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The Best of Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Best of Rio


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  • Family Recommended
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This full day tour combines the best of Rio's spectacular landmark attractions - Sugar loaf Mountain and Corcovado, and includes a traditional Churrascaria lunch at one of Rio's finest barbecue restaurants. Truly Cidade Maravilhosa or Marvelous City!

Begin with a scenic drive to Sugarloaf Mountain, where upon arrival, you’ll board a cable car for a short ride up to Urca Hill, with its lovely gardens and views of the city below. Those who wish to venture to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain can take another cable car to the summit at 1,300 feet above the sea. The views from the top are extraordinary.

Next, you’ll make your way to the cool confines of the Tijuca Forest, a quiet green sanctuary away from the noise of the city. Comprising an area of 47 square miles, this once dense tropical forest was largely cut down in the 19th century to accommodate coffee plantations. A project of reforestation was initiated in the late 1800s with the planting of more than 100,000 trees. Today, the park is a favorite spot to get away from the city's hustle and bustle. At Cosme Velho you will leave the coach and board the cog railway for the ride up to Corcovado, also known as Hunchback Mountain. As the train makes its way up the mountain, you will be riding through dense vegetation glimpsing now and again spectacular views of Rio. The 120-foot-high statue of Christ the Redeemer was completed in 1931 and stands at the top of the mountain with arms out stretched in welcome. To reach the top of the 120-foot-high statue, you will take an elevator and an escalator.

Following your visit, you’ll be treated to a traditional Brazilian Churrascaria lunch at a local restaurant. The aroma as you enter the restaurant will be sure to get your taste buds going. You’ll have your choice of tender barbecued meats from the huge grills and the salads and accompaniments are equally tasty (the meal is not suitable for vegetarians; however, the restaurant will be happy to provide a salad plate).

Later, on your return drive to the ship, you’ll drive through some of Rio’s finest residential areas and pass the Rodrigo de Preitas Lagoon and Botanical Gardens.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and cog train, and have an able bodied companion to assist them. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. There may be a short wait to board the train to Corcovado. Corcovado Mountain is frequently enshrouded in clouds, which may affect views of the city. The tour sequence may vary.

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Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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