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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

Brazil is famous for its thriving beach scene, and Rio offers no shortage of chances to get in on that. Copacabana and Ipanema are the city's premier beaches

Photo: anijdam @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Santa Teresa

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.

Tijuca Rainforest

Rio's nearby Nationalpark Tijuca is simply delightful. Home to many different types of wildlife and offering breathtaking views over the city.

Football

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!

Sugarloaf Mountain

Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!

The Cagarras Islands

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?

It is recommended to take a taxi in Rio de Janeiro at night, rather than walking or using the public transport. Do not flash your cash or valuables around, always be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If venturing into areas outside the more touristic ones, better not do it unaccompanied.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Brazilian real (BRL)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-3:00)
  • Country Code
    +55
  • Best time to visit
    All year round

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Excellent Service and well worth investing a day of my Vacation!

the Bus was air conditioned and on time. The Tour guy was excellent and friendly. He had to translate for several language and did an excellent job keeping us informed. Food and (booze) service on the boat was great. My wife and I enjoyed all the stops: Snorkeling, the secluded beach, the cruise in general!

Rio is not only about the beach and sights

The company lost my booking, sort of, so the voucher came in handy and the very lovely guide Pedro showed me his magnificent favelian heart so I had a really good experience overall.. I did not feel very comfortable before the tour feeling I might be taking part in 'poverty tourism' but it was very little intrusive with only few cringey moments, a lot depends on the participant of the tour - I'm lost as to why someone would need 15 photos of themselves with a favela in the background..... but the trip highly recommended, leaves you with an altered opinion about Rio's favela. Obrigada, Pedro.
Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Favela Walking Tour Reviewed by Ewa, 04/18/2016

Interesting tour at the other side of Rio

Rio is famous for its gorgeous beaches but it is also famous for its largest favelas. So, for us, our stay would not be complete if we haven't seen the favelas that make up a large are of the city. To tell the truth, I was a little nervous before we went on the tour, but then I started to regret I did not bring my camera. Rocinha is perfectly safe. We had a big group - the van was packed. Our guide was from the favela - he grew up there and he told us a lot about the history and the current situation in the favelas. We got to see some real struggles of favela residents. Overall, both my boyfriend and I were extremely happy that we went on this tour and it made one of the biggest and greatest memory of our stay in Rio.
Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Favela Walking Tour Reviewed by Yuliya, 03/27/2016

An intimate and informative tour of rio in one day

We were able to see more of Rio's greatest sites in one day than most people do in a week. This tour is for those who do not have a lot of time in the city but would like to cover a lot of ground. I am an active adventurous person so the climbing from place to place was a great balance amongst the driving portions of the tour. Edmundo was a helpful and informative guide who was more than willing to answer all of our questions and offer a complete picture of his city. Do bring a snack or be prepared to buy one as lunch comes quite late in the day.
City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Julia, 03/20/2016

Excellent Tour. Tour guide Steve was great

Great tour. Was picked up on time and picked up other people along the way. Rest of people were nice. Good informative tour. Tour guide Steve was great, perfect english, managed to get to all places even with the madness of the carnival and people everywhere it added to the tour. :)
City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Annie, 02/09/2016

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