Rio De Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain And Santa Marta Favela - Rio De Janeiro

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Visit some of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous attractions and discover the various sides to the city on this full-day tour with a local guide. Explore the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa, which you’ll reach by tram, and see landmarks like the 18th-century aqueduct and Selarón’s Staircase. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and Guanabara Bay from the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the summit of Corcovado, and learn what life is like in a Brazilian shantytown during a visit to the Santa Marta favela. This tour operates with a maximum of 12 participants, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.

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Meet your guide and group at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, and start your full-day Rio tour with a subway ride downtown a great way to experience a bit of local life.
Get off at Carioca Station, and walk with your guide through the Financial District and to Carioca Square, once the main source of Rios drinking water, which was brought in via aqueducts. Then board the historic Santa Teresa tram the last working tram in the city to travel up the hill to the artsy, eclectic neighborhood of Santa Teresa.
The 20-minute ride takes you across the Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), an 18th-century aqueduct, to the Largo dos Guimaraes station, where youll hop off to explore the narrow cobblestone streets that make Santa Teresa such a popular destination. While walking around with your guide, admire the 18th- and 19th-century buildings that were once home to the citys elite but now house art galleries, restaurants and bars. Set on a hill, the neighborhood offers great views visit Ruins Park for photo opportunities of downtown and Guanabara Bay.
Walk past the neighborhood convent, and then check out Selarns Staircase (Escadaria Selarn), a set of 250 steps covered in tiles from all over the world. They were created in the 1990s by artist Jorge Selarn and have been featured in all kinds of productions, from an episode of The Amazing Race to a Snoop Dogg video. From here, ride the subway to Cinelandia station and head back to nearby Copacabana for a lunch stop (own expense).
Your tour continues to the base of the statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) at the top of Corcovado, the mountain that towers over Rio. To get there, you'll take Tijuca National Park transport, a van, from either Copacabana, Largo do Machado or Paineiras Station (depending on convenience on the day of travel). As you stand at an elevation of 2,300 feet (700 meters), admire the incredible view of the city and take an up-close look at the iconic Rio statue. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the statue was built in the 1930s and boasts a height of 98 feet (30 meters) and a wingspan of 92 feet (28 meters).
Enjoy one last sweeping view of Rios beaches, mountains, bays and skyscrapers before heading by bus to your last stop, a very different picture of modern-day Rio de Janeiro. When you arrive at the Santa Marta favela, explore the community accompanied by a resident guide, meeting local inhabitants and learning about their daily life. Back in the mid-1990s, Michael Jackson shot the Spike Lee-directed music video for his controversial song They Don't Care About Us in the favela. On your tour, see some of the places featured in that video and learn how the filming which was surrounded by legal issues affected the favelas residents.
Your tour ends with your return by bus to the Copacabana Palace Hotel.

Inclusions for Rio De Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain And Santa Marta Favela

  • Local guide
  • Round-trip subway ticket
  • Tram / bus ticket
  • Admission to the Christ the Redeemer site

Exclusions for Rio De Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain And Santa Marta Favela

  • Gratuities (optional)


Please note: We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding favelas, and we understand that this tour may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that the purpose of this tour is for educational reasons alone and allows for a better understanding of Brazilian life inside a favela. Furthermore, the tour operator has an agreement with the local tourism committee of the Santa Marta favela, and proceeds from your tour help support the local community day care called Creche Comunitária Mundo Infantil.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Light clothes and good walking shoes are recommended

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • It could be chilly up the hill as the visit to the Corcovado Mountain was at the end of the tour towards sunset. Recommend to bring something warm to wear.

  • Fantastic tour

  • My guide was very kind and friendly! I was given plenty of recommendations for the city.

  • A great full day tour with Juliana who was a first class guide around Rio. We would thoroughly recommend this - the walk around Santa Marta Favela was particularly interesting where the addition of a local guide from the Favela gave even more insight into living in the Favela’s.

  • This was a great tour. Our tour guide Juliana was very knowledgeable and has the perfect personality for this type of work. I would highly recommend this tour. You see many of the highlights of Rio and some out of the way places too. It was interesting to see the beauty of Santa Teresa and also the grittiness of the Santa Marta Favela. The views from the Christ the Redeemer statue are not to be missed!

  • The tour was very interesting, especially the Santa Marta Favela. We always like to see the real city and not just the tourist areas. It was a pleasure the spend the day with our guide Gui who was attentive and informative. Be aware that there is a lot of walking and steep, uneven stairs to maneuver.

  • Outstanding. Fantastic tour in the hands of Julianna. This is a great way to spend one precious sightseeing day in Rio. The favela visit was very special and we were well looked after at every step of the way.

  • Had a great time even in the rain with Julianna - very knowledgable and entertaining guide. A great thing to do on the first day to get orientated with such a big, diverse city.

  • Amazing tour that takes in most of the sites in one hit. Ask for Gabi as she helped make it such a fun day!

  • Really full day seeing lots of attractions, bus tram train travel. Great way to get around. Guide Juliana was more than amazing, and really looked after us well and very knowledgeable.

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