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Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

1. Rio: Christ the Redeemer Official Ticket by Cog Train

Go all the way up to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer by the Corcovado Train. The train rides through a railway inside Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world, making a unique view over Rio de Janeiro city. Enjoy an amazing ride on a train that takes you right up to the foot of the statue of The Christ, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and one of the most famous sights in Brazil. Besides admiring one of the most beautiful landscapes of the city, you will take a walk through Brazil's history. The Corcovado Railroad was the first electrified railroad in Brazil. Inaugurated in 1884 by D. Pedro II, it is older than Christ the Redeemer itself. In fact, it was the train that, during four consecutive years, transported pieces for monument’s construction. Your visit starts on the century-old electric locomotive, riding across the preserved Atlantic Forest, part of the Tijuca National Park. At the foot of the statue of Christ, you'll be able to take in the most beautiful view over the city, and see from above what makes Rio de Janeiro so special.

Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Vila Abrão (Ilha Grande)

2. Rio de Janeiro: Shared Transfer to Vila Abrão (Ilha Grande)

Arrive at Vila do Abraão (Ilha Grande) with a fast and safe transfer service from Rio de Janeiro via car and FlexBoat. Take advantage of a quick and smooth ride on the FlexBoat and enjoy flexibility with daily departures. Start by getting picked up directly from your hotel, accommodation, or airport in Rio de Janeiro. After all the passengers have been picked up and the shuttle exits the city, take the 2.5-hour drive to Angra dos Reis. Upon arrival, hop on a FlexBoat to cross the main pier of Vila do Abraão to Ilha Grande. The boat crossing takes around 30 minutes on average. After arriving in Ilha Grande, meet a local guide.

Rio de Janeiro: Sugarloaf Cable Car Official Ticket

3. Rio de Janeiro: Sugarloaf Cable Car Official Ticket

Discover the world-famous Sugarloaf Mountain with prebooked official tickets for the cable car, and explore one of Brazil's most popular attractions. Admire stunning views of Rio de Janeiro as you ride the cable car to the summit. Take incredible photos from the lookout point as you enjoy the panorama of the city and the ocean below. Make your own way to the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, and head directly to the ticket office to exchange your printed voucher. Board the next cable car up the mountain, riding in the fully-enclosed cabin as you take in panoramic views of the city, Copacabana Beach, and Guanabara Bay.  Disembark at the top, where you can spend as much time as you wish. There is a food court and restaurant at the summit where you can purchase snacks and drinks. Once you have finished exploring the summit, your ticket is valid for any returning cable car.

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

4. Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2023 Samba School Parade Ticket

Rio's Carnival is the most popular and the best Carnival in the world! No wonder it was named “Largest Carnival in the World” in 2004 by the Guinness Book of World Records. Carioca Carnival is a cultural event, where freedom of expression dominates in a creative and fun way, represented through samba school parades, carnival balls, and a street carnival. The official Samba School parades take place in Rio de Janeiro Sambadrome, created by the most renowned Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer and inaugurated in 1983 with capacity for 80,000 spectators. Every year, the Samba Schools compete for the Carnival Champion Title, one school will be chosen as the best of the best. More than 30,000 people perform throughout Carnival. Each school has between 4,000 and 5,000 participants. There are 5 days of parades, divided into three categories: Access Group, Special Group, and Parade of Champions. Access Group In the Access Group, the best Samba Schools will be able to participate in the Special Group in the following year. You will see 12 schools parade with enthusiasm and beauty. This is perfect for those, who want to see the magic of carnival on a budget. Special Group  These are considered the main days of the Carnival Parade. The best 14 Samba schools in Rio de Janeiro show all their creativity and innovations. These are the true magical nights of the Sambadrome. Tickets are more expensive for these days as it is the most popular parade with major league schools. Champions Parade On that night, the top six Special Group schools, plus the Access Group Champion repeat their performances. This is an extraordinary night to see the Carnaval champions of the year.

Rio: Maracanã Stadium Official Entrance Ticket

5. Rio: Maracanã Stadium Official Entrance Ticket

Relive Maracanã Stadium’s greatest moments on a fascinating 40-minute visit to one of Rio's most memorable landmarks. Explore the stadium and museum of one of Rio's most popular tourist attractions. Admire an exhibition bringing together important pieces of Brazilian football history. Get ready to take your place in the changing room, prepare yourself in the warm-up room, walk down the tunnel and imagine the roar of nearly 80,000 fans. Visit the press conference room and fell like a Brazilian Football star after a big match. Explore this historical stadium built in 1950 and re-vamped several times over history to host 1950 World Cup and some matches of the World championship 2014. Also, hosted the Confederations cup of 2013, opening and closing ceremonies of the pan American games of 2007 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in 2016. Besides the sport competitions, Maracanã has already been a stage for important events, like Madonna, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner shows and camp mass, of the Pope João Paulo II, in 1980 and 1997.

Paraty: Shared Transport to/from Rio de Janeiro

6. Paraty: Shared Transport to/from Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer to your accommodation in Paraty from Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (otherwise known as Galeão), Santos Dumont Airport, or from hotels in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. Choose 1-way in either or both directions according to your needs. Book your shared transfer in advance and arrive safely at Paraty without the inconvenience of the public transport network or the expense of a last-minute taxi ride. Relax in the safety and comfort of a licensed, air-conditioned vehicle driven by a professional driver. From Rio Airports to Paraty, the service runs 365 days a year and the departures are available from 8 AM-9 PM. Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it at the meeting point in the international arrivals hall. From Rio South Zone Hotels to Paraty, the service runs 365 days a year and the departures are available at 8:30 AM, 12:30 PM or 5 PM. From Paraty to Rio, the service runs 365 days a year and the departures are available at 8:30 AM or 12:30 PM.

Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande: One-Way Shuttle Transfer

7. Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande: One-Way Shuttle Transfer

Take the hassle out of transfers with a safe, comfortable, and convenient shared transfer between Rio de Janeiro and Ilha Grande. Enjoy both a boat transfer between the island and the mainland, and a vehicle transfer on the mainland.  Book in either direction, with the boat traveling between Conceição de Jacareí Pier and Abraão Village on Ilha Grande. Pick from Rio's two international airports or South Zone / Barra neighborhood hotels as your beginning or end points of the transfer. When heading to Ilha Grande, be picked up by your driver on the mainland, either from your hotel or an airport, and be dropped at right at the pier, where staff will be waiting with your boat tickets.  When heading to Rio, meet staff at the pier to collect your tickets, and then relax on the boat and vehicle transfer to your final destination. 

Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

8. Lençois Maranhenses: 3-Day Combo Package

Delight in 3 days of activities and discover the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a stunning region formed by the contrast between dunes and natural lagoons created by rainwater during the rainy season. Enter this huge oasis from the gateway town of Barreirinhas, and marvel at the scenic beauty of the lagoons that attract visitors from all over the world. Day 1 Depart from your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights arriving before 6:30 AM. Arrive in Barreirinhas, and depart around 2 PM in a 4x4 vehicle to cross the ferry. Then, take a trail to get to the Lençois Maranhenses, admire the dunes, and refresh with some swimming in the clear blue lagoons. After watching the amazing sunset at the top of the dune, return to Barreirinhas. Day 2 Depart around 8 AM in a 4×4 vehicle and start the 1.5-hour drive to Atins. Upon arrival, enjoy a short walk to visit some natural lagoons formed by rainwater. Take the opportunity to dive into the clear waters of the lagoon and snap some beautiful photos. Next, be amazed by the meeting of the Preguiças River and the sea at Atins Beach. Enjoy some free time to swim and relax on the sand. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (not included in the tour price) famous for grilled shrimp. After lunch, spend some time resting and relaxing in hammocks before returning to Barreirinhas. Day 3 Depart around 8 AM on a speedboat tour of Preguiças River, a calm river with lots of different typical trees and palms on its margins. Make your first stop in Vassouras village at the limit of the dunes, where it's possible to interact with the monkeys, have some coconut water, and buy some local art. The next stop will be at the village of Mandacaru. Here, see and climb a lighthouse to have a panoramic view of the region, the park, the river, and the sea. Make your last stop in Caburé village, an arm of sand having the river on one side, and the sea on the other. Enjoy free time to have lunch and swim in the river or the sea. Finally, transfer to your hotel in São Luis or the SLZ-Marechal Cunha Machado International Airport for flights departing after 11:00 PM.

From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

9. From Ilha Grande: Shared Transfer to Rio de Janeiro

- Shared Transfer DOOR-TO-DOOR from Ilha Grande to Rio de Janeiro. Shared transfer means you’re booking a seat on a vehicle, and will likely be sharing with others. - Fast Boat from Ilha Grande (Vila do Abraão) to Angra dos Reis. Passengers must arrive at the Pier 20 minutes before boarding time. The guide will identify all passengers, put on the wristband and direct them to the Top line at the main Pier in Vila do Abraão. FlexBoats have inflatable tubes along the sides of the boat and a solid fiberglass hull. The hydrodynamics of this combination allows us to offer fast and safe boat crossings to Ilha Grande while at the same time a smooth ride. The boat crossing takes up to 40 minutos. When disembarking from the boat, the driver will pick you up and direct you to the van that will be stopped in front of the Pier. - From Angra dos Reis, you will be driven 2 hours and a a half to Rio de Janeiro . Your ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival - depends on your final destination, and the route that will be taken to drop other passengers. In Rio de Janeiro, you will be dropped off at your hotel, accommodation or airport. - Daily departures.

From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

10. From Rio de Janeiro: Angra dos Reis Boat Trip with Lunch

Visit the islands of Angra do Reis on this boat trip from Rio de Janeiro. Sail through the archipelago of Ilha Grande. Disembark on the small islands to explore the beaches, browse the markets, and snorkel in the deep blue waters. Savor lunch on board and enjoy round-trip transfers from Rio hotels. Relax on the 3-hour drive to the city of Angra dos Reis. A quick pit-stop on the road will be made to use bathroom facilities and buy a snack. Upon arrival in the docks, enjoy a schooner ride through the hundreds of islands of Angra dos Reis.  Marvel at the beauty of the most famous island of it all: Ilha Grande. Revel at the crystal clear water and rent a snorkel on the spot to see the different species of fish. After, devour the buffet lunch in a fishermen’s village. Explore different stops during the day in places such as the Blue Lagoon, Cataguases beach, and Japariz or Araçá beaches. The captain will choose the best spots depending on crowds and weather conditions.

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro (State)

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4.6 / 5

based on 7,164 reviews

It was an amazing experience specially the tpur guide Patricia was so sweet and friendly . She explained every single thing very clearly about every spot . The lunch buffet was amazing. This trip was an amazing experience for me .

Edison was the best. Showed us all the main spots. Rooms lots of great pictures. And he even through in an extra stop since we had time. Very informative and fun afternoon!

Vincent was the best tour guide. I learned so much about Brazilian culture, politics and the Brazilian people. This tour was worth every penny!

It was so interesting and super fun! We want to come back to participate in Carnival next year!

Check the weather. Both sunshine or cloudy are good just different.