Full Day Discovery Tour of Rio

4.57 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(23 customer reviews)

Skyline view of Rio de Janeiro

View of the city

Lapa Arches

Cable car from Sugar Loaf mountain

View from a cable car

Cariocas playing fùtbol on the beach

Escadaria Selarón (Selarón’s Steps) in Santa Teresa

Sunset at the end of your Full Day Discovery Tour

One of our tour groups

Full Day Discovery Tour Highlights:

Your own local, expert guide
Enjoy panoramic views of Rio from the Christ the Redeemer Statue
Discover the colonial and artsy neighborhood of Santa Teresa
Ride the efficient and safe Rio subway like a local
Take a trip on the last working streetcar in the city
Visit the lush Tijuca National Rainforest

Walking Tour of Rio de Janeiro
Travel like a local on your walking tour of Rio. At Real Rio Tours, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and exploring Rio like a true carioca. That’s why our tours utilize Rio’s efficient public transportation whenever possible. Note: Transportation fees not included.

Full Day Discovery Tour Details:

Duration:8 hours
Time:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Meeting point:Palace Copacabana Hotel (Map)
Type:Group tour
Group size:Up to 10 people
Languages spoken:English, Portuguese
Included:Local expert guide
Not included:Incidentals, transportation, entry fees
Cancellation:72 hours

Your tour of Rio will start with your guide meeting your group at the Palace Copacabana Hotel to escort you personally via the efficient (and safe) metro system to the very center of Rio, Carioca Square. Once there, your guide lead you on an excursion that will show you the Real Rio.


Carioca Square

From Carioca Square, you’ll head through the financial district towards the tram that will take you up the hill to Santa Teresa, the boho-chic center of the Rio’s artist scene. Your tram ride will take you past the Lapa neighborhood of Rio, home to an aqueduct dating back to the 18th century but now one of Rio’s most sizzling areas for nightlife.


Largo dos Guimaraes

You’ll get off the tram at Largo dos Guimaraes, the main stop for the Santa Teresa neighborhood. The colonial neighborhood has been experiencing a renaissance of sorts, and is now one of the city’s most beloved areas. Cobblestone streets and 18th century architecture now house fine restaurants, fabulous lounges and eclectic art galleries.


Escadaria Selarón

As your tour continues along those historic streets, you’ll stop by Escadaria Selarón (Selarón’s Steps), famous for its tiles that were collected from cities all over the world by Jorge Selarón in 1990. There are more than 250 tiles, representing more than 60 different countries. The steps have been featured in countless productions, from The Amazing Race to Pharrell’s “Happy” video.


Copacabana beach

From Selarón’s Steps, you’ll jump on the metro to the marvelous Copacabana beach where you’ll stop for lunch at one of the local restaurants to recharge with a meal, an acai smoothie, and a quick walk along the beach.


Cristo Redentor

After Copacabana, you’ll head to one of the world’s most stunning icons, the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, which stands more than 98 feet high and almost 2400 feet above sea level at the very top of Corcovado Mountain. On your way to the statue, you’ll pass through the verdant Tijuca National forest, where if you’re lucky, you may get to see some Capuchin monkeys.

Considered one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue provides one of the world’s most breathtaking views. From there you’ll have a vista of the entire city – from the gorgeous Guanabara Bay and the bridge from Rio to Niteroi, to Corcovado Mountain and sizzling Copacabana.

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Tour FAQs

Where does your Full Day Tour of Rio meet?

Your tour's meeting point will be sent over to you via email as soon as you book your tour. Your meeting point email will include detailed directions to your tour's starting point, including a map and photo of where your guide will be waiting to begin your tour.

What time does the Full Day Tour of Rio begin?

It begins at 9:00 AM to ensure that you will get to see all of Rio's most famous sites.

What should I bring with me on my tour of Rio?

You should bring comfortable shoes, cool clothes, and a few reis to purchase lunch and any souvenirs you may want to bring back with you.

What if I have more questions about my tour of Rio?

Simply send us an email at info@realriotours.com or head to our contact page and we'll be happy to help.

23 reviews for Full Day Discovery Tour of Rio

  1. 5 out of 5

    We were in Rio for 2 days and decided to take this tour on the second day. The guide was right on time and very punctual because he knew we had to make a flight soon after the end of the tour. We saw Carioca Square, Santa Teresa, the Selaron steps, Copacabana, Christ the Redeemer, and some other sights I’m probably forgetting.

  2. 5 out of 5

    The meeting place is very central in Copacabana, which was convenient. We had Marianne as our guide. Her English was excellent and she was very knowledgeable. When we got to Santa Teresa she gave us a choice either to explore the area or walk with her while she explained the area. She brought us to a nice restaurant for lunch that had fantastic fruit juices. This tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Rio.

  3. 4 out of 5

    There’s a lot to see in Rio so a tour like this is a must-do. This one was long enough but not too long. Even the ride up and down the mountain was an experience. The group was small and the guide kept everyone moving along at a good pace.

  4. 3 out of 5

    The guide was friendly and professional. Excellent choice for a tour if you are in Rio for a short time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    This was a fun excursion during our honeymoon. Our favorite part was Santa Teresa, it was full of quaint architecture. We also liked Copacabana though it was a little crowded. Our guide was experienced and knowledgeable and made us feel at home in Rio.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marianne was a wonderful hostess/guide for the day. It started raining as we got to Corcovado mountain, she re-arranged our day so our view would be better after the rain. She made sure the day was wonderful!

  7. 5 out of 5

    I think our tour guide’s name was Michael. He was awesome! Just the right amount of info and very easy to understand. Also great intelligent humor. We really enjoyed this tour and highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    I had a great time on this tour. Guide was professional and knew Rio really well. It was a nice way to break up our trip.

  9. 4 out of 5

    You should know that the Santa Teresa part of this tour isn’t very long. The tour itself is well worth it but we came back and booked the separate Santa Teresa tour because we really wanted to see more of the neighborhood. We had a different guide on the second tour.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Had a nice experience with our guide in Rio, and later in Buzios. She was friendly, polite and got us through all the queues quickly. That was a huge value…I wasn’t expecting the lines to be as long as they were.

  11. 5 out of 5

    It was amazing that we were able to see as much as did in 8 hours! The day FLEW by! Our guide talked the entire time about Rio, the history and the people. We are so glad we took this tour.

  12. 5 out of 5

    A recommended way to see Rio in 8 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we saw parts of Rio that we may have missed. It gave us good ideas of places to see on our own the next day. I would recommend this tour.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Our guide was kind with a wry sense of humor. He really made the tour worthwhile. The sights we could have seen on our own but having a good guide made all the difference. Thanks Michael!

  14. 5 out of 5

    We had a fantastic guide who was knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us an excellent introduction to Rio and gave us the backstory of all the sights we saw. When traveling in between, he told pointed out good restaurants and interesting side streets. I would recommend this tour for other couples or single travelers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Great tour that covers all of Rio. We saw a lot of sights and the guide was very knowledgeable. There wasn’t a lot of time wander on our own but the other people in the group were good company.

  16. 5 out of 5

    We stopped into Rio on our cruise and decided to spend our day on this tour. It was well worth it. We had trouble finding the hotel but once we found it, the guide kept us on track and on time. I think we must have seen all of the best sights in Rio. It was an interesting city that I hope to visit again someday.

  17. 4 out of 5

    I thought this tour was a very good value. I wanted to see more of Santa Teresa but I guess we did see a lot of different sights instead. It would be worth taking a separate tour just of that neighborhood, I think.

  18. 4 out of 5

    We took this tour specifically to see Christ the Redeemer and it did not disappoint. The trip through the jungle was an unexpected highlight. It was nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of Rio for part of the day. Our guide was prompt, professional, and helpful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    We had an amazing tour! The day started a bit cloudy but we can’t blame the tour company for that. The guide was great, there is no way we could have been able to see and learn as much as we did if we planned to do this independently. I would definitely recommend this tour.

  20. 4 out of 5

    I’ve taken many tours in many different cities. I want a guide that is on time (or early), enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Otherwise, what’s the point? I took another tour with a pretty well-known tour company and was disappointed with the guide’s knowledge.

    This guide (Marianne) was everything I expected. Her energy kept everyone upbeat and she made the tour interesting by sharing anecdotes about the city. A really unique local perspective. If we were staying longer, I definitely would have booked another tour with the same company.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Had a fantastic tour of Rio with Michael. Took us through all of the sites we wanted to see, but also showed us the local neighborhoods that we never would have found on our own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Well organized, great group of people. A bit of a long ride to Christ the Redeemer, but trust me, the views are well worth it. Also I think our guide took us at a good time when it wasn’t crowded.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael was fantastic. The sights, the transportation… everything all organized so we didn’t even have to think about it. He always checked to make sure we were comfortable. He was also very entertaining. Overall a memorable day.

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