Rio de JaneiroBrazil

Celebrate Brazilian culture in the city where the samba was born and enjoy the stunning natural wonders right at its doorstep.  

Located on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is a city blessed with a spectacular geography that merges white-sand beaches with rain forest-covered mountains. Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in the opportunities to connect with nature, but there are also plenty of attractions for culture buffs. As a former capital of Brazil, Rio is rich with history and modern culture, ensuring an enjoyable trip regardless of whether you prefer state parks or samba.

Catch the sunrise on either the upscale Ipanema Beach on the southeastern coast or the nearby playful Copacabana Beach. Before sunset, make your way to Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar). Take a cable-car ride to the top for a remarkable view including beaches, forests and other landmarks.

Make time for a trip to Corcovado, home of the statue Christ the Redeemer, known locally as Cristo Redentor. Beat the crowds by arriving early as this free “New Seven Wonders of the World” attraction is on every traveler’s itinerary. You’ll understand why when you see the impressive views surrounding this statue, which was erected in 1931.

Corcovado is in the Tijuca National Park, the perfect place to connect with nature. Conservationists replanted much of the park in the late 1800s after substantial deforestation. This destination is now a lush home to more than 100 native animal species, making it the largest urban forest in the world. Amenities along the trails include restaurants and restrooms.

Soccer fans won’t want to miss a match at the famous Maracanã Stadium. If you can’t catch a game, stop at the sports museum inside the stadium to see memorabilia, photographs and uniforms of Brazil’s greatest football players.

Enjoy Rio’s vibrant nightlife as you listen to local music and watch samba dancers. While bar hopping, be cautious when traveling on foot. Leave valuables in your hotel room and either avoid crowds or travel within a small group including locals. The city is easy to navigate by bus during the day, but it’s best to avoid using this form of transport at night.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana

Copacabana

4.5/5Wonderful!(137 area reviews)

Copacabana is highly notable for its stunning beaches, and you might want to visit top sights like Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. See more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Siqueira Campos Station or Cardeal Arcoverde Station.

Copacabana
Barra da Tijuca showing a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Barra da Tijuca

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Travelers come to Barra da Tijuca for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach and Jeunesse Arena while you're in town.

Barra da Tijuca
Ipanema featuring markets as well as a large group of people

Ipanema

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Ipanema Beach and Arpoador Beach are top sights in Ipanema, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at Nossa Senhora da Paz Station or Ipanema-General Osorio Station to see more sights in the area.

Ipanema
Lapa showing a city and street scenes

Lapa

You'll enjoy the churches and live music in Lapa. You might want to make time for a stop at Praca da Cruz Vermelha or Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro.

Lapa
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

You'll enjoy the mountain views and monuments in Santa Teresa. You might want to make time for a stop at Corcovado or Selaron Steps.

Santa Teresa

Top Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Américas Granada Hotel
Américas Granada Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $41 per night

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Arcos da Lapa, Consulate General of the United States Rio de Janeiro and Sambodrome. Flamengo Beach and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,000 reviews)

"New building, great views from the terrace top floor, nice swimming pool, small but nice plus a gym with a great view"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2020

Américas Granada Hotel
Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hotel Atlântico Prime
4 out of 5
Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $23 per night

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. Consulate General of the United States ...

4/5Very Good! (819 reviews)

"The hotel looks nice and new. The only thing is the location."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2020

Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
1430 Abelardo Bueno Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $87 per night

Located in Jacarepagua, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Metropolitano Barra and Jeunesse Arena. Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro and RioCentro ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (572 reviews)

"The pool was fantastic and the shopping malls are near by."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro

Popular places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4.5/5(45 reviews)

See the place that inspired a famous song about a bikini at this upscale beach.

Christ the Redeemer
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Christ the Redeemer

4.5/5(80 reviews)

This mountain rising out of the city center is most well known as the home of Rio’s iconic skyscraper-sized Jesus statue.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

4.5/5(76 reviews)

Scale this mountain on foot or by cable car to see impressive views of Rio’s beaches, rain forests and its most famous statue.

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4/5(30 reviews)

Golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, walking paths and some of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods surround this bustling seaside avenue.

Maracana Stadium
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Maracana Stadium

4/5(38 reviews)

To truly appreciate Brazil’s obsession with “the beautiful game,” watch a match or take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and most historic soccer stadiums.

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

4.5/5(25 reviews)

Spend time exploring this historic botanical garden to see water features and sculptures, exotic plant species and endangered animals, including the black capuchin.

Top things to do in Rio de Janeiro

2 of Rio’s Best: Sugar Loaf & Christ the redeemer
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2 of Rio’s Best: Sugar Loaf & Christ the redeemer

CA $101
Per adult
Ipanema Beach Lifestyle Sports Experience
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Ipanema Beach Lifestyle Sports Experience

CA $53
Per adult

Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

Book your excursions when you get there and check short term forecast, because when it rains it pours down

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 28, 2020

I found Rio to be a fun and safe city. Lots to do and see especially during Carnival. The locals are friendly, easy going and very helpful! I definitively recommend visiting here at Carnival time.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 11, 2020

Rio de Janeiro has many beautiful locations to visit. It is a large city, over populated and many poor people are leaving on streets, making it unattractive to many people. However, the historical sites and old churches are worthy to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

Loved Rio- I just wish it was a bit safer and did not have to worry about safety all the time! Great city!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 28, 2020

Please get new beds. The ones there are not comfortable at all.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 26, 2020

Lots of energy next to Copacabana beach. Mix of people (rich and very poor) so you get a realistic view.

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