Rio de Janeiro

The Best Half Day in Rio with Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Hill

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From USD 79.50

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Summit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains in the early morning to beat the crowds on this half-day tour in Rio de Janeiro. After bright and early pickup from your Rio hotel, travel through the Tijuca National Forest to get up close with the Christ the Redeemer statue without throngs of people around. After learning about its history from your local guide, move on to Sugar Loaf Mountain for spectacular views of the sprawling city, slowly waking up in the morning light.
  • At Sugar Loaf Mountain, get spectacular views of the sprawling city
  • Pass several other landmarks such as Palácio Guanabara and Largo do Boticário
  • Summit both Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountains in the early morning to beat the crowds
  • Travel through the Tijuca National Forest to get up close with the Christ the Redeemer statue

What's Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off - selected hotels in Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Bilingual certificated tour guide
  • Optional: Entrance fees to Christ the Redeemer and to Sugar Loaf Complex (cable car)
  • Transportation in a Deluxe Van with driver
  • Drinks and Food
  • Tickets can be excluded depending on the option chosen
  • All tickets will cost around R$ 200,00 (about US$ 40,00)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana
    Av. Atlântica, 1020 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22010-000, Brazil

    Pickup at Hilton will be 7:30am or 1:30om. Please advise if you are planning to meet us there so we can organize our pickup schedule.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pickup starts 30min before the tour. Fot the morning tour it will be between 7:00am and 7:30am, for the afternoon tour it will be between 1:30pm and 2:00pm, depending on traffic. Each hotel have a specific timing according to the it's location. Please contact us for the exact time. Important: for operational reasons our pickup happens only in selected hotels in the neighborhood of Copacabana, Leme, Ipanema and Leblon. If your hotel is not in the list, also please contact us so we will help you finding the nearest pick-up point.

What To Expect

Copacabana Beach (Pass By)

Botafogo Beach (Pass By)

Guanabara Palace (Pass By)

Parque Nacional da Tijuca (Pass By)

Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Mirante Dona Marta

25 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Boticario Square (Pass By)

Sugarloaf Mountain

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Ipanema Beach (Pass By)

Leblon Beach (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is available twice a day: early in the morning or in the afternoon. Please choose the best time for you.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Importante note: during the months of December through March, considered the high season, please allow more time for a complete tour. Even doing our best to avoid lines sometimes the tour get extended and takes more than 5 hours to finish.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveller Tips

Temperatures were taken and masks were required at all locations.
If you are limited in time, this is an ideal way to see two iconic sights.


433 reviews
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Fabulous trip. A small...
Annette_R, June 2023
Fabulous trip. A small group and a knowledgeable guide. No queuing or waiting in line. Highly recommend it. The only thing I would change would be the weather…….
Fun, Easy Going Tour!
Kassandra_G, May 2023
Sabina (guide) and Fabio (driver) were great! Pick up from the hotel was a breeze in a really nice and clean van, and everything about the tour was well organized. I learned a lot and had a really fun, easy going experience. Book this tour, you will not regret it! Sabina is so kind, knowledgeable, and fun!
Enjoyed this tour!
Laura_M, May 2023
Great tour! Guide was very knowledgeable. Tour started on time. Despite poor weather it was very good.
Definitely recommend
Lauren_B, May 2023
Great experience and great company. We had Sabrine and she was awesome! Would definitely recommend this.
Couldn’t have asked for more.
Kimberly_T, May 2023
Our experience with Vitago and Carioca Tropical Tours (the operators) was absolutely fantastic. Sabina could not have been more lovely - she was knowledgeable and had additional tips and tricks that saved us time and put us the perfect spot for photos. We did the afternoon tour so we were able to catch sunset at Sugarloaf. By far the best day we had in Rio thanks to this tour!
Best way to see the top destinations in Rio
Roy_M, May 2023
What a great experience seeing the top destinations in Rio! As a first time visitor, my personal guide, Ernie was the best!
Excellent tour!
Laura_L, Apr 2023
Wonderful tour and our guide was amazing! Was well organised, stress free and efficient. Highly recommend.
Rio Trip was EXCELLENT!
Brittnee_H, Apr 2023
Cathia was extremely knowledgeable about the history and places of Rio! We were able to stay on track with time, and even got to see the city from a few different places that were not on the itinerary. The views were breathtaking! So glad we decided to book!
Fantastic trip great guide!
Nathan_C, Apr 2023
Great trip. Picked up from hotel. Our guide was fantastic. Peter! Took great photos of me and was very knowledgeable. I tried to upload pics.
The best tour in Rio for these 2 main attractions
Tessa_C, Apr 2023
Let me start by sharing how our tour guide Pedro aka Peter was phenomenal. Not only do you get so much information on the tour and history but he makes it fun! He was so happy to help us with some great shots at the Christ and that was very helpful. Our driver Flavio aka Toreto and Peter make a great team. If you come to Rio guys please don't miss out on this tour. You will skip the lines, gain so much history and have a great time. Keep an eye out on the weather, go ONLY if it's a clear day, no rain otherwise you won't get good or clear pics. Our day was Fantastic!
Short and sweet.
Christine_M, Apr 2023
Covered the two main attractions in Rio in 5 hours. Peter our guide and our driver Terreto were excellent. Peter has the ideal personality for a tour guide. Knowledgable and very passionate about is subject.
Cloudy day...but still a great tour!
Erin_M, Apr 2023
Katia (Kathy) was great. Very informative and friendly. Even though the weather was cloudy and rainy, we had a great experience.
Denis_C, Apr 2023
The pure fascination of the statue Christ the Redeemer. The workmanship required not only to build the statue but the road that leads up the hill - marvellous.
Peter and Vin Diesel ride again
Dougal_D, Apr 2023
Our guide Peter and his driver Vin Diesle were brilliant. Full of enthusiasm and great banter. Everything was explained and he was able to answer all questions. Pick up time was prompt Great value for money I would definitely recommend this trip
Sheila_A, Apr 2023
We were disappointed. We waited in line at Sugar Loaf Mountain a long time while our guide purchased tickets. We were giving 25 minutes on the upper mountain and only 15 on the lower mountain. Our guide told us to enjoy the view, grab a bite, do some shopping. That was a joke since there was not nearly enough time for that. This was likely our only visit to Rio. The Sugar Loaf portion of this tour was so rushed we couldn't enjoy it.
Great tour.
Adam_C, Mar 2023
Great guide who talked about Rio as well as the sites we visited. The tour was exactly as described.
Great half day.
Andrew_H, Mar 2023
Sabine was an excellent host to our small group of six. Pick up was exactly on time and both sites were worth visiting. We arrived at Corcovado shortly after the 8am opening so didn’t experience and entry delays.
Must-Visit Sites But Be Careful When You Book
Jay_C, Mar 2023
This tour was more about providing transportation than a deep dive into the two sites. We made the mistake of booking on a weekend in high season. Bad traffic so the bus came an hour late to pick us up and the lines were so long we never made it to Sugar Loaf. About half our group wound up taking taxis back to our hotels.
Definitely worth booking
Emma_A, Mar 2023
Really well organised. Pete the guide was great. Delivered the facts with humour and just the right amount of detail. Thank you.
Perfect if you don't have a lot of time.
Jeff_M, Mar 2023
This half day trip is perfect if you don't have a lot of time to spare in Rio. The guide Peter was charming funny and knowledgeable. We left early and beat the crowds to Christ the redeemer. Sugarloaf mountain was another stunning location.

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