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Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

1. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande with Boat Tour and Lunch

Begin your full day tour with a 130 km ride from Rio de Janeiro to Conceição de Jacareí. Once there, onboard your schooner to Ilha Grande. Sit back and enjoy the views of this paradisiacal landscape. Make your first stop at Cataguases Islands. Its calm blue waters are a perfect invitation for a swim. Then, discover the Blue Lagoon and its colorful fish, corals and starfish. This natural pool is perfect for snorkeling and swimming. Visit the Freguesia de Santana, a small beach that houses the first church of Angra dos Reis, built in 1843. Then, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant in Japariz Beach. Later, take a refreshing dip in the sea. After a day in paradise, begin your comfortable return to Rio de Janeiro.

Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

2. Rio: Parque Lage, Botanical Garden and Jockey Club Tour

Join this guided tour to see the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro, Parque Lage, and the Brazilian Jockey Club. Explore rare collections of bromeliads and orchids, as well as other exotic plants. Spot different species of birds that live in the trees of the gardens. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel and drive towards Parque Lage, a charming public park located next to Corcovado Hill. Explore the English-style gardens, forested trails, artificial caves, and the stunning mansion at the center of Parque Lage. The palace has served as a filming location for several movies, soap operas, and music videos. Snap photos in front of the superb swimming pool. Admire the view of Christ the Redeemer in the distance. If time allows, stop for a delicious snack at the Plage Café or visit the palace’s shop for art, design, and fashion pieces. Next, go to the Botanical Garden, one of the best-preserved green areas in the city. Explore Rio de Janeiro’s biodiversity. Visit attractions such as the Jardim Sensorial-Sensorial Garden, Lago com a Vitória-Régia, and Lago das Tartarugas. Walk by the bicentennial imperial palm trees while going towards the orchidary. Finally, head to the Jockey Club Brasileiro or Hipódromo da Gávea and discover the largest racetrack for horse racing in all of Brazil. The Jockey Club is open to the public and offers the possibility to watch horse races for free. If there’s time, try your luck by playing a bet and feel the excitement of attending a live horse race. The optional activities depend on the race schedule which varies daily. Then, board your transportation back to your hotel.

Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

3. Rio de Janeiro 1-Hour Samba Lesson

Want to Samba but have no dance experience? Learn basic Samba moves that you can use in all types of dance in a 1 hour dance crash course! This Samba lesson in Rio is a fun and entertaining time, and lets you experience the true culture of Rio. The student chooses the kind of dance – Samba no pé (solo Samba), or Samba de Gafiera (partner Samba) – that he or she wants to learn, and participates in one or more private lessons of the chosen style. The private Samba lessons are divided into about 90% practical and 10% theoretical. The Samba Lesson is lots of fun and you'll find yourself dancing away after the first class. The teacher will explain how this type of dance fits into Brazil’s cultural history as well as Rio’s current night life. Enjoy a 60-minute dance crash course, and you'll be sure to feel the energy of Samba. After that, you'll be able to go out and practice your new moves in the city's bustling dance clubs.

From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

4. From Rio: Vale do Amor Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

After boarding the jeep in Rio de Janeiro, drive for 2 hours to reach Vale do Amor, located in the Petrópolis mountains. This sanctuary is a peaceful, scenic spot where you can enjoy looking out for different bird species.  Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour, with explanations about the history of the construction of the sanctuary. Learn how the gardens were designed and built based on themes around Mother Nature and the divine. Afterward, take advantage of some free time to meditate, practice yoga, or simply relax in the peaceful surroundings. Then, head to the waterfall, which features a deep pool where you can dive and enjoy swimming while surrounded by nature. Finally, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Rio.

Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

5. Rio's Best Hidden Beaches Small Group Tour

If you love beaches but want to get away from the crowds, this six-hour tour is for you. Visit beautiful beaches in different regions of Rio de Janeiro and be amazed by the stunning natural surrounds. The tour starts with the meeting in your hotel. Then continue along the coast and stop at some photo viewpoints. Arriving in São Conrado, head towards the sea and stop at the beach to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and free flight landings. Continue towards Barra da Tijuca, the western zone of the city, one of its newest regions and very different from the south zone. Follow the coast along more than 20km of beach, passing the beaches of Pepe, Barra da Tijuca, Reserva and Recreio dos Bandeirantes. The beaches will amaze you with their beauty. Continuing along the coast, head towards the beaches of Macumba, Prainha and Grumari. These beaches are within a natural park, there are no residences, only a few kiosks and restaurants for you to enjoy. Arriving on the wild beaches you can have fun walking, relaxing with your feet in the sand and taking a dip in the sea. Depending on your preference, you can stop to eat at one of the kiosks or restaurants in the area, specializing in fish and seafood. Then make your way back along the coast to your hotel.

Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

6. Samba Class + Samba Night Tour in Rio de Janeiro

Do you find yourself feeling nervous or unsure about heading out to dance in a new city? Let a Samba dance instructor get you started off on the right foot in Rio de Janeiro, and take a 1-hour Samba lesson at a professional studio in Copacabana. Your instructor will show you some of the key steps of Brazil's favorite dance during a class to get you warmed up. Then go for a night out in a typical Brazilian nightclub and practice the new moves and steps you learned just hours earlier. A lesson followed by a night out is a great way to combine new technical skills, such as basic and intermediate steps, with the real dance club atmosphere. Get to know Rio's famous nightlife and meet some locals as you build confidence in your dancing and have a great night out! The dance class can happen directly before going to a club, or you can choose to meet your instructor later on and go to the club together.

Boat trip to Guanabara Bay and visit to Paquetá Island

7. Boat trip to Guanabara Bay and visit to Paquetá Island

See the incredible beauty of Guanabara Bay and take in the unforgettable views of Rio de Janeiro on this boat trip. Visit Rio and Niteroi and tour a hidden gem, the peaceful island of Paquetá, where it feels like time stands still. After being picked up at your accommodation, you'll arrive by car to the central station of public transport boat to travel to the island of Paquetáy.  Here you'll spend about 4 hours on this relaxing island before finally making the return trip to your accommodation.

Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis, Islands Boat Trip, and Lunch

8. Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis, Islands Boat Trip, and Lunch

Embark on a day trip you’ll remember for a lifetime. Set sail to the magical Angra dos Reis and discover its tropical islands. Enjoy the sunshine and spectacular views, swim in crystal clear waters, have a delicious seafood lunch, and relax. Enjoy a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Rio de Janeiro. Once aboard the boat, take your seat as you set sail to Angra dos Reis, for one of the most sought-after tours when on holiday in Rio de Janeiro. Angra is about 160 km from Rio and is the port of departure for discovering an archipelago made up of 365 islands that have recently been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour includes some stops in the most beautiful points of the archipelago, where you can take a refreshing bath in the clear waters and enjoy the tropical beaches that the islands offer. Swim and snorkel in the beautiful sea and view the colorful marine life in their natural habitat. Break for a delicious fish-based lunch on an island, and spend some time relaxing. Finally, head back to your accommodation, satisfied with a day spent in paradise. 

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 187 reviews

If you're interested in visiting one of Rio's favelas in an interactive and humanising way as opposed to just driving through in a vehicle like you're on a safari then i'd highly recommend this tour. Our guide Carlos (a resident of the favela) was incredibly and genuinely passionate about sharing the stories of his neighbourhood and its people. A very educational and eye opening tour. Photos are generally permitted but there are certain areas where we were told not to at the respect and request of the people in the area. Pick up and drop off was easy and smooth and the transport vehicle was comfortable. A highlight of my trip to Rio!

Was santic guide made the difference. We learned more and that short trip than on most tours by any other company. The other company. I am a real supporter of get your guide

A must-see experience. Guide was amazing, totally safe environment for a tour, super informative and beautiful scenery. Must-do in Rio.

Excellent visit with Carlos, a French-speaking guide from this favela and therefore a very authentic moment!

Was amazing! Impressive guide we had, Carlos was absolutely fantastic!