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Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

1. Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

The operator will first search for the best spot to fly. The most common destinations are the coast of Niteroi and Urca, but depending on the conditions, other routes are also possible.  After getting outfitted with a life vest and harness, you're seated on the flight deck of the boat. Once seated, the first crew mate clips your harness to the parachute. Then up you will ascend really nice and smoothly, just like sitting on a swing set that slowly elevates you for the experience of a lifetime.  The local operator does everything that is possible to ensure your safety. How? Always respecting the limits of nature, providing the best equipment and performing constant security checks. Your safety is top priority! 

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 (ticket not included). 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 an 8.5-hour sightseeing tour.

Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

3. 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 de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

4. Rio de Janeiro: 30 or 60-Minute Highlights Helicopter Tour

For the 30-minute helicopter sightseeing flight,  experience the spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro from the sky. As you take off from the airport located near the Olympic center, head upwards and fly towards the shores of Barra da Tijuca. The captain will take you along the shoreline over Rio’s fabulous beaches of Barra da Tijuca, Joatinga, São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana. Next, you’ll see highlights of the city, which include Sugarloaf Mountain and the impressive Christ the Redeemer statue, standing atop Corcovado Mountain. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to take unique photos while hovering in the sky. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to the 60-minute tour which is the same as the 30-minute tour but also includes flying over the Modern Museum of Art of Niterói, Santos Dumont Airport, Downtown Rio, Maracanã Stadium, Tijuca Forest, and more. Book your flight during the day, at sunset or in the evening up until 8 PM.

Rio: City Sights Van Tour with Christ the Redeemer

5. Rio: City Sights Van Tour with Christ the Redeemer

Embark on a guided tour of Rio and see important highlights, including Christ The Redeemer and Selaron Steps. Ride a cable car to Sugar Loaf and take in the sunset views overlooking Copacabana Beach. Begin your tour with a visit to the Corcovado Mountain. After a 20-minute drive to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer through the Tijuca Forest, enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the surrounding landscape. This 710-meter-tall (about 2,330 feet) statue is Brazil's main monument and a World Heritage Site. Next, head towards the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro and Selarón Stairs before reaching Sugar Loaf by sunset. Located in the Urca neighborhood, it is one of Rio's icons. Board a cable car and ride to the Urca Mount station before continuing on in a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf. At the top, enjoy the beautiful and panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world while overlooking the Copacabana Beach from the top of Sugar Loaf.

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.

Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

7. Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, and Selarón Steps 6-Hour Tour

Discover the best of Rio de Janeiro on a 6-hour guided tour of Corcovado, Selarón Steps, and Sugar Loaf Mountain and see it all! Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to Corcovado Mountain through the Tijuca Rainforest. Ascend to the summit to see the 38-meter (128-foot) tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Enjoy spectacular views of Rio and its surrounding countryside. Then, travel back downhill to take a tour of the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood. Admire its charming architecture and go to the famous Selarón Steps made in ceramic by the artist Jorge Selarón. After that, head to the Sugar Loaf Mountain taking a ride through the charming neighborhood of Urca to take the cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf in two stages. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, from where you will get beautiful views of Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. Continue to the summit for unrivaled views of Copacabana, Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niterói.

Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful Sunset Boat Tour with a View

8. Rio de Janeiro: Beautiful Sunset Boat Tour with a View

Take a speedboat and make new friends while visiting some of Rio's most famous spots, and enjoy a beautiful sunset on an exciting sunset boat tour. Come along on this incredible experience to see the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro in a different way. Visit some well-known spots in Rio such as Sugar Loaf Mountain, a landmark peak located at the mouth of Guanabara Bay. Learn about Copacabana, one of Rio's most lively and famous neighborhoods, known for its crescent-shaped beach. See Ipanema Beach, made famous by a well-known song, and the Cagarras Islands, a Brazil natural monument and wildlife refuge for a number of species. Explore and see more of Rio's famous sights, like Adao and Eva beach, and Santos Dumont Airport, and potentially see airplanes passing above the boat by speedboat. Take the chance to explore Rio's waters on two stops along the tour for diving, and enjoy the beautiful waters around Rio among beautiful landscapes and a unique sunset. Make new friends while exploring Rio and meet people from different places, not only from Brazil but abroad. Don't forget to bring your camera and take many pictures during this unforgettable tour.

Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Express Tour

9. Rio: Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Express Tour

Participate in a quick tour in Rio de Janeiro visiting the 2 most famous landmarks: the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugarloaf Mountain. Get picked up from your hotel and drive up to the Christ the Redeemer Statue - one of the New Seven Wonders of the World - on top of Corcovado Mountain. The drive is short and beautiful, traveling through the Tijuca Forest before opening up to incredible views of the entire city. Then go to Sugarloaf Mountain, located in the neighborhood of Urca. Ride a series of 2 cable cars en route to the summit, first arriving at Urca Hill, and then continuing to the top of Sugarloaf, reaching a height of 1,295 feet (395m). Conclude the tour with an exquisitely beautiful panorama of Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Drinks

10. Rio de Janeiro: Sightseeing Boat Tour with Drinks

Uncover the beauty of Rio de Janeiro's skyline on either a private or shared speed boat tour. Capture pictures of Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer from the water. Chill out with ice-chilled beer, water, or soda.  Meet your skipper at Urca pier and board a powerful speedboat. Admire views of the pier as you race off towards your next destination. View the metropolitan flair of the city from the water. Make your way along beaches with golden sands and verdant jungle-laden shores. Travel with a drink in hand and soak up some sun as you view the local sights. Cruise in a comfortable boat that is maintained to high-quality standards. At the end of your cruise, return to your starting point.

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What people are saying about Urca

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 368 reviews

Awesome personalized experience!! Patty was a delight, so informative and flexible. We explored every attraction in the city and skipped the 1 place I had no interest in seeing. We even did a little shopping downtown- Patty translated for me and helped ensure I got what I needed! We also had time for me to take a helicopter ride from Sugarloaf Mtn. This was the best way to explore the city at my own pace and with the benefit of tour guide/preferential access and with your own private air conditioned car & driver. You do have to pay each site directly but it’s less than booking 4 separate tours and waiting 1-2 hours for a giant tour bus to pick up travelers from 15 stops along the beach. Patty also offers things like accompanying guests for nightlife and beach days! Whatever you’re interests are, she can assist! Highly recommend for solo travelers and couples.

Amazing personalized private tour. Patty, our guide, pick us from the hotel with brand new car and personal driver. Tour started with Cristo Redentor and Patty showed us the perfect spot/angle to take pictures and even other tourists were following ours. Tour is completely private, driver waited at every exit point to pick us. We enjoy all the itinerary and most importantly Patty is extremely friendly. She helped us a lot in tips/info/ translation around Rio. We could not expect better service than this! Thanks Patty for the unforgettable trip! Hope to see you again during the carnival

Patty listened to what was important to us to see and do and then added amazing additional sights to visit. Patty English was very good. The Driver made our trip comfortable and safe The knowledge of Rio was insightful We packed a lot of sights into the day tour. Our guides were gracious with their time and energy

We were so happy with the tour, the company got in touch very soon after booking to confirm pick up. The sites themselves are spectacular and Bruno was a fantastic guide. Couldn't of asked for better.

It was the best experience ever, the pilot was funny and made sure that we felt secure and safe. Great choice!