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Rio de JaneiroBrazil

Celebrate Brazilian culture in the city where the samba was born and enjoy the stunning natural wonders right at its doorstep.  

Located on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is a city blessed with a spectacular geography that merges white-sand beaches with rain forest-covered mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the opportunities to connect with nature, but there are also plenty of attractions for culture buffs. As a former capital of Brazil, Rio is rich with history and modern culture, ensuring an enjoyable trip regardless of whether you prefer state parks or samba.

Catch the sunrise on either the upscale Ipanema Beach on the southeastern coast or the nearby playful Copacabana Beach. Before sunset, make your way to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). Take a cable-car ride to the top for a remarkable view including beaches, forests and other landmarks.

Make time for a trip to Corcovado, home of the statue Christ the Redeemer, known locally as Cristo Redentor. Beat the crowds by arriving early as this free “New Seven Wonders of the World” attraction is on every traveler’s itinerary. You’ll understand why when you see the impressive views surrounding this statue, which was erected in 1931.

Corcovado is in the Tijuca National Park, the perfect place to connect with nature. Conservationists replanted much of the park in the late 1800s after substantial deforestation. This destination is now a lush home to more than 100 native animal species, making it the largest urban forest in the world. Amenities along the trails include restaurants and restrooms.

Soccer fans won’t want to miss a match at the famous Maracanã Stadium. If you can’t catch a game, stop at the sports museum inside the stadium to see memorabilia, photographs and uniforms of Brazil’s greatest football players.

Enjoy Rio’s vibrant nightlife as you listen to local music and watch samba dancers. While bar hopping, be cautious when traveling on foot. Leave valuables in your hotel room and either avoid crowds or travel within a small group including locals. The city is easy to navigate by bus during the day, but it’s best to avoid using this form of transport at night.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in Rio do Janiero page.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana

Copacabana

4/5Very Good!(940 area reviews)

Copacabana is highly notable for its stunning beaches, and you might want to visit top sights like Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. See more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Siqueira Campos Station or Cardeal Arcoverde Station.

Copacabana
Barra da Tijuca featuring a beach as well as a large group of people

Barra da Tijuca

4.5/5Wonderful!(115 area reviews)

Travelers come to Barra da Tijuca for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach and Reserve Beach while you're in town.

Barra da Tijuca
Ipanema which includes markets as well as a large group of people

Ipanema

4.5/5Wonderful!(151 area reviews)

Ipanema Beach and Rua Farme de Amoedo are top sights in Ipanema, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at Nossa Senhora da Paz Station or Ipanema-General Osorio Station to see more sights in the area.

Ipanema
Bedsides being the best beach spot in Leblon, Riba also has the best açai

Leblon

4.5/5Wonderful!(33 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Leblon, you might enjoy attractions like Leblon Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's pristine beaches before hopping on the metro at Antero de Quental Station to see more of the city.

Leblon
Zona Sul featuring general coastal views and a sandy beach

Zona Sul

Travelers love Zona Sul for its stunning beaches, and you can see more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Cantagalo Station or Siqueira Campos Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Ipanema Beach and Avenida Atlantica.

Zona Sul
One of the best views from the Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon is from the Morro Dois Irmaos. The hike to the top is easy but you have to pass for the Vidigal Favela first by foot or mototaxi. After that 1 hour of hiking and you get to the top and a marvelous view  #TroverDetour!

Jacarepagua

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the live music and parks in Jacarepagua. You might want to make time for a stop at Olympic Park or Tijuca Lake.

Jacarepagua

Top Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Américas Granada Hotel
Américas Granada Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $30 per night

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arcos da Lapa, Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro, and Sambodrome. Flamengo Beach and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"New building, great views from the terrace top floor, nice swimming pool, small but nice plus a gym with a great view"…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Américas Granada Hotel
Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hotel Atlântico Prime
4 out of 5
Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $18 per night

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. Consulate General of the United States ...

4/5Very Good! (819 reviews)

"The hotel looks nice and new. The only thing is the location."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
1430 Abelardo Bueno Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $63 per night

Located in Jacarepagua, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Metropolitano Barra and Jeunesse Arena. Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro and RioCentro ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (572 reviews)

"The pool was fantastic and the shopping malls are near by."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro

Rio is a huge city, and there are numerous options when it comes to getting around. The Metrô Rio is a subway system which connects downtown and many tourist areas, with three different lines. The most popular way to travel in Rio is still by bus, with hundreds of bus lines serving millions of passengers each day. Taxis are abundant and cheap, and there is an expanding network of cycle lanes too.

Popular places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4.5/5(361 reviews)

See the place that inspired a famous song about a bikini at this upscale beach.

Christ the Redeemer
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Christ the Redeemer

4.5/5(547 reviews)

This mountain rising out of the city center is most well known as the home of Rio’s iconic skyscraper-sized Jesus statue.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

4.5/5(492 reviews)

Scale this mountain on foot or by cable car to see impressive views of Rio’s beaches, rain forests and its most famous statue.

Flamengo Beach
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Flamengo Beach

4/5(51 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Flamengo Beach, a popular beach in Rio de Janeiro. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4.5/5(241 reviews)

Golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, walking paths and some of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods surround this bustling seaside avenue.

Maracana Stadium
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Maracana Stadium

4/5(222 reviews)

To truly appreciate Brazil’s obsession with “the beautiful game,” watch a match or take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and most historic soccer stadiums.

Top things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach Lifestyle Sports Experience
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Ipanema Beach Lifestyle Sports Experience

$39
Per adult

Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

Wonderful hotel close to the beach with excellent staff, felt at home there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

In love with Río de Janeiro

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Very safe! Very nice people!

4/5 - Good

Luis

Mar 18, 2020

It is a must to visit place with so much to do! or simply layback by the beach.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Great city. I was pleasantly surprised by the food and cultural attractions. The beach was incredible but that was to be expected.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Great city with best beaches in the world. Earthly paradise.Very friendly people, ready to help you. Very safe. We have been walking on Copacabana until midnight, a lot of people too at this time, all restaurants are open.

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