Private and customized City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

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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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See Rio's most important sights during this 8-hour tour with an experienced local guide. You will purchase tickets for Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer at the entrance.
• Take the cable car from Urca to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for spectacular views of Rio's landscapes.
• Drive through the Tijuca Forest to the Paineiras Visitors Center, then ride to the top of Corcovado. See Christ the Redeemer and more spectacular views of the city and Guanabara Bay.
• Visit the historic Parque Lage and Botanical Gardens at the foot of Corcovado Mountain.
• Enjoy Brazilian cuisine for lunch.
• Spend a while in the famous bohemian Lapa neighborhood where you will see the iconic Selaron Staircase and the Arches of Lapa, an 18th century aqueduct.
• Walk down the Olympic Boulevard, passing the largest street art mural in the world painted by Eduardo Kobra, and visit Maua Square, which offers beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, Rio's Museum of Art, the Museum of Tomorrow, and other points of interest.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

local licensed guide

Parking Fees

pick up and drop off

What's Not Included

Alcoholic Beverages



tickets of attractions

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. Rising 396 m (1,299 ft) above the harbor, its name is said to refer to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. It is known worldwide for its cableway and panoramic views of the city and beyond

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by French sculptor Paul Landowski and built by Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with French engineer Albert Caquot. Romanian sculptor Gheorghe Leonida fashioned the face. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30 metres (98 ft) high, excluding its 8-metre (26 ft) pedestal. The arms stretch 28 metres (92 ft) wide.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Parque Lage
Originating from an old sugar mil, the park makes part of the historic memory of the city. In 1957, it was tumbled by the “Instituto do PatrimônioHistórico e ArtísticoNacional” (IPHAN) like as historical and cultural heritage of the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Projected in 1840 by the the English landscaper John Tyndale, the wonderful garden with Romantic and European style share the attention with the native forest of Mata Atlântica. Also highlight imperial palm tree, the rivers and artificial island, a part from caves spread over the park and the inlaid aquarium on the walls with a lot of fishes. So wanted by families, especially on the weekends, Parque Laje have a good structure good structure for the amusement of children with toys and a large outdoor area. Picnic is very common the park.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Escadaria Selaron
The staircase, which is between Rua Joaquim Silva, in Lapa, and Rua Pinto Martins, in the Santa Teresa neighborhood, is just five minutes from Arcos da Lapa. A work by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, the staircase brings together several tiles from various parts of Brazil and the world. All colorful, it was the scene of U2 and Snoop Dogg clips, in addition to being a place chosen by locals and thousands of city visitors for photographs.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Boulevard Olimpico
The Port Region experienced its peak and decline in just over a century. From a fishing village to the main port in the country, the area was also the gateway and home for the slaves, giving the region the nickname “Little Africa”, the number of blacks who lived there being such a big one. From 2010, with the beginning of the works of the Porto Maravilha project, which revitalizes the urban area while preserving the history of this region, several historical points were rediscovered.

From Jardins do Valongo to Cais da Imperatriz, through modern projects such as the Museum of Art of Rio and the new Museum of Tomorrow, the project developed the tourist and economic potential of the region, forming a legacy for future generations. In this context, we selected some points of tourist interest in the Port Region of Rio de Janeiro, forming a great historical and cultural itinerary of this important region of the city.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mirante Dona Marta
The Mirante Dona Marta literally translates to ‘lookout,’ and visitors to the site will get just that — an incredible view of some of Rio de Janeiro’s best sights, often without the crowds. Standing there one can see the long stretches of lush forest and white sand beach below, and even take in the famous sights of the Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain.

The area functions as a helipad and observation point, with panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Copacabana. At 1,200 feet (364 meters) high, it provides excellent sunrise and sunset vistas and photo opportunities of the natural surroundings and the city below. Many who know Rio well cite it as their favorite viewpoint.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Rocinha is a favela located in the South Zone of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It stands out for being the largest favela in the country.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Rampa Pedra Bonita
The Pedra Bonita ramp is located within the Tijuca National Park area.
Good option to visit.

• Admission Ticket Free

Parque Nacional da Tijuca
Located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, with access through the North, South, and West Zones, Tijuca National Park (Parna Tijuca or PNT) protects the largest man-replanted urban forest in the world, spanning 3,953 ha of Atlantic Forest. It is the most visited National Park in Brazil, receiving more than three million visitors per year, including Brazilians and foreigners of all ages.

• Admission Ticket Free

Cachoeira do Mendanha
Want a great place to cool off in Rio de Janeiro besides the beaches? Know that there are many waterfalls in the city and some are not so well known. This is the case of Serra do Mendanha Waterfall.

• Admission Ticket Free

Ponte Rio–Niteroi
Presidente Costa e Silva Bridge, popularly known as the Rio – Niterói Bridge, is a bridge that crosses Guanabara Bay in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It connects the municipalities of Rio de Janeiro and Niterói. Its name is in honor of Arthur da Costa e Silva, president during the military regime in Brazil (1964–1985) who gave the order for the construction of the structure.

• Admission Ticket Free

Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi
The Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) is a museum of Brazilian contemporary art located in the city of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The work was inaugurated on September 2, 1996. Designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, MAC became one of Niterói's postcards. It is mainly intended for works belonging to Brazilian contemporary art from the 1950s until today. The museum has a collection of 1,217 works from the João Sattamini Collection. A collection assembled since the 1950s by collector João Sattamini, constituting the second largest collection of contemporary art in Brazil.

• Admission Ticket Free

Forte de Copacabana
Copacabana Fort is located at the tip of Copacabana, at the end of the beach and neighborhood of the same name, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

• Admission Ticket Free

Forte Duque de Caxias
Fort Duque de Caxias, formerly known as Vigia Fort, Espia Fort and Leme Fort, is located in the Leme district of Rio de Janeiro.

• Admission Ticket Free

Pedra do Telegrafo
The Telegraph Stone Trail is one of the most sought-after trails in Rio de Janeiro and is located in the Pedra Branca State Park.

• Admission Ticket Free

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil - CCBB Rio de Janeiro
The CCBB is a cultural center that consists of exhibition rooms, three theaters, a library, cinema, and a video room. It is housed in an art deco-style building located in what used to be the financial district of Rio de Janeiro.

• Admission Ticket Free

Jerusalem Cultural Center
The cultural center jerusalem is a site that houses the first-century jerusalem model d. C. An incredible place for anyone who wants to learn about the history of Israel and Jewish culture.

• Admission Ticket Free

Centro Cultural Municipal Parque das Ruinas
Ruins Park is a place full of stories to tell. The place was a house that served as a meeting point during Brazilian modernism, with incredible appearances such as Tarsila do Amaral and Villa Lobos. The ruins blend with a restoration architecture with glass and metal, making the place even more peculiar.

• Admission Ticket Free

The Rio de Janeiro Municipal Market - CADEG occupies an area of 100,000 m². With 706 stores and rooms, it has several segments of commerce and services with national and imported products, such as cod, cereals, vegetables, fresh fruits, pulp, dairy, beverages, disposables and decoration, standing out as a market reference. wholesaler for food professionals since its inception. In addition, it is known as the largest flower distributor in the state, selling an average of half a million flowers per month. In 2018, CADEG was listed as a Public Official Heritage of Rio de Janeiro.

• Admission Ticket Free

Copacabana Beach
Famous for its crescent-shaped beach, Copacabana is one of Rio's liveliest neighborhoods. It attracts locals and tourists for uninterrupted activities on its sands and boardwalk. Among the skyscrapers overlooking the beach are the Art Deco-style Copacabana Palace hotel and the lush Copacabana Fort, which houses a military museum. Farther into the neighborhood, laid-back cafes and casual bars fill the quiet streets.

• Admission Ticket Free

Cidade das Artes
The imposing and modern architectural project of the French Christian Portzamparc, with its concrete sails hoisted between the sea and the mountains of the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade das Artes Bibi Ferreira has become a point of reference in the city for its innovative design and for bringing a region lacking in spaces for quality artistic performances a cultural center that offers, among other facilities, one of the best equipped concert halls in South America.

50 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included


We Had A Great Time!!!
Chowfun123, 10-01-2023
Excellent customer service with Ciao. Our flight into Rio was delayed and he and the team were very flexible with rescheduling our dates and times. I highly recommend this tour operator for their professionalism, communication skills, and fantastic customer service.

Our tour guide Alejandro spoke English well. We were delighted that he was able to show us everything we wanted to see in a tight time frame. His knowledge and insight into all things Brazil was deep. A huge bonus was his relationships with the staff at Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf. He helped expedite our waiting time to minutes vs hours. It's good to have an experienced guide with strong connections!!
Great tour for sightseeing and pictures!
PR1017, 02-01-2023
We booked this tour to see the most popular attractions in Rio and Caio was really good at ensuring a smooth travel and itinerary. He knew all best spots for scenic views of the city and really impressed us with his photography skills. This is an ideal tour if you're interested in going to the top attractions and getting really great pictures.
Excellent way to see Rio!!
msmaris1010, 26-12-2022
My family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children aged 16, 14 and 10) did a private Rio City Tour with Caio on Christmas Day. What a way to spend Christmas! Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend this tour. Caio is not only an excellent tour guide but also an excellent photographer, and knows all the places to get the prime shots! We were taken to all the big ticket spots of Rio: Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Selaron Staircase, Mural das Etnias and a favella. We were taken to spots that there is no way we would ever have found on our own. Caio has the local knowledge with all the best tips and tricks and photo stops. Caio even managed to get us to Christ the Redeemer before anyone else so that we could get AMAZING photos (yes it required some running but totally worth it!). Thank you Caio - absolutely fantastic way to see Rio.
Incredible experience
james s, 22-12-2022
INCREDIBLE!!!! I just want to say that I have traveled the world and went on many excursions and I want to say that this guide by far was the best I’ve ever had…Caio was by far amazing…he took us lots more places then we discussed…he basically spent his whole day with us and showed us way more than ever expected…I was telling him my girl is in the police force and and we got to talk to many different law enforcement and military people and get pictures…he took our phone and took a million pictures and videos….I can’t explain how amazing our day was…he spoke very good English and knew the ways around town and had lots of connections…he kept sending us things to do…he took us on a motorcycle ride that was beyond this world!…he always made sure we were having fun!…I can’t explain how amazing he really was!!!!JUST SIMPLY AN AMAZING GUY…he always went out of his way to make sure he could fit us in!!!
Sunset hike to Telegraph Stone and Fun City Tour
kellyapple12017, 17-12-2022
I hired Caoi to take me on a city tour of spots I wanted to see that were both scenic and of course popular. I had used his services for a sunrise hike earlier that day which was amazing though I felt like I wouldn't survive the hike. (no fault of Caoi, moreso my ability to climb strep hills).

However, Caoi did keep me alive. The running joke was don't die today Kelly. He pushed me to keep going when I didn't think I could make it. At the end was the beautiful Telegraph Stone where we took some fun pics hanging off the rock and seeing the sunrise.

We started hiking around 4 or 430, which was about an hour away from my hotel so my pickup was like 245 am. Rough! lol.

It's worth it to do the sunrise hike because not only do you see.great coloring but you beat the lines which I heard can be lengthy and hot in the sun.

I hired a photographer that was there for 100 brazillian real and he took some great shots with orange glow behind me.

Fast forward I met with Caoi again to do my personalized city tour. He sent me links to some spots and I told him what I liked. We hopped around the city and took photos with beautiful scenery. At the end he dropped me off at a great steakhouse and I had dinner with a man I met at sugarloaf.

It was a great day! he was fun and helpful and would recommend to anyone who likes a straight shooter like myself.

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