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Highlights of Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dynamic cities on the South American continent. If you're lucky enough to sample its vivid culture, here's what you shouldn't miss.
Christ the Redeemer
Standing on Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer towers over the city and could probably be called the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
Copacabana & Ipanema
Built in the 18th century, the beautiful district of Santa Teresa offers the opportunity to see colonial architecture as well as Rio's underground artistic culture.
Rio's nearby Nationalpark Tijuca is simply delightful. Home to many different types of wildlife and offering breathtaking views over the city.
Brazil's national football team is enviable, and many of its stars are from one of Rio de Janeiro's clubs. Olimpico or Maracana. If you're a sports fan, get yourself to a match!
Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!
Cruise the Atlantic and experience blue tranquil paradise. You don't just have to lie down, you can also dive off for a swim!
Planning your Rio de Janeiro visit
How long should I stay in Rio de Janeiro?
Seven action-packed days is a good start!
How walkable is Rio de Janeiro?
Rio offers many public transit options, including bus and metro. Note that air-conditioned buses cost a little more than non-air-conditioned buses, so if you are traveling a long distance around the city and you're not used to hot weather, it may be worth considering shelling out a bit more. It's quite a hilly city, so walking can sometimes be akin to hiking - make sure you are wearing good shoes.
When should I visit Rio de Janeiro?
All year round - the temperature does not vary too much.
Anything else I should know?
Rio's beach etiquette may be intimidating at first, but you're meant to enjoy yourself! Note that it's forbidden to bring your own food, and there may be separate sections on the beach for nude bathing.
Good to Know
CurrencyBrazilian real (BRL)
Time ZoneUTC (-3:00)
Best time to visitAll year round
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