Rio de Janeiro

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

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From $79.50

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • 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

  • Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

If your Hotel is not in the list please contact us. We will help you finding the nearest meeting point.

What To Expect

Copacabana Beach (Pass By)

Botafogo 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 travelers 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 travelers

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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Traveler 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.
399 reviews
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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.
1/2 Day in Rio
Annette_W, Mar 2023
Our Tour Guide was Peter and he was excellent. He gave us so much history and background, very interesting.
Barbara_L, Mar 2023
Hearing the history of both places from our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about the city and surrounding area
nice tour to see the rio essentials
claudia_s, Mar 2023
very nice guide who took good care of us, we had really fun and enjoyed the tour! it was a very good idea to start early and avoid the big groups
Limited mobility catered for
Alison_D, Mar 2023
Sabine ( hope the spelling is correct) was a fantastic guide, she was very easy to understand, and extremely knowledge and factual. The angel ( the driver)that kept us safe was really lovely, we are disabled but he made sure that we could get in and off the bus very easily. We did the 4 hr trip which was long enough for us, we saw everything that was advertised, and Sabine insured that at both venues we were allowed to use the disabled lifts. So if you are thinking of booking but like us have limited mobility, we had no issues at all. I would recommend this tour and if you are as lucky as we were to have Sabine as your tour guide you won't go wrong..
Tour was great and tour guide was excellent!!
karin_t, Mar 2023
Sabina was excellent!!! The tour was wonderful and Sabino was highly knowledgable and lovely in every way!!
On top of the World in Rio
Peter_S, Mar 2023
Need to be lucky to get a clear day as the views from the Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer are spectacular
Hi had a great time with...
Fernando_R, Feb 2023
Hi had a great time with the group and the s guide Monica. She was amazing and very passionate. Thank you for a great experience
Don’t do this tour on a Sunday!
George_M, Feb 2023
We took this tour on a Sunday, which we do not recommend. In short, the traffic was terrible and the main sites were mobbed. Complicating matters, our guide made a stop to pickup or drop off something, so we were in heavy traffic almost one hour just for that.
Memorable and Iconic
Virginia_Z, Feb 2023
Must see on your trip to Rio! Realize depending on the weather it might be hard to see the Christ the Redeemer statue clearly but it is still worth it. We enjoyed it. It was memorable!
A good way to see the iconic sights of Rio
Tamzin_R, Feb 2023
It was great that the tour was arranged to arrive at Cristo Redendor just as it opened, helped keep the crowds at bay a little. Going with a tour group allows you to skip the lines too. Was a little disappointing that we didn’t get to visit the little extras like the Calderon steps - this was apparently not possible due to carnival
Fun Time at Christ the Redeemer
Brian_H, Feb 2023
Our tour guide, Thomas Vicente, was a lot of fun to experience Christ the Redeemer with yesterday. He was very knowledgeable, and engaged the group with his Brazilian history.
This tour is where it's at!
Jon_L, Feb 2023
Though the tour was a half day tour, it was well worth it with many things to do/check out. Lucas was awesome! He is very knowledgeable about Brazilian history, Christ the Redeemer, and Sugar Load. But also, he gave some great food recommendations for me and my friends to try out. Thanks for making it an enjoyable tour Lucas!
Fun and easy
Farbod_S, Feb 2023
Awesome and easy tour. Highly recommend going in the morning to avoid massive afternoon crowds. The tour guide was great and super friendly.
Amazing trip
Trevor_P, Feb 2023
Amazing day guide Victoria was brilliant. Views fantastic. Small group tour. Good only 5 people. Early morning trip no crowds. Loved every minute
nice to go early
renae_s, Feb 2023
We enjoyed the tour very much. I definitely recommend to take this earlier tour as the sites are very busy later on and this is one of the few that get there early. This company does all day tours that just extended on from this one but we were only able to book this morning tour on Viator. The van was comfortable, and our guide was knowledgeable, but it would have been nice to have more guiding at the actual sites to understand more what we were seeing.