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Lapa Neighborhood Tours

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Lapa Neighborhood
Rio de Janeiro’s vibrant and bohemian Lapa neighborhood is the epicenter of the city’s music scene, with an abundance of bars and clubs hosting local samba and forro bands. After dark, revelers spill onto the sidewalks of Rua da Lapa and Rua Joaquim Silva in the heart of Lapa.

The Basics
Even in the daytime, Lapa is an interesting district to explore, with its striking colonial buildings now home to a string of vintage shops and cafés frequented by Rio’s creative types. The area is also home to one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, the Lapa Arches (Arcos da Lapa), an enormous 18th-century aqueduct that towers 210 feet (64 meters) over the central square. The Museum of Image and Sound (Museu da Imagem e do Som), which offers a journey through Brazilian cultural history, and the massive, modernist Metropolitan Cathedral are both located here.

Many general sightseeing tours of Rio de Janeiro make a stop in Lapa. But if you want to explore deeper, you can join a tour (by bike or by foot) that is more specifically focused on the city center, where Lapa is located. These tours typically also include a visit to the picturesque Santa Teresa neighborhood, uphill from Lapa. If you’re interested in nightlife, join a Lapa bar crawl with skip-the-line entrance to top clubs.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lapa is a must-visit for those interested in Brazilian music and nightlife.
  • Top clubs in the area include Rio Scenarium, Arco Iris, and Asa Branca, which are busy most nights—make a reservation, if possible.
  • Cecília Meireles Hall (Sala Cecília Meireles), an important venue for chamber music, is located in Lapa.

How to Get There
Lapa is located on the southwestern edge of Rio de Janeiro’s Centro district, making it an easy add-on to a visit to the downtown area. The closest Metro station is Cinelandia (on line 1), which is a 5-minute walk from the heart of the Lapa district.

When to Get There
Colonial architecture, the cathedral, and the museum bring visitors to Lapa by day, but the neighborhood comes alive after dark, when the clubs fill close to bursting with music-loving revelers. And with its 42 grand arches dramatically lit at night, the Lapa Arches make a popular evening meeting place for cariocas (locals). 

The Selaron Ladder
Lapa is home to many architectural landmarks, none so colorful as the brightly painted steps of the Selaron Ladder. The masterpiece of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron, the 215 steps of the Selaron Ladder are richly decorated with over 2,000 tiles in the colors of the Brazilian flag and mark the way up to the neighboring district of Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

Santa Teresa, Lapa, and Cinelândia with Tram Ride and Selarón Steps

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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. Then, walk along the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, a bucolic area in Rio de Janeiro. You will visit the Ruins Park (closed on Mondays), a public park with an art gallery built around the ruins of a mansion. 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 most traditional nightlife. Take a stroll in the Passeio Público, the oldest public park in the South America, to reach Cinelândia, a lively spot in Rio thanks to its bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. Your last stop will be at Confeitaria Colombo (closed on Sundays), a permanent member of all “must-see cafés” rankings around the world.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip the Line: Lapa Pub Crawl

Skip the Line: Lapa Pub Crawl

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Shake up your Rio visit with this 4-hour caipirinha-making class and skip-the-line pub crawl in the city’s Lapa nightlife area. Mix it up in a local bar selling craft ‘cachaça’ (the spirit used in caipirinhas) as you learn to prepare this drink of choice for Rio’s party-goers. Armed with your newfound knowledge, you’ll then ‘mix’ things up some more in the streets, bars and clubs of Lapa, enjoying included drinking games, a samba lesson, drink discounts, VIP entrance and the fun atmosphere of a night out in this lively area.
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  • 4 hours
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$23.00
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$23.00

Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Full Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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Get an overview of Rio's most important sights during this comprehensive, full-day tour. With a local guide, visit Copacabana Beach, Botafogo Beach and Palácio Guanabara. Travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras on the way up Corcovado to see the Christ the Redeemer statue. Take the cable car from Urca up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, then eat lunch at one of the city's best steakhouses before visits to Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.50
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Fim de semana na Lapa: Quinta, sexta e sábado!

Fim de semana na Lapa: Quinta, sexta e sábado!

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Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a pub crawl through the neighborhoods of Lapa and Ipanema. Stop at a variety of bars, clubs, and parties and enjoy free shots and caipirinhas throughout the evening. Enjoy a worry-free excursion with free transportation provided between stops as you explore with your guides. This is a fun and safe way to explore Rio at night and meet other travelers along the way.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.00
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Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Ancient Rio and Santa Teresa Tour with Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Explore the bucolic neighborhood of Santa Teresa and downtown Ancient Rio during this 4-hour private tour. In Ancient Rio, visit sites like the France Brazil House, Arcos da Lapa, Teles Arches and Praça XV. In Santa Teresa, admire the stately mansions from the early 1900s and view the neighborhood's original tram, built in 1897. Learn about the importance of both of these neighborhoods in Rio's past through commentary from your guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.00
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$40.00
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Small-Group Panoramic Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Small-Group Panoramic Bike Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Experience the vibrant culture and coastal charisma of Rio de Janeiro on an exciting 4-hour bike tour of the beguiling Brazilian city. Follow a knowledgeable guide on an explorative route past landmarks like Copacabana Beach, São João Batista and the colored Steps of Selaron. Gaze at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on his cliff-top perch and explore Rio’s famous celebrity cemetery. Stop regularly to capture photographs and listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.16
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$45.16

Rio by Night | Bars Circuit (Private Tour)

Rio by Night | Bars Circuit (Private Tour)

Let us introduce you to the nightlife during your stay in Rio de Janeiro city, where you will explore by foot with your local guide, during 2,5-hour tour. This tour fit for all ages over 18 years old and you will find a wide variety of talented musicians playing live Brazilian Samba music in one of many bars that you will visit during into the best of Rio's nightlife. This tour is designed to give you an opportunity to taste the best of our artisanal beers or shots of Cachaça (typical Brazilian drink made from sugar cane) from US$ 3 per drink, also typical bar appetizers and street food from US$ 4 the dishes, where is extremely popular so be sure to try some of the outrageous combinations recommended from your local guide all available to purchase. 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$108.11
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$108.11

Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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A flexible itinerary ensures a customizable experience during this private sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Your private group can choose to focus on nature or history, with either a driver-guide or a separate guide and driver. Choose from highlights such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the Selaron Steps. History buffs can explore the historic city center while nature lovers may opt to visit Tijuca Forest.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$227.03
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Best of Rio: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Moutain, Lapa Steps and Santa Teresa

Best of Rio: Christ The Redeemer, Sugarloaf Moutain, Lapa Steps and Santa Teresa

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With so much to see and do in this a vibrant and bustling metropolis, Rio de Janeiro can be a bit overwhelming. Take the stress-free route with this full day tour and hit all the best spots. Starting atop Corcovado Mountain next to the city’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, you’ll get your bearings before exploring Rio’s best neighborhoods including Santa Teresa, Lapa and Urca. Finish the tour with a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, with views of Copacabana Beach.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$124.63
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☀️ Lapa + Santa Teresa + Selaron Stairs + Electric Scooter ⚡️

☀️ 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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Exclusive Full Day in Rio from the Sea Port

Exclusive Full Day in Rio from the Sea Port

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See the best of Rio de Janeiro without having to worry about advance planning on a shore excursion that reveals the best of the Marvelous City. Ideal for time-pressed travelers, this hassle-free package transports you between sights in air-conditioned comfort and includes admission tickets for two top attractions.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Private Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

Private Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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Explore the most important sights in Rio with one of our exceptional guides in this ideal tour for first-time visitors, in a comfortable 7 to 8 hours time frame. Not too long, not too short! Your first stop is at Christ the Redeemer, which you reach by a train ride through the Tijuca National Forest, one of the largest urban forests worldwide. At the top, get sweeping views of Rio and take the time to snap photos. And then you will fall in love with Santa Teresa, the most charming, bucholic neighborhood in Rio, where you will find the old yellow tram and amazing restaurants.Visit Lapa, home to the Lapa Arches and the colorful Selaron Steps. Swing by the popular recreation spot Flamengo Park on the way to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Hop a cable car to the top at 1,300 feet (396 meters), from where you'll enjoy more panoramic views of the city below. Along your journey, you'll get personalized attention from your private guide and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.36
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9 in 1: Get to know Rio in one day!

9 in 1: Get to know Rio in one day!

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Have a unique one day experience in Rio (9 in 1), something most tourists don't have access to, have a local guide all day exploring the city and explaining the culture, problems and beauties of the city that just a stroll Exclusive can give you unlimited time with total flexibility to take your photos, enjoy the city and choose where you want to spend time, totally different from time-limited group tours and generalized information. Only really made in 1 day.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$113.19
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$113.19

Rio's Overview Private Tour - The Best Sights including Airport Or Port Pick-ups

Rio's Overview Private Tour - The Best Sights including Airport Or Port Pick-ups

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Take a guided tour around Rio de Janeiro and get to discover the beauties of this marvelous city. Have an overview of its most significant sights in the company of an expert tour guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. Visit Rio's most important touristic sights like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains along with the Christ the Redeemer statue, historical downtown area, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Selarón staircase and many other attractions at your convenience. Discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore in Rio de Janeiro based on your interests and available time. The itinerary can be totally customizable according to your personal preferences to create the best Rio’s experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$146.00
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A Full Day in Rio with a train ride to Cristo Redentor - All Inclusive!

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A Full Day in Rio with a train ride to Cristo Redentor - All Inclusive!

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With one of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet, the city of Rio de Janeiro is fully deserving of the title of “Wonderful City”. With a unique geography, the city is surrounded by natural beauty, which enchant all who know it. The city can integrate in perfect harmony its Tijuca forest with its beautiful beaches and lagoons. Its warm, friendly people provide an even more enjoyable experience and make Rio de Janeiro one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The tour includes visit to the following sights of the city: Tijuca Forest (Christ the Redeemer Path) Christ the Redeemer Sugar Loaf Maracanã (External Visit) Sambadrome Metropolitan Cathedral Selarón Staircase Lunch at a buffet restaurant in Copacabana Tickets Included: Christ the Redeemer, Corcovado Train and Sugar Loaf Approximate Duration: 8 Hours Boarding Time: 8:30 Boarding Place: South and Central Zone Hotels (consult) Transport Type: Van Frequency: Daily
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.65
$119.57
$23.92 savings
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$95.65
$119.57
$23.92 savings

Rio Historic Center Walking Tour with Typical Brazilian Lunch

Rio Historic Center Walking Tour with Typical Brazilian Lunch

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This stroll will give you an excellent overview of the Historic Center of Rio, which combines Baroque churches, colonial buildings and modern buildings as it is also the business center of Rio. The visit is made on foot at your own pace and ends with a lunch on Cinelandia square included in the service.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.42
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$108.42
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Christ the Redeemer by Van and Selarón Steps

Christ the Redeemer by Van and Selarón Steps

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Get picked up in Copacabana drive up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Travel through a short and beautiful route through Tijuca Forest – one of the largest urban forests in the world – before opening up to incredible views of the entire city. When reaching the top, enjoy the most famous tour attraction in Brazil and a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro in 360º, 710m (2,330 feet) tall. Return from the Christ the Redeemer and drive past Santa Teresa, the famous neighbourhood located on a hillside known for the narrow cobblestone streets, unique cultural flair, and iconic yellow tram. Arrive at the neighbourhood of Lapa, the area with Rio’s traditional nightlife and known for the Carioca Aqueduct, before reaching the brightly colored tiles of the world-famous Selarón Steps, one of Rio's most distinctive landmarks. Return to Copacabana.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.98
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$26.98
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Airport Layover Sightseeing Rio de Janeiro City Tour - Rio de Janeiro

Airport Layover Sightseeing Rio de Janeiro City Tour - Rio de Janeiro

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Our tour will visit the New 7 Wonders of The World the Christ Redeemer Statue, also enjoy views of the Copacabana beach and Tropical Forest, Ride a a cable-car to the Sugar Loaf meet the view of the Guanabara Bay, a landscape of this tropical paradise. Without a doubt, it’s the most complete City Tour Rio de Janeiro. For approximately 8 hours you will visit the main tourist spots. The tickets for Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00

☀️ City Tour with Electric Scooter ⚡️

☀️ 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
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.55
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Rio's Summary - The Best Sights

Rio's Summary - The Best Sights "Private Tour" (Also Airport & Port Pick-up)

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Take a guided tour around Rio de Janeiro and get to discover the beauties of this marvelous city. Have an overview of its most significant sights in the company of an expert tour guide who will escort you in your tour expedition, providing an interpreting service along the way. Visit Rio's most important touristic sights like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains along with the Christ the Redeemer statue, historical downtown area, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, Selarón staircase and many other attractions at your convenience. Discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. This tour is designed to be totally flexible featuring a broad range of possible sights to see, activities to do or topics to explore in Rio de Janeiro based on your interests and available time. The itinerary can be totally customizable according to your personal preferences to create the best Rio’s experience.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$123.00
Price varies by group size
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$123.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour Santa Teresa e Lapa half day

Private Tour Santa Teresa e Lapa half day

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of two neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro with this half-day tour. Get picked up at your hotel by a private tour guide and set out to explore Lapa and Santa Teresa. Hear Samba music and see several landmarks including street markets, art installations, parks, and the historic Santa Teresa tram.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00

Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf including Tickets and Buffet Lunch

Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf including Tickets and Buffet Lunch

Tick off two of Rio de Janiero’s top attractions without having to worry about advance planning on a tour of Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor) and Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). Pre-booked admission tickets mean that you’ll save hours of waiting in line, while exploring with a guide means that you orient yourself with ease.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Private transfer GIG Rio Galeao airport for up to 3 pax to Zona Sul

Private transfer GIG Rio Galeao airport for up to 3 pax to Zona Sul

Planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro? Alone, with family or for business, do not worry. We want to offer you a stress-free travel experience. Just choose the date, communicate the flight information and leave the rest with us. Simple as that. We offer transportation by car from GIG Galeao Airport to South Zone of Rio de Janeiro for Hotels, Inns and Residences 1) South zone - Botafogo, Catete, Copacabana, Cosme Velho, Flamengo, Gávea, Gloria, Humaitá, Ipanema, Botanical Garden, Lagoa, Laranjeiras, Leblon, Rudder. 2) Centro - Imperial District of São Cristóvão, Benfica, Caju, Catumbi, City Center, Nova Estácio, Gamboa, Lapa, Mangueira, Santa Teresa, Santo Cristo, Saúde, Vasco da Gama
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.68
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