Tours in Rio de Janeiro

Find activities and top things to do in Rio de Janeiro including guided, private and sightseeing tours, outdoor activities, adventure sports and ecotourism ideas. Booking a city sightseeing tour of Rio de Janeiro will allow you enjoy a safe and incredible experience in this magical destination. Search tours and discover why this city is nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City). 

 
 

Things to Do, Sightseeing Tours, Excursions & Activities in Rio de Janeiro

Find guided, private and sightseeing tours, outdoor activities, adventure sports, ecotourism ideas and top things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

City tours Rio de Janeiro

Highlights of Rio

If you would like to discover the best places in Rio learning more about the people, history, culture and places you visit then a guided or package tour is an ideal option. There are also lots of day and longer tours departing from Rio de Janeiro. 

On a tour of Rio you wil get to visit world famous and iconic places like Copacobana beach, the Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer just to name a few. Most tours are led by multilingual guides who will also take you to eat at populcar locally run cafes and restraurants where you can enjoy delicious Brazilian food. There are also lots of adventure activities you can book in Rio which all you to do more than just sightseeing. 

 

 

Types of Tours in Rio de Janeiro

 

 

Rio de Janeiro Tours

Popular Places to Visit

  • The Sambadrome, famous for Carnival
  • The Metropolitan Cathedral
  • Cinelandia Plaza, such as the Municipal Theatre, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts
  • The neighbourhood of Urca, home to Sugar Loaf Mountain where you can take a cable car up Urca hill to see panoramic views of Guanabara Bay, Rio Niteroi and Corcovado hill. 
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Ipanema and Leblon
  • The Cosme Velho Train to the statue of Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain 
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Santa Teresa neighbourhood
  • Lapa neighbourhood
  • Tijuca National Park
  • Maracanã Stadium
  • Lagoa neighbourhood
  • Samba schools
  • National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Hike to the top of Dois Irmãos (‘Two Brothers’) Mountain
  • São Cristóvão Market
  • Ipanema Hippie Market
  • Fruit markets 

 

 

Private Tours of Rio de Janeiro 

There are options to arrange private tours of Rio where you will have a guide and not be in a group. This is the best way to have the most detailed experience as you will have 100% attention and get all questions answered. These types of tours are usually the most expensive options. Tour guides can either pick you up or meet you at a pre-arranged location. 

 

 

Rio de Janeiro Group Sightseeing Tours

Group sightseeing tours are very popular, here you will get to explore the city with other people from all over the world. Most tours begin in the morning where you will meet a guided tour in popular tourist areas. Some tours will pick you up at your accommodation also, it really depends on the tour operator. Tours are available in lots of languages. At the end of the trip you will usually be transfered back to your hotel

 

 

Free Tours of Rio de Janeiro 

Some local guides offer free walking tours which take you to local sights, cafes, bars and restraurants. Although these experieces are advertised as free you might want consider tipping the guide if you think the tour was enjoyable.

 

 

Favela Tours Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Favela Tours 

Interested to learn more about the world famous favelas? There are sightseeing tours available and since the Brazilian pacification process began a few years ago these tours are very safe - you will not be taken into any dangerous favelas. A favela tour is the safest way to see and learn more about this communities. 

 

 

Popular Outdoor Adventure Activities in Rio

  • Hang gliding Paragliding
  • Helicopter tour
  • Parasailing
  • Parchuting
  • Boat tours
  • Schooner Trip
  • Tijuca Forest tour
  • Dois Irmãos Hiking Tour
  • Corcovado Hiking Tour
  • Biking Tour in Rio
  • Tree Canopy Tour in Rio
  • Pedra Bonita Hiking Tour
  • Pico da Tijuca Hiking Tour
  • Rock Climbing Tour in Rio
  • Sugar Loaf Mountaineering Tour
  • Pedra da Gavea Mountaineering Tour

 

 

Water Sports Activities in Rio

  • Kayaking
  • Stand up Paddling
  • Surfing
  • Scuba Diving
  • White water rafing

 

 

Popular Adventure Excursions from Rio

  • Teresopolis Hiking Tour
  • Sana Adventures
  • Ilha Grande Hiking Tour
  • Serra dos Orgãos Trekking Tour
  • Serra dos Orgãos Hiking Tour

 

 

Tours from Rio de Janeiro

There are lots of day tours and longer which can be joined in Rio. Most tours of Brazil start in this city but you can then discover the rest of the country or continent.

 

 

Cost

Rio tours vary in price depending on the duration, type of tour and also the company. There are some free walking tours of Rio but you will usually be expected to tip.

 

 

How to Book

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