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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.
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.
The tour fulfilled all our expectations, that is, touring Rio from a local perspective. Our guide Juliana Matos was knowledgeable and very friendly, it was a pleasure taking the tour with her. The visit to the favela was very enlightening and it was really interesting meeting the guide from the favela.
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