Rio de Janeiro, AKA "Cidade Maravilhosa", which means "marvelous city", is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, and famous beaches like Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. Some of the most famous landmarks in addition to the beaches include the statue of the 38m tall (125ft) Christ Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car, and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums which hosts memorable soccer matches for Rio’s major teams.
On this private customizable tour, accompanied with a knowledgeable local guide, you can head to whichever neighborhoods, beaches or city landmarks you’d like to see and make an experience you will never forget.
Choosing the best itinerary might be a hard task, so here are a few suggestions to make it easier for you:
- Christ Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain
The Christ Redeemer Statue, located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. You will get a private roundtrip to reach the Cosme Velho Train cog station at the bottom of Corcovado Mountain to take the ride up to the top, through the dense Tijuca rain forest. Up there, you will face the 38m tall (125ft) Christ Redeemer Statue and behold the outstanding views of Rio and the surrounding countryside.
You will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located: Sugar Loaf. You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car. First one is the Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain.
After that, at 395 meters we’ll enjoy splendid views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói.
- Guanabara Bay with Santa Teresa and Selarón Steps by foot and Arcos da Lapa
Explore the views of Guanabara Bay, the largest bay in the world; Walk through Santa Teresa's streets to see the Selarón Steps, the Ruins Park, the bars and the cobbled hills; View the famous Arcos da Lapa, the traditional bohemian neighborhood
- Botanical Garden and Lage Park with Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Visit the Botanical Garden, a unique park due its the variety of species, then go to Lage Park, a gorgeous park at the foot of the Corcovado; and check out Rio's postcard, rent a bike or paddle boat to enjoy it.
- Sugar Loaf with Rio's beaches best landscapes
Enjoy a view of Rio de Janeiro from the ground before riding cable cars up Sugar Loaf Mountain and behold Rio's famous beaches from Vermelha Beach, Arpoador, Fort Copacabana and Fort Duque de Caxias
- Maracanã Stadium with Quinta da Boa Vista and São Cristovão Fair
Take a tour inside one of the world's largest football stadium; visit Quinta da Boa Vista, a public park of great historical importance in the city, which hosts the National Museum and the Zoological Garden, with the biggest birds zoo of Latin America; and take a walk through a traditional brazilian northeastern fair, where you will see handicrafts, musicians and variety of foods made by locals.