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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

4.5/5Wonderful!(933 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 Reserve Beach 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 Rua Farme de Amoedo 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
Zona Sul featuring general coastal views and a sandy beach

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 Avenida Atlantica.

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 Olympic Park or Tijuca Lake.

Jacarepagua

Top Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
¥11,524
per night
Mar 29 - Mar 30

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! (1,712 reviews)

"Stunning roof top with infinity pool, sauna and gym. Right across a Copacabana popular beach. Amazing views. Good location."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
Av. Lucio Costa 9600, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Located in Barra da Tijuca, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Reserve Beach and Bosque da Barra Park. BarraShopping Mall and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (690 reviews)

"Likes - grand image, quality of finishes, black out curtains, exceptional service, good food, availabilty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, spa services with steam room, relaxing room. Amilcar, William and Rickerson provided excellent customer service! Dislikes - bathtub could be a bit bigger, didficult ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
¥13,503
per night
Apr 17 - Apr 18

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (933 reviews)

"Very clean. Beautiful views from the room. Good location for secluded beach"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

Popular things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4.5/5(359 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(545 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(490 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(50 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Flamengo Beach, a popular beach in Rio de Janeiro. Stroll along the seaside or seek out the local tours.

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4.5/5(240 reviews)

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

Maracana Stadium
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Maracana Stadium

4/5(220 reviews)

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.

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

94% of travellers recommend
¥8,725
Per adult
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

98% of travellers recommend
¥9,995
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

100% of travellers recommend
¥11,233
Per adult
Brazilian Cooking Class
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Brazilian Cooking Class

84% of travellers recommend
¥10,558
Per adult
Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise
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Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande Day Trip with Schooner Cruise

72% of travellers recommend
¥9,502
Per adult
Ticket Apoena EcoPark from Fortaleza
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Ticket Apoena EcoPark from Fortaleza

¥1,056
Per adult

Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
510
5 - Excellent 54.83870967741935%
4 - Good
316
4 - Good 33.97849462365591%
3 - Okay
81
3 - Okay 8.709677419354838%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 1.6129032258064515%
1 - Terrible
8
1 - Terrible 0.8602150537634409%

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

Use Uber-it is cheaper than taxi and convenient

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