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Rio de Janeiro
Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro which includes general coastal views, a sunset and mountains

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.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $96 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador Beach are also ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)
"Everyone Was Nice & Very Helpful."

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

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Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $115 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leblon Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Arpoador Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (959 reviews)
"Really good, I will deff return. Food was great and worth all inclusive"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is $103 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 18
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...
4.4/5Excellent! (974 reviews)
"24/7 Service was excellent."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
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Getting around 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. Visit the The Ministry of Transport Brazil website.Browse Rio de Janeiro rental cars.

Best time to visit

The famous beach city of Rio de Janeiro is popular year round and enjoys warm weather throughout the year, with average highs in the low 70s F (low 20s C) even in the coldest months of July and August. February or March, when the streets come alive during the Rio Carnival, are fantastic times to visit, while between March and May you'll find the best weather – warm, but with less rainfall than the summer.

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