Overview Rio de Janeiro

Visiting Rio de Janeiro

Go to Rio de Janeiro to see Christ the Redeemer high atop Corcovado Mountain, to visit Pão de Açúcar for sprawling views, or to experience the bacchanalia of Rio nightlife and Carnaval. There are so many great things to do in Rio, it can be hard to make up your mind—so it’s understandable why many visitors to Brazil’s tropical paradise go simply to relax with a fresh coconut in hand on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, where the scene is equally beautiful and nearly as festive.

Finding a hotel in Rio de Janeiro can be just as relaxing if you know what you’re looking for. Try the hostels if you’re traveling light and cheap, or a luxury hotel like the Copacabana Palace for a ritzy Rio treat. No matter where you stay, you’ll need to... Read More
Go to Rio de Janeiro to see Christ the Redeemer high atop Corcovado Mountain, to visit Pão de Açúcar for sprawling views, or to experience the bacchanalia of Rio nightlife and Carnaval. There are so many great things to do in Rio, it can be hard to make up your mind—so it’s understandable why many visitors to Brazil’s tropical paradise go simply to relax with a fresh coconut in hand on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, where the scene is equally beautiful and nearly as festive.

Finding a hotel in Rio de Janeiro can be just as relaxing if you know what you’re looking for. Try the hostels if you’re traveling light and cheap, or a luxury hotel like the Copacabana Palace for a ritzy Rio treat. No matter where you stay, you’ll need to eat—and eat you will. Meat in the form of churrasco—Brazilian barbecue—is king in Rio de Janeiro’s restaurants; try Porcão for an introduction to Brazil’s buffet-style meals. Heck, try a different Porcão location each night.

No matter where you stay or what you eat, getting a feel for the Cidade Maravilhosa and all it has to offer is easy with our travelers’ photos. When views of beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and a fascinating city convince you to visit, find a flight to Rio and head to the home of the 2016 Olympics.    Close

Stories and Tips Rio de Janeiro

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Copacabana Hotels

Written by LenR on 02 Nov, 2009

There are probably more hotels in Copacabana than any other part of Rio. They cover almost the whole range from semi-budget to luxury. If you are into luxury, there is only one place to stay and that is right on the beach. Here are three…Read More


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Praia de Urca - village in the Sugarloafs shadow..

Written by actonsteve on 13 Nov, 2004

If I ever move to Rio de Janeiro, I have found the almost-perfect place to live. I think a Portuguese colonial house on the promenade de Luis Alves would do me fine. Their rear gardens and windows look up to the jungles of the Sugarloaf…Read More


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Centro Rio - Praca Floriano and the Cathedral Metropolitana.

Written by actonsteve on 13 Nov, 2004

"Brazil is a country of the future...unfortunately, the future has arrived.."- Nino Rocha Santos Jnr, 2002Brazil has a passion for modern architecture. During the fifties and sixties, it built its own space-age capital in the hinterland of its vast interior. It drew on famous architects…Read More


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The "Bondinho" - the clanking tram up to Santa Theresa

Written by actonsteve on 13 Nov, 2004

Some cities have hawkers, and other cities have street performers. Rio has full-fledged acrobats. They choose the most captive audiences to perform to, as well. On a road just off Praca IVX, the traffic was brought to a halt. There, standing in the middle of…Read More


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Colourful orchids, meat-eating plants & giant waterlilies - Rio's Jardim Botanico

Written by actonsteve on 13 Nov, 2004

There is only one image of the famous Jardim Botanico: the orchids... The rarest and most exquisite plants in the world grow in profusion in Brazil. The 'Orquidario' at the botanical gardens was a knockout. There were orchids of every pattern, colour, and shape -- bright…Read More


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Maracana Stadium: Temple to the Brazilian futebol god...

Written by actonsteve on 13 Nov, 2004

The tunnel is ahead of you. The roar of the crowd is deafening. Sixty thousand voices ring out. Sixty thousand boots stamp. Brasil! Brasil! Brasil! Flashes from thousands of cameras flicker as the roar gets even louder. The muscles in your stomach tighten, and your heart starts…Read More


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"Relax, you are in Rio.." - safety, security and the Rochina favela

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

Sometime in the 1980''s Rio got a very bad press. The television news was full of dramatic stories of hideous crimes and travellers around the world were advised to keep away from this city of sin south of the equator. I am now going to say something…Read More


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Centro Rio: Praca XV - the Portuguese colonial heart of Rio

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

All great cities have a historical square at their centre and Rio de Janeiro is no exception. The Praca 15 Novembro or simply Praca XV (pronounced Pra-chah Quin-Zeh) is one such square and sits a the very heart of Centro. Once you tire of the…Read More


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Centro Rio: the baroque Candaleria church and Largo di Carioca

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

One morning I found Margaret Thatcher''s face staring back at me from a market stall. It was at the bookmarket on Largo di Carioca and was a biography under the title "great leaders" (stop laughing at the back...) and was amassed with hundreds of portuguese language…Read More


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Lagoa Rodrigo dei Freitas - Rio''s inland lake, garden and pleasurezone..

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

Brazilians hold elections like carnivals. I got the chance to see this for myself as I strolled around one of the most beautiful parts of Rio - the Lagoa Rodrigo dei Freitas. At the southwest corner of the lake was a political rally. About 100 people…Read More


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