Rio de Janeiro
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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

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Eye opening and heart warming experience

One of the best tours I have ever been on! The guide was very knowledgeable, engaging and friendly. We met him while lost in the favela and he was so helpful and friendly we decided to book the tour a few days later! I can’t recommend this tour enough!! Knowing my money goes toward helping the community, being able to buy local art work/crafts and meeting local people made it a very special experience! Thank you!

Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Gena, 04/17/2019

A superb tour dispelling all the preconceived ideas of the

Superb tour dispelling all the preconceived ideas of the favela .it was good to see the positives

Favela Santa Marta Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Paul, 04/16/2019

Excellent value highly informative and enjoyable

Our guide Flavio was simply the best! Friendly, super knowledgeable and very kind - he made the wonderful sights and locations come to life with all his background knowledge and information. Overall an unforgettable and most enjoyable experience. Thoroughly recommended.

The tour immersive and absolutely breathtaking.

My guide was absolutely amazing. He was very informative and helpful. I couldn’t of asked for a better guide!

Rio de Janeiro: Pedra da Gávea Hike to Garganta do Ceu Reviewed by Christopher, 03/27/2019

Simply stunning: magical itinerary, breathtaking view & skilled guide

I strongly recommend this trek and our guide (Didi) has been perfect. You should go up at least once a life

Pedra da Gavea Guided Hike Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 03/26/2019