Rio de Janeiro Tours
Rio de Janeiro City Tour
4.5

Rio de Janeiro City Tour

By Be a Local Tours
Recommended by 96% of travelers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 12-80, max of 19 per group
Duration: 5h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: Portuguese, English, Spanish
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  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
  • Entry/Admission - Sugarloaf Mountain
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions


Start:Traveler pickup offered.
  • Option 1
    Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Please let us know in advance your hotel location, so we can check pick up availability and time.
  • Option 2
    Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Please let us know in advance your hotel location, so we can check pick up availability and time.
Pickup details
  • MUST PROVIDE HOTEL NAME AND LOCATIONG TO CONFIRM PICK UP AVAILABILITY
Additional pickup options
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
  • Che Lagarto Hostel Copacabana, R. Barata Ribeiro, 111 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22011-001, Brazil
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10931P2

    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 10931P2

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    • Be a Local Tours
      1,460
      Brazil
      Joined in January 2012
    • Nattysimps
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spectacular!!
      What an amazing experience! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and made us feel very safe. A must see in Rio. A piece of life that will make you realize life can be very hard. 10/10
      Written June 1, 2024
    • djhow1
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Eye opening experience seeing the biggest favela in Rio
      Sergio was a great guide. From the outset he told us what to expect, when we could take photos and when we can’t take photos, but always made sure we were safe. The favela was such as eye opening experience. Whilst it was quite confronting at times it was good to see how people live. The most important thing was we felt safe: would highly recommend seeing the favela if you enjoy learning about life outside the tourist bubble of Rio!
      Written April 27, 2024
    • E9688CImax
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Favela Tour
      My experience with the favela tour was exceptional and far from the preconceptions you often hear. The respect and authenticity with which our guide led us through the narrow streets was impressive. It was eye-opening to experience the culture, the community and the everyday life of the people there at close quarters. I was particularly touched by the warmth and openness with which we were welcomed. The tour not only offered a deep insight into the challenges faced by the residents, but also showed their strength, pride and hope. The art and colourful graffiti on the walls, the stories of the locals and the lively atmosphere made this visit an unforgettable experience. I am grateful for this enriching experience and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get an authentic picture of the city beyond the usual tourist trails.
      Written March 4, 2024
    • oliviavoglino
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Rocinha favela
      Best tour ever, real favela experience, safe and fun. Super suggested! Great view for pictures from the top.
      Written January 21, 2024
    • Cathalmcirl
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      City Tour and Favela Tour
      Myself and my wife did two tours with be a local. We did the city day tour with Alex and the favela tour with Patrick. Both tours were excellent and we couldn't recommend the tours enough as both guides were extremely informative.
      Written January 18, 2024
    • FredL50
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      5 star ⭐️ awesome felt safe
      So great the guide was a local and he had no filter he showed us everything and told us exactly what we needed to know and the views were amazing if you have any issues with your knees or limited walking mobility don’t do this it’s not difficult but there are stairs ! I felt very safe and people there are so more friendly really great tour
      Written January 5, 2024
    • TremFonger
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Favela tour was amazing!
      Overall a phenomenal experience. A member from the agency picks you up from your hotel and takes you directly to the favela, guiding you throughout. It’s an eye-opening experience. However, there are some sketchier areas and parts where you absolutely shouldn’t use your phones though (and the guide will warn you before entering those parts). Patrick, our guide, is so well-versed with the history and the delicate intricacies of the favela. Being able to inquire about a vast array of topics w him was a breath of fresh air.
      Written November 27, 2023
    • gbinz789
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Impressive Tour!
      The Rocinha Favela Tour was a great experience. Our guide Patrick was superb and I would recomend him and the tour to anyone.
      Written November 13, 2023
    • Robert M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant tour
      Loved this trip, our guide Patrick gave us a real insight to life in a favela. A great learning experience and one I’d highly recommend.
      Written October 23, 2023
    • hrm0809
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour of Rocinha
      Patrick took us for the tour around Rocinha. It was a nice small group of 13. Patrick kept us safe and informed of life in the local community. Would recommend to use Be a local for all Rio tours.
      Written October 23, 2023
    • PinLe L
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Recommend
      Very unique and unforgettable experience,our guide was very friendly with detailed introduction regarding the favela.
      Written October 23, 2023
    • Maxime532
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Favela tour
      The tour guide was really nice and told us a lot about the history of the favelas. He showed us around and we felt really save with him.
      Written October 14, 2023
    • SeraphiaEliseba
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of the best tours in Rio!
      The tour was almost three hours and full of unforgettable impressions, beautiful views and really good & specific information about the favela from our guide. He took us through different places and explained us how people live here. It was one of the best things I‘ve done in Rio so far and I would definitely recommend the tour with Be a Local, because the guide is very experienced and humorous and I felt very safe the whole time.
      Written October 4, 2023
    • veronicaM4882OZ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very interesting explanations and positive vibes
      I really recommend the Favela tour. Luis tells the story of the favela in a very interesting way and shows a lot of different places. I went back home very satisfied. I also felt very safe with him. Thank you!
      Written September 12, 2023
    • HarryworldZA
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An interesting tour that the weather cannot spoil
      Learn about how people in the favelas live. Make sure that you listen to your guide at all times as the rules of the favela are not to be trifled with. Highlights are beautiful views, murals, and crafts from local artists.
      Written September 9, 2023
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    4.5
    4.5 of 5 bubbles59 reviews
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    gapyeargirl
    United Kingdom169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a city tour with Alex yesterday around Rio. We visited Christ Redeemer , drove through Santa Theresa, stopped at the Lapa steps and finally to Sugarloaf mountain.

    Alex kept us safe and provided lots of knowledge of Rio, and the locations we stopped at.

    Thank you Alex!
    Written October 23, 2023
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    Hi, thanks for your feedback. It was a pleasure to show you the city around and we hope to see you back soon, Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written October 30, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Caroline
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A full day almost with sugar loaf and the corcovado visits. There is a lot of people there so it takes time with the line. For the rest san teresa and lapa it is a 10.mn stop. Diogo the guide was great. Enthusiast. He cares ans answers to all the questions you may have
    Written January 28, 2020
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    Hi Caroline, thanks for your review and feedback. During high season main sights get really busy and takes same time to get there. Because of that we had to make a faster visit thru Santa Teresa and Lapa, so you could get the sunset from Sugar Loaf. Hope you enjoyed and wish we can see you soon.. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written January 29, 2020
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    Escape361737
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We’d like to say thank you so much for such an incredible tour today. We could not have hoped for a friendlier guide, with so much knowledge of the facts of the country, Alex put a big smile on our faces and we hope to meet again. Thank you Alex for all the wonderful memories and photos 😊
    Written February 14, 2022
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    Hi, how are you? We are so happy that you liked it and reviews like yours, are our motivation to keep moving forward. All the best, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written February 15, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Lasse B
    Esbjerg, Denmark95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything was perfect and Diego (our guide) was very god. There was a change of driver while we where at a stop and unfortunately in that process my sons cap was forgotten. But the “old” driver droped in of at the the hotel later, so all a very good experience👍
    Written July 11, 2022
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    Hi, how are you? Thanks for your review and feedback, it was a great pleasure to have you with us. Hope to see you back soon, cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written July 13, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    gregsullivan2016
    Ebbw Vale, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    Excellent tour of the main sites which was well paced giving plenty of time at each location. The Tour guide made sure the transfers between locations were slick and that we knew where and when to meet to move onto the next location. Highly recommended, I did not feel that I needed any more time at each location, and it was good value and avoided wasting time by self navigating.
    Written December 22, 2019
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    Hi Greg, double review, great for us! All the best. Be a Local Tours Team
    Written December 23, 2019
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    RenaVe1
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alex was very knowledgeable and fun. We went to Christ redeemer, the cathedral, Lapa steps, the sugarloaf and drove through a large part of the city and learned a lot about Rio de Janeiro in general during the trip. We also stayed a bit longer on the Sugarloaf in the end, which made the trip longer than 5 hours. Totally worth the money!! :) Also I am a solo traveller and found it very easy to connect with the people on the tour. It was a fun day.
    Written July 17, 2019
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    Hi, thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it was a great pleasure to show you the city and we all hope to see you soon. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written July 18, 2019
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Chris T
    34 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked this tour based on some great recommendations and with only a day in Rio thought it would be time efficient. We were wrong! We spent over an hour picking people up from around the city, got to Christ the Redeemer and then Sugar loaf mountain where we waited an hour for sunset. After this we stopped on the side of the road to look at the cathedral in the dark from the outside, the Lapa steps were seen in the dark for about 10minutes and at Santa Theresa our guide wanted to end the tour without us going outside the van. No historical information was given.

    When questioned about why the tour advertised 5 stops and we only properly saw 2 our guide became defensive and said technically we had seen them all. Blaming the early winter sunset and traffic for our delays.

    Save yourselves $60 and go to these places on your own via taxi it’s cheaper.
    Written July 4, 2019
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    Hi how are you? As you were together in the same group with Sophie, i will answer you the same, We apologize for all the inconvenience that may happened. On the day of your tour we had a family of 5 that made a mistake and forgot about the date (and came on the day after). We alwauys wait 10 min at the lobby if someone don't appear (delays can happen) and we don't want to charge for no shows, our will it is always to take the clients with us. Also on the day, we had a big protest at Copacabana Beach, with over 50.000 peope on the streets, what made traffic been blocked in several streets, and really heavy for a sunday morning. About the sites visited during the night time, as we are in winter time, it get's darker earlier, and we try to take Christ and Sugar Loaf at daylight (as both has amazing views). The cathedral and lapa steps are the same during the day or evening. Once again our apologizes about your tour and we hope to see you again to get the best of us. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written July 5, 2019
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Sophie L
    London, UK3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2019 • Friends
    After waiting for almost 3 hours to see the first site on the tour list due to waiting for people who didn't show, we missed the cathedral and santa teresa altogether. We saw the Lapa steps in the dark when dangerous and had to revisit ourselves in the daytime. The tour guide offered no apologies, was rude and incompetent, offering no history or advice on any of the sites. Would strongly advise against this tour as it was a rip-off and a waste of time.
    Written July 3, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hi, thanks for your feedback. We apologize for all the inconvenience that may happened. On the day of your tour we had a family of 5 that made a mistake and forgot about the date (and came on the day after). We alwauys wait 10 min at the lobby if someone don't appear (delays can happen) and we don't want to charge for no shows, our will it is always to take the clients with us. Also on the day, we had a big protest at Copacabana Beach, with over 50.000 peope on the streets, what made traffic been blocked in several streets, and really heavy for a sunday morning. About the sites visited during the night time, as we are in winter time, it get's darker earlier, and we try to take Christ and Sugar Loaf at daylight (as both has amazing views). The cathedral and lapa steps are the same during the day or evening. Once again our apologizes about your tour and we hope to see you again to get the best of us. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written July 4, 2019
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Nate
    Minneapolis, MN6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour of Rio de Janeiro! I messaged Luiz and he was very flexible with the dates and times to accommodate the weather. Saw a lot of the city and the tour guide was very friendly.
    Written January 13, 2022
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    Hi, how are you? It was a pleasure to have you with us. We are always prepared to help our clients with the best we can give. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written January 14, 2022
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    AmosandKat
    Sofia, Bulgaria9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2018 • Friends
    A friend and I went on the city tour together. Our guide, Alexandre (Alex), was exceptional. He was knowledgeable, friendly, very organised, and has a great sense of humour. The guide coordinating all the admissions tickets to all the sites made this tour particularly relaxing.
    Written November 25, 2018
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    Hi, thanks a lot for your review and feedback, it was a pleasure to have you with us, and we all hope to see you soon. All the best, Be a Local Tours Team
    Written November 26, 2018
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