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6-Hour Rio Highlights Private Tour With Pickup and Drop-off

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    What to Expect
    After leaving your hotel we’ll drive towards Cosme Velho neighborhood. On the way we’ll pass Palacio Guanabara and start the day going all the way up to the summit of Corcovado Mountain at 2,100 feet to visit the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

    The monument, located inside the Tijuca National Park, is reachable by train or van, and the ride through Tijuca Forest is quite pleasant. Going by van we’ll make a quick stop at the Paineiras Visitors Center and take a shuttle van to reach the monument. The train does not stop at the visitors center. At the monument we’ll enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city.  

    After the first highlight, we’ll drive along Rodrigo de Freitas Lake to reach Rio’s southern beaches. Starting at Leblon neighborhood, we’ll stop for pictures at Mirante do Leblon, or at Parque do Penhasco Dois Irmaos. After the pictures, we’ll drive along Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana Beaches and, at the end of the famous Avenida Atlantica, we’ll stop at Leme Beach for some more pictures.

    From there we’ll go to the second most visited attraction in Rio. Sugarloaf is a monolithic solid granite block over 1,200 feet above sea level, located at the very entrance of Guanabara Bay in Rio. The access to the monument is at Urca neighborhood. The monument can be reached by taking 2 cable cars straight to the summit of Sugarloaf, or by a combination of hiking trail and cable car.

    The cable car station at Urca is at the foot of Morro da Babilonia, and the Swiss-made cable car will take us first to Morro da Urca, and then we’ll take another cable car to reach the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain.

    If you’re a hiker and rather access the monument by hiking trail, we’ll start out ascent from Claudio Coutinho Trail at the left hand side of Praia Vermelha. The hiking trail will take us to Morro da Urca, from where we’ll take a cable car to reach Sugarloaf Mountain. 

    The views are spectacular during the entire trip. Once you reach the summit of Sugarloaf, we’ll enjoy Rio’s skyline from a different perspective.

    Tour is conducted in an air-conditioned vehicle driven by your tour guide.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pickup from your accommodation or the airport
    Departure Time
    Recommended start time to beat the crowds and the long lines is 8am during the low season and 7am during the high season.

    Please advise if you would like an alternative departure time.
    Return Details
    Tour ends with drop-off at your hotel
    • Local guide
    • Transportation by private, air-conditioned car
    • Tolls and parking fees
    • Hotel/port/airport/flat pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    • Meals or drinks (if any)
    • Estimated local cash needed for entrance fees: USD 50 = BRL 160.00 per person
    • Entrance fees will be paid directly at the attractions. All major credit cards are accepted in both attractions.
    • At Sugarloaf the entrance fee is BRL 80.00 and at Corcovado the entrance fee is BRL 76.00. Attraction prices are subject to changes without prior notice
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A maximum of 4 people per booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

    Kudos to our guide, despite of the bad weather we enjoy the day visiting many interesting sites in Río.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Alejandro R
    Reviewed 10 June 2019

    Luis is a phenomenal guide. He is well-read and extremely knowledgeable about Rio and Brazil. He is happy to customize your tour based on your interests - my husband and I were interested in history, architecture and views and we were not disappointed. We started...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank amyandalok
    Reviewed 12 April 2019

    We are experienced American travelers in our 50s seeing Brazil for the first time. We arranged in advance for Luis Darin to give us a private, guided tour for one day in Rio. We had a great experience and highly recommend Luis. Making arrangements with...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Stephanie T
    Reviewed 11 March 2019

    We went to visit lots of sites and especially loved the tour of the botanical garden. Luis knew everything there is to know there. Luis was very kind, polite, and was a great tour guide. We have been all over the world and would definitely...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank solSouthAfrica
    Reviewed 11 March 2019

    We scheduled this tour as our first activity after flying overnight from the US into Rio for New Year’s. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to our trip. Luis was very accommodating. He let us drop our bags off at an AirBnB after...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank John C
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    Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
    That sounds reasonable. Luis was very accommodating and worked with us to find sites and activities that suited our schedule.
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