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Essential Rio Experience

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Experience the sizzling culture of Rio through its music, food, language and nature while visiting the most iconic attractions. It's so much more than a tour, it's a dive into the local culture.

Essential Rio Experience

This "Ultimate Rio Experience" is so much more than a tour, it's a dive into the local culture. Start your Bom Dia (Good Morning) as you dive into Rio culture by heading to the World Cup Maracanã Stadium, home of the 2014 World Cup and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Pass by the Sambadrome stadium to view the stage for the city's glorious annual Carnival Parade. Head to the heart of the city and get a look at Metropolitan Cathedral with its unorthodox modern style based on the architecture of Mayan pyramids.

Continue to the world's most beautiful staircase as you admire the intricate, colorful mosaic tile of the 215-step Selaron Staircase that was featured in the music videos of Snoop Dog and U2.

Take a break and relax with lunch at a local tavern where you will enjoy traditional Brazilian pastries, fresh juices and try the local popular beer.

No trip to Rio would be complete without a visit to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Situated at the top of the 2,300 foot Corcovado Mountain, this pedestaled art deco statue of Jesus Christ stands 123 feet tall with 98 foot outstretched arms that symbolically hug the city and its residents below. You will also have the opportunity to board a glass-paneled cable car at the famed Sugarloaf Mountain for a bird's-eye view of the Guanabara Bay before saying Boa Tarde (Good Afternoon) to this magical city.

Throughout the tour your expert guide will teach you key Portuguese phrases, introduce you to the local flavors and musical sounds of Brazil, and share fascinating traits of the Carioca people, letting you in on the secret of their contagious joy.

Reserve your spot on this most unique tour now and spend the day in the life of a Rio local.

Please Note: Your tour includes a guide and local food and beverage tastings (traditional pastries, popular snacks and exotic fruits). Transportation is wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk on an incline and over unstable surfaces including paved, cobblestone and gravel surfaces at some sites that also require the navigation of steps. No wheelchair or walker access available at certain sites. It is recommended that you bring a light jacket due to winds on the mountain.

You will visit Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain via cable car, and Selaron Staircase. You will view Maracanã Stadium, Sambadrome, and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Snacks, Beverages
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are suggested. A light jacket may be needed while at the mountain, it can be windy.
Transportation is wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk over paved, cobblestone, and gravel surfaces, some of which are at an incline at certain sites. Steps are required to visit some sites, this will not be accessible for guests with wheelchairs or walkers.