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Rio Half Day Sightseeing Tour – Sugar Loaf and Cable Car

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Duration: 4 hours
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  • A great introduction to Rio and its surroundings
  • Thrilling cable car ride up one of the world′s most famous mountains
  • English-speaking guide to point out all the sights
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off

This delightful half-day tour takes you up one of Rio’s most famous landmarks and offers a great orientation to this beautiful city.

Start with a tour of downtown Rio and see the lovely colonial Portuguese architecture, the famous Sambodrome parade ground and the modern masterpiece of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Then ride the cable car up the legendary Sugar Loaf Mountain. Fully glazed cabins offer heart-stopping 360-degree panoramas as you ascend. At the top you will see eye-popping views of the great city in its grand setting.

Customer reviews

I saw interesting sights which met my expectation for an overview of Rio de Janeiro....

Edwin D Meeks II United States
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It was a great tour, and efficiently organized. The bus picked me up at exactly the stated time, and even though Sugarloaf is a very touristy spot, we never had to wait in long...

Gilberte Furstenberg United States
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At the start of your Rio Sightseeing Tour including Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable Car, you will be picked up from your hotel in a coach at a time pre-arranged with the activity operator. An English-speaking guide will go with you on this excursion.

The trip starts with a sightseeing tour of downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome, huge parade ground used during the Carnival, and the huge cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a masterpiece of modern architecture.

You will see Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings, the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National Museum of Fine Arts. By way of the Aterro do Flamengo, you will be taken to the neighborhood of Urca to visit the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.

To ascend this dramatic peak you will take a cable car in two stages. The cabins are totally glassed-in to give you fantastic aerial views. The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high. Here, there is a wide platform with trails in the middle of deep vegetation and observation posts located at different heights. You will see beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói Bridge and Corcovado Mountain.

From Urca, a second cable car will take you right up to the top. This is also a marvellous ride with breath-taking views. At the summit - 395 meters (1283 feet) – you’ll enjoy splendid panoramas of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and several beaches of Niterói.

You will ride the cable car back down to the bottom and board your coach for the return to your hotel, or the cruise port.

Find the hotel pick up list. Download the list of Hotels from which pick up is offered. If your hotel does not feature on this list the local operator will advise the most convenient pick up point.

Please note
Upon arrival in Brazil, please call the number on your voucher to confirm your pick-up time and location.

Pick up is available from most hotels in the São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana areas of Rio de Janeiro. If we are not able to pick up from your hotel an alternate pick up location will be arranged upon reconfirmation.

Please be ready in your hotel lobby 5 minutes prior to the agreed pick up time. The guide will come in and call you by name. Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding the coach.

Regrettably this tour is not wheelchair accessible

This tour is subject to a minimum passenger requirement and depends on weather conditions. Should it not be possible to operate the tour on the date you have booked for you will be offered the opportunity to move to another date or a full refund.

“If you would like to avoid picking up and dropping off other passengers, please ask for the last meeting point location when calling to reconfirm or when selecting your pick up point.
On Week days at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for tours departing until 9:00am. After that, at the Marina Palace hotel.
On Saturday at the Marina Palace hotel for all tours.
On Sundays and holidays at the Windsor Atlântica Hotel for all tours.”

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Cable car ride
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meals and Beverages
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
4 hours
Start time
Hotel pick-ups from 8:00am.
Meeting point
Your hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator on arrival in Rio, or 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at the pick-up point
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Additional information
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
Dos & Don'ts
Wear comfortable, casual clothing. Bring sun-screen, a hat, and sun-glasses. Don’t forget the camera!

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No cancellation fees

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We will never charge you any administrative fees for cancellations. For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.

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