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Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city that is tucked between the densely-forested mountains and the white sand beaches. "The Marvelous City" is a highlight for a Brazil tour and a great destination all year-around for a vacation in Brazil. Visit the mountaintops of Corcovado and Sugarloaf, two of Rio's iconic peaks, and stroll the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. We provide private Rio de Janeiro tours that can be customized to your travel styles and preferences to make this a special trip to Brazil. Plan enough free time to enjoy the music, culture, cuisine, nightlife, and festivals that make Rio de Janeiro such a special place.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Rio de Janeiro
Day 2 : Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado
Day 3 : Sugarloaf Mountain
Day 4 : Fly to your next destination!

Highlights

  • Visit Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain
  • Enjoy marvelous views of Rio de Janeiro from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Tour Rio de Janeiro's city center and famous cathedrals

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Relaxed

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Day 1 Arrive in Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in Rio de Janeiro and transfer to your hotel in the famous Copacabana neighborhood. A short stroll takes you to Copacabana's iconic beach. The day is free to explore the beachfront plazas.

Day 2 Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado

Meet your guide at the hotel for a half-day visit to Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attraction – the 125 foot statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado Mountain that stands over Rio de Janeiro. Begin the ascent of the mountain in a cogwheel train through the lush Tijuca Forest, a national park and the world's largest urban forest. Arrive to the base of the statue where you can truly appreciate the size of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The views from the observation platforms are spectacular and provide insight of how the city of Rio has grown around and up the seemingly inhospitable natural rock features along the coast. Rio spreads out below you, revealing Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema Beaches, the famous Maracana Stadium, and the luxurious Botafoga Bay. It is impossible to ignore the favelas, Rio's hillside communities.

Return by train and explore the coast with your guide as you drive along Sao Conrado, Ipanema & Copacabana Beaches. Your afternoon is free to relax on the beach, shop in Copacabana's boutiques, or enjoy caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, at a beachfront cafe. Additional activities such as boat or helicopter tours, a visit to a favela, samba lessons, or a trip to the coastal hotspot of Buzios can be arranged.

Day 3 Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain got its name from Portuguese sailors who felt the granite monolith's resembled a traditional block of sugar. Today's tour gives a different perspective of Rio, as you and your guide take a cable car that climbs to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. From the peak, the entire cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), coastline, and Atlantic Ocean spread out below you. Descend by cable car and do a driving tour of Rio de Janeiro's city center to see the famous Sambadrome, the Teatro Municipal, and the modern-styled Cathedral. Please note that this half-day excursion can be arranged on any day and is a good option in the evenings to enjoy the sunset over Copacabana Beach. The remainder of your day is free to relax, take in the sights of Rio's beaches, or choose an optional excursion during this custom Brazil tour.

Day 4 Fly to your next destination!

  • 1 Breakfast
Take a morning stroll on the beach or a swim. Transfer to the airport for a flight to your next destination. Contact us to extend your trip to nearby Ilha Grande, Buzios, or Paraty.

Rio de Janeiro - Hotels

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$595

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Included

  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Hotel
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.

Excluded

  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $120 Meals not Included
  • $60 Optional Excursions
  • $160 Brazil Visa
    • Brazil visa must be obtained prior to travel
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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