Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour - Reviews

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Joseph W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

Given that we were there for Carnivale and the number of people and traffic was ridiculous, it was a very good tour. The bus driver did an amazing job of negotiating crowds and blocked streets and the guide was very good

Elaine E L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Tour went very smoothly and was stress fee - not a lot of queuing for the cog up Corcovado Mountain, and the sight of Christ the Redeemer was amazing!We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Our trip could not have been nicer. We were picked up at the cruise terminal right on time and I believe there were eight of us from the ms Maasdam. We stopped at a hotel to pick up more people, but none were there, so off to the mountain we went. Our guide (can't remember his name) was just great. This tour took place during Carnival but even with the throngs of people in Rio, everything was very smooth.
I highly recommend your company and this tour.

Julie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013



5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

WOW! The ride up to the statue gave some incredible sights of the city and forest. At the top by the base of the statue was like being on top of the world. The views, the statue....Rio is so blessed to have this as a tour in their city. WOW!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

Very well organized. Everything was on time and very safe.


4 star rating: Recommended
April 2017

Viator sent us the wrong pickup information. We were to meet our guide at gate 2 at the port. We waited for a long time but no one showed up. It turned out that the guide was waiting at gate 4 which is now the official pickup spot. As a result we missed the tour. We phoned and were put on the tour scheduled for the same time the next day. But we soon realized that it would not get us back to the boat on time. Kudos to Gray Line, they agreed to include us on an earlier tour which was not scheduled for port pickup. They picked us up at the port and then proceeded to hotel pickups. Despite all the anxiety the tour was excellent, the weather cooperated and the earlier time meant that Christ the Redeemer was not as crowded. Good guide and some stops made in the town to see the painted steps. So all went well in the end.


4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013



4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

The half day tour was interesting and informative. It was good!

Barbara M

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2015

We enjoyed the trip. Surprised that we had to change buses a.good value. Three stars

Allan L Z

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
February 2017

I was not met with a sign with my name as told.
I was not met at gate I was told to meet at.
I was met by Gray Line not Viator.
It was an extremely hot day and I was not even offered a bottle of water.
Tour guides were nice and informative.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
January 2017

This tour is through Gray Line Company and it is HORRIBLE. DO NOT ever do a Gray Line tour. When we got off the ship our guide was no where to be found. We basically walked around till we saw the Gray Line bus and the driver was sitting in there all by himself. He didn't speak any English but I saw our names on the list so I knew we had the right bus. Finally the guide arrived and didn't even apologise or introduce himself. We then waited for 30mins for other passengers to find the bus. In the end the guide decided to leave even though there were 2 people who had yet to come so we don't know what happened to them. Then of course in typical horrible Gray Line style, we spent over an hour driving around in circles picking up people from the hotel. We couldn't even understand anything the guide was saying because his English was really bad. This was true for all our Gray Line tours in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Although they say they cater to English speaking people, they don't actually. There is a mixture of spanish and english people on the bus and the guides always spend way more time and explain better in spanish than they do in English. It is worth going to Christ the Redeemer. Just don't do it with Gray Line


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2014

Pick up service was disappointing because of the large number of other tops before actually getting to the Redeemer tour. Took two hours before we actually arrived!
Would have used a private service if I had known this.

Christina Y

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
December 2013

The Corcovado Mountain is worth to visit. But the arrangement of this tour was really bad. We were in the bus for two and half hours to reach there because they have so many pick up and waiting. We were from the port which should take only 30 minutes to reach there. Also this tour should be done in the morning time instead of afternoon plus with the two hours delay, we reached the top at 5:30pm which hardly see the Chris Redeemer Status. The place is worth to visit but I won't recommend this company.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this
February 2018

We had really high hopes after reading about the excursion itinerary about this infamous attraction however, was left really disappointed with our experience as we found it to be unprofessional and not worth the money at all!

Initially, the lady who was supposed to meet our group was late and there was no 'name' sign so we had no idea who was the representative from Gray Line. Finally, I spotted her after seeing the logo on her uniform. We boarded a small van as the lead guide wasn't aware that apparently it was a much bigger group joining the tour which we then had to stop at another hotel for. The driver didn't know the hotel where the other group was supposed to meet at and was circling the route many many times. Finally, we found the Copacabana Palace and we had to all move to a large coach bus. This was a shock as when we boarded the small van, we had no idea we were going to be part of a 30 person tour group.

After this delay, it only got worse as the driver and guide kept picking up guests from various locations without any announcement or communication to the rest of us on the bus already. We even ended up waiting over an hour in the train/bus station because the driver tried to wait for another couple who hadn't shown up yet.

We found the guide to be really unprofessional - he didn't provide any explanation at all - he was only chatting on his cellphone. The only information he gave us was the time we were supposed to return to the meeting point.

The worst part was that I introduced 4 of my friends to join this excursion with me yet we all were unsatisfied and unhappy with the experience.

For the price we paid for this excursion, I should've just taken a taxi myself directly and bought 2 senior tickets. I would've saved a LOT of unnecessary wait time.

Constance g

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
January 2018

We booked this trip as a shore excursion and paid extra as compared to a similar tour with various hotel pick ups.

We were picked up at 1pm as scheduled and did not arrive to the start of our tour until 3 hours later. We spent 2 hours and 20 min picking up at various hotels with earphones promoting other tours offered in Rio, There was no guiding. 3:20pm was the last drop off for those on another tour Not only did the bus pick up passengers but also picked up and transferred people connecting to or from other tours, then continued to drive to board the train arriving at the station after 4pm

We asked the driver to return us to our cruise without taking the excursion we were looking forward to. Proceeding with the tour made us uncomfortable to return to our cruise in a timely fashion.

Connie G, Ontario Canada

Francis G

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
November 2015

We are a group of 6 who booked for a private tour through Viator prior to us starting our cruise.
We were booked for a 1.30pm pick up from the Port at Rio de Janeiro - we had confirmed pick up details 24hrs prior - we were on shore 30 minutes early luckily. Had to make 2 more telephone calls to Viator to try and locate where the pick up was - eventually we were able to locate the person holding a sign with our names on she certainly didn't have a blue t-shirt on as described by the telephone instructions
After boarding the mini van the pick up lady who we assumed was the guide said we we were going to meet the guide.....well, we arrived at the Corcovado 1 hours later and guess what - No Guide waiting for us - So we waited approx 1 hour for a Big Bus with approx 40 tourists and a guide. So much for a guided experience with a small group of our 6 persons.
Sorry Viator your communication needs help.

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