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Rio de Janeiro
Travel Guide

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

Enjoy spectacular scenery by day and an electric atmosphere at night in Brazil’s most vibrant city.

Situated on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in the country and offers a unique blend of urban style and natural wonders. The former capital’s streets, beaches and rainforest-covered mountains attract tourists from across the globe.

Most travellers to Rio take a trip to Corcovado, situated in Tijuca National Park. The mountain is home to Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Early risers are usually able to get some fantastic pictures in before the crowds begin to arrive. For a different perspective of the statue, head to nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and take a trip on the cable car, taking in the panoramic views of the rainforest, city and beaches below.

Those seeking culture won’t be disappointed, with Rio’s Portuguese, English and French influenced architecture featuring beautiful 16th century churches and graceful 19th century palaces. Rio also boasts the Biblioteca Nacional – the seventh largest library in the world.

Rio de Janeiro is also the ultimate party destination. Many carnival-goers believe that there is no better place to join in the annual Brazilian festivities than in Rio. The city comes alive with samba beats, extravagant costumes and vibrant parades. The carnival usually takes place in February and is a five day celebration that ends the day before Lent begins. If you can’t make it to Brazil for the carnival, why not spray champagne with the 2.5 million revellers that see in the New Year on Copacabana Beach?

Spend a day relaxing on the adjacent upmarket Ipanema Beach. Visitors can sit back with a chilled caipirinha or a fresh coconut and watch Brazil’s most beautiful parading up and down the white sands. More active travellers may decide to get involved with a game of footvolley – a Brazilian blend of football and volleyball that is played on the beaches of Rio every day.

Rio is warm all year round, with the hottest months between December and March. This is usually the time with the most rainfall too. The city has good transport links, with buses, taxis and the metro transporting travellers around the city.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
The price is SG$96 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Sao Conrado, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Leblon Beach and 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Posto 12. Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical ...
4.1/5Very Good! (258 reviews)
"Incredible hotel, way better than what you'll find in Copacabana. The beach here is quiet and not busy at all. Everything is so affordable! If you have the chance to upgrade to the deluxe suite you will not be disappointed, it's worth every dollar! The service was great and we had a great time"

Reviewed on 18 Jun,2021

Hotel Nacional Rio de Janeiro
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 SG$170 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (942 reviews)
"Really good, I will deff return. Food was great and worth all inclusive"

Reviewed on 1 Jun,2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is SG$130 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (970 reviews)
"24/7 Service was excellent."

Reviewed on 21 Apr,2021

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
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