Top 59 Things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From Copacabana Beach to Sugarloaf Mountain, there is an astounding amount of things to do in Rio de Janeiro. If you are looking to spend a day on the beach, lazing in the sun, or snorkeling in the shallow water, then Rio offers many top spots. Rio de Janeiro is filled with many must see museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Imperial Museum of Brazil. With so many Rio de Janeiro activities, it could be hard to decide what to do first.

Angra dos Reis Archipelago Cruise with Lunch
Venture to the coastal, colonial town of Angra dos Reis, nestled at the foot of beautiful, rainforest-rich mountains. Then feel the ocean breeze as you cruise around the tropical archipelago offshore on an elegant wooden schooner. Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per adult

Bay Cruise
Spend a few hours sailing and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Rio de Janeiro as well as snacks and beer. On this sightseeing adventure admire some of the city’s famous attractions including Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and beautiful beaches... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per adult

Botanical Garden
Founded in 1808 by King John VI of Portugal, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden showcases the diversity of Brazilian and foreign flora. The 140-hectare park lies at the foot of the Corcovado Mountain, far below the right arm of... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$34
per adult

Brazilian Cooking Class
Taste some of the most locally beloved Brazilian dishes and discover why so many food connoisseurs flock to Rio during a 4-hour traditional cooking class. Learn how to serve delicious Brazilian food with master chefs walking you through each step... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

4 hours

Free cancellation

$75
per adult

Buzios Excursion
Spend a day in beautiful Buzios—the beach-fringed peninsula made famous by Brigitte Bardot. Wander the cobbled streets, lounge on the sand, and soak up the charming atmosphere of “the Saint-Tropez of Brazil. ” Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

12 hours

Free cancellation

$80
per adult

Carnival Backstage Tour
Embark on an exciting backstage tour of Cidade do Samba, the impressive complex of workshops for Rio's world-famous Carnival. See where all the magic is created and get insight into the detailed processes that culminate in the planet's most vibrant... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$45
per adult

Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain Half-Day Tour
Visit Rio de Janeiro’s most impressive landmarks on this comprehensive tour to Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. Along the way, pass by the Palacio de Guanabara, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and many more marvelous Rio sights.... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$149
per adult

Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Half-Day Tour
Start your day at one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, the legendary Christ the Redeemer statue, on top of the Corcovado hill. Soak up the stunning views at the iconic landmark while snapping some photos for a... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$60
per adult

Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Statue
Venture to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado Mountain. Ride the Cosme Velho cog train and pass through the Tijuca rainforest on your way up to the base of the statue, where you can take in... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$75
per adult

Corcovado Hiking Tour via Parque Lage
Join a guided hiking tour with stunning views of the Christ the Redeemer statue—one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Begin in Parque Lage, covered with the dense Atlantic Forest, and trek through Tijuca Forest National Park for... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$83
per adult

Culinary Walking Tour
Explore the gastronomic delights sprinkled around the bustling streets of Rio de Janeiro on this active, on-foot walking tour. Scope out tasty bites, traditional dishes, and innovative creations as you visit 4 different establishments, and get ordering help from a... Read More

$59
per adult

Dois Irmãos and Vidigal Favela Hiking Tour
Venture to the Dois Irmãos hill, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most spectacular viewpoints. Enjoy a stunning panorama featuring the Leblon and Ipanema beaches, and tour the Vidigal favela (slum) on foot. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$83
per adult

Downtown & Lapa Bicycle Tour
This tour is a comprehensive biking experience that takes you to numerous natural and historical attractions in Rio de Janeiro. Take a ride through a great historical experience for a street-level look at Brazilian history. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$73
per adult

Favela Santa Maria Bike Tour
Bike from Copacabana and Botafogo to see the amazing community of Santa Marta. Admire a privileged view over the city, with Sugar Loaf to the left, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon at the center, and Christ the Redeemer to the right,... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$61
per adult

Favela Tour by Jeep
Discover life inside a favela, or slum, and various communities within Rio de Janeiro. Along the way, take a jeep ride and walk around the alleys between communities and commercial districts. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$59
per adult

Flamengo Park & Copacabana Bike Tour
Bike around Flamengo Park, the largest public park in Rio de Janeiro, sightseeing around Rio while riding gorgeous biking trails. Visit the Museum of Modern Art and WWII monument before heading to Vermelha Beach, the Sugarloaf Cable Car, and Copacabana... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

Full-Day Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain & Downtown Rio Tour
Take in Rio’s most iconic sights on this full-day guided tour. Discover downtown's historic architecture, marvel at the imposing Christ the Redeemer statue on top of Corcovado, and revel in a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$167
per adult

Full-Day City Tour with Banco do Brasil
Delve into Rio’s past and present on this guided excursion to the city’s main cultural landmarks. Admire the Mosteiro de São Bento, the Candelária Church, and the famous Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil building before ending your trek at Cinelândia,... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per adult

Full-Day Imperial Petropolis Excursion
Spend a day touring the exquisite mountain town of Petropolis—known as the Imperial City since the time of Emperor Pedro II—to visit its regal buildings and charming streets. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$59
per adult

Gávea Rock Hiking Tour
Hike to the top of Pedra de Gávea, one of Rio's highest mountains, located by the sea. After the 2. 5-hour trek, get rewarded with a stunning view over São Conrado beach, Ipanema, Tijuca, and Brazil's biggest slum. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours

Free cancellation

$90
per adult

Guanabara Bay Cruise with Lunch
Admire Rio from the sea and get a glimpse of its historical buildings and the forts that protected Guanabara Bay. In addition to lunch at a seafood restaurant in Ipanema, this excursion includes transportation to and from select hotels in... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per adult

Guanabara Bay Sightseeing Cruise
Take in Rio’s most iconic sights and stunning coastline with a guided schooner cruise around Guanabara Bay—the largest bay in the world—to view Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, and the famous white sands of Copacabana. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$60
per adult

Helicopter Flight from Sugarloaf Mountain
Take to the air and behold the wonders that Rio de Janeiro can offer you with a helicopter flight over the city. See famous beaches, remarkable granite mountains, the rainforest, and the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy Rio's famous landmarks from the... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours, Tours & Sightseeing

6 minutes

Free cancellation

$99
per adult

Historic Rio Walking Tour
Hit the pavement and explore downtown Rio Antigo on foot, listening as your knowledgeable guide points out historical sites and iconic architecture like Praça XV, the Imperial Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the vibrant, bustling neighborhoods of The Marvelous City.... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per adult

Lagoon Bike Tour
Take a relaxing bike ride along Ipanema Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, checking out high-end housing and soaking up the sun in Rio. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

Outrigger Canoe Tour
Rio de Janeiro has a singular coast with beautiful mountains, rainforests, beaches, and wild islands. Climb aboard a Polynesian outrigger canoe to see the scenery from a different perspective, and experience the perfect voyage to the many points of interest... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$99
per adult

Pantanal Carioca Cruise
Along with its world-famous attractions, the city of Rio de Janeiro is home to an environment of wondrous natural secrets. Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the amazing lagoon complex of Barra da Tijuca, a natural treasure tucked into one of... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$21
per adult

Petropolis & Bohemia Beer Factory Tour
Visit the city of Petropolis, located 37 miles (60 km) away from Rio and called the Imperial City since the times of the Emperor Pedro II. Settled by the Germans, Petropolis keeps the memory of Brazilian history alive with its... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

10 hours

Free cancellation

$92
per adult

Petropolis Private Tour
Visit the historic and charming city of Petropolis on a customizable private tour. An expert guide joins you as you make your way through the city, nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$599
per adult

Pico da Tijuca Hiking Tour
Embark on a guided hiking tour to the top of Rio's highest mountain peak, Pico da Tijuca, an astonishing 3,352 feet (1,022 m) tall. Led by knowledgeable guides, the 3. 1-mile (5-km) hike passes cascading waterfalls like Cascata Taunay and... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$83
per adult

Plataforma Samba Show
Hit the town for an evening spent soaking up the best of vibrant Brazilian culture at the Plataforma Samba Show. Delve into the music, dance, and folklore of the city’s world-famous Carnival celebration during a fantastic evening immersed in the... Read More

$99
per adult

Private Customizable Tour of Rio de Janeiro
On this private customizable tour of Rio de Janeiro, accompanied with your knowledgeable local guide, choose your itinerary and head to whichever neighborhoods, beaches, or city landmarks you'd like such as beautiful beaches, Santa Teresa, or the Christ the Redeemer... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$269
per adult

Private Customizable Tour with Christ Redeemer Statue Tickets
See the greatest landmarks of Rio de Janeiro on a private tour of the spectacular metropolis. Ride up to the top of Corcovado, visit the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, and customize your tour to spend the time as... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$299
per adult

Private Customizable Tour with Corcovado & Sugarloaf
Take your time to make an unforgettable day. Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue at the top of Corcovado and travel all the way to the top of Urca Hill and Sugarloaf Mountain. Get the opportunity to visit these marvelous... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$425
per adult

Rainforest Jeep Adventure with Hike
Just a few steps from the streets of Rio lies the thriving oasis of Tijuca, the world’s largest urban rainforest. Contained within the city limits, this lush jungle is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife. Explore this... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$68
per adult

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
Escape the hustle of Rio with a tranquil guided tour at the beautiful Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and the lush Tijuca Atlantic Forest. Led by professional guides, get an up-close look at Brazil's impressive natural beauty—including hundreds of orchids—and... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$34
per adult

Rio de Janeiro Favela & Tijuca Rainforest Jeep Tour
Residents of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro are known as people who always have smiles on their faces, even when everyday life gets difficult. Roam the city's favelas, or urban slum areas that have been pacified by police, will... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$84
per adult

Rio Helicopter Tour
Fly above amazing Rio de Janeiro for a bird's-eye perspective of the city's main attractions, beaches, and bays. Enjoy stunning views like the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches. Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

8 minutes

Free cancellation

$116
per adult

Rocinha Favela Jeep Tour
In an open-air jeep, venture to Rocinha, Brazil's biggest favela and home to more than 70,000 people. Get a feel for the daily life in the neighborhood as you pass by local homes, visit a samba school, and explore the... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per adult

Samba Class
Discover why Samba has been a locally beloved dance in Brazil since the late 19th century with a lively introduction class. Led by professional Samba dancers, learn about the dance's history and culture, feel the music's unique rhythm, and have... Read More

Categories: Restaurants & Nightlife

1 hour

Free cancellation

$27
per adult

Santa Teresa & Selarón Steps Walking Tour
Explore the bohemian quarter of Santa Teresa and visit one of Rio's popular landmarks, the Selarón Steps. Experience charming Rio street art as well as the Parque das Ruínas while enjoying expansive views over the city. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$36
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport (GIG)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport (GIG) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Rio de Janeiro, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

45 minutes

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

Shared Shuttle: Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport (GIG)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Rio de Janeiro Galeão Airport (GIG) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Rio de Janeiro, the zones to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

45 minutes

Free cancellation

$17
per adult

Skip-the-Line: Rio Scenarium
Get to know the trendy neighborhood of Lapa with a night at Rio Scenarium, an old and charming space in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. An eclectic mixture of antique shop and show house, this 3-floor house is home... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Restaurants & Nightlife

8 hours

Free cancellation

$39
per adult

Small Group Corcovado & Sugarloaf Mountain Tour
Gather your friends and family (up to 15 people) and enjoy an intimate tour of Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains. Let a comfortable van pick up and drop off your group, leaving you with all the free time you need to... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$267
per adult

Small-Group Corcovado & Santa Teresa Tour with Optional Sugarloaf Visit
Revel in the statuesque presence of Christ the Redeemerat the top of Corcovado on this small-group guided tour. Wander through the vibrant artist neighborhood of Santa Teresa to climb the Selarón Steps, and embark on an optional cable car ride... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$63
per adult

Small-Group Corcovado, Christ Statue & Favela Tour
Prepare to immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty, lively spirit, and rich culture of Rio. This guided tour features stops at celebrated statues and little-known, vibrant communities, both offering a real glimpse into the people of Brazil. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$96
per adult

Small-Group Favela Tour
It's no secret that Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Blessed with an incredibly stunning natural setting, Rio is famous for just how drop dead gorgeous it is. It's also just as famous... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Small-Group Hidden Feijoada & Tastes of Brazil Tour
Dive into the flavors of Rio on the food-focused foray through the city, learning the history behind 3 of Brazil's most famous dishes. Sip and sample an array of appetizing specialties, and then roll up your sleeves for a hands-on,... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$92
per adult

Small-Group Santa Teresa Discovery Tour
Take off through one of Rio’s most cherished neighborhoods—Santa Teresa. Part walking, part public-transporting, this morning tour combs through an eclectic assortment of sights, ranging from the area’s quaint, cobblestone side streets, to charming parks and convents. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$66
per adult

Small-Group Total Rio Tour
Blessed with the most stunning natural setting, Rio de Janeiro is a city that is as famous for its beauty as it is for its poverty. Stretching up into the mountains that hug glistening Guanabara Bay are the city's vast,... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$158
per adult

Sugar Loaf & Rio Helicopter Tour with Lunch
Enjoy a combo tour of Rio as you ride in a cable car, helicopter, and explore the city by foot. Your guide leads you to the Metropolitan Catherdral, Sambodrome, and other famous sites. Then take in the views from panoramic... Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours, Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

8 hours

Free cancellation

$333
per adult

Sugarloaf Mountain Cable Car Ride with Early Access
Glide to the top of a 1,299-foot (396-m) peak to take in stunning 360-degree views of Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Get early access and avoid the crowds as you head to Sugarloaf Mountain and enjoy... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$72
per adult

Sugarloaf Mountain Sightseeing Tour & Cable Car Ride
Take in Rio’s historic architecture and breathtaking natural setting on this guided exploration of the city streets, concluding with a cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic vistas over "The Marvelous City. " Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$75
per adult

Sunset Cruise with Barbecue Dinner
A cruise and barbecue dinner already makes an excellent combination, but add a dazzling sunset and spectacular sights of Rio de Janeiro to the mix and you have an experience that's truly something special. Prepare to be whisked away on... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per adult

The 2016 Rio Carnival
Check an item off your bucket list at one of the world's most spectacular events—the annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Experience the festive ambiance as you watch the breathtaking parade, admire the magnificently decorated floats, and groove to the... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Restaurants & Nightlife

8 hours

$699
per adult

Tijuca & Favela Jeep Tour
On this half-day tour, experience a different side of Rio de Janeiro by venturing to Rocinha, Brazil's largest favela. After exploring the neighborhood's colorful construction and vibrant community, visit the lush Tijuca Forest, the world's largest urban forest, for a... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$89
per adult

Tijuca Rainforest & Botanical Gardens Jeep Excursion
Set out for a half-day exploration of Brazil’s rainforest flora and fauna and stunning coastal scenery by Jeep, and wander through the Jardim Botanico—a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1808 by King John VI of Portugal. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$79
per adult

Tour of Rio Landmarks & Rainforest with Dinner & Show
Get a taste of everything Rio de Janeiro has to offer in just 1 day with an immersive tour that takes you by all the city's most celebrated sites. City life, classic statues, cathedrals, and even a trip to the... Read More

$266
per adult

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