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Optional city tours

Date & Time


 Friday, 25 August

 15:00 – 17:00 GMT-3

Departure from AIJA Congress Registration Desk


1. Corcovado & Christ the Redeemer Tour

No trip to Rio is complete without a visit to its most iconic landmark and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer. Perched atop the 2,300-foot-high (700m) Corcovado Mountain, this giant representation of Christ looks down benevolently over the incredible city below with open arms. The statue was commissioned by a local Catholic group in 1920, and construction started in 1922, taking nine years to complete.Your tour of this century-old landmark begins with a morning transfer from your hotel into Tijuca National Park, which at 8,300 acres is the largest urban park in the world. Once you reach the base of Corcovado, a train will take you up through the lush forest to the peak. There, you’ll find Cristo Redentor, the largest Art Deco statue ever built at 98 feet (30m) high. Every year, around two million tourists make the trip to marvel at this sculptural accomplishment—plus this is the best view of Rio. From here, you can see all of Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, the south beaches, and far north to the adjacent city of Duque de Caxias. You can even look out across the bay to the eastern cities of Niterói and São Gonçalo. After the visit, you’ll return to your hotel.

Pick-up time: 14:30 from the Congress registration desk

Drop-off time: 17:30

Price: 50 EUR / 270 R$

Included: private transportation and English-speaking guides for the group, entrance fee

48 tickets available – first come first served

2. Rio de Janeiro City Tour

We will meet our guide to get to know more about Rio. We’ll start with panoramic views of the Sambadrome, an area specially built for the parade of samba schools that participate every year during Carnival. Then, we’ll go to the financial center of Rio where modern and colonial styles are mixed, and we will make a short stop to visit the famous Cathedral of San Sebastian. We will also visit the Municipal Theater, a beautiful and historic opera house that opened in 1909 and has since become one of the most important cultural institutions in Brazil. We will also have panoramic views of the famous Arcos das Lapa. Then, we’ll then continue our tour by visiting the region of Santa Teresa. Santa Teresa, attracts by the charm of its cobbled streets, its famous cable car, the good restaurants, and the incredible view of part of the city through the eyes of those who are at the top. We will dive through this region, walking through its streets, and visiting the vibrant, and iconic staircase Selarón Steps. After the visit, we return to the hotel.

Pick-up time: 14:30 from the Congress registration desk

Drop-off time: 18:30

Price: 25 EUR / 135 R$

Included: private transportation and English-speaking guides for the group

40 tickets available – first come first served