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Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing: Corcovado, Christ Statue & Favela

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"Best tour experience" yasushi yamamoto
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing: Corcovado, Christ Statue & Favela
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing: Corcovado, Christ Statue & Favela
Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing: Corcovado, Christ Statue & Favela


  • Get to know the real Rio on this fascinating tour
  • Heart-stirringly beautiful views and photo-opportunities
  • Visit the favela (shantytown) made famous by Michael Jackson
  • Get close up to one of the Modern Wonders of the World
  • Knowledgeable local guide to lead you


Stunningly beautiful and full of contradictions, Rio de Janeiro is a captivating city that can steal your heart. Discover the real Rio, not the one obscured by myths and half-truths, on this enthralling tour.

Visit the vast Christ Statue, named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Stand at the base and marvel at the awesome vistas of the surrounding beaches, lagoons, bays, mountains and forests.

From beautiful vistas and iconic locations, Rio is blessed with the most stunning natural setting. Around glistening Guanabara Bay are the city’s vast, and often misunderstood, shantytowns known as favelas. Experience the vibrant life of the favelas and see where the Michael Jackson video about them was filmed. Marvel at views of Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Michael Jackson’s lookout.

This tour has limited availability in Feb 2016, should this tour not be available on your chosen date we do have an alternative Rio Half Day Sightseeing Tour. Click here for more details.>>


This city tour will give you a unique insider’s view of the real Rio de Janeiro from its beautiful vistas to its favelas (shantytowns), for example the one made famous in Michael Jackson’s ‘They don’t care about us’ music video.

Kick the tour off with a bird’s-eye-view of the city at the base of the Statue of Christ. This enormous white statue keeps constant watch over Rio, offering sweeping 360-degree views of the glorious landscapes and seascapes that surround the city.

It’s no wonder that the ‘Cristo’ statue was recently selected as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Soak up the views, pick out some of Rio’s most famous sights, and snap a must-have picture.

Next, it’s time to trade in this tourist icon for something less visited, and step into the Santa Marta favela. Accompanied by your local guide, wander through the community, meeting the people who live here and seeing the places made famous in the Michael Jackson video. Stroll the narrow alleys, learn about local life and dispel some of the myths about these vibrant communities.

In the heart of the favela, take a moment to admire the breathtaking views over Guanabara Bay and Botafogo area from Michael Jackson’s lookout. For anyone wishing to experience the real Rio you simply can’t miss this experience.

At the end of the trip you will be dropped back at the starting point.

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  • Best tour experience

    I could see interesting part of Rio than usual famous place...

    yasushi yamamoto
  • Well worth participating

    We thoroughly enjoyed taking this tour - it was very informative and the places we visited were worth the effort. Our guide was A.1 and went out of his way to look after us...

    Mr G R Tootell
  • Very good tour and knowlegable guide

    Excellent tour...

    Rejean Pelletier
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



4 hours

Start time

Start time: 1:30pm
Duration: 4 hours

Meeting point

The start point for the tour is Copacabana Palace Hotel (Address: Av. Atlantica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001). Right by the statue outside the hotel.
Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at the starting point.

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  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks


Wear light clothes, hat and sunscreen and make sure you bring the camera. Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites shoulders and knees should be covered

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Please note

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.

If you are happy with the services provided, then a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry in Latin America. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this trip.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • This is a small group tour with a maximum of 12 people.
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Cancellation policy

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