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Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

1. Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a unique pub crawl through the neighborhood of Lapa and Copacabana. Stop at several bars, clubs, and parties while making new friends as you explore the city. Walk from bar to bar before ending at a club. When the pub crawl finishes, you are welcome to stay at the last venue until closing time. If you wish to go home, your guide will advise you on how to get back to your accommodation. This trip is recommended for couples, groups of friends, and people who want to enjoy good environments with lots of music, food, and drinks.

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 de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

3. Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

Choose from 3 different itineraries to best fit your time in Rio and your preferences. Explore some of the city's highlights on a small-group bike tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 3-Hour Urban Tour: Praia Vermelha, Botafogo & Lagoa Visit several of Rio's famous sites and some of its traditional neighborhoods on this tour that focuses on the southern part of the city. Start at Copacabana beach to experience where locals spend a large part of their social life. From there, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain to view its imposing vastness up-close, and make a stop at nearby Vermelha Beach, a tiny oasis of quietness. Next, pedal to the lively neighborhood of Botafogo to get a glimpse of the back lanes of Rio. This stretch of the bike tour will give you a closer look at how real Cariocas live when they’re not on the beach. Finally, head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and admire its surrounding green hillsides and fancy neighborhoods. • 4-Hour Panoramic Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Park & Old Rio Get a panoramic perspective of Rio on this tour that goes from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths, bike through the lively backstreets of iconic neighborhood Copacabana to Botafogo. There, pass by Rio’s “celebrity” cemetery, São João Batista, the resting place of several Brazilian presidents, writers, singers, actors, and renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Pedal on to the Bay of Guanabara along the beach of Flamengo, the site of the first European settlement after the discovery of the city. Continue to the historical center of Rio, with stops at Cinelândia and the bohemian neighborhood Lapa, well-known for its nightlife and the Selarón steps, 250 steps covered in more than 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle along the paths that wind through Flamengo Park, designed by famous Brazilian landscaper, Burle Marx. The last stretch of the tour will pass along Copacabana beach. 7-Hour Ultimate Tour: Urban Tour + Panoramic Tour + Lunch Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro in just one day. As well as exploring the popular South Zone, famous for the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, pedal through less well-known but equally fascinating neighborhoods such as Botafogo and Urca. After taking these in, head to the old city center where you’ll stop in the Bohemian quarter of Lapa. Take a step back to Rio's colonial past at the historic Cinelândia Square, and visit Jorge Selarón’s psychedelically decorated staircase to see how art can be truly public in this city. Savor a typical Brazilian lunch — included in the tour — at a local restaurant. The last stretch of the cycle tour passes by the beautiful lake, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by hills clad with lush Atlantic rainforest. Last, soak up lots of great views of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer.

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

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

5. 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 de Janerio: Barra da Tijuca & Grumari Private Day Trip

6. Rio de Janerio: Barra da Tijuca & Grumari Private Day Trip

Very often those who visit Rio imagine that the beaches of the city are only those of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Actually the coast is more than 50 km long and there are beaches in a southerly direction that will surprise you! This tour will offer you a day to discover some of the most beautiful beaches of the Cariocan coast but not only: it will be possible to visit the marvelous Sitio Burle Marx that is being included by UNESCO in the world heritage and also to know one of the best production companies craft of cachaça, where surely you will not want to give up tasting some of the delicious productions of the house.

Rio de Janeiro: Hippie Fair Half-Day Walking Tour

7. 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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based on 529 reviews

As a solo traveler this tour is really recommended. I've met new friends, and it was really nice to share experiences during the tour. The tour was well organised, structured, and safe. As a woman I didn't felt unsafe at all! I really want to thank Gabriel and Karla for the fun night! They made sure everyone was enjoying. Really nice shots and drinks. This tour is super recommended!! Thank you Gabriel and Karla for the amazing night!

Had an amazing time exploring the city on a guided tour. As foreigners my friends and I weren’t sure where to explore for nightlife. Júlia was an awesome tour guide and gave us some insight on the city as well as great local bars and clubs that we went to. We met lots of new people while out, and made new memories we will cherish for years to come. A fantastic experience that I would definitely recommend and do again if I come back to Rio.

It was a truly amazing experience. The guide was very knowledgeable and paid personal attention to everyone The itinerary was well planned and it is the most efficient way to see all the highlights in one day

I recommend that you take the tour on Sunday as there are no cars and you can go freely. The best way to get to know the river by bike.

Perfect nighlife tour, thank you Mayra for showing us an amazing evening!