Rio de Janeiro

Travel Guide
Rio de Janeiro featuring general coastal views, mountains and a sunset

Enjoy spectacular scenery by day and an electric atmosphere at night in Brazil’s most vibrant city.

Situated on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in the country and offers a unique blend of urban style and natural wonders. The former capital’s streets, beaches and rainforest-covered mountains attract tourists from across the globe.

Most travellers to Rio take a trip to Corcovado, situated in Tijuca National Park. The mountain is home to Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Early risers are usually able to get some fantastic pictures in before the crowds begin to arrive. For a different perspective of the statue, head to nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and take a trip on the cable car, taking in the panoramic views of the rainforest, city and beaches below.

Those seeking culture won’t be disappointed, with Rio’s Portuguese, English and French influenced architecture featuring beautiful 16th century churches and graceful 19th century palaces. Rio also boasts the Biblioteca Nacional – the seventh largest library in the world.

Rio de Janeiro is also the ultimate party destination. Many carnival-goers believe that there is no better place to join in the annual Brazilian festivities than in Rio. The city comes alive with samba beats, extravagant costumes and vibrant parades. The carnival usually takes place in February and is a five day celebration that ends the day before Lent begins. If you can’t make it to Brazil for the carnival, why not spray champagne with the 2.5 million revellers that see in the New Year on Copacabana Beach?

Spend a day relaxing on the adjacent upmarket Ipanema Beach. Visitors can sit back with a chilled caipirinha or a fresh coconut and watch Brazil’s most beautiful parading up and down the white sands. More active travellers may decide to get involved with a game of footvolley – a Brazilian blend of football and volleyball that is played on the beaches of Rio every day.

Rio is warm all year round, with the hottest months between December and March. This is usually the time with the most rainfall too. The city has good transport links, with buses, taxis and the metro transporting travellers around the city.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs6,872 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (922 reviews)
"Great experience. Stayed 5 nights. Staff is polite, attentive, professional, friendly and very helpful. I stayed here as a solo female and felt very safe. Comfortable bed. Get the breakfast included option- it is yummy and has everything you’d want. They upgraded my room which was a nice surprise. ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is Rs8,035 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (939 reviews)
"This is an exotic location with panoramic view of the Copacabana & Leme beaches, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf. The staff is courteous, friendly and efficient and the room clean and very comfortable and the facilities very modern and an eco friendly environment. Definitely will return with family ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is Rs7,712 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidigal Beach, Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Avenida Atlantica is 3.1 mi ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (900 reviews)
"Gostaria de registrar o otimo atendimento que recebemos, principalmente da Vanessa, que nos deu total atencao durante o cafe da manha. O hotel e bom, e se destaca pelo atendimento que e otimo!"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
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Quarto privativo em condomínio
Quarto privativo em condomínio
3 out of 5
R. Castorina Faria Lima 117, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is Rs1,082 per night from 2 Dec to 2 Dec
Located in Portuguesa, this condo is within 12 mi (20 km) of Sambodrome, Maracana Stadium and Museum of Tomorrow. Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (11 reviews)
"Acomodacao de acordo com o anúncio. Comunicação com a proprietária muito boa."

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2021

Quarto privativo em condomínio
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ
The price is Rs2,673 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Located in Itaborai Centro, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park and within 25 miles (40 km) of Plaza Shopping Niteroi and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (76 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Residencial Sausalito
Residencial Sausalito
2.5 out of 5
Rua Ministro Viveiros de Castro, 127, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is Rs3,054 per night from 6 Dec to 6 Dec
Located in Copacabana, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (44 reviews)
"After checking in the lobby inside Real Palace Hotel (had a bunch of mosquitoes at the waiting area), we went to our room on the 12th floor. WOW was the room completely different than what the pictures show.. It was disgusting. There were 2 beds and the sheets had stains all over. We then used the ..."

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Residencial Sausalito
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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