Explore the sights and delights of Rio in this exciting stopover tour

See the best of Rio de Janeiro with this Stopover tour. Get under the skin of this bustling metropolis, laze away on the stunning beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, stand in the shadow of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, ascend Sugarloaf mountain and enjoy a local barbecue before checking out Rio’s other great icon – the famed nightlife.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Short Breaks
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


  • Stand in the shadow of Christ the Redeemer
  • Frolic on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema
  • Enjoy Rio's exciting nightlife
  • Gaze out of the city from Sugarloaf Mountain


Bem-Vindos! Welcome to Brazil.
Take your complimentary arrival transfer to the joining hotel. The rest of the day is free.

The locals like to say that 'God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio'. In this heaving metropolis, set against the luminescent green of Guanabara Bay and surrounded by the slopes of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, it's hard not to be caught up in the passion of the city's residents (known as Cariocas).

The French were the first to settle here as they logged wood along the Brazilian coast, but they were soon driven out by the Portuguese, who built a fortified town named Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and quickly amassed wealth during the gold rush of Minas Gerais. In the 19th century, the Portuguese monarchy fled from the threat of Napoleon in Europe and took up residence in Rio, where they built grand buildings that still stand today.

These days Rio is a fascinating and diverse city best known for its contrasting images of favelas (shanty towns) and the glitz and glamour of Carnaval.
Pick up will be at 9am today. Embark on a full-day guided tour of the city, including some of Rio's most iconic sights. Head up to Santa Teresa, a beautiful artistic neighbourhood situated on a hill overlooking the city. Wander its cobbled streets to discover eclectic architecture, art galleries and restaurants before stopping by the colourful Selaron Steps. Continue on to Corcovado for a bird's-eye view of the city from the base of Christ the Reedemer. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, this enormous white statue stands over Rio, offering sweeping 360-degree views of the city’s natural wonders. Next, it’s time to experience a different side of the city with a visit to the Santa Marta favela. Accompanied by our local guide, wander the narrow alleys, learn about local life and meet some of the people who make up this vibrant community.
There are no activities planned for the final day, departure flights can be at any time.
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2 breakfasts
Subway, Tram, Private vehicle
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Rio de Janeiro - Guided tour including Santa Teresa and Selaron Steps


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Important notes

This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.
This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Brazil and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities.
The maximum number of travellers is indicative of maximum number of travellers during join-in activities only.

There are no activities planned on Day 1 or the final day of this trip, so you are free to arrive/depart at any time.
This trip includes a complimentary airport arrival transfer, please advise us of your flight details at time of booking

Trip notes

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