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Bairro Cosme Velho Tours

The Cosme Velho neighborhood is best known as the jumping-off point to ascend Corcovado Mountain to Christ the Redeemer. Most visitors to Rio will set foot in this small, historic area on their way to the city’s most iconic attraction, but it’s worth it to explore beyond that. From shady plazas overgrown with jungle to colonial architecture, Cosme Velho offers a taste of Rio’s old-time charm. The neighborhood’s principal street, Rua Cosme Velho, snakes up into the hilly area and to ‘Estação de Ferro do Corcovado,’ where visitors catch the funicular to the Christ Statue. Beyond the station, the neighborhood becomes mostly residential and continues way up the hill into the rain forest.

While in Cosme Velho, before or after seeing the Christ, allot some time to roam the winding, leafy avenues with quaint shops, or grab something to eat in one of the many open-air cafes. Just across the street and a few yards up from the funicular station lies Boticário Square (Largo do Boticário). This plaza of early 19th-century Portuguese buildings has fallen into disrepair, but the brightly colored colonial structures set among the rain forest scenery retain the square’s original charm. Art-lovers can head to the International Museum of Naïf Art just down the road from the station, where they’ll find a small colonial-era building housing an impressive collection of 6,000 paintings from 120 different countries, which focus on struggle and marginalized populations.

Practical Info

Cosme Velho is located in Rio’s South Zone, west of the Laranjeiras and Flamengo neighborhoods. It is accessible from Ipanema and Leblon on bus 570 and from Ipanema and Copacabana from bus 583.

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Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 571 Reviews

Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day comprehensive tour of Rio's most ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.00
Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour, Rio de Janeiro, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 266 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour to Corcovado Mountain topped with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. You'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $44.00
6-Hour Rio Highlights Private Tour With Pickup and Drop-off, Rio de Janeiro, Half-day Tours
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6-Hour Rio Highlights Private Tour With Pickup and Drop-off

Take a 6-hour, private tour to the main highlights of Rio with a private local guide. Ideal for those who have limited time in Rio, see Christ the Redeemer ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.67
Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off, Rio de Janeiro, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Full-Day Custom Private Tour of Rio With Pickup and Drop-Off

8-hour fully customized tour of Rio with a private local guide. Have private transportation at your disposal to take you to all the sites you want to see in ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
CHRIST PLUS FARMER'S MARKET AND SELARON'S STAIRCASE, Rio de Janeiro, Custom Private Tours
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CHRIST PLUS FARMER'S MARKET AND SELARON'S STAIRCASE

Covers Rio’s main highlight, Selaron's Staircase, and a visit to a Farmer's Market in just a few hours, but no rush. The tour is conducted at your pace;  ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.67
6 hours Private Tour - Christ - Botanic Garden - Waterfall Shower, Rio de Janeiro, Market Tours
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6 hours Private Tour - Christ - Botanic Garden - Waterfall Shower

Covers Rio’s main highlight, a shower at a waterfall in Tijuca National Park and the Botanical Garden in just a few hours. The tour is conducted at your ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.67
Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show, Rio de ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Super Saver: Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Ginga Tropical Show

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Combine a full-day tour of Rio de Janeiro’s top attractions with an evening of samba at the Ginga Tropical Show! This is the ultimate day out in Rio — enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $264.00
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour, Rio de ... 
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Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue Half-Day Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 21 Reviews

Take an afternoon tour to Corcovado Mountain topped with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. You'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train to ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 9

Rio de Janeiro Shore Excursion: Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.00
Rio de Janeiro in Two Days: City Sightseeing, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer, Rio de ... 
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Rio de Janeiro in Two Days: City Sightseeing, Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer

If your time in Rio is short, make the most of it with this 2-day tour that checks off the big-ticket items: Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain ...  Read more

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $374.00

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