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Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, & Selaron Day Tour

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf, & Selaron Day Tour

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.

Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

2. Santa Teresa & Lapa With Tram Ride And Selarón Steps

Begin your tour at Downtown (“Centro”), where you will get the tram (“bondinho”) to the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa. You will drive over the Arcos da Lapa, the aqueduct used to connect water from Santa Teresa to Downtown and one of Rio’s most traditional postcards. At Santa Teresa, you will experience an interesting local atmosphere. Walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. Located on a hillside, Santa Teresa has become a district of cultural interest because of its architectural value and prime location, famous for its winding, narrow cobblestone streets and a favourite spot for artists and tourists. A flair similar to Montmartre, in Paris. You will visit the Ruins Park, a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. (Please note that Ruins Park is closed on Sundays.) Take a minute to enjoy the city’s landscape, in particular the Downtown area and the Sugarloaf Mountain. Up next, you will walk down the colorful Selarón Steps, one of Rio’s landmarks, and arrive at the district of Lapa, the zone with the most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Among many remarkable constructions in the area, you will notice the Theatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro’s most traditional theatre and opera house, as well as the Biblioteca Nacional, Brazil’s most important library. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo, a permanent member of all must-see cafés rankings around the world. Enjoy the opulent art nouveau decoration 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 what was one of Rio de Janeiro’s most prestigious places at the beginning of the 20th Century. (Please note that Confeitaria Colombo is closed on Sundays.)

Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

3. Rio Carnival 2023: Samba Parade Tickets with Shuttle Service

Experience Rio's Carnival, the most popular and the best parade in the world. This incredible cultural event is characterized by its freedom of expression, and creative and fun atmosphere represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and street carnival. The official parade takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer with capacity for 80,000 spectators.  Start the tour with a shared shuttle transfer to the Sambodrome, from main hotels in Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema, Leblon, Lapa, Barra da Tijuca, Centro, and Rio Cruise Port. Choose to spectate the incredible event from 5 days of the parade which are divided into 3 categories: Access Group, Special Group and Parade of Champions. – February 17th, 2023 (Friday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 18th, 2023 (Saturday): Access Group (2nd league) – February 19th, 2023 (Sunday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Monday): Special Group (1st league) – February 20th, 2023 (Saturday): Champions’ Parade (“All-Star Parade” with the 6 best schools) Access Group - Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th On these dates, watch as some schools compete to get access to the main league for the following year. This event is perfect for those that want to experience the magic of carnival but have a limited budget. Special Group - Sunday, February 19th and Monday, February 20th With this option, experience the main days of the Carnival Parade. Marvel at the best Samba Schools in Rio de Janeiro showing all their creativity and innovations as you enjoy a magical night in the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade and features the major league schools. Champions Parade - Saturday February 25th On this night, the top 6 Special Group Schools plus the Access Group champions repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the carnival champions of the year. At the end of the tour, take the return shuttle transfer back to your hotel.

Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

4. Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season. Enter this huge oasis from the gateway town of Barreirinhas, and marvel at the scenic beauty of the lagoons that attract visitors from all over the world. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and depart around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross the ferry. Then, take a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses, admire the dunes, and refresh with some swimming in the clear blue lagoons. After watching the amazing sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM in a 4×4 vehicle and start the 1.5-hour drive to Atins. Upon arrival, enjoy a short walk to visit some natural lagoons formed by rainwater. Take the opportunity to dive into the clear waters of the lagoon and snap some beautiful photos. Next, be amazed by the meeting of the Preguiças River and the sea at Atins Beach. Enjoy some free time to swim and relax on the sand. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the tour price) famous for grilled shrimp. After lunch, spend some time resting and relaxing in hammocks before returning to Barreirinhas. Day 3 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. Make your first stop in Vassouras village at the limit of the dunes, where it's possible to interact with the monkeys, have some coconut water, and buy some local art. The next stop will be at the village of Mandacaru. Here, see and climb a lighthouse to have a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand having the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Enjoy free time to have lunch and swim in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11:00 PM.

Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

5. Búzios Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Visit the city of Armação dos Búzios, located on a peninsula on the northern coast of Rio de Janeiro, during this 12-hour excursion. Búzios grew from a fishing village into a charming tourist destination after a visit by the renowned French actress Brigitte Bardot in 1964. Take a walk in Búzios with your guide and enjoy a schooner ride that passes the main Búzios beach. Enjoy a lunch buffet at one of the best restaurants the city. You’ll have a choice of meat, fish or chicken, with an option for vegetarians. On the schooner ride you’ll see Bones Beach, Azeda, Azedinha, João Fernandes, Tartaruga, Boi and Rasa.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

6. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

Maracana Stadium 3-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour

7. Maracana Stadium 3-Hour Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Feel like a soccer star entering the field on this 3-hour tour of the legendary Maracana Stadium.  See a collection of mementos of the stars who made history in this temple of world football. Get ready for an exciting journey, exploring its history with video, sound and a variety of different experiences. It is not every stadium that has seen 2 World Cup Finals! There is a lot of history here and excitement in the air. You don't have to imagine how the world's biggest football stars such as former players Zico, Pelé and Garrincha feel here, you can feel it too.

Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

8. Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

Join this guided tour to see the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Parque Lage, and the Brazilian Jockey Club. Explore rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as other exotic plants. Spot different species of birds that live in the trees of the gardens. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive towards Parque Lage, a charming public park located next to Corcovado Hill. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of Parque Lage. The palace has served as a filming location for several movies, soap operas, and music videos. Snap photos in front of the superb swimming pool. Admire the view of Christ the Redeemer in the distance. If time allows, stop for a delicious snack at the Plage Café or visit the palace’s shop for art, design, and fashion pieces. Next, go to the Botanical Garden, one of the best-preserved green areas in the city. Explore Rio de Janeiro’s biodiversity. Visit attractions such as the Jardim Sensorial-Sensorial Garden, Lago com a Vitória-Régia, and Lago das Tartarugas. Walk by the bicentennial imperial palm trees while going towards the orchidary. Finally, head to the Jockey Club Brasileiro or Hipódromo da Gávea and discover the largest racetrack for horse racing in all of Brazil. The Jockey Club is open to the public and offers the possibility to watch horse races for free. If there’s time, try your luck by playing a bet and feel the excitement of attending a live horse race. The optional activities depend on the race schedule which varies daily. Then, board your transportation back to your hotel.

From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

9. From Rio: Arraial do Cabo Day Trip with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your 12-hour tour through paradise with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the region of the Costa do Sol (Sun Coast). When you arrive in Arraial do Cabo, hop aboard a majestic schooner to sail through the warm, clear waters of what’s often called the Brazilian Caribbean. Gliding through the sea, you’ll make a 40-minute stop to swim and snorkel near the Ilha do Farol, a peninsula famous for its lighthouse, and Prainhas do Pontal, a coastal zone flanked by towering cliffs and verdant mountains. Continuing on your boat tour, you’ll stop for photos at the Gruta Azul, a grotto known for its shockingly-azure waters, and the Fenda de Nossa Senhora, where a statue of a saint is placed between a massive rift in between 2 cliffs. To cap off your boat tour, you’ll enjoy another 20-minute stop at one of the region’s most famous beaches, the Praia do Forno. After working up an appetite swimming and relaxing on the boat, you’ll enjoy an authentic buffet-style lunch at a local restaurant, before hopping back aboard your transportation to Rio, arriving back in time for dinner.

Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

10. 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.

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,233 reviews

Fue un viaje increíble, la guía (patty) sabía de todo histórica y culturalmente, fue muy amable y buena con todo el grupo, los lugares eran de película y vale muchísimo la pena el recorrido, el día se va volando de lo que uno se divierte! 10/10

I had so much fun being that I went to Rio alone . I even met 2 new friends in this guide. The host was beyond amazing she talked about the history of Rio and always taught me something new. Views were beautiful. Definitely recommend !! 10/10

The trip is a must! Need to wear something thick on the bus, was too cold, but once you get to the boat, the experience gets better and you will definitely enjoy the beautiful islands, snorkeling, professional staff and goooood vibes!!

Great overall tour. Got to see the major sites and a good portion of the city. Juan was an excellent tour guide. Very friendly and informative. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Our tout guide Adriano was great! He could speak 5 languages, and explained all the sites and history really well.