Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer, on the peak of Corcovado Mountain, in the morning with a local guide. Then hop on the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Bring your camera to capture the panoramic views from the city's high point as the morning light bathes the city. Opt to add a Brazilian barbecue buffet and/or a city tour of Rio's main key landmarks.
Enjoy access to Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue in the morning with an expert guide
Spend time in tranquility atop Corcovado Mountain before crowds rush in
Ride the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain for more amazing photo ops
Upgrade to included a barbecue buffet and/or a Rio city tour
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
This morning tour lets you beat the massive crowds at the Christ the Redeemer statue.
Following pickup at your hotel or the nearest meeting point in Rio, climb aboard a minivan in the morning, meet your guide, and get on the road to Corcovado Mountain. Arrive there in ther morning before most everyone else and have the opportunity to experience this famous landmark in peace and (relative) quiet.
When you reach your destination, lace up your shoes and climb the 220 steps or opt for the easier route by riding the elevator. At the 2,300-foot (700-meter) summit, find yourself in the presence of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Listen as your guide explains the history of the statue, constructed in 1931 from concrete and sandstone and named one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The statue's arm span is 98 feet (30 meter), and it stands 130 feet (39 meters) tall. Spend ample time admiring the statue and taking photos of the panoramic views of Rio.
Then, board a glassed-in cable car to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain, stopping once at a scenic viewpoint. Upon reaching the top of Sugar Loaf at 1,299 feet (396 meters) above sea level, admire the views of Niteroi, Copacabana, and Santa Cruz Fortress.
Descend in the cable car and climb back aboard your vehicle for drop-off.
Upgrade to include a delicious barbecue buffet lunch at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria for a chance to sample the local cuisine. A city tour upgrade is also available to visit the main highlights of Rio de Janeiro. Combine all options for a comprehensive tour of Rio.
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Enjoy the spectacular view from Corcovado to take stunning pictures from the mountain. Then continue the journey to the Sugar Loaf where we will close the day with stunning panoramic views across Rio de Janeiro.
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue is 30 meters tall, not including its 8-metre pedestal, and its arms stretch 28 meters. The statue is located at the peak of the Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city of Rio. The statue has become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, and is listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Sugarloaf Mountain (Portuguese: Pão de Açúcar) is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city.
The mountain is one of several monolithic granite and quartz mountains that rise straight from the water’s edge around Rio de Janeiro. The mountain is protect- ed by the Sugarloaf Mountain and Urca Hill Natural Monument, created in 2006. This became part of a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 2012.
If the option is selected we’ll take you on a panoramic tour of the main spots of the city, such as the outsides of Maracana Stadium, the Sambódromo, the Municipal Cathedral, Selaron stairs, and passing by the famous Arcs of Lapa. Then we will return to the hotel.
Amigo tours has to be the WORST tour operator in Rio. They cancelled the City sightseeing part of our tour, and changed the schedule of the early morning Cocovada experience, without an explanation, apart from some pathetic excuse about the Rio Carnival. When I requested a refund... they say they cannot refund me, but they were operating the tour. PEOPLE Do NOT ever use Amigo Tours... not only inefficient but management is stupid as well.
We are sorry you didn´t enjoy the experience with us. Some of the activities have to be modified o cancelled during carnival season so if you have any refund request please contact your agency. We will be ready to follow up the case.
The tour guide and driver were awesome the company handling this not so much. They changed start time 12 hours before which we rolled with but they refused to offer a refund after we paid extra for early access and then being moved into a regular tour. Additionally, when we contacted them about time change you don’t talk to local operator it’s a center or office in Mexico City. Highly recommend avoiding and booking upon arrival with local company direct. I’ve been Viator user for long time, this has given me pause.
Thank you for your comments. The time change was produced due the carnival season. We are unable to identify your booking from here, for further information please contact your agency.
We went on this tour on Dec 30th, one of the busiest days of the year and yet we were ahead of everybody else. We were finished by 1 pm and everybody felt pretty comfortable with the guide. Thank you so much.
This was a very well-organized tour. We were picked up from the Porto Bay hotel right around 7am as indicated. Our guide for the day was Guilherme, and he was fantastic. He spoke English and Spanish (and even a bit of French), and he kept everything informative, straight to the point, and concise. We arrived at Christ the Redeemer a bit before 8, and our group of 10 was one of the first people to reach the top and enjoy the view. Within minutes the entire place became crowded, so we appreciated being super early. Guilherme even got on the ground to get us some nice photos which was very kind. We had about 45 minutes there and then moved on to the Sugarloaf Mountain. Not nearly as crowded because there are two cable cars to get to the top that regulates how many people get to go up. The view was incredible.It is definitely possible for you to do the two places on your own like other reviewers say. However for my husband and myself, we liked the fact that we were able to hit two must-sees of Rio within 5 hours with minimal planning and queueing.Guilherme, merci beaucoup :)
I dont recommend this tour: firstly you are hardly early at the Christ Redeemer Statue since it takes already 2 hours from 6:30 until they pick up all thepeople from the several hotels with which you are not really earlire than just taking the train at 8:30 a.m. The tour guide was also poor, she hardly spoke English and mixed up with Spanish. At the Christ Redeemer we had to rush and take pictures. You are best by taking a taxi and going by yourself.
What can I say about this adventure. The tour guide was Simon and was amazing, detailed and punctual which allowed us to be the first group at Cristo Rey! Thank you for everything, amazing trio recommend this tour for breathtaking views with limited people
Our tour guide Solomon got us in first and helped us get to spots where he could take photos for us before the crowds and without the cost of the professional shots which were just in front of a backdrop. He had all the inside knowledge and made the trip so much fun. Real value for money.
We were picked up at our hotel at 7 am sharp, loaded on the van and driven through the city at up to the top of Corcovado Mountain. All the while our guide Paulo told us about the historytrue and tall tales of the the sights we were seeing. We arrived at the Christ the Redeemer statue by 8, before all of the crowds and had a good half hour of peace and quiet to get photos and just wander around the statue.
After about an hour, we got back on the van for the 30 minute trip to Pao de Acucar Sugar loaf Mountain. Again Paulo regaled with tall tales and jokes on the ride. He arranged all of the ticket for the park and the cable car to the top. Once at the top, the view of the city below was incredible and we spent a few hours marveling at the sights, taking photos and just walking around the summit. This was a good place to have lunch delicious vegetable and meat stuffed pastries and ice cream and shop for souvenirs. We were back at the hotel by 2 pm, giving us the rest of the day stroll along Copacabana beach. Thank you Paulo for a wonderful tour!
I was expecting a mid-sized coach when I booked my trip for 5 but we got picked up in a 3 row small SUV with no company identification on it. I didn’t particularly feel comfortable, but Santos(guide) and driver (Marcos) were sweet and welcoming. Two of my children were sick from the early morning windy ride and Santos was great in dealing with our getting off to a slow start. Attractions were beautiful must sees and Santos definitely knew the ins and outs and had a few special touches. He was everything you’d want a guide to be. They were a nice pair with whom to spend the day!