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While Rio de Janeiro’s swaths of white-sand beaches hemmed in by iconic peaks can make it hard to tear yourself away from the city, there are plenty of great day trips in the surrounding region. From beachy islands to charming small towns, these are our favorite day trips from Rio.

Petrópolis — 43 miles (69 km) away 
Once the summer retreat of Brazilian royalty, today the mountain town of Petrópolis remains a popular getaway for cariocas looking for a cooling escape from Rio. Take a guided tour of the Imperial City, stopping at the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum, St. Peter of Alcantara Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Petrópolis), and the final resting place of Dom Pedro II, the second and last ruler of the Empire of Brazil.

Angra dos Reis — 98 miles (157 km) away
Hop aboard a schooner for a day exploring the turquoise waters of the Bay of Angra dos Reis, home to more than 2,000 beautiful beaches and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in Brazil. Go for a swim at one of the pristine beaches of Ilha Grande, go snorkeling above the colorful reefs of Lagoa Azul, and snap some photos of the twin Ilhas Bonitas.

Búzios — 109 miles (176 km) away
Búzios, a former fishing village turned cosmopolitan town, sits on a picturesque peninsula lined by 17 beaches. Day trips to this charming seaside resort might include a guided walking tour of its cobblestone streets, a boat trip to find the best beaches, and free time for swimming or shopping along the upscale Rua das Pedras, home to numerous boutiques and restaurants.
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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron Steps

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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
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Day Trip to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro with Boat Ride & Lunch

Day Trip to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro with Boat Ride & Lunch

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Get a taste of local life on a full-day trip to the blissful beaches and charming monuments of Buzios from Rio de Janeiro. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to Buzios, a coastal city famed for its traditional culture and pristine shores, while listening to enriching commentary from your expert guide. On arrival, absorb the quaint charm of Buzios’ cobbled streets on a relaxed wander and then take a boat tour to the tranquil islands surrounding the city, stopping intermittently to plunge into the crystal clear water of the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Arraial do Cabo Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Caribe

Arraial do Cabo Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro: The Brazilian Caribe

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Visitors to Rio de Janeiro looking for pristine beaches and clear waters need look no further than Arraial do Cabo. With this day-long tour, you’ll explore the area known as the 'Brazilian Caribbean' while letting a guide take care of transportation and lunch. You’ll also get the best of both worlds, combining a quick city tour with a boating excursion along the coast and to several islands for swimming and snorkeling.
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  • 12 hours
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Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Petrópolis Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro including Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

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Explore the mountain retreat of Petrópolis on this full-day guided tour. Once a summer holiday destination for the royalty of Brazil, Petrópolis features landmarks like the Crystal Palace, the Imperial Museum and the burial place of Dom Pedro II. Purchase a tour upgrade for a stop at Cervejaria Bohemia, where you'll taste one of Brazil's favorite lagers and learn about the history and science behind this brewery through a tour and interactive exhibits. Round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

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Relax on the pristine, uncrowded beaches of Ilha Grande and Angra dos Reis during this 12-hour excursion from Rio de Janeiro. Take a break from the urban pace with a sightseeing cruise through the islands, passing Ponta da Piedade, Lagoa Azul and Ilha de Cataguases. Stop to swim and snorkel in the azure waters or dig your toes into the soft sand. Enjoy lunch aboard the boat; drinks are available for purchase. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Full-Day City Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Full-Day City Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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With a full day to spend in Rio de Janeiro, you can visit major locations during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Let a guide take you to the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Escadaria Selaron (Selaron Steps), the Sambódromo where Rio’s Carnival takes place, Maracanã stadium, the Metropolitan Cathedral and more. With minivan capacity capped at 20, you’ll find it easy to follow your guide. Buffet lunch included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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All Inclusive Speed Boat Tour in Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande from Rio

All Inclusive Speed Boat Tour in Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande from Rio

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Explore the beautiful beaches outside of Rio de Janeiro on this full-day tour to Ilha Grande. Visit a handful of stunning spots such as the Blue Lagoon, Japariz Beach, and the Botinas Islands. Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the warm Brazilian sun with your small group and sit down to a delicious local lunch included in the price of the tour.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
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Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de Janeiro

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Explore the charming, cosmopolitan town of Búzios on this full-day trip from Rio de Janeiro. During this 13-hour outing, stroll through the center of Búzios on a guided tour to get oriented, then spend free time discovering the former fishing village's charms on your own. Opt to take a 2-hour cruise offshore which stops at several idyllic spots for swimming and relaxing. Round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is provided.
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  • 13 hours
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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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Rio Fresh Combo: Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches

Rio Fresh Combo: Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches

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Venture away from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro and explore the wild region of Barra de Guaratiba. Embark on a hike to Pedra do Telegrafo for beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Rio in the distance before exploring a handful of rugged beaches for a bit of relaxing. This small-group excursion is suitable for most travelers and is limited to eight for a more personalized experience.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Angra do Reis Full-Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

Private Angra do Reis Full-Day Tour from Rio de Janeiro

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Explore the islands of Angra do Reis during this private 12-hour boat charter from Rio de Janeiro. In the early morning, board your dedicated boat and watch the urban activity of Rio fade away as you jet out into the azure water. Watch the lush trees of the Atlantic Rainforest on the coast pass by and search for pods of leaping dolphins on your journey. Arrive at Angra do Reis to explore the beach, hit the beach bars and buy some local handicrafts. Lunch is provided on board, and round-trip transportation from Rio hotels is included.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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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
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Pedra Do Telegrafo Hike & Grumari Beach tour with Transfer

Pedra Do Telegrafo Hike & Grumari Beach tour with Transfer

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The Telegraph’s Rock is located in the West Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, in the State Park of the White Rock. It is a moderate hike and a little steep in the beginning. The place is visited by people from all over the world. There is a particular rock where you can take a picture that gives you the illusion that you are hanging from it. After the hike, we also take the opportunity to go to the Grumari Beach to relax a little bit. Away from the city, the Grumari beach is an amazing option for who is seeking a quiet time in a less crowded beach.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Boat Tour

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Boat Tour

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The Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande's bay is one of most beautiful and charming of Brazil. The region has aproximmately 365 islands it's one for each day of the year. It is one of the best places for practice diving in the southeast zone of Brazil. Brazilian Blue Lagoon is the paradise you need to meet!
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  • 14 hours
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Angra dos Reis Full-Day from Rio de Janeiro with Boat Ride & Lunch

Angra dos Reis Full-Day from Rio de Janeiro with Boat Ride & Lunch

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Visit the islands of Angra do Reis aboard a boat on this excursion from Rio de Janeiro. Relax as the boat sails through the deep blue waters and you watch the vibrant green of the Atlantic forest pass by on the shoreline. Get a chance to interact with some local dolphins and participate in water sports (own expense). Disembark on some of the small islands to explore the beaches, shop the open-air markets for local handicrafts and sidle up to one of the beach bars for a drink. Lunch on board the boat and round-trip transportation from Rio hotels are included.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de Janeiro

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Get to know the endless beaches, clear waters and diverse marine life of the Bay of ‘Angra dos Reis’ during this full-day trip from Rio. Enjoy time for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and hiking as you cruise aboard a schoonerbetween highlights like Ilha Grande (Big Island), Ilha de Cataguases, Lagoa Azul. Lunch and roundtrip transport from Rio are also included.
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  • 12 hours
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Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

Petropolis The Imperial City Private Tour

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Get to know Petrópolis, the Imperial City of the State of Rio de Janeiro, during this private tour from Rio. Following hotel pickup, travel in a private vehicle through Serra dos Órgãos National Park, stopping for great photo ops along the way. Tour the Quitandinha Palace and the Imperial Museum to get a sense of the region's history. Stop for a traditional Brazilian lunch, then take a walking tour of the historic streets lined with examples of architecture from different eras. End your day with a visit to the local brewery. Enjoy personal attention and a flexible itinerary tailored to your interests on this private tour.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Pedra Do Telegrafo including All Inclusive Beaches

Pedra Do Telegrafo including All Inclusive Beaches

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The most complete tour of Rio. - Transport by van - Certified Professional Guide - 3 professional photos at Pedra do Telégrafo - Lunch + Dessert - 1 complimentary caipirinha - Guaratiba Beach - Grumari Beach - Panoramic Beach Tour
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande All Inclusive Tour

Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande All Inclusive Tour

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Elected by Tripadvisor among the best tour and transportation companies! Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande is one of the most beautiful and charming places in Brazil. The most beautiful islands and beaches are located in the region. The scenery is totally preserved and the nature is exuberant. The Bay has no less than 365 islands dotted with a sea of green and crystalline waters and two thousand beaches full of natural beauty. Surrounded by the Atlantic Forest and bathed by the emerald green sea, there are luxury condominiums, resorts and hotels that host tourists looking for the best for their holidays and weekends. A walk through the Bay of Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande takes place by the sea. Diving is simply irresistible in the face of the beauty of the sea. With a lot of shipwrecks and abundant marine life it is one of the best spots to dive from the coast!
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Rio de Janeiro City Tour with Lunch, Corcovado & Sugarloaf

Full-Day Rio de Janeiro City Tour with Lunch, Corcovado & Sugarloaf

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Combine visits to Rio de Janeiro's top landmarks and highlights on a single full-day tour. Stops include the Sambadromo, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the Tijuca Rainforest, and others. Buffet lunch and round-trip hotel or port transportation included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Guided Tour, Admission & Transfer

Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Guided Tour, Admission & Transfer

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Visit the Roberto Burle Marx home and gardens during a private 4-hour tour from Rio. In the company of a local guide, explore the home of this artists and designer, surrounded by lush property filled with native plants. The Sitio Roberto Burle Marx is built in a distinctly Brazilian style, including elements of cubism and abstractionism. Walk through the peaceful gardens and admire the home's collection of folk art while learning about his life, work and esthetic from your knowledgeable guide. Round-trip transportation from Rio is included.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Private Tour: Explore Rio creating your own Itinerary

Private Tour: Explore Rio creating your own Itinerary

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Be free to choose you itinerary! We know that there is nothing better than taking a tour freely, with availability of time and going to the places you want, without following a certain established itinerary, which may be has places that do not get your attention. Well, this tour gives you that possibility On this tour, we can visit what you most want and have interest or curiosity, because you are the one who create the tour. The Tour Guide that will go along with you will tell you the stories, details and particularities of the places that are visited, and will give you suggestions of places to visit, as well as tips to make your stay in the city really enjoyable. The car and the guide will be at your disposal throughout the tour, so you can take the most advantage of your experience in the city and take a wonderful memory of Rio de Janeiro! Note: You can choose doing this tour in the morning or in the afternoon, depends on the availability Do you join this experience? Let´s go!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Tour Rio In One Day: Christ, Sugarloaf, Sambadrome, Selarón, Downtown

Private Tour Rio In One Day: Christ, Sugarloaf, Sambadrome, Selarón, Downtown

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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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  • 10 hours
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Buzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

Buzios with Boat Tour and Lunch

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Begin the 12-hour tour with a drive from Rio de Janeiro to the city of Armação dos Buzios, located on a peninsula on the north coast of Rio de Janeiro. Arriving in Buzios, take a boat (schooner) ride through some of the best beaches in the region. Visit the beaches of João Fernandes, Ilha Feia (Ugly Island) and Praia da Tartaruga (Turtle Beach), with stops for diving. After the boat trip, stroll along Orla Bardot, where you will find the statue of Brigitte Bardot, renowned French actress who in 1964 escaped the paparazzi and went on vacation in the city. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a buffet restaurant. After lunch, use your free time exploring the charming Rua das Pedras (Stone Street) - the most famous street in Buzios - and its shops, bars and restaurants Admire the charming and bucolic atmosphere of a former fishing village that has adopted tourism as one of its main activities and has become one of the most visited cities in Brazil. Return to Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 12 hours
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