Top attractions in 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.
Standing on Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer towers over the city and could probably be called the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.
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.
Rio's nearby Nationalpark Tijuca is simply delightful. Home to many different types of wildlife and offering breathtaking views over the city.
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!
Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!
Cruise the Atlantic and experience blue tranquil paradise. You don't just have to lie down, you can also dive off for a swim!
Seven action-packed days is a good start!
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.
All year round - the temperature does not vary too much.
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.
- CurrencyBrazilian real (BRL)
- Time ZoneUTC (-3:00)
- Country Code+55
- Best time to visitAll year round
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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro
Our two guides guided a small group of three safely (we used helmets and ropes in a segment where others chose to climb unsecured) to the top. Communication in English no problem whatsoever and the guides had great knowledge of both wildlife and history of the area. Must do activity! (remember enough water!)
Pedro(the guide) got his message across in English clearly and understandably, while Alvis(the driver) negotiated the frightening ascent/descent to Christ The Redeemer expertly. I will do the same tour again with the duo if/when I come back to Rio. The particular City tour was money well spent. Dr. Toks Abiose.
Pick up just in time, excellent driver, a knowledge, funny and kind guide (renata) who speaks 3 languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese), the best places of the city to visit in one day, enough time in every touristic place.
Thank you Newton for an amazing tour! Expertise and knowledge of Rio was great by the tour guide and time efficiency was spot on! Newton and Elvis (driver) were welcoming and accommodating for us and other guests! Thank you both for showing the best of Rio in the most safest and reliable way.
Thiago and translator Mauricio are very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions fantastically. Very interesting favela and got to meet local people. Would recommend to anyone coming to Brazil so you can learn about the history and culture and society of Rio.