Full Day City Tour: Christ Redeemer, Sugarloaf, Selaron Staircase, Maracanã

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

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Is this your first time in Rio? So this is the best choice for you to explore all the main "Carioca" wonders.

During 8 hours, you will see the world-known "Christ the Redeemer,". We start early and get the views before the masses arrive. We will pass through the Tijuca Forest, the biggest rain forest inside a city in the world. Then straight to the Sugar Loaf, where you'll have an absolutely stunning view not only of the city of Rio de Janeiro but also Niterói and the Guanabara Bay.

We can have lunch in Ipanema, where you'll have a variety of options. You fancy a light lunch with a salad or we can go for an "all you can eat" Brazilian BBQ restaurant. In the afternoon, we will follow a less high-paced schedule. We will visit the Maracanã stadium, the stage of the 1950 and 2014 World Cups. Followed by the steps of Selaron, with colorful tiles from around the globe, the Sambadrome, where our carnival magic happens every year, and we always include a few extra's... .

What's Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

Professional guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What's Not Included

Corcovado train + Christ the Redeemer entrance ticket - around US$ 15

Entrance tickets to the local attractions.

Sugarloaf mountain - around US$ 25

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 5 - 99

Additional Info

  • Child rates apply provided they have ID and do not occupy a seat
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Child rates apply provided they have ID and do not occupy a seat
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

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

Ipanema Beach
Ipanema beach is bordered by Arpoador Beach on one end and Leblon Beach on the other end. This beach is considered one of the main centers of activity for the city of Rio. One of the most expensive places to live, the neighborhood is full of wealthy residents.

• Admission Ticket Free

Copacabana Beach
Is one of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in the world. The atmosphere is very vibrant and the people are colorful and fun loving.After the pick-up we will start the tour from Copacabana Beach.

• Admission Ticket Free

Guanabara Palace
The palace was built around 1853 for a merchant named Machado Coelho in neoclassical style. It was acquired by the imperial government in 1865 in favor of the recently married Princess Isabella and the Count of Eu; On this occasion, the architect José Maria Jacinto Rebelo underwent some transformations to the building. He also planted a hundred palm trees to give more solemnity to the access road. In 1889, the building was confiscated by the Republican government and subjected to a new restoration in 1908 under the direction of Francisco Marcellino de Souza Aguiar and landscape architect Paul Villon, in an eclectic style. After various uses, the palace belongs since 1960 to the government of the state of Rio.

• Admission Ticket Free

Parque Nacional da Tijuca
The Tijuca Forest or Floresta da Tijuca is a tropical rainforest in the city of Rio de Janeiro which is 3.5% of the city of Rio de Janeiro, around 11 times Central Park in NY. The tour will reach Tijuca Forest with a stop at Paineiras to board the official vehicles of the National Park Authority to be able to reach the top of the Corcovado Hill where The Christ The Redeemer Statue is located.

• Admission Ticket Free

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
From the top of Corcovado Hill you will be able to admire The Christ of the Redeemer statue, which has 38m or 125 feet in height and was made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles, and also will have a chance to see some of the most beautiful views of the city.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Mirante Dona Marta
Only in case of poor visibility on the summit of the Corcovado, we will make an alternative stop at Mirante Dona Marta which offers one of the most incredible views of the city, guaranteeing the title of one of the most visited tourist attractions in Rio de Janeiro.

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Morro da Urca
This hill, 220 meters or 722 feet high, has at its peak the first stop of the cable car towards the Sugar Loaf. From the top of Morro da Urca you have spectacular views of various points of the city, such as the beaches of Botafogo, Flamengo, Corcovado with a statue of Cristo Redentor, Guanabara Bay, Rio's downtown, Santos Dumont Airport, Governador Island, Niterói, Rio-Niterói Bridge and, in the background, the Serra do Mar and the Dedo de Deus peak.

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain, 396 meters or 1300 feet above sea level. From up there, you will have a chance to see the most breathtaking views of Rio de Janeiro and will definitely understand why everyone says that Rio is “The wonderful city”

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

After lunch, the tour starts with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium (outside only) where we will have a quick stop for pictures at the Bellini’s statue, a famous captain who led Brazil’s soccer team to win the World Soccer Cup in 1958.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sambodromo da Marques de Sapucai
After seeing Maracanã Stadium we will head to the Sambadrome, get ready to see where the magic happens every year. You'll see where the biggest carnival parade happens, try on some typical costumes and even try to dance some samba, Rio's main dance and musical style.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sao Bento Monastery
Following we will then visit the São Bento Monastery. A place of monastic simplicity that is one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in Brazil where there is a surprising contrast between the austere, purposefully simple appearance of the exterior and the richness of the interior highlighting gilded Baroque engravings with plants motifs. See for yourself the exuberant Rococo style in the engraving on the high altar, followed by a view of the dome and the Chapel of the Santíssimo Sacramento.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
As we continue through the city, we will see the Lapa Arches, Lavradio street and Avenida Chile. There we will visit the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a major landmark in this Brazilian city and a masterpiece of modern art. With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. You will notice that acoustics are great in there!

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Carioca Aqueduct
The Carioca Aqueduct is located in the center of the city, in Lapa neighborhood, and is frequently called Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches) by Brazilian people. Since the end of the 19th century the aqueduct serves as a bridge for a popular tram that connects the city center with the Santa Teresa neighborhood uphill, the Santa Teresa streetcar.

• Admission Ticket Free

Escadaria Selaron
Next we will visit the Escadaria Selarón or Selaron staircase, a colorful tiled stairway, work of a self-taught Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Having traveled the world, Selarón moved to Rio in 1983, in a tiny house just in front of the desolate stairway connecting the areas of Lapa and Santa Teresa. 215 steps that he entirely covered with tiles collected in urban areas of Rio or donated by visitors from all around the world. Since 1990, Selarón has laid over 2000 tiles, He choose green, yellow and blue as main colors like the Brazilian flag: unique pieces representing a “tribute to the Brazilian people”.

It has starred in many music videos such as "Beautiful" by Snoop Dog and Pharrel Williams in 2002.

25 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Monica was a great tour leader
L_S, 03-01-2023
Monica did a great job. She picked us up at our designated meeting spot, she took us to all of the places and gave a great explanation. She arranged a place for us to eat lunch which was very unique. And finally, she took a group photo of us and sent it to all of us.
Must do this tour!!!
magana2019, 31-12-2019
This tour was fantastic! About 14 people on a very nice bus. Our guide was Kiko and he was very knowledgeable and spoke brilliant English and Portunol. He gave us a lot of history and was very funny. Everything was timely. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
Amazing tour guide
donnatrevor, 23-12-2019
Gisela met us at the cruise port, she was accompanied by a very polite and courteous driver in a very comfortable executive car.
We had a fabulous day touring with her. She was very intuitive to our needs and curiosity about Rio. She was very knowledgable and good fun. She managed to make us understand what life was like in Rio.
We also did a second day with Gisela who then safely returned us to Rio’s airport.
I can highly recommend Gisela and if you are also interested in Jewish Rio, as we were, she incorporates that too in her tour .
I shall certainly be recommending Gisela to my friends in London. In fact my two days in Rio were the best part of my two week holiday, thanks to Gisela!
Great tour but felt out of place
Anna_S, 13-03-2019
The tour was awesome. The problem was that the cathedral, which was part of the tour, was closed. I have to mention that we were the only participants who had to personally get tickets for the Christ Redeemer entrance while the rest of the group were purchased by the tour guide which made us feel out of place.
Amazing Guide Vincent
B5643OEjustinm, 26-11-2018
Although I found the tour a little pricey for not having certain entrance fees included, the tour guide Vincent made up for it. Him being a native Brazilian with a very good understanding of how the country's history has shaped the country the way it is today, everyone felt like he was very informational. Some topics in the history we discussed were deep but it is exactly what I like to learn from a native tour guide. The tour guide was also very animated and inclusive to everyone on the trip. We also arrived so early to Christ the Redeemer that I was so shocked by the small amount of people that were there. Definitely would recommend this tour to get a good gist of Brazils history and politics.

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