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Rio Niteroi Bridge

Connecting the distant shores of Guanabara Bay—the wide expanse of water bordering Rio to the east that the first Portuguese explorers in Brazil assumed to be the mouth of a river one sunny New Year’s Day just over five centuries ago—the Rio Niteroi Bridge remains one of the country’s engineering marvels. First conceived in 1875 and finally opened 99 years later, the 8.25-mile-long bridge carries an average of 140,000 vehicles a day between Rio and the city of Niteroi, former capital of the federal state of Guanabara (now merged with Rio de Janeiro state) and home to the remarkable Oscar Niemeyer-designed Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC).

Officially named for former Brazilian president Lucio Costa e Silva, the bridge rises to 236 feet at its highest point and was the world’s second-longest span when it opened in 1974, trumped at the time only by Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain causeway. While not as picturesque an experience as the ferry link across the bay, the views from the bridge heading west into Rio are still stunning, with downtown Rio, Sugar Loaf, and Corcovado all striking a picture postcard pose. Scores of low-flying jets landing at nearby Santos-Dumont airport every few minutes also add to the spectacle.

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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, null
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Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Sugar Loaf in Rio de Janeiro

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 4 Reviews

Be among the first to stand at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain without the hordes of visitors on this morning Rio de Janeiro tour — a Viator Exclusive that ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99
Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour Including Transport and Ticket, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour Including Transport and Ticket

Enjoy a tour to one of the most famous landmarks in Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf mountain. You'll get to admire the wonderful city which combines mountains, ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 848 Reviews

Be among the first visitors to gaze upon the Christ the Redeemer statue without the usual crowds on this early morning Rio de Janeiro tour — a Viator Exclusive ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 or 6 hours

From USD $59.25
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2650 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day excursion packed with breathtaking views. In the morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.29
Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 720 Reviews

Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most famous icons. You'll take a breathtaking ride in a cable car to the top of the Sugar ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.99
Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Sunset Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Sunset Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

When you’re on vacation, there’s no need to wake up super early to enjoy the sights. After a rocking night in Rio, wake up at your leisure and then speed by ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.25
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Small-Group Rio de Janeiro in a Day Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Enjoy a tour in Rio de Janeiro's most iconic attractions and visit Corcovado and Sugar Loaf on the same day and the best time for you. We will take your also ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00
Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 115 Reviews

Take a day trip from Rio de Janeiro to experience the cosmopolitan style, quaint charm and elegant architecture of Buzios. Walk through the town on a guided ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.99
Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.99
Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Ports of Call Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 252 Reviews

Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay's ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4-6 hours

From USD $59.99

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