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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.


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

We met life-long friends and had an incredible tour guide

This was probably one of the most fun tours I've taken in awhile. The group itself was excellent - we had a small group of under 15 and we were fortunate to end up making friends that we ended up hanging out with throughout the duration of our time in Brazil. Our tour guide (Wellington) was fun, engaging and very knowledgeable. He and the driver stuck to the overall plan but they gave us a lot of extra time to stop in cool places to take pictures and let us enjoy each other's company.
City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Elisabeth, 01/05/2016

Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide

Had an excellent tour of Rio today. Our guide, Lucia was wonderful. Not only was she multilingual, bouncing between English, German and Italian, she was extraordinarily knowledgeable about the city. I would recommend this tour as it covered many parts of this beautiful city that I would have not had a chance to see.
City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Kenneth, 12/31/2015

Perfect guided tour for a short amount of time in Rio

Our guide Daniel was amazing! He was very informative about Rio and all the places we visited. He guided our group really well and the whole tour was on schedule. Amazingly friendly too. He has great suggestions for the bars and clubs in Lapa (depending if you're into the nightlife in Rio). He will also suggest the best places to eat or visit around town. You just had to ask. Our driver Marcelo drove safely and added many extra information on the way to each stopover. Overall, it was the best guided tour for me. It's perfect if you're having a short stay in Rio and want to see the Cristo and Sugarloaf mountain in a short amount of time.
City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by EMMY, 09/22/2015

This was an excellent, comprehensive tour because it covered so much!

This was an excellent, comprehensive tour because it covered so much, and the tour guide was absolutely awesome!
City Day Tour in Rio de Janeiro Reviewed by Cicely, 08/14/2015

Fun experience with a knowledgeable guide

Had a fun time experiencing football South American style with a well organised and knowledgeable host.
Rio Football Match Tour: Olimpico or Maracanã Reviewed by David, 08/01/2015

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