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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

Enjoy the culture with a diverse group of people.

Had a blast, learning from the tour guide along with peers on the tour ....excellent!
Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer Tour Reviewed by Kevin, 08/19/2016

Poor arrangement and notification of changes

If I had not enquired I wouldn't have known changed time. Weather was awful. No point in going up at all least of all to keep changing times.

Great tour with knowledgeable and nice tour-guide Alexander.

Group comprised of 3 businessmen who have travelled to RJ several times for meetings without seeing anything of the city. Alexander of c2rio organized a fantastic tour including the main spots. Alexander was flexible (early pick-up due to evening flight, late lunch), yet super realiable. Tour was in a modern and clean SUV. Alexander is very knowledgeable on RJ, Brazil and its people (history, culture, living, etc.) and fluent in several languages (Portuguese, English, German). I highly recommend c2rio and Alexander and will book him again when we have our next business trip to RJ.
Sugar Loaf and Corcovado: Full-Day Private Tour Reviewed by Roger, 07/03/2016

An amazing experience I will remember FOREVER!

I had no idea what to expect from this experience but our guide Pedro went above and beyond and made this experience one I will never forget! If you have the opportunity to visit Rio you should definitely consider booking this guide.
Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Favela Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/02/2016

Fascinating experience - highlight of my trip to Rio - highly recommen

Believe me, this tour is anything else than a 'monkey show' offered by other providers, who have no idea about the favela and only drive you on the main street in a van. With FWT you get to see the real favela & chat with the people, who are extremely friendly and helpful. I cannot recommend Pedro enough. An excellent guide, resident of the favela, graphic designer interested in classical music, a lot of culture, sense of humor but also humanity. Pedro showed us the real Favela from inside, destroying prejudices about it and making us feel welcomed. You have not seen Rio without a Favela Walking Tour!
Rio De Janeiro: Half-Day Favela Walking Tour Reviewed by Anna, 04/28/2016

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