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  • Ave Maria Homestay

    Rio de Janeiro

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  • Hotel Caracas Rio Aeroporto Galeão 4-star hotel

    Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro

    6.6 Review score 247 reviews
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  • Villa Alexandrino

    Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

    9.3 Superb 19 reviews
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    Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro

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    Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro was highly rated for beaches by 1,097 guests from the United Kingdom! Rio de Janeiro travel guide

Sassy City of Samba

Home of samba, Brazil’s 2nd largest city is sassy, seductive and spectacular. The Rio Carnival is legendary the world over for outrageous costumes and infectious rhythms.

Host of the 2014 World Cup final in Maracanã stadium and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, Rio de Janeiro is forward-thinking. High rises line Ipanema beach and you can find dozens of rollerbladers on the promenades at any time.

The hottest spot is Copabacana, a great place to try biscoito globo, a typical Rio beach snack. Sip a caipirinha here while the sun sets over the bay and mountains – unforgettable. It doesn’t end there though. Clubbing in Rio is fantastic and ranges from techno to traditional bossa nova. Bohemian beats can be found in Santa Teresa and Lapa, whose trams pass over a double-arched viaduct.

Overlooking all this from Corcovado mountain is iconic Christ the Redeemer, welcoming the world to Rio with arms outstretched. Take the funicular railway up to this statue on the edge of lush Tijuca Park for incredible views. Accessed by cable car, Sugar Loaf Mountain is also not to be missed.

Rio de Janeiro Airport is well linked to the ‘Marvellous City’, but traffic can be manic, so leave enough time to reach it from your Rio hotel, apartment or hostel booked through Booking.com.