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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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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip from Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

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

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Take a day trip from Rio to explore the beautiful coastal areas of Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande. Hop aboard a sailboat and cruise the blue waters to the idyllic beaches of the region. Swim, sunbathe, snorkel, and relax on the tropical sunshine away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Get to you know your fellow sailors on this group tour.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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Day Trip to Buzios from Rio de Janeiro with Boat Ride & LunchDay Trips

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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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  • 12 to 14 hours
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Angra dos Reis with Boat Tour and Lunch Day Trips

Angra dos Reis with Boat Tour and Lunch

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Begin your full day tour with a 165 km (100 miles) ride from Rio de Janeiro to Angra dos Reis, in the Costa Verde (Green Coast) region. After your arrival at the port Cais de Santa Luzia, board the boat (schooner), sit back and enjoy the views of paradise. Stop at the Ilhas Botinas, two small, almost twin islands with a calm translucent sea, perfect for snorkeling and watching marine life. Then, visit Praia de Jurubaíba commonly known as Praia do Dentista, with its fine white sand and intense color waters that vary according to the sky, is considered one of the most beautiful in the region. Cross an ecological small trail (optional) of nearly 10min towards the Pier. Bypassing Ilha da Gipóia, stop for a delicious lunch at a local restaurant at Praia do Vitorino. On your way back, visit the historical Capela do Senhor do Bonfim, build around 1780’s. Next, return to Cais de Santa Luzia port to drive back to Rio de Janeiro.
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  • 12 hours
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Buzios Day Trip with Lunch, City Tour and Cruise from Rio de JaneiroDay Cruises

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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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise and LunchDay Cruises

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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  • 12 hours
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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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Jeep tour 18 beaches, Telegraph Stone hiking & amazing sunset + photographerDay Trips

Jeep tour 18 beaches, Telegraph Stone hiking & amazing sunset + photographer

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With anti-Covid strategy*. AVOID QUEUES. 8 hours of immersion for the best and more complete tour to Telégrafo Stone, far beyond just instagram. A super package of experiences and exuberant nature, in a comfortable jeep and a paparazzi to call your own, exploring a region of 18 beaches, some of them inside an environmental park with preserved Atlantic forest, like SECRETO, PRAINHA, ABRICÓ and GRUMARI... We are going to explore a part of Rio de Janeiro that many locals have not yet (the largest urban forest in the world and a 42 km sand bank). Insta saffo_tour 1) 150 minutes for the beach tour with stops for photos*; 2) Stop for lunch in a amazing place over Marambaia waters (not included, good prices); or just enjoy the view; 3) 120 minutes to the telegraph trail with photos in the lookouts; 4) 60 minutes for a lush sunset; 5) 90 minutes to return by a protected area with an amazing sky. * photos and videos included and fully shared without aditional costs; * Important: Contact us if you want something personalized in terms of schedule, days of the week or points of interest. We`ll travel in a enclosed jeep Ford Troller T4, up to 4 passengers. When necessary, I add a second vehicle (Honda Fit) and extend it to a larger group up to 8 people (for the tricky moment I split the group and use the jeep twice). *Anti-Covid strategy: 1) only very short groups, preferably customizing for couples, families or friends, up to 4 in each car. We can use a second car if necessary, windows always opened; 2) Most of experience occurs in open areas; 3) everyone must use masks; alcool 70% plus water and soap are always avaiable ; 4) Only 1 experience/day in order to assure everything clean. Keep in touch if you have any questions about safety.
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  • 8 hours
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All Inclusive Speed Boat Tour in Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande from RioDay Trips

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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  • 14 to 15 hours
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Angra dos Reis Full-Day from Rio de Janeiro with Boat Ride & LunchSailing

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

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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Boat Tour Arraial do Cabo: The Brazilian CaribbeanDay Trips

Boat Tour Arraial do Cabo: The Brazilian Caribbean

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Arraial do Cabo is also knowing as Brazilian Caribean, the place is one of the most beautiful and paradisiac places of the continent. It is also a perfect spot for practice diving in crystal clear waters, Because its landscape in Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by beaches and Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by beaches and islands that enchant locals and tourists.
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  • 14 hours
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Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Tour by TrainDay Trips

Rio de Janeiro: Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Tour by Train

It is impossible to imagine a trip to Rio de Janeiro without visiting Corcovado Mountain. Ride the Corcovado Train through Tijuca National Park and visit the iconic statue at the top, known as Christ the Redeemer. Perhaps Brazil’s best-known image, the art deco monument is not to be missed. This half-day tour includes a guide to accompany you and share historical information about the route, the railway, and the famous landmark.
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  • 4 hours
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Pedra do Telégrafo Hiking and Wild Beaches TourDay Trips

Pedra do Telégrafo Hiking and Wild Beaches Tour

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Pedra do Telégrafo is located in the west side of Rio de Janeiro. The rock has a nice view of the beautiful city, in on one side we see wild beaches and the Tijuca National Park. On the other side, we have a wonderful view of the Marambaia, a huge beach with big swamp area. The hiking takes approximately 1 hour to climb(one way), its summit is 354 meters above sea level. Returning from Pedra do Telégrafo to the city we will stop for a bath and relaxing at Grumari(one of the most beautiful beaches in Rio) and after we will drive trough all the beaches along the coast of Rio with many opportunities to take photos.
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  • 6 hours
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Arraial do Cabo Full-Day Tour: Brazilian Caribe departing from Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Arraial do Cabo Full-Day Tour: Brazilian Caribe departing from Rio de Janeiro

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Explore the ‘Brazilian Caribbean’ on this full-day tour of Arraial do Cabo, about three hours from Rio de Janeiro. Visit beaches such as Praia do Forno and Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia. Spend the day relaxing on the beach and swimming in the turquoise waters. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Arraial, a famous diving spot, and discovering the local marine life.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Telegraph Stone Hike and Wild Beaches Moderate Trail from Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Telegraph Stone Hike and Wild Beaches Moderate Trail from Rio de Janeiro

When you need a respite from the bustling streets of Rio, this private tour offers a haven in nature. Explore the less traveled west side of the city and several natural beaches. Driving along the coastline you’ll pass by Reserva Beach and Marapendi Lagoon en route to Barra de Guaratiba. Here, your personal guide accompanies your private party on a 45-minute hike to Pedra do Telegrafo (Telegraph Rock).
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches: Rio Fresh ComboDay Trips

Telegraph Stone + Wild Beaches: Rio Fresh Combo

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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
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  • 8 hours
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Private Custom Full-Day in Rio including Christ, Sugar Loaf and Selaron StepsDay Trips

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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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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Private Tour: One Day in Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Private Tour: One Day in Rio de Janeiro

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With so much to see and do in Rio de Janeiro, getting around the metropolis can be taxing. Make your sightseeing experience stress-free on an 8-hour private tour. End-to-end transportation from your hotel enables you to avoid sluggish public transit and visit Rio’s main attractions comfortably and quickly. Highlights include guided visits and free admission to Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf. The comprehensive itinerary also includes lunch at an authentic Brazilian restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day City Tour in Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

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 hours
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Boat TourDay Trips

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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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio Day Trips

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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Buzios Boat Tour with LunchDay Trips

Buzios Boat Tour with Lunch

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The city of Armação de Búzios since 20th century when its natural beauty was discovered turned into one of the most famous balneary in Brazil, but when the french actress Brigitte Bardot spent 4 months at the place in 1964, the world was introduced to beauty of Buzios one of the highlights of Brazil.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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Tijuca Peak Hiking Tour in Rio de JaneiroDay Trips

Tijuca Peak Hiking Tour in Rio de Janeiro

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Hike to the top of Tijuca Peak with a guide during this half-day excursion in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy convenient pickup at your Rio hotel and a scenic ride through the forest of Tijuca National Park.
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  • 5 hours
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6-hour boat ride with lunch stopDay Trips

6-hour boat ride with lunch stop

Private Tour. It is a unique opportunity to unite the best of 2 worlds. The one of Nature, taking advantage of all the splendor of the coast of the Marvelous City, with its mountains and beautiful beaches the incredible gastronomic stop to enjoy the Fruits of the Sea.
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  • 6 hours
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