Total Rio Tour Combo 2: Old Town, Sugarloaf & Urca
Get the total Rio experience on this tour that goes from old town to downtown, dives deep into local neighbourhoods, and takes you way up high on Sugarloaf Mountain! Embrace the total Carioca lifestyle as you learn how to be a true Rio local – whether that’s by grabbing a beer along the Urca wall, or by taking a ride on the brand-new electric tram.
Old Town to Sugarloaf Rio Tour Highlights
- See the local highlights of Rio, such as the city’s Old Town district and the lasting legacy of the 2016 Olympics
- Explore the charming neighbourhood of Urca, where the city of Rio de Janeiro was founded
- Discover the renovated harbour area and see sites such as Kobra’s graffiti mural and the Museum of Tomorrow
- Ride the cable car to the summit of Sugarloaf for amazing views of Guanabara Bay, Copacabana, and downtown Rio
- Experience two of our top Rio de Janeiro tours in one great combo
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, public transportation fees, and entrance fee to the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain.
Exclusions: Personal shopping, food and drinks, and tips/gratuities for your local guide.
- Duration: 8.5 to 9 hours
- Meeting point: Copacabana Palace Hotel, Avenida Atlântica, 1702, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. We’ll meet right by the statue outside the hotel.
- Starting time: 9.00 AM
- Ending point: Copacabana Palace Hotel.
This combo Rio tour merges two of our top-selling Rio de Janeiro tours into one epic adventure! Experience our Old Town Historical Tour and Sugarloaf Mountain & Urca Discovery Tour in a jam-packed day that will take into the real Rio. You’ll spend the day checking out historical sites, modern designs, and stunning views as you take in the city’s past, present, and future.
We’ll start in the famous Copacabana area, then ride the subway downtown to Cinelandia Square. We’ll also ride the newest transportation option in Rio, the VLT tram — an electric tram that takes you to the renovated harbour area, which has been developed into the modern Olympic Boulevard.
We’ll get off the tram right by the massive, colourful graffiti mural designed by Eduardo Kobra, featuring images of indigenous people from five continents. From there, we’ll head from the boulevard down to the Museum of Tomorrow, another impressive work that’s great for snapping a few photos with Guanabara Bay in the background.
Moving along the old streets of Rio de Janeiro’s downtown, we’ll reach the city’s first bakery, where you can treat yourself to some of the yummiest desserts in town. After this sugar rush, we’ll walk to Carioca Square to take the subway back to Copacabana, where we’ll head to a local spot for lunch (not included in tour price).
We’ll walk off lunch with a stroll through one of Rio’s quieter neighbourhoods, Urca. You’ll discover the cosy streets of this district that just also happens to be where Rio de Janeiro was officially founded as a city.
To reach this area of town, we’ll take the subway to Botafogo so you can experience how locals get around Rio. Hoping off at Urca beach, we’ll wander along the coast to the Urca wall. Grab a beer if you like, and maybe sample Rio’s best range of stuffed empadinhas, which are pastries similar to a pie.
Then, it’s time to head to the Red Beach and the Claudio Coutinho walking path, which leads adventurous hikers to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain — but don’t worry if you didn’t bring your hiking boots, as we’ll take the cable car up instead.
The summit of Sugarloaf Mountain is the perfect finale for your tour, and the stunning 360-degree view will show you why Rio is known as ‘the Marvelous City.’
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, public transportation fees, entrance fee to the cable car up Sugarloaf Mountain.
Exclusions: Personal shopping, food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your local guide.
Dress standard: Please wear light, comfortable clothing and shoes for walking, and bring a hat and sunscreen.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: If the Sugarloaf cable ride is not available for any reason, we will refund you the entrance fee.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mr. Christian S. from Germany travelled on 15 Feb 2018:
A great combination of an iconic highlight (Sugar Loaf) with some lesser visited places of Rio. Our local UA guide Ivan was excellent, took our small group of five around Rio. He knew when we needed a break on that very hot day (40 degrees), had lots of stories to tell and was a fountain of local knowledge. I am already looking for my next Urban Adventure.