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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Jeep & 4WD tours

Our most recommended Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Jeep & 4WD tours

Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

1. Tijuca Rain Forest Tour by Jeep from Rio de Janeiro

Venture into the Tijuca Rain Forest in an open jeep and discover a tropical forest in a large city. Drive past the "Cachoeira dos macacos" (monkey's waterfall) and learn about the importance of the reforestation process of the "Mata Atlântica" (Atlantic Forest) at "Vista Chinesa" (Chinese view). Tijuca National Park is the largest city-surrounded urban forest and the second largest urban forest in the world. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the "Mesa do Imperador" (Emperor's table), Cascatinha (Taunay's waterfall), and Capela Mayrink (Mayrink Chapel). Continue with a 1-hour hike on an easy trail to learn more about and have direct interaction with the flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem. This tour is highlighted by the variety of tropical fruits, trees, monkeys, and the multitude of birds and butterflies that live in this unique forest.

Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

2. Rio: Half-Day Jeep Tour at Floresta da Tijuca

Explore Tijuca National Forest in meticulously restored ex-military open-air off-road vehicles. After hotel pick-up, cut to the Lagoa with the striking view of the Christ statue and head to the rainforest. Stop at the famous Vista Chinesa to discover the history of this unique monument as you'll soak in the views of the Christ Statue in the distance. Move on to the Cascatinha Visconde de Taunay waterfall, and take a quick dip in the crystal clear refreshing water. Continue to a charming chapel constructed in 1855, and start the first of 2 trails. See coatis, toucans, and monkeys! Take a restroom stop and start the second trail of the tour, passing through the Atlantic forest with the sounds of waterfalls following your footsteps. Hop back into your top-down Jeep and head to the famous São Conrado Beach to watch the hand-gliders, before your scenic drive back to your hotel.

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

3. 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.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

4. 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 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 139 reviews

With a jeep and a good guide, driving into the rainforest is a lot of fun. You get a lot of things related to flora and fauna, as well as the history of the rainforest explained.

To the finish with a few photo stops and otherwise a relaxed walk. Very informative. Not a MUST, but nice to get a little out of town.

Great trip with a knowledgeable guide, great to see the rainforest with all its plants and birds etc. Fun riding in the open top jeep.

Have already been picked up from the hotel by jeep. Super competent and funny guide. Overall a wonderful tour.

well organised tour and very well versed and friendly guide...highly recommended