Top Tours & Activities in 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.
Standing on Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer towers over the city and could probably be called the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
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!
Seven action-packed days is a good start!
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.
All year round - the temperature does not vary too much.
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.
- CurrencyBrazilian real (BRL)
- Time ZoneUTC (-3:00)
- Country Code+55
- Best time to visitAll year round
Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro
Top Attractions in Rio de Janeiro
- 1Ilha Grande
- 3Christ the Redeemer
- 4Sugarloaf Mountain
- 5Tijuca National Park
- 6Favela Rocinha
- 8Santa Teresa
- 9Pedra Bonita
- 11Guanabara Bay
- 12Sao Conrado Beach
- 15Museum of Tomorrow
- 16Rio de Janeiro Cathedral
- 17Sugarloaf Cable Car
- 18Sambadrome Marques de Sapucai
- 19Vista Chinesa
- 20Escadaria Selarón
Other Sightseeing Options in Rio de Janeiro
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What People Are Saying About Rio de Janeiro
Normally we are not for sightseeing tours in a group. But this tour covered the most important sights in a day and because of the distances this was the best way to do it. And because it was a small group (seven guests) it was nearly a private tour. Very knowledgeable tour guide - thanks Alex! We can highly recommend it
Picked up at hotel right on time. Van held about 12 passengers. Great air conditioning. Guide was Steve. He spoke perfect American English to the extent I thought he was from the US. Driver, who complimented Steve excellently, was Marcello who drove safely through unbelievable traffic snarls to get us to each site. They made arrangements to allow our group to bypass long lines for entry into major sites. Were very helpful to those of us with mobility problems Introduced us to unique (for me) restaurant with delicious food and reasonable prices. I can't think of any sight we might have missed through this well planned itinerary. I can't think of a better more knowledgeable guide who could express himself perfectly in my language. FYI, the name of the company, per the side of the van, was Local55.
Brazil is known for it's creative and innovative people. The urban art in Rio de Janeiro represents all that. You cannot miss this tour. Very important: this tour can be made even when it's raining!
Edmundo was able to offer us a super experience "off" the often taken path, we visited many interesting areas of Rio and saw really hundreds of great Street Art on the Tour. He was able to explain everything well in English (for me) and also to my wife in Brasilianish, which was great.
We enjoyed the tour, and learnt a lot about the Lapa area. Our guide was very engaging and spoke good English.