Rio de Janeiro

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Is there another city on earth that can match Rio's beauty? Mountain peaks, lush forests, beautiful beaches and playful inhabitants make Rio a must-see on any Brazilian itinerary. From the famous beaches of Copacabana to edgy Botofago, Rio is the perfect bookend to a Brazil trip.

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  • Paraty


    Paraty offers a mix of small-town colonial Brazil and excellent wildlife watching -- complete with beaches and a bay made for watching sunsets...Read more
  • Pantanal


    The Pantanal offers some of South America's finest wildlife watching...Read more
  • Amazon


    The Amazon rainforest is the world's most important ecosystem...Read more
  • Iguazu Falls

    Iguazu Falls

    The mighty Iguazu Falls are actually a chain of 275 smaller waterfalls, forming an awe-inspiring semi-circle of water and noise...Read more

A Taste of Brazil

A short trip to Brazil’s top highlights
Approx. 6 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Pantanal (3)
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Amazon & Iguazu Adventure

The classic route to Brazil’s most popular spots
Approx. 9 days
Amazon (4 days) → Rio de Janeiro (3) → Iguazu Falls (2)
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Paraty, Rio & Pantanal Trail

Explore the highlights of Brazil
Approx. 10 days
Rio de Janeiro (3 days) → Paraty (3) → Pantanal (3)
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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Our recommended experiences and activities

Explore Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio de Janeiro

Spend a day exploring Brazil’s bustling coastal city of Rio de Janeiro, host to the world’s biggest carnival. Visit the city’s famed beaches and diverse neighbourhoods, as well as the urban rainforest of Tijuca Forest. Ride the rack railway up Corcovado Mountain to see up-close the 30m-high statue of Christ the Redeemer--perhaps one of the most recognisable icons of Brazil. Then drive through Santa Teresa neighborhood to explore the area’s history and beautiful 19th and early 20th century mansions.

Visit Rio’s vibrant beaches
Rio de Janeiro

Visit Rio’s vibrant beaches

The 4km-long Copacabana beach is one of the city’s most popular, offering a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. For a less touristy experience try some of the lesser-celebrated beaches, including Barra da Tijuca Beach and Joatinga Beach.

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain
Rio de Janeiro

Climb Sugarloaf Mountain

Take a relaxed cable car ride up to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for panoramic views of Guanabana Bay, Corcovado Mountain, Santa Cruz Fortress and Rio-Niteroi Bridge.

Where to go in Brazil

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