Rio de Janeiro

Travel Guide
Rio de Janeiro featuring general coastal views, a sunset and mountains

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.

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Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Miramar Hotel by Windsor
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 3668 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is AU$154 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is just steps away from Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Copacabana Fort is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away. Cantagalo ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (970 reviews)
"Excellent location, beautiful, very clean, staffs super friendly and always willing to help guests."

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2021

Miramar Hotel by Windsor
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
5 out of 5
Avenida Atlantica, 1020, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is AU$179 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Copacabana Beach and Sugar Loaf Mountain. Rio de Janeiro ...
4.4/5Excellent! (953 reviews)
"I was impressed with the staff. Very well trained and polite."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Hilton Copacabana Rio de Janeiro
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
5 out of 5
Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is AU$181 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Vidigal Beach, Leblon Beach and Posto 12. Ipanema Beach and Sao Conrado Beach are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (941 reviews)
"The location, amenities, and staff were amazing."

Reviewed on 19 Aug. 2021

Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort
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Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Promenade Prime Itaboraí
3.5 out of 5
Rua Dr. Mesquita, 367, Itaborai, RJ
The price is AU$71 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Located in Itaborai Centro, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Marechal Floriano Peixoto Park and within 25 miles (40 km) of Icarai Beach and Ponta Negra ...
4.3/5Excellent! (73 reviews)
"Great Condo Hotel in downtown Itaborai and reasonably priced"

Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2021

Promenade Prime Itaboraí
Villa Philippe
Villa Philippe
Located in Santa Teresa, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Paris Square, Ruins Park (Parque das Ruinas) and Selaron Steps. Guanabara Bay ...
Villa Philippe
Apartamento Zen House
Apartamento Zen House
Av. Prado Júnior 165, 165, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
The price is AU$185 per night from 24 Sep. to 24 Sep.
Located in Copacabana, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach are ...
Apartamento Zen House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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