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Rio de Janeiro

City Guide

Whether you want to sunbathe on Copacabana, see one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Christ the Redeemer for yourself, or experience the samba and atmosphere of the Carnival, Rio de Janeiro has all that and so much more to discover.

What to do in Rio

  • Christ the Redeemer
    You can’t visit Rio without visiting Christ the Redeemer! Open 8am until 8pm, get there early and have your transport planned out beforehand so you’re not waiting around. You can get a train up or jump in one of the driving services part way up.
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
    The cutest name for a mountain we’ve ever heard! This mount juts out into the Atlantic Ocean giving you some mega viewpoints. Jump in a cable car and enjoy the ride as you begin your ascent!
  • Copacabana
    We’ve all heard the song, but what does this lively barrio offer that makes it so worthy? It’s 2.5-mile-long beach perhaps?! Enjoy white fluffy sand as you sip on a cocktail in this tropical paradise.
  • Botanical Garden
    Located in the south zone of Rio, this garden houses over 6500 species – some of which are endangered. Walk the grand 750 m palm-tree-lined-path to its entrance and prepare yourself for a natural masterpiece!
  • Ipanema Beach
    Another day, another beautiful beach. This one is one of the most famous in Rio, stretching 2km and lined with bars, restaurants and shops.
  • Samba
    Dance the night away in one of Rio’s best Samba night clubs, Lapa. You’re sure to have a good night here, in the so-called liveliest nightlife in Rio’s downtown district!

Travelling to Rio

Rio De Janeiro's airport is located 20 km north of the city.  Buses operate from 5.30 am till 11.30 pm which costs around R$5 (approx $1.55) depending on your destination. The journey takes about 40 minutes. An airport shuttle bus stops at all major resorts and hotels. Taxis are available but tickets can be purchased from a booth in arrivals. The journey to the city takes about 20 minutes.
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Rio Neighbourhood Guide

Santa Teresa
Nestled in the hills of Rio, Santa Teresa is for the boho chic among us. Go for the panoramic views of the city below, stay for the bold murals, folksy craftshops and cute local bars.


Ipanema Rio
Get to know the girl from Ipanema, or just party, whichever takes your fancy! Ipanema is gay-friendly and has plenty of sunbathing spots, great food places – it’s the place to be seen.


Slightly more residential in nature, this bay side spot is perfect for vistas of sea, sky and Sugarloaf Mountain. Slightly more reserved than its Ipanema neighbour but still filled with more tradition entertainment; museums, cafes and shopping malls.


leblon rio
There’s a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ in Leblon, and we didn’t just say that because it was named after a Frenchman… Leblon is upmarket and much quieter than its counterparts, but if it’s your thing, you’ll love the designer boutiques and mansions.


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Christ the Redeemer

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Hotels in Rio

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Santa Tere Hostel
A modern and cosy hostel with free breakfast, WiFi and parking, Santa Terê Hostel in the Santa Teresa district makes for the perfect budget stay.
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Manga Hostel
This warehouse style hostel near Arcos da Lapa with bar comes with shared dorms or private rooms. They have everything you need from free WiFi to barbecue grills!
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Sugar Loft Apartments
If you’re looking for privacy this block of 16 modern and well-looked after apartments are for you. Cute and compact they have everything you need including a balcony with a view and local amenities.

When is Rio Carnival 2018?

Rio Carnival is an amazing celebration that takes place Friday 9 February 2018 and ends on Wednesday 14 February 2018. 

How do I keep safe in Rio?

Rio is well known for street crime, but as long as you are street smart, you’ll have a great time exploring. Our top tips to keep you safe are to avoid walking around after dark, to keep your valuables on you or locked up in your hostel/hotel and to take a licensed taxi as often as possible. If you want to visit favelas, and you should, do so on a tour to be on the safe side.

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