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Praia Vermelha: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

1. 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: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

2. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

Be picked up early in the morning to head to the most incredible landmark in Rio de Janeiro: The Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Hill. Start at Copacabana Beach and pass Botafogo Beach and the Palácio Guanabara, the official residence of the State Governor. See the old mansion houses of the coffee barons in the Laranjeiras and Cosme Velho districts. Arrive at Tijuca Forest and board the vehicles of the National Park Authority at Paineiras. Then, go to the top of the Hill to see the Christ the Redeemer statue and be amazed by the magnificent landscape. If you wish to visit Sugar Loaf, continue along Botafogo Beach to reach Praia Vermelha. Then, board the cable car to ride up Sugarloaf Mountain for a 30-minute stop to enjoy the views and its natural beauty. You can also choose to be dropped off at the same pickup point and enjoy the rest of your day. Upgrade your visit to include a downtown city tour and visit all of the well-known landmarks in Rio de Janeiro in a full day sightseeing tour.

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

3. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Beach Tour with Beer

Explore the top sights of Rio de Janeiro with a different take. Ride by speedboat and learn the story of the city as you pass by different spots. Make visits to places of your choosing like Copacabana Beach, the Cagarras Islands, and many more. Begin the tour at Urca pier by boarding your speedboat. Listen to your captain as you ride and hear a brief story about this wonderful city. Pass by all the major sights and make stops as you please. Find yourself at São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, just to name a few. See the underwater world, with diving stops made for you to enjoy even more.

Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Sunset Tour with Beer

4. Rio de Janeiro: Speedboat Sunset Tour with Beer

The speedboat tour starts at the Urca pier, where the boarding takes place. From there, the captain of the speedboat will begin to tell a brief story as he passes through each tourist spot in the city. Among the places to be visited are: São João Fort, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Red Beach, Copacabana Beach, Arpoador, Cagarras Islands, Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, among others. Diving stops will be made for you to enjoy even more. The entire itinerary lasts 3 hours and the disembark will be done on the same pier as the boarding.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

5. Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

Admire the beautiful beaches, coastline, and main sights on a 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-hour journey around Rio de Janeiro's coast aboard a speedboat that features coolers, a Bluetooth stereo, a barbecue, and a bathroom. Relax and enjoy drinks as you admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Urca, and Ilha da Laje. Stop for a swim and lunch onboard in Adão and Eva Beach on the coast of Niterói or at Vermelha Beach in Urca. Choose and bring your own food for the boat trip, and let your Portuguese-speaking sailor cook it for you on the grill while you bask in the sunshine.

Rio de Janeiro: Skip-The-Line Sugarloaf & Private City Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Skip-The-Line Sugarloaf & Private City Tour

Your half-day private tour begins in the city of Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll visit the Selaron Stairway, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the historical downtown area. Afterward, you’ll head to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Experience spectacular views of the city, sky, the sea, and the surrounding area from Sugar Loaf, the mountain that is made up of pure rock and partly covered with Atlantic rainforest. It never disappoints visitors that decide to make their way to the top. Going up Sugar Loaf is nearly obligatory for those who visit the Marvelous City. From the top, it is possible to see not only Rio de Janeiro with its beaches and historical sites, but Niterói, across Guanabara Bay as well. Travel to the top of Sugar Loaf by cable car. We'll have Fast Pass Tickets, which means no lines to embark on the 4 stations. There are 2 stops on the way up. The first is Morro da Urca, a bit more than 500 meters from the starting point, where you’ll find a restaurant and can enjoy panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. After this, there are only 750 meters left to reach the second stop, at the summit of Sugar Loaf. There are various stories about the origin of the name of the mountain, known as Pão de Açúcar in Portuguese. According to legend, during the peak of the sugar cultivation, the Portuguese put the sugar in clay cones to be exported to Europe. The farms were called sugar loafs, and the mountain had a similar shape to the cones. ATTENTION The tickets for Sugar Loaf are not included. After booking, we’ll send you a link to buy the tickets on the official Sugar Loaf website. The Fast Pass tickets cost around 45 US Dollars per person.

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What people are saying about Praia Vermelha

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Our tour was great! The pick up from our hotel was a little delayed, but I called as we were waiting and they gave us a new ETA, which was accurate and it was no big deal overall to me or my group. Once we were picked up, we began driving toward the Christ statue. On the way, Victoria was great about pointing out key building or facts about the buildings or areas we were passing by. She was very knowledgeable about the city as a whole and we really enjoyed hearing commentary on what we were driving past on the way to the main attractions. She even recommended dinner spots for us that we ended up trying and loving! It was definitely a great bang for our buck and we really enjoyed the entire day!

Amazing guide Sergio and driving flavio! Amazing view even with a little rain. Guide Sergio deserves 5+ stars, great at explaining and showing the history of Brazil. Absolutely booking with them next time. Not a bad thing to say

Excellent tour. Our guide Sergio was very informative and funny. we saw a lot in an efficient manner. Highly recomendable

Top notch tour! Everything was smooth and enjoyable. Guide was well informed and knowledgeable.

Very nice trip, beautiful views and a good captain.