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.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Windsor Marapendi
Windsor Marapendi
5 out of 5
Avenida Lúcio Costa, 5400, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, 22630-012
The price is Rs6,541 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (906 reviews)
"The hotel was perfect, location, staff, cleanliness. The food was excellent"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Windsor Marapendi
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
The price is Rs9,127 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (957 reviews)
"incredible staff but not very eco friendly as still lots of plastic"

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Windsor California Hotel
Windsor California Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22041-001
The price is Rs7,020 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (847 reviews)
"This is a very very good hotel. I would highly recommend it. The staff are extremely polite, helpful, it welcomes all nationalities and the staff are fluent in multiple languages. The breakfast was incredible lots of options, fresh food with cakes, full breakfast, french pastries, fruit. The pool ..."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Windsor California Hotel
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El Misti Suites Copacabana
El Misti Suites Copacabana
2.5 out of 5
Cinco de Julho 17 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22051-030
The price is Rs1,803 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a fridge. Popular attractions Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are located ...
3.8/5 Good! (10 reviews)
"I slept like a baby. It is quiet at night. Other places in Copacabana are loud due to traffic all night."

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2020

El Misti Suites Copacabana
Quarto privativo em condomínio
Quarto privativo em condomínio
3 out of 5
R. Castorina Faria Lima 117, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 21931-574
The price is Rs2,143 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this 3-star condo in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and room service. Popular attraction Guanabara Bay is located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Nice place & nice people
"Very pleasant stay. Host was very helpful and supportive. The area is by no means a tourist hotspot but felt very safe. Very close to the airport. Good option if you want to catch up on some sleep after a long trip."

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2022

Quarto privativo em condomínio
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ, 24800-177
The price is Rs3,976 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Itaborai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attraction Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (91 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
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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