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Ride the gondola to Sugarloaf Mountain on your Brazil tour

Rio and Sugarloaf Mountain

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Day 1 : Rio de Janeiro City and Sugarloaf Mountain

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Ride the gondola to Sugarloaf Mountain on your Brazil tour

Day 1 Rio de Janeiro City and Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain got its name from Portuguese sailors who felt the granite monolith's resembled a traditional block of sugar. Today's Rio de Janeiro tour gives a different perspective of the city, and you and your guide will take the cable cars 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 anyday 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 for an optional excursion during this custom Brazil tour.
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  • ½ Day Private Guide Service


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

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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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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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