Full-Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugar Loaf and Downtown

From: $85.00

What makes this tour unique?

Get an overview of Rio’s most important sights during this comprehensive full day tour. With a local guide, travel through the Tijuca Forest, stopping at Paineiras for views on the way up to Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer Statue. Ascend to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and then visit Ipanema area where you can eat lunch at one of the city’s best steakhouses or a light sandwich before visits downtown Rio to see Maracanã Stadium, the Lapa Arches and the Metropolitan Cathedral and much more.

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What to expect:

This sightseeing tour in Rio will take you to the main attractions in Rio de Janeiro. After a pick-up from selected hotels, you’ll head to Corcovado Hill to see Brazil’s greatest national icon – the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro.
On the way, you’ll see Copacabana beach, pass in front of Botafogo Soccer Club, see the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, take a look at the Guanabara Palace, the official residence of the State’s Governor, see the Fluminense Soccer, and view the São Judas Tadeu Church.

Next, go through the Tijuca Forest, which is 3.5% of the city of Rio de Janeiro and the biggest urban forest in the world, then stop at Paineiras to board the vehicles of the National Park Authority. The visit to the monument lasts around 45 minutes.

Be prepared to take the famous cable car and be mesmerized on the way up to Urca Hill, your first stop. You will see the city from a different and incredible point of view. After that, you will take the cable car again to Sugar Loaf Hill where you’ll have 30 minutes to enjoy the jaw-dropping view. After, you will be driven to General Osório Square in Ipanema for a lunch break.

After lunch, you’ll be driven around Maracanã Stadium taking a quick stop at the Bellini statue in front of the main entrance. On the way to the Sambadrome, get ready to see where the magic happens every year. You’ll see where the biggest carnival parade happens, try on some typical costumes and even try to dance some samba, Rio’s main dance and musical style. Your next stop is the St. Benedict Monastery, which was the first one to be built in the city, and it’s baroque-style church is covered in carved wood gold-leafed sculptures. Moving forward to the next visiting point, be able to see a completely different and modern church, the opposite of the classical St. Benedict: the Metropolitan Cathedral. At the end of this wonderful day, finish your visit at Selarón staircase, which is located in Lapa, Rio’s bohemian heart. This special staircase was covered in colorful tiles from all around the globe by the Chilean artist Selarón, and it has starred in many music videos such as “Beautiful” by Snoop Dog and Pharrel Williams in 2002.

Remark: In case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado, we make an alternative stop at Mirante Dona Marta (362m), generally less affected by cloudiness

Visits or stops: Tijuca Forest – Paineiras Touristic Center – Christ Statue – Urca Hill – Sugar Loaf  Mountain – Ipanema area – Bellini Monument – Maracanã outside – Sambodromo – Metropolitan Cathedral – São Bento Monastery – Selaron Staircase

Additional information

About this activity:

Hotel pick up in a range of hotels in Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana

Informative, friendly and professional bilingual guide

Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day

Small-group tour by Deluxe van transportation

Duration:

8 hours

Departs:

Pick-ups between 7am and 7:30am

Tour departs from selected hotels along the shore of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana.

If your hotel is outside the pickup area contact us to know the best pick up location and time.

Returns:

Drop-offs at the original departure point

Tour Cost Includes

Professional guide

Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs (selected hotels only)

Transported by an air-conditioned minivan

Tour Cost Excludes

Entrances fees* – Estimated local cash needed for tickets: USD 40 = BRL 140.00 per person.

Our guide will assist you with your purchase.

* Entrance fees will be paid directly at the attractions.

All major credit cards are accepted in both attractions.

Attraction prices are subject to changes without prior notice.

Discount at the Sugar Loaf tickets for: Children, juveniles, students and seniors above 60 years old and people with disabilities.

To guarantee your discount you must present an identification document with photo and date of birth on paper.

No electronic documents will be accepted.

Good to know before you go:

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Adult pricing applies to all travelers older than 6 years

Infants with ID (0-5 on the lap) are free of charges

Tours operated in English and Spanish

Wheelchair accessible, please advice at time of booking to check if possible

Payment Info:

Price: US $85.00 per person

Infant (0-5 years old, sitting on the lap) with ID: Free

Deposit required of US $25.00 per person (non-refundable).

Please pay the remaining amount in cash (American Dollars or equivalent in Brazilian currency, Reais) to your tour guide on the day of your tour.
Online bookings usually need to be made at advance, If you need to book your tour with in 24 hours. Please contact us at: contact@retornosms.com.br

Tour Full Payment

In case you prefer to do the full payment of the tour, please contact us by email contact@retornosms.com.br and we will send an Invoice for payment online, with credit card.

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