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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

Photo: anijdam @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

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

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
    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

A wonderful day tour to see the highlights of Rio

A great way to see the epic views of Rio with Friendly and knowledgeable guide, nice group of tourist from all over the world. It was really fun. Thank you!!!

City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Hyunjin, 02/04/2017

How to learn and stay fit at the same time :)

This tour requires a lot of walking given that it is a botanical gardens tour. We were amazed at how our tour guide would walk through the same paths over and over again like it was a walk in a park (pun intended). She is very knowledgable of the history of the botanical garden and parque Lage. She is very friendly, speaks great english, and knows the best spots to see rio :) id definitely recommend this tour to friends and family.

Botanical Garden and Parque Lage Photo Tour Reviewed by stephanie, 01/28/2017

Great tour covering the most important sights

Normally we are not for sightseeing tours in a group. But this tour covered the most important sights in a day and because of the distances this was the best way to do it. And because it was a small group (seven guests) it was nearly a private tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide - thanks Alex! We can highly recommend it

Corcovado Sugar Loaf and Beaches incl. BBQ Lunch Reviewed by Simon, 01/16/2017

On time, excellent itinerary, great guide n driver, right price.

Picked up at hotel right on time. Van held about 12 passengers. Great air conditioning. Guide was Steve. He spoke perfect American English to the extent I thought he was from the US. Driver, who complimented Steve excellently, was Marcello who drove safely through unbelievable traffic snarls to get us to each site. They made arrangements to allow our group to bypass long lines for entry into major sites. Were very helpful to those of us with mobility problems Introduced us to unique (for me) restaurant with delicious food and reasonable prices. I can't think of any sight we might have missed through this well planned itinerary. I can't think of a better more knowledgeable guide who could express himself perfectly in my language. FYI, the name of the company, per the side of the van, was Local55.

City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Marilyn, 01/13/2017

Rio has a very rich Urban Art scene. Worth to see it!

Brazil is known for it's creative and innovative people. The urban art in Rio de Janeiro represents all that. You cannot miss this tour. Very important: this tour can be made even when it's raining!

4-Hour Urban Arts Walking Tour Reviewed by Camila, 01/02/2017

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