Rio de Janeiro

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Top attractions in Rio de Janeiro

Highlights of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dynamic cities on the South American continent. If you're lucky enough to sample its vivid culture, here's what you shouldn't miss.

  • Christ the Redeemer

    1. Christ the Redeemer

    Standing on Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer towers over the city and could probably be called the symbol of Rio de Janeiro.

  • Copacabana & Ipanema

    2. Copacabana & Ipanema

    Brazil is famous for its thriving beach scene, and Rio offers no shortage of chances to get in on that. Copacabana and Ipanema are the city's premier beaches

  • Santa Teresa

    3. Santa Teresa

    Built in the 18th century, the beautiful district of Santa Teresa offers the opportunity to see colonial architecture as well as Rio's underground artistic culture.

  • Tijuca Rainforest

    4. Tijuca Rainforest

    Rio's nearby Nationalpark Tijuca is simply delightful. Home to many different types of wildlife and offering breathtaking views over the city.

  • Football

    5. Football

    Brazil's national football team is enviable, and many of its stars are from one of Rio de Janeiro's clubs. Olimpico or Maracana. If you're a sports fan, get yourself to a match!

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

    6. Sugarloaf Mountain

    Ride in a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain and get a load of Rio from above!

  • The Cagarras Islands

    7. The Cagarras Islands

    Cruise the Atlantic and experience blue tranquil paradise. You don't just have to lie down, you can also dive off for a swim!

Frequently asked questions about Rio de Janeiro

What top attractions are a must-see in Rio de Janeiro?

Planning Your Visit

  • How long should I stay in Rio de Janeiro?

    Seven action-packed days is a good start!

  • How walkable is Rio de Janeiro?

    Rio offers many public transit options, including bus and metro. Note that air-conditioned buses cost a little more than non-air-conditioned buses, so if you are traveling a long distance around the city and you're not used to hot weather, it may be worth considering shelling out a bit more. It's quite a hilly city, so walking can sometimes be akin to hiking - make sure you are wearing good shoes.

  • When should I visit Rio de Janeiro?

    All year round - the temperature does not vary too much.

  • Anything else I should know?

    It is recommended to take a taxi in Rio de Janeiro at night, rather than walking or using the public transport. Do not flash your cash or valuables around, always be on your guard when withdrawing cash at an ATM. If venturing into areas outside the more touristic ones, better not do it unaccompanied.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Brazilian real (BRL)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-3:00)
  • Country Code
    +55
  • Best time to visit
    All year round

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What people are saying about Rio de Janeiro

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 6,345 reviews

The Sugarloaf tour was amazing and I was so happy that G was once again my guide. She is so sweet and very knowledgeable about her beloved city. I asked many questions and she was thorough in her answers, although I won't remember all of them. The views from the top were amazing and the sunset, spectacular! I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks, G!

this trip was out of this world!! Vincente is extremely charming and knowledgeable- since I am travelling alone I was expecting a wtv tour where I just sightsee and come back to my hotel however thanks to Vincente I had an amazing time and felt right at home. The whole trip was SO much fun. certainly the highlight of my visit to Rio. thanks Vincente!!

Most comfortable trip ever: Luisa is downright a sweetheart who knows whats up. From the coach driver to the ship captain and the staff are extremely nice.. I cannot describe in words how beautiful the whole area is!! I'm very glad I booked this trip. Also would 1000% recommend snorkeling and getting your pics!!

We saw so many beautiful waterfalls! I loved it and would definitely recommend this to others. Our guide was very helpful and we would’ve definitely gotten lost without her. Just be prepared for several hours of walking and even some climbing up tree roots and rocks.

Good organization of the shuffles and exceptional view from the Cristo platform all over the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro