Top attractions in 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.
Standing on Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer towers over the city and could probably be called the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
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.
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!
Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!
Cruise the Atlantic and experience blue tranquil paradise. You don't just have to lie down, you can also dive off for a swim!
Seven action-packed days is a good start!
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.
All year round - the temperature does not vary too much.
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.
- CurrencyBrazilian real (BRL)
- Time ZoneUTC (-3:00)
- Country Code+55
- Best time to visitAll year round
Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro
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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro
Knowledgable guide. Saw Pico de tijuca and vista chinesa overlooking the bay sugar Loaf and cristo
We were guided by Philip who has a contagious passion about the socio/political premises of why a favela is considered normal in Rio. You can agree or disagree but this puts everything you see after in perspective and gives a meaningful why to your presence there. The children school is pure poetry and after a while you forget the geography and just let the feelings flow. Definitely mind opening and happy we chose this agency.
What a fun experience, it starts like sailing with complete strangers and ends like you knew everyone a long time ago. Captain and son makes for great stories, camaderie and a relaxed yet interactive (we got to sit at the wheel!) and fun experience. Highly recommended if you want to see Rio from the water, if you like sailing or if you just like to hang out with friendly people and listen to their stories.
The tour guide was very nice, humble and informative and the driver was also a helpful and kind. It was a great trip to take in the main sights and spent enough time in each spots. She was the best guide ever. If you wish to see the main attractions in relatively short time (almost a day) choose this tour!
We had a fantastic full day 9 hours tour provided by C2Rio. On that day our groups only had 14 people. 3 of them spoke English and the rest spoke Portuguese. Renan was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable about the history and culture of the city. He spoke fluently: English and Portuguese, and was very patient and organized. The van was comfortable and clean. The 9-hour tour included Christ the Redeemer Statue, the Sambódromo where the Carnival was held, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Selaron stairs, the national Soccer Stadium, Copacabana and Sugarloaf Mountain. The lunch at the traditional Brazilian BBQ restaurant was good. We really enjoyed the day and would highly recommend C2Rio Tours when you are visiting Rio.