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Itinerary

After leaving your hotel we’ll drive towards Cosme Velho neighborhood. On the way we’ll pass Palacio Guanabara and start the day going all the way up to the summit of Corcovado Mountain at 2,100 feet to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

The monument, located inside the Tijuca National Park, is reachable by train or van, and the ride through Tijuca Forest is quite pleasant. Going by van we’ll make a quick stop at the Paineiras Visitors Center and take a shuttle van to reach the monument. The train does not stop at the visitors center. At the monument we’ll enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city.  

After the first highlight, we’ll drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lake to reach Rio’s southern beaches. Starting at Leblon neighborhood, we’ll stop for pictures at Mirante do Leblon, or at Parque do Penhasco Dois Irmaos. After the pictures, we’ll drive along Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches and, at the end of the famous Avenida Atlantica, we’ll stop at Leme Beach for some more pictures.

From there we’ll go to the second most visited attraction in Rio. Sugarloaf is a monolithic solid granite block over 1,200 feet above sea level, located at the very entrance of Guanabara Bay in Rio. The access to the monument is at Urca neighborhood. The monument can be reached by taking 2 cable cars straight to the summit of Sugarloaf, or by a combination of hiking trail and cable car.

The cable car station at Urca is at the foot of Morro da Babilonia, and the Swiss-made cable car will take us first to Morro da Urca, and then we’ll take another cable car to reach the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

If you’re a hiker and rather access the monument by hiking trail, we’ll start out ascent from Claudio Coutinho Trail at the left hand side of Praia Vermelha. The hiking trail will take us to Morro da Urca, from where we’ll take a cable car to reach Sugarloaf Mountain. 

The views are spectacular during the entire trip. Once you reach the summit of Sugarloaf, we’ll enjoy Rio’s skyline from a different perspective.

Tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle driven by your tour guide.

Locations visited
Tijuca National Park
Sugarloaf Mountain
Copacabana Beach
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Overview
Discover the main tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro on this private guided tour. Start at the summit of Corcovado Mountain to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Then, head to Rio’s southern beaches, followed by a cable car ride up Sugar Loaf Mountain. This tour can be conducted at your own pace and adapted to your interests.
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  • Ideal for those with limited time in Rio or first-time visitors to the city
  • Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle with your guide
  • Entrance fees to all attractions are included
  • Pickup and drop-off from accommodations, port, or airport is provided
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile
Luís is wonderful and great in crisis management

We are so glad to have Luís to be our tour guide. He is very knowledgable explained very well in all the sites we been to. We were hit by an unexpected traffic jam in Rio, and he knows the route in Rio so we’ll...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018
Fantastic Tour Guide for Rio

We only had the one day in Rio before our cruise and are so glad we were able to book a private tour with Luis. After getting us quickly up to the Christ the Redeemer Statue he suggested an alternative view of Rio than Corvocado...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 8 February 2018
Best tour guide in Rio for daily trip.

My wife and I, we had one day in Rio and we took the 6-hour Rio Highlights Private Tour with pickup and drop-off with Luis Darin. He was perfectly on time to meet us at the GIG airport in the morning and drop off at...More

Thank aaydinel
Reviewed 25 January 2018
Fabulous Tour of Rio De Janerio

Luis met us promptly at our Hotel on Copacabana Beach and he took us on a fantastic tour of Rio all the sights that we wanted to see. He took us to a local street market and showed us fruit and vegetables ( that we...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 January 2018
Wonderful Day

Luis Darin did a wonderful job giving us the highlights of Rio. We were able to see things we could have never done on our own. He arrived on time and was very knowledgeable about the history of Rio. He took us everywhere we wanted...More

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