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Things To Do In Rio de Janeiro

You're about to point your compass in a new direction. Never one to shy away from a brand new feat and innovative ways to get inspired, you're eager to investigate an exciting destination from top to bottom. Next stop: Rio de Janeiro! It's not difficult to fill your time, because Expedia can hook you up with tons of things to do. Find and book your activities today, and the only thing left to do is pack your trunk and prepare to have fun.

  • The things to do in Rio de Janeiro are not only perfect for you, but they won't bust your budget. We have 113 things to do here, and you can make them yours starting at just $24. Get your favorite tours and excursions on Expedia for significant savings, and you'll still have money for a fancy hotel or decadent meal while you're in town.
  • Rio de Janeiro is a favorite among travelers similar to you. In fact, a good percentage of travelers can't wait for the next vacation to Rio de Janeiro to check out local hot spots and participate in the best activities. The most popular activities can earn the enthusiasm of even experienced globetrotters, and one look at our list explains why. Our collection includes an impressive range of culturally based excursions and opportunities for fun. From Rio de Janeiro's most visited places to spend a day like the Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain Half-Day Tour to foodie tours like Plataforma Samba Show, there are plenty of things to do at your fingertips when you search through the best day trips here at Expedia.

Our activities are the perfect way to organize your vacation. You'll need an expert itinerary to best get the feel for Rio de Janeiro, especially when you long to include plenty of local cuisine and entertainment. And it's clear that you're someone who likes to get out and about—you're excited to get out and have an adventure. You look forward to checking off the best activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighborhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Book group tours on Expedia, and there will be no need to worry about looking at a map.

Things To Do in Rio de Janeiro

From Copacabana Beach to Sugarloaf Mountain, there is an astounding amount of things to do in Rio de Janeiro. If you are looking to spend a day on the beach, lazing in the sun, or snorkeling in the shallow water, then Rio offers many top spots. Rio de Janeiro is filled with many must see museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Imperial Museum of Brazil. With so many Rio de Janeiro activities, it could be hard to decide what to do first.

One of the best places to visit on one of the Rio de Janeiro tours is the Tijuca National Park. Located in Rio de Janeiro, this urban forest is the largest in the world, covering 32 square kilometers. Grab a map and follow the other tourist up to the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue, which is the second largest statute of Jesus in the world. This iconic statue watches over the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro. Be sure to keep an eye out for the abundance of wildlife and colorful birds, while visiting this rainforest.

When deciding on dates to visit Rio de Janeiro, consider planning your trip to coincide with Carnival. This famous festival occurs every year right before lent, when millions of people take to the streets to celebrate in one of the world's most colorful festivals. Local residents and tourists alike enjoy parades filled with festive floats and Samba dancers. There are street parties and balls, making it one of the most amazing attractions in Rio de Janeiro. If you have to opportunity, mark your calendar and make your way to Rio de Janeiro in time for Carnival.

When you start planning your trip to Brazil, you will discover there are many Rio de Janeiro excursions to choose among. If you enjoy a good game of soccer, then consider taking in a game at the Estádio do Maracanã. Take a walk on the world famous steps created by a local artist, the Escadaria Selarón. No matter what you decide to do in this bustling city, you will not have a hard time finding something to do.