With so many tour companies popping up with the major international events happening in Brazil’s main tourist destinations; it’s sometimes hard to know which are reliable and worth the money. Having taken two tours with Rio de Janeiro Now tour company, we can honestly say that it is one of the best ways to see all of the main attractions that the Marvelous City has to offer on a budget.
Recommended by some of the advisors for foreign exchange students studying in Brazil; the Rio de Janeiro Now Tour Company offers many exciting tours for hard to beat prices.
We did the Um Dia no Rio 1 (Classic) which included lunch at a Churrascaria (a typical Brazilian barbecue), admission to Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains, as well as a guided tour in an air-conditioned sprinter van all around the city to the most famous sites. Depending on your native language they have multilingual guides equipped to handle all group from anywhere in the world.
Our guide for the day spoke Spanish, English, and Portuguese fluently and used all three during the tour. Impressively, he also had a basic understanding of Italian, French, German, and Chinese from working in the industry for so long.
If you pay for your spot on the tour in advance via bank deposit or credit card, the price is R$230 (USD$63 at the time of posting) for the tour including lunch in a buffet style Brazilian restaurant or R$250 (USD$69 at the time of posting) for the tour including lunch in a traditional Brazilian Churrascaria. If you wait to pay the day of; prices rise R$10-15. *Prices tend to increase surrounding major events.*
We highly recommend this tour instead of trying to do it all yourself. The guides are knowledgeable and the price is amazing for everything that is included (it would not be possible to do this for less even without a guide). We also recommend booking ahead of time as they will pick you up right in front of your hotel at a scheduled time and the better guides and tours book up quicker.
If you are interested in a longer tour or seeing a soccer match at one of the famed stadiums, Rio de Janeiro Now Tours also offers these opportunities. Check out their website for the full list of tours, current prices, and what all is included. It will also note how long each tour is and if it is limited to certain days.
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