Highlights Tour in Rio + More

Private Top Rated Tour


Rio de Janeiro has world-famous landmarks, natural wonders, and vibrant neighborhoods with different cultures. Discover the top things to see in Rio de Janeiro on this private tour with an itinerary of the city’s eight most memorable attractions. Ideal for first-time visitors.

Optional: you can also add to ride the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
We add Sugarloaf as optional as the ticket price and time of the tour significantly increase.


  • Visit Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado, Praia da Joatinga, Santa Teresa, Selaron Steps, The Tijuca Rain Forest, São Conrado Beach, Mirante Dona Marta, and Favela Rocinha
  • Delicious traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a restaurant in Santa Teresa
  • Private tour: enjoy the undivided attention of your certified English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and transport by private and comfortable vehicle with A/C

We can pick you up at Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Center, Barra da Tijuca, or the Port.

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

Duration: Approx. 6 hours with no rush and many photo opportunities. If you choose to add Sugarloaf, the time extends to 8 hours.
Start Time:
Anytime between 8 am and 10 am (you choose)


  • Entrance Ticket to Christ Statue
  • Brazilian BBQ lunch (one soft drink/beer/soda/caipirinha per person)
  • Driver & Comfortable Vehicle ( pick up and drop off at your hotel or apartment )
  • Private Transportation
  • Rio Official Guide (Our guide will be able to avoid lines when buying tickets because of special preference at the ticket office.)


  • Sugarloaf with Fast-Pass Tkts ( to avoid the needed five lines )

Book your’s now with great Cancellation Terms!

In case of heavier rain, this tour is canceled automatically, and you receive a full refund.


We will start by going into the Tijuca Rainforest, the largest urban rain forest in the world and home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many threatened by extinction.

Only when we are inside the forest we will feel how big and dense it really is and we will be surprised that we are still inside a big city, like Rio de Janeiro.


tour in tijuca rain forest rio de janeiro

Stop two – praia da joatinga

Secondly, we will head to the amazing and secret Joatinga Beach; a small jewel formed by a hidden cove is one of the most beautiful beaches in Rio de Janeiro and its visitation is a high point for those who like beach, surf, nature and to know where the “Cariocas” go for fun.

Stop three – hang-gliders land on são conrado beach

We will stop by São Conrado Beach to see the hang-gliders land on the beach after their fall from Pedra Bonita. From here you also have a great view of the iconic mountain Pedra da Gávea.

photo tour rio de janeiro

Stop four – favela rocinha

We will enter the most famous and largest favela in Rio, Rocinha. Understand how a favela really works and what factors have influenced it thru history and present.

If your group is up to 3 people then we will go to the very top of the Favela. Groups of 4 people and more, we enter into the favela, by foot, but do not go to the top.

favela tour

Stop five – 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 six – Mirante Dona Marta

From this lookout point, we see Sugarloaf and Corcovado Moutain, from a completely different angle. We also have a complete view over the center area and Guanabara Bay.

Stop seven – Lunch at Santa Teresa

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

Stop eight – 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.

OPTIONAL Stop nine – 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.

Add this optional attraction to end this full-packed fund day here at Sugarloaf and see the sun go down over Rio de Janeiro.

The price to add Sugarloaf is 85 EUR Per Person.
Includes Fast-Pass Tkts so we can pass the five lines needed for this attraction.

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.

total price per person for the tour

want to include accommodations in Ipanema?

optional mar ipanema hotel

Only 100 meters from Ipanema Beach ( Posto 10 ), 300 meters from The Lagoon, and two blocks from the Metro station Nossa Senhora da Paz, Hotel Mar Ipanema is a newly renovated contemporary design hotel that is known for its great service and fun Dj events on the weekends, mainly frequented by locals.

The hotel has a rooftop terrace with a panoramic view over the Lagoon and Christ the Redeemer Statue; an excellent place for a drink or relaxation. This is also where the hotel fitness center is located.

From here, you have 2,5 km to Copacabana Beach and are just a couple of blocks away from the most famous shopping street in Rio, Garcia D’Ávila, and Shopping Leblon.

Price: USD 130 Per Night  for a STD DBL ROOM with breakfast

Services included in the Hotel:

  • Wi-Fi & Cable Internet
  • Safe-deposit Box
  • Breakfast
  • Air Conditioning in the rooms
  • LCD TV in the rooms
  • Bathrooms with shower & hairdryer
  • Connected fun restaurant with a great ambient
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Borrow Beach Char & Umbrella ( upon availability )

Check-In 14pm and Check-Out 12 noon.

what do our customers say about us?

We used Rio Love Story to organize 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 organize 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

payment policy

  • 30% payment needed to reserve; the remaining part needs to be paid at least 3 days before start of the tour
  • Payment can be made via International Bank Transfer or Credit Card Link.

cancellation policy

    • Cancelation 4 days before start of the tour  = 30 USD charge per person (the rest is refunded)
    • Cancelation 3 days or less before start of the tour  = 100% charge of total value.
    • Changes can be made upon availability.

    All cancelations should be communicated to the company in writing by email:
    reservations@riolovestorycom or WhatsApp: +55 21 99620-1948

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