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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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Rio's Full Day: Selarón Steps, Christ & Sugarloaf – Tickets & Lunch Included

Rio's Full Day: Selarón Steps, Christ & Sugarloaf – Tickets & Lunch Included

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Save yourself hours of planning on a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro that includes lunch, admission tickets, and transportation for the ultimate experience of the Eternal City. Rather than navigating public transport in an unfamiliar city, you’ll travel around the city in air-conditioned comfort and benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide. Plus, you’ll tick off top attractions such as Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugarloaf Mountain and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$93.20
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Pedra do Telegrafo Jeep Adventure

Pedra do Telegrafo Jeep Adventure

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The dramatic rock viewpoint of Pedra do Telegrado is one of the most popular photo spots in Rio de Janeiro. With this tour, explore the West Zone of Rio en route to the viewpoint, stopping at four different beaches. Hike up to the Pedra do Telegrado and enjoy plenty of time to pose for photos on the unique overhanging rock.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Arraial do Cabo Tour with Lunch from Rio de Janeiro

Full-Day Arraial do Cabo Tour with Lunch from Rio de Janeiro

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Visitors to Rio de Janeiro looking for pristine beaches and clear waters need look no further than Arraial do Cabo. With this day-long tour, you’ll explore the area known as the 'Brazilian Caribbean' while letting a guide take care of transportation and lunch. You’ll also get the best of both worlds, combining a quick city tour with a boating excursion along the coast and to several islands for swimming and snorkeling.
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  • 12 hours
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$66.85
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II. Purchase a tour upgrade for a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you'll taste one of Brazil's favorite lagers and learn about the history and science behind this brewery through a tour and interactive exhibits. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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A flexible itinerary ensures a customizable experience during this private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Your private group can choose to focus on nature or history, with either a driver-guide or a separate guide and driver. Choose from highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the Selaron Steps. History buffs can explore the historic city center while nature lovers may opt to visit Tijuca Forest.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Full Day in Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Maracana and Selaron with Lunch
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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
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Selaron and more
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf, Selaron and more

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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
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$74.50
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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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$48.50
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Skip the Line Christ the Redeemer Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line Christ the Redeemer Admission Ticket

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As one of the New7Wonders of the World and Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic attraction, the Christ the Redeemer statue attracts lengthy lines. Don’t waste time waiting, save time with this skip-the-line ticket that allows you to board the next available train to Christ the Redeemer, which reigns supreme over the city from Corcovado’s summit. Your return ticket is valid on any train so spend as much time as you like at the top, enjoying panoramic vistas of Rio and capturing photographs beneath the outstretched arms of Christ.   
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  • 2 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Experience

Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Experience

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Soar above the city of Rio de Janeiro aboard a hang glider during this 4-hour adventure. Accompanied by a fully certified instructor, launch from the Tijuca Forest National Park, and glide over the lush, verdant Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest). Take in views of some of Rio's most famous landmarks, such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Rocinha Favela, and the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain. Touch down for a gentle landing on the white sands of Sao Conrado Beach. Round-trip transportation is available for additional cost, but a video DVD of your hang-gliding experience is included.
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  • 2 hours
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3 Hour Sailing Experience in Rio
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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
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Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro
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Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Ride through Tijuca National Park's rainforest in an open-top Jeep during this half-day trip from Rio. During guided eco-tour, hike through the forest to spot sloths, butterflies, monkeys, and birds. Enjoy panoramic views from Vista Chinesa (Chinese View) and marvel at the fact that this section of the Mata Atlântica (Atlantic Forest) is just 10 minutes outside the city limits. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Christ the Redeemer by Van and Selarón Steps

Christ the Redeemer by Van and Selarón Steps

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Tick off several of Rio de Janeiro’s top sights—including the Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer Statue, and Tijuca National Park—in just a few hours on a tour that offers a stress-free introduction for travelers short on time. In order to avoid the hassle of public transport, you’ll travel around Brazil’s cultural capital in an air-conditioned vehicle and benefit from the insider knowledge of your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Rio's City Essentials including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf
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Private Tour: Rio's City Essentials including Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf

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Tour Rio de Janeiro your way, with a private car and driver, during this fully customizable tour. Choose the landmarks and attractions that you want to visit, such as Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Selarón Steps, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the city's famous beaches. Learn about the food, language, culture and history of the city and its inhabitants from your informative local guide while you explore. Round trip transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned private vehicle is included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$159.02
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Full Day Sugar Loaf, Maracanã including Skip the Line Christ Redeemer By Train
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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
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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
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Private Transfer GIG International Airport To or From Rio de Janeiro

Private Transfer GIG International Airport To or From Rio de Janeiro

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Whether you've just touched down at Rio Galeão International Airport (GIG) or you're departing, this private transfer service has you covered. Meet your driver at the airport, the cruise terminal, or your accommodation for your swift journey to your chosen destination. Transfers are available to and from Rio de Janeiro's south zone and Barra/Recreio areas.
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  • 2 hours
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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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Experience Hang Gliding or Paragliding in Rio

Experience Hang Gliding or Paragliding in Rio

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See Rio de Janeiro from a whole new angle during a private tour that offers the option of hang gliding or paragliding over the Eternal City. It is not necessary to have previous experience in these extreme sports to enjoy this tour, which allows you to escape the crowds on land and enjoy unparalleled views of the main attractions such as Copacabana Beach, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.
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  • 2 hours
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Two of Rio's Best: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

Two of Rio's Best: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain Half-Day Tour

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Visit two of Rio de Janeiro's most famous landmarks, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain, during this half-day 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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  • 5 hours
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$65.00
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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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Morning Tour to Christ Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain including Barbeque
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Morning Tour to Christ Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain including Barbeque

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Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer, on the peak of Corcovado Mountain, in the morning with a local guide. Then hop on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Bring your camera to capture the panoramic views from the city's high point as the morning light bathes the city. Opt to add a Brazilian barbecue buffet and/or a city tour of Rio's main key landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
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$128.60
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Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail (Carnaval Experience)

Rio: Carnival Backstage Tour at Samba City with Cocktail (Carnaval Experience)

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Explore the Carnival Factory, for a peek behind the scenes of Rio's Carnival, on this cultural tour. Learn how the parade's famous floats and costumes are produced. Listen to commentary on the history of samba and carnival, then hit the dressing rooms to try on some costumes and take some photos. Wind up with some cocktails and a samba class for the whole carnival experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue Dinner
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Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue Dinner

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Attend the Ginga Tropical Show, a dance and music that allows you to learn about Brazil's vibrant history and culture through its traditional music and dance. During this show, see talented performers dance the lambada, samba and bossa nova dressed in outrageous Carnival costumes. Hear folklore from around the diverse country, live drumming and the Brazilian martial art: capoeira.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$97.23
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