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Rio de Janeiro
Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro featuring general coastal views, mountains and a sunset

Enjoy spectacular scenery by day and an electric atmosphere at night in Brazil’s most vibrant city.

Situated on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in the country and offers a unique blend of urban style and natural wonders. The former capital’s streets, beaches and rainforest-covered mountains attract tourists from across the globe.

Most travellers to Rio take a trip to Corcovado, situated in Tijuca National Park. The mountain is home to Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Early risers are usually able to get some fantastic pictures in before the crowds begin to arrive. For a different perspective of the statue, head to nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and take a trip on the cable car, taking in the panoramic views of the rainforest, city and beaches below.

Those seeking culture won’t be disappointed, with Rio’s Portuguese, English and French influenced architecture featuring beautiful 16th century churches and graceful 19th century palaces. Rio also boasts the Biblioteca Nacional – the seventh largest library in the world.

Rio de Janeiro is also the ultimate party destination. Many carnival-goers believe that there is no better place to join in the annual Brazilian festivities than in Rio. The city comes alive with samba beats, extravagant costumes and vibrant parades. The carnival usually takes place in February and is a five day celebration that ends the day before Lent begins. If you can’t make it to Brazil for the carnival, why not spray champagne with the 2.5 million revellers that see in the New Year on Copacabana Beach?

Spend a day relaxing on the adjacent upmarket Ipanema Beach. Visitors can sit back with a chilled caipirinha or a fresh coconut and watch Brazil’s most beautiful parading up and down the white sands. More active travellers may decide to get involved with a game of footvolley – a Brazilian blend of football and volleyball that is played on the beaches of Rio every day.

Rio is warm all year round, with the hottest months between December and March. This is usually the time with the most rainfall too. The city has good transport links, with buses, taxis and the metro transporting travellers around the city.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Américas Copacabana Hotel
Américas Copacabana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £18 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)
"Great location with excellent roof top pool and great food"

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2021

Américas Copacabana Hotel
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 £88 per night from 11 Jun to 11 Jun
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! (957 reviews)
"They offered me an upgrade for my room , but I paid a considerable amount of money on the taxes . Next time get all inclusive you’ll get a lot more for your buck !"

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
Av. Lucio Costa 9600, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £105 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Located in Barra da Tijuca, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Reserve Beach, BarraShopping Mall and Bosque da Barra Park. KM ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (838 reviews)
"Just happy with everything. No bad comments at all. Thanks for everything."

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
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Reviews of Rio de Janeiro


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12 Mar 2020

A pleasure to visit Rio at any time of the year. This visit coincided with carnival, making it extra special as it is the Greatest Show on Earth, yet known to so few.

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Mar 2020

my visit weather was poor raining everyday none stop so it was impossible to make the most out of the trip

5/5 - Excellent

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29 Feb 2020

Was worried about the safety issue at first, but we felt safe throughout. Didn't wear any jewellery just as a precaution. There are lots of police everywhere.

5/5 - Excellent


28 Feb 2020

We love Rio & it’s people, would love to comeback again.

1/5 - Terrible

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27 Feb 2020

I felt unsafe the whole time we were there. Someone attempted to pick pocket me and someone else staying in our hotel got stabbed. My wife was followed to and from a cash machine by a group of girls who were warned away by an onlooker from the UK.

4/5 - Good

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26 Feb 2020

We went before and during carnival which was good as some trips stop during carnival. The trip to Buzios town and boat trip was great although a long drive away it was good to see more of the coast

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