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Rio de Janeiro

Why visit Rio de Janeiro?

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:

  •  See one of the world's most iconic cities.
  • Stand at the foot of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, and see the spectacular sight of the city below. 
  • Take a cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Chill out and people watch on Copacabana Beach, or Ipanema or Leblon beaches too. 
  • Enjoy Rio's world-famous Carnival
  • Explore the last few remnants of Atlantic cloud forest about 2-3 hours drive from Rio. Wonderful bird life and plantlife. 
  • Eat lunch at one of Rio's most famous churrascarias or carveries.
  • Visit the city's Botanical Garden - one of the ten most important of its kind in the world, with palm trees dating from the Garden's foundation in 1808, greenhouses, orchid rooms, rose gardens and a water lily-filled pond.
  • Spend time wandering the bohemian 'small town' Santa Teresa with its colonial atmosphere. 

When to visit Rio de Janeiro

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. 

Rio: How to do it

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. 

Accommodation in Rio

There is lots of choice of places to stay here. A few of our favourites include: Copacabana Palace, Castelino 38 and Santa Teresa Hotel. 

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time:

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.


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There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.



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