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This was a very well-organized tour. We were picked up from the Porto Bay hotel right around 7am as indicated. Our guide for the day was Guilherme, and he was fantastic. He spoke English and Spanish (and even a bit of French), and he kept everything informative, straight to the point, and concise. We arrived at Christ the Redeemer a bit before 8, and our group of 10 was one of the first people to reach the top and enjoy the view. Within minutes the entire place became crowded, so we appreciated being super early. Guilherme even got on the ground to get us some nice photos which was very kind. We had about 45 minutes there and then moved on to the Sugarloaf Mountain. Not nearly as crowded because there are two cable cars to get to the top that regulates how many people get to go up. The view was incredible.It is definitely possible for you to do the two places on your own like other reviewers say. However for my husband and myself, we liked the fact that we were able to hit two must-sees of Rio within 5 hours with minimal planning and queueing.Guilherme, merci beaucoup :)
I dont recommend this tour: firstly you are hardly early at the Christ Redeemer Statue since it takes already 2 hours from 6:30 until they pick up all thepeople from the several hotels with which you are not really earlire than just taking the train at 8:30 a.m. The tour guide was also poor, she hardly spoke English and mixed up with Spanish. At the Christ Redeemer we had to rush and take pictures. You are best by taking a taxi and going by yourself.
This was our first trip to Rio and to go again I would recommend using a service like this. We were at the pickup point and the van showed up on time. The guides name was Paulo and he was great. His English was strong and his facts/knowledge about the area were helpful. We arrived before the large crowds and did not have to wait in line. Once at site he gave everyone a meeting point and a time to meet back up.
Thank you Paulo!
We were picked up at our hotel at 7 am sharp, loaded on the van and driven through the city at up to the top of Corcovado Mountain. All the while our guide Paulo told us about the historytrue and tall tales of the the sights we were seeing. We arrived at the Christ the Redeemer statue by 8, before all of the crowds and had a good half hour of peace and quiet to get photos and just wander around the statue.
After about an hour, we got back on the van for the 30 minute trip to Pao de Acucar Sugar loaf Mountain. Again Paulo regaled with tall tales and jokes on the ride. He arranged all of the ticket for the park and the cable car to the top. Once at the top, the view of the city below was incredible and we spent a few hours marveling at the sights, taking photos and just walking around the summit. This was a good place to have lunch delicious vegetable and meat stuffed pastries and ice cream and shop for souvenirs. We were back at the hotel by 2 pm, giving us the rest of the day stroll along Copacabana beach. Thank you Paulo for a wonderful tour!
I bought a special promotion to do this tour plus a Brazilian barbeque, which I was very excited to try. My departing point was the Porto Bay Hotel in Copacabana at 7:00 am. I woke up late and had to skipped breakfast and run all the way to Porto Bay to be in time. Guide arrives at 7:20 am, he was waiting for other customers in the previous departing location. If I had knew they can wait for you, I would had take breakfast. By that time I was hungry and grumpy.
Visits to Cristo and Pan de Azucar were okay, we just wandered around taking pictures of the amazing views. The guide mentioned the tour will end up at Centro at about 3:30 pm, after a city tour. I said wait, I got an email from someone from Amigo Tours saying my tour ends at 12:30 pm at the Brazilian restaurant close to the Porto Bay, and I already have another 3:30 pm tour booked. I didn't asked for any city tour, the options were clear in the Viator page.
A lady from Singapur told the guide 3:30 pm is too late for her as well, she had a plane to catch and she only paid for the Cristo-Pan de Azucar-Brazilian barbeque just like me. A lady from Argentina said she just paid for the Cristo-Pan de Azucar-city tour, no lunch. The guide dropped me and the lady from Singapur in a cheap by-kilo restaurant near the Porto Bay HoteI, with lousy food. No Brazilian barbeque as promised and purchased. I don't know what hapenned to the lady from Argentina, maybe she had to wait while the rest of the people took their lunch.
I send a message to both Viator and Amigo Tours. Apparently my tour was entered into their system incorrectly due to an error on their side. Please receive our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, we are extending a partial refund of 40. Both apologies and refund are greatly appreciated.
This is what I think really happened: there were three options in Viator's page when I got my ticket. Christ Redeemer Statue with optional Sugar Loaf, both attractions plus the Brazilian barbeque, and the whole thing plus the city tour. They didn't get enough customers to each individual choice for that day low season in Rio, and they had to mixed-up the three tours. Ergo, I ended up in this by-kilo restaurant with the lady from Singapur, the lady from Argentina had to sat in a restaurant waiting to the rest of the tour to continue, and who knows who else got trapped on this.
Please by any means take this tour when in promotion, because regular price is outstandingly high considering both attractions can be visited by yourself in an easy way. But skip the Brazilian barbeque, do not expose yourself to this by-kilo site.