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.
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This early-morning tour heads straight to Christ the Redeemer to bag those rare, crowd-free photos.
I was traveling with my young adult son. We had only a few days in Rio de Janeiro and wanted to see it all! I also wanted to feel safe, and have someone else do the arranging for us. I have used Viator tours in the past and have always had a great experience. Our guide, Vicente, knew his Brazilian history! He was very personable, and knowledgeable on many topics and on all the sites we visited. He spoke English perfectly. The tour included all the places we wanted to see, and also visited others we hadn't even thought to visit. We had a great buffet lunch not included in tour, but very delicious and inexpensive and we even had time after lunch to pick up some great selections of souvenirs right next door to the restaurant! This tours moves fairly fast because there are so many things to see, but the van is new, air conditioned, and very comfortable. Traveling in small groups is the way to go! Our driver always stayed with the van, so you can leave your items safely inside. The Sambadrome stop was good but I wish there was more to it. It would have been fun to hear drums and see costumed samba dancers just to give tourist a hint of what Canival would be like. We loved ending the day with caipirinhas at the colorful and fun Escadaria Selaron.
We have wonderful memories of this trip and great photos! We felt very safe with our guide he was always looking out for us. Our group did not have any problems at all, but please be careful not to wear expensive jewelry/gold chains while touring. HInt: Be ready to meet your guide at least 10-15 minutes earlier that scheduled. Also, if you are not going on the tour, contact them and cancel the day before. This way the rest of the group does not have to wait for no-shows. This may affect the timing of the whole tour!
Christ the Redeemer was truly the highlight of this tour for me. This tour provides an easy, seamless transition to see this statue. Our guide was a great resource for information about the sites we were visiting as well as Rio in general. If you go to the recommended steak house they take you to for lunch and choose to order a la carte, be advised that they interpret filet mignon as several different cuts of meat, none of which are consistent with the western view of that cut. Rio is an amazing city and this tour allowed us to hit the highlights without having to worry about the details.
Perfect Day with very professional Guide and also skillful Driver to reach best sides of Rio! Was interesting to see different sides of city and know historical points, jokes and economy development in Rio, asking questions;)!
I enjoyed the tour--not sure why we stopped outside the stadium--nothing to see or do-- the guide spoke English very well but she left the bus before we got dropped off and the bus driver missed the hotel by a mile and didn't speak English-- The visit to the Christ statue and sugar loaf was well timed and worth visiting