This small group Sugar Loaf Cable Car Tour in Rio de Janeiro begins with a panoramic drive through downtown Rio, passing by the Sambodrome and the Metropolitan Cathedral.

You will see the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings - the Municipal Theater, the National Library, and the National Museum of Fine Arts.

By taking the Aterro do Flamengo, your guides will take you to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the largest symbols of the city is located:  the Sugar Loaf.  This visit is made in two steps by cable car.  The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high and from where one can have a beautiful view from the Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niteró Bridge and Corcovado hill.  From this stage, a second cable car will be taken up to the top to find a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niteró.

Audio guide available in 9 languages:  Portuguese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, & Russian.

Rates - including tax

Type Rate
Adult Rate
(Pickup from South Zone Hotels, Ages 13+):
$68.00
Child Rate
(Pickup from South Zone Hotels, Ages 3-12):
$50.75
Adult Rate
(Pickup from Barra Hotels, Ages 13+):
$78.00
Child Rate
(Pickup from Barra Hotels, Ages 3-12):
$58.25
Child - Free
(Ages 2 and Under):
$0.00

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Tour / Activity Details

4 hours
8:00 am daily
(See Special Schedule Details)
Estimated departure time; you will be provided your specific tour departure time when you reconfirm your reservation (details on E-Ticket).

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Tour includes free hotel pick up and drop off at most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana and some in Barra da Tijuca.  Lunch is NOT included in this tour.  Rates are per person in US dollars.  This tour is not wheelchair-friendly.  Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

Special Schedule Details

  • No tours are scheduled on January 1 and December 25 or 31.

 

Included

  • Roundtrip transportation from most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana (South Zone), and some in Barra da Tijuca
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable Car Ticket

 

Not Included

  • Food and beverages
  • Optional gratuities

 

Please Note

  • Pricing is based on the location of your hotel.  There is one price for pick ups in hotels in the South Zone of the city and another for those in Barra da Tijuca.  If you are staying in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema or Copacabana, please select the rate for South Zone hotels.  If you are staying in Barra da Tijuca, please select the rate for Barra pickup.
  • During Carnaval, between Friday and Tuesday, there is the possibility of the City Tour being reduced or excluded from the itinerary due to traffic issues and streets closed around the city.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
  • Bring a bottle of water.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat in case it’s hot.

 

Itinerary

In the morning, moving along the beaches of the South Zone of Rio to collect guests, you will hear about the interesting background of the neighborhoods of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana, discovering many things along the way, such as the origin of their names as well as learning a handful of stories about things that have happened in their streets.  Learn about the writing of "The Girl from Ipanema," the best spot to catch the sunset and the fashionable life of the Guinle family, back when they used to own the Copacabana Palace.

After collecting all guests, the tour makes its way Downtown, passing through the charming Botafogo shore where you will have a first glimpse of Sugar Loaf and hear about the fights between the French and the Portuguese back when Rio was nothing but wild.  Then you will pass through the historic Laranjeiras neighborhood, which hosts the Guanabara Palace, the ancient home of Princess Isabel who signed the Golden law (Lei Áurea) in 1888 to set the slaves free.  Hear of the time when Brazil was already an independent country, but still ruled by Portuguese emperors.

After crossing the Santa Barbara tunnel, there's a panoramic tour of downtown Rio, with information about the culture of Samba in Rio while passing next to the Sambodrome - and learning about the city’s early and later history before stopping at the Metropolitan Cathedral.  There you will have some time to admire its unconventional pyramidal form with an internal diameter of 96 meters and a height of 80 meters.  After this brief visit to the Cathedral, you will get back to the bus to see the traditional Cinelândia Square with its historical buildings - including the Municipal Theater.  After crossing the historical Rio Branco Avenue, Via the Aterro do Flamengo, you will hear about Brazil’s part in World War II as well as reliving the final battles between the Portuguese and the French.

Now it's time to head to the neighborhood of Urca where one of the main symbols of the city is located:  Sugar Loaf.  There, in addition to hearing about the origin of Sugar Loaf’s name and its movie showcase in the 1979 James Bond spy film Moonraker, you will catch some of the best views on the city.  You’ll travel all the way to the top in two steps by cable car.  The first cable car takes you to Urca Hill, a vantage point 215 meters high for which already grants beautiful views of Guanabara Bay and its islands, Flamengo and Botafogo beaches, Santos Dummont Airport, the Rio-Niterói Bridge, Urca’s neighborhood and Corcovado Mountain.  At Urca hill you will visit the first cable cars used at 1912, made by Germans, and the second ones, from 1972, made by Italians.  From this stage, a second cable car takes you up to the top.  When you get there, you will understand why Rio is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.  At 395 meters you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of Copacabana beach, several beaches of Niterói and the Santa Cruz fortress, which during colonial times and the Brazilian Empire was the main defensive structure of Guanabara Bay and the Port of Rio de Janeiro.

Explore the Urca and Sugar Loaf hills for about 45 minutes before getting back on the bus.  You can enjoy great views of the charming city, see the native rainforest and take your best scenic photos ever.  You will see all the modern and natural beauties during this tour while thinking of the rich history you’ve just learned about Rio.  Back on the bus, just relax and take a moment to behold Rio’s scenery while you let everything you experienced sink in on your way back to your hotel.  The smile upon your face is simply the consequence of a pleasurable morning tour you will never forget!

 

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.  Tour includes free hotel pick up and drop off at most hotels in São Conrado, Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana and some in Barra da Tijuca.  Lunch is NOT included in this tour.  Rates are per person in US dollars.  This tour is not wheelchair-friendly.  Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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