Alternative Viewpoints 4 Hours Private Tour

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This tour you take you to 4 off the beaten path viewpoints in Rio and give you a real perspective of the city. You’ll be able to see the best view in town staying away from the crowds that flock to the main attractions.

Perfect for those who love landscapes but don’t want to stand in lines at the main attractions.

I’ve carefully selected the top 4 admission free vantage points in Rio.

Parque do Penhasco
Chinese Pagoda
Mirante Dona Marta
Parque das Ruinas

Tour includes pickup and drop-off from your accommodation in Rio, cruise port or airport.

What's Included

All attractions visited on this tour are free of charge.

Fuel surcharge

Local guide

Tolls and parking fees

Transportation in a private car

What's Not Included

Meals or drinks (if any)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 120

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • All tours are private and conducted in air conditioned vehicle.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Luis Darin Private Tour Guide In Rio
Your will start with a visit to Parque do Penhasco in Leblon.
Places we will drive by on the way to the first attraction will depend on your hotel location.
Tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle driven by your tour guide.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Morro Dois Irmaos
At the foot of a gigantic seaside mountain in the end of Leblon Beach, Parque do Penhasco offers the best perspective of Leblon and Ipanema beaches.

From over here the mountains lush vegetation can be seen in contrast with the busy intersections of the city.

Upon taking some pictures and enjoying this viewpoint we will procced to the Chinese Pagoda inside Tijuca National Park.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mirante Do Leblon
Nice vantage viewpoint at the end of Leblon Beach.

• Admission Ticket Free

Leblon Beach
Depending on your hotel location we'll pass by this very nice beach in the most expensive neighborhood in South America.

• Admission Ticket Free

Ipanema Beach
Simply put, the most beautiful beach, with the most beautiful people, in the south side of Rio. Don´t miss the opportunity to see Tom Jobim´s statue and take great shots of the beach and Dois Irmãos´hill.

• Admission Ticket Free

Arpoador beach
A large rock at the end of Ipanema Beach considered one of the best spots in Rio to observe the sunset during the summer.

• Admission Ticket Free

Forte de Copacabana
The Fort seats at the tip of the Copacabana Beach and offers some of the best views in of Copacabana.

• Admission Ticket Free

Copacabana Beach
This worldwide famous beach is also the area where most hotels are located in Rio.

• Admission Ticket Free

Avenida Atlantica
The seaside avenue in Copacabana is the most famous beach area in Rio.

• Admission Ticket Free

Praia do Leme
At the very end of Copacabana Beach Leme Beach is the best place for a picture of Copacabana.

• Admission Ticket Free

A less busy beach located at the very far end of Copacabana.

• Admission Ticket Free

Forte Duque de Caxias
This fort, located at the very end of Copacabana Beach, is a well-kept secret.

The fort was built in 1776 as a lookout to spot incoming ships. To reach the summit of the 183m (600-ft.) hill we’ll walk for 20 minutes on an 800 meters cobblestone road that crosses the natural preserve area kept by the Brazilian Army.

Several species of the Brazilian fauna live in the area. It is not uncommon to spot mamorset monkeys, tropical birds and lizards on the way up.

Once we reach the summit, a series of spectacular views will be discovered. From the hill top we’ll have a vantage point of view of the entire extension of Copacabana Beach, Corcovado Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain and the entrance of Guanabara Bay.

• Admission Ticket Free

Mirante do Leme
Most definitively the best spot to take a picture of Copacabana Beach.

• Admission Ticket Free

Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
One of the nicest areas in Rio this tidal lagoon connects with the sea and it is surrounded by a bike lane.

• Admission Ticket Free

Botanical Garden
The garden was created in 1808 by order of the Portuguese prince Dom João VI as a temporary site for acclimatizing exotic plant species from all over the world broth there by the Portuguese. During the walk we will also be able to see the majestic imperial palm trees and the orchid and Bromeliad greenhouses.
Rio’s Botanic Garden is also one of the best spots to observe the city wildlife, such as capuchin and marmosets monkeys, toucans, red throated guan and several other animal species.

• Admission Ticket Free

Floresta da Tijuca
Tijuca Forest is the largest reforested urban forest in the world. The forest takes 10% of the city area and houses the Tijuca National Park.

• Admission Ticket Free

Vista Chinesa
Erected to celebrate 100 years of Chinese immigration to Brazil, the pagoda is surrounded by tropical forest and offers a spectacular sight of the South part of the city.

We will reach the monument by driving up 15 minutes on a winding asphalt road through Tijuca National Park and pass a couple of waterfalls on the way.

It is not unusual to observe Capuchin and Marmoset monkeys over here.

After the Chinese Pagoda we’ll drive to Dona Marta viewpoint for yet another breathtaking view of Rio.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Cosme Velho
Drive through this neighborhood that was once the home for most embassies in Brazil when Rio was the country capital.

• Admission Ticket Free

Mirante Dona Marta
Mirante Dona Marta offers one of the most incredible views of the city. From there you'll have a panoramic view that includes the Christ Monument, Sugarloaf Mountain, Maracana Stadium, Guanabara Bay and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
Dona Marta is also the best spot to take the perfect picture of the Christ monument.
After leaving Dona Marta we'll drive to Parque das Ruinas in Santa Teresa district.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Santa Teresa
This picturesque and well preserved colonial style area born in the mid-1800s is now an artsy neighborhood full of bars, cafés and good restaurants that offer a myriad food options including the best Acai and cheese bread in Rio.

The place offers great photo opportunities with its painted murals, street art, cobblestone streets and a variety of souvenirs shops, including the only one in Rio listed on Lonely Planet for having only items made by local artists.

• Admission Ticket Free

Largo dos Guimaraes
Central part of Santa Teresa District.

• Admission Ticket Free

Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas
Located in Santa Teresa and former home to a preeminent female art supporter, Parque das Ruínas is now a cultural center in the most authentic and picturesque district of Rio.

Out last stop on this tour is a lookout on the rooftop of this cultural center. The breathtaking view of downtown, Guanabara Bay Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains is well worth the effort of climbing up the three flights of stairs.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Carioca Aqueduct
Also known as Arcos da Lapa the aqueduct used to supply the city with water from the rivers born at Tijuca Forest. Now it is used as a passageway for the tram that connects Downtown Rio and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.

• Admission Ticket Free

Aterro Do Flamengo
A very large park area crossed by an expressway.

• Admission Ticket Free


Excellent way to spend a day in Rio!
583clara, 26-10-2022
After spending the day with Luis in Rio, I am not surprised at all by the many 5 star reviews he has. Myself, my partner and my parents had a fantastic time. Luis gave us a 100% personalized day in Rio starting off with the farmer's market, feeding the monkeys in the botanical gardens, followed by a gorgeous authentic lunch and then seeing the steps of Lapa. His knowledge of Rio was immense and love of the city was infectious.

Would highly recommend Luis!

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