Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Attractions

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Rio Niteroi Bridge

4 star rating: Recommended 532 Reviews

Connecting the distant shores of Guanabara Bay—the wide expanse of water bordering Rio to the east that the first Portuguese explorers in Brazil assumed to be ...  Read more

Urca

4 star rating: Recommended 525 Reviews

Squeezed on a curved slice of land at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain and its shorter, wider companion at the other end of the cable car, tiny Urca remains one ...  Read more

Sambadrome

4 star rating: Recommended 477 Reviews

At Carnival time the Sambadrome is the heartbeat of Rio de Janiero. A 3,000ft (700m) stretch of road designed as a 90,000 capacity parade area with stadium ...  Read more

National Fine Arts Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 475 Reviews

Set in an impressive neoclassical building in downtown Rio de Janeiro that harkens back to an era when the city was a national—and imperial—capital, the ...  Read more

National Library

4 star rating: Recommended 475 Reviews

Holding over 9 million volumes within its stacks and archives, Brazil’s extensive National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) is the largest library in Latin ...  Read more

Teatro Municipal

4 star rating: Recommended 475 Reviews

Having reopened in 2010 after an exhaustive $35 million renovation, the stunning Teatro Municipal in downtown Rio de Janeiro looks as well-crafted and ...  Read more

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

4 star rating: Recommended 375 Reviews

Situated at the heart of Zona Sul and all but completely separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the upscale district of Ipanema, Rodrigo de Freitas Lake has been ...  Read more

Plataforma

4 star rating: Recommended 156 Reviews

It might not be Carnaval time in Rio but it is always Carnaval time at Platforma. This lively Brazilian restaurant is where to get your fix of razzle and ...  Read more

Petropolis

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Petropolis was the mountain getaway for the imperial court, popular in summer when the coast became hot and muggy. Nestled 3,000ft (800m) high in the  Serra ...  Read more

Santa Marta Favela

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

The first of the city’s “pacified” (police-controlled) favelas, Santa Marta is one of the few that is safe and accessible to tourists, with tours aimed at ...  Read more

Guanabara Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

A vast oceanic inlet flanked by the looming peaks of Sugarloaf Mountain and Papagaio Peak and dotted with over 100 islands, Guanabara Bay provides a dramatic ...  Read more

Vista Chinesa

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

With iconic landmarks like Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountains, Rio de Janeiro has no shortage of famous lookouts, but if you’re looking for a unique view away ...  Read more

Lapa Neighborhood

The most bohemian of Rio de Janeiro’s neighborhoods, vibrant Lapa is best known for its eclectic music scene, with an abundance of bars, clubs and venues ...  Read more

Leblon Beach

Fronting one of Rio’s wealthiest and most exclusive neighborhoods, Leblon Beach is a slightly quieter alternative to its neighbor Ipanema. Separated from ...  Read more

Palacio do Catete

The imposing Palacio do Catete was Brazil’s presidential palace from 1894 until 1960 when Brasilia became the capital of Brazil. The buildings now house ...  Read more

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