Ipanema Beach (Praia de Ipanema) Tours

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Although less famous than its nextdoor neighbor Copacabana Beach, Ipanema holds its own with quiet charm and considerably cleaner surroundings, and it does it without skimping on any of the white sands, blue waters, or local character that give Rio de Janeiro’s beaches their claim to fame.

The Basics
Ipanema Beach (Praia de Ipanema) is on the ritzy side of Rio, backing onto an upper-class neighborhood full of high-end hotels and classy dining establishments. Although it’s easy to spend a day lounging on the sand (chair and umbrella rentals are available), those looking for a more immersive experience will find it on a guided city tour that combines a stop at Ipanema with other top Rio attractions such as Sugarloaf Mountain, the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), the Lapa neighborhood, or the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Bike tours offer a popular way to cover more ground in less time, while private tours ensure that you see everything on your list in comfort.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Ipanema is divided into various postos, or sections, each with its own vibe—some are best for sunset barbecues and others are especially gay-friendly or suited to sunbathers.
  • Vendors walk the beach selling everything from snacks to hammocks, so you can stay put all day.
  • If you’re not sure which Rio beach is right for you, take a guided beach tour of the favorites such as Arpoador and Leblon before you commit to a full day.
  • Ipanema means “bad, dangerous waters” in the local indigenous language—a good reminder to only swim in designated areas, as the waves can be big and the undertow strong.

How to Get There
The easiest way to visit Ipanema is on a guided tour, many of which include door-to-door transportation from your hotel. Otherwise, catch the metro to Ipanema/General Osorio or take any of the buses marked “Ipanema” from Centro.

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. Visit in the morning for smaller crowds and less heat, or head to the beach in the evening to watch the sun set over the Atlantic.
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Address: Avenue Vieira Souto, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Private Full-Day Tour: Rio de Janeiro's Main Landmarks

Get a comprehensive overview of Rio de Janeiro during this 8-hour private tour. With a dedicated local guide, hit all the important sites in town, like Corcovado Mountain and Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the famous beaches and the historic downtown area. Customize your itinerary to reflect your interests and enjoy informative commentary and personal attention from your guide along the way. Travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle that fits up to 4 passengers. Round-trip transportation from your Rio hotel is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio's highlights and important landmarks with a dedicated guide on this full-day private tour. Visit important sites like Rio's historic downtown area, the Sambadrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Stop at the Colombo tea house for lunch or a snack (own expense). Ascend both Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains with a stop at the Christ the Redeemer statue. Enjoy the flexibility and personal attention that comes with booking a private tour.
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Private Limousine Tour: Best of Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio like high roller during this 5-hour private tour aboard a luxurious limousine. Join your ‘Carioca’ (Rio local) guide as you absorb the incredible scenery, fascinating neighborhoods and iconic attractions of this breezy Brazilian city. Admire the hang gliders taking off from Pedra Bonita in Sao Conrado and pay your respects at Rio’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. After lunch in bohemian Santa Teresa, you’ll cap off your day with an optional drop-off at Sugar Loaf Mountain for the sunset. Your private guide and limo are both included.
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Custom Private City Tour By Gisela Vayda in Rio de Janeiro

Let me show you my beautiful city , like a real "Carioca" would . Get a private and flexible itinerary on this costumed sightseeing and visit the city's landmarks and highlights, including the Sugar Loaf and Christ, the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain.  Explore with me magical places and get tips about what to do in a save way in Rio. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in Rio are included.
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hrs
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Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8-hour 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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Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Experience

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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day Private Tour

Get a personalized introduction to sprawling Rio de Janeiro on a private, full-day tour that covers the famous beaches, landmarks and cuisine of Brazil's most vibrant city. Skip the stress of getting around on your own and let a private guide whisk you around to highlights like the Christ the Redeemer statue, Tijuca Forest, and the Maracana football stadium. See the famous beaches of Copacabana, ride the Sugar Loaf cable car, dig into lunch at a Brazilian steakhouse, and more.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro City Essentials Including Corcovado and Sugar Loaf

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full- Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer , Sugar Loaf and Downtown

Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive 8.5-hour tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana beach, Botafogo beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras for views on the way up to Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium, the Lapa Arches and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Small-Group Tour

Summit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains in the early morning to beat the crowds on this 5-hour 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. During your journey, pass several other landmarks such as Palácio Guanabara, Largo do Boticário and Casa dos Abacaxis.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Private Custom Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Get private transportation, and a flexible itinerary on this 9-hour private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. With your private group of up to 13 people, visit the city's landmarks and highlights, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Round-trip transportation from accommodations in Rio is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour

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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Full Day Rio de Janeiro Tour

Embark on a comprehensive tour of Rio de Janeiro's top attractions and landmarks in one day. During this 9-hour tour, follow your guide to Christ the Redeemer Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Sambadromo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and other highlights. All entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from South Zone hotels are included.
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Full-Day Rio de Janeiro Customized Private Guided Tour

Take your Rio de Janeiro sightseeing experience into your own hands on this 8-hour customizable, private tour of the Marvelous City. Alongside a ‘carioca’ (Rio de Janeiro resident) and personal driver, you’ll tick off top Rio attractions chosen by you. Personalize your itinerary according to your interests and only visit the sites you wish to see: your guide tailors the tour according to preferred themes, such as food, history, or sport, and offers undivided attention throughout. Pickup and drop-off from your Ro de Janeiro hotel are included.
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Rio de Janeiro Private City Tour

Explore Rio's scenery, culture and history on this 7-hour private tour. Get spectacular city views from atop both Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, ride a cable car and see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Visit the city's famous white sand beaches and learn about the ins and outs of Rio de Janeiro through your guide's engaging narration. This private tour ensures flexibility and personalized attention. All entrance fees and round-trip hotel transportation are included.
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Rio de Janeiro in One Day City Tour Including Lunch

Get a comprehensive introduction to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic attractions on this full-day city tour with an informative guide. Start your packed itinerary atop Corcovado mountain, site of the Christ the Redeemer statue (Cristo Redentor). Discover World Cup history at Maracana Stadium and imagine Carnival at the Sambodromo. After a ride on the cable car to Sugar Loaf for aerial views, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and renowned beaches of Rio. Lunch at a 'churrascaria' (Brazilian steakhouse) is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Corcovado with Christ Statue - Be One of the First to Get There

Ascend Corcovado Mountain early in the morning for an uncrowded viewing of Christ the Redeemer during this 3-hour tour from Rio de Janeiro. After early morning hotel pickup, drive through the city in an comfortable tour van, seeing sights like Copacabana beach, Botafogo Soccer Club, Federal University, Guanabara Palace and São Judas Tadeu Church on the way. Enjoy informative, engaging commentary from your local guide during a 45-minute stop at the famous statue on Corcovado Mountain. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included on this small-group tour.
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Pedra da Gavea Guided Hiking tour

Take your Rio de Janeiro visit to new heights thanks to this 8-hour private hiking excursion to the top of Pedra da Gavea. Travel to Rio’s Tijuca rainforest for your ascent of this 9,060-foot (842-meter) pinnacle of rock, admiring local wildlife during the steep climb. You’ll eventually strap on climbing equipment, completing a few basic rock climbing sections on your trip to the top. Enjoy stunning views of greater Rio from the peak before rappelling back down. A guide, equipment and round-trip hotel transport from select locations are all included.
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Dois Irmaos Hiking Tour from Vidigal Favela

Hike into the hillsides above Rio for amazing views and fresh air during this 5-hour trek to the peak of ‘Dois Irmaos’ (Two Brothers Hill). Depart from Vidigal favela on easy walk to the summit of this well known hill. As you hike, admire the lush foliage, endangered orchids and plentiful birds like hawks and owls that inhabit the area. Enjoy postcard-worthy views of Rio de Janeiro when you reach the peak, followed by time to explore the streets of Vidigal with your guide. Round-trip hotel transport is also included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full-Day Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado by Van including Barbecue Lunch

Combine visits to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains, two must-sees in Rio, on this full-day tour. Ride the Sugar Loaf cable car overlooking Guanabara Bay and see the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado. Stop at the Selaron Steps and refuel midday with a barbecue lunch. Round-trip transportation from most Zona Sul hotels via van.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full-day Rio de Janeiro City Tour with Lunch

Combine visits to Rio de Janeiro's top landmarks and highlights on a single full-day tour. Stops include the Sambadromo, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the Tijuca Rainforest, and others. Buffet lunch and round-trip hotel or port transportation included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Small-Group Motorboat Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Gain an alternative perspective of Rio de Janeiro on a private full-day motorboat tour. On a modern motorboat, you’ll cruise along the scenic coast of Rio de Janeiro and marvel at the renowned Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. See, too, Guanabara Bay and the rugged archipelago of Cagarras Island before stopping for a refreshing swim at Itapu Beach. On this private tour, you’ll receive undivided attention from your guide and will be able to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Small Group Tour in Rio de Janeiro Including Christ the Redeemer, Botanical Gardens and Ipanema Beach

Eliminate the stress of travelling between Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions on this 6-hour tour of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema Beach, and the Botanical Garden. Alongside a local guide, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned vehicle and ascend the hills of Tijuca Forest to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer — one of the New7Wonders of the World. See, too, Ipanema Beach and the exotic flora of the Botanical Garden. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people and includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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