Rio is a city of contradictions - a hugely popular tourist destination famed for its incredible natural scenery and party atmosphere, while many residents endure difficult conditions in shantytowns, or favelas. You’ll see both sides from the base of the “Cristo” statue, a 38m (124ft) monument, arms outstretched as it guards over the city. From the pedestal you’ll admire incredible views of your surroundings - urban sprawl, and then lagoons, coastline, mountains and forest stretching out as far as the eye can see. This is one of the world’s most iconic structures, an unmissable visit when in Rio.
Next you will visit Santa Marta. Often misunderstood, the narrow alleyways of favela communities are where you will find the true roots of Brazilian culture, and walking around, your guide will introduce you to residents, giving you a valuable insight to what life is really like in the favelas, beyond the headlines. A colourful environment full of activity and delicious aromas of food cooking all around, there is a buzz here it’s impossible to ignore. You’ll also be able to snap some great pictures of the Guanabara and Botafogo Bays, at an angle few visitors rarely manage. Rio de Janeiro is one of the world’s must-see destinations, and this tour is the ultimate introduction.
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