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Guanabara Bay Tours

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Guanabara Bay
Flanked by the looming peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain and Papagaio Peak and dotted with over 100 islands, Guanabara Bay provides a dramatic backdrop to the city of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s second-largest bay, Guanabara is home to the cities of Niteroi and São Gonçalo, the Port of Rio de Janeiro, and Rio’s two airports. 

The Basics
Most visitors choose to explore the sights of Guanabara Bay with a boat cruise from Rio harbor, taking in highlights such as the Rio neighborhoods of Botafogo, Flamengo, and Urca; the beaches of Niteroi; and the fortresses of São João and Santa Cruz. Some tours include a bay cruise as part of a wider sightseeing excursion that includes such attractions as Christ the Redeemer, and many cruises include a Brazilian-style barbecue lunch. Another option for getting out onto the bay is renting a private motorboat, allowing you to create your own itinerary. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Guanabara Bay is a must-visit for photographing Rio’s iconic skyline.
  • Unfortunately, the bay is heavily polluted, so swimming is inadvisable in many parts.
  • If you wish to swim in open water, head for Copacabana, at the mouth of the bay.
  • The bay is home to a small (and sadly declining) population of botos (river dolphins).

How to Get There
Guanabara, an Atlantic-fed bay stretching inland from the city of Rio de Janeiro, can be explored by boat from the city’s main port. The islands of Fundão and Governador and the city of Niteroi are also connected via road bridges to Rio de Janeiro, and passenger ferries regularly cross the bay to Niteroi and the island of Paquetá.

When to Get There
Most boat tours head out into Guanabara Bay in the middle of the day so that guests can see as many attractions as possible. If you want to see the bay bathed in the golden glow of sunset, you can join a tour that takes you to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (by cable car or on foot) for the perfect vantage point.

Niteroi
Some of Guanabara Bay’s best beaches are in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. Beaches here tend to be less crowded, and there are better opportunities for swimming and water sports. Praia de São Francisco, with soft, white sand and calm waters, is a good choice.
Address: Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue LunchDay Trips

Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

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Sail on Guanabara Bay for half a day, viewing the Rio's picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain from the water. On this cruise from Rio, glide through the bay's tranquil waters, passing islands and historic forts. Upgrade your experience to enjoy a local all-you-can-eat barbecue lunch at a restaurant in Rio. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Guanabara Bay Catamaran Tour in Rio de Janeiro with TransferNature and Wildlife

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Guanabara Bay Catamaran Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer

Discover the sites around Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay on a catamaran tour. After pickup from your hotel in the south zone area, board the boat for your sailing adventure. See key landmarks like the Museum of Tomorrow, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, the Museum of Contemporary Art designed by the famous Oscar Niemeyer, and much more. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride across the bay and capture photos of your favorite landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Catamaran Boat trip through the Guanabara Bay in Rio de JaneiroDay Cruises

Catamaran Boat trip through the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

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Take a relaxing boat trip through Rio’s Guanabara Bay during this 90-minute tour. Sail along the coast of the beautiful city and see famous landmarks like the Rio-Niteroi Bridge, the Museum of Contemporary Art designed by Oscar Niemeyer, the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and much more. Soak up the tropical Brazilian sun as you relax on the cruise and watch the scenery go by.
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  • 1 hour 24 minutes
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Guanabara Bay Cruise Half-Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro with TransferBus Tours

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Guanabara Bay Cruise Half-Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro with Transfer

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Admire views of Rio from a different vantage point during this 5-hour sightseeing cruise. As you cruise over Guanabara Bay, snap photos of the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain, Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Make a stop for swimming and relaxing at a local beach. Learn about the history, culture and people of this vibrant city through your guide's thoughtful commentary. Pickup and drop-off at Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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☀️ City Tour with Electric Scooter ⚡️Mountain Bike Tours

☀️ City Tour with Electric Scooter ⚡️

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⭐️ A fun and laid-back tour with electric scooters around Guanabara Bay and Flamengo Park on a route until to Rio Hystoric Center, Olympic Boulevard and Mauá Square at Downtown. On Route: ⇨ Flamengo Park ⇨ MAM ⇨ Cinelândia ⇨ Municipal Theater ⇨ National Library ⇨ Candelária ⇨ LAPA ⇨ SELARON Stairs ⇨ Metropolitan Cathedral ⇨ Tomorrow Museum ⇨ Ethnicities Mural ⭐️A way more sustainable and fun to meet the highlights of the city. Let's appreciate the nature, art, architecture, beautiful scenery and cross various historical and tourist spots of the city. It is an amazing route about 12km. Escape the traffic chaos , connect and feel the city close. ⭐️ We will offer the instructions for novice riders of the electric scooters for a safe trip. >>>>>>>>>>>Follow_us: @e.vanmo >> Contact us for request a special date/time to fit in your trip schedule.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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☀️ Lapa + Santa Teresa + Selaron Stairs + Electric Scooter ⚡️Mountain Bike Tours

☀️ Lapa + Santa Teresa + Selaron Stairs + Electric Scooter ⚡️

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⭐️ A fun and laid-back tour with electric scooters through the Flamengo Park on a route until the Lapa and Downtown. Let's get the cable car(ticket included) and visit the old and traditional neighbohood Santa Teresa. Interest Points: ⇨ Flamengo Park ⇨ Guanabara Bay ⇨ Marina da Gloria ⇨ MAM ⇨ SELARON STAIRS ⇨ LAPA AQUEDUTS ⇨ Metropolitan Cathedral ⇨ Cinelândia ⇨ Municipal Theater ⇨ National Library ⇨ Santa Teresa Cable Car ⭐️ A way more sustainable and fun to meet the highlights of the city. Let's enjoy the nature, art, architecture, beautiful views and cross many historical spots of the city. Escape the traffic chaos, connect and feel the city close. ⭐️ We will offer the instructions for novice riders of the electric scooters for a safe trip. >>>>>>>>>>>Follow_us: @e.vanmo >> Contact us for request a special date/time to fit in your trip schedule.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Boat Tour Guanabara Bay - Rio de Janeiro - SightseeingSkip-the-Line Tours

Boat Tour Guanabara Bay - Rio de Janeiro - Sightseeing

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We will be pleased to present you, from a privileged angle, the beauty of this scenario, passing through about 20 historical points, many of which have been part of Brazilian history since the days of the empire. Our boat accommodates up to 106 passengers (maximum capacity of 112 people including crew), with great comfort, safety and a highly qualified crew. The main deck is air-conditioned with wheelchair access and has a bar service. The upper deck has a panoramic view and the wide forward bay provides an angular view of the most beautiful surroundings of the Guanabara Bay.
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  • 2 hours
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Sail Boat Tour With BarbecueSailing

Sail Boat Tour With Barbecue

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Benefit from personalized attention during this private sailboat tour with a barbecue lunch from Rio de Janeiro. Step aboard a sailing vessel with your private party and a captain dedicated to your comfort and enjoyment. You'll depart along the shoreline, taking in photo-worthy views of Vermelha Beach, Santa Cruz Fort, Lage Fort, Urca Beach, and others. Jump off the boat for a dip at Copacabana and then enjoy a freshly cooked barbecue lunch of Brazilian specialties.
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  • 5 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Barbecue Lunch, Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps by VanDay Trips

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Barbecue Lunch, Christ the Redeemer and Selaron Steps by Van

Combine a cruise on Guanabara Bay with visits to the Selaron Steps and the Christ the Redeemer statue during this 10-hour super saver tour in Rio. Traditional Brazilian barbecue lunch and round-trip transportation from hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana included.
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  • 10 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Barbecue Lunch and Christ Redeemer with Selaron Steps and Sugar LoafDay Cruises

Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Barbecue Lunch and Christ Redeemer with Selaron Steps and Sugar Loaf

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Combine the highlights of Rio de Janeiro on a single 12-hour tour, including a cruise on Guanabara Bay, visits to the Selaron Steps, Christ the Redeemer, and Sugar Loaf mountain at sunset. Barbecue lunch and pickup from hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana included.
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  • 12 hours
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3-Day Customizable Tour of Rio de JaneiroMulti-day Tours

3-Day Customizable Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Create your own 3-day exploration of Rio on this customizable tour. Meet your local guide upon arrival at the airport, then transfer to the South Zone of the city for 2 nights of accommodation in this trendy neighborhood. Choose your own adventure from any number of activities, including a visit to Christ the Redeemer or the Tijuca Forest or a cruise on Guanabara Bay. Mix in free time as you see fit and enjoy air-conditioned transportation between sites.
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  • 3 days
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Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable TourMulti-day Tours

Best of Rio de Janeiro: 4-Day Customizable Tour

Customize a 4-day tour of Rio de Janeiro's highlights and landmarks with this flexible sightseeing option. Visit the summits of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountains, learn about live in a favela or ride in a Jeep through the Tijuca Rainforest. Sail across Guanabara Bay to see the city skyline from aboard a boat or take a day trip to lovely Petrópolis. Comfortable, air-conditioned transportation between sites, 3 nights in a South Zone hotel and 3 daily activities are included.
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  • 4 days
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Rio Highlights Express: Christ, Sugarloaf & Beaches Half Day Tour.Day Trips

Rio Highlights Express: Christ, Sugarloaf & Beaches Half Day Tour.

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Discover the main tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro on this private guided tour. Start at the summit of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Then, head to Rio’s southern beaches, followed by a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain. This tour can be conducted at your own pace and adapted to your interests.
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  • 6 hours
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Sugar Loaf Mountain Canoe Tour in Rio de JaneiroKayaking

Sugar Loaf Mountain Canoe Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Canoe through Guanabara Bay on this 4-hour eco-adventure from Rio de Janeiro. With an expert adventure guide, explore Rio's coastline, including islands, beaches, rainforests and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Paddle to Fora Beach, where you'll hop out for a swim and some time to relax. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included, and no canoeing experience is necessary.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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One Day in Niteroi: The Hidden Gem Across Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

One Day in Niteroi: The Hidden Gem Across Rio de Janeiro

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Visit the best of Niterói in a single day: Niemeyer Pathway, Contemporary Art Museum (MAC), Guanabara Bay Beaches, Santa Cruz Fort and finish with a panoramic view from the Parque da Cidade (City Park). Transportation and lunch included.
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  • 8 hours
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Sunset At Sugarloaf. 3 ½ Hours Tour.Half-day Tours

Sunset At Sugarloaf. 3 ½ Hours Tour.

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See Rio at sunset from 1,200 feet (356 meters) above sea level from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Choose to travel to the summit by cable car or on foot - if you’d prefer to take a scenic hike to the top. Then sit back and watch the city lights twinkle on as the sun drops into the ocean. See panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro bathed in the golden glow of sunset and leave all of the hassles and logistics of driving and navigating to your private guide.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Story River In The CityHalf-day Tours

Story River In The City

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A river beyond its natural attractions. We are launching a series of packages with the purpose of allowing you to experience and be surprised to see the Wonderful City from another perspective. How about widening your field of vision? find out a little more about your country and about the city that was once the Capital of the Portuguese Colonial Empire and the Brazilian Empire? YOU GO! ?? ️
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The most beautiful sunset of Rio de JaneiroJet Boating

The most beautiful sunset of Rio de Janeiro

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In this exclusive tour you will enjoy the most beautiful Sunset of the Marvelous City aboard our boat! Only for you and your guests, away from the hustle and bustle of the classic sights. Take advantage of taking unique photos and contemplating the breathtaking views.
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The Most Exclusive River Sunset onboard Private BoatJet Boating

The Most Exclusive River Sunset onboard Private Boat

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In this exclusive tour you will enjoy the most beautiful Sunset of the Marvelous City aboard our boat! Only for you and your guests, away from the hustle and bustle of the classic sights. Take advantage of taking unique photos and contemplating the breathtaking views.
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☀️ Urca with Electric Scooter & Hike to Sugarloaf ⚡️Mountain Bike Tours

☀️ Urca with Electric Scooter & Hike to Sugarloaf ⚡️

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⭐️ Reach the top of one of the most famous tourist spots in the city on a tour with the electric scooters through the streets of the quiet and traditional neighborhood of Urca, a stop at Red Beach and a trail (about 25 -30 minutes) to the top of Morro da Urca the first stop of the cable car of Sugarloaf. It is an amazing route, it will be about 12 km round trip, let's enjoy nature, art, architecture, beautiful scenery and meet historic spots of the neighborhood . ⭐️ We will offer the instructions for novice riders of the electric scooters for a safe trip. ⭐️ A way more sustainable and fun to meet the highlights of the city. >>>>>>>>>>>Follow_us: @e.vanmo >> Contact us for request a special date/time to fit in your trip schedule.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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WONDERS OF THE WORLD - BRASIL & PERU 10 Days PackageMulti-day Tours

WONDERS OF THE WORLD - BRASIL & PERU 10 Days Package

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World Rio de Janeiro – Iguassu Falls – Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco
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Rio by the Sea: Corcovado schooner and train ride (guide tickets and lunch)Full-day Tours

Rio by the Sea: Corcovado schooner and train ride (guide tickets and lunch)

Contemplate Rio from the sea, its historic buildings and the forts that protected Guanabara Bay. Schooner ride in Guanabara Bay, the largest bay in the world in terms of water volume, to see the most beautiful landscape of Rio. Enjoy the different perspectives of Rio from the sea and above Corcovado Train ride through the lush vegetation of the Tijuca Tropical Forest Climb to the top of Corcovado Mountain to see the statue of Christ the Redeemer and get incredible views of the wonderful city
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guanabara Bay CruiseHalf-day Tours

Guanabara Bay Cruise

Contemplate Rio from the sea, its historic buildings and the forts that protected Guanabara Bay. Schooner ride in Guanabara Bay, the largest bay in the world in terms of water volume, to see the most beautiful landscape of Rio. Different angles of Rio's tourist spots, such as Pão de Açúcar and Maua Square Check out neighborhoods like Santa Teresa and see Santos Dumont Airport Wonderful view of the Modern Museum of Tomorrow Pass under the Rio-Niterói Bridge Delicious lunch at a restaurant in Ipanema (if option is selected)
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Rio Leaving the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with BBQ LunchHalf-day Tours

Rio Leaving the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Contemplate Rio from the sea, its historic buildings and the forts that protected Guanabara Bay. Schooner ride in Guanabara Bay, the largest bay in the world in terms of water volume, to see the most beautiful landscape of Rio. Different angles of Rio's tourist spots, such as Pão de Açúcar and Maua Square Check out neighborhoods like Santa Teresa and see Santos Dumont Airport Wonderful view of the Modern Museum of Tomorrow Pass under the Rio-Niterói Bridge Delicious lunch in a restaurant in Ipanema
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  • 5 hours
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