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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

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

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

Santa Teresa
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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

Tijuca Rainforest

Rio's nearby Nationalpark Tijuca is simply delightful. Home to many different types of wildlife and offering breathtaking views over the city.

Football

Football

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

Sugarloaf Mountain

Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!

The Cagarras Islands

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
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Brazilian real (BRL)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-3:00)
  • Country Code
    +55
  • Best time to visit
    All year round

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

We were picked up on time by the bus and Alex (our main guide) was very helpful in translating in English for us even at the stopover store to buy some snacks. The boat ride was pretty smooth and had about 150 people onboard. The stops were about 15-45 minutes for each island. The 1st stop being the shortest and the last one being the longest stop to have buffet lunch. We got to swim with schools of fish at one of the stopover island and enjoyed being immersed in the clear turquoise water even for a short time. It was also fun being on the boat with music whilst people danced and sang. I wish the time at the islands were longer than the commute but 4 islands is quite a lot to visit for a full day. We did return to Rio De Janeiro later & more exhausted than expected but it was totally worth it. This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Rio de Janeiro. Highly recommended for those who love being in the water and enjoy the islands!

The overall day trip was very enjoyable and fun. The pickup was prompt and right on time. We are then whisked away and dropped off in a small port with other group parties and loaded in a boat which could have limited the people in there because it was somewhat crowded & not everyone was wearing a mask for obvious reasons. The boat then stopped for a couple of times for swim time. The island stop was cool & the lunch buffet by the beach was not that bad. Alex the guide was super helpful & helped translate with the Portuguese language.

Carlos Fernando (I think that is his name) was the most amazing tour guide. He was extremely polite, caring, and super knowledgeable about the sites, landmarks, and history of Rio and Brazil. He was very careful to always make sure the group was together - always counting the number of people in our group to ensure no one was missing. His ability to speak multiple languages (and VERY WELL) was a huge factor in making the tour a success for me. Carlos Fernando is the best of the best!!

Rio de Janeiro 5–Hour Sunset Experience Reviewed by Stuart, 23/11/2020

This tour was awesome! It shows the essential highlights of what to see in Rio. From the must see Christ the Redeemer statue, to the iconic Selaron Steps, to the sweet views of the Sugarloaf mountain, etc. you wont be disappointed. Plus the lunch buffet will fill you up with many varieties of local & Western foods to enjoy. Also our guide Manuela is very informative, fun & she provided really good customer service.

Rio de Janeiro: 6-Stop Highlights of Rio with Lunch Reviewed by Jeremiah, 29/09/2020

A very well-run day and a great introduction to Rio. We managed to see everything we wanted, despite having to adapt the schedule due to cloudy weather in the morning. The guide Renato was very friendly and interesting, with perfect English and Portuguese. The lunch was fantastic at an authentic steakhouse next to Copacabana!