Following pickup at your centrally located meeting point in Rio, climb aboard a minivan in the morning, meet your guide, and get on the road to Corcovado Mountain. You'll arrive there before most everyone else and have the opportunity to experience this famous landmark in peace and (relative) quiet.
When you reach your destination, lace up your shoes and climb the 220 steps or opt for the easier route by riding the elevator. At the 2,300-foot (700-meter) summit, find yourself in the presence of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Listen as your guide explains the history of the statue, constructed in 1931 from concrete and sandstone and named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The statue's arm span is 98 feet (30 meter), and it stands 130 feet (39 meters) tall. Spend half an hour admiring the statue and taking photos of the panoramic views of Rio.
Then, board a glassed-in cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. Upon reaching the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet (396 meters) above sea level, admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana, and Santa Cruz Fortress.
Descend in the cable car and climb back aboard your vehicle for drop-off.
Upgrade to include a delicious barbecue buffet lunch at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria for a chance to sample the local cuisine. A city tour upgrade is also available to visit the main highlights of Rio de Janeiro. Combine all options for a comprehensive tour of Rio.