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Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana

Copacabana

4/5Very Good!(940 area reviews)

Copacabana is highly notable for its stunning beaches, and you might want to visit top sights like Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. See more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Siqueira Campos Station or Cardeal Arcoverde Station.

Copacabana
Barra da Tijuca featuring a beach as well as a large group of people

Barra da Tijuca

4.5/5Wonderful!(115 area reviews)

Travelers come to Barra da Tijuca for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach and Jeunesse Arena while you're in town.

Barra da Tijuca
Ipanema which includes markets as well as a large group of people

Ipanema

4.5/5Wonderful!(151 area reviews)

Ipanema Beach and Arpoador Beach are top sights in Ipanema, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at Nossa Senhora da Paz Station or Ipanema-General Osorio Station to see more sights in the area.

Ipanema
Bedsides being the best beach spot in Leblon, Riba also has the best açai

Leblon

4.5/5Wonderful!(33 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Leblon, you might enjoy attractions like Leblon Beach and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's pristine beaches before hopping on the metro at Antero de Quental Station to see more of the city.

Leblon
Rio de Janeiro

Zona Sul

Travelers love Zona Sul for its stunning beaches, and you can see more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Cantagalo Station or Siqueira Campos Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden.

Zona Sul
One of the best views from the Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon is from the Morro Dois Irmaos. The hike to the top is easy but you have to pass for the Vidigal Favela first by foot or mototaxi. After that 1 hour of hiking and you get to the top and a marvelous view  #TroverDetour!

Jacarepagua

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the live music and parks in Jacarepagua. You might want to make time for a stop at Tijuca Lake or Tijuca National Park.

Jacarepagua

Top Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Atlântico Rio
Hotel Atlântico Rio
3.5 out of 5
Rua Xavier da Silveira, 112, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥2,741 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (654 reviews)

"o hotel é ótimo, porém o terraço é super pequeno o que deixa a desejar"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Hotel Atlântico Rio
Mercure RJ Nova Iguaçu Hotel
Mercure RJ Nova Iguaçu Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Doutor Mario Guimaraes 520, Nova Iguacu, RJ
The price is ¥3,603 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 16

Located in Centro, this hotel is within 32 mi (52 km) of Quinta da Boa Vista, Maracana Stadium, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Sugar Loaf Mountain and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (192 reviews)
Friendly staff

"Clean room, nice staff helps with everything , good swimming pool !!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2016

Mercure RJ Nova Iguaçu Hotel
Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hotel Atlântico Prime
4 out of 5
Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥1,958 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. Consulate General of the United States ...

4/5Very Good! (875 reviews)

"The hotel looks nice and new. The only thing is the location."…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Hotel Atlântico Prime
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.

Vacation Rentals in Rio de Janeiro

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ
The price is ¥3,729 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3

Located in Centro, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Paqueta Island Beach and Guanabara Bay. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (53 reviews)

"I really like the rooms and the hotel location. I have problems with the Internet and wifi quality. I didn't use the pool this time because my schedule was too tight. The property is in good condition. And the breakfast buffet is fine."…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Temporada Copacabana - (802) Vistão Praia de Copa
Temporada Copacabana - (802) Vistão Praia de Copa
3 out of 5
Av. Atlântica 3196, Apto 802, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,706 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in Copacabana, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana Fort are also ...

Temporada Copacabana - (802) Vistão Praia de Copa
Guaratibali Residence
Guaratibali Residence
3 out of 5
Estr. da Vendinha, 871, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥4,915 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Located in Barra de Guaratiba, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Telegraph Stone and Praia da Marambaia. Barra de Guaratiba Beach and Praia Funda ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Fiquei satisfeito!

"Gostei estabelecimento confortável com bastante espaço, eu e minha esposa fomos muito bem recebidos."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Guaratibali Residence
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.

Popular places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Beach
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Copacabana Beach

4.5/5(652 reviews)

More than just a stretch of sand, Rio de Janeiro’s most famous beach is where locals and visitors from all over the world come to relax, strut, pose and play. 

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4.5/5(361 reviews)

See the place that inspired a famous song about a bikini at this upscale beach.

Christ the Redeemer
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Christ the Redeemer

4.5/5(547 reviews)

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(492 reviews)

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

Flamengo Beach
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Flamengo Beach

4/5(51 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Flamengo Beach, a popular beach in Rio de Janeiro. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4.5/5(241 reviews)

Golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, walking paths and some of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods surround this bustling seaside avenue.

Top things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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

¥9,298
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf
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Sunset Experience - Christ, Selarón and Sunset at Sugarloaf

¥8,265
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Rio by Air Helicopter Tour from the Lagoon
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Rio by Air Helicopter Tour from the Lagoon

¥24,409
Per adult
Small-Group Corcovado, Sugarloaf & Selaron Steps 6-hour Tour
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Small-Group Corcovado, Sugarloaf & Selaron Steps 6-hour Tour

¥5,341
Per adult
Historic Rio Walking Tour
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Historic Rio Walking Tour

¥6,409
Per adult
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

¥10,641
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
513
5 - Excellent 54.98392282958199%
4 - Good
316
4 - Good 33.869239013933544%
3 - Okay
81
3 - Okay 8.681672025723472%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 1.607717041800643%
1 - Terrible
8
1 - Terrible 0.857449088960343%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 2, 2020

Wonderful hotel close to the beach with excellent staff, felt at home there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

In love with Río de Janeiro

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Very safe! Very nice people!

4/5 - Good

Luis

Mar 18, 2020

It is a must to visit place with so much to do! or simply layback by the beach.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Great city. I was pleasantly surprised by the food and cultural attractions. The beach was incredible but that was to be expected.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Great city with best beaches in the world. Earthly paradise.Very friendly people, ready to help you. Very safe. We have been walking on Copacabana until midnight, a lot of people too at this time, all restaurants are open.

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