Rio de Janeiro has been chosen the #1 tourist destination in South America by millions of voters on Trip Advisor in 2017, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations for its natural and artistic beauty. Also, the city has been declared the first World Capital of Architecture by the United Nations and the Council of the International Union of Architects in 2019, as a recognition to the architectural treasures that show the city’s culture and history since the 16th century.
From the top of the Corcovado mountain, you can enjoy some of the most awe-inspiring panoramic views of the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (the Marvelous City, as Rio is commonly known) and to amaze yourself with the “Christ the Redeemer” statue, Rio’s most renowned icon and one of the winners of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” worldwide competition in which more than 100 million votes were cast. The natural setting of Rio features the largest natural reserve in the world within an urban setting, imposing mountains and lagoons, beautiful beaches, and also a quaint historic (and also hip) neighborhood that harbors beautiful remnants from Brazil’s Imperial past (Brazil was the only Empire ever in the Americas). Rio also offers world-class dining in a variety of cuisines and a vast array of delicious and exotic fruits and natural juice (arguably the largest variety in the world!).
Rio de Janeiro Highlights City Tour
CHRIST THE REDEEMER/ CORCOVADO HILL
Panoramic View of Christ the Redeemer and SugCarloaf Mountain. Inaugurated on October 12, 1931, Cristo Redentor is at a height of 709 meters, at the top of Morro do Corcovado, and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. From up there, the panoramic view over Rio de Janeiro is unique, and you can see the main tourist spots in the city, from Maracanã to Pão de Açúcar.
Panoramic view of Maracanã. Inaugurated in 1950 for the FIFA World Cup, it was the venue for major football matches, including the 2014 World Cup final. The audience at the 1950 World Cup final was 199,854 paying, making Maracanã the largest stadium in the world. world in capacity. It is worth mentioning that in this City Tour the visit is only external, as there is no time to enter the stadium.
SAMBODROMO CARNIVAL PARADE STAGE (20 MIN)
Get to know the Carnival stage on your visit to the Sambadromo, approximately 700 meters long, whose official name is Marquês de Sapucaí and it is where the samba schools parade in Rio de Janeiro takes place. A tour through a magical place, where every year thousands of people sing and dance to the rhythm of the samba plot of the samba schools in Rio. The combination of the sound of the drums with the fantasies and energy of the people who dance infect the entire sambodromo.
CATHEDRAL OF SÃO SEBASTIÃO METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL OF RIO DE JANEIRO
During this City Tour you will visit the Cathedral of the wonderful city, which was also the scenario of the Pope’s mass at World Youth Day in 2013. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro opened in 1979, is 106 meters in diameter and 75 meters high, with a capacity for 21 thousand people.
The Selarón Staircase is one of the most visited tourist spots in Rio, with 215 steps covered with colorful mosaics, the staircase was named after the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, who left a beautiful legacy for the city of Rio. It was made worldwide famous by the American rapper Snoop Dog.
BARBECUE BUFFET LUNCH
Lunch included – free buffet with barbecue. What would be an excellent City Tour without an excellent steakhouse to make lunchtime a great attraction? We will have lunch at a great steakhouse (free buffet). We advise that drinks and desserts are not included in the price.
SUGAR LOAF BONDINHO TOUR
Get to know the Sugarloaf Mountain, Morro da Urca and the Cable Car on this City Tour of Rio de Janeiro. Located at the entrance to Guanabara Bay, 396 meters above sea level, is one of the icons of the city of Rio de Janeiro. From up there, we have a privileged view of much of the Marvelous City, including the port area and Christ the Redeemer. We also see the Rio Niterói bridge and part of the city of Niterói, next to Rio.
Petrópolis Imperial City Tour
MEET THE BRAZILIAN IMPERIAL CITY AND THE RESIDENCE OF THE EMPEROR DOM PEDRO II, THE FAMOUS IMPERIAL MUSEUM
Built to be the largest casino hotel in Latin America, it has 50 thousand square meters and six floors. The lake over the entire length of its imposing façade is shaped like the map of Brazil and was built as the only viable support in the event of an unexpected fire.
The Imperial Museum, popularly known as the Imperial Palace, is housed in the former Summer Palace of the Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro II. Much of the interior decoration is still preserved, such as the noble stone floors, the stucco, chandeliers and furniture, reconstituting the original environments of when the palace was inhabited. The institution is the most visited museum in the country.
Commissioned by the Conde d’Eu, it was built in the workshops of the Sociedade Anónima Saint-Souver Lês Arras, in France. The structure was inspired by the Crystal Palace in London, and the Crystal Palace in Porto. Today, the Crystal Palace is used for exhibitions and events.
CASA SANTOS DUMONT
Santos Dumont’s home in Petrópolis is a picturesque residence set in a steep location in the city. Santos Dumont received the invitation to spend the summer in Petrópolis from Princess Isabel, at the height of the seasons in the mountain city during the Empire, and upon accepting the invitation she decided to build a house that would meet her needs. The house has three floors, in addition to an observatory, over the roof.
Located in front of the Catholic University of Petrópolis, it was built in 1972, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Independence of Brazil, being an electronic clock designed with flowers from the station and whose central motor is in the university building.
CATHEDRAL OF SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA
With a total of 22 meters wide and 70 meters long, the Cathedral is dedicated to São Pedro de Alcântara, patron saint of the city of Petrópolis. This Cathedral is where the Imperial Mausoleum is located, where the sarcophagus of the Emperor and Empress was definitively transferred. In 1971, Princess Isabel and her husband, Count D’Eu, were also buried in the mausoleum.
CASA PATRONE – HANDICRAFT CHOCOLATE STORE
Founded in 1913 by a Portuguese immigrant, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, located at Rua da Lapa 6-12. Transferred to the city of Petrópolis in 1945, at Rua Coronel Veiga, 1349, in search of fresh mountain air and the right climate for the manufacture of chocolates and their derivatives.