Rio de Janeiro

Superb restaurants and legendary beaches 
A remarkable architectural heritage
Corcovado’s Christ the Redeemer

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Rio de Janeiro

A city of a thousand faces

As you’ll be able to appreciate when you cruise the Atlantic Ocean with MSC Cruises, in its position on the southern shore of the magnificent Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro has, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most stunning settings in the world.
Extending for 20km along an alluvial strip, between an azure sea and forest-clad mountains, the city’s streets and buildings have been moulded around the foothills of the mountain range that provides its backdrop, while out in the bay there are many rocky islands fringed with white sand.

The aerial views over Rio are breathtaking, and even the concrete skyscrapers that dominate the city’s skyline add to the attraction. As the former capital of Brazil and now its second-largest city, Rio has a remarkable architectural heritage, some of the country’s best museums and galleries, superb restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – in addition to its legendary beaches. A shore excursion on your MSC South America cruise can be the opportunity to visit the Pão de Açúcar.

The Sugar Loaf Mountain rises where Guanabara Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Its name may simply reflect a resemblance to the moulded loaves in which sugar was once commonly sold. Alternatively, it may be a corruption of the indigenous Tamoya word Pau-nh-Açuquá, meaning “high, pointed or isolated hill”. On the top of Corcoavado Mountain instead the Art Deco statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer), arms outstretched in welcome, stands 30m high and weighs over 1000 tonnes. It was supposed to be completed for Brazil’s centenary independence celebrations in 1922, but wasn’t actually finished until 1931.

In clear weather, fear no anticlimax: climbing to the statue is a stunning experience, with the whole of Rio and Guanabara Bay laid out before you.

Must see places in Rio de Janeiro

  • The statue of Christ on the Corcovado

    The statue of Christ on the Corcovado

  • A cable car ride to Sugar Loaf mountain

    A cable car ride to Sugar Loaf mountain

  • Ipanema Beach

    Ipanema Beach

Discover our excursions

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  • BEACH TRANSFER COPACABANA & IPANEMA

    CITY TOUR

    RIO04T

    Enjoy your day in Rio by visiting its most famous beaches. You will be transferred to Copacabana or Ipanema, two of the most renowned beaches of the Brazilian metropolis for free time in one of the two beaches to walk around its boutiques or relax in the sun or swim in the ocean. Please note: The stop at the mall is only available if it rains, otherwise guests may walk. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Shops are closed on Sundays and holidays. This tour is not guided. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. Excursion available only for guests in transit.;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • Long route by bus

    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      6 h

  • CORCOVADO

    CITY TOUR

    RIO01T

    We will start our tour departing from the port by bus to "Sambodromo" towards Tijuca National Park. At the Corcovado train station we will board an amazing ride. Through the forest we will be able to appreciate the beauty of the Tijuca forest surrounding the train ride. Once you reach the top of the hill, you will visit the fantastic statue of "Cristo Redentor" and enjoy a wonderful view over the city. After this visit, you will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like "Copacabana". Please note: Itinerary order may change due to lines in the Corcovado train and traffic conditions. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in all calls during the Brazilian Carnival. The ticket is included in the value of the excursion. The passing by of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are subject to local parades during the year where avenues by the ocean may be blocked for traffic. There will be a possibility of queues at the train station during summer. Excursion available only for guests in transit.
    • Long route by bus

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • GRAND TOUR CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF

    CITY TOUR

    RIO06T

    This is an amazing combination of the best that the city of Rio de Janeiro has to offer. Departing from the port towards the Tijuca National Park where we will board the famous tourist train to take you to the famous "Christ the redeemer statue", considered the largest Art Deco statue in the world. The statue is 39.6 meters (130 ft.) tall, including its 9.5 meter (31 feet) pedestal, and 30 meters (98 ft.) wide. It weighs 635 tons (700 short tons), and is located at the peak of the 700 meters (2,300 ft.) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park overlooking the city, It is one of the tallest of its kind in the world. A symbol of Christianity, the statue has become an icon of Rio and Brazil. It is made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, and was constructed between 1922 and 1931. Once we reach the top of the hill you will enjoy a wonderful view over the city. After the Christ, we will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like "Ipanema" and "Copacabana". Then you will continue the excursion with a visit of Sugar Loaf. With the cable car to reach the top of the hill we will visit the two mountains with also another great view of the Guanabara Bay and Niteroi. Without doubt this is the best excursion in Brazil. Please note: This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. The tickets are included in the value of the excursion. There will be a possibility of long queues at the train and cable car station during summer both to go up to Corcovado and Sugar Loaf and to return. The queues and traffic may affect the time available to stay in Corcovado and Sugar Loaf but there will be a minimum of 30 minutes stay in each destination. Itinerary, length of stops, passing by the beaches and duration of the tour may be affected due to the long queues and traffic. A lunch box will be offered and delivered on board the ship to all guests in this excursion. For all calls where the length of stay in port is less than 8 hours, the tour will have duration of 6 hours without the lunch box. MSC Poesia Carnival call - March 03rd: we do not recommend this excursion to those guests wishing to go to "Sambódromo" parade in the evening as there will not be enough time. Excursion available only for guests in transit.
    • Long route by bus

    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      7 h

  • GRAND TOUR CORCOVADO & SUGAR LOAF with lunch

    CITY TOUR

    RIO06LT

    This is a combined excursion to get the most of Rio de Janeiro. You will departure from the port by bus to Tijuca National Park to board the famous tourist train to take you to Corcovado. Once you reach the top of the hill, you will visit the fantastic statue of "Cristo Redentor" and enjoy a wonderful view over the city. From the Christ, we will follow to a delightful lunch in a typical barbecue restaurant. Enjoy the famous Brazilian barbecue along with an international buffet. After lunch, you will have a panoramic tour of the most beautiful beaches in the world like "Ipanema" and "Copacabana". Then you will continue the excursion with a visit of Sugar Loaf; with the cable car to reach the top of the hill, one of the most famous symbols of Rio. From there you will enjoy the beautiful view of this wonderful city. Please note:The itinerary can be changed according to traffic conditions and operational issues. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). Expect long lines at the attractions. The Corcovado train and Sugar Loaf cable car tickets are included in the value of the excursion. The excursion will start and end at the port. The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in all calls during the Brazilian Carnival, please consult the Shore Excursion office once onboard. Excursion available only for guests in transit.
    • Long route by bus

    • Lunch or dinner included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

  • JEEP TOUR TO CORCOVADO

    CITY TOUR

    RIO07T

    Leave the pier by open jeeps and reach Corcovado hill, located in the Tijuca forest, the largest urban forest in the world; you will admire one of Rio’s most famous postcards: Christ the Redeemer chosen as one of the seven world wonders. The excursion will pass by through the traditional Santa Teresa borough with its pleasant atmosphere due to the mansions from the beginning of the century that today houses some of the most important art Centre’s with lots of craftsmanship galleries not to mention it is the only district that you can find the old English trolleys which still works as a meaning of transportation for the locals. We will head to the Corcovado hill to see admire some of the most traditional Brazilian beaches; Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon with its salt and fresh water, the botanical garden and the centennial palm trees. From the top you will also be able to see the Maracanã stadium, Guanabara Bay and the Sugar Loaf. On the return to the pier we will pass by the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival. Jeeps are parked outside the terminal in Rio de Janeiro and depending where the ship docks alongside the pier, guests may have to take a shuttle bus from the ship to the terminal and may have to walk up to 500 meters to the entrance of the terminal to meet the vehicle. Guests in Jeep tours will be escorted by the tour guide all the way from the ship to their vehicle. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. Excursion available only for guests in transit.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • RIO, CIDADE MARAVILHOSA (MARVELOUS CITY)

    CITY TOUR

    RIO20T

    Enjoy your day in Rio de Janeiro and discover why she is known as the "Marvelous City". For those who have visited the Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, an excellent opportunity to visit Rio without stress, rush or long walking. This tour will take you for an unforgettable visit to the center of Rio with its mix of dazzling skyscrapers and colonial architecture. We will follow the Avenida Rio Branco, the Candelaria Church, built in 1822; Sambadromo (the site of the Carnival parade) the Municipal Theatre and the Flamengo Park. We will continue passing by the Bay of Botafogo and Urca for a breathtaking view of Sugar Loaf. Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon will be ahead before we reach the beach of Sao Conrado. On the way back pass by Rodrigo de Freitas Lagke. Your tour includes stops for photos: The cathedral, view of the Sugar Loaf and Sao Conrado beach, so do not forget your camera! Please note: The photo stops and length of the tour may vary due to traffic conditions. This tour will not be canceled by bad weather conditions (rain). Tour recommended for guests with limited mobility, families and baby strollers
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • SUGAR LOAF

    CITY TOUR

    RIO02T

    Before the visit of Sugar Loaf, you will have a panoramic tour of the historical center of Rio, with the stop at San Sebastian Cathedral. The excursion includes a photo stop in front of the biggest stadium in the world "Maracanã'" and at the famous "Sambodromo", the temple of the Carnival Samba. With the cable car you will reach the top of the Sugar Loaf hill, one of the most famous symbols of Rio. From the top amazing views of Guanabara Bay, Niteroi and even the famous statue of the Christ. Please note: This excursion will visit a catholic church, therefore knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the church. Itinerary order may change due to lines in the Sugar Loaf. This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). This excursion will not be cancelled due to weather conditions (rain). The itinerary and venues visited in this excursion may be altered in calls during the Brazilian Carnival period. The passing by of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro are subject to local parades during the year where avenues by the ocean may be blocked for traffic. The Sambodromo complex is under construction and photo stops at the Sambodromo is subject to traffic conditions. This excursion is only available for guests in transit. Excursion available only for guests in transit.
    • Long route by bus

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • SEDAN WITH DRIVER ONLY (4 seats)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    RIO15T

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. The excursion time is approximate and is subject to change. Service not available to finish at the airport and not available to cross Rio/Niteroi bridge. Service available for Grand Voyages. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price. Guests planning to use the private vehicles to visit the Corcovado by road must be aware that private vehicles are only allowed up to the entrance of the state park where guests must use a paid local shuttle van to reach the top of the Corcovado (compulsory). The cost of this shuttle van and train is around – R$ 40/60 per person, by appointment. There is a limitation of private vehicles entering the road that leads to the shuttle van (State park entrance). Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your private vehicle will be able to reach the State Park entrance, where the shuttle vans to Corcovado are located. None of these extra costs are included in the price of the private vehicles and must be paid in cash at the state park. Only Brazilian currency (reais) is accepted at the park. 4 hours private service may not be enough to visit the Corcovado due the long lines and waiting time. Guests wishing to visit the Corcovado are strongly recommended to order the 8 hours private service. Furthermore, guests ordering private vehicles and planning to visit the Corcovado statue by road or by train using the private service, must inform the shore excursion desk to verify availability 48 hours in advance and/or during the reservation of the service. The ticket to the Corcovado mountain by or train or in the state park is not included in the cost of the private vehicle and must be paid at sight upon arrival in Brazilian currency. It is not guaranteed that the tickets will be available and are subject to availability. Excursion available only for guests in transit.;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • SEDAN WITH DRIVER ONLY (4 seats)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    RIO16T

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price. Service not available to finish at the airport and not available to cross Rio/Niteroi bridge. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Guests planning to use the private vehicles to visit the Corcovado by road must be aware that private vehicles are only allowed up to the entrance of the state park where guests must use a paid local shuttle van to reach the top of the Corcovado (compulsory). The cost of this shuttle van is around – R$ 30 per person. During weekends and holidays there is a limitation of private vehicles entering the road that leads to the shuttle van (State park entrance). Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your private vehicle will be able to reach the State Park entrance, where the shuttle vans to Corcovado are located. None of these extra costs are included in the price of the private vehicles and must be paid in cash at the state park. Only Brazilian currency (reais) is accepted at the park. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

  • Van with driver & tour guide (9 seats)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    RIO13T

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. The excursion time is approximate and is subject to change. Service not available to finish at the airport and not available to cross Rio/Niteroi bridge. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price. Guests planning to use the private vehicles to visit the Corcovado by road must be aware that private vehicles are only allowed up to the entrance of the state park where guests must use a paid local shuttle van to reach the top of the Corcovado (compulsory). The cost of this shuttle van and train is around – R$ 40/60 per person, by appointment. There is a limitation of private vehicles entering the road that leads to the shuttle van (State park entrance). Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your private vehicle will be able to reach the State Park entrance, where the shuttle vans to Corcovado are located. None of these extra costs are included in the price of the private vehicles and must be paid in cash at the state park. Only Brazilian currency (reais) is accepted at the park. 4 hours private service may not be enough to visit the Corcovado due the long lines and waiting time. Guests wishing to visit the Corcovado are strongly recommended to order the 8 hours private service. Furthermore, guests ordering private vehicles and planning to visit the Corcovado statue by road or by train using the private service, must inform the shore excursion desk to verify availability 48 hours in advance and/or during the reservation of the service. The ticket to the Corcovado mountain by or train or in the state park is not included in the cost of the private vehicle and must be paid at sight upon arrival in Brazilian currency. It is not guaranteed that the tickets will be available and are subject to availability. Excursion available only for guests in transit.;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • Van with driver & tour guide (9 seats)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    RIO14T

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price. Service not available to finish at the airport and not available to cross Rio/Niteroi bridge. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Guests planning to use the private vehicles to visit the Corcovado by road must be aware that private vehicles are only allowed up to the entrance of the state park where guests must use a paid local shuttle van to reach the top of the Corcovado (compulsory). The cost of this shuttle van is around – R$ 30 per person. During weekends and holidays there is a limitation of private vehicles entering the road that leads to the shuttle van (State park entrance). Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your private vehicle will be able to reach the State Park entrance, where the shuttle vans to Corcovado are located. None of these extra costs are included in the price of the private vehicles and must be paid in cash at the state park. Only Brazilian currency (reais) is accepted at the park. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

  • Van with driver only (10 seats)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    RIO11T

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. The excursion time is approximate and is subject to change. Service not available to finish at the airport and not available to cross Rio/Niteroi bridge. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price. Guests planning to use the private vehicles to visit the Corcovado by road must be aware that private vehicles are only allowed up to the entrance of the state park where guests must use a paid local shuttle van to reach the top of the Corcovado (compulsory). The cost of this shuttle van and train is around – R$ 40/60 per person, by appointment. There is a limitation of private vehicles entering the road that leads to the shuttle van (State park entrance). Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your private vehicle will be able to reach the State Park entrance, where the shuttle vans to Corcovado are located. None of these extra costs are included in the price of the private vehicles and must be paid in cash at the state park. Only Brazilian currency (reais) is accepted at the park. 4 hours private service may not be enough to visit the Corcovado due the long lines and waiting time. Guests wishing to visit the Corcovado are strongly recommended to order the 8 hours private service. Furthermore, guests ordering private vehicles and planning to visit the Corcovado statue by road or by train using the private service, must inform the shore excursion desk to verify availability 48 hours in advance and/or during the reservation of the service. The ticket to the Corcovado mountain by or train or in the state park is not included in the cost of the private vehicle and must be paid at sight upon arrival in Brazilian currency. It is not guaranteed that the tickets will be available and are subject to availability. Excursion available only for guests in transit. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      4 h

  • Van with driver only (10 seats)

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    RIO12T

    Disembark in the port and have a vehicle with a professional driver waiting for you, your family and friends. Create your own tour and enjoy your day with a vehicle at your disposal. Please note: Vehicle, driver and gasoline included up to 150kms, it does not include tickets to any touristy attraction or lunch. The advertised price for this service is per vehicle, not per passenger. This service is available with or without a tour guide, depending on availability. The driver speaks only Portuguese and the tour guide (if requested) speaks English or Portuguese. The departure of service can be requested for any time during the time call. Calls where the length of stay in the port is less than 8 hours but over 4 hours, the service can be available for the length of the call with the 8 hours price. Service not available to finish at the airport and not available to cross Rio/Niteroi bridge. Service without tour guide is not available for Grand Voyages. Guests planning to use the private vehicles to visit the Corcovado by road must be aware that private vehicles are only allowed up to the entrance of the state park where guests must use a paid local shuttle van to reach the top of the Corcovado (compulsory). The cost of this shuttle van is around – R$ 30 per person. During weekends and holidays there is a limitation of private vehicles entering the road that leads to the shuttle van (State park entrance). Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your private vehicle will be able to reach the State Park entrance, where the shuttle vans to Corcovado are located. None of these extra costs are included in the price of the private vehicles and must be paid in cash at the state park. Only Brazilian currency (reais) is accepted at the park. Excursion available only for guests in transit. ;;;;;;;;;;;;
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      8 h

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
 
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Rio de Janeiro

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Pier Mauá   
Avenida Rodrigues Alves, 10  
Praça Mauá 
CEP 20081-250   Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil

Reach the port by

  • Plane

    From Antonio Carlos Jobim (Galeão) International Airport
    Travelling by car, leave the airport and turn left onto Avenida Vinte de Janeiro. Then turn left again onto Saída Aeroporto and take a sharp left onto Avenida Vinte de Janeiro. Keep on the right to stay on Avenida Vinte de Janeiro and then take a gentle right onto Estrada do Galeão. Continue onto Ponte do Galeão and take the ramp signposted L. Vermelha/Centro. Turn left onto Via Expressa Presidente João Goulart and subsequently take the exit on the left signposted Centro/Copacabana. The road will merge with Viaduto do Gasômetro. Take the exit signposted Tijuca/Tn. Rebouças. Take a gentle left onto Via Binário do Porto and continue onto Avenida Venezuela, followed by Rua Sacadura Cabral and Praça Mauá. Turn left onto Avenida Rio Branco and then right to stay on Avenida Rio Branco. Pier Mauá will be on your left. The port is about 23 km from the airport, but leave ample time for your journey since road maintenance works can cause delays. Taxis, private cars and a bus service are available to take you from the airport to Pier Mauá. The journey takes about 40 minutes, depending on the traffic.

    From Santos Dumont Airport
    Travelling by car, from the airport precinct go in direction of the Praça Senador Salgado Filho. Turn left to stay on Praça Senador Salgado Filho and then take a gentle right toward Avenida Marechal Câmara, followed by a gentle left onto Avenida Marechal Câmara itself. Turn left onto Avenida Franklin Roosevelt and continue onto Avenida Presidente Wilson. Then turn right onto Avenida Rio Branco and right again to stay on Avenida Rio Branco. Pier Mauá will be on your left. The port is only around 5 km from the airport, but leave ample time for your journey since road maintenance works can cause delays. Taxis, private cars and a bus service are available to take you from the airport to Pier Mauá. The journey takes about 10 minutes, depending on the traffic. Transfers are not provided unless booked in advance with MSC Cruises.
    Plane

South Brazil

Past Christ the Redeemer
Past Christ the Redeemer

In Brazil’s south-east, the three largest cities – São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte – form a triangle around which the economy pivots.

All are worth visiting, but the must-sees during your cruise to Brazil are Rio, which really is as beautiful as it seems in the pictures, and the ravishing colonial relic of Paraty which lies between here and booming São Paulo. North of here, the city of Belo Horizonte sits at the heart of Minas Gerais, where the old Portuguese towns of Ouro Preto, Tiradentes and Diamantina drip with colonial history.

The south, encompassing the states of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, boasts the spectacular Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina – one of the great natural wonders of South America. From Curitiba the scenic Serra Verde Express snakes down to the coast, where you can chill out on Ilha do Mel or beach-hop around Florianópolis.

Despite its proximity to the city, São Paulo’s 400km coast has sometimes been overlooked in favour of more glamorous Rio. North-east, towards the border with Rio state, the area is developing rapidly, but still offers great contrasts, ranging from long, wide stretches of sand at the edge of a coastal plain to idyllic-looking coves beneath a mountainous backdrop.