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

    1. 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...

  • Rio de Janeiro: Private Full-Day Highlights Tour

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

    Visit Rio's top attractions on this guided tour. You will be picked up at your accommodation by your professional, English-speaking guide and start the full-day adventure by visiting one of the 7 wonders of the modern world: Christ the Redeemer. You will travel through a rainforest to reach it then, after a photo op at the awe-inspiring statue, you will head to visit to the Maracanã Stadium to see the site of the 2016 Olympics. Then, on to the Sambodromo where Rio’s Carnival competition takes place. You can take photos with the costumes and learn from your guide about Brazilian Carnival culture. Your guide will take you through the historic centre to discover Colombo Bakery, opened in 1894, it still preserves its Art Nouveau decor. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is next up, a masterpiece of modern art famous for its unusual architecture, then the Lapa neighborhood -where t...

  • Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

    3. Rio de Janeiro: Private Speedboat Trip with Barbecue

    Admire the beautiful beaches, coastline, and main sights on a 2-, 3- or 5-hour journey around Rio de Janeiro's coast aboard a speedboat that features a bluetooth stereo, a barbecue, and a bathroom. Relax and enjoy drinks as you admire panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, including the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, Urca, and Ihla da Laje. Stop for a swim and lunch onboard in Adão and Eva Beach on the coast of Niterói or at Vermelha Beach in Urca. Choose and bring your own food for the boat trip, and let your Portuguese-speaking sailor cook it for you on the grill while you bask in the sunshine.

  • Rio de Janeiro: Unforgettable Sunset Boat Tour

    4. Rio de Janeiro: Unforgettable Sunset Boat Tour

    Start the tourt in the middle of the afternoon at the pier in Urca. Board the charming sailboat and pass by the Fortress of São José, Fortress Lage, Fortress Santa Cruz, and close to the Boa Viagem Island in Niterói. Here is the perfect stopping point for taking pictures and enjoying a spot of swimming.  Next, you will pass by the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum and sail back to the pier with an amazing view of the sunset on the horizon. Central to the scenery of Rio's coastline, there are many gorgeous views of Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer throughout the ride. Along the way, enjoy a refreshing selection of drinks and snacks from your friendly onboard host. The tour finishes after sunset allowing you to make the most of the amazing views of the city.

    The views from the boat were amazing! It was really wonderful! The boat is nice, the bottomless drinks were tasty, followed by plenty of snacks. Pedro was a great host!

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

    5. 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...

    Whistle stop tour of three popular tourist attractions. Takes the hassle out of navigating your way to all three separately, and skip the queues. Only 15-20 mins at the Selaron steps, but long enough to take some pictures. It's definitely worth it, for the convenience.

  • Rio: Christ the Redeemer Early Access and Sugarloaf

    6. 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 da...

    Really great and easy way to see both sights (which are a must-do in my opinion)! Our tour guide Sandra was wonderful and pickup was smooth. I learned a lot and got to skip the hassle of trying to get to each location myself. I completely recommend!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Sugar Loaf & Corcovado Private Day Tour

    7. 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 you...

    Booking the private tour with C2Rio was easily the best money we spent in Rio. Our wonderful guide João had an encyclopedic knowledge of the city. He adjusted the tour to suit our particular interest in architecture and design, fitting in extra sights and experiences between the normal places. João even helped us build an itinerary for our next day in Rio. If you are on the fence about a private vs a group tour definitely make the private tour happen!

  • Rio de Janeiro: Guided Bike Tours in Small Groups

    8. 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...

    we really enjoyed Philip's tour! we recommabd strongly! i'ts a safe tour ans very very pleasant!

  • 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.

    Vincente was a great guide and very helpful in general. Saw a lot in a short amount of time. Tour is highly recommended.

  • Rio de Janeiro: 2-Hour Boat Trip with Parasailing

    10. 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! 

    The tour operator was well versed in the area, telling us about popular and unfamiliar places. They were able to rearrange the schedule to have better weather conditions for parasailing.

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What people are saying about Urca

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 357 reviews

A perfect day in Rio !! With Patricia and "the driver", unfortunately I forgot the name, we had one of the most beautiful days. We came to Rio with the desire to see as much as possible. Our wish was fulfilled and even exceeded. We were very skeptical about Rio but "Pat" opened our eyes and took away all fear and prejudice. We had great tours! We got great background information about the history of the individual points in Rio. The whole day was perfect. The crowning glory was the spontaneous helicopter flight started by "Sugar Love" I can only recommend Pat !!! We emphasized several times today WE WILL COME AGAIN and do another tour with Pat !!! We have never had such a great, perfectly organized tour guide! We will be back !!! Thanks Pat

Yan is a very informative, good humoured, great photographer, attentive (especially to those who are not so experienced biking in the city - like myself :D) and overall great city bike tour guide. Highly recommended for all all ages, as well as both experienced and beginner level cyclists!

Everything was great! Louis told a lot of interesting things. I helped to take many photographs. I highly recommend it!

we really enjoyed Philip's tour! we recommabd strongly! i'ts a safe tour ans very very pleasant!

Awesome Great time♥️ Don’t miss this! Great Day ever