Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro Attractions

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Morro da Urca

4 star rating: Recommended 645 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 563 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 563 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

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

Petropolis

4 star rating: Recommended 30 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

Plataforma

4 star rating: Recommended 205 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

Rio de Janeiro Cruise Port

Already known as one of the world’s most vibrant cities, Rio de Janeiro will likely see its popularity continue to soar as it hosts the 2014 World Cup and the ...  Read more

Rio Niteroi Bridge

4 star rating: Recommended 632 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

Rio Scenarium

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Credited with kick-starting the now-legendary music scene of Rio’s Lapa district, the world renowned Rio Scenarium is one of the city’s most popular venues, ...  Read more

Rodrigo de Freitas Lake

4 star rating: Recommended 440 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

Ruins Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 57 Reviews

Don’t let the name fool you—Ruins Park, or Parque das Ruinas in Portuguese—isn’t just some abandoned relic of a bygone era. Well, the venue had been the ...  Read more

Sambadrome

4 star rating: Recommended 583 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

Santa Marta Favela

4 star rating: Recommended 11 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

Santa Teresa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

This unlikely cobblestoned neighborhood close to the center of Rio de Janeiro has long been a tourist favorite among visitors to this Brazilian city. Santa ...  Read more

Sao Bento Monastery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 57 Reviews

From the outside, the Sao Bento Monastery and the Church of Nossa Senhora de Montserrat appear to be unassuming and even a bit austere, a nod to 16th century ...  Read more

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