Rio de Janeiro

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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.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Windsor Marapendi
Windsor Marapendi
5 out of 5
Avenida Lúcio Costa, 5400, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22630-012
The price is £77 per night from 8 Jun to 9 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (906 reviews)
"The hotel was perfect, location, staff, cleanliness. The food was excellent"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Windsor Marapendi
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
The price is £108 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
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 in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (957 reviews)
"incredible staff but not very eco friendly as still lots of plastic"

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Windsor California Hotel
Windsor California Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22041-001
The price is £83 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
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! (847 reviews)
"This is a very very good hotel. I would highly recommend it. The staff are extremely polite, helpful, it welcomes all nationalities and the staff are fluent in multiple languages. The breakfast was incredible lots of options, fresh food with cakes, full breakfast, french pastries, fruit. The pool ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Windsor California Hotel
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.
Apartment in gated community. Free parking!
Apartment in gated community. Free parking!
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £27 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Popular attractions Morro da Cruz and Praça ...
Apartment in gated community. Free parking!
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ, 24800-177
The price is £43 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Itaborai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attraction Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (91 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Barra Vip - Exclusive and cozy!
Barra Vip - Exclusive and cozy!
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is £83 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and on-site parking. Popular attractions Marapendi Ecological Park and Recreio dos ...
Barra Vip - Exclusive and cozy!
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.

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