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Main sights on a Rio City tour

A basic Rio Tour should include: the Beaches of Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon, The Christ statue, Lapa district, some of Niemeyer´s Architecture works, the Maracanã Stadium, a Samba show and the Sugarloaf cable car.

The statue of Christ the Redeemer

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One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World from the top of Corcovado Hill (710 metres) Christ the Redeemer blesses Rio de Janeiro. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is a very important symbol of Brazil´s Christianity. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone and it opened to the public in 1931, after 9 years of construction. In October 2006, on the statue´s 75th anniversary, a chapel was consecrated under the statue, allowing Catholics to hold baptisms and weddings there. There is a nice 20 minute train ride that goes through the jungle to arrive to the statue. This is a visitors´ must. The view is stunning. On 2008, 510.196 tourists visited the Christ the Redeemer.

 

Address: Tijuca National Park
Access: Estrada de Ferro Corcovado - Rua Cosme Velho, 513
www.corcovado.com.br

Pão Açúcar (Sugarloaf Hill)

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Inaugurated in 1912, the "Bondinho do Pão de Açúcar"

(Sugarloaf Cable Car) was the first cable car in Brazil and the third in the world. Since then it has carried 37 million tourists. The hill top, you will be able to behold Rio´s incredible landscapes: Copacabana beach, Botafogo inlet, Flamengo and the entrance to the Guanabara Bay. In summertime it becomes the perfect stage for incredible parties with live music featuring great Brazilian artists.

Address: Avenida Pasteur, 520 - Urca
Website: www.bondinho.com.br
Copacabana Beach

Nicknamed the "Little Princess of the Sea" by the Cariocas, Copacabana is located in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. One of the world´s most famous beaches, it has a bike-only lane, food kiosks, hotels, bars, restaurants, and is crowded day and night. The sidewalk of Atlântica Avenue, made of Portuguese black and white stones imitating the sea waves, is one of its most distinctive features. Copacabana also hosts the largest New Year´s Eve celebration on Earth, which gathers 3 million people.

Ipanema Beach

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The history of Bossa Nova is marked by the sands of Ipanema. This beach is one of Cariocas favourites due to its

charm and chilled spirit. Ipanema was made famous by the song "Garota de Ipanema" composed by Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes. The 2 kilometres of beach usually exhibit Rio´s most beautiful bodies (and Cariocas do take figure very seriously!).

A meeting point for locals, artists and tourists, you can practice sports such as beach soccer and beach volley.

There are also shows in the evening.

Dois Irmãos Lookout

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Although it is not very frequented by locals, the Penhasco Dois Irmãos Park (Two Brothers Peak), in Alto Leblon, is a perfect spot to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in Rio, and that means a lot. There used to be only rough paths to access but now it has illumination, security and a car access, and is becoming an interesting option for tourists.

Address: Parque do Penhasco Dois Irmãos - Alto Leblon



Maracanã

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In football country, where this sport is a National religion, Maracanã Stadium is considered almost as a "Gods Temple". Stage for the Carioca classic games, it usually receives an average of 50 thousand spectators. The stadium also offers a guided tourist visit, where you can walk the tunnel leading to the pitch, which is decorated with pictures and verses that the fans sing on the games, and visit the changing rooms.

Address: Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, no number - Maracanã

Pink Fleet
Cruising the Guanabara Bay on a luxury boat is another suitable option for tourists. The Pink Fleet is one of the first to offer the Rio "Day Cruise". This 400 passenger ship has a main restaurant principal, disco, bars, decks, halls and shops.
There are two options: the night cruise where you can admire the lights of Rio and have a romantic dinner on the ship. From the ship you can see the Aterro do Flamengo, Botafogo Inlet, Sugarloaf Hill and Fiscal Island.

Office Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique s/nº loja 2, Flamengo
Phone: 21 2555-4063
Mondays to Fridays: 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays: 9 am to 2 pm
Email: vendas@pinkfleet.com.br

Jardim Botânico (The Botanical Garden)

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Considered one of the most important in the world, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden hosts some of the most rare plant species in the Brazilian flora. It is a great option if you want to avoid the city thrill for a while. There are over 8200 different species in the Garden´s live collection. The Garden also has some endangered species such as pau-Brazil, araçá-amarelo and pau mulato. There is a 3,000 orchid collection with 600 different species. Harmonising with the Garden natural beauty, the Garden also has a rich architectural heritage.

Address: Rua Jardim Botânico, 920 (pedestrians) e 1008 (cars) - Jardim Botânico
Website: www.jbrj.gov.br

Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

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With 8 kilometres of coastline, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon is a perfect place for those who enjoy sports, cycling, jogging and rowing are some of the options. And after the exercise, some cool coconut milk to recover strength.

Address: Avenida Epitácio Pessoa and Avenida Borges de Medeiros - Lagoa

Bondinho de Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa Train)

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Going uphill in the traditional Santa Teresa district in the train is one of Rio´s tourist classics. The ride offers an incredible panoramic view. The historical architectonic beauty of the district is also appreciated on from the train.

Address: Estação de Bondes - Next to Aqueduto da Carioca, in Rua Lélio Gama.

Book your city tours on-lineCity Tour

Get to know many of Rio de Janeiro´s highlights in this half day tour! Enjoy the spectacular views of the city from beneath Rio´s major icon: the Christ Redeemer Statue. Take the cable cart up to Sugar Loaf mountain for another vantage point of the ?marvelous´ city.  Later, you will see one of the largest stadiums in existence; the Maracanã Stadium is home to Brazilian football passion (External Areas). Next, visit downtown to see the Cathedral and the Sambadrome, centre of the world´s most famous carnival.

Duration: 6 hrs
Schedule: Everyday
Included: Transport, Entrances, & Guide
Price: R$ 135,00.

City Tour (Without Sugar Loaf)

This tour will take you to Rio´s pride and joy, the Christ Redeemer Statue, to see Rio de Janeiro in all its glory. Next you are off to the city centre to visit the Cathedral, Sambadrome, and the famous Maracanã Stadium (external areas only).

Duration: 4 hrs
Schedule: Everyday
Included: Transport, Guide & Entrances
Price: R$ 85

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