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.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Windsor California Hotel
Windsor California Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22041-001
The price is $88 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (889 reviews)
"My trip was for business which is often stressful and high pressure. The staff provided an atmosphere where that instensity was left at the door. Whether it was the initial coffee at check in which made it feel less like a tedious prcoession to a front desk or acknowledgement which included my name ..."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Windsor California Hotel
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22021-001
The price is $327 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (969 reviews)
"Amazing, best hotel in RIO"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2022

Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $109 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (956 reviews)
"The Hotel is very nice and the staff is very attentive. Great location, right by the beach. The hotel has staff and chairs available for use on the beach. I would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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El Misti Suites Copacabana
El Misti Suites Copacabana
2.5 out of 5
Cinco de Julho 17 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22051-030
The price is $23 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a refrigerator. Popular attractions Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"I slept like a baby. It is quiet at night. Other places in Copacabana are loud due to traffic all night."

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

El Misti Suites Copacabana
Rio Spot Princesa
Rio Spot Princesa
3 out of 5
Avenida Princesa Isabel, 7 Loja 215, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22011-010
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy a 24-hour front desk, daily housekeeping, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the ...
4/5 Very Good! (9 reviews)
"Clean room. Everything worked well."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Rio Spot Princesa
Quarto privativo em condomínio
Quarto privativo em condomínio
3 out of 5
R. Castorina Faria Lima 117, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 21931-574
The price is $26 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 3-star condo in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Popular attraction Guanabara Bay is located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Nice place & nice people
"Very pleasant stay. Host was very helpful and supportive. The area is by no means a tourist hotspot but felt very safe. Very close to the airport. Good option if you want to catch up on some sleep after a long trip."

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

Quarto privativo em condomínio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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