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

Windsor Leme Hotel
Windsor Leme Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 656, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22010-000
The price is ₹7,495 per night from 19 Dec to 20 Dec
₹7,495
per night
19 Dec - 20 Dec
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2022

Windsor Leme Hotel
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
The price is ₹11,812 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
₹11,812
per night
6 Dec - 7 Dec
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! (1,007 reviews)
"Friendly staff, great value for the money. Highly recommended"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2022

Miramar by Windsor Copacabana
Windsor California Copacabana
Windsor California Copacabana
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22041-001
The price is ₹9,084 per night from 21 Dec to 22 Dec
₹9,084
per night
21 Dec - 22 Dec
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! (1,002 reviews)
"Walkable to anywhere in Copacabana, and Ipanema. Very quiet rooms. The waterfront view is priceless. Great breakfast."

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2022

Windsor California Copacabana
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.
El Misti Suites Copacabana
El Misti Suites Copacabana
2.5 out of 5
Cinco de Julho 17 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22051-030
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (11 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
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ, 24800-177
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! (104 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on 3 Jun 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Sugar Loft Apartments
Sugar Loft Apartments
3 out of 5
Rua Dias de Barros 11, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 20241020
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, a terrace and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Second Stay
"This is my second time staying here. It is clean, pleasant, and reasonably priced. Most appreciate that it is in the touristy area of Santa Teresa and near LAPA. That is nice too. There's also a great view of the center from most rooms. My only minus, which isn't tied to the place, is that if you're ..."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2022

Sugar Loft Apartments
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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