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Take a panoramic city tour through Downtown Rio, a stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral and travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most famous landmarks. Reach the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado Mountain by cable car and by cog train through the Tijuca Rainforest, respectively. This full-day tour includes round-trip transportation from most Rio hotels, allows you to see all of Rio's sights in just one day.
Conquer Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain in one day (options with tickets included or excluded).
Board the cog train through lush Tijuca Rain Forest
Admire the view of Rio's sprawling beaches from the top of Corcovado Mountain
Spend up to an hour with your guide at Christ the Redeemer statue
Lunch (if option selected) and roundtrip transport to Rio hotels included
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Visit Rio’s two most famous viewpoints—Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain—in one day.
After pickup from your Rio hotel in the morning, board your vehicle for the panoramic sightseeing tour of the city. Start with visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral, well-known for its unlikely pyramid shape, and the famous Sambodromo, which hosts the festivities for the yearly Carnaval and is the major exhibition hall for Rio's samba schools.
Then drive through downtown Rio and stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then travel through Urca, the neighborhood where Sugar Loaf Mountain resides. Board the cable car up the mountain, making a stop for a scenic photo-op and views over Corcovado Mountain, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Guanabara Bay on the way. At the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain, pause to admire the expansive scenery, including the beaches of Niteroi, the Fortaleza Santa Cruz, and the famous Copacabana.
Enjoy the included lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on your marathon tour in the afternoon.
After lunch, you can either head for the Cosme de Velho station, where you'll hop on the cog train and ride through the Tijuca Rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Spend about 45 minutes at the top of the mountain, marveling at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings.
At the end of your comprehensive sightseeing tour in Rio, enjoy drop-off at your hotel.
Copacabana Beach is the most famous beach in the city (maybe even in the country, or in the world) and is about 4 km long. Among the trademarks is its boardwalk with waves drawn in Portuguese stone, designed by famous brazilian landscaper Burle Max.
In Copacabana you will testify why cariocas have such a beautiful tan. While you travel through these neighborhoods, you will hear a few tips on what to do around them and the interesting stories that took place in these streets.
You will pass through the historic Laranjeiras neighborhood, which hosts the Guanabara Palace, the ancient home of Princess Isabel who signed the Golden Law to free all slaves. Nowadays, the Palace is the official headquarters of the government of Rio de Janeiro.
You will make your way to Urca through Aterro do Flamengo and its parks, designed by Burle Marx and hear all about Brazil’s participation in World War II as well as the founding of the city back in the late 1500s, just before arriving to Sugar Loaf.
The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo and Botafogo beaches, Santos Dummont Airport, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Urca’s neighborhood and Corcovado Mountain.
A second cable car takes you up to the top. When you get there, you will understand why Rio is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. At 395 meters you’ll enjoy breathtaking views from Copacabana beach, Niterói and the Santa Cruz fortress. From up there, you will have no trouble understanding why Rio is nicknamed “Wonderful City”.
After visiting Sugar Loaf Mountain, you will head down to an all-you-can-eat-style barbecue house. Brazilian Churrascarias (Barbecue places) offer a wide variety of sides and alternative options, in case you decide to stick with a vegetarian option, you will still leave delighted. Lunch is included only if option selected. If selecting an option without lunch, our guide will offer a variety of nearby suggestions that can fit any budget or taste!
Located between Arpoador and Jardim de Alah, it is one of the most famous beaches in the country (Have you ever heard "Girl from Ipanema"?) and one of the busiest in the city. About 2 km long, some areas of the beach have strong waves and currents, and can be used for sports.
Take a lap around the stadium and have a short stop so you can appreciate the splendor of the two-time World Cup Finals host. There you will be able to imagine the amount of history that took place since its opening in 1950 when Brazil hosted its first World Cup. You will see the stadium from outside only.
Upon reaching Cosme Velho Station, sitting at the bottom of Corcovado Mountain, we will catch the train with pre-reserved tickets to save time and it will take you up to the top, through the dense Tijuca Rainforest to the 38m tall (125ft) Christ Redeemer Statue. The 20 minute ride up will give you a chance to thoroughly appreciate the Tijuca Forest, which is considered to be the largest urban forest in the whole world. It represents 7% of the whole city`s territory! It’s breath taking and that alone already makes the trip well worth it.
Upon arriving at the Statue, you will have two options of reaching the top, by a lift and then an escalator, or the traditional way, by stairs, 222 Steps, but the prize makes it all worthwhile. Once up, the views and the imposing statue will take your mind off the walk up! Looking up you will feel blessed and protected by this beautiful monument of Christ with open arms, now one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! From up there you can see most of the city, all of the south zone and all the way to Niteroi. A unique view that will astound you. You will have about 40 minutes to get to know all the sides and views of Corcovado and take pictures.
We had bad weather all day. Our tour guide for sugar loaf was nice and gave a lot of free time to enjoy the view. Our afternoon tour guide die the Chris redeemer was a little strange. He doesn’t interact with us. We can’t really understand him well.
This was a great experience! Guides were on time and travelling was very comfortable. Able to see lots of beautiful sites in Rio. Also amazing views of the city of Rio from both Sugar loaf and Corcovado for comparison. One Tip: Bring appropriate warm clothes...its cold up at Corcovado!. Food was really good. Only draw back is the wireless headsets that we were given for the information about the sites which at times had static or just no sound at all.
It was ok only. It took hours to wait for the bus and we took round for 3 times i think. I was expecting that escardia selaron, santa teresa will be included. And the due to long hours in Ipanema after lunch, we had a few hours only in christ the redeemer which i expect that we will spend 45-1 hour there.
A must do in Rio. Easy pick up from your hotel. Plenty of time to take in the views and take photographs. Tour guide changed over at lunchtime and both were excellent. Would recommend including lunch option as that in itself was a great experience. Stop at the market place was a bit edgy and I feel it would be good if, at the start of the tour there was a short talk on safety. We opted for a train tour to Corcovado and thought it was excellent.
This tour was great and long we chose the full day option. Sugar Loaf Mountain was fantastic and that first sight of Christ the Redeemer is breathtaking. There are two things I would change: the pick up was late. We were told we would be picked up at 8am, but it was after 9am. Second, included in this tour is an unnecessary 10 minute stop at the St Sebastian cathedral. It doesnt really fit in with the theme of the rest of the tour and was rushed. Otherwise, great tour and the lunch in Ipanema was fantastic!