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Rio de Janeiro
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $111 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Museum of Modern ...

4.4/5Excellent! (938 reviews)

"I loved the hotel. Organized and excellent recepcion. Wonderful vision of city and beaches. Simply very beautiful."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2021

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $116 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Copacabana Fort and Arpoador Beach are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (944 reviews)

"Great hotel the staff were amazing. The breakfast was actually good here. Only reason I don’t give 5 stars is because the room wasn’t spectacular, it was a basic room. Pool was small. But I had a great time staying here"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2021

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $171 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Leblon Beach, Ipanema Beach, and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Arpoador Beach is 2.7 mi (4.4 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (948 reviews)

"The pool by the ocean shows off the most beautiful city in the world - Rio de Janeiro I love you!!!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
House with pool and bathtub in RJ
House with pool and bathtub in RJ
Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region

Located in Campo Grande, this romantic vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Casa de Saúde Nossa Senhora do Carmo and within 6 mi (10 km) of Hospital Oeste D'Or ...

House with pool and bathtub in RJ
Guaratibali Residence
Guaratibali Residence
3 out of 5
Estr. da Vendinha, 871, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is CA $38 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Barra de Guaratiba, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Telegraph Stone and Praia da Marambaia. Barra de Guaratiba Beach and Praia Funda ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Ótimo atendimento

"Gostei muito do atendimento, ficamos bem a vontade. Excelente para quem quer descansar. Com certeza voltarei."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 1, 2021

Guaratibali Residence
Cordeirinho Holiday Beach House Marica - RJ
Cordeirinho Holiday Beach House Marica - RJ
Marica, Southeast Region

Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Barra de Marica Beach and Ponta Negra Beach. Ponta Negra Lighthouse and Jacone Beach ...

Cordeirinho Holiday Beach House Marica - RJ
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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