Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide


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Plan Your Rio de Janeiro Vacation

Welcome to the Cidade Maravilhosa, or the Marvelous City, as Rio is known in Brazil. Synonymous with the girl from Ipanema, the dramatic views from Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, and famous Carnival celebrations, Rio is a city of stunning architecture, abundant museums, and marvelous food. Rio is also home to 23 beaches, an almost continuous 73-km (45-mile) ribbon of sand.


Rio de Janeiro Hotels

Rio's accommodations are among the most expensive in the world, with beachfront lodgings in particular charging a premium for their enviable more


Rio de Janeiro Restaurants

Rio de Janeiro is world famous for its churrascarias (grilled-meat restaurants) but there's more to its dining scene than sizzling cuts of meat: the more


Rio de Janeiro Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Rio de Janeiro

    Stunning Beaches: Unpack your Speedo or thong bikini and join the masses at Rio's miles of gorgeous beaches.... Read more

  • Gay Nightlife in Rio

    Gay Rio rocks almost every night with a whole menu of entertainment options. During the day, dedicated areas of the beach in Copacabana (Posto... Read more

  • Favelas - Rio's poorer neighborhoods

    Named after the flowers that grow on the hills of Rio, the first favela began as a squatter town for homeless soldiers at the end of the 19th... Read more

  • Rio Beaches

    To cariocas, where you hang out on the beach says a lot about you. Each of Rio's beaches has its own style, and the longer stretches of sand... Read more

  • Carnival in Rio

    The four-day Carnival weekend, marked on every Brazilian's calendar, is by far the biggest event of the year, with planning and preparation starting... Read more

  • Shopping in Rio

    Arts and crafts. The hills of Santa Teresa brim with arts and crafts stores selling paintings, colorful wooden animals, and other works by local... Read more


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