Brazil Insider

Rio Explorer

4 days/3 nights

The city is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is ideally nestled between the mountains and the sea. Many bays, small islands, rocks and the beautiful coastline characterize the fascinating landscape. The beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema are among the most beautiful beaches are world-famous. The approximately 6.5 million (Cariocas) account that the city also has many attractions and recreational areas. The best known are probably the 395-meter high Sugar Loaf  (“Pão de Açúcar”) overlooking Copacabana beach. The “mountain” Rios is the 709 meters high Corcovado (“Cristo Redentor” / Christ statue). It was upgraded in early 2003 and is now also accessible for wheelchairs. The town was restored in the last two years, in many respects and presents visitors with a new vision. Rio offers a variety of entertainment and cultural events such as concerts, theater and shows.

Day 1: Airport Transfer - Hotel. Historical and cultural City Tour & Sugar Loaf

We visit the city of Rio de Janeiro. Visit the most famous sights: The historic center with colonial influences and the Sugar Loaf. We leave the hotel and drive through the neighborhood of Botafogo and Flamengo Park. Then we continue towards the center on Avenida Presidente Vargas, which borders the futuristic office buildings. (The “Avenidas” are roads lanes 6-8) and go through the Candelaria cathedral. photo stop at the “Sambadrome”. In this stage, the samba schools parade during the carnival. For the viewer, a world-class show for local participants parade organized according to strict criteria. On the way back through Avenida Rio Branco, we see the municipal theater, a copy of the Paris Opera House, built in 1909. From there, via the famous Cinelandia “Arcos da Lapa”. We continue to the famous modern cathedral “Sao Sebastiao” and Sugar Loaf in the neighborhood of Urca. A cable car takes us to the Sugar Loaf. The track is divided into two sectors. The first section up to the Urca hill, 220 meters above the level of the sea. After a first view and a short walk, you can take the second cable car to the top, 396 meters above the level of the sea where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the city.

Optional: Rio by Night. Rio de Janeiro offers a very large selection of great, exclusive restaurants, bars and clubs. 
The world-famous top churrascarias (BBQ restaurants) are a special class gastronomic experience. Around 25 types of grilled meat are served at the table. Everything in the system: “à discretion / all you can eat”. The restaurants also offer a wide variety of buffets: Various fish dishes, seafood, sushi and sashimi, many local specialties from all over Brazil, a very large selection of salads, vegetables and finally a cheese buffet, desserts and exotic tropical fruits. Afterwards a great samba show in the Ginga Tropical theater or in the Rio Scenarium, a temple of dance and music that is very popular with the locals. In the main hall on the lower floor you can dance to live Brazilian music. There is an integrated club on the second floor where a DJ spins everything from “Flashback Disco, Pop, Rock to Electronics” and sets the mood. Dancing among and with locals! “Chill-out” is the order of the day on the third floor. There are great bars and seating areas on every floor where you can comfortably enjoy drinks or delicious snacks. The decoration and ambiance in the Rio Scenarium is very special. All this makes this place one of the best dance and music temples in the world. Do not miss it!

Our suggestions (5 hours):
De luxe option 1:  «Marius Degustare» & Show Ginga Tropical
De luxe option 2:  «Marius Degustare» & Rio Scenarium
Insider casual option: “Lapa by Night”. After decades of decadence, the quarter has spruced itself up into a real and authentic “Carioca gem” for going out. Music is played on every corner, many pubs and music bars invite you to linger. The atmosphere is casual, ideal for the young and young at heart. You will be picked up from the hotel at 7:00 p.m. in the evening. We start the evening in the Copacabana in the great «Churrascaria Carretão Lido». Then a guided walking tour in the Lapa through the narrow streets, where you will be shown the current hot spots of the scene. Visit to the world famous Rio Scenarium. Escorted transfer to your hotel just before midnight. Night owls can of course stay longer, in which case return transport is no longer included. Uber or Taxi isinexpensive

Day 2: Free day or "Rio individual, exclusive day and/or evening program"

Individually and exclusively designed and accompanied by Brazil Insider tour guides:
Helicopter sightseeing flights from “Morro da Urca” (Sugar Loaf middle station) or from the lagoon “Lagoa de Freitas”

Hang gliding flight from the “Pedra da Gavea” in São Conrado

Schooner or private yacht tours. With luck, dolphins can be observed
– Ascent on foot to the Sugar Loaf middle station and Corcovado
– Hiking in the rainforest

Spectacular Jeep tours through the rainforest, to dream beaches or city tours

Walking City tour partial ride on the modern, clean and safe metro or, if you wish, by bike

Trekking/hiking tours. For example, ascent to the Sugar Loaf middle station. In around 45 minutes. (Steep path but very safe). We continue with the cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf. Descent also with the cable car or on request again on foot from the middle station. Ascent “Pedra da Gavea” or hikes in the tropical rainforest. Depending on your wishes, easy to demanding tours, always accompanied by an experienced tour guide

Rio by Night: Very large selection of great, exclusive restaurants, bars, shows, concerts and clubs

Bar hopping / street food: Diverse top-level bar culture and/or the popular “botecos” (street bars, comparable to tapas bars) which offer great “street food”, cool beer, tasty caipirinhas with all sorts of exotic fruits in various varieties offer at reasonable prices. Here, the typical, contagious Brazilian nightlife is literally celebrated in the open air and with good music

Gastronomy tours: Let yourself be surprised by the extremely varied, tasty and also exotic gastronomy. Brazil with continental proportions is one of the main producers of all kinds of food. Very large, exclusive selection of tasty fish and seafood thanks to 8000 kilometers of South Atlantic coast and the largest freshwater reservoir in the world. You will experience the interesting culinary influences from around the world as a result of traditional immigration flows from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Also possible for groups, chefs and restaurateurs. Combination with São Paulo recommended

Day 3: Half day Corcovado & Rainforest. Tour also possible with willys jeeps

Morning tour of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Corcovado! Our tour takes you to the station of “Cosme Velho”, located at the foot of the Corcovado mountain. Here we board the cogwheel train, which leads us to 710 meters high. We cross the largest rainforest in the world in the urban area, the Tijuca Forest. It is in the heart of Rio and separated from North to South. We appreciate the aerial views and wonderful fresh air already on the way up, which takes about 25 minutes. Terminus you climb 222 steps to the statue of Christ high of 38m. It was upgraded in early 2003 and is also accessible for wheelchairs. Rio is at your feet. The panorama is unique! Our tour continues through the 2.1 km long tunnel “Reboucas” beyond the lagoon “Rodrigo de Freitas” through the tunnel “Dois Irmãos (two brothers),” through residential neighborhoods “São Conrado”; We drive along the beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana back to the hotel.

Day 4: Transfer Hotel - Airport

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4 – 6 persons





3.1.2023 – 30.4.2024

3.1.2023 – 30.4.2024

3.1.2023 – 30.4.2024

3.1.2023 – 30.4.2024

Accommodation & services

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Hotel Windsor Copa ***

Standard, no view

Standard, no view







1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

Hotel Arena Leme ****

Standard, city view

Standard, city view

Superior, frontal sea view 1st – 3rd floor

Superior, frontal sea view 1st – 3rd floor

De luxe, frontal sea view 4th – 11th floor

De luxe, frontal sea view 4th – 11th floor















8.1. – 1.4.2023

1.4. – 30.9.2023

8.1. – 1.4.2023

1.4. – 30.9.2023

8.1. – 1.4.2023

1.4. – 30.9.2023

Hotel Windsor Excelsior ****

Standard, no view

Standard, no view

Superior, lateral ocean view

Superior, lateral ocean view











1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

Hotel Windsor California ****

Standard, no view

Standard, no view

Superior, lateral ocean view

Superior, lateral ocean view











1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

Miramar Boutique Hotel by Windsor *****

Superior, lateral ocean view

Superior, lateral ocean view

Superior Executive, frontal ocean view

Superior Executive, frontal ocean view











1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

1.4.-31.8. / 16.-28.12.2023

1.3.-1.4. / 31.8.-16.12.2023

Other room categories such as suites and other top hotels with floating rates on request:
Andere Zimmerkategorien wie Suiten sowie weitere Top-Hotels mit variablen Tarifen auf Anfrage:
Autres catégories de chambres telles que suites et autres hôtels haut de gamme à tarifs variables sur demande: 
Hotel Arena Ipanema ****
Hotel Arena Copacabana ****
Hotel Arpoador ****
Hotel Porto Bay ****
Hotel Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort *****
Hotel Hilton Copacabana *****  
Hotel Santa Teresa Rio McGallery by Sofitel *****
Hotel Fairmont Rio de Janeiro Copacabana *****
Hotel Fasano *****
Hotel Belmond Copacabana Palace *****

Hotel classification: assessment of Brazil Insider. The official classification is generally higher
Exceptions: separate prices for Christmas, New Year, Carnival, Easter and local holidays
Departures: Daily

• Accommodation including breakfast and all taxes
• English speaking guide for all private excursions
• Portuguese speaking driver for private transfers. Surcharge for English speaking guide on request
• All entrance fees Corcovado cog railway and cable car Sugar Loaf
• All meals mentioned in the program
• All taxes and service charges

Not included:
Personal expenses such as drinks, etc.
• Gratuities (optional for guides, drivers, etc.)
• Travel insurance (eg, luggage, cancellation, return extra)
• Flights

Prices and programs subject to changes

Informations and more excursions: Rio de Janeiro

Rio individually

If you wish, just book a guide with a car at your disposal! This allows you to fully customize the program according to your own requirements and does not depend on a group and its schedule. Our Rio expert will support you and will be happy to provide advice and information on current events, shows, restaurants and other highlights. Certainly, he or she has some insider tips that only the locals know … Minimum duration: four hours, also for a private evening program. An excellent option, especially for individual travelers and solo!

Copacabana, the little princess

Along the Avenida Atlântica the most famous beach in the world, Copacabana, stretches for four kilometers. Strolling along the promenade of the black and white beach to mingle easily with the friendly and cheerful “Cariocas”, the inhabitants of Rio. Enjoy the sun and sea and the views of the beautiful people in an ultra-tight swimsuit, indulge in a bit of shade with a fresh coconut at one of the many little beach bars and indulge yourself with a lunch by the sea.

Sun, beach and shopping

Ipanema, famous for the songs of Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, is among the most beautiful beach areas of Rio. They extend from the beach of Arpoador to the lagoon of Rodrigo de Freitas. If you are tired of beach life, enjoy the exquisite surroundings or a neat window shopping: the famous fashion boutiques are located at the Visconde de Pirajá Street.

Sunset in Leblon

Ipanema ends where Leblon begins. Together, these two beaches are 3.5 kilometers long. Along the beach, there is a beach promenade with popular bikes and a jogging trail. Small bars line the road and there is lively activity all day. In Leblon, the rocks called Dois Irmãos form the perfect setting for a magical sunset.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

It was the Atlantic Ocean that formed this lagoon. Now it offers a very romantic setting for the pretty herons who live here. In the background are the Corcovado, the forest of Tijuca and the hills of Dois Irmãos. The lagoon of almost 8 kilometers wide is ideal for various water sports. The sculptures are displayed in the adjacent park. Some of the best restaurants in Rio are located around the lake, along the avenue Epitácio Pessoa. And there is a large amusement park, where the weekend is really busy.


The beach of Barra da Tijuca, 18 km long, is the longest beach in Rio. Its waves of greenish water, a little colder, are well suited to waves. As the sea commanded a little more cautiously in this part of the Atlantic coast, the beach is equipped with monitoring stations which constantly indicate the degree of danger. For the red flag, you should rather leave the dive. Stroll to the beach promenade with its many pubs! Paradise stretches along the coast towards Recreio dos Bandeirantes, Prainha and Grumari, where the sea is a little quieter. In the surrounding restaurants, a large selection of seafood is offered.

A garden in honor of the prince

The Botanical Garden was established in 1808, opened with the arrival of Dom João VI, the Prince of Portugal and is now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It is located next to the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon and 230,000 plants and about 6500 different species that are distributed over more than 137 hectares. Lined with elegant royal palms (some of which are as old as the garden itself), this place is perfect for a relaxing stroll. In addition to the greenhouses, the orchid area and the rose gardens, there is also a house of bromeliads, a pond of water lilies and a greenhouse with carnivorous plants.

The royal greenery

Quinta da Boa Vista is the name of another natural oasis – with great historical importance: It was once the garden of the São Cristóvão Palace, where the 19th century residence of the Emperor of Brazil was located. Today the park in the neighborhood of São Cristóvão in the north of the city is open to all and offers gardens, lawns, lakes and sports facilities and playgrounds. Among the main attractions is the zoo with its 2,500 species of animals. The national museum, founded in the imperial era, is also located in the park.

Old City

The city of Rio de Janeiro, founded in 1565, has a remarkably good memory. For 197 years, it was the capital of Brazil, and many traces of the past are still in the center. A typical visit brings visitors to the arcades of Lapa, the ancient aqueduct of 1723. Another must-see is the Imperial Palace, where the Declaration of Independence of Brazil and the charming art museum next door were signed.

Business district

Get off at Cinelândia metro station, where the Avenida Rio Branco starts – nearly 30 meters wide and 1800 meters long north-south axis in the heart of the city center. Enjoy views of the National Library, the Art Museum and the end of the century architecture of the city theater. Then walk down the avenue Rio Branco towards the city center. Here you will find yourself in a dense crowd of banks, offices and shops. If you are hungry, look for the Confeitaria Colombo, one of the most established restaurants in Rio (32 Dias Gonçalves Street).

Museu de Arte Contemporânea Niterói

The last building was completed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and is a jewel of modern architecture. A bit like a spaceship that seems boldly posed on a cornice in Rio Bay, or as an abstract flower cup sitting gracefully on its stylish elegant concrete blossoms. From the museum you have a breathtaking view of the beaches of the area, the bay of Guanabara and the silhouette of Rio. One could almost forget that there is still contemporary art to see!

Football Stadium Maracanã

The world’s largest football stadium (200,000 spectators) was established in the São Cristóvão district in 1950. The most talented football players from around the world, football king Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento of his real name ) scored his thousandth goal. For the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the stadium has been converted for more than 300 million euros. With the installation of new press stands and lodges, “only” 74,738 spectators now find themselves there. The stadium can be visited on working days. But the biggest experience is, of course, to see a live game in the country of the greatest football enthusiasm! With a bit of luck, precisely one of the four largest clubs of Rio Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense and Botafogo.

Horse races

Race enthusiasts should not miss to visit the racecourse of Gavea where every first Sunday takes place in August, the Grand Prix of Brazil. A stroll after the race in the streets of Gavea, a chic neighborhood that has become, with its many bars of the favorite residence of artists and intellectuals.


Who thinks of Brazil, Rio, at the carnival, thinks: Samba! The style was created under the influence of African rhythms brought by the slaves of Angola. You will hear the purest form when you attend a performance in a Samba School. Among the numerous prizes are: Mangueira, Salgueiro, Império Serrano, Mocidade Independente, Portela and Beija Flor. If you want to see some very good Brazilian dancers, go to Gafieira Estudantina. In the room, you can discover exceptional dancers with live sounds of tango, bolero and samba.

Corcovado half-day excursion with tropical forest (09h00-13h00 or 13h00-17h00)

Visit one of the most famous landmarks in the world! There is a stunning view of Rio de Janeiro and its coves and beaches. Our tour leads to the resort “Cosme Velho” at the foot of the Corcovado. The cog railway takes us up to 710 meters, located 3.5 km from the statue of Christ. We cross the biggest urban rainforest of the world, the Tijuca- We are in the heart of Rio and, coming from the north, fresh air and magnificent views can be enjoyed about 25 minutes by car through this national park until to the 38-meter high statue of Christ. Here Rio is at your feet. The view is amazing! Our visit continues through the 2.1 km of the “Rebouças” tunnel, beyond the lagoon, “Rodrigo de Freitas” and along the famous beaches of Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana before returning to the hotel. It is also possible to make a day trip in combination with the Sugar Loaf!

Historical and cultural visit of the city with the Sugar Loaf (09h00-13h00 or 13h00-17h00)

You will visit the most famous sites of the city: the historic colonial center and the Sugar Loaf. Start the visit to the hotel, from there you will cross the Botafogo district and the Flamengo Park. Continue towards the center of Avenida Presidente Vargas, which borders hypermodern commercial buildings. We also pass the Cathedral of Candelaria. Photo stop at “Sambódromo”, where samba schools show their parade during the carnival. For the spectator a world-class show but for the local participants a strictly disciplined matter is taken very seriously. On the way back via Avenida Rio Branco, we see the municipal theater, a copy of the Paris Opera, built in 1909. From there, take the Cinelandia square after the famous Arcos da Lapa, an aqueduct in colonial times. Continue towards the famous modern cathedral “Sao Sebastiao” and towards the Sugar Loaf in the district of Urca. A cable car takes us to the Sugar Loaf. The route is divided into two sectors. The first journey takes you to Urca Hill, 220 meters above sea level. After a first sight around and a short walk, you take the second cable car towards the summit, 396 meters above sea level. the sea. There you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Also possible as a day trip in combination with Corcovado

Full tour of Corcovado and Sugar Loaf including lunch (09.00-17.00)

A combination of half-day Corcovado and half-day Sugar Loaf.

Half-day excursion Botanical Garden (09:00 to 13:00 or 13:00 to 17:00)

In the afternoon, visit one of the most important botanical gardens in the world. The unique biotope in the middle of the city center is a valuable ecological conservation area and offers visitors a pleasant rest. Walk along the main avenue along which 128 royal palm trees, over 100 years old, will amaze you, as well as in front of the pond of lilies, the giant water lily of Amazonia and listen to the native birds, including including Curios or Sabias.

Jeep through the forest of Tijuca (09h00-13h00 or 13h00-17h00)

You will be picked up at your hotel by jeep and visit the largest urban forest in the world. Stop at the Belvedere with a unique view of the two famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, Guanabara Bay and Sugar Loaf. In the rainforest, you will then visit a beautiful waterfall and take a refreshing bath if you wish. Then continue on a comfortable trail on foot. During the visit, you can almost always see tropical animals such as monkeys, faults and exotic birds. On the way back to the hotel, you will stop at Pepino beach to watch the landing of the delta wings.

Jeep Tour Corcovado and rainforest (09h00-13h00 or 13h00-17h00)

You will be picked up at your hotel by jeep and cross the forest of Tijuca, the largest urban rainforest in the world! – Corcovado, the “house of Rio”, with the famous statue of Christ on top. From here, you have a breathtaking view of the city and its fantastic beaches. On the way back, you will have the opportunity to stroll in the rainforest, with the chance to observe exotic animals such as monkeys, faults and birds nicely colored, and to cool off to a beautiful waterfall. Return by jeep to the hotel.

Petrópolis full-day excursion including lunch (09.00-17.00)

The former summer residence of the Brazilian imperial family is only 65 kilometers from Rio de Janeiro inland. Emperor Pedro II, the second emperor of Brazil, built the palace in the 1840s. Even the trip from Rio to Petrópolis is sensational: through lush subtropical vegetation, the road winds upwards in the hinterland pleasantly fresh from the metropolis. The city itself is very idyllic and calm, and very neat with its streets paved with flowers, nostalgic carriages and magnificent colonial houses. Do not be surprised if you feel a little moved to Europe – much of the city was built by German immigrants … Get to know this charming city on a day trip! You can see, among other things, the Cathedral São Pedro de Alcântara (1884), which required no less than 55 years. You will visit the Palais de Cristal (1879), a glass building with an iron frame, where garden parties, art exhibitions and festive banquets are held today. In the palace, which now serves as the Emperor’s museum, you can admire magnificent crown jewels, antique furniture, paintings, carpets and imperial clothing. For a refreshing drink during the visit, you can enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast.

Rio by Night – Churrascaria and music show (5 hrs)

Fantastic dinner in one of Rio’s best grill restaurants. Then the performance of various styles of music and Brazilian dance. Enjoy a show of fire with the most beautiful dancers and dancers of Rio! Depart from the hotel for a churrascaria (Grill) where you can discover 25 different varieties of grilled meats, for which Brazil is world-famous. Vegetarians and fish lovers will also be happy with their choice of salads, cold plates, fish and seafood. Then we drive from the restaurant to a Samba-Event. There will be an impressive and colorful music and dance show featuring samba, Afro-Brazilian dances and elaborate carnival costumes. Return to the hotel.

Lapa by Night Tour (22.30-02.00)

Today, we visit the historical district of Lapa in the center of Rio, away from major tourist flows. Lapa has become an authentic jewel after years. Here the inhabitants, the Cariocas, come out. The music is played in every corner, there are lots of pubs, the atmosphere is relaxed – ideal for young and old alike. You will be picked up at the hotel at 22:00. We go to Lapa and dine in a simple and authentic restaurant. Then we walk through the narrow streets, we show you the hot spots of the scene. The tour ends officially at 2 o’clock, accompanied transfer to your hotel. Night owls can, of course, stay longer, but return transportation is no longer included. Attention: Do not take the bus at this time, but take a taxi instead!


No doubt: The Rio Carnival is the most famous in the world. There is probably no other cultural event that regularly astounds the world. The relocation of the well-known large schools of Samba takes place on Sunday and Monday; it starts at 10 pm and does not stop until dawn. Six groups, who qualified for these places the previous year, come by night. The audience is frantic and inspires “his” Samba school with their own official song.

Fortunately, the old historic carnival of Rio has also been revived in recent years. The “blocos” (groups) draw, mask and sing in the streets, attracting tens of thousands of people.

The most extravagant way to celebrate the Carnival in Rio is to participate in the exclusive ball at the Copacabana Palace. Details on request.