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Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dynamic cities on the South American continent. If you're lucky enough to sample its vivid culture, here's what you shouldn't miss.

Christ the Redeemer

Standing on Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer towers over the city and could probably be called the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.

Copacabana & Ipanema

Brazil is famous for its thriving beach scene, and Rio offers no shortage of chances to get in on that. Copacabana and Ipanema are the city's premier beaches

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Santa Teresa

Built in the 18th century, the beautiful district of Santa Teresa offers the opportunity to see colonial architecture as well as Rio's underground artistic culture.

Tijuca Rainforest

Rio's nearby Nationalpark Tijuca is simply delightful. Home to many different types of wildlife and offering breathtaking views over the city.


Brazil's national football team is enviable, and many of its stars are from one of Rio de Janeiro's clubs. Olimpico or Maracana. If you're a sports fan, get yourself to a match!

Sugarloaf Mountain

Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!

The Cagarras Islands

Cruise the Atlantic and experience blue tranquil paradise. You don't just have to lie down, you can also dive off for a swim!

Planning Your Rio de Janeiro Visit

How long should I stay in Rio de Janeiro?

Seven action-packed days is a good start!

How walkable is Rio de Janeiro?

Rio offers many public transit options, including bus and metro. Note that air-conditioned buses cost a little more than non-air-conditioned buses, so if you are traveling a long distance around the city and you're not used to hot weather, it may be worth considering shelling out a bit more. It's quite a hilly city, so walking can sometimes be akin to hiking - make sure you are wearing good shoes.

When should I visit Rio de Janeiro?

All year round - the temperature does not vary too much.

Anything else I should know?

It is recommended to take a taxi in Rio de Janeiro at night, rather than walking or using the public transport. Do not flash your cash or valuables around, always be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If venturing into areas outside the more touristic ones, better not do it unaccompanied.

Good to know

  • Language
  • Currency
    Brazilian real (BRL)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-3:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    All year round

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

This was very well organized and guided tour.

This was very well organized and guided tour. The tour buss arrived in our hotel with minute accuracy. Lunch was very rich and delicious with various meat options. I definitely recommend that tour to all my friends who will visit Rio De Janeiro.

Astonish view on Rio right after the sunrise

The early access to the Christ Redeemer was definitely worth. The view was astonished and it gave the possibility to take picture without fighting with many other tourists. The guide was also very kind and provided us some interesting information on Rio during the travel to the Corcovado mountain.

The Rio Favela tour was absolutely wonderful!!

The tour guide was on time and really knew what he was talking about as we wandered through the streets and pathways of The Rochinga Favela. The walking was well planned and it was obvious that the residents of the Favela appreciated the tourists and respected the tour guide. This excursion is a win win situation. I highly recommend a walking tour through the Favela.

Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Favela Walking Tour Reviewed by June, 07/10/2018

great way to see the highlights in a short space of time.

Guide was fabulous. I only had a day to get all my sightseeing done and this was perfect for me.

Perfect. We got there so early that we got photos without a crowd.

Vincente was out tour guide. He was excellent. He knew how to get us there quickly and where to take the best pictures. I highly recommend.