Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most famous cities. Don't miss Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana & Ipanema beaches and Sugarloaf Mountain.
We were brave enough to hire 'Boris bikes' in Rio and cycled the complete coastline. Such a giggle!
Named ‘cidade maravilhosa’ by its inhabitants, Rio de Janeiro is a truly marvellous city. It pulses with vitality and not just during carnival. From the busy beaches to the lively party scene, street art to samba rhythms, it’s impossible to resist the city’s energy. Head to the top of Corcovado or Sugarloaf for those far-reaching views and back down in the thick of things you can take your pick of the myriad things to see and do. You need never have a dull moment in Brazil's most famous city, Rio de Janeiro!
- Feast on Rio's views: Take the famous cable up to Sugarloaf Mountain to drink in the fabulous views. Go in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset and the city light up for the night ahead. Or jump aboard the tram to Corcovado for equally breath-taking panoramas as well as close-up views of the iconic Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer).
- Copacabana, Ipanema ... Hit the beach and mingle with Cariocas, as the city’s inhabitants are known, on the beach of your choice: bustling Copacabana, fashionable Ipanema, sporty Leblon and the quieter Joatinga are a few possibilities.
- Explore the botanical gardens: Walk along the Avenue of Royal Palms and follow specially created themed routes and gardens to experience the 9,000 species of plants and trees. Keep your eyes peeled for birds and monkeys.
- Bohemian Santa Teresa: If you want a break from the crowds you can ride the historic yellow tram up to Santa Teresa, Rio’s artistic neighbourhood. See the colourful and much-photographed mosaic Selaron steps, visit the art museum, browse the boutiques and take your pick of the restaurants and bars.
- Peer into the past: Stroll around Largo do Boticario, now deserted and partially overtaken by rainforest but in its early 20th-century heyday the grand, brightly coloured buildings hosted fashionable parties for the city’s smart set. You can get a sense of former times by visiting the restored number 32, now an art gallery and events venue.
- Get a glimpse into tomorrow’s world: An appropriately futurist structure houses the Museum of Tomorrow, where you’re invited to ponder the intertwined futures of mankind and the planet via immersive sensory displays and interactive games.