USD $49.5 per person
Come to see a different, and equally interesting, part of the city. Join our tour to visit Downtown Rio, the oldest part of the city and its main attractions and interesting buildings.
DepartureHotel pick up in a selected range of hotels in Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana
Departure TimePickup between 1:30PM and 2PM
Dress CodeCasual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
IncludedBilingual Licensed GuideDeluxe Van TransportationEntrance FeesHotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off *
Not IncludedLunch and Drinks
Visits / Stops<ul> <li>Maracanã Stadium</li> <li>Sambadrome</li> <li>Metropolitan Cathedral</li> <li>Selaron Stairs</li> <li>São Bento Monastery.</li> </ul> <strong>Click on Tour Plan above to see the tour's full schedule</strong>
Payment<ul> <li>Price per person:</li> <li><b>Adult - 12 years and up - US $49.50 per person </b></li> <li><b>Child - 5 to 11 years - US $34.50 per person </b></li> <li><b>Infant with ID - 0 to 4 years (on the lap) - Free of charge </b></li> <li>For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the date of the tour</li> </ul>
MARACANÃ (outside only) AND SAMBADROME
After the pick-up at the hotels, the tour starts with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium where we will have a quick stop outside for pictures at the Bellini’s statue, a famous captain who led Brazil’s soccer team to win the World Soccer Cup in 1958. After that we will head to the Sambadrome, which is the stadium for the city's main Carnival parade. We will then stop to take some photos and to try on the famous Samba School costumes used during Carnival.
As we continue through the city, we will see the Lapa Arches, Lavradio street and Avenida Chile. There we will visit the cone-shaped Metropolitan Cathedral, a major landmark in this Brazilian city and a masterpiece of modern art. With architecture inspired by the Mayan pyramids of Mexico, the conical shape is believed to give proximity to God. Four stained glass windows run from floor to ceiling forming a cross at the top. You will notice that acoustics are great in there!
LAPA AND SELARON STAIRS
Next we will visit the Escadaria Selarón (Selaron stairs), a colorful tiled stairway, work of a self-taught Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Having traveled the world, Selarón moved to Rio in 1983, in a tiny house just in front of the desolate stairway connecting the areas of Lapa and Santa Teresa. 215 steps that he entirely covered with tiles collected in urban areas of Rio or donated by visitors from all around the world. Since 1990, Selarón has laid over 2000 tiles, mainly red-colored: unique pieces representing a “tribute to the Brazilian people”.
SÃO BENTO MONASTERY
Following we will then visit the São Bento Monastery. A place of monastic simplicity that is one of the most beautiful architectural complexes in Brazil where there is a surprising contrast between the austere, purposefully simple appearance of the exterior and the richness of the interior highlighting gilded Baroque engravings with plants motifs. See for yourself the exuberant Rococo style in the engraving on the high altar, followed by a view of the dome and the Chapel of the Santíssimo Sacramento.
On our way back to the hotel, looking outward along the Aterro do Flamengo, you'll see the Museum of Modern Art, the Monument to the Fallen in World War II, and the Church of the Outeiro da Glória. You will also be able to see the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo as we return via Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon.