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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

Well organized. Nice easy hike with 2 Great Views

Knowledgable guide. Saw Pico de tijuca and vista chinesa overlooking the bay sugar Loaf and cristo

Tijuca Forest: Family Hike Reviewed by Alexandra, 11/13/2018

I was skeptical but, after, happy to chose this activity.

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.

Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Nicola, 11/07/2018

it’s like going out to sail with friends -amazing experience

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.

Rio de Janeiro: 3-Hour Sailing Trip on Guanabara Bay Reviewed by Maria Claudia, 11/01/2018

Excellent tour, amazing guide, highly recommended!

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!

City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Timea, 10/22/2018

Excellent tour, Excellent value - Highly recommended

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.

Full-Day Tour with Christ, Sugarloaf, Selaron and BBQ Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/26/2018