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Hiring a Private Tour Guide is an awesome experience that goes beyond just seen the attractions of the city thru the eyes of a local. It means you can "tailor up" your visit experience according to your expectations, on your pace and time, going "off the tourists beaten track" and enjoying not only the main, but also the "hidden gems" attractions of the city in a comfortable and safe way!! 

See below my tour suggestions for 1 or 2 days in Rio...

Friday

2 DAYS - FULL DAY TOURS SCHEDULE


To feel and experience the real "carioca way of life"(cariocas are how the natives of Rio are called), and get the best from not only the main tour attractions but also the "off the beaten path" things to do in Rio, 2 full day(7hrs EACH DAY) tours are perfect!!
 Here's a suggestion of a tour plan I usually do with my clients:

DAY 1 - FULL DAY TOUR SCHEDULE

Starting at 9AM on the first day, we head to one of my favorite beach view points in Rio, which my clients lovely designated as "Manu's tropical welcome drink view point", 'cause it's where I usually start my tour around Rio from.

Dimitri Ustinova and I, at the Leblon view point.

Israeli girls, enjoying the view at Leblon view point.

Paul, from Texas, and I starting our day tour with the trpical drink.

 Then, we'll drive along Rio's beach side, to see the famous leblon, ipanema and Copacabana beaches, also stopping at the historical and beautiful copacabana fort, from where we can have the prettiest ground view of the sugar loaf mountain and copacabana beach. Astonishing!!

Leblon & Ipanema beaches, with the Twin Brothers' mountain in the background.

Copacabana beach

Copacabana beach sidewalk

Copacabana Fort's main entrance

View of Copacabana beach and the sugar loaf mountain from inside the fort.

From the cannons platform, a 360 degrees panorama view.

Also from the cannons, the Arpoador rock dividing Ipanema & Copacabana beaches.

Then, we go to one of the modern world's new seven wonders, atop the corcovado mountain, the christ the redeemer statue!! After blessed by the christ, our tour continues in downtown area, where we'll see the historical buildings and monuments from the colonial and imperial 19th century. We'll walk to the "still riding since the 19th century" santa teresa street car station. We'll ride the trolley over the old acqueduct now known as "the lapa arches", up to santa teresa, with its colonial architecture and pretty workshops and handcrafts shops.We would never return without tasting the typical flavor of Rio, trying the "black beans turn overs", which are "out of this world" appetizers, and the famous brazilian "feijoada", the brazilian tasty black beans stew. Tired? I hope not!! :) there's plenty more to do and see!!

Christ, the Redeemer statue. Atop of the corcovado mountain.
Jake & Sharon being blessed by the Christ.

Mike & Lori Moore, with me enjoying the view from the Christ's plato.

Susy, Luiz & Helder from Lisbon at the Christ.

Colombo's cafeteria. Beautiful art noveau architecture in downtown Rio since 1894.


Municipal Theatre. Since 1909 with its beautiful architecture and mosaics.


Telles arch. Bohemian & bucolic street in old downtown Rio.

Master Valentim Water Fountain. Since 1789 preserved in the heart of downtown area.

Lapa arches with the metropolitan cathedral behind

Santa Teresa street car riding over the old acqueduct, known as Lapa arches.

Day 2 - FULL DAY TOUR SCHEDULE

We'll start our visit at the beautiful and panoramic city across the bay, over the bridge, of NITEROI where we can have a beautiful view of the city of Rio from the Contemporary Art Museum designed by the famous brazilian architect OSCAR NIEMEYER.

Picture taken by Octavian, from Romenia. The Contemporary Art Museum in Niteroi with the sugar loaf mountain in the background.

Designed by the brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, it's an unmissible attraction in Niterói city.

The museum and the Icarai beach, Niteroi, behind.

After visiting NITEROI, we'll head to the world's largest urban atlantic rain forest park, the tijuca national park, to take wonderful pictures by the park's waterfall.

Taunay waterfall at the Tijuca National Park visitors center.


Old bridge from the 18th century, keeps the colonial and bucolic atmosphere at this beautiful place.


With Dimitri & Elena Ustinova, from Russia.

We'll drive down the park's mountain to "barra da tijuca", the newest borrough in Rio, where the "wild beaches of the west" are located. After trying the famous brazilian barbecue, you'll visit the sugar loaf mountain by cable car, and be there to stare one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Barra da Tijuca and Recreio beaches. Surfers paradise on the west zone of the city.


Alexandra(from Texas) and I at the Urca hill(sugar loaf).


Helder & Luiz, from Lisbon, and I on the ride in the cable car.


Mike & Lori at the Urca hill. The second part of the trip is to ride up to the sugar loaf mountain.


After the sunset, the rewarding view of the city lights.

Here's how things work down here:Certified tour guides have free entrance in ALL touristic attractions, museums and theathers, so, don't worry about going to all places and because of that overwhelm your budget with the guide's tickets. (LOL!).

Tuesday

TOUR PLAN SCHEDULE SUGGESTIONS - 1 DAY FULL DAY TOUR (7hrs)

FULL DAY TOUR SCHEDULE FOR 1 DAY:
Start at the LEBLON VIEW POINT for taking beautiful pictures of LEBLON & IPANEMA beaches, this start is called "Manu's welcome drink view point", because it's there that I usually take people to "get into the city's mood", having a delicious sweet and chilled non-alcoholic famous Rio de Janeiro drink.
Kelvin, Hazel, Jane & David from Toronto, Canada.
Raluca & Christian(taking the pic) Bullfinsky, from Bucarest, Romenia.

Then, we'll drive along Rio's beach side to see the famous LEBLON, IPANEMA & COPACABANA beaches, also stopping at the historical and beautiful COPACABANA FORT, from where we can have the prettiest ground view of the SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN and COPACABANA BEACH. Astonishing!!
                                  
Jake & Sharon Harrison, from Atlanta GA, at the Fort's rock, with Copacabana beach in the background. 


I & Octavian, from Bucarest, Romenia, at the Fort's main gate.


With a gay group from NYC at the fort, with the SUGAR LOAF in the background.

From the COPACABANA FORT, we head to the CORCOVADO MOUNTAIN, by car thru the TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK, considered the world's largest urban forest inside a city's limits and visit the CHRIST REDEEMER STATUE,  from where we have one of the most beautiful and breathtaking views of our city.

View from the CHRIST STATUE of COPACABANA BEACH.

Susy, Luiz & Helder, from Lisbon, at the CHRIST's feet.

On the way driving down, an unmissible stop at DONA MARTA's view point.


Kelvin & Haz at the DONA MARTA view point. One of Rio's postcards pics.

After "blessed by the Christ", our tour continues towards downtown area, where we'll see the historical buildings and monuments from the colonial and imperial 19th century. We'll walk thru the old cobbled stones streets quarters, staring at the old colonial buildings which today hold restaurants, workshops, discos, etc to the "still riding since the 19th century" SANTA TERESA street car station. We'll ride the trolley over the old acqueduct known as ARCOS DA LAPA(Lapa arches), up to SANTA TERESA NEIGHBORHOOD to visit its colonial architecture and pretty workshops and handcrafts stores.



Dimitry, from Russia, & I walking thru the 18th century streets in the historical district downtown.

 
With Raluca Bullfinsky, walking downtown at Rio de Janeiro's opera house.

 
The old acqueduct, now called ARCOS DA LAPA, thru where the street car rides on.

The street car riding the old Santa Teresa streets.


Mike & Lori Moore, from Atlanta GA, enjoying the ride in Santa Teresa.

We would never get back downtown without tasting the typical flavor of Rio, trying the unique and exquisite famous brazilian "black beans stew" turn overs with cold beer and chilled "caipirinhas" at a very local bar, where we can feel and experience the "soul" of Rio. OUTTA THIS WORLD!!

The group from Toronto, enjoying cold beers and the famous "caipirinhas", at a local bar in Santa Teresa.

Licinia, Nuno, Felipe & Nicole, from Lisbon trying some local food at the bar.

On a hot tropical summer afternoon, chilling with beers and snacks sitting outdoors in Santa Teresa.

On the way back down, we walk along Santa Teresa's colonial streets to the old bohemian district of LAPA, also visiting the famous "tiles covered staircase" by JORGE SELARÓN, the chilean artist who lives in Rio.

                                        
Jake & Sharon posing with the artist SELARÓN, at his work of art.

At the old district of LAPA, enjoying the centennial buildings.


The bucolic and picturesque postcard of LAPA district, with the street car riding over the arches.

Ending up our full day tour, we head to another famous and unmissible highlights in Rio: THE SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN, with its european design glass diamond shaped cable cars, on a ride up to 326mts high. Luckly, we can check the sunset from there, over the mountains, behind the Christ statue skyline and also see the city's lights turning on, changing completely but as well impressive and beautifuly, the scene of our city.

The recently assembled CABLE CARS riding up and down the SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN.

From URCA HILL, a beautiful snapshot point with the SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN in the background.

View from the SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN after the sunset, with the city lights turning on.