It is one of the most iconic cities in the world. Its 37 white sand beaches are backed by lush green peaks, there are world-famous sites such as Sugarloaf Mountain and the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado hill.
Highlights of Rio include:
It's fine to come to Rio at any time of year. The beaches are best from about January to march as this is the warmest time , though it also rains at this time.
Various airlines fly into Rio. Most people stay for at least 3 nights if it's part of a longer holiday. It links very nicely with Costa Verde, but you can in fact reach most places in the country via the domestic flight network.
There is lots of choice of places to stay here. A few of our favourites include: Copacabana Palace, Castelino 38 and Santa Teresa Hotel.
Castelinho38 is a small guesthouse set in pretty gardens in the charming Santa Teresa district of Rio de Janeiro.
Copacabana Palace Hotel is one of Rio's iconic hotels. It is right on the Copacabana beach and has been welcoming guests since 1923.
A prime location just one block from the famous Ipanema beach. Comfortable accommodation and stunning beach views.
Guapi Assu is in the heart of the Atlantic Forest at the REGUA project. This is a birders paradise!
Hotel Fasano is a wonderful modern hotel located at Ipanema Beach, with luxury accommodation and a full range of guest services.
A stylishly refurbished colonial mansion set high above Rio with excellent views of the bay.
The Ipanema Plaza Hotel is located 1 block from Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Guest house located in the forested Gavea district overlooking Rio de Janeiro, about 5 - 10 minutes by taxi from the beaches.
La Suite is stylish 7-room hotel in the exclusive Joatinga district of Rio de Janeiro.
38 suite design hotel located in front of Leblon beach in Rio de Janeiro
Marina Palace Hotel enjoys a wonderful beachfront location and offers comfortable accommodation and a range of guest facilities.
Porto Bay Rio Internacional is a modern hotel located on Avenida Atlantica on Rio's Copocabana Beach.
Time: GMT -3 hours
Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.
Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.