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Rio de Janeiro
Travel Guide

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

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro
The price is ¥11,668 per night from May 2 to May 3
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Arena Copacabana Hotel
Arena Copacabana Hotel
4 out of 5
Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥5,257 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 15-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica, Praia do Leme, and Chacrinha State Park. Copa ...
Arena Copacabana Hotel
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
PortoBay Rio de Janeiro
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥9,254 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the city center, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sugar Loaf Mountain, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Henrique Lage and ...
PortoBay 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.
TC801 Charmoso Studio na Areia de Copacabana
TC801 Charmoso Studio na Areia de Copacabana
3 out of 5
Av. Atlântica 3196, Apto 801, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,264 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Copacabana, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica, Copacabana Beach, and Copacabana Fort. Ipanema Beach and Arpoador ...
TC801 Charmoso Studio na Areia de Copacabana
Guaratibali Residence
Guaratibali Residence
3 out of 5
Estr. da Vendinha, 871, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥3,363 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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 ...
Guaratibali Residence
Quarto privativo em condomínio
Quarto privativo em condomínio
3 out of 5
R. Castorina Faria Lima 117, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is ¥1,836 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Portuguesa, this condo building is within 12 mi (20 km) of Sambodrome, Maracana Stadium, and Museum of Tomorrow. Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao ...
Quarto privativo em condomínio
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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Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

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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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