Rio de Janeiro

Travel Guide
Rio de Janeiro showing general coastal views, a sunset and mountains
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

Windsor California Hotel
Windsor California Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 2616, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, 22041-001
The price is CA $105 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 26
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (889 reviews)
"My trip was for business which is often stressful and high pressure. The staff provided an atmosphere where that instensity was left at the door. Whether it was the initial coffee at check in which made it feel less like a tedious prcoession to a front desk or acknowledgement which included my name ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 17, 2022

Windsor California Hotel
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22021-001
The price is CA $410 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (970 reviews)
"Amazing, best hotel in RIO"

Reviewed on Jun. 18, 2022

Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22070-001
The price is CA $137 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (957 reviews)
"The Hotel is very nice and the staff is very attentive. Great location, right by the beach. The hotel has staff and chairs available for use on the beach. I would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2022

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
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Quarto privativo em condomínio
Quarto privativo em condomínio
3 out of 5
R. Castorina Faria Lima 117, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 21931-574
The price is CA $36 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 5
Stay at this 3-star condo in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Popular attraction Guanabara Bay is located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (13 reviews)
Nice place & nice people
"Very pleasant stay. Host was very helpful and supportive. The area is by no means a tourist hotspot but felt very safe. Very close to the airport. Good option if you want to catch up on some sleep after a long trip."

Reviewed on Feb. 10, 2022

Quarto privativo em condomínio
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ, 24800-177
The price is CA $63 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Itaborai. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attraction Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (94 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on Jun. 3, 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Rio Spot Princesa
Rio Spot Princesa
3 out of 5
Avenida Princesa Isabel, 7 Loja 215, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 22011-010
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Enjoy a 24-hour front desk, daily housekeeping, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the ...
4/5 Very Good! (9 reviews)
"Clean room. Everything worked well."

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2021

Rio Spot Princesa
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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