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How to Spend 2 Days in Rio de Janeiro

How to Spend 2 Days in Rio de Janeiro

Beautiful beaches, expansive mountains, and the grand Carnival are only some of the reasons why Rio de Janeiro attracts thousands of visitors each year. Spending two days in Rio affords travelers enough time to explore its natural and cultural highlights, from forests and favelas to bohemian neighborhoods.

Day 1: Sightseeing in the Marvelous City

**Morning:**Get an early start and skip the crowds at two of Rio’s most popular attractions: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Bask in early morning light as you pose for pics beneath Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor), a 98-foot (30-meter) statue deemed one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

**Afternoon:**Sample Rio’s baroque architecture on a walking tour of downtown, including Metropolitan Cathedral and Carioca Square. Or let a guide lead you down cobbled Selaron Steps (Escadaria Selaron) past art galleries in Santa Teresa. Alternatively, an informational tour of the Rocinha favela provides an insider’s perspective.

**Night:**Get the VIP treatment on a nightlife tour of Rio and party alongside locals at bars and on the dancefloor. From the Zona Sul to Leblon, special tours allow you to skip entrance lines to popular nightclubs like Rio Scenarium. Round-trip transportation is typically provided from most hotels.

Day 2: Take to Sea and Sky—plus Samba

**Morning:**See the city and harbor from the sky while soaring high above on a helicopter tour. You’ll enjoy unsurpassed views of the seascape and its granite monoliths. If you’d prefer to take off with your own set of wings, consider a tandem hang gliding tour with a beach landing.

**Afternoon:**Rio is all about the bays and beaches, so be sure to cruise the waters for a unique point of view. Glide past the neighborhoods of Copacabana, Botafogo, and Flamengo, and listen to narration on Sugar Loaf and Niteroi. It’s a great way to relax and enjoy the photo ops.

**Night:**When the sun sets, it’s time for a Brazilian dance and music show featuring favorites like samba and bossa nova. See dazzling performances featuring capoeira and Carnival costumes and capoeira, followed by a classicchurrasco, a Brazilian barbecue dinner feast. 

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Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue Dinner

Ginga Tropical Show with Transportation and Optional Barbecue Dinner

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Attend the Ginga Tropical Show, a dance and music that allows you to learn about Brazil's vibrant history and culture through its traditional music and dance. During this show, see talented performers dance the lambada, samba and bossa nova dressed in outrageous Carnival costumes. Hear folklore from around the diverse country, live drumming and the Brazilian martial art: capoeira.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Morning Tour to Christ Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain including Barbeque

Morning Tour to Christ Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain including Barbeque

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Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer, on the peak of Corcovado Mountain, in the morning with a local guide. Then hop on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Bring your camera to capture the panoramic views from the city's high point as the morning light bathes the city. Opt to add a Brazilian barbecue buffet and/or a city tour of Rio's main key landmarks.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$128.60
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Hang Gliding Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Hang Gliding Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Experience a hang gliding or paragliding tandem flight over Rio de Janeiro, taking off from Pedra Bonita in UNESCO-listed Tijuca National Park. After a safety briefing from your qualified instructor, soar above granite peaks draped in lush rain forest. Take in the coastline as you fly for some minutes before landing at Pepino Beach in São Conrado.
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  • 3 hours
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Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour

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Walk through Old Rio on this afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide. During this half-day outing, wind through the narrow lanes and baroque-style buildings while your guide fills you in on the history and legends of the area. Visit sites like the Metropolitan Cathedral, Carioca Square and the Imperial Palace. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.99
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Rio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch

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
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps

Best of Rio: Secrets of Santa Teresa and Lapa Steps

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Explore one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, Santa Teresa, on this guided sightseeing tour. With a small group of 12 people or fewer, walk down cobblestone streets among the district's interesting architecture. Admire sprawling views of greater Rio de Janeiro, climb the Selarón Staircase, explore the Parque das Ruínas (Ruins Park), and walk through Guimarães Square where local shops, studios, and restaurants abound.
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  • 4 hours
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise and Lunch

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise and Lunch

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Explore the waters around Angra dos Reis on a schooner during this full-day excursion from Rio de Janeiro. Sail on the turquoise blue waters through the islands that dot the Agra dos Reis, making several stops to swim and snorkel along the way during your cruise. Relax with the wind in your hair and tropical sun warming your skin, then enjoy a delicious buffet lunch onboard before returning to the pier. Round-trip transportation from Rio de Janeiro is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Private Rio Nightlife Tour with Skip the Line

Private Rio Nightlife Tour with Skip the Line

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Hit the town to experience Rio's nightlife with a local guide on this private 8-hour evening tour. Party with the locals and enjoy the VIP treatment at hot spots like Rio Scenarium and other bars and clubs in Zona Sul, Santa Teresa and Leblon. Entrance fees at each destination are included, and you'll skip the long lines at the entrance. See how the 'Cariocas', or Rio residents, like to party. . . and see if you can keep up. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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