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Ride a cable car to Morro de Urca and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Image: Diogo Obadia

Sugar Loaf City Tour and Cable Car

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Enjoy a view of Rio de Janeiro from the ground before riding cable cars up Sugar Loaf Mountain

Highlights

  • Take a panoramic city tour from downtown Rio de Janeiro
  • Stop at the Metropolitan Cathedral for photo opportunites and a brief history
  • Ride a cable car to Urca Hill and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Enjoy splendid views to the Guanabara Bay and surrounding areas, beaches of Rio and Niteroi, Santa Cruz fortress and more
  • GPS-Triggered commentary in Portuguese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.
  • Interesting look on the History of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil itself, from its discovery all the way to modern days.

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip Transfer to Most Hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana (South Zone), and some in Barra da Tijuca
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Cable Car Ticket
  • Live audio guide – available in 9 different languages

Exclusions

  • Food and Beverage
  • Optional Gratuities

Please Note

  • The specific departure time for this tour will be determined upon reconfirmation.
  • Keep in mind that if you want to avoid picking other passenger, just ask us to be picked up from the last departure point on the tour.
  • Pay attention to the location of the hotel you are staying at. There are pick ups in hotels in the South Zone of the city and Barra da Tijuca. They are distinct zones with different prices. If you are staying in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana, please select the option South Zone hotels. If you are staying in Barra da Tijuca, please select the option Barra hotels.
  • If you are staying at Tropical Barra or Royallty Barra Hotels, you must go to the meeting point at Rio Tur Kiosk.
  • If you are staying at Ibis Barra or Mercure Barra Hotels, you must go to the meeting point at Barra Grill Barbecue House
  • In Carnival, between Friday and Tuesday, there is the possibility of City Tour being reduced or excluded from the itinerary due to traffic issues and streets closed over the city.

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Dec 16 2016
Muy bueno el tour y la guia
Aug 30 2016
The guide was nice, but he contributed very little in terms of perspective or information. This supposedly was to be done throughout the headsets, but we found this method inadequate. The narrative was quite general and did not follow the tour and tell us what we were seeing and the context behind it. A guided tour on the headset would have greatly improved the tour.
Feb 19 2016
Great tour and guide. Very happy with gray line. We went on to use themin Iceland too and again very happy!
Feb 16 2016
The tour of the city was cancelled due to Carnival. All we got was a bus trip to Sugar Loaf and back to the hotel. Surely that was known at the time of booking soPrice should have been reduced. Very disappointing.
Reply From Sarah:
Thanks so much for leaving your feedback and we are sorry to hear your tour was negatively impacted due to Carnival. We will follow-up via email to help make this right.
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itinerary

ITINERARY

In the morning, while we move along the beaches of the South Zone of Rio to collect guests, you will hear about the interesting background of the neighborhoods of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, discovering many things along the way, such as the origin of their names as well as learning a handful of the stories that happened in their streets. You will get a chance to learn about the writing of the Girl from Ipanema, learn the best spot to catch the sunset and the about the fashionable life of the Guinle family, back when they used to own the Copacabana Palace.

After collecting all guests, the group will make its way Downtown, passing through the charming Botafogo’s shore where you will have the first glimpse of Sugar Loaf and hear about the fights between the French and the Portuguese back when Rio was nothing but wild.

Then you will pass through the historic Laranjeiras neighborhood, which hosts the Guanabara Palace, the ancient home of Princess Isabel, who signed the Golden law (Lei Áurea) in 1888 to set the slaves free. You’ll have a chance to hear of the time when Brazil was already an independent country, but still, ruled by Portuguese emperors.

After crossing the Santa Barbara tunnel, you will do a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, hearing all about the culture of Samba in Rio, while passing next to the Sambodrome and learning about the city’s early and later history before stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral. At the Cathedral you will have some time to admire its unconventional pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters.

After a brief visit to the Cathedral, you will get back to the bus and get perspectives of the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater. After crossing the historical Rio Branco Avenue, Via the Aterro do Flamengo, where you will hear about Brazil’s part in the Second World War as well as reliving the final battles between the Portuguese and the French, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf.

There, in addition to hearing about the origin of the Sugar Loaf’s name and its movie showcase in the 1979 007’s Moonraker, you will catch some of the best views on the city. You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo and Botafogo beaches, Santos Dummont Airport, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Urca’s neighborhood and Corcovado Mountain. At Urca hill you will visit the first cable cars used at 1912, made by Germans, and the second ones, from 1972, made by Italians.

From this stage, a second cable car takes you up to the top. When you get there, you will understand why Rio is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. At 395 meters you’ll enjoy breath taking views from Copacabana beach, several beaches of Niterói and the Santa Cruz fortress, which was during the colonial times and Brazilian Empire the main defensive structure of Guanabara Bay and the Port of Rio de Janeiro.

Explore Urca and Sugar Loaf hills for about 45 minutes before getting back to the bus. You can catch up great views of the charming city, see the native rainforest and take your best photo shots ever. You will see all the modern and natural beauties during this tour while thinking of the rich history you’ve just learned about Rio. Back on the bus, just relax and take a moment to behold Rio’s scenery while you let everything you experienced sink in, on your way back to your hotel. The smile upon your face is simply the consequence of a pleasurable morning tour you will never forget!

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Pickup & Starting Points

Please see detailed pickup and starting point information when you complete your booking.