destination: Rio de Janeiro

March 15, 2007 | By More

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Does Rio de Janeiro need an introduction? The Brazilian destination par excellence, few visitors will leave Brazil without a stay in Rio. Rio is a city of extremes built on an absolutely unique location that has no rival on Earth. A city that makes a profound impression on its visitors.


The impossible and unbelieavable geography of the city, trapped between the mountains and the sea. Rio is absolutely unique.


The permanent sensation of lack of safety in so many places in the city, including important tourist sights; the agressions against the environment commited on a daily basis as the city expands; the seediest part of Copacabana.


By land, air or sea, Rio is, together with São Paulo, the main entry point to Brazil. Rio has two airports: its international airport (GIG) is known as Tom Jobim or Galeão. Its domestic airport (SDU) is known as Santos Dumont. It is also a port of scale for many cruising ships. There are buses converging from all Brazil at Rio’s Terminal Novo Rio bus station.


Crime, it can happen anytime.


The Corcovado Mountain, the Sugar Loaf, Ipanema, the Botanic Gardens, São Conrado, the Confeitaria Colombo


  • we have published two blog posts with ideas on what to do in Rio if you have 24 hours or 48 hours in the city.
  • to go to the Sugar Loaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) using public transportation take the subway (metrô) to the Botafogo station and from there a bus to Urca.
  • to go to the Corcovado mountain using public transportation, take the subway to the Largo do Machado station and there a bus to Cosme Velho.
  • unless you want the sun in front of your camera, go to the Sugar Loaf in the morning and to the Corcovado in the afternoon. Both places are really wonderful after the sun has gone down, with the city lights at your feet. Be aware that on a foggy day visibility at the top can be non-existent.
  • from the rooftop bar of some hotels in Copacabana there is an excellent view of the beach
  • if you have the chance to drive along the Avenida Niemeyer, that links the neighbourhoods of Leblon and São Conrado, and continues to the Barra da Tijuca, do it. It’s an unbelievable road between the mountain and the sea
  • Rio seen from above is a breathtaking experience; flights coming from São Paulo land at Santos Dumont airport, touching the mountains on their approach to Rio; there are helicopter flights all day long
  • those seeking for an adrenaline rush can contemplate hang-gliding in Rio de Janeiro


Rio Guide (local government, TurisRio (state government), Trem do Corcovado, Sugar Loaf. There is also an official app for smartphones.


The weather in Rio for the next 10 days.


Our anotated map of Rio de Janeiro on Google Maps.


Our Rio de Janeiro album on Flickr.



You can search for accommodation in Rio through our Hotels Combined search engine, a unique free tool that searches multiple hotel reservation websites simultaneously to help you find the lowest rate instantly. It eliminates the need to search major websites one by one in order to compare prices and availability. An amazing time and money saver!

The results open on a new page.

One final recommendation, have a look at Casa Florence, a fantastic place to stay in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio launching official app for smartphones
48 hours in Rio de Janeiro – what to do, where to go
Rio de Janeiro homestays, a new info resource is launched
24 hours in Rio de Janeiro
hotels in Rio de Janeiro
budget accommodation in Rio de Janeiro
the Rio de Janeiro subway
map of Rio de Janeiro
virtual tour of the Municipal Theatre in Rio de Janeiro
restaurants in the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, a new tourist attraction
a new Rio pass is launched
the new official Rio Guide
1746: Rio de Janeiro’s tourist information phone line. In English too!
Rio de Janeiro’s Michelin guide for free
hang-gliding in Rio de Janeiro
Rio bus station: Terminal Novo Rio
double-decker hop on-hop off tourist bus for Rio de Janeiro


Category: Destination: Rio

Comments (12)

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  1. Mick says:

    I found your travel blog very interesting. I stumbled across it whilst looking for information on Rio de Janeiro. I am a member of an on line travel community called trivago and I have placed a link to your Website there as I feel that it will be very useful to anyone considering visiting this destination.

  2. Tony says:

    Thanks a lot, Mick, appreciated.

  3. JS says:

    Good tips here. I agree about the Botanical Garden being a must-see. There are also some good historic walking tours and museums in the area.

  4. Tony says:

    The Botanical Garden is such a wonderful place, isn’t it?

  5. Raza says:

    What is good and nice hotel to stay with Family and youn teen kids, in Rio de janeiro, please your email will be appericiated, thanks.

  6. Tony says:

    Raza, what is your price range? Bear in mind there are hundreds and hundreds of hotels in Rio. If you follow the .whl link on the post you will find a selection of them with descriptions.

  7. ursula says:

    Good morning Tony,thinking about going to Rio for a few days, know that`s the carnival time, which part os Rio would be the best to stay in terms of seeing carnival,safe, not to expensive?Our last week in Brazil is 13.02-21.02, want to be in Rio for 2-3 nights,is it better weekend of 13/02 or 20/02?Thanks

  8. Tony says:

    Ursula, unfortunately there is no such thing as unexpensive accommodation in Rio during the carnival. Whatever was available it will be gone by now (try our Hotel Search tool, on the top menu of this page to see what you can find). You could try any of Ibis or Formule 1 hotels but you’re likely to find them fully booked for the period. Much better chance of finding something on the 20/02 weekend – the carnival period will be over. All the best!

  9. Monica says:


    Loved your blog .. lots of useful information. I also have one about Rio de Janeiro. When you have a chance take a look – I live in Rio and I love this city. Anything other info you need regarding Rio me let me know.
    Great Job !!!

  10. Tony says:

    Monica, thanks for passing by. I’ve unsuccesfully tried to view your blog – using both Firefox and Explorer. I can view the header and the sidebar, but the content appears blank.

  11. Tony says:

    If you have any questions about Rio de Janeiro you can ask at our Facebook page and we will give you an answer as soon as we can.