The city of Rio de Janeiro and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain illuminated at night.

Rio de Janeiro Tours

Tailor-made Itineraries by Local Experts
The city of Rio de Janeiro and the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain illuminated at night.

Rio de Janeiro Tours

Tailor-made Itineraries by Local Experts

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Explore Rio’s famous beaches and unique local culture with our private and small group Rio de Janeiro tours. Well-known for its yearly Carnival festivities and as the birthplace of musical traditions such as Samba and Bossa Nova, Rio is a must-visit destination for experiencing Brazilian culture. Spend some time in the sun at Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, take a cable car to the top of the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, or stroll through the lush greenery and unique native flora of the nearby Tijuca National Park. Come and find out for yourself why Rio is known as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvelous City).

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Let our team of expert travel advisors help build your dream trip to South America. Our fully customizable vacation packages allow you to hand-pick the destinations you wish to see at the exact pace you wish to see them. All of our offerings are also vetted firsthand by our team to ensure top quality and comfort. Contact one of our travel experts today to start planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip!

What to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Discover the beautiful beaches, lush forests and unique local culture of Brazil’s most famous city. Your Latin America For Less travel advisor can help you create the perfect itinerary tailored to your interests and preferences.

Rio de Janeiro’s iconic sugarloaf mountain, overlooking some docks lined with boats.

Sugarloaf Mountain


Simply splendid views can be had atop the Sugarloaf Mountain, reached by cable car. From the 1,299 feet (396 meters) peak visitors can marvel at Rio, as well as the tropical vegetation, such as rare orchid species, that surrounds the hilltop.

Modern buildings and crowds of people on the famous Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Ipanema Beach


The shores of Ipanema Beach, immortalized in the 1960s bossa-nova song, “The Girl from Ipanema,” are a main attraction in Rio. If you stick around after dark, this sophisticated neighborhood offers some of the liveliest nightlife in all of Rio.

A tree-lined sidewalk next to Copacabana Beach, with Sugarloaf Mountain visible in the distance.

Copacabana Beach


The coastal stretch known as Copacabana hosts many modernized kiosks offering Brazilian drinks and delicacies, open-air restaurants, and bars – understandably making it a posh party destination.

Cabeça do Imperador, a famous rock formation found inside Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro.

Tijuca National Park


This protected natural wonder is the world’s largest urban forest replanted by man, and is home to hundreds of species of plants and wildlife, many of which are threatened by extinction and found only in the Atlantic Rainforest.

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An aerial view of kitesurfers enjoying the waters just off the beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Adventure Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add some extra adventure to your personalized itinerary. Get your adrenaline pumping with hikes and multi-day treks, jungle expeditions, white water rafting trips, mountain biking tours and more. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors today to start planning your adventure.

Spectators looking on as dancers dressed in extravagant clothing perform for carnival in Brazil.

Cultural Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about adding cultural tours and experiences to your personalized itinerary. Discover the rich cultures of Latin America and learn about the unique customs and traditions maintained by its people. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors today to start planning your cultural tour.

Chairs next to a pool surrounded by tropical palm trees at the JW Marriott in Rio de Janeiro.

Spa & Wellness Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add spa & wellness tours to your personalized itinerary. Take advantage of a free day to enjoy some rest and relaxation at a resort, or visit a spa to unwind after a long day of exploring. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our advisors to start planning your spa & wellness tour.

A cutting board with two caipirinhas, a typical Brazilian cocktail with cachaça, sugar and lime.

Food Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add food tours and culinary experiences to your personalized itinerary. Discover the unique cuisines of Latin America and enjoy exclusive visits to some of the world’s top restaurants. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our travel advisors today to start planning your food tour.

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Family & Friend Tours

Ask your Latin America For Less travel advisor about how you can add family-friendly tours to your itinerary. Our team can help you build the perfect trip for your family, whether your group has small children, teenagers, senior citizens, or all of the above. We are experts in planning personalized travel experiences in Latin America, so talk to one of our travel advisors today to start planning your family tour.

Explore Brazil

With stunning beaches, lush tropical forests, fascinating history and unique culture, Brazil offers many attractive destinations for travelers. Discover some of the best places to visit in Brazil below.

São Paulo


As Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo’s attraction lies in its diverse people and its vibrant culture. Senses are overwhelmed by the sheer size and cosmopolitan feel of the city.

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Bonito


Bonito is an eco-tourism Mecca blessed with caves, waterfalls, and crystal-clear rivers. It’s a haven for nature and adventure lovers with great snorkeling opportunities.

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Buzios


Sitting at the end of a long sandy peninsula, Rio’s most exclusive beach resort of Buzios offers surfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, diving, or just simple relaxation.

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Florianopolis


Florianopolis, capital of Santa Catarina State, is a beautiful and bustling island city, and one of the few places in the world where antiquity and modernity unite in perfect harmony.

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Iguazu Falls


The name Iguazu comes from the Guarani phrase for “big waters,” although this can only begin to describe the majesty and magnificence of these gigantic waterfalls.

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Manaus


Lying on the Negro River a short distance upstream from the mighty Amazon, Manaus is a former rubber-boom port that is today the main jumping-off point for excursions into the Amazon.

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Ouro Preto


An 18th century gold-mining center, Ouro Preto is bursting with striking Baroque architecture and sacred art. It is the colonial jewel in the crown of Minas Gerais state.

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Pantanal


Among the best places in South America to see wildlife, Pantanal is a vast natural ecological paradise where you’re almost certain to see jaguars, caimans, anacondas, exotic birds, and more.

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Paraty


Home to some of the world’s most spectacular Portuguese colonial architecture, Paraty is set on a shoreline of jutting peninsulas and secluded beaches.

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Praia do Forte


Praia do Forte is a charming coastal town blessed with beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and tropical reefs. It’s a great place for turtle-watching from December to March.

Recife


Recife boasts dazzling stretches of white sandy beaches, while the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Olinda is simply the largest and most beautiful site of colonial architecture in Brazil.

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Salvador de Bahia


Salvador de Bahia sits behind beautiful beaches and an island-studded bay. But the real draw is the vibrant Afro-Brazilian culture which is best seen through the region’s unique music.

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Rio de Janeiro Hotels

Discover the best places to stay in Rio de Janeiro with our top pick Rio de Janeiro hotels.

An elegantly-decorated room with carpeting and a large bed at the JW Marriott in Rio de Janeiro.

JW Marriott Rio

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Avenida Atlantica 2600 , Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

One of the premier hotels of Copacabana, the excellent JW Marriott Rio exquisitely captures the enrapturing spirit of Rio de Janeiro. Guests will truly feel on top of the world as they soak up Rio’s magic from the hotel’s rooftop terrace and enjoy breathtaking views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado from the swimming pool.

A beautiful room with wood flooring and furniture at the Excelsior Copacabana Hotel in Rio.

Excelsior Copacabana Hotel

★ ★ ★ ★

Avenida Atlantica 1800, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

A member of the Windsor chain, the pleasant Excelsior sits on a wide corner offering excellent ocean views. All rooms are elegantly furnished, spotless, and very well maintained. The best rooms are the deluxe suites that take up the entire corner and offer both side and full ocean views (luxo frentemar).

A cozy room with wood flooring and furniture at the Martinique Copa Hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

Martinique Copa Hotel

★ ★ ★

Rua Sa Ferreira, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

The Martinique is the newest budget option of the Windsor chain, offering excellent services at great value. Located just around the corner from the Miramar, the hotel is only half a block off the Avenida Atlântica, within walking distance from Rio’s best shops, restaurants, and bars. It also boasts a rooftop pool and sun deck.

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Firstly, I received good advising from the beginning. Then I was really looked after upon arrival and right up until departure. I really enjoyed the Corcovado, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and the "chicas bonitas". Obrigado Rio!
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