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

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

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

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"TOP TOUR FOR VIP, UNIQUE" AVOID QUEUES. Anti-Covid Strategy*. 8 hours well spent for the best tour to Telegraph stone (and many surprises !!!). A super package of experiences and exuberant nature, in a comfortable jeep and a paparazzi to call your own, exploring a 18 beaches region- several inside an environmental preservation area such as SECRETO, PRAINHA, ABRICÓ and GRUMARI ... We'll unveil a new region even for many cariocas (the largest urban forest in the world and a 42 km sandbank). CADASTUR-RJ guide on natural attractions and professional photographer. Available in 2 4X4 Diesel legends, the brazilian Troller T4 and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, king of Dubai's dunes. Insta saffo_tour. CONTACT US FOR GROUPS OVER 6 PEOPLE 1) 150 minutes for the beach tour with photos (shared at no extra cost); 2) Lunch time over Marambaia's waters (not included but at great prices), or just enjoy the view; 3) 150 minutes for hiking activities with pictures at the lookouts; 4) 30 minutes for an exuberant sunset; 5) 90 minutes to return and several surprises, with an incredible sky in the region of environmental protection. * Anti-Covid Strategy: 1) only very short groups, maximum 6 per day, windows always open; 2) Most of the experience takes place in open areas; 3) everyone must wear masks; alcohol 70% plus soap and water available; 4) Only 1 experiment/day to ensure everything is clean. NOT POSSIBLE UNDER 6Y OLD.
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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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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
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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
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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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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
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Piedra do Telégrafo from Rio de Janeiro!

Piedra do Telégrafo from Rio de Janeiro!

Wanted by many people, located in the Grumari reserve, we will have a guided trekking activity to have the opportunity to take the most impressive photos once at the top of the stone, for those who love nature and sport this trekking is very beautiful, we will also visit beaches in the area that depending on the weather we can have the opportunity to enjoy them.
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Helicopter Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Helicopter Tour in Rio de Janeiro

We will take a helicopter tour of Rio de Janeiro where it is possible to live the Aviation experience, take pictures close to the helicopters and during the tour fly over incredible points such as Christ the Redeemer, Pão de Açúcar, the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana and others I am from Rio, a helicopter pilot and every day I experience unique landscapes, scenarios and experiences, which I believe that everyone who passes through Rio should experience it. Flying for more than 5 years in Rio, I believe that this tour is among the best to do. It's an indescribable experience and I'm sure everyone will enjoy flying, just like me.
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  • 30 minutes
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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
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Pedra do Telegrafo Jeep Adventure

Pedra do Telegrafo Jeep Adventure

Located in the West Zone of Rio, Pedra do Telégrafo became famous for the various possibilities of its photos in a paradisiacal view taken from the tip of a stone, causing admiration, adrenaline, courage and amazement. The experience is contemplated by a panoramic walk along the wild beaches of Rio where the largest neighborhood in the city is located in a mixture of nature, urbanism and architecture.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Social Tour Jeep Adventure

Social Tour Jeep Adventure

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A visit to the social reality of Rio, see the contrast of our people visiting Rocinha, the largest community in Latin America, following the daily life and way of life of its residents. We will pass through one of the neighborhoods with the highest purchasing power in the city, Barra da Tijuca, where famous people live, the president of the republic and many important Brazilian businessmen.
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  • 4 hours
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Surf Adventure Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Surf Adventure Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Hit the waves near Rio de Janeiro for this 8-hour surfing excursion on the lesser-known beaches of this Brazilian paradise. Whether you’ve surfed a few times or want to get a taste for this fun-loving activity, this beginner-focused session is a great starting point. Skip crowded Rio beaches like Ipanema and Copcabana to expore off-the-beaten-track spots like Barra da Tijuca, Reserva, Recreio and more, testing your skills with the help of an instructor. A 2-hour surfing lesson, all surfing gear, a snack and round-trip hotel transport are also covered.
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  • 8 hours
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$69.17
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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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$60.00
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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
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$234.92
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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
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$111.11
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$111.11
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Helicopter Flight - Beautiful Beaches and Olympic Park

Helicopter Flight - Beautiful Beaches and Olympic Park

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Um voo panorâmico pela região da Barra da Tijuca, com as vistas mais incríveis que se pode ter da cidade Maravilhosa. Praias da Barra, Recreio, Reserva, Golfe Olímpico, Parque Olímpico, Lagoa Marapendi e muito mais para te surpreender!
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  • 15 minutes
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$139.46
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$139.46
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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
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$108.11
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Private Hiking Tour to Telegrafo Stone + Grumari beach - by OIR Aventura

Private Hiking Tour to Telegrafo Stone + Grumari beach - by OIR Aventura

Part of the city not much visited by tourists, beautiful beaches and take the famous photo on the Stone of the Telegrafo.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$108.11
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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

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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
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$168.65
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The Great Rio Nature - Forest - Moutains - Lanscape - Beaches - Up to 4 People

The Great Rio Nature - Forest - Moutains - Lanscape - Beaches - Up to 4 People

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Explore the natural attractions around Rio de Janeiro during this flexible private tour for up to 4 passengers. Travel through the surrounding forests and stop at lookout points for spectacular views over the city. Explore the 25 miles (40 kilometers) of mostly unspoiled coastline to the south, where you'll watch the hang gliders and dig your toes in the sand. Visit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains and the sparkling Guanabara Bay. Learn about the culture, history and geography of Rio de Janeiro from your guide as you explore. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 12 hours
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$216.22
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