Trip time! Discover the beaches, natural setting, and seaside in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Museums and Nature

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana
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Copacabana

Beaches, Sea, Sports

4.5/5 (698 Ratings)

Mingle with the local residents on one of the world’s most famous beaches, admire art deco buildings and party until dawn in this effervescent neighborhood.

Barra da Tijuca
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Barra da Tijuca

Festivals, Sunsets, Live Music

4.5/5 (88 Ratings)

Rio de Janeiro’s longest beach, a sprawling shopping mall and some of the city’s best seafood restaurants and bars await in this relaxed neighborhood.

Ipanema
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Ipanema

Beaches, Sea, Sunsets

4.5/5 (128 Ratings)

Relax on beautiful beaches, shop for fashion and revel in the nightlife of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most stylish areas.

Santa Teresa
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Santa Teresa

Scenery, Monuments, Romantic

4/5 (15 Ratings)

Stroll along the winding cobblestone streets of this famous Rio de Janeiro neighborhood to see aging 19th-century mansions and haunts of local artists.

Lapa
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Lapa

Cathedrals, Churches, Architecture

4/5 (4 Ratings)

Attend a service in the city’s main cathedral, ride the tram across a colonial-era aqueduct  and then dance the night away in this popular Rio neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
3.5 out of 5
Rua Senador Dantas, 25, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
¥3,956
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.1/5Very Good! (1,315 reviews)

Located in Centro, this hotel is steps from Guanabara Bay and National Library (Biblioteca Nacional). Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,315 reviews)

"Everything was excellent in the hotel, the room service and breakfast was perfect, really can't complain and the best thing was the price for the area it was located in."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2019

Hotel Atlantico Business Centro
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Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
¥13,054
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,561 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,561 reviews)

"Comfortable room, amazing shower, very friendly & helpful staff, great view from rooftop pool"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
¥13,729
per night
Oct 19 - Oct 20
4/5Very Good! (803 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidigal Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Leblon Beach and Posto 12 ...

4/5Very Good! (803 reviews)

"I was first placed in a room in the first floor which had a musty odor, loud noise in the corridor at certain hours probably caused by a generator? The shower only had hot water—couldn’t get it to warm. Staff was accommodating and changed my room to a second night. Due to recent landslides, the road ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Popular things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer
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Christ the Redeemer

4.5/5 (462 Ratings)

This mountain rising out of the city center is most well known as the home of Rio’s iconic skyscraper-sized Jesus statue.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

4.5/5 (416 Ratings)

Scale this mountain on foot or by cable car to see impressive views of Rio’s beaches, rain forests and its most famous statue.

Maracana Stadium
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Maracana Stadium

4/5 (185 Ratings)

To truly appreciate Brazil’s obsession with “the beautiful game,” watch a match or take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and most historic soccer stadiums.

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

4.5/5 (130 Ratings)

Spend time exploring this historic botanical garden to see water features and sculptures, exotic plant species and endangered animals, including the black capuchin.

Museum of Modern Art
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Museum of Modern Art

4.5/5 (55 Ratings)

Explore the best of 20th-century Brazilian art and sample cutting-edge Brazilian cuisine at this bold 1950s modernist gallery on the edge of Rio’s Guanabara Bay.

Parque Henrique Lage
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Parque Henrique Lage

4.5/5 (30 Ratings)

A lavish Italian villa, hidden caves, miles of trails and views to the statue Christ the Redeemer await at this park at the base of Rio’s Corcovado Mountain.  

Top activities in Rio de Janeiro

Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf
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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf

¥10,245

Spend an afternoon visiting Rio's most incredible sights on a tour that shows off the great views and grand attractions around Guanabara Bay.

Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ
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Full Day in Rio - Corcovado, Sugar Loaf & City Tour with BBQ

¥11,581

Visit the best of Rio in a single day: Christ the Redeemer by Train, Sugarloaf Mountain, Selarón Steps, Maracanã Stadium, Sambadrome, and Metropolitan Cathedral, and lunch at Brazilian steakhouse. Includes roundtrip transportation.

Pre or Post Cruise - Rio By Night: Dinner and Samba Show
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Pre or Post Cruise - Rio By Night: Dinner and Samba Show

¥11,540

For this memorable evening out in the exciting city of Rio, you will be transported to one of the city's popular churrascarias (barbeque restaurant), where your tastebuds will be treated to a sampling of some of the country's famous barbequed meats.

Museum of Tomorrow and AquaRio Combo Tour
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Museum of Tomorrow and AquaRio Combo Tour

¥8,804

Visit one most popular attractions in Rio de Janeiro with this combination 5-hour small-group tour of the Museum of tomorrow, and Rio de Janeiro Aquarium (the biggest of South America). Enjoy skip-the-line entry for each sight and a professional guide to enhance your experience.

Full-Day in Rio Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, City Tour & BBQ
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Full-Day in Rio Christ by Train, Sugarloaf, City Tour & BBQ

¥13,281

Spend a full day soaking up the sights of Rio de Janeiro during a city tour. Begin with a train ride to see the Christ the Redeemer Statue atop Corcovado Mountain, followed by a panoramic (external) visit to the Maracanã stadium and additional stops at the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Selarón Steps.

Brazilian Cooking Class
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Brazilian Cooking Class

¥9,076

Taste some of the most locally beloved Brazilian dishes and discover why so many food connoisseurs flock to Rio during a 4-hour traditional cooking class. Learn how to serve delicious Brazilian food with master chefs walking you through each step of the way—no experience necessary.

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