Rio Shore Excursion: Skip The Line Christ Redeemer And Sugar Loaf Day Tour - Rio De Janeiro

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Meeting point is 
    Cruise Terminal Pier Mauá - The guide will be waiting for you at the  
    exit gate of the Cruise Terminal 4 (right in front of the Kobra Mural.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Combine two of Rio's most popular tours on a full-day shore excursion packed with breathtaking views. Int he morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic city tour and have the opportunity to ride a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain. After lunch, you'll travel through the Tijuca Rain Forest by cog train to the statue of Christ the redeemer on top of Corcovado Mountain. This tour is an excellent option if your time in Rio de janeiro is limited, giving you the best of Rio in one great day.


  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Rail Tour
  • Lunch included

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The morning tour starts with a panoramic tour of downtown Rio where you'll pass by the infamous Sambadrome, the exhibition area for the renowned Samba schools in Rio. A brief stop is made at the Metropolitan Cathedral, made famous for its unusual pyramid shape. Admire its beauty and rareness from both the outside and the inside!

Your panoramic city tour continues with a visit to the traditional Cinelandia Square where you'll tour the various historic buildings such as the Municipal Theater, the National Library and the National museum of Fine Arts. Head towards the Urca neighborhood, where one of Rio's most iconic symbols is located, Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Traveling up Sugar Loaf mountain on a cable car, you'll make a brief stop at a vantage point at approximately 700 feet (215 meters) above sea level. Capture unparalleled panoramic views of the city, Guanabara Bay, the Rio-Niteroi Bridge and Corcovado Mountain. You'll then ascend to the peak of Sugar Loaf for breathtaking views of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz Fortress and the beaches of Niteroi.

You'll then enjoy lunch (included in the price) at a seafood restaurant before starting the afternoon portion of the tour. After lunch, you'll pass through the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas district (except on Sundays) on your way to the Cosme velho train station. Enjoy a scenic cog train ride through the Tijuca rainforest up to the 125 foot (38 meter) iconic Christ Redeemer Statue. You'll spend approximately 45 minutes at the statue where you can capture once in a lifetime photo opportunities. After the train ride back down, you'll be dropped back off at the cruise ship pier.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to Rio de janeiro for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.


Cog train ride on Corcovado Mountain

Cable car ride on Sugar Loaf Mountain

Professional guide


Port pickup and drop off

Entry/Admission - Pao de Acucar

Entry/Admission - The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

Entry/Admission - Corcovado Christ the Redeemer




Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Infants must sit on laps

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    It wasn't our tour operator's fault, but our tour operator didn't help much either. Our ship (Island Princess) was not cleared until after 12:00 Noon so our 8:30 Tour got off to a late start. We were told right from the beginning that we would not make the Rio de Janerio Cathedral so that was one item we missed. We also missed Tijuca National Park, along with visiting Sugarloaf Mountain at night when we saw nothing but lights from afar. Besides seeing "Christ the Redeemer", we saw a beach from a Sheraton hotel parking lot, and a soccer stadium from the outside that we circled around and watched people at the ticket counters. We realize the tour operator had no control over our ship letting people off late, but we spent so much time (at least an hour) just getting our group together, and a bunch of time wasted because the restaurant told us to kill time because they were crowded... Then, because we were so late and wasted so much time, the rain moved in like a monsoon and we had to make our way to the bus walking in 4" to 6" deep puddles.... It was a "Tour from Hell"! Our friends asked how we like Sugarloaf and we told the truth.. "We have NO Idea"!!

  • 10-Dec-2019

    The places we visited were very good, but to pick up passengers from different hotels was too long. I thought it was only for cruise passengers. We wasted around two hours and we had to change the bus.

  • 04-Mar-2019

    Took this tour over the cruise line's shore excursion because (1) it costs less, (2) included more sites and experiences, and (3) I was pleased that Viator now offers a guarantee not to miss your ship. The problem with Rio is heavy traffic, so you crawl from one site to another. Nevertheless, this tour took us up Sugarloaf Mountain on the cable car, the bog railway to see Christ the Redeemer and the viewing stands for Carnival. The only disappointment was that no drinks of any nature - water, soda, tea, coffee - were included with the lunch. For a few extra dollars, Euros, pounds, yens, pesos, reals, please throw in a complimentary, non-alcoholic drink.

  • 06-Apr-2018

    The highlights of this three-part tour were the gondola ride to the top of Sugar Loaf and the visit to the Christ Redeemer statue. It was a cloudy day, so some of the vistas were not spectacular, but that's touring. Between the two was a lunch at a grilled-meat restaurant. Although the food was tasty, it was a bit much for us and we would have been just as happy with a more modest meal, reducing the tour cost.

    For some reason, communication between Viator and the local company was incomplete. We had to pay for both the Sugar Loaf Gondola and the restaurant meal because the local company did not have a record of our payment credit card accepted, fortunately. Upon return to the US, we contacted Viator and they refunded the amount we were charged.

  • 17-Mar-2018

    My friend and I had a wonderful day on this trip. The views from the top of Sugar Loaf mountain and Christ the Redeemer were wonderful. We were picked up from the port just after 8am and taken to a hotel to join a larger group for the tour. There were a few times during the day when the organisation was a bit chaotic as there were several gaps in the day when we had to wait for our transport to the next stage of the trip. The worst part was our return to the ship when we were transferred to a private taxi to take us back to the ship. The journey started well but, it turned out that the driver had no idea where the port was and it took almost 2 hours for us to get back to the ship. My friend and I do not panic easily however, given the warnings we had been given about safety in Rio I was worried. The content of the trip was great but, as a result of the return trip to the ship I wouldn't recommend using this company in Rio.

  • 05-Mar-2018

    The points of interest were excellent. We loved the trolley ride up Sugar Loaf and the tram ride to see Christ The Redeemer. Lunch at the Brazilian Grill was great. Our morning guide was not very good however. He gave us very little information as we travelled along. That was a disappointment. Our afternoon guide was much better. However rating this tour against other Viator tours - the guides were not as good.

  • 25-Dec-2016

    This tour was all and more than as advertised. The sights, the guide, the lunch... all super!

  • 25-Nov-2016

    Tour was good - only problem was waiting quite a while for bus to arrive after lunch and at the end of the tour.

  • 24-Feb-2014

    Nice to have both attractions on one tour. Things got off to a very rocky stock when, as required, I called to reconfirm my port pick-up. On three occasions, someone picked up the phone, said "me no speak English" and hung up on me. Fortunately, my hotel concierge was able to call for me and make the confirmation in Portuguese. City tour between the two main events was a bit of a waste. We whizzed by places of interest, such as the opera house and made stops at places that were marginally interesting at best.

  • 04-Feb-2014

    we had problems getting picked up in the morning and eventually had to get a taxi to "catch up to them". we caught up and really had only missed the picking up of guest from all the different hotels no harm really. the "morning part" of the tour sugar loaf was nice, but after that we started the drop off process of the people that were not going to continue to the "afternoon part". so what this tour is is the morning and the afternoon just put together. so you end up driving to hotels for pick up and drop off a lot.
    lunch was good, a local steak house. put the help at the restaurant was VERY confused and it took a long time to get the food and to the right people. but they had AC so it was nice to get in for a bit. FYI, all drinks even water are NOT included. we had 3 cokes and 2 waters and it was $R27.
    after lunch we headed with a new guide to the "afternoon" part of the tour. during the second part of the tour a few of us questioned wheather or not we (on a cruise ship) would have to go to all the hotels to drop everyone off, about 1.5 hours worth of driving or could we be taken straight to the ship. in the end they said they would get a bus and take us to the ship. so that was nice. would i do this tour would i go back to the sights, yes. after we got off the ship and checked into our hotel all of these tours were offered by our hotel and at a cheaper price. dont get me wrong i love and use them all the time this was a local tour hiccup. its alot of driving around. get a taxi for the day and do this on your on. it could be done very easily.

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