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Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Get a comprehensive whirlwind tour of Rio's downtown in just a few hours. With your guide, learn about the city's culture and history through visits to landmarks such as the The São Bento Monastery, the Sambadromo, Maracanã Stadium, and others. Round-trip transportation from Zona Sul hotels included.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of downtown Rio
  • See the landmarks and highlights in a short time period
  • Small group ensures personalized attention from your guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at your Zona Sul hotel
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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Traveler pickup is offered
If your hotel is not in the list, please contact us so we will help you finding the nearest pick-up point

Be ready for pickup at your hotel in Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon. Climb into a comfortable tour vehicle and depart for your whirlwind tour of downtown Rio. 

See Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadromo, then head down the Avenida Presidente Vargas to see the Central Railway Station, Duque de Caxias Palace, and Itamaraty Palace. Get views of Campo de Santana, Tiradentes Square, and Avenida Chile. Take in the impressive modern architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral before stopping in Lapa to see the neighborhood's famous arches. 

Check out the Escadaria Selarón and the São Bento Monastery, then cruise down Aterro do Flamengo, home to the Church of the Outeiro da Glória, the Monument to the Fallen in World War II, and the Museum of Modern Art. 

End your tour with drop-off back at your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sao Bento Monastery
The Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat, more commonly known as the Mosteiro de São Bento (Monastery of St. Benedict), is a Benedictine abbey located in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The abbey was founded by Benedictine monks who came from the state of Bahia in 1590. It is still operational today, along with the Colégio de São Bento (St. Benedict College) nearby. The façade was part of the original Mannerist project and featured a centralized edifice with three archways at the entrance, as well as a triangular gable. Two towers crowned by pyramidal spires flanked the entryway. After passing through the entrance archway, the building houses a tiled porch and iron gates from the nineteenth century.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. Acoustics are "heavenly" here!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Maracana
The Maracanã Stadium, was inaugurated in 1950 to host the World Cup. It is the largest stadium in Brazil, with capacity for more than 78 thousand fans. The "Maraca", as it is also called, besides the games of the national champions, is the Brazilian and of other great international competitions, is the stage of the great musical spectacles.We will not go inside it and will make a quick stop outside, at Bellini's statue, for pictures visit.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Forte Duque de Caxias
Fort Copacabana is a military base at the south end of the beach that defines the district of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. The base is open to the public and contains the Museu Histórico do Exército (Army Historical Museum) and a coastal defense fort that is the actual Fort Copacabana.
Pass By:  
Carioca Aqueduct
The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the centre of the city, in the Lapa neighbourhood, and is frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) by Brazilian people. Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city centre with the Santa Teresa neighbourhood uphill, the Santa Teresa Tramway.
Stop At:  
Escadaria Selaron
Escadaria Selarón, also known as the 'Selaron Steps', is a set of world-famous steps in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are the work of Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as "my tribute to the Brazilian people. In 1990, Selarón began renovating dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. It started out as a side-project to his main passion, painting, but soon became an obsession. He found he was constantly out of money, so Selarón sold paintings to fund his work. It was long and exhausting work but he continued on and eventually covered the entire set of steps in tiles, ceramics and mirrors.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Botafogo Beach
Botafogo is a beachfront neighbourhood. It is a mostly upper middle class and small commerce community, and is located between the hills of Mundo Novo, Dona Marta (which separates it from Laranjeiras) and São João (which separates it from Copacabana). The word Botafogo also refers to a Latin American ballroom dance move, named so because the area of Botafogo is where it originated.
Pass By:  
Flamengo Beach
Flamengo is located between Catete and Botafogo districts on the edge of Guanabara Bay. The beachfront area is dominated by the Brigadier Eduardo Gomes Park, also known as Aterro do Flamengo, built on nearly 300 acres (1.2 km²) of land reclaimed from the bay and completed in 1965. The park features gardens designed by well-known Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.
Stop At:  
Rua do Lavradio
Lavradio street is a famous place in Lapa district because it has several antique shops, bars and restaurants that attract people all the time. On the first weekend of each month there is a street fair that concentrates national and foreign tourists and locals who know of the local fame. The bars occupy the streets with small tables and several stalls market everything, which gives a respectable agglomeration
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking
  • Children up to 5 years old with ID and on the lap will be free
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Carioca Tropical Tour Operator

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 policy on face masks and attendee health during Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rio de Janeiro Downtown Tour.

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  • "If you want to see the other many attractions Rio has to offer, this is a great way to see them in 3 hours." See review

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Excellent Tour
mhaskell
, Jan 2020
Our tour guide was Vincent Thomas (a freelance tour guide for Carioca Tropical Tours). He was excellent. It turned out that we were the only two people on the tour. His English was very good and understandable and he took a personal interest in making this tour memorable.
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GREAT WAY TO SEE RIO DE JANEIRO
Eddie R
, Oct 2018
If you want to see the other many attractions Rio has to offer, this is a great way to see them in 3 hours. Did not stop at all the attractions like the Maracana Stadium and the Arches but did stop at most of the places like the Rio de Janeiro Cathedral, The Sambadrome and the Escadaria Selaron Steps. Can be very busy with the traffic and to get round these places in 3 hours was excellent. Would of liked to of spent more time at the Steps but with the limited time and busy traffic i would recommend this tour to see Downtown Rio in one afternoon.
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I chose this tour thinking that it...
Mari B
, Jan 2018
I chose this tour thinking that it would orient me to the city on my first day there. It was pretty good for that. Our guide was quite good, both personable and knowledgeable about the city. I had a good time but some of the sights on the tour just aren't much fun. For example, the Sambadrome must be great fun when there are events going on, but it isn't very interesting when it is empty. Our guide realized the same was true of the Maracana stadium so she gave us the option of walking in another area instead, by the port area, which was a great choice. My favorite point on the tour was the Selaron steps, which I revisited later.
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