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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

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

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

Santa Teresa
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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

Tijuca Rainforest

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

Football

Football

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

Sugarloaf Mountain

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

The Cagarras Islands

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
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Brazilian real (BRL)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-3:00)
  • Country Code
    +55
  • Best time to visit
    All year round

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Brilliant worthy respectful tour that contributes to the community

Our tour guide was amazing, passionate and highly informative about everything and anything we asked about the community we were experiencing in Santa marta. Unfortunately I can't recall his name to give him full credit..but I'm glad this tour was the exactly what I anticipated in terms of it being an insightful tour and not disrespectful to the community we were trying to learn about. There's plenty of opportunity during the trip to get a snack, light refreshment and or relieve yourself if need. The spots along the tour appropriate for taking photos are very good too. I felt very comfortable in the hands of our tour guide and left the tour feeling enriched with understanding of the position of the communities who exist in these mountain side homes.

Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/06/2019

A very informative guide and scenic competent driver for the tour

Pedro(the guide) got his message across in English clearly and understandably, while Alvis(the driver) negotiated the frightening ascent/descent to Christ The Redeemer expertly. I will do the same tour again with the duo if/when I come back to Rio. The particular City tour was money well spent. Dr. Toks Abiose.

Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch Reviewed by Babatunde Olatokunbo, 05/21/2019

Fabolous place to hike with great guides

Our two guides guided a small group of three safely (we used helmets and ropes in a segment where others chose to climb unsecured) to the top. Communication in English no problem whatsoever and the guides had great knowledge of both wildlife and history of the area. Must do activity! (remember enough water!)

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea 7-Hour Hike Reviewed by Audun Bakke, 05/27/2019

Amazing and a great way to see the sights if staying for a short time.

Thank you Newton for an amazing tour! Expertise and knowledge of Rio was great by the tour guide and time efficiency was spot on! Newton and Elvis (driver) were welcoming and accommodating for us and other guests! Thank you both for showing the best of Rio in the most safest and reliable way.

Brilliant and insightful. Beautiful local people who are welcoming

Thiago and translator Mauricio are very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions fantastically. Very interesting favela and got to meet local people. Would recommend to anyone coming to Brazil so you can learn about the history and culture and society of Rio.

Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Kate, 05/02/2019