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Rio de Janeiro: Museum of Tomorrow and Olympic Boulevard

1. Rio de Janeiro: Museum of Tomorrow and Olympic Boulevard

After pickup from your accommodation begin your tour at the Museum of Tomorrow, one of the most highly rated attractions in Brazil. Admire the architecture of the museum from the exterior as you explore the reflective pool and gardens. Enter the building and see the main exhibit, created by physicist and cosmologist Luiz Alberto Oliveira.  The museum studies the future of the world and its possibility for transformation. Explore the five major areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow, and Now. Marvel at the experiments and experiences that encourage you to consider the fundamental questions of existence. After exiting the museum, continue to the Olympic Boulevard. The walls measure an area of almost 3,000 square meters in total and were painted for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Get up close to the Ethnicities Mural by Eduardo Kobra, one of the world’s largest piece of graffiti art.

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Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

2. Rio: Olympic Boulevard, Museum of Tomorrow & History Tour

Begin your tour by being picked up from your hotel and discover the many hidden gems in Rio’s Downtown area with a tour guide. Start at the Valongo Wharf (the latest Unesco World Heritage site in the city) and learn more about the African influence in Brazil. Then head to the Kobra Mural — one of the largest graffiti walls in the world — created by the Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, to admire the five ethnic groups portrayed in a colorful geometric background. After a few pictures, you will walk along the Olympic Boulevard towards the Museum of Tomorrow. This is a modern and technological science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for constructing the future of the planet and mankind. Discover its remarkable architecture, and pay a visit to the most visited museum in Brazil. After exploring the future, travel to the past in the Monastery of Saint Benedict, where you will experience the contrast of the simple façade, with the interior covered with golden ornaments, a heritage from the Baroque period. Before heading towards the historical streets of Rio, you will see the Rio 2016 Olympic Cauldron created by the American artist Anthony Howe. You will notice the reflective-kinetic-sphered-structure is a reminder of the Games. At the Praça XV, you will see one of the former headquarters of the Brazilian empire and learn more about important facts of Brazilian history that happened in the area. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), one of the “must-see cafés” from around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decorated with huge stained glass, tiles, and mirrors imported from France, Portugal, and Belgium. You can finish your tour tasting one of the Brazilian traditional snacks such as the coxinha de frango (‘little chicken thigh’), or desserts such as the brigadeiro (‘brigadier’) in one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

3. Rio: Boat Tour of Guanabara Bay

Get a new perspective of Rio on a catamaran tour, on which you'll check out all the bright spots while exploring stunning Guanabara Bay. Your tour begins at Marina da Gloria, boarding a modern and well-equipped catamaran. Depart in the direction of the Museum of Tomorrow, one of the architectural icons of Porto Maravilha, Rio's port region. On the way, get a look at amazing Villegagnon Island, Santos Dumont Airport, Fiscal Island, and the Arsenal of the Navy. Continue towards Niterói, passing beautiful Rio-Niterói Bridge and the famous Concha Acústica (Acoustic Shell) before heading to the MAC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Be enchanted by its unique disc shape. Before returning to Rio de Janeiro, get to know other remarkable sights that surround the shores of Guanabara Bay, such as Adão and Eva Beaches, Santa Cruz Fortress, Lage Fortress,São José Fortress, and São João Fortress. Take in views of the famous Sugarloaf, where you'll have a few minutes to take pictures of the mountain from the catamaran. Before returning to Marina da Gloria, you'll pass the old Urca Casino and Flamengo Beach.

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Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights with Electric Scooter

4. Rio de Janeiro: City Highlights with Electric Scooter

Experience an exhilarating and memorable tour via an electric scooter of the highlights in Rio de Janeiro. Your guide will offer you instructions if you are a newcomer, ensuring that you and your group are safe throughout the whole trip. This tour is a sustainable way to meet people and witness the highlights of the city. Have plenty of opportunities to appreciate nature and acquaint yourself with the city. Flamengo, Rio Historical Center and Olympic Boulevard: Your route will take you from Flamengo Park through the Rio historical center, Olympic Boulevard, and Mauá Square Downtown. Highlights of your experience include Flamengo Park, MAM (the Modern Art Museum), Cinelândia Square, the Municipal Theater, the National Library, the Candelária Church, LAPA, and the Selaron Stairs. You will also see the Metropolitan Cathedral, Olympic Boulevard (Olympic Pyre), the Tomorrow Museum, and the Ethnicities Mural in the port zone.

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4-Hour Urban Arts Walking Tour

5. 4-Hour Urban Arts Walking Tour

On this unique 4-hour tour you’ll meet your guide at the Olinda Rio Hotel and head to the Gloria neighborhood by Metro. Visit the Selaron Steps, where you’ll see the work of a Chilean artist. The huge mosaic features tiles from around the world, and spans 400 steps in Lapa area. The second stop on your tour will be Praça Mauá. The square marks the beginning of Avenida Rio Branco and the beginning of the port region. The guide will point out important buildings around the square, such as the Rio Art Museum (MAR) and the Museum of Tomorrow. Continue your walk along Olympic Boulevard to see the variety of artwork, including the massive 3,000-square-meter Etnias mural. It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records! Visit the Pedra do Sal, originally a slave village, and a place with special significance for Cariocas of African descent and fans of samba and choro music. Your guide will walk with you to the Metro station and tell you how to get back to your accommodation. For those staying in the center of the city the guide will give you tips on the best bars, restaurants and museums if you want to explore further after the tour.

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What people are saying about Museum of Tomorrow

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 68 reviews

We had a great tour with Ricardo! He gave us lots of interesting information about the old part of Rio and Downtown. We learned a lot. The Museum of Tomorrow was just awesome and impressive. It was the best museum I’ve ever visited. C2RioTours was extremly reliable and punctual when it came to the pickup and dropoff at the hotel. Thanks to Ricardo for being such a great guide. We enjoyed very much☺️

Interesting and amazing tour of Rio’s historical and cultural perspective. Our guide Juan deserves a 6 star rating, he is fluent in six languages. Exceeding expectations. He knows what he is talking about, and was able to entertain questions.

The electric scooter ride in the center of Rio was really great, it's a different ride from the classic car rides. The guide was also great, I recommend

Guide had amazing knowledge of all areas and history of all sites. Guide was very flexible and allowed plenty of time to explore all areas.

What an awesome tour with an amazing tour guides; we've enjoyed every moment. Highly recommended.