Guanabara Bay
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Anabell D
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Guanabara Bay, the second-largest bay in Brazil, is located between the mountains and the ocean with a stunning landscape of forested mountains: Tijuca Hill, Sugar Loaf, Urca, Cara de Cao and Corcovado. It is a stunning view. with mountains that come down almost to the water's edge and for views of Christ the Redeemer who looks down on the city and harbour from one of the mountain peaks. The queue was not long, and the tour on the boat was very well organised.

During the Cretaceous period, Africa and South America split to form the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in crustal stress and fractures in the area. Fractures create weaknesses in rocks, which are then exploited by tropical chemical weathering (i.e. by water reacting with rock minerals to cause chemical reactions). Over the years, the climate of Rio has allowed this to thrive with consistent temperature changes , resulting in the outer layers being stripped away

These beautiful, steep mountains are the outcome of a number of collaborative forces. They are mainly made up of metamorphosed granite. They are intrusions that originally formed underground and have since been exposed to the surface due to uplifting over time and a combination of fractures, weathering and climate.

I definitely recommend coming here, although it is a bit pricy, it is well worth it.
Written 8 November 2020
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emat822
Scotland, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The boat was a kind of motor junk which left from the marina.The trip lasted about 90 minutes and there was an English speaking guide who was happy to chat. Our group had a great time with both sun and shaded seats available. Drinks both soft and alcoholic could be purchased at low prices. Recommended.
Written 12 December 2019
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Helen C
London, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
One of the wonders of the world (on some lists) Guanabara Bay is a beautiful and huge bay. From the water you can enjoy wonderful shoreline views of Cristo Redentor with his arms outstretched over his city. You can see the naval yards, Niemar’s contribution, the old monastery and Sugar Loaf. A spectacular viewpoint of all of Rio
Written 9 September 2018
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CGromann
London, UK20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The Brazilian Navy runs a boat trip around Guanabara Bay twice a day from Thursdays to Sundays. It takes around 1:15h and does a round trip from the city centre to the entrance of the bay and back via the opposite side, where the city of Niteroi is.
It was very well organized, clean, departed on time and also quite cheap.
The downside is that the explanations are only in Portuguese. However it does offer a great quick view of the bay, including great shots of the Sugar Loaf.

In that same day we visited Museu do Amanha, a very nice new museum in town, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, and then had lunch at Antigamente, all within a 10min walk. It was a nice way of showing a bit of the city centre to my Italian family members. It's also a relatively safer part of the city center to walk in, as there are some military areas with guards. Worth a visit.
Written 11 June 2017
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Marilyn M
Naples, FL59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Guanabara Bay, the 2nd largest bay in Brazil, is cradled between the mountains and the ocean with dramatic landscape of forested mountains: Tijuca Peak, Sugar Loaf, Urca, Cara de Cao and Corcovado. While cruising, you’ll see the Bay Islands with their beaches, the many historical military fortifications, Rio-Niterol Bridge, Santos Dumont Airport with the airplanes taking off and landing just above your boat. Considering the scenery and leisurely pace on the water, this is a relaxing way to gain a new perspective on the immensity and beauty of the Rio De Janeiro area. Cruises vary from 2-4 hrs and run from aprx. $60 to $100 (USD). Note: Guanabara Bay does have an issue with pollution - this is supposed to be remedied in time for the 2016 Olympics. We only saw a little debris and several dead fish so as long as you’re IN a moving boat, it is not an issue.
Written 18 February 2015
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913WorldTraveler
White Plains, NY108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
We had pretty much exhausted the Rio based activities when we got to this cruise from Gray Line. We selected this cruise because others we say inline required a full day's commitment and that was more than we wanted. We were picked up on time at 8:30. We were at pier by 9 and cruise left around 9:45 and lasted about 2 hours. It was a slightly overcast day, but still good to see the sights. Sugar Loaf, bridge, view to bay and others. We had a great guide and the trip was short but sweet. We really enjoyed it. We were back to hotel drop off by 12:45 pm.
Written 12 July 2014
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Harold H B
Harold H B
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Friends
Since our tour of Rio de Janeiro included visits both to Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado, as well as a city tour, we decided also to take a cruise of Guanabara Bay so that we could enjoy the views from yet a different perspective ... the water. We booked the tour online through www.viator.com, and the tour operator was GrayLine Tours, about which we had read some very mixed reviews and were thus quite apprehensive. But our fears turned out to be completely unfounded, and I have nothing but positives to report both about the ease of booking the tour online and the relatively modest price of ~ USD 65.00 per person, but also about GrayLine. We were picked up at our hotel by GrayLine precisely as scheduled, contrary to other reports we had read. The cruise, which was conducted on a large, covered, comfortable, masted but motor-powered boat, was very interesting because we were able to experience not only different vistas of the familiar Rio de Janeiro landmarks but also of many others that we had not been able to see from the land side, notably the expansive, placid, bay itself, the incredible 14 km-long bay bridge, old fortifications and ships, as well as sea birds and low-flying airplanes preparing to land. The cruise lasted about 2-1/2 hours and is certainly a worthwhile addition to a short stay in Rio. .
Written 29 May 2013
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Marcio D
Rio de Janeiro, RJ1,243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredible bay, spectacular view of Sugarloaf Mountain, also airport (Santos Dumont), good beaches, restaurants around, fantastic boat or speedboat rides, great access, unmissable........
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Written 18 February 2024
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Nomad18502188646
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Unfortunately the water in the bay is very polluted. It receives the sewage waste of millions of people and its color is brown. It is not advisable to go on those beaches.
Yes, you can walk along its coasts, play sports, eat at the stalls or take photos.
From the Vermelha beach, which is next to the sugar loaf, the water changes and is now suitable for swimming.
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Written 25 January 2024
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Jackson_
Foz do Iguacu, PR1,353 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Seen from the side of the Museum of Tomorrow, Baia is beautiful. There are also boat tours on site. The whole of Rio is very beautiful.
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Written 26 August 2023
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