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Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, & Selaron Day Tour

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, & Selaron Day Tour

Discover the landmarks of Rio on a full-day guided tour, including pickup and drop off at hotels in Rio. Start with a visit to Corcovado Mountain. Ride by van to the top or board the train, both through the Tijuca Forest. Then, marvel at the main monument of Brazil, the statue of Christ the Redeemer, as you take in panoramic views of Rio. Next, head towards the mythical Maracanã football stadium and observe its imposing façade. Continue to the legendary Sambódromo where the annual Carnival parade takes place. Visit the modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, influenced by Mayan pyramids. Check out the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps at Lapa, before enjoying a typical Brazilian steakhouse lunch. After lunch, visit Sugar Loaf. Take the cable car to the top in two stages and see one of the most iconic natural landmarks in Rio.

Rio: Museum of Tomorrow, AquaRio, and Olympic Boulevard

2. Rio: Museum of Tomorrow, AquaRio, and Olympic Boulevard

Begin the tour going to the Olympic Boulevard or Porto Maravilha, the city's port area that has been completely revitalized and where the newest tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro are located. Visit Museum of Tomorrow, a modern and technological applied science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for building the future of the planet and the human race. Observe and take photos in front of the unusual and futuristic architecture from one of the most visited museums in Brazil. Inside the Museum of Tomorrow, you will learn about opportunities and challenges that humanity will have to face in the coming decades from the perspectives of sustainability and coexistence. Then, make a stop for photos at the Kobra Mural - one of the largest graffiti murals in the world - created by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Observe five ethnic groups depicted realistically on a colorful background with geometric shapes. Last stop is at AquaRio (option with and without ticket to AquaRio included), the largest marine aquarium in South America. See more than 5,000 animals from 350 different species from around the world in 28 saltwater tanks. You will be able to see up close and even interact with an immense variety of fish, invertebrates, rays, sharks, and corals. Take a photo inside the main tank tunnel, where you will see animals passing over you! An entertainment show about nature for all ages!

Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket with Van Transport

3. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket with Van Transport

Guarantee a visit to Rio de Janeiro‘s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue with official tickets and official transportation. Choose one of the two departure points in Copacabana or Largo do Machado, which are located in strategic points easily accessible by public bus and subway, or a hotel pickup. Experience breathtaking views of the city from the top of Corcovado mountain during your journey to the statute. Enjoy the exuberant nature and cultural landscapes throughout the trip.  When passing through the historic and cultural neighborhood of Santa Teresa, be sure to record the panoramic view from Mirante dos Prazeres. On your way to Tijuca National Park, you will see the Caixa da Mãe D’água Aquifer, built-in 1774 by the Portuguese Crown. This structure was, at the time, mainly responsible for the large-scale water supply reaching the city of Rio de Janeiro. Arrive directly at the visitor's center of Paineiras Corcovado, a new adjacent structure with restaurants, a cafe, a gift shop, and a museum. Be sure to explore the Paineiras Visitor Center displaying exhibitions and models of the city of Rio de Janeiro. From the Visitors Center, board another van to the top of the Corcovado Hill, for a closer look at the Christ the Redeemer statue.  Learn about how the art deco statue was first opened to the public in 1931 atop a 710 m high granite dome. Get spectacular 360 views from Rio of the Tijuca Forest, Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and the most stunning beaches in the city such as Copacabana and Ipanema.  After your day of exploring one of the “7 Wonders of the Modern World”, be comfortably driven back to your initial pickup point at either Copacabana or Largo do Machado.

Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

4. Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with an 8-hour city tour. Throughout the duration of this experience, you'll discover the city's most iconic attractions whilst enjoying the company of a bilingual local guide.Enjoy a lively day filled with popular attractions such as the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracanã Stadium (outside), the Selarón Staircase, and the historical downtown district. You'll also encounter both the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, along with the Christ the Redeemer Statue and other sights.Later, discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, which is home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. The tour follows a set itinerary for people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities seeking to discover the beauties of the city in the company of an expert guide.

Rio: Lapa Nightlife Walking Tour, Caipirinha Class & Drinks

5. Rio: Lapa Nightlife Walking Tour, Caipirinha Class & Drinks

Discover famous nightlife in the Lapa neighborhood in a safe way on a guided walking tour. Enjoy alcoholic games, cachaça roulette, a treasure hunt, a caipirinha class, and shots. Receive a R$15.00 voucher to start the night and first visit the Arches of Lapa and Escadaria Selaron. Learn a bit about the history of the neighborhood and its curiosities. Enjoy a free caipirinha, then visit the famous Casa da Cachaça where you will learn how to make your own. Find out about the best parties and bars, with lots of music of all styles, DJs, and live Samba. End the night in a super fun club dancing to different styles and enjoying some free shots.

Rio: Bike Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Beach, and Downtown

6. Rio: Bike Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Beach, and Downtown

Experience Rio like a local on a guided bike tour. Pass by beaches, parks, top attractions, and the downtown area. Peddle around the city’s network of bicycle lanes at a relaxed pace with guide who stops regularly to share insights on the city. Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace hotel and get fitted with your high-quality bicycle and helmet. Make your way to the neighborhood of Botafogo, passing by red beach. Stop at the beachfront to sip on cold coconut water while gazing at Sugarloaf Mountain. Ride along Flamengo beach that contains the massive Brigadier Eduardo Gomes Park. Continue to the City Center to view skyscrapers and elegant squares. Learn about Rio's culture and history as the guide answers any questions you may have. View the Modern architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral before heading to Lapa, the epicenter of the city's bohemian scene. End your tour at Cinelândia, the main square in Rio which is surrounded by important buildings such as the Municipal Theater and the National Library.

Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

7. Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Do you find yourself feeling nervous or unsure about heading out to dance in a new city? Let a Samba dance instructor get you started off on the right foot in Rio de Janeiro, and take a 1-hour Samba lesson at a professional studio in Copacabana. Your instructor will show you some of the key steps of Brazil's favorite dance during a class to get you warmed up. Then go for a night out in a typical Brazilian nightclub and practice the new moves and steps you learned just hours earlier. A lesson followed by a night out is a great way to combine new technical skills, such as basic and intermediate steps, with the real dance club atmosphere. Get to know Rio's famous nightlife and meet some locals as you build confidence in your dancing and have a great night out! The dance class can happen directly before going to a club, or you can choose to meet your instructor later on and go to the club together.

Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

8. Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

Want to Samba but have no dance experience? Learn basic Samba moves that you can use in all types of dance in a 1 hour dance crash course! This Samba lesson in Rio is a fun and entertaining time, and lets you experience the true culture of Rio. The student chooses the kind of dance – Samba no pé (solo Samba), or Samba de Gafiera (partner Samba) – that he or she wants to learn, and participates in one or more private lessons of the chosen style. The private Samba lessons are divided into about 90% practical and 10% theoretical. The Samba Lesson is lots of fun and you'll find yourself dancing away after the first class. The teacher will explain how this type of dance fits into Brazil’s cultural history as well as Rio’s current night life. Enjoy a 60-minute dance crash course, and you'll be sure to feel the energy of Samba. After that, you'll be able to go out and practice your new moves in the city's bustling dance clubs.

Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

9. Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on a 6-hour guided tour of Corcovado, Selarón Steps, and Sugar Loaf Mountain and see it all! Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Corcovado Mountain through the Tijuca Rainforest. Ascend to the summit to see the 38-meter (128-foot) tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy spectacular views of Rio and its surrounding countryside. Then, travel back downhill to take a tour of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. Admire its charming architecture and go to the famous Selarón Steps made in ceramic by the artist Jorge Selarón. After that, head to the Sugar Loaf Mountain taking a ride through the charming neighborhood of Urca to take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf in two stages. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, from where you will get beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Continue to the summit for unrivaled views of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niterói.

Rio de Janeiro: Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience

10. Rio de Janeiro: Waterfront Dinner & Live Music Experience

Enjoy the nightlife of Rio de Janeiro at kiosks located on the waterfront of some of the most famous beaches in the world, Leblon Beach and Copacabana Beach. Enjoy an incredible dinner that includes a starter, main course, dessert, and drink. Enjoy the live music while enjoying the view of Rio de Janeiro's ocean. An experience that you definitely need to enjoy in the city of Rio. Monday - Arrastapé Menu Starter options: oxtail dumpling with sauce or cashew creamy dumpling. Main course: salted meat skewer, baião de dois (homogenous mixture of beans, rice and parsley), fried cassava and farofa. Dessert: creamy Cocada (a coconut candy) with tapioca ice cream. Drink options: water, soda, lemon caipirinha, lemon, strawberry or pineapple caipivodka. Only one drink per person. Tuesday - Samba Social Clube Menu Starter: portion of 6 pastéis (fried dough) stuffed with cheese, meat or shrimp. Main course: shrimp bobó (stewed shrimp with coconut milk, dende oil and manioc cream) or beef bait, rice, beans, farofa and French fries. Dessert: chocolate brownie with ice cream. Drink options: draft beer, caipirinha or soda. Only one drink per person. Wednesday - Coisa de Carioca Menu Starter options: bean broth served with bacon crispy, roasted garlic and chopped parsley on toast or tapioca dads with pepper jelly. Main course options: shrimp "escondidinho" (brazilian shrimp shepherd's pie) au gratin with cream cheese and mashed potatoes or beef and chicken skewers served with vinaigrette sauce, bacon farofa and fries. Dessert options: chocolate mousse or passion fruit pave. Drink options: Brahma draft beer, soda, lemon caipirinha, natural juice (pineapple, passion fruit or Swiss lemonade). Only one drink per person and mineral water with or without gas. Thursday - Mané Menu Starter: Coxão Mané - a snack prepared with pork rib meat and cheese filling. Accompanied by the best mustard in the world! Main course: Ribs Rice - Long-cooked, shredded ribs, mixed with seasonings, rib broth, and rice, all topped with bacon farofa, torched cheese on the table, and hard-boiled egg. Dessert: Pancake with dulce de leche and vanilla ice cream. Drink options: 750ml draft beer, soft drink or juice. Only one drink per person. Friday - La Carioca Menu Starter: ceviche - white fish, tiger milk, red onion, pepper, cilantro and lime. Main course: rice with seafood - typical Peruvian-style paella with octopus, scallops, shrimp and squid. Dessert: spicy brigadeiro - dark chocolate brigadeiro with pisco, slightly spicy. Drink options: pisco sour (Peruvian drink with pisco, sour mix, goma jarabe) or non-alcoholic drinks (on request). Only one drink per person.

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What people are saying about Copacabana

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,075 reviews

Fue un viaje increíble, la guía (patty) sabía de todo histórica y culturalmente, fue muy amable y buena con todo el grupo, los lugares eran de película y vale muchísimo la pena el recorrido, el día se va volando de lo que uno se divierte! 10/10

I had so much fun being that I went to Rio alone . I even met 2 new friends in this guide. The host was beyond amazing she talked about the history of Rio and always taught me something new. Views were beautiful. Definitely recommend !! 10/10

It was a great overview of the city and hitting the highlights. You don't have much time in each location so you really need to be on your toes and soak it in quickly

The trip was great! It worth the money. The guide was very, very good and you can Tell she loves her job! The restaurant is also good.

Our tout guide Adriano was great! He could speak 5 languages, and explained all the sites and history really well.