Rio de Janeiro

Things to Do & Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

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Church of Our Lady of Candelaria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

Once the tallest structure in all of Rio de Janeiro, the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria features a striking combination of Baroque, Neoclassical, and ...  Read more

Sao Bento Monastery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 67 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

Santa Teresa

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 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

Maracana Stadium

4.5 star rating: Recommended 46 Reviews

The gigantic Maracanã Stadium was built to open the 1950 World Cup and holds the record for the largest attendance at a World Cup Final thanks to the ...  Read more

Santa Marta Favela

4.5 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

Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 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


4 star rating: Recommended 776 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 744 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

Teatro Municipal

4 star rating: Recommended 719 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

National Library

4 star rating: Recommended 716 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

Morro da Urca

4 star rating: Recommended 713 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 713 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


4 star rating: Recommended 272 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 87 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

Copacabana Fort

4 star rating: Recommended 80 Reviews

Situated on the south end of Copacabana Beach lies a piece of Brazilian military history, the Copacabana Fort. Built just before the First World War, the fort ...  Read more

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