Tours & Activities

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The Big Dude Tour

Specially designed tour is a 7-hour tour in Rio de Janeiro. The day tour starts with pick up at the front of your hotel or hostel in Rio. You will be met by a English speaking guide and driven around on a 14 seat mini bus. Our first stop will be the hang gliding landing area at the beautiful São Conrado beach. Views from the mountains on the coast are more than amazing so if you have time we highly suggest you also try the Hang Gliding Expedition while in Rio. Next you will go on a gentle hike in the Tijuca National Park where you get a glimpse of the tropical rainforest and waterfalls close up before arriving at the Christ The Redeemer statue. After that your visit you will stop for lunch at a Kilo restaurant and then the world famous Christ The Redeemer statue.

From there you will get to know Santa Teresa, one of the traditional old neighbourhoods of Rio, which still retains much of its original architecture and character.

At the end of your Rio day tour we will see “The Great Madness” (Escadaria Selaron) or “Secret Lapa Steps” where Snoop Dogg shot his famous video for song  Beautiful with Pharell.

Finally, you will be offered two options. The first option is to be dropped off at Sugarloaf Mountain (ticket is not included in the package price) in time for sunset – this is an especially romantic time for couples! The second option is to simply be dropped off in front of your hotel or hostel.

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Cost – R$150 – Please wear trainers or comfortable walking shoes

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Favela Walking Tour

One of our most popular tours, this trip gives you the opportunity to see a completely alternative side to life in Rio. The multi-lingual guides will take you to visit the Rocinha and will explain the social and political context of what you see. The aim is to provide you with a better understanding of Rio and its contradictions, as the favelas are not only about violence and poverty. Part of the cost of the trip is donated to a local school.

Cost – R$95 – Take some extra cash if you wish to buy anything from the local artists.

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Rio Street Art Tour

From colorful murals to surrealistic stencils, from posters to incoherent scribbling, we are going to see the full spectrum of art unfold before us: the beautiful, the terrible, and the plain strange. On this tour we will explore not only this precious and fleeting art, which only exists for a few moments, but also the personal life and style of the best carioca artists and the way the city was shaped through various sociopolitical forces.

Itinerary:

We begin our tour in front of Copacabana Palace Hotel at 10am and from there we take the metro to Glória, where we see our first street art work: the famous Selaron Lapa Steps, built by one man with thousands of tiles from all over the world. We move on to Cinelândia and We get the tram to Praça Mauá.

The square marks the beginning of Avenida Rio Branco avenue and also of the Port Region, in the Central area of Rio. Around the square there are important buildings, such as the Rio Art Museum (MAR) and the Museum of Tomorrow.

From there, we walk by the Olimpic Boulevard to see all the new different art works in the area, includind the very large (it’s in the Guiness Book of Records!) 3,000 square meters ‘Etnias’ mural.

Finally, we go to the Pedra do Sal. Originally a slave village, Pedra do Sal is a place with special significance for Cariocas of African descent and fans of samba and choro music. It’s a culturally rich area, full of art, definetelly worth a visit and stoping for a cold beer!
Prices from R$90 – full details of the tours available on request.

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Favela Funk Party

Party like a local at this regular Sunday night fixture. You will drive out to one of the favelas and join in with real Brazilians on the dance floor. Drinks are cheap and a VIP area is available if you need to rest your legs.

Cost – R$90

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Samba Party

Join the rehearsals for Carnaval at one of the first division samba schools. Every Saturday night, and some Wednesdays, you can join the locals of Salgueiro or Mangueira at a samba party, which is the closest thing you can get to Carnaval itself. The atmosphere cannot be beaten is and is guaranteed to get you dancing.

Cost – R$90

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Monday Night Boat Party

Monday Night Boat Party

Cruise around Guanabara Bay on a private boat ( capacity 150 and bar serving beer, caipirinhas, soft drinks etc. ) departing at midnight. A DJ plays until the boat returns to Marina da Gloria at 4am.

Girls R$60, Boys R$70

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Hang Gliding

Get a birds-eye view of Rio aboard a hang glider piloted by a national champion. This is a totally unforgettable experience. Photos, video and pick-up from hostel included.

Cost – R$550. 

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Surf Tours

This trip gives you the chance to surf some of best waves in Rio such Ipanema and Arpoador. Experienced surfers can hire boards, but beginners are welcome too, as lessons are available with experienced instructors fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. This tour is very flexible, offering everything from one-off lessons, to week-long packages including accommodation at the Surf Club. Contact the hostel for more details.

Cost – R$130

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Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Why go up the Sugar Loaf in the cable car when you can climb up its face and experience an unparalleled sense of achievement? With over 500 bolted routes, Rio is an ideal spot for climbers of all abilities due to the abundance of solid granite hills, which surround the city and provide climbs suitable for beginners and experts alike. We offer one-off climbs, or packages of lessons.

Tailored tours with a dedicated driver can also be arranged on request.
For more information on any of these tours please contact the hostel at
bookings@mangotreehostel.com 

Please Note: Prices are based on payments in cash at the hostel. Advance bookings made by credit card will incur an additional cost.

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