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Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

1. Rio de Janeiro: Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide

Take an opportunity to catch a glimpse of life in the favelas on this guided tour. Your guide is a local from Santa Marta, who will be able to share you with you an authentic perspective of the beautiful favela they call home. Using the Santa Marta cable car, your guide will take you to the top of the favela. From here you will get to witness one of the best panoramic views of the city. Spot Christ the Redeemer, the Sugar Loaf, Praia de Botafogo, Lagoa Rodrigues de Freitas and the entire district of Botafogo. Then explore the streets and alleys held dear by both residents and the many famous visitors to Favela Santa Marta alike, from Queen Elizabeth II to Michael Jackson. Stroll through the favela, seeing the best sights and stopping at many of the local artisan shops along the way.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

2. Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

Choose from 3 different itineraries to best fit your time in Rio and your preferences. Explore some of the city's highlights on a small-group bike tour with an expert guide and learn about the historical background of the city. • 3-Hour Urban Tour: Praia Vermelha, Botafogo & Lagoa Visit several of Rio's famous sites and some of its traditional neighborhoods on this tour that focuses on the southern part of the city. Start at Copacabana beach to experience where locals spend a large part of their social life. From there, bike to Sugarloaf Mountain to view its imposing vastness up-close, and make a stop at nearby Vermelha Beach, a tiny oasis of quietness. Next, pedal to the lively neighborhood of Botafogo to get a glimpse of the back lanes of Rio. This stretch of the bike tour will give you a closer look at how real Cariocas live when they’re not on the beach. Finally, head to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, and admire its surrounding green hillsides and fancy neighborhoods. • 4-Hour Panoramic Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Park & Old Rio Get a panoramic perspective of Rio on this tour that goes from Copacabana to the shores of the Bay of Guanabara, Lapa, and Rio’s historical center. Making use of the new cycle paths, bike through the lively backstreets of iconic neighborhood Copacabana to Botafogo. There, pass by Rio’s “celebrity” cemetery, São João Batista, the resting place of several Brazilian presidents, writers, singers, actors, and renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. Pedal on to the Bay of Guanabara along the beach of Flamengo, the site of the first European settlement after the discovery of the city. Continue to the historical center of Rio, with stops at Cinelândia and the bohemian neighborhood Lapa, well-known for its nightlife and the Selarón steps, 250 steps covered in more than 2000 tiles from different countries. On the way back, cycle along the paths that wind through Flamengo Park, designed by famous Brazilian landscaper, Burle Marx. The last stretch of the tour will pass along Copacabana beach. 7-Hour Ultimate Tour: Urban Tour + Panoramic Tour + Lunch Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro in just one day. As well as exploring the popular South Zone, famous for the iconic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, pedal through less well-known but equally fascinating neighborhoods such as Botafogo and Urca. After taking these in, head to the old city center where you’ll stop in the Bohemian quarter of Lapa. Take a step back to Rio's colonial past at the historic Cinelândia Square, and visit Jorge Selarón’s psychedelically decorated staircase to see how art can be truly public in this city. Savor a typical Brazilian lunch — included in the tour — at a local restaurant. The last stretch of the cycle tour passes by the beautiful lake, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, surrounded by hills clad with lush Atlantic rainforest. Last, soak up lots of great views of Rio’s most famous landmarks, the Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer.

Rio: Olympic Boulevard, AquaRio and Museum of Tomorrow Tour

3. Rio: Olympic Boulevard, AquaRio and Museum of Tomorrow Tour

Take an insightful excursion through Olympic Boulevard, the city's port area that houses the newest of Rio's attractions. Enjoy an informative commentary from your guide and visit the modern Museum of Tomorrow, as well as the AquaRio aquarium, depending on the option you choose. Take advantage of a hotel transfer and head out on your exciting Rio adventure. Visit the Museum of Tomorrow, a technological applied science museum dedicated to exploring and questioning all the possibilities for building the future of the planet and the human race. Take photos of the unusual architecture before walking in to explore the exhibits. Afterward, make a stop at the Kobra Mural, one of the largest graffiti murals in the world, created by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Observe five ethnic groups depicted realistically before a colorful background. If you book the AquaRio option, you'll have the chance to visit the largest marine aquarium in South America. See more than 5,000 animals from 350 different species from around the world in 28 saltwater tanks. Get up close and even interact with an immense variety of fish, rays, sharks, and corals.

Rio: Private Highlights Tour with Christ the Redeemer

4. Rio: Private Highlights Tour with Christ the Redeemer

Discover Rio de Janeiro's main attractions such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf mountain, and the Selaron steps on a private full-day tour. Learn about the history of Rio and its curiosities. Enjoy the best tour schedule, avoiding traffic and lines. Get the best Rio has to offer with a unique local experience. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, the Selaron steps, Dona Mart, XV Square, the royal cathedral, and the king's palace. The best time for these experiences is earlier when there are fewer lines and the venues are not busy. Rest easy knowing your guide has made restaurant reservations at the best places in town. Enjoy local fare at your own expense and soak up all of the magic of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio: Bike Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Beach, and Downtown

5. Rio: Bike Tour: Botafogo, Flamengo Beach, and Downtown

Experience Rio like a local on a guided bike tour. Pass by beaches, parks, top attractions, and the downtown area. Peddle around the city’s network of bicycle lanes at a relaxed pace with guide who stops regularly to share insights on the city. Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace hotel and get fitted with your high-quality bicycle and helmet. Make your way to the neighborhood of Botafogo, passing by red beach. Stop at the beachfront to sip on cold coconut water while gazing at Sugarloaf Mountain. Ride along Flamengo beach that contains the massive Brigadier Eduardo Gomes Park. Continue to the City Center to view skyscrapers and elegant squares. Learn about Rio's culture and history as the guide answers any questions you may have. View the Modern architecture of the Metropolitan Cathedral before heading to Lapa, the epicenter of the city's bohemian scene. End your tour at Cinelândia, the main square in Rio which is surrounded by important buildings such as the Municipal Theater and the National Library.

Rio de Janeiro: Highlights Tour by Helicopter

6. Rio de Janeiro: Highlights Tour by Helicopter

Take off from one of the most important tourist spots in Rio de Janeiro, with a VIP room, comfort and a beautiful view of Botafogo Bay and Christ the Redeemer. With a specialized team and modern aircraft. Embark on this unmissable experience and fly over the incredible city of Rio de Janeiro in a helicopter. Admire the city's sights on a 7 or 10-minute flight and be enchanted by panoramic views of the beaches, Christ the Redeemer and the Sugarloaf. Experience this with Helisight!

Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

7. Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

Start your private Rio de Janeiro adventure with a drive along the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Go to Corcovado Station and ride to the base of the Christ the Redeemer statue by train. Relax on the 20-minute ride through the Tijuca Forest, and get a preview of the wonderful landscape that awaits you. Upon arrival at the top of Corcovado, get a meet and greet at the main monument of Brazil and marvel at the 710-meter statue of Christ with his arms outstretched. Enjoy unparalleled views of the city and surrounding countryside from Rio de Janeiro's most strategic viewpoint. Follow your guide as they point out Guanabara Bay, the city of Niteroi and other highlights, such as the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, the Botanical Garden, the Jockey Club and the Tijuca National Park. Look further towards Copacabana, Botafogo, Flamengo and the famous Sugar Loaf mountain. Descend Corcovado and continue your tour with an external view of the Maracanã Stadium, Mario Filho (which staged two World Cups and one Olympic Games). Visit the Sambódromo, the famous parade ares of Rio's carnival. Enter the Metropolitan Cathedral to observe its impressive and unusual architecture. Go to the brightly-colored Selarón Steps in Lapa, one of the most visited landmarks in Rio de Janeiro. Take time to lunch at a restaurant of your choice (not included). Head to the Urca neighborhood to ride the cable car to the top of the mountain in 2 stages. Board the cable car to Urca Mount, 224 meters above sea level, and then continue to the top of Sugar Loaf mountain, 395 meters above sea level. Here, you will be rewarded with the most beautiful panoramic views of the city before you return via the beaches of Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana en route to your hotel drop off.

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What people are saying about Botafogo

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 538 reviews

Thiago, Pedro, and Julianna were brilliant guides; informative, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The experience was amazing, such friendly people and an interesting sense of community, a completely different outlook than the perception we have from movies etc. Would definitely recommend, a Rio highlight!

the guide was amazing, he gave me a lot of information about your favela the region and the history of the place it was very entertaining and I didn't see the time thank you.

Even in the pouring rain it was a fantastic tour/experience. Pedro was a brilliant tour guide would highly recommend.

Pedro was the best tour guide. He made the tour very informative. I wish all tour guides were as good.

Great tour, very friendly and knowledgeable guide!