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Things To Do In Rio de Janeiro

Coming up: Rio de Janeiro! You're ready to point your compass in a new direction. Constantly seeking innovative ways to get inspired and have an enlightening experience, you're eager to check out an exciting destination like a pro. Reserve your activities now, and all that's left to do is count the days until your escape and get excited, because Expedia can connect you with lots of things to do.

  • The activities in Rio de Janeiro are not only top-notch, but they won't break the bank. We have 170 things to do here, and you can get them beginning at £19. Get your favourite activities and day trips on Expedia for a great price, and you will still have money for a dream hotel or fine dinner while you are in town.
  • Rio de Janeiro is popular among sightseers suchlike yourself. In fact, a good percentage of travellers can't wait for the next trip to the region to learn about local culture and explore the best things to do. The most booked things to do can earn the enthusiasm of even seasoned globetrotters, and that includes savvy visitors like you. Our activities includes an impressive array of culturally based excursions and opportunities for fun. From the region's most talked about places to stay easily engaged throughout the afternoon like the Christ the Redeemer & Sugarloaf Mountain Half-Day Tour to food and wine tours like Plataforma Samba Show, there are loads of active options at your disposal when you consider all the options for fun available here at Expedia.

Our activities are the best way to organise your getaway. You'll want a game plan to make the most of a trip to Rio de Janeiro, particularly when you long to include trips to museums and outdoor activities. And we know you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou are ready to get out and play. You look forward to covering the top activities around, and an afternoon walking through charming neighbourhoods is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Book guided tours on Expedia, and you don't need a map.

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

One of the most famous and beloved cities in the world, Rio is renowned for its colourful sun-kissed beach-party vibe. It’s home to some of the world’s most famous stretches of sand, including Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. It’s also ringed by lushly forested mountains and boasts a scattering of emerald islands along the seafront. Then there’s the city itself - party capital of the world and home of the famous Carnival. Add to that centuries of history and heritage and Rio de Janeiro simply has it all.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro

Central Rio — Here you’ll discover a wealth of great buildings of historical note including the Municipal Theatre, National Library, National Museum of Fine Arts, Tiradentes Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral and Pedro Ernesto Palace. It’s also a wonderful spot to take in Rio’s nightlife with the streets abuzz with bars and clubs. There’s incredible cuisine on every corner… let’s be honest, you could probably spend an entire break in this part of the city!

South Rio — This is an absolute tourist hotspot. It’s where you’ll find the world-famous Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema beaches. It’s also home to some of the most extravagant and luxurious hotels on the planet. You’ll also be able to find an incredible range of more affordable accommodation here too.

North Rio — One of Rio’s less visited areas by visitors, the north of Rio is nonetheless home to a number of noteworthy attractions. The Maracana Stadium, once the largest football stadium in the world, and still the largest in South America is home to the fascinating Soccer Museum. Quinta da Boa Vista Park is also in the north, and is home to the city Zoo, the National Museum and the National Observatory.

West Rio — This rapidly up-and-coming part of Rio is decked with some spectacular shopping malls, cinemas and bowling alleys. But it’s the clubbing here that is second to none. The Barra da Tijuca district in particular is fast becoming Rio’s go-to district for all the pretty young party people in the know.

Things to See in Rio de Janeiro

There is so much to see in Rio it’s hard to know where to start. The beaches are of course one obvious destination, but perhaps high-ground might help you pick your spot. If so, then the view from the top of the Corcovado hill with its landmark Christ the Redeemer statue is a staggering experience. For a more immersive taste of heaven however the Jardim Botanico is absolutely essential. This glorious botanical garden is an expansive tract of parkland with tree-lined avenues, fountains, statues and ornamental ponds as well as a number of delightful beaches.

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival is the one thing above all else that you really should try and experience in Rio. Essentially a 2 week party that takes over the whole city, each district offers its own different flavour of celebration of life. More traditional activities worth exploring include hang-gliding and paragliding, as well as hiking and trekking the mountains and forests around Rio. Add all of the beachfront activities available too and you’ll be genuinely spoilt for choice.

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