Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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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

Copacabana

Copacabana

4/5Very Good!(159 area reviews)

Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach are top sights in Copacabana, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at Siqueira Campos Station or Cardeal Arcoverde Station to see more sights in the area.

Copacabana
Barra da Tijuca featuring a beach as well as a large group of people

Barra da Tijuca

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

Barra da Tijuca is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach and Reserve Beach while in the area.

Barra da Tijuca
Ipanema featuring markets as well as a large group of people

Ipanema

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Ipanema is highly notable for its stunning beaches, and you might want to visit top sights like Ipanema Beach and Rua Farme de Amoedo. See more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Nossa Senhora da Paz Station or Ipanema-General Osorio Station.

Ipanema
Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
trover photo by Mariah Assuncao

Leblon

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Leblon for its beaches, but many stay to explore sights like Leblon Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Antero de Quental Station.

Leblon
Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Zona Sul

Enjoy the stunning beaches in Zona Sul. Ipanema Beach is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Cantagalo Station or Siqueira Campos Station to see more of Rio de Janeiro.

Zona Sul
Jacarepagua, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
trover photo by Monique Ribeiro

Jacarepagua

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the live music and parks in Jacarepagua. You might want to make time for a stop at Olympic Park or Tijuca Lake.

Jacarepagua

Top hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
£126
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,695 reviews)

"I liked that this hotel fronted on Capacabana Beach and had a great rooftop patio."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
1430 Abelardo Bueno Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
£104
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Jacarepagua, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Metropolitano Barra and Jeunesse Arena. Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro and RioCentro ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (538 reviews)

"Not enough seats in the pool area, the beach is very far from the hotel, the shuttle guy was not very friendly, the concierge has no idea of what a good restaurant is, the breakfast schedule is too early. The staff does not speak english or spanish. Honestly I didn’t like it at all. I would not come ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
£134
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,342 reviews)

"Great location with easy access to Leme and Copacabana. Nice rooftop."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

Popular things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4.5/5(65 reviews)

See the place that inspired a famous song about a bikini at this upscale beach.

Christ the Redeemer
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Christ the Redeemer

4.5/5(86 reviews)

This mountain rising out of the city center is most well known as the home of Rio’s iconic skyscraper-sized Jesus statue.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

4.5/5(85 reviews)

Scale this mountain on foot or by cable car to see impressive views of Rio’s beaches, rain forests and its most famous statue.

Flamengo Beach
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Flamengo Beach

4/5(18 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Flamengo Beach, a popular beach in Rio de Janeiro. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the local tours.

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4.5/5(46 reviews)

Golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, walking paths and some of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods surround this bustling seaside avenue.

Maracana Stadium
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Maracana Stadium

4/5(38 reviews)

To truly appreciate Brazil’s obsession with “the beautiful game,” watch a match or take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and most historic soccer stadiums.

Top activities in Rio de Janeiro

Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf
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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf

94% of travellers recommend
£71
Per adult
Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ
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Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ

98% of travellers recommend
£80
Per adult
Full-day Rio de Janeiro City Tour with lunch
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Full-day Rio de Janeiro City Tour with lunch

£66
Per adult
One day in Rio with BBQ lunch. Visit Corcovado & Sugar Loaf
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One day in Rio with BBQ lunch. Visit Corcovado & Sugar Loaf

72% of travellers recommend
£56
Per adult
Brazilian Cooking Class
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Brazilian Cooking Class

92% of travellers recommend
£73
Per adult
Tour Guiado Floresta da Tijuca
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Tour Guiado Floresta da Tijuca

£23
Per adult

Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
87
5 - Excellent 56.86274509803921%
4 - Good
53
4 - Good 34.64052287581699%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 5.882352941176471%
2 - Disappointing
3
2 - Disappointing 1.9607843137254901%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.6535947712418301%

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 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

Verified traveller

Feb 26, 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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 24, 2020

Spectacular but you need to be cautious at all times.

5/5 - Excellent

James

Feb 16, 2020

Lots to see and do great scenery and shopping markets a wonderful experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Cidade maravilhosa

4/5 - Good

Andrew

Feb 1, 2020

Too many routh sleepers and beggers.

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