Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro which includes general coastal views, a sunset and mountains

Celebrate Brazilian culture in the city where the samba was born and enjoy the stunning natural wonders right at its doorstep.

Located on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is a city blessed with a spectacular geography that merges white-sand beaches with rain forest-covered mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the opportunities to connect with nature, but there are also plenty of attractions for culture buffs. As a former capital of Brazil, Rio is rich with history and modern culture, ensuring an enjoyable trip regardless of whether you prefer state parks or samba.

Catch the sunrise on either the upscale Ipanema Beach on the southeastern coast or the nearby playful Copacabana Beach. Before sunset, make your way to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). Take a cable-car ride to the top for a remarkable view including beaches, forests and other landmarks.

Make time for a trip to Corcovado, home of the statue Christ the Redeemer, known locally as Cristo Redentor. Beat the crowds by arriving early as this free “New Seven Wonders of the World” attraction is on every traveler’s itinerary. You’ll understand why when you see the impressive views surrounding this statue, which was erected in 1931.

Corcovado is in the Tijuca National Park, the perfect place to connect with nature. Conservationists replanted much of the park in the late 1800s after substantial deforestation. This destination is now a lush home to more than 100 native animal species, making it the largest urban forest in the world. Amenities along the trails include restaurants and restrooms.

Soccer fans won’t want to miss a match at the famous Maracanã Stadium. If you can’t catch a game, stop at the sports museum inside the stadium to see memorabilia, photographs and uniforms of Brazil’s greatest football players.

Enjoy Rio’s vibrant nightlife as you listen to local music and watch samba dancers. While bar hopping, be cautious when traveling on foot. Leave valuables in your hotel room and either avoid crowds or travel within a small group including locals. The city is easy to navigate by bus during the day, but it’s best to avoid using this form of transport at night.

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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 ¥13,118 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
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! (908 reviews)
"I loved everything about this hotel. Even the pizza by room service was extra good. Totally recommended."

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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 ¥19,061 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (906 reviews)
"Resort maravilhoso! Tudo perfeito eu amei!"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥13,189 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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! (926 reviews)
"Everyone was very friendly, delightful and helpful. I had an excellent experience."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
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.
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ
The price is ¥4,194 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Located in Itaborai Centro, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park and within 25 mi (40 km) of Plaza Shopping Niteroi and Ponta ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (76 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Apartment Sea View and Beach front a romantic place for holiday
Apartment Sea View and Beach front a romantic place for holiday
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Located in Barra da Tijuca, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Praia da Barra da Tijuca and Reserve Beach. Pepe Beach and BarraShopping ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Excellent location and host
"It was great to stay at Aurora’s place absolutely beautiful just as planned. Couldn’t recommend enough."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Apartment Sea View and Beach front a romantic place for holiday
Barra Vip - Vista do Mar, Exclusivo e Conforto
Barra Vip - Vista do Mar, Exclusivo e Conforto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥6,615 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Barra da Tijuca, this historic apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Marapendi Ecological Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rio Mar and Olympic ...
Barra Vip - Vista do Mar, Exclusivo e Conforto
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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