Rio can be an intimidating city to the uninitiated - the heat,language, traffic and exubarent nature of the local inhabitants all combine to create a sensory assautl that can make it difficult to get your bearings. Add to this concerns about personal safety in the city, and you have a recipe for sitting on the beach, in front of your hotel room, wondering just where to go and what to see. Fear not, Rio is well equipped to meet the needs of cautious tourists, and there are no end of tour guides on hand ready to show visitors the best that the city and its surroundings have to offer. And the best of Rio de Janeiro is really something spectacular indeed. The city itself boasts the world's most famous beaches in the form of Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World in the form of the Christ the Redeemer statue, and another marvel in shapely form of Sugar Loaf mountain (and, many would argue, many more wonders in the shapely forms of the beauties on the beaches). Meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro state offers Paradise beaches, stretches of unspoilt jungle, and historic imperial cities - and our Top 10 Tours will help you see all these magical sights. If you're pressed for time, taking a full day or half day trip to see Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf are well worth the investment, while for those with more time on their hands, a beach hopping tour is a wonderful way to pass a hot day in Rio. To see the other side of Rio, taking a favela tour is, with the right tour guide, an enlightening rather than voyeuristic experience.
Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil