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Overview

Visit Corcovado Mountain, the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa on this full-day guided sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro. Get to see some of the many faces of Rio and learn what life is like for some of the city's residents. Walk through Santa Teresa, one of Rio's oldest neighborhoods, enjoy sprawling views of Rio and the Christ the Redeemer statue from the top of Corcovado. This small-group tour, led by a knowledgeable local guide, is limited to twelve participants.
  • Get to know the best, most famous spots in the city on a full on, full day Rio tour
  • Discover the unique and the charming Bohemian district of Santa Teresa
  • Check out the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the new seven wonders of the modern world
  • Treat yourself to some of the most amazing views Rio has to offer, including dreamy Guanabara Bay
  • Taste unique flavors as you eat and drink your way through the famous Copacabana beach area

Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only remaining one in Rio) or bus for the ride to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits.

This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Check out the views of the sprawling city of Rio from this vantage point, once home to the city's elite and now a haven for artists. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways.

Walk down the hill, stopping at the Selarón Staircase, the Chácara do Céu Museum and Ruins Park and the Carmelitas' Convent. Jump on the subway and ride back towards Copacabana for lunch (own expense).

After lunch, take Tijuca National Park transport from Copacabana, Paineiras or Largo do Machado Station to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Stand at the base of the 98-foot (28-meter) Christ the Redeemer Statue and enjoy sweeping views out over the city of Rio. Built in the 1930s, this statue is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 

 

Return by bus to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, where your tour ends. 

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G
, Aug 2018

We had a great trip of Rio with guide Ivan of Urban Adventures.It was a private tour based on the use of public transportation: metro, tram and minibuses.Ivan is very knowledgeable and friendly. Throughout the tour he made an effort to convey to us his deep love to his city. This was particularly obvious in fascinating suburb Santa Teresa where he grew up.The tour started at 9 in the morning and lasted till 6 pm and was a pleasure from the beginning till the end.I have no hesitation to recommend it to everyone who wants a deeper inside into this fascinating city

e
, Jul 2018

This was the best tour I took while in Rio. It was a lot of walking but it worth it. You get the full experience of being immersed in the local culture.

W
, Jun 2018

This tour was good, however, it was a very long day, and because you are catching public transport, it is very busy and squashy on the subway, there is a lot of walking and standing which can be uncomfortable. Our guide, Julieanna was great and very knowledgeable, it was just us on the tour, so it was very intimate.

M
, Mar 2018

Everything about this tour was spot on perfect. Juliana, our guide, was knowledgeable, fun and warm. We had a group of 12, including two young kids, and she related well to everyone. Although the tour was publicized as one using public transportation, we had our own van and driver given that the group was maximum size. Three cheers to the tour company for that because it made it much easier for Juliana to keep all of us in check.

There was so much to see on this tour and it was hard to come up with a highlight. A special word about the Favela, however. We were warned by our cruise ship that the Favelas were dangerous and should be avoided and we contacted the tour company with our concern. They told us that they had never had a problem, and we were SO GLAD that we decided to visit. First, this Favela is special. Michael Jackson filmed a portion of his They Don't Care About Us video there and there is tremendous pride in the Favela there in part because they were made famous. Also, we had tour tour guides who are from the Favela who were thoughtful, informative and warm. Visitors should know that the local tour guides in the Favela are paid by the tour company and that a portion of our tour fee is also paid to the Favela, so there is an incentive for the tour there to be safe. We'd strongly recommend the tour, including the Favela, to anyone - especially if they're lucky enough to get Juliana as their guide!

S
, Feb 2018

It could be chilly up the hill as the visit to the Corcovado Mountain was at the end of the tour towards sunset. Recommend to bring something warm to wear.

T
, Jan 2018

Fantastic tour

M
, Nov 2017

My guide was very kind and friendly! I was given plenty of recommendations for the city.

J
, Nov 2017

A great full day tour with Juliana who was a first class guide around Rio. We would thoroughly recommend this - the walk around Santa Marta Favela was particularly interesting where the addition of a local guide from the Favela gave even more insight into living in the Favela’s.

M
, Nov 2017

This was a great tour. Our tour guide Juliana was very knowledgeable and has the perfect personality for this type of work. I would highly recommend this tour. You see many of the highlights of Rio and some out of the way places too. It was interesting to see the beauty of Santa Teresa and also the grittiness of the Santa Marta Favela. The views from the Christ the Redeemer statue are not to be missed!

l
, Nov 2017

The tour was very interesting, especially the Santa Marta Favela. We always like to see the real city and not just the tourist areas. It was a pleasure the spend the day with our guide Gui who was attentive and informative. Be aware that there is a lot of walking and steep, uneven stairs to maneuver.


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