In Denisa’s own words:
Forget everything you think you know about Rio as these guys will turn it upside down. We did this tour second day after our arrival and it was absolutely stunning experience! Within one day you get to the most of beautiful places, see the Rio from almost all sides, visit main monuments and sites while your guide talks you about the history of all interesting places you visit. These guys live in Rio and know Rio better than any travel/backpacker guide you can buy at home. They give you a perfect insight about how “real” Rio is and this one day will make you love it even more.
Our day started with an hour of hiking above Morro da Babilônia and had an amazing view to Botafogo and Flamenco beaches and all the beauties you can see on that side of Rio. Then we drive through Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon to explore the biggest favela Rocinha a bit and had amazing lunch there. After we continued in tour into Tijuca Forrest, visit Vista Chinesa, waterfall and many lookup points in this area. We then stopped and visited Christ the Redeemer, after that we drove down via Santa Teresa to Lapa to make a picture on Escadaria Selarón and then back to hostel (only because we saw Pao de Acucar a day before on our own).
If you want to do something like this on your own, I imagine it will take you weeks and you won’t see a half of it. Especially, I don’t believe you are brave enough (if first time in this magical city) to walk into biggest favela and have a lunch there . Special thanks to Vlasta – you looked after us very well!
It was our best tour probably from all tours in Brazil and we would highly recommend to everybody! It does not cost much and what you see and what you experience in that one day is PRICELESS!