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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''O Christo Redentor'' - Christ the Redeemer - the greatest icon in Brazil...

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

What do you think of when you think of Brazil? Probably a vista of miles and miles of steaming jungle broken only by meandering brown rivers and the cries of monkeys. Maybe Carnival? Maybe football? Maybe gigantic waterfalls..? But nine times out of ten the image…Read More


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Ipanema beach - the most fashionable enclave in Rio

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

Tom Jobim, the composer of Brazil''s bossa nova, has alot to answer for. It was his composition "The girl from Ipanema" that put this beach on the worldwide map and every visitor to Rio has to visit. Supposedly, he coined the words and tune from…Read More


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Pao du Acucar - Sugarloaf Mountain - a view worth crossing oceans to see...

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

We have Roger Moore and his safari suit to blame for my wanderlust. It was seeing him on the big screen in the seventies when I was a kid which intrigued me about exploring the world. He and the lovely Lois Chiles battled Jaws atop…Read More


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Copacabana - the most famous beach in the world...

Written by actonsteve on 28 May, 2003

Copacabana is an almost sensual experience. All your senses are invigorated as you fall in love with the most famous beach in Brazil. Everything you have heard about Copacabana is true. The striking blue sky contrasts with the deep blue of the Oceano Atlantico, the sand…Read More


Brazilian cuisine

Written by TRAVELPRO guide on 21 Aug, 2001

Brazilian cuisine is colorful and flavorful but not so spicy. Native Brazilians, known as "cariocas", take great pride in cooking and serving food that is colorful and flavorful. After spending two weeks in Rio de Janeiro, I discovered that their food is not as heavily seasoned…Read More


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Sunday on the beach

Written by TRAVELPRO guide on 04 Aug, 2001

Sunday was our first day on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, and we discovered Sundays are family days. Many beachside streets are closed, and young parents push their children in strollers to enjoy a day in the sun together. We found it to be…Read More


Rios club and bar scene

Written by mkrosin on 20 Jul, 2000

Arriving in any big city without a clue where to go out can be both daunting and frustrating. But fear not. With this fail-safe nightlife guide, you'll be able to enjoy yorself 7 nights a week. And 7 nights a week is expected in…Read More


Rio's Beaches

Written by mkrosin on 20 Jul, 2000

While Rio is steeped in history and culture, the number one tourist attraction are the beaches. Here's the inside scoop on the Rio beach scene: Flamenco/botofogo beach: These are both bayside beaches (bahia de guanabara) so the water is a bit dirty. The…Read More


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"Barry Manilow Path"

Written by Tavia on 02 Aug, 2002

I dubbed this jog the Barry Manilow Path, because every time I ran it, I could not stop humming to myself his song "Copacabana." ("Her name was Lola...") I was so thrilled to be in Rio, to be treading along those beaches which to…Read More


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Favela Tours

Written by WitlessWanderer on 19 Nov, 2005

I don't know why I did it. Maybe it was because it was cloudy so beaches or views weren't appropriate. The tour was of the largest favela (shanty town) in Rio, called Rocinha, which in true Rio style is located in the middle of some…Read More


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