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Private Top Rated Tour


Rio de Janeiro is home to 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 that takes in five of the city’s most memorable attractions. Visit the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado hill, ride the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and take in the views from Praia da Joatinga. Plus, visit Parque Lage and explore the Santa Teresa neighborhood, home to the colorful Selaron Steps.

But wait, there is more. On the route we will also stop to know some other iconic and amazing locations, such as The Tijuca Rain Forest, see hang-gliders land on São Conrado Beach, Favela Rocinha, and Carnival Sambadrome.


  • Five Rio highlights + Five additional attractions in one day: ideal for first-time visitors
  • Delicious traditional Brazilian BBQ lunch at a restaurant in Santa Teresa
  • Private tour: enjoy the undivided attention of your guide
  • Hassle-free hotel/airbnb pickup and transport by private and comfortable vehicle

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

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 and less time in lines.

Duration: Approx. 9 hours with no rush and many photo opportunities
Max Group Size:
5 ppl (if you are more people, send us an email and we will arrange)
Start Time:
8:30 or 9:00
Proof of vaccination required for all passengers from 18 years old


  • Entrance Ticket to Christ Statue & Sugarloaf Mountain
  • 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)
  • The guide can take photos of you with his Iphone 13 Pro Max if you want

Book your’s now with great Cancellation Terms!

– For 100% protection, upon checkout, opt-in for Enhanced Refund Terms = in the event that you cannot attend the experience due to a wide variety of unforeseen circumstances, you can apply for a 100% refund any time up to the experience date or up to 60 days after, directly through Protect Group

– Or a cancellation fee of 50% is charged if cancelled 48 hours or less before the start of the tour.

In case of heavier rain this tour is cancelled 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 2 people then we will go to the very top of the Favela. Groups 3 people and more, we enter into the favela, by foot, but do not go to the top.

favela tour

Stop five – 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 six – carnival sambadrome

This is where the biggest parade show on the planet happen once a year during.

The Sambadrome was build specially for the Carnival and has capacity for 90.000 spectators.

Designed by Brazil’s most famous architect, Oscar Niemeyer. 


sambadrome rio de janeiro

Stop seven – 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 nine – 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 ten – 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.

We’ll end this full packed, fund day here at Sugarloaf and see the sun go down over Rio de Janeiro.

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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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