The enormous, exciting city of Rio de Janeiro can be overwhelming to travelers, because it is home to so many incredible cultural landmarks and historic attractions. With a full day of sightseeing, this tour takes you to see everything from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain to the bustling local soccer stadiums, introducing the best of Rio de Janeiro in a single, jam-packed day.
The day begins with a pickup from area hotels, and then heads to the summit of Corcovado. From here, you’ll be able to see Copacabana Beach, but the main attraction is the stunning view of the Christ the Redeemer Statue. This enormous landmark watches over the city of Rio de Janeiro, and it is one of the most important attractions in the region. Next, it is onward to Sugar Loaf, home to the statue, via a cable car. More great views, and photography opportunities, await.
Lunch will be in the famed Ipanema neighborhood, and you’ll be treated to an array of local specialties. Then, see the exterior of the Maracana Stadium, the largest soccer stadium in South America, as well as the Sambadrome, the headquarters for the Carnival.
The tour through the city continues with stops at places like the Lapa Arches, the impressive modern designs of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Escadaria Selarón, arguably the most interesting staircase in the world. You’ll also have a chance to tour the São Bento Monastery, which combines simplistic design with Baroque and Rococo details. On the return bus journey, admire views of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beaches, not to mention landmarks like the Church of the Outeiro da Glória and the Monument to the Fallen in World War II.