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The population of this area of Rio de Janeiro is approximately 6,000,000.
Brasilia, the national capital, is 580 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro, while Surui lies 17 miles to the north.
Discovering Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer is one of the best ways to get started in this famous destination.
Sitio Jonosake and Rio Water Planet are fun and engaging activities, offering hours worth of entertainment for visiting families.
Whether you're into colorful birds or scaly reptiles, the RioZoo and the Jardim Zoológico RIOZOO have something for all tastes.
At the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, you'll be able to admire a wide range of native and exotic botanical displays.
Bring along a bite to eat and enjoy some time to yourself in the lush surroundings of Parque Henrique Lage and Parque da Cidade. There's also plenty of room to lounge about in the grass at the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx and Passeio Publico.
To take in striking views of natural landscapes and tumbling water, take the trip out to Cachoeira do Espraiado.
Travelers who are after an opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors will discover large stretches of scenic coastline. Leblon Beach and Icarai Beach ought to be your first stops. Prainha and Abrico Beach are also popular.
Switch your phone to silent and have a rest from the modern world at Pedra da Gavea and Ilha da Madeira. Ilha Fiscal and Pedra Bonita are also popular with nature-loving visitors.
Spend a day or two exploring some of the popular exhibition spaces nearby. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the varied collections at the Museum of Image and Sound and the Museu do Acude. The H. Stern Museum and the Light Cultural Center are also worthwhile.
Maritime history enthusiasts can get their bearings at the Museu Naval, a haven of important artifacts and tales of the sea. If the tides permit, continue sailing through this region's seafaring past at the Naval and Oceanographic Museum.
Young and old alike will appreciate the curious artifacts exhibited at the region's science museums. Begin exploring at Planetário or the Museu da Geodiversidade. The Astronomia e Ciencias Afins Museum and the Museum of Tomorrow are also great options to pay a visit to.
Some travelers think of natural museums as a place to take the kids, but the intriguing specimens of the Indian Museum and the Samba Museum show that there's a good deal to keep the grown-ups entertained as well. You might also like to check out the Museu do Índio and the Museu de Ciências da Terra.
An oasis for lovers of art, this area is home to an impressive range of spaces in which local and international artists exhibit their wares. Pay a visit to the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art for some great examples of what this creative destination has to offer. If you're feeling inspired, wind up the day at the Casa do Pontal Museum and the Museu da Chacara do Ceu.
Take yourself back to a time long since forgotten and discover the secrets of the past at the National History Museum and the Chácara do Céu Museum. The Museu Histórico da Cidade and the Museu Histórico Nacional are also highly esteemed options.
Roberto Burle Marx Estate and the Selaron Steps are certainly worth visiting, even if you're not that into history. More stories from the days of old await at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Dorival Caymmi Statue.
Take a little time out to watch the water flowing underneath Arcos da Lapa. This heritage structure has played an important role in connecting the city's inhabitants.
Imposing historic defenses, Santa Cruz Forta and Pico Fort provide an window into the area's military history. You might also like to examine the fascinating design of Copacabana Fort and Rio Branco Fort.
Once the private abode of the area's elite families, today the doors to these stately homes are open to visitors from all over the world. Check for guided tours and see what tales are hidden in the walls at Paco Imperial and Palacio do Catete.
Whether you think of yourself as spiritual or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and Sao Bento Monastery. Church of Our Lady of the Glory of the Outeiro and Candelaria Church are also recommended religious sites.
Rio de Janeiro's most prominent tourist sights sometimes overshadow its less known, yet equally fascinating activities. Some worthwhile options to start off with are Gloria Marina and Bairro Peixoto. If you can squeeze it in, also think about visiting Ponte Rio-Niterói and Largo das Neves.
Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
You won't have any problems finding your ideal Rio de Janeiro hotel deals. Expedia's hotels page features 646 places to stay in Rio de Janeiro to suit all budgets.
Why not start your search for your perfect Rio de Janeiro base by investigating the services and amenities at the high-ranking Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro, located at Avenida Vieira Souto 80, and the Ipanema Vieira Souto 500 Residence Service, Avenida Vieira Souto 500. If those hotels don't suit your requirements, the Belmond Copacabana Palace or the TuAkAzA Exclusive Lodge Boutique Hotel might have all the desired amenities.
A highlight of any stay in Rio de Janeiro is Sugar Loaf Mountain. If you decide to find accommodation in the vicinity of Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro and the Belmond Copacabana Palace are both recommended options.
Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Praca da Cruz Vermelha, Arcos da Lapa, and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. National Library and Museum of Modern Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and Arcos da Lapa. National Library is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
Located in Governador Island, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Antas Waterfall, Deus Waterfall, and Sao Januario Stadium. Maracana Stadium and National Library are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Within walking distance of the famous Copacabana Beach where locals and visitors gather by day and night for socializing, sports, and sunbathing. This hotel is near to Cable Car ride to the top of Sugarloaf, one of the most popular postcards of Rio de Janeiro. Windsor Plaza Hotel is also a short-drive to Santos Dumont Airport (5.2 miles/8.4 kilometeres)
Windsor Excelsior Hotel is right across from Capacabana Beach, within walking distance to Ipanema Beach, Leblon Beach and a metro station. This hotel is located close to major Rio de Janeiro attractions including Sugarloaf Mountain, and Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.
Nestled on the beach, this Barra da Tijuca hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Barra Shopping Center, Bosque da Barra Park, and BarraShopping Mall. Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Miramar Hotel by Windsor sits near south Copacabana Beach along lively Avenida Atlantica, home to shops, bars, and restaurants. A metro station is nearby. World-famous Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf are a short drive away.
Located in Barra da Tijuca, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Itanhanga Golf Club, Sao Conrado Beach, and Gavea Golf and Country Club. Bosque da Barra Park and Pedra Bonita are also within 6 mi (10 km).