big five rio

Private Top Rated Tour


In this full day exclusive private experience we will visit the top 5 picks of the most important places for you to visit in Rio: Vista Chinesa inside the Tijuca Rain Forest, Parque Lage, Christ the Redeemer Statue, Santa Teresa/Selaron Steps with Brazilian BBQ Lunch, Sugarloaf Mountain. These places are chosen because of their cultural heritage importance and because they give you the best experiences and photos in Rio.

We will pick you up at Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Barra da Tijuca or at the Port, in our private and secure transport and along will be a Rio Official Certified Local Guide to explain to you all the curiosities and to facilitate the experience to make it as comfortable as possible.

We aim to have fun and leave you with great memories and photos. Our Official Guide can pass the public ticket lines at the attractions, so you have more time enjoying them and less time in lines.

Duration: Approx. 8 hours with no rush and many photo opportunities
Max Group Size:
 14 ppl
Suggested Start Time:
9:30 ( if you want to start earlier or later just let us know )


  • All entrance tickets
  • Experienced driver & comfortable vehicle with AC ( pick up and drop off at your hotel or apartment )
  • Private transportation
  • Rio Official Certified Guide (Our guide will be able to avoid lines when buying tickets because of special preference at the ticket office)
  • Brazilian BBQ lunch (one soft drink/beer/soda per person)

Book your’s now!
– Pay in Full or a 50% Deposit ( the rest you can pay at the start of the tour ) required to book
– Cancellation Fee of 50% ( of total price ) is charged if cancelled 24 hours or less before the start time


After we pick you up we head to our first amazing view/experience: Vista Chinesa, and to get there we will go into the great Tijuca Rainforest, the largest urban forest in the world and home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction. Once we get to Vista Chinesa we marvel of the view of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi, from this historical and iconic construction. We will know the story of Vista Chinesa and take some great photos, before we head off for our second great experience.

Stop Two – Parque Lage

This historical mansion, right below Corcovado mountain and the Christ Statue, used to be a sugar farm in the 16th hundred century and is inspired by Italian architecture. It is one of the most iconic places in Rio and have been the stage of many cultural events such as the end scene of Snoop Dogg’s video “Beautiful”. In the surroundings you find waterfalls, a beautiful garden and visitors that come for the amazing ambient and great photos.

Stop Three – The Selaron Steps

In 1990, Selarón began renovating dilapidated steps that ran along the front of his house. At first, neighbours mocked him for his choice of colours as he covered the steps in fragments of blue, green and yellow tiles – the colours of the Brazilian flag. It started out as a side-project to his main passion, painting, but soon became an obsession. He found he was constantly out of money, so Selarón sold paintings to fund his work and also tiles were donated from all over the world. It was long and exhausting work but he continued on and eventually covered the entire set of steps in tiles, ceramics and mirrors.

Lunch at Santa Teresa

We will have a tasty Brazilian BBQ lunch at the historical and bohemian neighbourhood Santa Teresa. This part of town is also famous for artistry, culture and great views over Rio.

Stop Four – Christ Redeemer Statue

Next we go up Corcovado Hill to see Brazil’s greatest national icon and on of the new seven wonders of the world. This is the highest point we will visit during this day, with 710 meters.

Our Rio Official Guide will facilitate your entrance tickets, avoiding the long lines to acquire them.

Stop Five – Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak that rises 396 meters high and presents a bird’s eye view of Rio de Janeiro from the mouth of Guanabara Bay. To get to the top we take two cable cars called “bondinhos”. The first cable car takes us up to the Urca Mountain and the second to Sugarloaf.

Our Rio Official Guide will facilitate your entrance tickets, avoiding the long lines to acquire them.

Top Rated Tour

Thanks so much to our clients who have taken the time to review our Big Five Rio tour on Trip Advisor and Viator.

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Thanks for a great week!

We used Rio Love Story to organise transportation, tours and hotel for our group, 28 people.
With large group It is always difficult to find something everyone like. Rio Love Story organised a great tour in Rio everyone liked on short notice. Great knowledge of Rio!! He arranged good tickets to a soccer match with transportation, recommended!
He also organised transport on short notice during our stay around in Rio.
If you need help to organise your tour I would recommend you to give Rio Love Story a call!!! I will definitely use them again!
Thomas / Norway

I would whole heartedly recommend this AMAZING 5 Star Tour ⭐️ The guide Tavi was sooooooo knowledgable, kind, attentive to our needs & made us feel so welcome. The History of Rio flowed with verve & fascinating facts. The vehicle was very comfortable, air conned & spacious. Perfect for our tour. Our friends wheelchair fitted well in the boot. The guided tours of the five fantastic locations were superb. Get to Rio, book Tavi & have the best tour, tailor made just for you ❤️
Peter / England

Tavi is knowledgeable, personable, and made our first day (and first time; 7 of us!) in Rio an unforgettable experience!

I would not hesitate to book a tour with him next time I’m in Rio. If you’re looking for someone who knows and loves the city and can educate you while still having fun, Tavi is your guy!

Tameir / USA

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