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Rio Alternative Tour

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
About Rio Alternative Tour
A couple in love, tour guides Vicente Cardone and Lully Sampaio created a customized tours travel agency, RIO ALTERNATIVE TOUR. Flexibility is the keyword to describe our Tours. You can customize your itinerary, you will visit the places that you want on the way you wish, making your tour agile, comfortable and “with your identity”. You will optimize your precious time and money. Forget all limitation of a group tour, you will not waste your time in boring lines or places you are not interested in. The tours are in modern and safe vehicles (cars, vans and buses).
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Private customized Tour of Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy Rio de Janeiro with the expertise of a local Tour guide.
This tour optimizes your precious time and money.
Flexibility is the best word to describe this tour, you can customize the itinerary.
You will visit the places you want, on the way that you wish, making your tours dynamic, comfortable and with your identity.
You can also choose the pick-up place and time.
We recommend starting early to avoid crowds.
Forget the limitations of a group tour and the time wasted in lines and places that you are not interested in.
It is a very comprehensive tour where you can see the most famous attractions and the places off the beaten path.
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8 hours
from $80.00

Tijuca Forest & Botanical Garden - Private Tour (5h) Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy Rio with the expertise of a private local guide. If you are a nature lover, adventurer, traveler and love photography is the perfect tour for you. We offer fantastic landscapes!
Our tour starts visiting the Christ The Redeemer. This statue was elected as one of the seven wonders of the modern world in 2007. It is located on the top of Corcovado hill, at an altitude of 710 meters. We will go all the way up by train inside Tijuca National Park, the largest urban forest in the world.
You will understand why Rio was named “Marvelous City”!
We offer a unique product, we book the tickets in advance and you don´t need to waste your time in boring lines.
We will visit the Botanical Garden. It is considered one of the most important and richest in the world. You will discover the flora, see the Brazilwood tree after which the country is named, the Turtle Lake, the floating giant water lilies, the imperial palm trees, Orchidarium/Bromeliad house and its variety of birds.
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5 hours
from $216.22

Urban Art Tour in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

Have you ever stopped to analyze what is drawn and painted on the walls of a big city? Do you know what is the purpose and meaning of the drawings and their motives?

Rio Alternative Tour invites you to discover the city of Rio de Janeiro through this ephemeral street art. A lovely, dynamic tour full of passion and feeling of Brazilian and international artistic expression.

A surprising and unusual experience that will open your mind and make you aware of the importance of keeping your eyes open when walking in Rio.

You will get to know the more alternative and "cool" side of the city of Rio. Explore the vibrant street art scene located in the port area.
You will go through about 50 large murals and graffiti.
It will be revealed to you, through our attentive tour guides, the best kept secrets about the works and their artists.
They will discover spaces that are far from being touristy, but at the same time are the heart of the Brazilian urban artistic movement.
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2 hours
from $35.00

Morro Dois Irmãos Hiking and Favela Tour - Private Tour

This Tour is a fantastic combination of nature and a sociocultural experience.
Rio is well known for his topography and the social contrasts, in this activity you are going to see both. Morro Dois Irmãos (‘two brothers’ in English) are two peaks between São Conrado and Leblon.
The tour starts with hiking through the forest which takes 40 minutes up to the top.
On the way, we will stop a couple of times for pictures in viewpoints. You will get a stunning view of Rocinha favela, Tijuca Forest, São Conrado Beach and Gavea Mountain.
Arriving on the top of the hill a breath-taking view is waiting for us! Leblon Beach, Ipanema, Sugar Loaf, Christ the Redeemer and much more can be seen from there.
On the way back, starts the second part of the tour.
Mixing with the local, you will have a deep understanding of the Brazilian social contrasts and culture. Street Art, Music, Food and the vibrant life in the Favela will make of this tour an unforgettable moment to treasure from your trip to Rio.
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4 hours
from $45.00

Food Tour Experience in Rio de Janeiro (Small Groups or Private)

If you love travelling and you love food, you will love this tour. Brazil is an enormous tropical country and its gastronomy is an explosion of flavors. This tour is a depth immersion in Brazilian culinary and it is also a lovely way of exploring the city of Rio de Janeiro. In the company of a licensed guide, you will visit farmers markets, traditional restaurants and bars only known by the locals. The tour guide will be very informative about art, history, culture and the architecture of the neighbourhoods. The menu includes traditional food such as: Tapioca crepes and cheese bread ( both gluten-free ), açai, café, cachaça, caipirinha, pastel, coxinha, brigadeiro, sweets and cakes, sugarcane juice, Brazilian nuts, fruits, juices and craft beer. You can also choose one typical meal. This menu varies a little depending on the places visited .
We also have options for vegetarians.
This tour is in small groups, (no more than 10 people).
We will walk and use public transportation.
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5 to 6 hours
from $72.00
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Steve R wrote a review Mar 2020
Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates231 contributions92 helpful votes
Made contact and understood our needs. Came up with great itinerary. Was very flexible and made changes to plan as needed. Great driver and guide.
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Response from luciana s, Owner at Rio Alternative Tour
Responded Mar 16, 2020
Dear Diane and Steve, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and for sharing your experience! I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour and it was my pleasure to serve you. I hope to see you again next time. Kind Regards, Lully
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RY-NL wrote a review Mar 2020
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On our tour in Rio de Janeiro Lully and Aline did everything possible to make our one day tour unforgettable Both extremely attentive and informative. Everything well scheduled maximizing our time in the best way possible. We highly recommend their services with highlights visiting places where normally others agencies don't go.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from luciana s, Owner at Rio Alternative Tour
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Dear Roberto, What an awesome Review. Thank you so much. I hope to meet you again, either in Rio for another Tour or in Canada. I wish you lots of prosperity, spiritual and financial. With love, Lully
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Ally wrote a review Mar 2020
Sligo, Ireland2 contributions
Lully and Hechanna were such incredible, friendly people and made my trip to Rio amazing. They brought me everywhere I wanted to go,took brilliant photos and even helped me out with any questions to help me after the tour. I highly recommend this tour, it will be a wonderful experience and that is guaranteed. Thank you so much girls for a brilliant day!!
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Response from luciana s, Owner at Rio Alternative Tour
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Dear Alana, What an awesome Review, just as you! Special, clever, pretty, happy and gentle… the tour in your company was a true pleasure. I hope to meet you again, either in Rio for another Tour or in Irlanda. I thank you both for the kindness and marvelous company! I wish you lots of prosperity, spiritual and financial. With love, Lully and Renatinha.
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Lindrel T wrote a review Feb 2020
Sugar Land, Texas, United States34 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I booked two full day private tours and had a fantastic time! Luly and Vanessa were our guides and got us to all the requested sites we had planned with them when booking. They knew the best times to go to each location and were very flexible with the time we wanted at each. Each day a special treat was going to eat lunch at local restaurant with them where they know the owners and we had great meals! They shared history, culture and traditions while traveling between stops which added to the enjoyment. Thanks again Luly and Vanessa!!
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Colin H wrote a review Feb 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom384 contributions44 helpful votes
My wife and I hired Vincente for a day tour of Rio. Vincente is a very personable man and his laid back style is perfect for a relaxed tour. So why should you spend the money on him for the tour and what are the benefits? 1. He can book the tickets for the train up to Cristo Redentor in advance for you. Often as a guide, he can get you on a super early train which means that you are the first up to the top. 2. He knows the best place to sit on the train so that you get lots of legroom, are first off the train and thus first in the queue for the elevator and then first at the very top. 3. He knows exactly where you should stand to get the best photo of you and the statue. In any day there is about a 30-second opportunity to get this shot before lots of people come and it looks just like a crowd scene. 4. He’s very knowledgable and can answer all your questions throughout the day. 5. He tells you just about the right amount of stuff about a place without overload - or at least for us. 6. He drives around about the city so no hanging about waiting for taxis. 7. The tour follows a great route and you can see a lot very quickly; the cathedral, Museum of Tomorrow, world’s biggest graffiti (which is actually a fabulous work of art), Santa Teresa area, favela, and lookout for Lebon and Ipanema beaches. 8. He collects you and drops you back at your hotel. 9. If it’s a Saturday there is a super local farmer’s market that he takes you to for tastings and a wander. 10. It’s good value. We had 7 hours of his time and his car and for what we got and what we paid my wife and I were very happy.
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Date of experience: January 2020