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Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacabana

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Visit Corcovado Mountain, the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Get to see some of the many faces of Rio and learn what life is like for some of the city's residents. Walk through Santa Teresa, one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, enjoy sprawling views of Rio and the Christ the Redeemer statue from the top of Corcovado. This small-group tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide, is limited to twelve participants.
  • Get to know the best, most famous spots in the city on a full on, full day Rio tour
  • Discover the unique and the charming Bohemian district of Santa Teresa
  • Check out the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the new seven wonders of the modern world
  • Treat yourself to some of the most amazing views Rio has to offer, including dreamy Guanabara Bay
  • Taste unique flavors as you eat and drink your way through the famous Copacabana beach area
Local English speaking guide
One draft Beer and two local snacks.
Return trip subway ticket
Tram ride fare
Christ Statue entrance fee
Transportation
Gratuities

Departure Point

Belmond Copacabana Palace, Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only remaining one in Rio) or bus for the ride to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits.

This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Check out the views of the sprawling city of Rio from this vantage point, once home to the city's elite and now a haven for artists. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways.

Walk down the hill, stopping at the Selarón Staircase, the Chácara do Céu Museum and Ruins Park and the Carmelitas' Convent. Jump on the subway and ride back towards Copacabana for lunch (own expense).

After lunch, take Tijuca National Park transport from Copacabana, Paineiras or Largo do Machado Station to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Stand at the base of the 98-foot (28-meter) Christ the Redeemer Statue and enjoy sweeping views out over the city of Rio. Built in the 1930s, this statue is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

 

Return by bus to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, where your tour ends. 
Itinerary
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Rio de Janeiro
This full-day Rio tour combines two of our top-selling Rio de Janeiro tours into one epic adventure! Experience both our Santa Teresa Discovery and Corcovado, Christ Statue and Copacabana Tour in this jam-packed day that shows you all the sites you'll want to see.On this tour we'll explore the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, see what local life is really like in Copacabana, travel around the city like a local, experience the Bohemian vibe in the Santa Teresa neighborhood and drink in some pretty epic views of the city.
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Carioca Aqueduct
First up - downtown! While this is mostly a Rio walking tour, we'll start with a little public transit, shall we? Take the subway downtown so you can experience how locals get around Rio and help orientate yourself in the city. We'll hop off at Carioca Station and wander through the Financial District, home of huge companies such as Petrobras and BNDES. Check out Carioca Square, once the main source of drinking water in Rio, transported in by the Aqueducts of Lapa.
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Largo dos Guimaraes
Hopping off at Largo dos Guimaraes, it's time to explore the cobblestone streets of Santa Teresa! We'll wander about on foot and discover beautiful architecture, art galleries, restaurants and the local costumes that characterise Santa Teresa.
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Santa Teresa
From here, we'll climb aboard the tram for the journey up to Santa Teresa, which involves a stunning 20 minute ride over the aqueducts. This is the last tram line in Brazil that is used solely for transportation purposes.
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Escadaria Selaron
As our time in Santa Teresa winds down, we have one final (and rather important) stop to make: Selaron's Staircase. This masterpiece and picturesque icon is one of the late artist's most famous pieces and is without a doubt one of the highlights of this Rio tour.
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Guanabara Bay
Previously a neighbourhood dominated by the elite, with their departure to more modern suburbs of Rio, Santa Teresa has been transformed into an artistic centre with many artists choosing the area as their preferred place of residence. Among the attractions in Santa Teresa is the Ruins Park and its gorgeous view over downtown Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Bay.
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Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Our Rio tour will continue with an incredible bird's eye view of the city from the base of the Statue of Christ. This enormous white statue keeps constant watch over Rio, offering sweeping 360 degree views of the city’s natural wonders: beaches, lagoons, forests, bays, and mountains that seem to rise from the ocean. It’s no wonder that the ‘Cristo’ statue  was selected as one of the new seven wonders of the world.
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Copacabana Beach
Next, it’s time to trade in this tourist icon for something less visited, the back streets of the Copacabana and Leme neighborhoods. Accompanied by your local Urban Adventures guide, you'll wander through the area tasting local snacks, sipping refreshing beer and learning all about its lifestyle and beach culture.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Light clothes and good walking shoes are recommended
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado, Christ & Copacabana?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Ask for Gabi as she helped make it such a fun day!" See review
  • "It was a lot of walking but it worth it." See review
  • "It could be chilly up the hill as the visit to the Corcovado Mountain was at the end of the tour towards sunset." See review

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Great Day in Rio
Marcia S
, May 2019
Even though I was the only one to sign up that day, Urban Adventures, the contracted tour company didn't cancel the tour. I had the guide, Lorena (Lola), as my person guide. The tour is a nice balance of walking and sightseeing, and Lola was very knowledgeable and patient. She was a very pleasant companion for the day and I feel like a learned a lot about the city and its history along with seeing the highlights. Sugar Loaf is not included, but would have made for too long of a day and that can easily be toured separately without a guide.
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Excellent day tour of Rio
gidon m
, Aug 2018
We had a great trip of Rio with guide Ivan of Urban Adventures.It was a private tour based on the use of public transportation: metro, tram and minibuses.Ivan is very knowledgeable and friendly. Throughout the tour he made an effort to convey to us his deep love to his city. This was particularly obvious in fascinating suburb Santa Teresa where he grew up.The tour started at 9 in the morning and lasted till 6 pm and was a pleasure from the beginning till the end.I have no hesitation to recommend it to everyone who wants a deeper inside into this fascinating city
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This was the best tour I took while...
espe403990
, Jul 2018
This was the best tour I took while in Rio. It was a lot of walking but it worth it. You get the full experience of being immersed in the local culture.
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This tour was good, however, it was...
Warren T
, Jun 2018
This tour was good, however, it was a very long day, and because you are catching public transport, it is very busy and squashy on the subway, there is a lot of walking and standing which can be uncomfortable. Our guide, Julieanna was great and very knowledgeable, it was just us on the tour, so it was very intimate.
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Everything about this tour was spot...
Michigan Melinda
, Mar 2018
Everything about this tour was spot on perfect. Juliana, our guide, was knowledgeable, fun and warm. We had a group of 12, including two young kids, and she related well to everyone. Although the tour was publicized as one using public transportation, we had our own van and driver given that the group was maximum size. Three cheers to the tour company for that because it made it much easier for Juliana to keep all of us in check. There was so much to see on this tour and it was hard to come up with a highlight. A special word about the Favela, however. We were warned by our cruise ship that the Favelas were dangerous and should be avoided and we contacted the tour company with our concern. They told us that they had never had a problem, and we were SO GLAD that we decided to visit. First, this Favela is special. Michael Jackson filmed a portion of his They Don't Care About Us video there and there is tremendous pride in the Favela there in part because they were made famous. Also, we had tour tour guides who are from the Favela who were thoughtful, informative and warm. Visitors should know that the local tour guides in the Favela are paid by the tour company and that a portion of our tour fee is also paid to the Favela, so there is an incentive for the tour there to be safe. We'd strongly recommend the tour, including the Favela, to anyone - especially if they're lucky enough to get Juliana as their guide!
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It could be chilly up the hill as...
SAU WAH C
, Feb 2018
It could be chilly up the hill as the visit to the Corcovado Mountain was at the end of the tour towards sunset. Recommend to bring something warm to wear.
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My guide was very kind and friendly! I...
Maggie V
, Nov 2017
My guide was very kind and friendly! I was given plenty of recommendations for the city.
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A great full day tour with Juliana...
Jamie W
, Nov 2017
A great full day tour with Juliana who was a first class guide around Rio. We would thoroughly recommend this - the walk around Santa Marta Favela was particularly interesting where the addition of a local guide from the Favela gave even more insight into living in the Favela’s.
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This was a great tour. Our tour...
Mark F
, Nov 2017
This was a great tour. Our tour guide Juliana was very knowledgeable and has the perfect personality for this type of work. I would highly recommend this tour. You see many of the highlights of Rio and some out of the way places too. It was interesting to see the beauty of Santa Teresa and also the grittiness of the Santa Marta Favela. The views from the Christ the Redeemer statue are not to be missed!
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The tour was very interesting...
lawn8k
, Nov 2017
The tour was very interesting, especially the Santa Marta Favela. We always like to see the real city and not just the tourist areas. It was a pleasure the spend the day with our guide Gui who was attentive and informative. Be aware that there is a lot of walking and steep, uneven stairs to maneuver.

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