nature, art, architecture, beautiful views and cross many historical spots of the city. Escape the traffic chaos, connect and feel the city close.⭐️ We will offer the instructions for novice riders of the electric scooters for a safe trip.>>>>>>>>>>>Follow_us: @e.vanmo>> Contact us for request a special date/time to fit in your trip schedule.
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Explore the city from the water and kayak around Sugarloaf Mountain. You will enjoy the unique view of the mountain as well as Christ the Redeemer, and Rio's neighboring city- Niterói. This small-group excursion is suitable for most travelers and is private for a personalized experience.
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