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Day Tours in Rio

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Activities

    Private Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $280 USD per trip
  • Duration

    7 hours

  • Avg Distance

    around 50 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    9 AM Mon - Sun

  • Starting Location

    As arranged

  • Price Includes

    Tour guide fees, taxes and admissions, all private vehicles expenses.

  • Notes

    The Tour fare doesn't include customers' admissions to the charged attractions and/or meals/lunch. ALL TOURS CAN BE TAILORED according to the customers' expectations.

Highlights

  • Drive along Rio's beach side to see the famous Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, stopping at breathtaking lookout viewpoints for pictures.
  • Visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, driving thru the Tijuca National park and stopping at some scenic viewpoints.
  • Have a beautiful view of the city of Rio's bay, downtown, north and south zone areas from the world famous Sugar Loaf cable car mountain.
  • Enjoy Rio's historical district, the modern cathedral, the Lapa district, the old acqueduct and the colorful tiles staircase, amongst others.
  • Visit the famous colonial 19th century neighborhood of Santa Teresa and its famous street car.

Guide

Trip Info

Experience the real “carioca way of life” during unique and exciting “tailored up” private tours. Visit Rio de Janeiro’s main tour attractions as well as the “off the beaten path” things to do in the city. Your expert guide, Manu will work hard to provide you with the best experience in Rio, and a memorable time through the eyes of a local.

Reviews

  1. 5 out of 5

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    When you are touring Rio with Manu, you feel like you are exploring all of these new treasures with an old friend! Not only does Manu know the ins and outs of Rio, from the tourist attractions to great places to eat and go out, but he is so friendly and fun to hang out with! I have toured with him twice now and have already booked a third tour for friends who are visiting Brazil. He has gone above and beyond to help us have a wonderful time in Rio. You must see Rio with Manu!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Me and my partner were in Rio for a short 4 day stay during our trip to Rio and Sao Paolo and wanted to get the most of our visit while in Rio. Manu was an excellent guide. I reached out to & him a month prior to our arrival in Rio and arranged a full two days with him on 17 & 18 April 2016. He sent me a detailed email with the highlights prior to my arrival and advised we could customize it in any way we’d be interested to and that he’d try to make it happen. This was our first trip to Rio (and Brazil for that matter) and we basically trusted his instincts and experience to give us the most out of two full days we spent with him. Manu has a great sense of humor and is also a good photographer…so he is more than willing to take pictures of you with your camera if you’d like. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    We have worked with tour guides all over the world and none of them compares with Manu . He is very knowledgeable, personable and friendly and wants you to experience Rio in an in depth manner so that you can understand the history, culture and soul of the people. I recommend Manu as a guide for memorable tours of Rio and his photographic abilities are second to none. We received many compliments for the composition and quality of the photos which we have as a wonderful reminder of our tours of Rio with him.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    I had a group of (15) people attending a Trade Show/Expo at the Riocentro from March 28th – April 5th. I presented a very demanding schedule to Manu – transporting my group with some bags and boxes everyday to the Riocentro. We had to change the schedule a few times and Manu never once said NO – he always had a very positive attitude and made it work. He brought our group to the Super Market a few times, helped us with local foods and customs and even helped us load our bags in the Van. I also needed help with a local SIM card, Manu said NO PROBLEM and he helped me obtain a SIM card, even going so far as walking in to a Vivo store and translating to the ‘Vivo Guru’ what we needed. I was up and running in no time. I can not say enough about Manu – he was very welcoming, honest and had a great attitude. And did I mention, his English is fantastic. The last couple of days he set up a tour for the group and we really had a great time. I would highly recommend Manu for setting up any requirements in the Rio area and as an excellent tour guide. He truly made our trip that much more enjoyable. We will miss Manu and hope to come back for his assistance.

  5. 5 out of 5

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    We contacted Manu a couple of months ahead of our short visit to Rio over Easter Weekend, we told him the main things we wanted to see and he made all the arrangements with some great suggestions on the best places to visit in the short time we had. He collected us with his driver from our hotel in Copacabana as arranged and we had a fantastic day seeing the sights and learning a lot about a wonderful city. Manu knew the best times to take us to the major attractions and avoid all the crowds and we have come away with some very special memories from our visit. We can’t fault anything about the service Manu provided us and if you are looking for a guide in Rio who will look after your every need and share some knowledgeable insights into the background and history of the city then Manu is your man.

  6. 5 out of 5

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    Manu did such a great job introducing us to Rio! His knowledge of the city was impressive, and his English was perfect. He tailored out visit to the things we were interested in, and he provided a perfect mix of touristy and local, authentic activities. I highly recommend spending at least a day with him!

  7. 5 out of 5

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    We booked Manu for 2 days in Rio including airport pick-up and drop off in March 2016 and had an absolutely ‘Stirling’ time. Manu was very professional, punctual, speaks excellent English and is now classed as one of our friends!

    Manu is very knowledgeable and taught us about the history of Rio, took us to all the highlights of the city, including Sugar Loaf Mountain and a helicopter ride over the statue of Christ the Redeemer, experienced the local culture and the local food and much, much more. He introduced us to Capirinhas which are a local cocktail, shot or drink and we spent the rest of the holiday ordering them wherever we went!!

    He was happy, fun and very interesting and made our stay in Rio an absolute ‘delight’!

    I cant speak highly enough of the service that Manu provides which was good value for money, special, wonderful, enjoyable and we can highly recommend using his services if you should ever visit Rio.

    5 star and First class!! What more can you say??
    Fabulous experience!!!! An amazing time and definitely one for the bucket list!!
    Thanks Manu, it was unforgettable! xxxx

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Manu was an awesome guide. He was professional, fun, and responded to our needs and interests. He speaks excellent English and is very knowledgable about Rio, history, and life in Brazil. I’d love to hire him again!

  9. 5 out of 5

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    Manu was the best guide we could have encountered in Rio and he made the day really special for us! Highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

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    Manu is the ultimate tour guide. Knows his city inside and out and was always a gentleman.

  11. 5 out of 5

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    Manu was great! we did a walking tour and went on a tram ride (he explained the tragic history of the original tram that crashed and killed several people and about 20 years later, the city is trying to revive the attraction, we got off and walked down to the selaron stairs where he told me of the story of it’s creator and how he knew him personally (I won’t give the story away as he can tell you himself), and various downtown sites. We walked a lot, was very informative and I enjoyed the day with lots of photos!
    Thanks Manu!

  12. 5 out of 5

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    Manu was an excellent guide and showed me the best (and hidden gems) of Rio over a two-day period. From initially contacting Manu, he was very prompt in responding to emails. Manu made sure we coordinated all desired attractions/sites before my arrival and in order to maximize our time together and my Rio experience. Manu was very accommodating in tailoring the sites/areas of my interest. He was extremely knowledgeable, full of personality, and an excellent guide/resource. Even when I wasn’t with Manu, he made himself available if I had any questions. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a private tour guide while in Rio.

  13. 5 out of 5

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    We booked a 2-day tour with Manu for our first visit to Rio and it was a terrific experience! We toured the major city sights, the gorgeous views from Niteroi ,the endless beaches of Barra de Tijuca,and many more. Manu is a great storyteller and excellent guide, who will amaze you with his knowledge and love for Rio.He is super flexible and would do everything to fulfill any special request. He might also surprise you with a treat of his own:once he learned that my husband and I are both artists, he took us to the School of Fine Arts, situated in a beautiful park with tropical plants and
    fountains.A gem in the heart of the city!We highly recommend Manu- it is the best way to see and feel Rio!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    My husband and I booked a day tour with Manu when our cruise ship was in Rio and it was one of the best days of our three-week trip. Manu picked us up promptly at the port, not an easy feat since it is currently a construction zone. We had a terrific day touring major sights and learned much about the city and the Carioca way of life. Since we would be visiting Corcovado–Christ the Redeemer–the next day on a ship’s tour for our half day in port, we had time to visit some lovely places in Tijuca National Park with gorgeous vistas and waterfalls. We went to the Sambadrome and museum, Santa Theresa, the beaches. We visited Sugar Loaf later in the day when the clouds had cleared and also avoided lines there. The day was capped by a stop at the incredible Cathedral. We asked to go to a restaurant for a nice Brazilian lunch, not a steakhouse, and enjoyed his recommendation of Bar de Beto. Manu has studied photography and often took my camera to get better shots than I would have gotten on my own. I was just sorry I had left my better camera on the ship in the interest of traveling light. I highly recommend Manu Peclat as a tour guide to get the most out of your time in Rio and meet a welcoming Carioca!

  15. 5 out of 5

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    2 day tour with Manu,This is the way to do it as you get to see much of the area and then can decide what you want to repeat on your own time.Saw many sights all over the city and had lunch at different restaurants each day,the food is excellent!
    Manu has excellent english skills and is a very good photographer as he took many pictures of us with our camera.No selfies needed on this tour!
    The traffic can get heavy during times but no worries as manu and driver move you around the city sights.
    must get tour guide as you see so much!
    Ask manu where ‘nicolas fine jewelry’ is located if you want good priced gems from a great family jewelry store as the owner speaks excellent english and best prices in rio.had gems appraised when returned and did very well.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    Great Day with Manu! this was a repeat tour from the previous year! I would highly recommend Manu….He is fun, enthusiastic and honest and loves Rio and makes sure you love the city as well…

  17. 5 out of 5

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    If now I know Rio I have to thank you Manu !!! Great experience, he is very professional and he explein the Rio and Brasil history.
    Of course I recommend him.

  18. 5 out of 5

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    . Well what can I say Manu was one of the best tour guides I have ever had!
    He is extremely knowledgeable and very enthusiastic especially when it comes to RIO. I absolutely loved his energy. Five of us did a one day Rio Tour with him and loved every moment of it. Not only is he a very professional guide he is also just such a wonderful, fun person. He even took group photos on his phone and e-mailed them to us after the tour. There is a reason he is top rated tour guide on TripAdvisor. If I am ever in Rio again I would book him instantly to do another tour. I would recommend him highly to all my friends and family! Thanks again Manu for such a wonderful day we all had an amazing time!

  19. 5 out of 5

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    Manu’s tour is the best!! You see the sights you want to in Rio, he has tons of useful information about the city and the attractions and he also takes fantastic photos of you and your travel mates!! Can’t recommend more!!

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Manu’s excitement was contagious. He was a pleasure to be around and was extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Manu for your Rio city tour. It was a blast!

  21. 5 out of 5

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    Manu is excellent! Incredibly friendly and a true historian. Simply could not have been a better experience!

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Manu was fun, knowledgable and a great guide to spend a day with. Highly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Manu was awesome! Highly recommend him. Polite, professional & sort after guide!

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