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Our most recommended Ipanema Activities

Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch

1. Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch

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.

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Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

2. Rio de Janeiro Hang Gliding Adventure

First, listen to a short briefing from the world's most safe and experienced Hang Glider tandem pilots. They will tell you about the take-off and other aspects of hang gliding before you get airborne. Then, glide smoothly through the tropical air after about 7 steps over the edge of the platform. Any fear you may have will soon disappear and you will experience a very unique sense of tranquility. Enjoy bird's eye views of Rio de Janeiro's main attractions, including Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado, Copacabana, Ipanema, Lagoa and Niteroi city on the other side of Guanabara Bay. Land safely on a sandy beach in São Conrado and enjoy some refreshments as you watch others come in to land. The entire activity will be photographed and recorded on cameras attached to the glider so that you can share your adventure with your friends and family back home. 

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Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Stairs & Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

3. Christ the Redeemer, Selarón Stairs & Sugar Loaf Sunset Tour

Begin your tour with a visit to the Corcovado Mountain. After a 20-minute drive to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer through the Tijuca Forest, enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding landscape. This 710-meter-tall (about 2,330 feet) statue is Brazil's main monument and a World Heritage Site. Next, head towards the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and Selarón Stairs before reaching Sugar Loaf by sunset. Located in the Urca neighborhood, it is one of Rio's icons. Board a cable car and ride to the Urca Mount station before continuing on in a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf. At the top, enjoy the beautiful and panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world while overlooking the Copacabana Beach from the top of Sugar Loaf.

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Rio de Janeiro: Four-Bar Pub Crawl with Extra Activities

4. Rio de Janeiro: Four-Bar Pub Crawl with Extra Activities

Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a unique pub crawl through the neighborhood of Lapa. Stop at several bars, clubs, and parties and meet friendly people as you explore the marvelous city of Rio. Each night, walk from bar to bar before ending at a club. The pub crawl finishes at 00:30 AM in a club where guests are welcome to stay until close. If you wish to go home, your guide will advise you on how to get back to your accommodation.

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Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight,  experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Next, you’ll see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM.

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

6. 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.

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Rio: Christ, Sugarloaf, Selerón & Sambadrome Full-Day Tour

7. Rio: Christ, Sugarloaf, Selerón & Sambadrome Full-Day Tour

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 and a small group of no more than 14 people. 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.  Enjoy fast-track entry with monument tickets included (for non-private options only). You'll also be awarded time to purchase lunch at a reputable all-you-can-eat buffet steakhouse restaurant, and will be returned back to your tour starting point at the conclusion of your tour.

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Rio de Janeiro: Guided River Rafting Tour

8. Rio de Janeiro: Guided River Rafting Tour

Your experience begins with a 2-hour drive to the beautiful mountainous region in Casimiro de Abreu. This is an area replete with many rivers, rapids, and lush vegetation. After some brief instructions, the fun begins. The rafting circuit lasts approximately two hours, and will see you travel some 5 kilometers on the river. Throughout your experience you'll travel on rapids ranging from level 2 to 4, providing you with more than enough thrills throughout your adventure. The region where the rafting takes place is an ecological and rural tourism pole. At the conclusion of the tour, you will stop at a delicious homemade food restaurant where you can purchase a meal to regain your energy.

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Rio de Janeiro: Samba Dance Lesson and Night Club Experience

9. Rio de Janeiro: Samba Dance Lesson and Night Club Experience

Learn the basic steps of samba in one hour from a passionate instructor and experience a piece of the local culture. Gain enough confidence to head out to Rio's samba nights right after the class and mingle with the locals. Be guided through the moves by an experienced dance teacher, Bruno, who has been leading dance classes since 2006. After mastering samba, he made it his mission to develop a method of teaching that makes samba easier to learn for everyone. Spend an hour with Bruno and have fun unlocking the mysteries of solo samba, the Samba-No-Pé.  Then, head together to a samba club in Lapa. Sip on caipirinhas and try out your new samba skills to live music. Feel like a local and sample what life in Rio can be like.

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Rio de Janeiro: Hippie Fair Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Rio de Janeiro: Hippie Fair Half-Day Walking Tour

Go off-the-beaten-path and explore the Ipanema Hippie Fair on a guide walking tour and see more than 600 artists and merchants continue to promote the “peace and love” spirit of the 1960s. Your morning tour starts with hotel pickup. Enjoy walking through the different stalls selling items such as bikinis, hand-made accessories, ceramic figurines, embroidery, and gemstones. Have fun selecting some souvenirs to bring home.   Ask your tour guide for help negotiating prices and find out more about street food by tasting some from the local stalls. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel, or you can also stay and spend the rest of the day enjoying the hippie fair by yourself.

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What people are saying about Ipanema

Foi tudo maravilhoso! Desde a pontualidade do pick up até o momento que nós deixaram no hotel. O guia Bruno foi incrível! O passeio foi todo falado em três línguas, o que facilitou meu marido entender. Amamos e sem duvidas recomendamos o passeio!

Everyone was really great ! Friendly , made sure the whole group was together. Knew a lot of history . Also was really good with Communicating and updates all the way to the day of the excursion . I highly recommend this tour group .

you know it will be cool, but TRUST ME it will exceed your expectations. it was the most utterly breathtaking experience.

the instructor, Conrad, was really cool and friendly...and the total experience was amazing!

It was a great experience, the guide was terrific. A Must if you are in Rio