Rio in a Day: Mount Corcovado, Sugar Loaf Mountain & Lunch
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Sugar Loaf Mountain: Head up nearly 1,300 feet to enjoy the views atop the mountain named after the shape of the storage container for Brazilian sugar.
- Mount Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer: Hop in the red cog train for a 20-minute ride to the summit, where you'll find yourself standing eye-to-toe with Christ the Redeemer. Oh – the views are unbelievable, too.
- Scenic drive: On your drive, your guide will point out the famous Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon beaches, along with the city of Niteroi across the bay.
- Lunch: There's nothing like savoring the nonstop delivery of grilled meat at a traditional Brazilian churrascaria (steakhouse). Sample some for yourself during a lunch stop at a typical Rio restaurant.
About This Rio de Janeiro Tour
Rio de Janeiro, the cidade maravilhosa (marvelous city), may be best appreciated from its dizzying heights. There's Sugar Loaf Mountain – Pao de Acucar to the locals – that soars 1,296 feet into the sky. The two cable cars it takes to get there offer half the fun.
The first car takes you up 722 feet to Morro da Urca, where you'll find souvenir shops, snack bars, a restaurant, and views of Guanabara Bay and the Rio coastline. Transfer into the second cable car to reach the zenith, and prepare to have your breath taken away. The views of Rio are unimaginable, as the sprawling metropolis seems to spill from the mountains into the sea.
Gazing down at you from his perch atop Mount Corcovado is Christ the Redeemer. You'll meet him up close and personal after your ride via the cog railway. Perched at the zenith, some 2,310 feet, the 124-foot, 1,145-ton Art Deco statue is made of reinforced concrete and clad in a soapstone mosaic.
But the most impressive part of the whole experience is the 360-degree view of Rio. Sugar Loaf Mountain looks like nothing more than a small hill from your vantage point, and the waters of Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean offer a thousand shades of blue to frame this pretty picture.
Lightning does strike twice
Even Christ the Redeemer isn't safe from the wrath of Mother Nature. The statue was struck by lightning in February of 2008, damaging its fingers, head, and eyebrows. It underwent a $4 million restoration in 2010, with new layers of soapstone and mortar, and new lightning rods. But Christ the Redeemer was struck twice again in December 2013 and January 2014, resulting in damages to the tips of the thumb and index finger on his right hand. According to Brazil's national weather service, the statue is struck an average of six times per year. Apparently standing outside during a storm is not a good idea!
Your guide will meet you on your ship's pier. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
It is reasonable to expect long lines at the Corcovado train and Sugar Loaf cable car stations. The joys of being popular.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
Due to ongoing construction itinerary alterations and routes may change based on traffic situations and regulations in Rio. This is out of the control of the tour operator; however, they will endeavor to run tours as described with minimal changes.
This tour is partially wheelchair accessible - Sugar Loaf has ramps/elevator Cable cars and trains to ascend Corcovado Mountain and to reach the statue are wheelchair accessible. Contact to GoTo Crew in advance.
Private Tour, Full Day, Scenic, Food & Wine
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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