Rio de Janeiro

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Rio de Janeiro - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil


    What was once the headquarters of Brazil's oldest bank is now an enormous cultural space in downtown Rio. With areas designated for cinema screenings, expositions,...Read More

  • 2. Christ the Redeemer

    Cosme Velho

    Rio's iconic Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue stands arms outstretched atop 690-meter-high (2,300-foot-high) Corcovado mountain. It wasn't until 1921, the centennial of Brazil's independence...Read More

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  • 3. Jardim Botânico

    Jardim Botânico

    The 340-acre Botanical Garden contains more than 5,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants and trees, including 900 varieties of palms (some more than a...Read More

  • 4. Maracanã


    Fans have witnessed many historic sports moments at this stadium that hosted the finals of the 1950 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and was the...Read More

  • 5. Palácio do Catete


    Once the villa of a German baron, this elegant, 19th-century granite-and-marble palace became the presidential residence after the 1889 coup overthrew the monarchy and established...Read More

  • 6. Pão de Açúcar


    The indigenous Tupi people originally called the soaring 396-meter (1,300-foot) granite block at the mouth of Baía de Guanabara pau-nh-acugua (high, pointed peak). To the...Read More

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  • 7. Parque Lage

    Jardim Botânico

    This lush green space down the road from Jardim Botânico was acquired by Antônio Martins Lage Jr., whose grandson, Henrique Lage, fell head-over-heels in love...Read More

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  • 8. Praia de Grumari


    A bit beyond Prainha, off Estrada de Guaratiba, is Grumari, a beach that seems a preview of paradise. What it lacks in amenities—it has only...Read More

  • 9. Praia de Ipanema


    As you stroll this world-famous beach you'll encounter a cross section of the city's residents, each favoring a particular stretch. Families predominate in the area...Read More

  • 10. Sítio Roberto Burle Marx

    Jardim Piaí

    Nature lovers and architecture buffs will find it worth making the advance booking required to visit this plantation-turned-museum honoring Roberto Burle Marx, Brazil's legendary landscape...Read More

  • 11. Centro Cultural Laurinda Santos Lobo

    Santa Teresa

    This pink mansion houses Santa Teresa's small Museu do Bonde (Bonde Museum), dedicated to Rio's trolleys, and the exhibition covering the history of the city's...Read More

  • 12. Floresta da Tijuca

    Alto da Boa Vista

    Surrounding Corcovado is the dense, tropical Tijuca Forest, also known as the Parque Nacional da Tijuca. Once part of a Brazilian nobleman's estate, it's studded...Read More

  • 13. Forte de Copacabana and Museu Histórico do Exército


    Copacabana Fort was built in 1914 as part of Rio's first line of defense, and many original features, such as the thick brick fortification and...Read More

  • 14. Fundação Planetário


    Rio's planetarium is a great escape if your vacation gets rained on, or if you simply have a passion for astronomy. The adjoining interactive Museu...Read More

  • 15. Museu Casa de Rui Barbosa


    Steps away from Botafogo metro station is a museum in the former home of the 19th-century Brazilian statesman, writer, and scholar Rui Barbosa, a liberal...Read More

  • 16. Museu Casa do Pontal


    If you're heading toward the beaches of Prainha or Grumari, consider taking a detour to Brazil's largest folk-art museum. One room houses a wonderful mechanical...Read More

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  • 17. Museu Internacional De Arte Naïf do Brasil

    Cosme Velho

    More than 6,000 works by Brazil's best self-taught painters, along with some by their counterparts from around the world, grace the walls of a colonial...Read More

  • 18. Museu Nacional

    São Cristóvão

    A little off Rio's main tourist track, the National Museum is well worth the metro ride to view its exhibits of botanical, anthropological, and animal...Read More

  • 19. Oi Futuro Flamengo


    This slick, ultramodern exhibition space also houses Rio's Telecommunications Museum. The museum itself delivers a unique multimedia adventure—lots of monitors, blinking lights, and media artifacts....Read More

  • 20. Parque do Flamengo

    The landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx designed this waterfront park that flanks the Baía de Guanabara from the Glória neighborhood to Flamengo. Frequently referred to...Read More

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