Experience Brazil’s Natural Beauty on These 9 Outdoor Rio de Janeiro Tours

You'll never run out of things to do in Rio de Janeiro
You'll never run out of things to do in Rio de Janeiro | © ncamerastock / Alamy Stock Photo
Whether in a botanic garden or organically in Tijuca National Park, Rio de Janeiro has stunning plant and animal life along with mesmerizing views and natural wonders. Take a boat on Guanabara Bay or check out a UNESCO-listed biosphere with these 10 outdoor tours that highlight Rio’s natural beauty.

Rio de Janeiro is bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean and contains within it the largest urban forest in the world. Suffice it to say, the city is filled with opportunities to see some natural beauty. Whether riding in a Jeep, walking on foot, biking or rafting, these excursions offer the chance to get out of the museums and on an adventure. Experience the lush plant life in Tijuca National Park, the stunning rushing waters of the Jequitibá Waterfall and the thrilling optical illusion of the Pedra do Telégrafo cliff on these 10 outdoor tours.

ToursOpen Sunset Sailing Tour
From $43 per person
3 hours
4.9 (9)

This is an amazing opportune to see the beauty of Rio de Janeiro from a unique angle and an exclusive vibe. We sail passing close by the Fortress of São José, Fortress Lage, and Fortes Santa Cruz, in the direction to Island of Boa Viagem in Niterói. We also pass by the Museum of Contemporary Art and come back with the amazing view of the sunset in the front of the boat. All the way we have Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer in the horizon of the scenery. The tour finishes by getting the best of the Sunset. In total we will have 3 hours of cruise. We also make part of the itinerary one stop to swim at Adão e Eva beach. In the price of the tour is included a complete packet of drinks with fresh-made Caipirinhas, Sparkling White Wine, Bier, Juice, Coke and Water. The drinks are followed by snacks and finger foods that combine in the perfect way. We receive a maximum of 14 passengers on board; that makes the tour really exclusive.

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ToursRio From the Sea: Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Barbecue Lunch
From $60 per person
4 to 6 hours
3.9 (70)

Spend half a day sailing on Guanabara Bay, for the most beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro with Sugar Loaf Mountain towering in the distance. Pass the bay’s islands and forts as you cruise the idyllic waters. From the water you can see Rio’s downtown, cruise just below planes landing in Santos Dumont Airport, see the Museum of Tomorrow, go under the Niterói Bridge and see the lovely beaches from Rio’s sister city, as well as seeing the famous Oscar Niemeyer Museum. The Guanabara Bay Cruise includes roundtrip transportation from your Rio de Janeiro hotel. An optional all you can eat barbecue lunch is also available on your return, in a local Rio restaurant.