Visit Rio de Janeiro
The Cariocas (residents of Rio) have a saying that God created the world in seven days, the eighth he devoted to Rio de Janeiro. The sheer beauty of Rio is breathtaking, and the vibrancy is captivating.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Cariocas (residents of Rio) have a saying that God created the world in seven days, the eighth he devoted to Rio de Janeiro.
As you stand on top of Sugar Loaf Mountain at sunset, with the city curling its way around the granite peaks, forests and golden beaches below you, and with the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer, arms aloft, high behind you on Corcovado, you may be inclined to agree.
The sheer beauty of Rio is breathtaking, and the vibrancy is captivating.
It is a city that will keep you busy and probably tire you out, whether you are exploring the colonial centre, relaxing with the locals on the golden sands of Copacabana or Ipanema, taking the rickety tram to bohemian Santa Teresa or hang-gliding off one of the peaks to the beach below.
You could also take in a football game at the mighty Maracanã or wander around the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi, housed in a voluptuous building which the architect claims was inspired by all that is famous in Rio - the white beaches, the mountains, the churches and the beautiful suntanned women.
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Accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
Santa Teresa Hotel
The Santa Teresa Hotel has been carefully restored to produce a beautifully finished hotel.
Located at the far end of Ipanema beach, where it meets Copacabana, the hotel has unrivalled views over this beautiful stretch of coastline.
Pousada Mama Ruisa
Though scarcely twenty minutes from the beach, Mama Ruisa is an elegant and serene retreat.
The Windsor Palace
The Windsor Palace Hotel is located one block from Copacabana Beach and is a very good value option for couples or families.
The Marina Palace Hotel has a privileged location in Leblon, steps away from Ipanema and with views to both beaches as well as the Lagoa and Christ the Redeemer.
The hotel is located just two blocks from Copacabana beach front and equidistant to the nearest metro station - a good way to get around Rio.
Hotel Astoria Palace
The Astoria Palace delivers good value right on Copacabana beach.
Ipanema Plaza Hotel
One of the big advantages of this hotel is its location. It is situated in the Ipanema area of Rio which is the best area for classy restaurants and bars for an evening drink or two.
Hotel Sofitel Rio Copacabana
Located on the headland that separates Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, the rooms at Sofitel Rio de Janeiro are well sized and contemporary, with all the facilities you would expect of a Sofitel.
Hotel Porto Bay Rio Internacional
Situated on the Copacabana beach front and affording superb views across the bay, the Hotel Rio Internacional is an excellent mid range choice and excellent value for money.
The Windsor Martinique enjoys a good location in the city only 30 metres from the famous Copacabana beach.
Belmond Copacabana Palace
This Orient-Express owned hotel is located overlooking its namesake beach, and is regarded as the most traditional, luxurious and elegant hotel in Rio.
Activities in Rio de Janeiro
Cycling Tour of Rio's Beaches
The beaches are an excellent place to watch cariocas jogging, strutting and walking their poodles in the sunshine. You set the pace and if there is time you will also be able to circle the Lagoa before returning to your hotel.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Climb
Stroll along a beautiful shoreline pedestrian path, popular with walkers and joggers. This is followed by a weaving hike up a trail with wonderful views of Rio's bay followed by a short (approximately 25m) but challenging section of rock climbing.
Maracanã Football Match
The Maracanã football stadium was built in 1950 for the World Cup and is the biggest stadium of its kind, holding at one point, before terraces were converted to seating, more than 200,000 fans.
Rio by Night
There is no other place in Rio that embodies the 'alegria' or happiness of the Brazilian people more than the nightlife scene in the neighbourhood of Lapa.