The most famous destination in Brazil is surrounded by beautiful beaches and the green of the Atlantic Forest present in almost the entire city. A perfect destination for those who love to enjoy the hectic life of a large metropolis and enjoy beautiful natural surroundings at the same time.

THE city of Rio de Janeiro It is the second largest national metropolis and is located in the Southeast of the country. Affectionately nicknamed the Marvelous City, this is undoubtedly the number one tourist destination in Brazil. Being internationally known for several cultural and scenic icons, such as the Sugar Loaf, the statue of Christ the Redeemer (one of the seven wonders of the modern world) and the beaches and neighborhoods of Copacabana, Ipanema and Barra da Tijuca, the city is full of places to know during a destination visit.

More than a postcard, the Rio de Janeiro it's practically a state of mind. The city has about 30 km of coastline surrounded by boardwalks that encourage you to take long walks just observing all the natural beauty that surrounds the city.

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It's not just the beaches that make the Rio de Janeiro. The fun carioca and bohemian nightlife of some neighborhoods like Lapa, is one of the key points of the city that is always busy.

Funky by nature, the Rio de Janeiro It hosts major cultural and sporting events throughout the year. The city is even busier in the summer, when the country's two main parties attract people from all over the world. On New Year's Eve, tons of fireworks color the skies of Copacabana to welcome the new year, while at Carnival the revelry takes over the streets, having its great apogee in the streets with the typical blocks and in the Sambódromo, scene of the well-attended school parades. of samba.

And by the way, just like the samba schools, the football teams are consecrated as another national passion, every carioca has his heart club. But for those who want to understand the lifestyle of those who live in Rio de Janeiro, another obligatory program after the beach, is to enjoy a good beer in a bar or tavern, where snacks like bean broth, pastries and ham sandwiches are worth a complete meal.

But it's no use visiting the Marvelous City and not liking the place where you are staying. Therefore, we indicate the network El Misti Hostels, which has a wide range of hostels in Rio de Janeiro. So you can enjoy all the places we list below and still pay cheaply for a stay that suits your taste.

What to do in the city of Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Fort. Photo: Luciola Vilella / MTUR


It is in the south area that the beaches most sought after by tourists are found. In a good walk it is possible to admire three of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. The movement on these three beaches is always intense. Tourists, residents and street vendors circulate along the extensive stretch of sand and the city's famous boardwalk.

Frequented by surfers, the harpooner It is one of the best places to enjoy the sunset of the Marvelous City. Every day dozens of people climb the rocks that divide the Copacabana beach and Ipanema to contemplate this phenomenon with a view of Morro Dois Irmãos.

With only 200 meters long and surrounded by beautiful hills, Praia Vermelha is located very close to Morro da Urca. The attraction is very close to the entrance that gives access to the famous Sugar Loaf cable cars.

Christ the Redeemer

The main postcard of the city and one of the 7 wonders of the world, Christ the Redeemer is 30 meters high and 8 meters high. The huge structure is at the top of Morro do Corcovado at 710 meters in the middle of the Tijuca Forest.

Sugar Loaf

Another popular tour is by cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf. The tram leaves from Praia Vermelha and has two stops, the first at Morro da Urca at 220 meters of altitude where you have a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and Botafogo cove. The second stop is 400 meters above sea level and from there you have a panoramic view of the entire southern area and Niterói.

Parque Lage

Located between the slopes of Morro do Corcovado and Rua Jardim Botânico, Parque Lage is one of the most pleasant parks in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro and has space for picnics and outdoor activities.

Botanical Garden

Located in the neighborhood of the same name, the Botanical Garden of Rio de Janeiro is considered by many to be a living museum when it comes to botany. The park is home to hundreds of Brazilian and foreign species. A great option for outdoor family outings.

Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro

One of the most traditional venues in Brazil, the Teatro do Rio de Janeiro offers guided tours for tourists to see the architecture and construction details up close.


The most bohemian neighborhood in the capital of Rio de Janeiro is one of the busiest spots in the city. Lapa contains several bars and houses playing all kinds of music. The so-called Aqueduto da Carioca, better known as “Arcos da Lapa” is a famous spot in Rio de Janeiro, which retains a bit of the colonial period.

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Always very busy for fans of running, cycling or even a simple walk, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas has 9.5 km in contour and is connected to the sea by the Jardim de Alá channel, which separates Leblon from Ipanema. On the banks of the lagoon, the public finds a popular gastronomic center with options of kiosks that offer dishes from different nationalities, in addition to live music at night. Attached is the Parque da Catacumba, which exposes 30 sculptures by Brazilian and foreign artists outdoors.

Santa Teresa

Located on top of a hill cut by the tram tracks that circulate the region, the pyrotechnic neighborhood of Santa Teresa offers privileged views of the south and central areas of the wonderful city. The place is also full of squares, workshops, cultural spaces, bars and restaurants.

Copacabana Fort

The Copacabana Fort is located on a stone point carved into the coastline that meets the sea. With a privileged landscape that encompasses Arpoador beach on one side, and Copacabana and Leme beaches on the other, the space that houses cafes and a museum occupies a total area of 114,169 m², the Copacabana Fort was inaugurated in 1914 and is considered “the most modern square of war in South America”.

Republic Museum

The Museum of the Republic is located in the Palácio do Catete, stage of some of the main events in Brazilian history. The building built in the mid-19th century was the urban residence of the Barons of Nova Friburgo and in 1894, during the government of Prudente de Moraes. The Palace was the seat of the Presidency of the Republic until 1960, when Juscelino Kubitschek transferred the Federal District to Brasília.


There is no better way to enjoy the beauties of the wonderful city than at the various viewpoints spread throughout the capital of Rio de Janeiro. Check out a list of the best places to see Rio de Janeiro from above on here.

Other places to visit in the city of Rio de Janeiro

  • National Library
  • Catacomb Park
  • Sanbodramo
  • Maracana Stadium
  • Pedra da Gávea
  • monastery of St. benedict
  • Republic Museum
  • Copacabana and Ipanema Beach
  • Tijuca National Park
  • MAM – Museum of Modern Art
  • Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro
  • Banco do Brasil Cultural Center
  • Pedra da Gávea
  • Tijuca National Park
  • Monastery of St. benedict
  • Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading
  • Moreira Salles Institute
  • Selaron Staircase
  • Church of Our Lady of Candelaria
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of São Sebastião do Rio De Janeiro

How to get to Rio de Janeiro

Chinese View. Photo: Luciola Vilella – MTUR

By airplane

The city of Rio de Janeiro has two airports: Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport and Santos Dumont Airport. There are daily and direct flights from the main capitals of the country to both.

By car

From Belo Horizonte: 430 km traveled mostly on the BR-040.
From São Paulo: About 400 km along Via Dutra.
From the north coast of São Paulo, access via Rio-Santos.
From Espírito Santo: 515 km, the main access is via Highway BR-101.

By bus

The city receives daily buses from several Brazilian capitals. For up-to-date information on which companies operate to Rio de Janeiro, it is worth calling the bus station in the capital.
Rio de Janeiro bus station
Tel: (21) 3213-1800

Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro

Ipanema. Photo: Aleksandar Todorovic / Shutterstock

Rio de Janeiro is a year-round destination, there is no bad time to visit the wonderful city.

Summer is the time when the bomb city receives tourists from all over the world, the high season takes place in the summer months, between the beginning of December and the end of February. During this period, the city receives its largest number of visitors and also holds great parties known worldwide, such as the New Year and the famous Carnival.

Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Christ the Redeemer. Photo: Marchello74 / Shutterstock

Booking offers more than 1000 options for accommodation in Rio de JaneiroSee all available hotels on here.

Rio de Janeiro has great accommodation options on Airbnb. The platform that offers house, apartment and room rentals can be much cheaper than hotels. And if you haven't registered yet, you can use this discount code.

Read too:

» The best tours to do in Rio de Janeiro
» Tijuca National Park, very green in the heart of Rio de Janeiro
» Discover the best places to see Rio de Janeiro from above
» Guide to Museums in the City of Rio de Janeiro
» Transcarioca, 180 km trail crosses Rio de Janeiro through the forest

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