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Top Day Trips from Rio de Janeiro

By Viator, March 2018

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While Rio de Janeiro’s swaths of white-sand beaches hemmed in by iconic peaks can make it hard to tear yourself away from the city, there are plenty of great day trips in the surrounding region. From beachy islands to charming small towns, these are our favorite day trips from Rio.

Petrópolis — 43 miles (69 km) away 
Once the summer retreat of Brazilian royalty, today the mountain town of Petrópolis remains a popular getaway for cariocas looking for a cooling escape from Rio. Take a guided tour of the Imperial City, stopping at the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum, St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Petrópolis), and the final resting place of Dom Pedro II, the second and last ruler of the Empire of Brazil.

Angra dos Reis — 98 miles (157 km) away
Hop aboard a schooner for a day exploring the turquoise waters of the Bay of Angra dos Reis, home to more than 2,000 beautiful beaches and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Brazil. Go for a swim at one of the pristine beaches of Ilha Grande, go snorkeling above the colorful reefs of Lagoa Azul, and snap some photos of the twin Ilhas Bonitas.

Búzios — 109 miles (176 km) away
Búzios, a former fishing village turned cosmopolitan town, sits on a picturesque peninsula lined by 17 beaches. Day trips to this charming seaside resort might include a guided walking tour of its cobblestone streets, a boat trip to find the best beaches, and free time for swimming or shopping along the upscale Rua das Pedras, home to numerous boutiques and restaurants.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 298 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 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00
Highlights of Rio Full-Day Tour with Lunch, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Highlights of Rio Full-Day Tour with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy this exciting 9-hour tour by visiting the most important sights of Rio all in one day. Visit the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, take a gondola up ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $187.00
Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

4 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and explore the pristine beaches of Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande. Enjoy a sightseeing cruise around the ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.00
Small Group Guided Highlights of Rio Day Trip, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Small Group Guided Highlights of Rio Day Trip

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You’ll see every one of the Marvelous City’s highlights, from the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to the colorful Selaron Staircase. You’ll also explore ...  Read more

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

From USD $119.00
Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace, Rio de ... 
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Spend a day at Petrópolis, a mountainside retreat that once served as a summer getaway for Brazil's royalty. On this guided tour, wander through the ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.00
Christ Redeemer and Selaron Steps Plus Optional Sugarloaf Trip, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Christ Redeemer and Selaron Steps Plus Optional Sugarloaf Trip

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

Corcovado and Sugar Loaf on the same day and yes, it’s possible! Gather round all your friends and familiars (up to 15) and enjoy a great opportunity to meet ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 04 to 06 hrs

From USD $44.00
Angra dos Reis Day Trip and Schooner Cruise, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Angra dos Reis Day Trip and Schooner Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Head out of Rio for the day, where a schooner awaits to take you on a cruise of the turquoise blue waters and islands of Angra dos Reis. With roundtrip hotel ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.00
Day Trip to Búzios from Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Tour, Bay Cruise and Lunch, Rio de ... 
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Day Trip to Búzios from Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Tour, Bay Cruise and Lunch

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Escape from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and frequent the picturesque village of Búzios. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour and then jump aboard a ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.00
Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Day Trips
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Buzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 31 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 $86.00
Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show, Rio de ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Combine a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions with an evening of samba at the Ginga Tropical Show! This is the ultimate day out in Rio — enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $264.00
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