It was a small group tour the day we visited, only 4 people in the group. The tour starts with a subway ride (due to worldcup it was very empty) to the city center and some walking around in the Santa Teresa area. The tram...More
Meet your guide at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, then hop on the subway with your guide to travel to Santa Teresa the way the locals do. Stroll through Carioca Square, one of Rio's main sources of drinking water, then explore the financial district on foot with engaging commentary from your guide. Hop on a tram (the only remaining one in Rio) or bus for the ride to the top of the hill where Santa Teresa sits.
This neighborhood is one of Rio's oldest, lined with cobblestone streets and interesting buildings. Check out the views of the sprawling city of Rio from this vantage point, once home to the city's elite and now a haven for artists. Learn about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you wind through the narrow lanes and alleyways.
Walk down the hill, stopping at the Selarón Staircase, the Chácara do Céu Museum and Ruins Park and the Carmelitas' Convent. Jump on the subway and ride back towards Copacabana for lunch (own expense).
After lunch, take Tijuca National Park transport from Copacabana, Paineiras or Largo do Machado Station to the top of Corcovado Mountain. Stand at the base of the 98-foot (28-meter) Christ the Redeemer Statue and enjoy sweeping views out over the city of Rio. Built in the 1930s, this statue is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Return by bus to the Copacabana Palace Hotel, where your tour ends.
Get to know the best, most famous spots in the city on a full on, full day Rio tour
Discover the unique and the charming Bohemian district of Santa Teresa
Check out the Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the new seven wonders of the modern world
Treat yourself to some of the most amazing views Rio has to offer, including dreamy Guanabara Bay
Taste unique flavors as you eat and drink your way through the famous Copacabana beach area