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Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only remaining one in Rio) or bus for the ride 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. Check out the views of the sprawling city of Rio from this vantage point, once home to the city's elite and now a haven for artists. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways.
Walk down the hill, stopping at the Selarón Staircase, the Chácara do Céu Museum and Ruins Park and the Carmelitas' Convent. Jump on the subway and ride back towards Copacabana for lunch (own expense).
After lunch, take Tijuca National Park transport from Copacabana, Paineiras or Largo do Machado Station to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Stand at the base of the 98-foot (28-meter) Christ the Redeemer Statue and enjoy sweeping views out over the city of Rio. Built in the 1930s, this statue is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Board a bus destined for Santa Marta favela, a very different face of Rio that tourists don't frequently experience. Meet local inhabitants of this poverty-stricken area and learn about what daily life is like for them.
Return by bus to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, where your tour ends.
Michigan Melinda United States of ...
Everything about this tour was spot on perfect. Juliana, our guide, was knowledgeable, fun and warm. We had a group of 12, including two young kids, and she related well to everyone. Although the tour was publicized as one using public transportation, we had our own van and driver given that the group was maximum size. Three cheers to the tour company for that because it made it much easier for Juliana to keep all of us in check.
There was so much to see on this tour and it was hard to come up with a highlight. A special word about the Favela, however. We were warned by our cruise ship that the Favelas were dangerous and should be avoided and we contacted the tour company with our concern. They told us that they had never had a problem, and we were SO GLAD that we decided to visit. First, this Favela is special. Michael Jackson filmed a portion of his They Don't Care About Us video there and there is tremendous pride in the Favela there in part because they were made famous. Also, we had tour tour guides who are from the Favela who were thoughtful, informative and warm. Visitors should know that the local tour guides in the Favela are paid by the tour company and that a portion of our tour fee is also paid to the Favela, so there is an incentive for the tour there to be safe. We'd strongly recommend the tour, including the Favela, to anyone - especially if they're lucky enough to get Juliana as their guide!
It could be chilly up the hill as the visit to the Corcovado Mountain was at the end of the tour towards sunset. Recommend to bring something warm to wear.
My guide was very kind and friendly! I was given plenty of recommendations for the city.
A great full day tour with Juliana who was a first class guide around Rio. We would thoroughly recommend this - the walk around Santa Marta Favela was particularly interesting where the addition of a local guide from the Favela gave even more insight into living in the Favela’s.
This was a great tour. Our tour guide Juliana was very knowledgeable and has the perfect personality for this type of work. I would highly recommend this tour. You see many of the highlights of Rio and some out of the way places too. It was interesting to see the beauty of Santa Teresa and also the grittiness of the Santa Marta Favela. The views from the Christ the Redeemer statue are not to be missed!
Outstanding. Fantastic tour in the hands of Julianna. This is a great way to spend one precious sightseeing day in Rio. The favela visit was very special and we were well looked after at every step of the way.
Had a great time even in the rain with Julianna - very knowledgable and entertaining guide. A great thing to do on the first day to get orientated with such a big, diverse city.
Amazing tour that takes in most of the sites in one hit. Ask for Gabi as she helped make it such a fun day!
Really full day seeing lots of attractions, bus tram train travel. Great way to get around. Guide Juliana was more than amazing, and really looked after us well and very knowledgeable.
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