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Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

1. Rio de Janeiro: Bars and Clubs Experience

Discover Rio’s bustling nightlife on a unique pub crawl through the neighborhood of Lapa and Copacabana. Stop at several bars, clubs, and parties while making new friends as you explore the city. Walk from bar to bar before ending at a club. When the pub crawl finishes, you are welcome to stay at the last venue until closing time. If you wish to go home, your guide will advise you on how to get back to your accommodation. This trip is recommended for couples, groups of friends, and people who want to enjoy good environments with lots of music, food, and drinks.

Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

2. Rio Culture and History through the Art of Traditional Foods

Join a delicious guided food tour in Rio de Janeiro's lively Santa Teresa and Lapa neighborhoods where you will visit unique local restaurants and specialty shops and sample different foods and beverages, including cachaça. Enjoy foods that contain some of the most important elements found in traditional Brazilian cuisine like açai, tapioca, and manioc flour.  Hop on a charming tram ride going over the Lapa Arches aqueduct, and passing by Ruinas Park to marvel at panoramic views of the city as you make your way from downtown to Santa Teresa. Taste local beer, as well as delicious cachaça on your route, and learn about the culture and history of Rio de Janeiro and the family traditions behind each food locales you visit. Your local guide will answer any questions you might have.

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

3. 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: Pub Crawl in Lapa

4. Rio de Janeiro: Pub Crawl in Lapa

Join the best pub crawl in Rio de Janeiro and discover the real nightlife of this marvelous city: Samba, street parties, and caipirinhas. Shake up your Rio visit with a four-hour pub crawl in the Lapa neighborhood, enjoying fun and easygoing night full of music, drinks, and new friends from all over the world. Play drinking games and taste test cachaça, the main ingredient of caipirinha. Visit three bars mostly frequented by locals, and it’s very likely you'll learn some samba steps, as well as the night, goes by. This is topped off with several drink discounts and a VIP entrance to all of the bars.

Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour

5. Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha Favela Guided Walking Tour

Experience authentic living in Rio de Janeiro, on a guided tour of Rocinha. Appreciate local culture and a completely unique way of life in a city plagued by hardship and neglect. See how citizens use art, music, and community to create a positive atmosphere in this special Brazilian neighborhood. Follow your local guide to feel a sense of belonging in this tightly knit area. Learn about generational stories from residents, how they care for their home and their people. Discover street art decorating the buildings that cover the hillside, and grab a snack from one of many local vendors. Admire gorgeous views of the cityscape as you climb the high streets, and see as far as Christ the Redeemer. Notice the respect and kindness that locals have for each other and for tourists so they can protect and develop their beloved community.

Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

6. Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

Visit Rio's top attractions on this exclusive private tour. Get picked up at your accommodation by your professional, English-speaking guide and your adventure starts by visiting Christ the Redeemer. Travel through a rainforest to reach it and then, after a photo at the awe-inspiring statue, head to visit the Maracanã Stadium, the main site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics. Stop at the Sambadrome where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place, and learn from your guide about Brazilian Carnival culture. Continue the tour through the historic center of Rio and stop at Colombo Bakery, open since 1894. It still preserves its Art Nouveau décor (food and drinks available to purchase), and is closed on Sundays. Next, visit The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, a masterpiece of modern art that takes influence from Mayan pyramids. Drive past the bohemian Lapa district, where the monumental aqueduct was built in the mid 18th century to transport water from the Carioca River to the city center. Stop and explore the Selaron Staircase – 215 colorful steps, one of the most fascinating and original staircases in the world. Conclude your trip visiting the Sugarloaf mountain, taking the cable car from Urca hill up to the top. This unique rock formation also offers a fun way to reach its summit, enjoying views out over Rio and its surroundings. At the end of your tour, enjoy comfortable transportation back to your accommodation.

Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Day Trip with Sightseeing Cruise

7. Rio de Janeiro: Ilha Grande Day Trip with Sightseeing Cruise

Ilha Grande with its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water is the most famous island of the 365 surrounding the Bay of Angra dos Reis. Between the mountains and the beaches, the area is perfect for cruising around, snorkeling and hiking. Start the journey on high-quality transportation towards the Costa Verde region, located two hours away from Rio. Once in Angra dos Reis, head straight to the port to board the schooner. Set sail, sit back, and enjoy the views.

Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

8. Rio: Main City Sights Day Tour with Optional Tickets & Lunch

Make the most of your time in Rio de Janeiro with an 8-hour city tour. Throughout the duration of this experience, you'll discover the city's most iconic attractions whilst enjoying the company of a bilingual local guide.Enjoy a lively day filled with popular attractions such as the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Maracanã Stadium (outside), the Selarón Staircase, and the historical downtown district. You'll also encounter both the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, along with the Christ the Redeemer Statue and other sights.Later, discover the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood, which is home to a collection of local boutiques and galleries. The tour follows a set itinerary for people of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities seeking to discover the beauties of the city in the company of an expert guide.

Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

9. Rio de Janeiro: Tijuca Forest Waterfall of Souls Hike

Experience a mediated opportunity to connect with nature and experience nature’s healing powers. Learn ancestral knowledge and the keys that open the way for freedom and peace from a local guide, through accessing natural powers and learning about natures’ green spirits. Grow faith in nature, through its timeless and borderless deities. Brazilians carry beliefs that originated on Afro-indigenous faith which strengthens many in everyday life. Discover how knowledge within this faith is shared through generations, its original source present in natural elements, represented by different orishas or indigenous entities. Begin the experience with an introduction to the guide and spiritual healing powers of the forest. Try a breathing exercise, stretches, and open your heart through acknowledgment before beginning. Enter the trail to the waterfall, and at the first stream enter, cleanse, and refresh. Reach the “Cachoeira das Almas Fall” and stop to grab some snacks, enter the falls, take pictures, and chill out. Take a different route to close the circuit and visit the painters’ escape garden and lake and the “Mayrink Chapel”. Finish at the parks’ gate and stop for lunch or dinner. In cases of physical limitations that prevent walking longer distances, these trails can be removed from this experience and the route to the waterfalls can be done by car. After visiting the falls, head to one of the two restaurants near the park or in the Tijuca neighborhood for a traditional afro Brazilian dish.

Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

10. Rio: Botanical Garden, Tijuca Forest, and Parque Lage Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel, the eco-tour will first explore one of the world's largest urban forests, Tijuca Forest. Stop to visit some important points of interest such as the Taunay Waterfall, Tijuca National Park Visitor Center, and the Chinese Lookout. If you wish, you can take a short walk through the Atlantic Forest as well. Next up, you'll go to Jardim Botânico, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, one of the most important botanical research centers in the world. At this attraction you can visit important points such as the Orchid Garden, Pestle House, the Sensory Garden, the Central Fountain, and the other fascinating diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. Finally, you’ll go to Parque Lage to take the photographs of one of the most charming mansions in Rio set to the backdrop of Christ the Redeemer. The mansion is also equipped with a coffee bar, bistro, and art exhibitions.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

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We did the tour with Juliana and it was great! She gave us a lot of information about how people live and organize in Santa Marta and the walk down the favela was really nice!! Totally recommended :)

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

First It is too expensive, but it worths it in the end. Take more cash with you. It is safe and you might want to donate.

Lovely tour. A must do if you are interested in truly Brazilian history.

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