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If you want to make a combination of tours and see exactly what you want, please have a look at the most popular tours in Rio with their estimated times and let us know what your preferences are. Tours can be combined to fit the minimum of 6 hours.

All the tours includes transportation with air conditioned + bilingual guide. From hotel returning to hotel.

Sugar Loaf

2 hours (estimated time)

The height and unmistakable outline of Sugar Loaf is considered one of the main attractions offering breathtaking views of Rio. Its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. This famous landmark is reached by cable car in two stages: first stop at Urca Hill at 236 metres where visitors will have a special view to the beaches of Botafogo and Flamengo.

The tour will continue to the second stage cable car to reach the summit of Sugar Loaf at 396 metres above sea level. From the top we will see the endless beaches of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi stretching to the horizon. Set against the lush Atlantic Rainforest, the scene is dotted with historical buildings such as the Santa Cruz Fort and the miniature palace of Fiscal Island.

Christ Redeemer

2 hours (estimated time)

The Corcovado ( hunchback ) mountain has been Rio’s top attraction widely sung by famous Brazilian composers. In order to avoid the crowd we will leave the hotel about at 8 am driving along Copacabana and Ipanema beaches towards the lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon continuing through the Rebouças tunnel, a 2.7 km long complex that connect the southern and the central area of the city.

Reaching the Cosme Velho train station , we will take a cogwheel train of Swiss manufacture that climbs the mountain from its base to almost its summit at 710m / 2.230ft . The very top is reached by climbing a flight of 235 steps or by elevator reaching the base of Christ the Redeemer statue.

This statue covered with a mosaic of soapstone is one of Rio’s finest Art Nouveau monuments. The view, from this vantage point, with the surrounding Tijuca National Forest spreading below and a circle of mountains closing the horizon at the very back of the Guanabara Bay.

Botanical Garden

2 hours (estimated time)

Each of the 141 hectares of Rio’s Botanical Gardens shelters outstanding examples of plant life from Brazil and all over the world. The Imperial Palms are among its most spectacular attractions, planted in 1809 by Prince Regent D. João VI. Huge trees decked with orchids contrast with giant victoria-regia, lilies, bromeliads, royal poincianas and tropical foliage, making the Botanical Gardens a favorite hideaway for nature-lovers, sweethearts and all those seeking peace and tranquility.

Tijuca Forest

2 hours (estimated time)

The Tijuca Rain Forest is where it will be possible to see the contrast between the “Stone jungle and a tropical forest in the middle of a big city.” We pass by the “Cachoeira dos macacos” (monkey’s waterfall) and we will stop at “Vista Chinesa” (chinese view) where you can take pictures, we explain the history of the reforestation process of that forest and the importance of the “Mata Atlântica” (Atlantic Forrest). We also pass by “the Mesa do Imperador” (emperor’s table), Cascatinha (Taunay’s waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink chapel). Trekking of approximately 1 hour through an easy trail, where the botanical aspect is developed. During this tour we will be able to see different types of tropical fruits, trees, animals such as monkeys and various kind of birds and butterflies.

Favela / Slum Tour

2 hours (estimated time)

It is an illuminating experience for those looking for an insider point of view of life in this very different distict of Rio de Janiero. The tour introduces you to another Rio, within Rio city: the favela. There are close to 950 favelas in Rio. Mostly placed on former public areas on the hillsides, they are now home to 20% of Rio’s population, however they remain a mystery for most people who don’t live there. The tour is not only to explain about favelas, but to give you a whole new understanding about different aspects of Brazilian

Rio de Janeiro by Air = under request

Discover Rio by helicopter!

For your thrilling Rio de Janeiro by Air Helicopter you can choose the time you want to spend airborne. Flights can be arranged for 10, 20, 30 minutes or more. We will provide private transfer from your hotel to Jacarepagua Heliport. Helicopter flights deliver stunning views of the magnificent metropolis. Look down with wonder at all the major landmarks including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach. See stunning panoramas of the beautiful city nestled against the backdrop of stark granite mountains and the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Make sure you carry the camera – you shots that will astound your friends when you get back

Guanabara Bay Schooner Trip

2 hours (estimated time)

See Rio de Janeiro from the sea on the Guanabara Bay Cruise from Rio de Janeiro. This cruise is available with or without lunch.

Rio de Janeiro enjoys one of the most beautiful, dramatic settings of any city in the world and one of the best ways to see it is from the water. This delightful Guanabara Bay cruise reveals the Rio and its famous landmarks in all their glory. Relax on a comfortable boat while you admire the magnificent cityscape backed by the iconic Sugar Loaf and the towering mass of Corcovado. See Rio’s historic buildings, legendary beaches and famous neighborhoods and look out for seabirds and other marine wildlife.

Historical Walking Tour – down town

2 hours (estimated time)

Visiting downtown you will have the opportunity to see the influence from the Portuguese and French architecture among these: Colombo Bakery Banco do Brasil Cultural Center and Casa Franca-Brasil (France-Brasil foundation). The Casa Franca-Brasil was designed by the famous French architect Grandjean de Montigny, and is the finest example of neoclassical style in Rio de Janeiro.

The tour continues to the Marechal Floriano Square, also known as Cinelandia. This square concentrates the best of late 18th century French style architecture in Rio de Janeiro: the Municipal Theatre, a scaled- down of the Paris Opera; the Fine Arts Museum; the National Library (reputed worldwide for the copies of Gutemberg’s bible and other first editions dating back to 1500 – brought to Brazil by the Imperial Family of Portugal when they moved to Brazil fleeing Napoleon’s threat). Confeitaria/Bakery Colombo preserves the elegance of a bygone era. The Belle Époque tearoom opened its doors in 1894 and immediately attracted Rio’s high society and intellectuals, and became the rendez-vous place of choice. Confeitaria Colombo is a welcomed surprise …Its art nouveau elegance is as vibrant as it was a century ago. The café serves full meals as well as alcohol, but its greatest treat is the wide selection of desserts: the Brazilians seem to have inherited the Portuguese love of pastries.

Maracana Football Stadium

2 hours (estimated time)

Maracanã, officially called Estádio Mário Filho, was built to serve as the flagship venue for the 1950 World Cup. It was meant to become the biggest football stadium in the world. Construction began in August 1948 and was completed almost two years later. Maracanã officially opened on 16 June 1950 with a friendly between a selection of players from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The official attendance of the final was about 173,000 paying spectators, but it is estimated that more than 200,000 witnessed the game live from the stands.

The stadium was officially renamed in 1966 following the death of Brazilian journalist Mário Filho, but most people have kept referring to the stadium as Maracanã.

Rio de Janeiro by bike

4 hours (estimated time)

Explore Rio de Janeiro by bicycle and enjoy the sunshine along the beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. There are seaside pavements making it perfect to explore some of its most beautiful sights including the Lagoon Rodrigo de Freitas and Flamengo Park. At anytime we will be able to stop at the quiosques along the beaches or at the Lagoon to enjoy a refreshing coconut water.

Rio by Night at Lapa

With dinner and live music – 5 hours (estimated time)

Lapa , an old and charming area of Rio de Janeiro, features some fabulous mansions which have been restored into works of art during a recent cultural renaissance. Lapa is now one of Rio’s most popular night spots, with many people enjoying the street parties, samba clubs and other bars. The best concerts, delicious food and beautiful people, make this place different from the rest! The informal atmosphere is one of the main characteristic of Lapa’s neighborhood. Many famous Brazilians music atrists perform here.

Santa Teresa

2 hours (estimated time)

The neighbourhood of Santa Teresa was born in the area of a convent on “Morro do Desterro” (Exile Hill) during the 18th century. The district occupies a hill in the heart of the city, keeping aspects of the Rio Antigo (Old Rio) which delights writers and artists for its charm and its architectural and cultural riches. Through its narrow streets circulate the old cable-cars (the only ones still running in Brazil), which are considered historical heritage. The tour starts at Cosme Velho, through the Castelinho (Little Castle – Castelo do Valentim) – building known by this name, because the commander Antonio Valentim lived there in the late XIX century. Visit to Parque das Ruinas (Ruins Park), where the visitor has a privileged view of Rio de Janeiro. Then continue to the Museu Chácara do Céu (Farm of Heaven Museum) – which has a very interesting collection of Brazilian and European art highlighting Portinari, Di Cavalcanti, Matisse e Si Modigliani. Then a tour to Largo do Guimarães, considered the neighbourhood’s heart, where there are several bars and restaurants.

Special Interest Tours

New this season, we are proud to introduce our Special Interest Tours. See a side of Brazilian culture most visitors will never have the chance to experience.

All the tours includes transportation with air conditioned comfortable vehicle + bilingual guide. From hotel returning to hotel.

Roberto Burle Max Gardens

5 hours – by appointment only.

Roberto Burle Marx (Sao Paulo, 1909-Rio de Janeiro, 1994) is known internationally as one of the most important landscape architects of the 20th century. An artist of multiple facets, besides being a landscape designer he was also a remarkable painter, sculptor, singer and jewerly designer. The Garden is located outside Rio in the estate of Barra de Guaratiba where he bought in 1949 a 365,000 square meter / 100 acres . Visitors can see more than 3,500 species of plants, an extraordinary collection of religious images and pottery from the River Jequitinhonha Valley, and, of course, Burle Marx’s own paintings.

Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project

8 hours tour – by appointment only

Golden Lion Tamarins(GLTs) are an endangered species native to Brazil’s Atlantic coastal rainforest in the area just about 100km / 63mi north of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Only about six percent of this rainforest remains. Estimates of the numbers of animals in the wild have varied over the years, and it has only been relatively recently (since 1990) that estimates have been made for the full extent their historical range.

There are 650 GLTs in the reintroduction population, including several generations of GLTs that have been reintroduced. As of May 2006, the wild populations of GLTs include:

300 in the Poço das Antas Biological Reserve (6,300 hectares—see note about predation events below)

250 in the Fazenda Uniao Biological Reserve (3,200 hectares). This population was established by translocating moving) GLTs from other smaller threatened forests to the Reserve in the 1990.

300 in several populations established on private land through the Reintroduction Program (covering about 3,200 hectares of forests)

All together, there are about 1,500 golden lion tamarins living in the wild. In addition to these, there are about 450 golden lion tamarins in 150 zoos around the world.

Museum Tour 1 Contemporary Art

4 hours (estimated time)

Explore the distinctive architecture of the building by Oscar Niemeyer , who designed forms that integrate with the landscape so incredible. Lookout was built in Boa Viagem, giving us the feeling of being floating over the Guanabara Bay, with windows added to the panorama in 360 degrees. The collection, with over one thousand works from the collection of Sattamini.

 

Tours Outside Rio de Janeiro

Like to venture further afield? No problem, these tours are designed for you.

All the tours includes transportation with air conditioned comfortable vehicle + bilingual private driver/guide.

From hotel returning to hotel. Price is per car/group not per person offering a greatly reduced individual

 

Buzios

10 hour tours (estimated time)

Búzios is a península located at 160km /105 miles NE from the city of Rio de Janeiro containing more than 20 beaches, each having its own distinct qualities. Some of them are rocky, others a fine golden sand. But all of them share the warm as bath water ocean and you can almost always find an empty strip of sand to call your own. Buzios the city also has plenty of boutique shops, great restaurants, and a little touch of the classic Brazilian nightlife to make it a well-rounded destination.

 

Ilha Grande

12 hours (estimated time)

A fascinating tropical paradise with more than one hundred beaches squeezed among mountains and the Atlantic forest, only a few hours drive from Rio de Janeiro. Ilha Grande has a cozy infrastructure of Inns. You can choose between village and beach, electric energy or the moon light. Our suggestion: Ilha Grande is an ecological paradise so, forget the urban life. Make sure you visit the waterfalls, walk on the trails into the woods and and do the indispensable schooner cruise around the Island.

Paraty

12 hours (estimated time)

Paraty is a longer journey but rewards you with stunning coastal views as you drive the south bound coast of Rio de Janeiro state for about 200 km / 125ml. Departing Rio early will enable us to miss the morning rush hour and to reach the “Saveiro” ship’s departure (11am) for a 4-hr-cruise through the innumerous beautiful islands of Paraty’s bay. Lunch will be offered onboard. Returning from the cruise, there’s some time for souvenir shopping in Paraty’s 18th-century cobble-stoned streets and houses, preserved as they were then by a UN-decree.This tour can take 12 hours; An arrange an overnight stay is recommend and can be added to your tour. Petropolis

6 hours (estimated time)

Located just 60 km / 38 mi from Rio de Janeiro, Petropolis is Brazil’s “imperial city.” Home to the former palace and gardens of Emperor Dom Pedro II, Petropolis is one of Central Brazil’s most unique destinations and as such is is highly recommended to visit during your stay. The tour includes a private car with guide and visits to the Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace (an imposing glass winter garden).


Tropical Island

9 hours (estimated time)

A full day tour to the Tropical Islands will take you from Rio de Janeiro to stunning golden beaches and superb nature in one of the most beautiful destinations to be found in Brazil, the Shores and Islands of Itacuruça or towards Angra Dos Reis.

Rio de Janeiro Active Tours

Looking for activity and adventure during your stay? Our special Activity

Tours based around Rio are available by request and inculde the following:

Climbing (Sugar Loaf, Corcovado Mountain & Dedo de Deus Teresopolis

Hiking at Tijuca Forest

Kayaking ocean or river

Rafting at Paraibuna River

Rappelling
Contact us for more details

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