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Santa Teresa
This unlikely cobblestoned neighborhood close to the center of Rio de Janeiro has long been a tourist favorite among visitors to this Brazilian city. Santa Teresa is located on the top of the hill of the same name, and takes its name from a convent built in the 1750s. It has a history as an upper class neighborhood, as some of its larger and more elaborately built mansions can attest. Santa Teresa has become an artist enclave in recent years, and is a great place to spend an afternoon, wandering among eateries, enjoying a cold beer, and checking out galleries and stands where you can buy artists renderings of the Cidade Maravilhosa (amazing city, as Rio is frequently called), or other souvenirs.

There are also a few museums worth visiting, such as the main art museum, the Museu da Chácara do Céu, housed in art collector Raimundo Otoni Castro Moya’s former mansion, that has works from Miró and Matisse, among other greats. Other architectural surprises include the Russian Orthodox Church. For the moment, the only way to experience the famous tramway that brought residents and visitors to the top of Santa Teresa is through the museum, Museu do Bonde, which tells the tram’s story, and shows it crossing the Carioca Aqueduct, at over 45 meters in height. The tram has been out of service since 2011, but plans are afoot to get it back up and running in 2015. For now, visitors take a taxi or the bus up the hill.

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The view over the Guanabara bay at night are not to be missed, and if you can time your visit to June or July, you might overlap with a weekend arts festival called Arte de Portas Abertas, with live music (mostly jazz), art and food stands held in the open air.
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Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de JaneiroHalf-day Tours

Santa Teresa Walking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Explore one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, Santa Teresa, on this 4-hour guided sightseeing tour. Walk down Santa Teresa's hilly cobblestone streets among the the district's revitalized Belle Époque mansions and trendy new shops, bars and art studios. Admire sprawling views of greater Rio de Janeiro, climb the Selarón Staircase and explore Ruins Park. Take advantage of your insider guide's knowledge of the neighborhood's hot spots for further exploration on your own.
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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón StepsCultural Tours

Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

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Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa.Then, walk along the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. You will visit the Ruins Park (closed on Mondays), a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with most traditional nightlife.Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in the South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), a permanent member of all “must-see cafés” rankings around the world.
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  • 4 hours
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Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Selarón Steps 6-Hour TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

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Combine three of Rio’s top attractions on this flexible-length visit to the famous Christ the Redeemer statue and the Selaron Steps, plus an optional trip to Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy the panoramic city views from the platform of Rio’s most iconic statue, then pass through historic Santa Teresa to visit the ceramic-clad Selaron Steps. Finish with an optional cable car ride up Sugarloaf.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Private Tour: Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour

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Explore the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa and downtown Ancient Rio during this 4-hour private tour. In Ancient Rio, visit sites like the France Brazil House, Arcos da Lapa, Teles Arches and Praça XV. In Santa Teresa, admire the stately mansions from the early 1900s and view the neighborhood's original tram, built in 1897. Learn about the importance of both of these neighborhoods in Rio's past through commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Street Art TourLiterary, Art & Music Tours

Rio de Janeiro Street Art Tour

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Get a glimpse into the local street art scene in Rio de Janeiro during this 4-hour arts and culture tour. Follow your local guide around the city, stopping to view popular works of art in unlikely places like a tunnel, a schoolyard and on the sides of buildings. Admire graffiti projects, murals and hit up a gallery/microbrewery in Leblon. Learn about the local arts scene and the cultural impact it has on the city through your guide's informative, engaging commentary. Snacks and transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle are included.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Full Day Rio de Janeiro City tour - 8 hours by Trip In RioPorts of Call Tours

Full Day Rio de Janeiro City tour - 8 hours by Trip In Rio

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I believe that over 5 years working with clients from different countries, I consider myself ready to meet your needs and expectations. My goal at the end of the tour is that Rio de Janeiro is considered the second home for you.You can read what clients are writing about me and my agencie services:The real best authentic guide of RIO!Ederson is an amazing guy, extremely professional and helpful.He is the most amazing guide we have ever had because he is young, with perfect level of English, very easygoing and organized. We did not pay anything in advance which was unexpected compared to other experiences. Maurizio - Zurique - MuniqueExcellent experience from start to finish - Michael - OhioFor a female solo trip first time in Rio speaking zero Portuguese, hiring a trustworthy guide is a must He is responsive to emails, energetic and fun He is the one who loves his job and the city. Jamy Lim - Pequim - China.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-OffNature & Wildlife

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron StepsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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. Visit Rio highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue. Round-trip transport is available from any Rio hotel, port, or airport. Pricing is per group; admission fees are extra.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Brazilian Flavours, plant-basedCooking Classes

Brazilian Flavours, plant-based

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Coming to our cooking classes is a unique opportunity to learn how to prepare (and eat) delicious, traditional food that also happens to be whole-food, plant-based, and to discover interesting aspects of the history and culture of Brazil. It is also a great opportunity to meet young world travelers and expats living in Brazil and see this country and its amazing rich culture through our eyes.For a start I prepared a short introduction to give you the background of the influences that shaped Brazilian cuisine. We then start by mixing the best Caipirinha you will probably drink in Brazil. Be warned! I will ruin you for the Caipirinhas at the beach or in the streets ;) After that we start preparing our food. Learn how to make Feijoada and Moqueca, Acarajé and Vatapá, Farofa and other Brazilian delicatessen. At the end we will enjoy our meal in our patio under the Mango tree.
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  • 4 hours
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Best of Rio: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Moutain, Lapa Steps and Santa TeresaCultural Tours

Best of Rio: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Moutain, Lapa Steps and Santa Teresa

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With so much to see and do in this a vibrant and bustling metropolis, Rio de Janeiro can be a bit overwhelming. Take the stress-free route with this full day tour and hit all the best spots. Starting atop Corcovado Mountain next to the city’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, you’ll get your bearings before exploring Rio’s best neighborhoods including Santa Teresa, Lapa and Urca. Finish the tour with a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, with views of Copacabana Beach.
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  • 6 hours
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1 day in Brazilian Monmartre: Tour & Workshop (make your own souvenir)Hiking & Camping

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1 day in Brazilian Monmartre: Tour & Workshop (make your own souvenir)

Explore the charming neighborhood of Santa Teresa known as the Monmartre carioca with its secrets unknown to tourists and at the end of the day participate in a unique experience totally different from the activities that foreigners have contact in Rio. During the clay workshop you will be in a cozy atmosphere. It is creative that you will learn new techniques and have new artistic skills and will also produce your own souvenir by joining a worldwide DIY trend. Take home a piece that will perpetuate memories and be different from the traditional Chinese souvenirs that most tourists buy on the streets of Rio.* After finishing the clay piece it takes 10 days to finish the art in the studio (drying, burning in oven and enamel). If you are in Rio after this period, delivery to your hotel is free. Shipping to your country will be charged extra fee.* The workshop is available in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Perfect your Instagram: Photoshoot in Rio with up to 200 edited photosSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Perfect your Instagram: Photoshoot in Rio with up to 200 edited photos

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You are free to choose the locations of the photoshoot, and I will make sure to have a specialised tour for your needs. I will ask you how you will want to use the photos and I take and edit them accordingly. The most unique about this photo shoot is that you finally don't have to worry about whether your favourite photos will make it to the final selection or not, because I will edit all the good (in focus, nobody ruins it in the background, your eyes are open, you are not talking or sneezing etc.) photos so you will be guaranteed to find photos that you absolutely love. Your Instagram will be done for some weeks and you can make your Mom happy too. :)Perfect for solo travellers or couples or friend groups!
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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  • 60 to 90 minutes
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Private Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron StepsPorts of Call Tours

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

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Explore the most important sights in Rio with one of our exceptional guides in this ideal tour for first-time visitors, in a comfortable 7 to 8 hours time frame. Not too long, not too short! Your first stop is at Christ the Redeemer, which you reach by a train ride through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. And then you will fall in love with Santa Teresa, the most charming, bucholic neighborhood in Rio, where you will find the old yellow tram and amazing restaurants.Visit Lapa, home to the Lapa Arches and the colorful Selaron Steps. Swing by the popular recreation spot Flamengo Park on the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters), from where you'll enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your journey, you'll get personalized attention from your private guide and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer and Selaron StepsCultural Tours

Rio de Janeiro Main Landmarks Tour Including Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps

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See Rio's most important sights, including Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, during this comprehensive 5-hour guided tour. Visit Sao Conrado beach, a popular landing spot for hang gliders taking off from Pedra Bonita, to watch the gravity-defying adventurers soar high above the beach. Travel through Tijuca National Park's rainforest to the Christ the Redeemer statue, enjoying spectacular views over the city. Descend into the Santa Teresa neighborhood to visit the Escadaria Selaron and have lunch (own expense). Choose to return to your hotel or be dropped off at Sugar Loaf Mountain to view the sunset.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Full-Day: Rio City TourCity Tours

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Full-Day: Rio City Tour

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Discover Rio’s highlights on this sightseeing tour of the city. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Rio and take off in a minibus to explore the city's landmarks. Stop at Tijuca National Park to see some wildlife before heading to the Christ the Redeemer statue. Explore the neighborhood of Santa Teresa before ending the tour at Sugarloaf Mountain to enjoy the sunset or head back to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & CopacabanaCity Tours

Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacabana

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Visit Corcovado Mountain, the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Get to see some of the many faces of Rio and learn what life is like for some of the city's residents. Walk through Santa Teresa, one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, enjoy sprawling views of Rio and the Christ the Redeemer statue from the top of Corcovado. This small-group tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide, is limited to twelve participants.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Rio Classic - Full Day Private Custom City Tour-Experience the highlights of RioHiking & Camping

Rio Classic - Full Day Private Custom City Tour-Experience the highlights of Rio

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In our tour “Rio Classic” we will give you an overview of the city of Rio de Janeiro. If you don’t have much time, we can show you the two main attractions of the city, the Sugarloaf and the Christ statue, over the course of one day. If you have more time, we suggest that you book a 2-day tour since the city has so much to offer.The viewpoint Dona Marta is always included in the tour.We will also visit the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa where we will take a break for a snack and an excellent coffee. Afterward, we will see the tile stairs of the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón which served as the setting for video clips of U2 and rap artist Snoop Dogg. The metropolitan cathedral of Rio de Janeiro in the center and a visit to the Sambadrome and the Maracanã will conclude our tour.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided TourCultural Tours

The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

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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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  • 8 hours
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BRAZIL WILDLIFE TOUR4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

BRAZIL WILDLIFE TOUR

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This jaguar holiday in the Pantanal Brazil includes seeing jaguar in the wild. This private tour also gives you the inside track to Rio de Janeiro, as well as Iguacu waterfalls. You'll explore both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides of the waterfalls with a private guide.
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  • 14 days
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  • 14 days
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Full Day Tour of Rio de JaneiroCity Tours

Full Day Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Get a comprehensive overview of Rio de Janeiro during this 8-hour small-group 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. Visit Carioca Square, Escadaria Selarón and the hip, artsy neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Enjoy informative commentary from your guide as you sip an açai smoothie and walk along Copacabana Beach.
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  • 8 hours
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Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps Walking Tour with Mobile AppCultural Tours

Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps Walking Tour with Mobile App

Visit Rio de Janeiro’s artistic district on this self-guided tour of Santa Teresa. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with the audio guide from your smart guide in the mobile app. Hop on a tram (the only one in Rio) or bus for the ride up to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits. This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Learn about the history and culture of the area and admire the 18th- and 19th-century buildings that were once home to the city’s elite but now house art galleries, restaurants and bars. Set on a hill, the neighborhood offers great views — visit Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park) for photo opportunities of downtown and Guanabara Bay. Walk past the neighborhood convent, and then check out Selarón’s Staircase covered in tiles from all over the world. They were created in the 1990s by artist Jorge Selarón.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Special Tour in Rio: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa and Ipanema's Hippie FairHalf-day Tours

Special Tour in Rio: São Bento Monastery, Santa Teresa and Ipanema's Hippie Fair

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Stray from the beaten path and visit some of Rio de Janeiro’s alternative tourists attractions on a 4-hour tour of the São Bento Monastery and the Santa Teresa neighborhood. Ideal for travellers who have ticked off Rio’s main sites already, the tour’s itinerary includes the São Bento Monastery, a gorgeous example of 16th-century Roman Catholic architecture, and the bohemian district of Santa Teresa, replete with haphazard houses and decorated stairways. Visit, too, the Feira Hippie de Ipanema, a market brimming with fabrics, handbags, souvenirs, and Brazilian street food.  
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Rio Full Day Tour - Tijuca Forest, Christ, Sugar Loaf, Stairs & Rio City CenterCultural Tours

Rio Full Day Tour - Tijuca Forest, Christ, Sugar Loaf, Stairs & Rio City Center

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There is so much to do and see within this city, which is why a Tour One Day in Rio de Janeiro is the prefect solution for those who want to see it all in a short period of time.Rio de Janeiro is commonly known as the Marvelous City, which is no surprise due to all the beauty and phenomenal attractions that can be found there. A one-day city tour Rio de Janeiro can be started in many different ways.- All tours are private.- Pick-up and drop-off in South Zone, Downtown or Santa Teresa.- A complete private tour of Rio with 11 hours.- Tickets and meals not included.- Starts at 7:30 am
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Rio Icons - Half Day Private Tour: Christ, Santa Teresa, Selaron, SambadromeCultural Tours

Rio Icons - Half Day Private Tour: Christ, Santa Teresa, Selaron, Sambadrome

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In this half day experience we will visit 4 of Rio’s main icons . These icons are chosen because of their cultural heritage importance and because they give you the best experiences and photos.The Icons: Carnaval Sambadrome, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Santa Teresa Tram and Selaron Steps.We will pick you up at your accommodations in a private and comfortable transport, along will be a fun Rio Official Guide to explain to you all the curiosities and to facilitate the experience.Your private group can be up to 14 ppl.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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