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Rio de Janeiro

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.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana

Copacabana

4/5Very Good!(169 area reviews)

Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach are top sights in Copacabana, and you should be sure to explore the stunning beaches. Hop aboard the metro at Siqueira Campos Station or Cardeal Arcoverde Station to see more sights in the area.

Copacabana
Barra da Tijuca which includes a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Barra da Tijuca

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

Barra da Tijuca is known for its pristine beaches, and you can make a stop by Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach and Reserve Beach while in the area.

Barra da Tijuca
Ipanema which includes markets as well as a large group of people

Ipanema

4.5/5Wonderful!(17 area reviews)

Ipanema is highly notable for its stunning beaches, and you might want to visit top sights like Ipanema Beach and Rua Farme de Amoedo. See more of Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Nossa Senhora da Paz Station or Ipanema-General Osorio Station.

Ipanema
Lapa which includes street scenes and a city

Lapa

You'll enjoy the churches and live music in Lapa. You might want to make time for a stop at Praca da Cruz Vermelha or Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro.

Lapa
Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the mountain views and monuments in Santa Teresa. You might want to make time for a stop at Corcovado or Selaron Steps.

Santa Teresa

Top hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
Av. Lucio Costa 9600, Barra Da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro

Located in Barra da Tijuca, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Reserve Beach, BarraShopping Mall and Bosque da Barra Park. Citibank ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (701 reviews)

"Likes - grand image, quality of finishes, black out curtains, exceptional service, good food, availabilty of lounge chairs and umbrellas, spa services with steam room, relaxing room. Amilcar, William and Rickerson provided excellent customer service! Dislikes - bathtub could be a bit bigger, didficult ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar,2020

Grand Hyatt Rio De Janeiro
Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hotel Atlântico Prime
4 out of 5
Rua do Resende 87, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is SG$25 per night

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Arcos da Lapa and Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro. Consulate General of the United States ...

4/5Very Good! (790 reviews)

"The hotel looks nice and new. The only thing is the location."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar,2020

Hotel Atlântico Prime
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro
5 out of 5
1430 Abelardo Bueno Avenue, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is SG$90 per night

Located in Jacarepagua, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shopping Metropolitano Barra and Jeunesse Arena. Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro and RioCentro ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (565 reviews)

"The pool was fantastic and the shopping malls are near by."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Hilton Barra Rio De Janeiro

Popular places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema Beach
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Ipanema Beach

4.5/5(71 reviews)

Join Brazil’s rich and famous for a day at Rio’s most stylish beach.

Christ the Redeemer
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Christ the Redeemer

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Gaze out over panoramic views of Rio from the site of Brazil’s iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.

Sugar Loaf Mountain
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

4.5/5(92 reviews)

For a breathtaking blend of cityscapes, rainforest vistas and beautiful beach views, take a trip to Rio’s sweetest attraction.

Avenida Atlantica
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Avenida Atlantica

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, walking paths and some of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular neighborhoods surround this bustling seaside avenue.

Maracana Stadium
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Maracana Stadium

4/5(42 reviews)

To truly appreciate Brazil’s obsession with “the beautiful game,” watch a match or take a guided tour of one of the world’s largest and most historic soccer stadiums.

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Spend time exploring this historic botanical garden to see water features and sculptures, exotic plant species and endangered animals, including the black capuchin.

Top things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Little Africa And The City Of Samba: Where Dreams Come True
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Little Africa And The City Of Samba: Where Dreams Come True

SG$136
Per adult
Nightclub Admission
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Nightclub Admission

SG$176
Per adult
Guided Museum of Tomorrow Tour
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Guided Museum of Tomorrow Tour

SG$92
Per adult

Reviews of Rio de Janeiro

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Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

A pleasure to visit Rio at any time of the year. This visit coincided with carnival, making it extra special as it is the Greatest Show on Earth, yet known to so few.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

my visit weather was poor raining everyday none stop so it was impossible to make the most out of the trip

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

Was worried about the safety issue at first, but we felt safe throughout. Didn't wear any jewellery just as a precaution. There are lots of police everywhere.

5/5 - Excellent

Tagg

28 Feb 2020

We love Rio & it’s people, would love to comeback again.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

27 Feb 2020

I felt unsafe the whole time we were there. Someone attempted to pick pocket me and someone else staying in our hotel got stabbed. My wife was followed to and from a cash machine by a group of girls who were warned away by an onlooker from the UK.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Feb 2020

We went before and during carnival which was good as some trips stop during carnival. The trip to Buzios town and boat trip was great although a long drive away it was good to see more of the coast

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