Enchanting sandy beaches, glorious mountains, tropical rainforests, stunning architecture, delicious food and a lively nightlife with the sounds of samba and bossa nova in the background—this is The Marvelous City, also known as Rio de Janeiro. There is no city like it. Travelers will find one of new Seven Wonders of the World at the Christ Redeemer statue atop Corcovado mountain, spectacular views on Sugar Loaf Mountain, trekking in the Tijuca Rain Forest and 23 beaches all in Rio de Janeiro. If an outdoorsy adventure is not what you seek there is always the lively nightlife of Rio, Ipanema Hippie Fair and colorful Carnival celebration in February.
Top 10 Attractions for Rio de Janeiro
Corcovado Mountain, Christ Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Day Tour
Take a panoramic city tour, travel to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on this full-day tour.
Plataforma Samba Show in Rio de Janeiro
Listen to music and watch Samba dancers in the Plataforma show, a two-hour nightly recreation of Rio's infamous Carnival.
Early Access to Christ Redeemer Statue with Optional Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour
Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer in the early morning on this Viator Exclusive tour.
Guanabara Bay Cruise with Optional Seafood Lunch
Sail on Guanabara Bay for a half day, viewing the Rio's picturesque city skyline and Sugar Loaf mountain from the water.
Rio de Janeiro Half-Day Walking Tour
Walk through Old Rio on this afternoon sightseeing tour with a local guide.
Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour
Fly over Rio's landmark in a helicopter during this one-hour tour from Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro Combo Tour: Santa Teresa, Corcovado Mountain and Santa Marta Favela
Visit Corcovado Mountain, the bohemian enclave of Santa Teresa and the Santa Marta favela on this full-day guided sightseeing tour.
Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro
See what daily life is like in one of Rio's fevelas, or shanty towns, on this educational half-day tour.
Rio de Janeiro Food Tour
Get a real taste of Rio on this three-hour food walking tour of Santa Teresa.
Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour from Rio de Janeiro
Ride through Tijuca National Park's rainforest in an open-top Jeep during this half-day trip from Rio.
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One Day in Rio de Janeiro
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Full-Day Complete Tour of Rio de Janeiro
This complete full-day tour of the city of Rio de Janeiro covers its best landmarks, all accompanied by a professional guide and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
Corcovado and Sugar Loaf Mountain plus Plataforma Samba Show
Spend an epic day and night exploring all of Rio's attractions during this full-day tour.
Two of Rio's Best: Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain Tour
This tour will take you on two popular excursions in Rio de Janeiro—Sugar Loaf by cable car followed by Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer.
Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Private Tour
Enjoy a private guided tour of Roberto Burle Marx home and gardens.
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden Tour
Explore the world-famous Jardim Botânico (Botanical Garden) in Rio de Janeiro during this three-and-one-half-hour tour. Walk through the UNESCO biosphere reserve with your knowledgeable local guide.
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Many natives of Rio don't speak English and Spanish won't get you very far. Learn a bit of Brazilian Portuguese before heading to Rio and avoid relying on your language translator app.
at the airport
Credit cards are not always accepted in restaurants, taxis and shops, and ATMs are not completely reliable when connecting to American banks. Make sure to exchange your money at the airport to have on hand when in the city.
It is important to enjoy yourself while in Rio de Janeiro but always take caution. Keep your smartphone and expensive electronics discretely in a bag on your person and take taxis when traveling long distances and in unfamiliar territory.
If you arrive to Rio in February you'll be just in time for Carnival—and a rise in prices. Temperatures are highest at 100 degrees and above from January to March, and you will find constant rain pours in December. The quietest time is the off-season from May to October with lower prices and temperature in the high 70s.
Beaches in Rio are some of the most beautiful. There are many vendors to purchase wares and you can expect to pay roughly $5 for a cold beer, $3 for water, $6 for coconut water and $2 to use the restroom.
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