Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Attractions

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Santa Marta Favela

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 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


4 star rating: Recommended 663 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


4 star rating: Recommended 633 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

Morro da Urca

4 star rating: Recommended 606 Reviews

Sitting in the shadow of big brother and Rio de Janeiro icon, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Morro da Urca is just as important if only because the cable car trip up ...  Read more

National Fine Arts Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 606 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 606 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 606 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


4 star rating: Recommended 230 Reviews

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

Rio Niteroi Bridge

4 star rating: Recommended 76 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


4 star rating: Recommended 38 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

Botafogo Bay

4 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

There was once a time when Botafogo Bay was the fortuitously placed conduit between downtown Rio and the glamorous southern beaches. Put another way, if ...  Read more

Angra Dos Reis

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

With miles of white sand beaches, aquamarine waters and a backdrop of forested mountains, Angra dos Reis, or the Bay of Kings, is as impressive as its name ...  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

Vermelha Beach

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Vermelha Beach—or Praia Vermelha—is one of Rio’s smallest beaches but also one of the most scenic. Tucked inside a protective cove that keeps the waves at ...  Read more


4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

The Flamengo district of Rio de Janeiro offers a comfortable, middle class, downtown alternative to trendy beaches and resorts. Far less crowded than Rio hot ...  Read more

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