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 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.
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
Excellent tour... Rejean Pelletier
Start time: 1:30pm
Duration: 4 hours
The start point for the tour is Copacabana Palace Hotel (Address: Av. Atlantica, 1702 - Copacabana).
Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the starting point.
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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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
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