Top Tours & Activities 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
Top Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
- 1Favela Rocinha
- 3Christ the Redeemer
- 4Sugarloaf Mountain
- 5Tijuca National Park
- 7Guanabara Bay
- 10Santa Teresa
- 11Museum of Tomorrow
- 12Pedra Bonita
- 14Sugarloaf Cable Car
- 15Sao Conrado Beach
- 16Estadio do Maracana
- 17Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai
- 18Rio Niteroi Bridge
- 19Escadaria Selarón
- 20Selarón Staircase
Other Sightseeing Options in Rio de Janeiro
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What People Are Saying About Rio de Janeiro
Edmundo was able to offer us a super experience "off" the often taken path, we visited many interesting areas of Rio and saw really hundreds of great Street Art on the Tour. He was able to explain everything well in English (for me) and also to my wife in Brasilianish, which was great.
We enjoyed the tour, and learnt a lot about the Lapa area. Our guide was very engaging and spoke good English.
Had a blast, learning from the tour guide along with peers on the tour ....excellent!
If I had not enquired I wouldn't have known changed time. Weather was awful. No point in going up at all least of all to keep changing times.
Group comprised of 3 businessmen who have travelled to RJ several times for meetings without seeing anything of the city. Alexander of c2rio organized a fantastic tour including the main spots. Alexander was flexible (early pick-up due to evening flight, late lunch), yet super realiable. Tour was in a modern and clean SUV. Alexander is very knowledgeable on RJ, Brazil and its people (history, culture, living, etc.) and fluent in several languages (Portuguese, English, German). I highly recommend c2rio and Alexander and will book him again when we have our next business trip to RJ.