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Barra da Tijuca Tours

Barra da Tijuca
Barra da Tijuca (Barra) is one of Rio de Janeiro’s newest neighborhoods. It earned its nickname as the Brazilian Miami for its gorgeous sandy beaches and palm-fringed boulevards, which are flanked by mega malls and glass-fronted skyscrapers.

The Basics

Enjoy Barra for its long sandy beach—hailed as one of the best in Rio—and the enormous Barra Shopping Mall, home to more than 700 shops and restaurants. Other highlights include the Cidade das Artes (City of Arts) concert hall; the New York City Center Mall, fronted by a replica Statue of Liberty; and the Olympic Village, home to several venues from the 2016 Olympics. Tours of Barra da Tijuca typically also visit the coastal neighborhoods of Prainha, Grumari, and Joatinga.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There’s a large selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in Barra.
  • Barra da Tijuca is known to be one of Rio’s safest neighborhoods, making it a good choice for accommodation outside of the downtown area.
  • The nearby Tijuca National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers opportunities for hiking, climbing, and wildlife watching.

How to Get There

Barra da Tijuca is located in the southwest of Rio de Janeiro, 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Centro (a 40-minute drive) and 13 miles (21 kilometers) from Copacabana (a 30-minute drive). It’s possible to ride the subway (Line 4) from Rio’s South Zone to the Jardim Oceanico district in western Barra da Tijuca, while buses run to various locations from outside the Barra Shopping Mall.

When to Get There
Barra da Tijuca is a lively spot to visit at any time of day; head to the beach in the morning for the best surf and then escape the heat at an air-conditioned shopping mall in the afternoon. Stick around until the evening to experience some of Rio’s best bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues. 

Barra da Tijuca Beach
At 11 miles (18 kilometers) long, Barra da Tijuca’s namesake beach is the longest in Rio de Janeiro, making it a popular spot among families and water sports enthusiasts. Take a surfing or kitesurfing lesson, hire a bodyboard, or zip along the coast on a Jet Ski. Alternatively, if you don’t want to get wet, wander the beachfront promenade, bike along the cycle track, or drink and dine at a beachside bar or restaurant.
Address: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil
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Full Day Boat Tour - Super Ilha Grande All Inclusive from Rio de Janeiro

Full Day Boat Tour - Super Ilha Grande All Inclusive from Rio de Janeiro

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What will the Super Island tour be like? Imagine a special day in Ilha Grande all inclusive… A day of adventure in paradise, without having to worry about anything, as this tour includes transportation from Rio de Janeiro (round trip) + speedboat ride in Ilha Grande to Lagoa Azul and 4 more stops + lunch + drinks and snacks. We want to show you that paradise is very close and for everyone. We at Adventure Boat will take you there. We guarantee all the ease, comfort and quality for an unforgettable trip. In SUPER ISLAND tour we do: 4 stops about 1h: blue Lagoon Aripeba Small Bananal Grumixama Jaconema Beach Strong Site The stops may vary slightly, but we always look for the best 4 for the day, depending on the tide and the movement. Let's look for the empty beaches to ensure a better experience.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.06
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$78.06

Jeep tour 18 beaches, Telegraph Stone hiking & amazing sunset + photographer

Jeep tour 18 beaches, Telegraph Stone hiking & amazing sunset + photographer

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With anti-Covid strategy*. AVOID QUEUES. 8 hours of immersion for the best and more complete tour to Telégrafo Stone, far beyond just instagram. A super package of experiences and exuberant nature, in a comfortable jeep and a paparazzi to call your own, exploring a region of 18 beaches, some of them inside an environmental park with preserved Atlantic forest, like SECRETO, PRAINHA, ABRICÓ and GRUMARI... We are going to explore a part of Rio de Janeiro that many locals have not yet (the largest urban forest in the world and a 42 km sand bank). Insta saffo_tour 1) 150 minutes for the beach tour with stops for photos*; 2) Stop for lunch in a amazing place over Marambaia waters (not included, good prices); or just enjoy the view; 3) 120 minutes to the telegraph trail with photos in the lookouts; 4) 60 minutes for a lush sunset; 5) 90 minutes to return by a protected area with an amazing sky. * photos and videos included and fully shared without aditional costs; * Important: Contact us if you want something personalized in terms of schedule, days of the week or points of interest. We`ll travel in a enclosed jeep Ford Troller T4, up to 4 passengers. When necessary, I add a second vehicle (Honda Fit) and extend it to a larger group up to 8 people (for the tricky moment I split the group and use the jeep twice). *Anti-Covid strategy: 1) only very short groups, preferably customizing for couples, families or friends, up to 4 in each car. We can use a second car if necessary, windows always opened; 2) Most of experience occurs in open areas; 3) everyone must use masks; alcool 70% plus water and soap are always avaiable ; 4) Only 1 experience/day in order to assure everything clean. Keep in touch if you have any questions about safety.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.72
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$45.72
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The Best of Rio Helicopter Flight - Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer

The Best of Rio Helicopter Flight - Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer

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It is perfect to know the main wonders of Rio in a short, fast and unforgettable journey. WE MAKE YOUR DREAM OF FLYING COME TRUE! We are a specialized company in panoramic flights through the city of RJ. We have started from the desire of showing our passengers a new landscape of the Wonderful City. Some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world are present in our itineraries, such as: Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, Maracanã, the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer – one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Routes that surprise Cariocas and tourists from all over the world. Our aircraft carefully follow all the maintenance procedures recommended by the aircraft manufacturers and by the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC); following international safety standards. We have highly qualified mechanics and pilots, with international qualification and on permanent duty. Everything is to offer you more tranquility in the unforgettable experience of knowing the Wonderful City.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.71
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$182.71
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The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

The Best of Rio de Janeiro in a Private Guided Tour

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Take your Rio de Janeiro sightseeing experience into your own hands on this customizable, private tour of the Marvelous City. Alongside a ‘carioca’ (Rio de Janeiro resident) and personal driver, tick off top Rio attractions chosen by you. Personalize your itinerary according to your interests and only visit the sites you wish to see: your guide tailors the tour according to preferred themes, such as food, history, or sport, and offers undivided attention throughout. Pickup and drop-off from your Rio de Janeiro hotel are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$165.50
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$165.50
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Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga Tour

Private Half-Day Barra da Tijuca, Prainha, and Joátinga Tour

Explore the eclectic mix of Rio de Janeiro's stunning beaches and a visit to its newest neighborhood, Barra da Tijuca. With your local guide, visit approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) of beaches unknown to tourists such as Joatinga and Reserva. Travel to various lookout points such as Mirante do Leblon and Área do Joá. Finish your 5-hour exploration with views over Ipanema beach before being returned to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
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$120.00
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West Side Story of Rio: Barra da Tijuca, its natural and cultural attractions.

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West Side Story of Rio: Barra da Tijuca, its natural and cultural attractions.

Visit the outskirts of Rio and its lush beaches following the seafront. Observe the Olympic Park and the City of Arts, visit the Museum of Popular Art, watch the landscapes of mangrove and the lagoons area known as Pantanal Carioca. Join small groups, avoid wasting time due to large ones, and visit the surroundings of Rio de Janeiro. Observe the City of Arts Hall, the Olympic Park, where the famous Rock in Rio festival is held. Follow seafront through the beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Grumari and several exuberant beaches. Get to know the beach for surfers and its reserved area for nudism. From the Point Grumari, observe the mangrove área close to Rio de Janeiro, and the area known as “Pantanal Carioca” between four lagoons. Visit the Museum of Popular Art to understand Brasil through its popular manifestations. Barra da Tijuca lies between the almost 20 km of beach and the two massifs that contemplate the forest of Pedra Branca and the forest of Tijuca.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.20
$107.44
$32.24 savings
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$75.20
$107.44
$32.24 savings
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Pedra do Telégrafo Hiking and Wild Beaches Tour

Pedra do Telégrafo Hiking and Wild Beaches Tour

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Pedra do Telégrafo is located in the west side of Rio de Janeiro. The rock has a nice view of the beautiful city, in on one side we see wild beaches and the Tijuca National Park. On the other side, we have a wonderful view of the Marambaia, a huge beach with big swamp area. The hiking takes approximately 1 hour to climb(one way), its summit is 354 meters above sea level. Returning from Pedra do Telégrafo to the city we will stop for a bath and relaxing at Grumari(one of the most beautiful beaches in Rio) and after we will drive trough all the beaches along the coast of Rio with many opportunities to take photos.
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  • 6 hours
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$70.71
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$70.71
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Private Boat Tour - Super Ilha Grande All Inclusive - Leaving Rio de Janeiro

Private Boat Tour - Super Ilha Grande All Inclusive - Leaving Rio de Janeiro

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What will the Super Island tour be like? Imagine a special day in Ilha Grande with your family and friends… A day of adventure in paradise, to enjoy all the beauty of the paradise islands of Ilha Grande. This tour includes transportation from Rio de Janeiro (round trip) + boat ride in Ilha Grande to Lagoa Azul and 4 stops + drinks and snacks. We want to show you that paradise is very close and for everyone. We at Adventure Boat will take you there. We guarantee all the ease, comfort and quality for an unforgettable trip. In SUPER ISLAND tour we do: 4 stops about 1h: blue Lagoon Aripeba Small Bananal Grumixama Jaconema Beach Strong Site Stops may vary slightly, but we always look for the best 4 for the day, depending on the tide and the movement. Let's look for the empty beaches to ensure a better experience. NOTE: Lunch is not included so the group is comfortable doing whatever they want :)
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,067.49
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$1,067.49
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Christ, Botanic Garden & Waterfall Shower. 6 Hours Tour.

Christ, Botanic Garden & Waterfall Shower. 6 Hours Tour.

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Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on this half-day private tour around the city’s main highlights. Visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer Statue on top of the famous Corcovado Mountain, the colorful Botanical Garden home to over 7,000 species of tropical plants, and Tijuca National Park for a dip in the pristine waters of a local waterfall, as you admire the beautiful nature of the city throughout the day.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$202.71
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Grumari and Prainha Beaches - Private Tour

Grumari and Prainha Beaches - Private Tour

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This tour is perfect for the ones who want to see the most beautiful beaches of Rio! When it comes to Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana is the first beach that comes to people's minds. However, Rio de Janeiro has paradisiacal and totally wild beaches, without any urbanization. Prainha and Grumari are the favorite beaches for those seeking a lush nature. Heading to the west zone of the city - where is located the nowadays famous Barra da Tijuca neighborhood - you will get to know the most beautiful beaches of Rio de Janeiro that are beginning to emerge along the way of Rio de Janeiro's wild beaches. We will visit: - Pick-up at your place (in the south or central zone). - Joatinga beach - Barra Beach - Reserva Beach - Recreio Beach - Macumba Beach - Prainha Beach - Stop for lunch in a seafood restaurant. - Grumari Beach - Drop-off in your place (in the south or central zone).
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$105.49
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$105.49
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio

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Explore Rio de Janeiro on this all-day customizable private tour with a guide. Whether you want to see the city’s popular attractions or places off the beaten path, your guide will be able to recommend the best spots, as well as ways to beat the crowds. The itinerary is based on your interests and is completely flexible. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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$120.00
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Jet Ski Ride in Rio

Jet Ski Ride in Rio

Explore Barra da Tijuca and Coroa Island on this exciting jet ski tour in Rio de Janeiro. Meet your guide at the hotel and travel to Barra da Tijuca to begin your excursion. Hit the open water with your guide for this exciting adventure on the Atlantic Ocean. Guests must be at least 18 years old and have basic jet ski experience to partake in the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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$120.00

Private Transfer Rio de Janeiro x Ilha Grande - South Zone Exits and Barra

Private Transfer Rio de Janeiro x Ilha Grande - South Zone Exits and Barra

We offer service to a highly qualified team committed to providing quality service and responsibility. We will be in contact with the customer at all times to keep it up to date and will be responsible for boarding the boat. Land travel is by car, van or minibus (private) and sea travel is by flexboat (shared with others). Land: River x Conception of Jacareí. It is usually done with cars / vans or minibuses, a journey of about 3 hours, with a 15-minute stop for snacks and / or a trip to the bathroom. Maritime Route: Conception of Jacareí x Vila do Abraão. Made with flexboat, a fast boat, lasting 15/20 min.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.12
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$160.12
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Private All-day Tour of Rio With Transportation (8 hours)

Private All-day Tour of Rio With Transportation (8 hours)

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Explore Rio de Janeiro just the way you want on this all-day customizable private tour with a professional guide who is a native of the city. Your guide will follow your interests and maximize your time in Rio. Whether you want to see all of the most famous places or less known places that interest you, your guide will recommend where to go and how to avoid the crowds. The itinerary is based on what you want to do and is completely flexible. You can change your plans as we go, based on interests, conditions, weather, or other needs. Your guide will provide a list of suggested possibilities and answer your questions to help you create your personal tour. See Tour Details for the list. The tour includes pickup and drop-off from your Rio accommodations or from the cruise port or airport. The tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle. We can pick you up and drop you off anywhere in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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$150.00
Price varies by group size

Pedra da Gávea - hiking private tour with safety equipment

Pedra da Gávea - hiking private tour with safety equipment

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This is a private tour, our guide will go all the way respecting your pace, so you don't have to work hard to keep up with other people or wait for stragglers, avoiding this common situation when hiking mixed-group trails with different rhythms. we will give you all the support you need to reach the peak of the largest seaside monolith in the world. Our team uses safety equipment for the most difficult sections, and to descend the "Carrasqueira", a 30 meter high stretch, we have climbing equipment, ropes, carabiners, ribbons, brakes and helmets to ensure the maximum safety possible. It is recommended to take: Sneakers; Light clothing (and bath); 3lt Water; Repellent; Sunscreen; Snacks.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.38
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$53.38
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Private Hiking Tour to Wild Beaches - by OIR Aventura

Private Hiking Tour to Wild Beaches - by OIR Aventura

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A place seldom frequented by tourists because it is farther away, and you will know five wild beaches where you can only arrive by footpath located inside a state park of the white stone.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.11
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$108.11

Private Helicopter Tour over Rio de Janeiro - 03 people - 30 min

Private Helicopter Tour over Rio de Janeiro - 03 people - 30 min

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This tour is perfect for travelers who do not have enough time to take land tours to get to know our whole city. We have the best rates on Viator and Tripadvisor. Our 30 minutes panoramic flights will take you to the most important sites and tourist attractions , such as: Barra beach, São Conrado beach, Leblon beach, Copacabana beach, Ipanema Beach, Maracanã Stadium, the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer and the Tijuca Forest National Park. Our helicopters follow all the international safety standards. We have highly qualified mechanics and pilots, with international qualification. Do not miss the chance to fly over Rio with a reliable company that offers the most competitive rates on the market. And why our rates are better? We are located about 30 minutes from Ipanema, at the Jacarepagua airport on the west area of Rio city. The heliports located at Sugar Loaf, Corcovado and Lagoa have very expensive costs and taxes, and they transfer that to the customer. So let`s fly today?
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  • 30 minutes
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$449.00
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$449.00
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Helicopter tour in Rio de Janeiro

Helicopter tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro is already beautiful seeing from below, now imagine seeing from above, it becomes an unforgettable trip. We will fly over sights of the Marvelous City and we will know places and points from a different angle.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.10
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$117.10

Trike Tour Rio - Route # 4 (4 Hours) Copacabana + Ipanema + Leblon + Barra + Prainha

Trike Tour Rio - Route # 4 (4 Hours) Copacabana + Ipanema + Leblon + Barra + Prainha

Sensational and most complete Trike Tour Rio! Drive 60 km along the most beautiful beaches. Venture out like the locals. Touristic circuit off. Special for those who want to know the length of Rio and its beautiful beaches. Taste a seafood caipirinha and enjoy surfing on a blue seal beach up close! Dive in, enjoy the beach and take a natural shower. "Be my Guest!"
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$259.46
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$259.46
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Private Day Tour Prainha, Grumari and Joatinga

Private Day Tour Prainha, Grumari and Joatinga

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beaches, and this private tour features the best of them all, including some stunning hidden gems in the Barra de Tijuca. Enjoy some of Rio’s most stunning sea, sand and sun destinations such as Grumari, Prainha, and Reserva.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.41
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$80.41

Christ, S. Teresa, Selaron & Farmers Market. 6 Hours Tour.

Christ, S. Teresa, Selaron & Farmers Market. 6 Hours Tour.

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Explore the best of Rio de Janeiro on this 6-hour tour. Visit the famous Christ the Redeemer  and the Selaron Stairs as well as a few farmer’s markets to learn about the fresh produce that is native to Brazil. Stop at the Botanic Garden and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in this otherwise bustling city. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as toucans, marmosets, and other small animals.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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Telegraph Stone & Wild Beaches Hike by Carioca Experience

Telegraph Stone & Wild Beaches Hike by Carioca Experience

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This is a private tour, our guide will go all the way respecting your pace, so you don't have to work hard to keep up with other people or wait for stragglers, avoiding this common situation when hiking mixed-group trails with different rhythms. The telegraph stone impresses anyone. The place has the look that enhances the beauty of this region, a forest with large green areas. The access is trought a 45-minute trail passing by beautiful lookouts on the way. We will reach the the Telegraph stone to take the famous vertiginous photos. on the way back, we will enjoy, swim and relax in one of the beaches, Prainha: Hidden between the mountains, with clear blue sea, it is the perfect destination for lovers of nature. If the waves ate too big, we can go to another beach as Grumari, Recreio, Barra, Guaratiba, there are more than 15km on the coast to choose a good place. It is recommended to take: Swimsuit, Sneakers; Light clothing (and bath); 3lt Water; Repellent; Sunscreen; Snacks, towels.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.38
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$53.38
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Mountain Bike Wild Beaches - Rio de Janeiro

Mountain Bike Wild Beaches - Rio de Janeiro

The Mountain Bike Wild Beaches Tour offers excellent opportunities to take some amazing photos of Rio's West Zone beaches. In some stretches you will follow the same path as the world's most famous cyclists competed during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After touring the immensity of Barra da Tijuca Beach, Reserva Floresta and Praia do Recreio we will arrive at Prainha, a stop where there is a delicious grilled fish by the sea.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$223.04
Price varies by group size
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$223.04
Price varies by group size
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Surf Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Surf Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Held at Barra da Tijuca Beach or Marapendi Lagoon, an amazing and beautiful place in West Zone of Rio. We provide all equipment for the practice of Surf or Stand Up Paddle. The instructor will guide you through the different types of equipment, basic paddling, steering techniques, and optimal posture and positioning. It is an excellent fitness option, strengthening arms, legs, abdomen, as well as improving balance and concentration. And for the advanced, the tour can be extended to the Tijucas Islands in the open sea (optional extended classes). Surf class duration: (approx. 1 hour). Barra da Tijuca's beach (post 4), 3150 Lucio Costa avenue - Barra da Tijuca, in front of Wyndham Hotel. You can reach the meeting point by Uber, taxi or Metro (subway).
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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$59.00
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