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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

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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.


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

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

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

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

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