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See all of Rio's highlights on this guided private sightseeing tour. Spend as much or as little time as you like and customize your own itinerary to your interests, whether they be sports, art, history or food. Travel between stops in your comfortable private vehicle, enjoying commentary from your local guide. Upgrade your tour with a trip by cog train through Tijuca Forest to the top of Corcovado Mountain or by cable car to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain.


  • 4- or 6-hour private tour of Rio de Janeiro with optional upgrades
  • Customize your private tour and create your own itinerary
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro’s top landmarks and interesting neighborhoods such as Leblon and Lagoa
  • Ride the cog train through the lush Tijuca Forest to the Christ Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain (if option selected)
  • Take a cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain and admire sprawling views of Guanabara Bay (if option selected)
  • Round-trip transport by private vehicle included

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Rio de Janeiro Customizable City Sightseeing with Optional Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Tickets

Visit Corcovado!

Following pickup at your Rio hotel, board your comfortable private vehicle and meet your personal tour guide. Your private guide can offer suggestions of things to do and see, or you can simply design your itinerary as you see fit. Please list any special interests you have (art, architecture, history, culture) at time of booking to alert your guide, so that he or she can better prepare for your private tour. If you'd like to stop for lunch, your guide can offer recommendations.

See the world-famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana or venture to Flamengo Park, Rio’s largest leisure complex. Stop by Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, bordered by Rio’s most fashionable neighborhoods – including Lagoa, Leblon and Gávea – and take in the views overlooking Guanabara Bay. View the Sambadrome, where samba schools compete during Carnaval, or admire historical buildings in Cinelandia Square.

Upgrade your tour to include Sugar Loaf or Corcovado – or a combination of both – including entrance fees and guided transport to each site. Please see the Itinerary section below for additional details on the upgrades.


Customer Reviews

Shwe Phyo H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Jimmy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an excellent way to see Rio - tour guide spoke excellent English and gave more information that just a textbook speech. He made suggestions of things we might want to see and knew all the head of the line shortcuts to see everything with very little waiting in line. Truly made us feel like VIPs.

Donald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our tour guide, Igor, was terrific, knowledgeable and at a nice pace with my group of seniors.
We had a great time.

Janice C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide, Fatima, was wonderful and did a great job showing us the highlights of Rio in one day. She was knowledgeable and had an excellent command of English. This was a perfect way to see the city with the limited time we had available.

Tamara S. E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A lovely, carefully planned tour by a bright and interesting guide!

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Super experience and our guide was perfectly suited for a custom tour. We were able to eat an authentically local breakfast before arriving at Corcovado and were dropped off for a delicious chiurasco lunch when the tour ended. The four hours was adequate for all of our purposes. We were 9 people total and had a full-sized, comfortable coach that added a lot of extra comfort.

Joan USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

My husband and I were only in Rio for one day and wanted to make the best of it so we decided to do a Half-day Private Tour. We were picked up at our hotel at 8am sharp and off we went. It was a beautiful day so we went to see Christ the Redeemer first. Our guide, Fatima, was awesome! She was knowledgeable, interesting and spoke very good English. She knew the ins and outs of getting around Rio. We also visited Santa Teresa (Unfortunately it was Monday and many things were closed). She then took us places we did not know anything about! We loved our time with Fatima! We would definitely booked this tour again when in Rio!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We booked a private 6-hour tour of Rio. We had an amazing experience. Our guide Igor was great - he told us about the history of Brazil and Rio. He took us to all the sights we requested to see trying to find the best times for visiting these sites. We also spent some time going throught the Tajuca forest and his knowledge of the local fauna really amazed us.

Thank you, Igor for the tour of Rio on Jan 4, 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Nice tour,, we had a great time . Great way to see Rio

Martin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Excellent trip, tour was as described, guide was excellent and very informative about the places visited. Although the Private Tour is obviously more expensive would recommend it (over a larger group tour) as we were able to move around at our pace. Given the amount of queuing involved for train (to ascend Corcovado) and the cable car (at Sugar Loaf) I could imagine a lot of time being wasted waiting for a large group to organise itself at the various locations.

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