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Sao Joao Fort (Fortaleza de Sao Joao) Tours

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Sao Joao Fort (Fortaleza de Sao Joao)
Built in the mid-1500s, Sao Joao Fort (Fortaleza de São João) was officially put into service in 1618, when it was used to protect Guanabara Bay from an invasion by the French. This impressive structure is comprised of four batteries and is home to fifteen massive cannons. Sa Joao Fort later became a base for the Brazilian Army and today, it’s a popular site for travelers looking to explore the nation’s history and culture. 

Travelers can explore the on-site chapel, courtyard and gun emplacements while taking in incredible views of the Guanabara Bay. Guided tours are available for those interested in learning more about the military history of the place. The nearby protected beach is perfect for relaxing and tasty snack shops along the way make for a complete afternoon. But locals warn travelers need to get permission to enter the grounds since the area is still secured by military staff.

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The fort is located in Rio’s Urca neighborhood near the Guanabara Bay.
Address: Av. João Luís Alves - Urca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 22291-090, Brazil
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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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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