Highlights of Rio
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: rio-001
A scenic drive takes you through downtown to the Cosme Velho district. Here you will board the cog railway that takes you up to Corcovado. Emperor Dom Pedro II opened the railway in October 1884. At that time it was operated with steam engines; they were replaced with electric trains in 1910.
The 2.5 mile railway itself offers fine views. As you reach the upper terminus there are fantastic views in clear weather. To reach the top of the 120-foot-high statue, you will take an elevator and an escalator.
Your tour then continues on to Tijuca Forest, which comprises an area of 47 square miles. This dense tropical forest was largely cut down in the 19th century to accommodate coffee plantations. A project of reforestation was initiated in the late 1800s with the planting of more than 100,000 trees. Today the park is a favorite spot to get away from the city's hustle and bustle. Afterwards, you will transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.