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Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro Private Experiences

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

1. Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande: Small-Group Fast-Boat Tour

Ilha Grande is one of the most beautiful and well-known beach destinations in Brazil and receives a large number of visitors. On this tour, leave Rio de Janeiro, towards Ilha Grande on a trip of approximately 3 hours, with a snack stop along the way, arriving at Angra dos Reis between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. You then onboard a speedboat for Ilha Grande. Make between 4 and 5 stops to explore some of the most beautiful spots of the island such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases Islands, Botinas Islands, Green Lagoon, Japariz beach, and Saco do Céu. The stops can vary, according to the weather, sea condition, wind and the number of people on site. The intention is to escape the great boats and stops with many people, seeking to provide a more exclusive experience. Opportunities for a good dive, beautiful photos and moments of relaxation are not going to fail. After a day in paradise, begin your return to Rio de Janeiro at approximately 5:00 PM, arriving in the city between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. You can choose to do the basic tour (transportation, speed-boat and lunch) or the all-inclusive package tour (includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, underwater photos and snorkel mask).

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Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

2. Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike

Get spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro on an approximate 3-hour hike of Pedra da Gávea. Follow the challenging nature trails of the largest monolith in the world, starting at sea level and ascending through Tijuca National Park to an altitude of around 840 meters. Trek through the Carrasqueira section using the safety equipment provided by your instructor, and face the challenge of basic rock climbing of approximately 30 meters in height. Once past the Carrasqueira, continue to the mountain summit, and get rewarded with amazing views of the south and west areas of Rio de Janeiro before the walk back down.

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Rio de Janeiro: Best Beaches Boat Tour with Free Beers

3. Rio de Janeiro: Best Beaches Boat Tour with Free Beers

See Rio's most beautiful beaches from an exotic and aquatic angle. You'll depart from the yacht club near Sugarloaf Mountain from where you will pass by several gorgeous beaches and islands. Throughout your experience, you will be welcome to stop at any time to swim or simply chill out and take in the scenery. You can also expect to experience a secret island throughout your day too. Throughout your 3-hour trip you will encounter Urca Beach, Pão de Açucar (Sugar Loaf), Praia Vermelha (with swimming time), Copacabana Beach, Arpoador Beach, the Ipanema beaches (with swimming time), and Ilhas Cagarras (Cagarras Islands. At the conclusion of your enjoyable day out on the water, you will return back to your tour starting point.

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Pedra do Telégrafo Hike and Beach Full-Day Tour

4. Pedra do Telégrafo Hike and Beach Full-Day Tour

Located in the Pedra Branca State Park, Pedra do Telégrafo (elevation of 350 meters) is at the top of Guaratiba Hill. Take a walk along the beach to the starting point of the trail. The ascent begins at Guaratiba Beach and it takes about an hour to reach the summit. There are several viewpoints along the way, with the best known being a large, sharp rock called Pedra da Bigorna. From the summit, marvel at the views of the Restinga da Marambaia sandbank, the wild beaches of Rio, Pedra do Pontal, and Grumari Beach. After the walk, relax on the beaches of Grumari or Prainha.

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Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Visit Rio's top attractions on this guided tour. You will be picked up at your accommodation by your professional, English-speaking guide and start the full-day adventure by visiting one of the 7 wonders of the modern world: Christ the Redeemer. You will travel through a rainforest to reach it then, after a photo op at the awe-inspiring statue, you will head to visit to the Maracanã Stadium to see the site of the 2016 Olympics. Then, on to the Sambodromo where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place. You can take photos with the costumes and learn from your guide about Brazilian Carnival culture. Your guide will take you through the historic centre to discover Colombo Bakery, opened in 1894, it still preserves its Art Nouveau decor. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is next up, a masterpiece of modern art famous for its unusual architecture, then the Lapa neighborhood -where the old aqueduct Lapa Arches is located. The final locations will be Selaron Staircase – 215 colorful steps, one of the most fascinating and original staircases in the world - and Sugar Loaf mountain. You will head here by takeing the cable car from Urca hill up to the top. This unique rock formation also offers a fun way to reach its summit, enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings. This truly is an all-inclusive tour, one wherein you can experience the best of the city.

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Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

Start your private Rio de Janeiro adventure with a drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Go to Corcovado Station and ride to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue by train. Relax on the 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest, and get a preview of the wonderful landscape that awaits you. Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, get a meet and greet at the main monument of Brazil and marvel at the 710-meter statue of Christ with his arms outstretched. Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and surrounding countryside from Rio de Janeiro's most strategic viewpoint. Follow your guide as they point out Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi and other highlights, such as the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the Botanical Garden, the Jockey Club and the Tijuca National Park. Look further towards Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo and the famous Sugar Loaf mountain. Descend Corcovado and continue your tour with an external view of the Maracanã Stadium, Mario Filho (which staged two World Cups and one Olympic Games). Visit the Sambódromo, the famous parade ares of Rio's carnival. Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral to observe its impressive and unusual architecture. Go to the brightly-colored Selarón Steps in Lapa, one of the most visited landmarks in Rio de Janeiro. Take time to lunch at a restaurant of your choice (not included). Head to the Urca neighborhood to ride the cable car to the top of the mountain in 2 stages. Board the cable car to Urca Mount, 224 meters above sea level, and then continue to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain, 395 meters above sea level. Here, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful panoramic views of the city before you return via the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana en route to your hotel drop off.

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Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

7. Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel, the eco-tour will first explore one of the world's largest urban forests, Tijuca Forest. Stop to visit some important points of interest such as the Taunay Waterfall, Tijuca National Park Visitor Center, and the Chinese Lookout. If you wish, you can take a short walk through the Atlantic Forest as well. Next up, you'll go to Jardim Botânico, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, one of the most important botanical research centers in the world. At this attraction you can visit important points such as the Orchid Garden, Pestle House, the Sensory Garden, the Central Fountain, and the other fascinating diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. Finally, you’ll go to Parque Lage to take the photographs of one of the most charming mansions in Rio set to the backdrop of Christ the Redeemer. The mansion is also equipped with a coffee bar, bistro, and art exhibitions.

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Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

8. Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Helicopter Flight

Your aviation adventure begins at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, or Sugarloaf (depending on option chosen), where you board the helicopter and set off for a bird's eye view tour of Rio de Janeiro. As you fly over this vibrant city, admire unforgettable panoramic views of the landscape below, and appreciate this truly unique experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the beaches, mountains, and iconic landmarks of the city from the skies. There are 4 options to choose from when booking your helicopter tour.

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Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

9. Rio de Janeiro: Tandem Paragliding Flight

Benefit from pickup from your hotel, meet at São Conrado Subway station, or make your own way to the Brazilian Confederation of Hang Gliding headquarters to meet your instructor (depending on option selected). After a comprehensive safety briefing from your instructor, take off from Pedra Bonita Ramp inside the Tijuca National Park, one of the biggest urban forests in Brazil.  Once off the ground, observe the spectacular natural landscape of Rio de Janeiro. Take in sights such as Rio’s famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Spot natural landmarks such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Guanabara Bay, and much more. Your flight finishes with a smooth landing on the beach of São Conrado. The whole adventure can be captured in video and photos from GoPro cameras attached to the paraglider.

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Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

10. Rio: Pedra Bonita 4-Hour Hike with Free Flight Ramp Visit

Pedra Bonita is one of the highest mountains in the city and is located in the Tijuca National Park. Its position is privileged, between the south zone and the region of Barra da Tijuca. The 4 hour tour provides a light and pleasant experience, full of beautiful scenery and great opportunities for lovely photos. Start by meeting at your hotel, then head towards the National Park to start the walk. The trail through the Atlantic forest does not require a great physical effort or a high level of technique by the participant. Arriving at the top you will be amazed by the beautiful view of the beaches, forest and the other mountains of the city, especially the Gávea Rock, just in front. The top of Pedra Bonita has a large space where you can feel free to explore and enjoy the place. You will also have the opportunity to visit the free flight ramp and observe flight departures. The experience is fun and interesting. On the return you can see the beach of São Conrado and its beautiful landscapes, it is there also where the hang gliders and those paragliding land. Take this opportunity to go for a swim at the beach. The Bonita stone is a great option for those who want to enjoy the nature of the city and see beautiful viewpoints without great physical effort.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

A perfect day in Rio !! With Patricia and "the driver", unfortunately I forgot the name, we had one of the most beautiful days. We came to Rio with the desire to see as much as possible. Our wish was fulfilled and even exceeded. We were very skeptical about Rio but "Pat" opened our eyes and took away all fear and prejudice. We had great tours! We got great background information about the history of the individual points in Rio. The whole day was perfect. The crowning glory was the spontaneous helicopter flight started by "Sugar Love" I can only recommend Pat !!! We emphasized several times today WE WILL COME AGAIN and do another tour with Pat !!! We have never had such a great, perfectly organized tour guide! We will be back !!! Thanks Pat

We had an amazing time touring the beaches of Rio. If you're looking for a mid day tour of the beaches of Rio this is it, I recommend it. I booked my trip within hours of the start of the tour with no trouble, the team stepped up and prepared everything to meet us on time and communicated with me continuously. Drinks included (cold beer on a sunny day)

One of the best excursions to do while in Rio .. the guide is top notch, welcoming, smiling really go for it. You will visit Ilha grande as a whole, dive into a turquoise blue lagoon filled with fish and eat local (with the all inclusive formula) Thank you very much

Vicente was an amazing guide. In addition to the main attractions, he took us off the beaten path. We had such a great time. We highly recommend his services! Thank you Vicente!

Great experience and great staff. Everything was amazing. 100% Recommended