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Rio de Janeiro Holidays

Enjoy spectacular scenery by day and an electric atmosphere at night in Brazil’s most vibrant city.

Situated on the southeast coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city in the country and offers a unique blend of urban style and natural wonders. The former capital’s streets, beaches and rainforest-covered mountains attract tourists from across the globe.

Most travellers to Rio take a trip to Corcovado, situated in Tijuca National Park. The mountain is home to Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Early risers are usually able to get some fantastic pictures in before the crowds begin to arrive. For a different perspective of the statue, head to nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and take a trip on the cable car, taking in the panoramic views of the rainforest, city and beaches below.

Those seeking culture won’t be disappointed, with Rio’s Portuguese, English and French influenced architecture featuring beautiful 16th century churches and graceful 19th century palaces. Rio also boasts the Biblioteca Nacional – the seventh largest library in the world.

Rio de Janeiro is also the ultimate party destination. Many carnival-goers believe that there is no better place to join in the annual Brazilian festivities than in Rio. The city comes alive with samba beats, extravagant costumes and vibrant parades. The carnival usually takes place in February and is a five day celebration that ends the day before Lent begins. If you can’t make it to Brazil for the carnival, why not spray champagne with the 2.5 million revellers that see in the New Year on Copacabana Beach?

Spend a day relaxing on the adjacent upmarket Ipanema Beach. Visitors can sit back with a chilled caipirinha or a fresh coconut and watch Brazil’s most beautiful parading up and down the white sands. More active travellers may decide to get involved with a game of footvolley – a Brazilian blend of football and volleyball that is played on the beaches of Rio every day.

Rio is warm all year round, with the hottest months between December and March. This is usually the time with the most rainfall too. The city has good transport links, with buses, taxis and the metro transporting travellers around the city.

Guide to Exploring Rio de Janeiro

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Américas Granada Hotel

Américas Granada Hotel

Avenida Gomes Freire, 530 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 71 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Lapa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro and Arcos da Lapa. National Library is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

Arena Copacabana Hotel

Arena Copacabana Hotel

Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 491 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is on the boardwalk and 0.6 mi (1 km) from Chacrinha State Park.

Marina All Suites Hotel

Marina All Suites Hotel

Av Delfim Moreira, Praia do Leblon, 696, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 25 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Posto 12 and Leblon Beach. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden and Parque Henrique Lage are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Américas Copacabana Hotel

Américas Copacabana Hotel

Rua Barata Ribeiro 550, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 181 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Copacabana, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Edmundo Bittencourt Square and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Parque Henrique Lage. Chacrinha State Park and Carlos Drummond de Andrade Statue are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 114 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chacrinha State Park, Sugar Loaf Mountain, and Parque Henrique Lage. Edmundo Bittencourt Square and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Copacabana Beach Apartament

Copacabana Beach Apartament

Rua Santa Clara, 308, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Copacabana, this apartment is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Edmundo Bittencourt Square and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Parque Henrique Lage. Chacrinha State Park and Carlos Drummond de Andrade Statue are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Miramar Hotel by Windsor

Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 305 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Miramar Hotel by Windsor sits near south Copacabana Beach along lively Avenida Atlantica, home to shops, bars, and restaurants. A metro station is nearby. World-famous Ipanema Beach and Sugarloaf are a short drive away.

Windsor Excelsior Hotel

Windsor Excelsior Hotel

Avenida Atlantica 1800, Rio de Janeiro
of 5, from 377 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Windsor Excelsior Hotel is right across from Capacabana Beach, within walking distance to Ipanema Beach, Leblon Beach and a metro station. This hotel is located close to major Rio de Janeiro attractions including Sugarloaf Mountain, and Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

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