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Travel Guide of Rio de Janeiro in Brasil by Influencers

Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas.

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Travel Tips for visiting Rio de Janeiro

Rio, nicknamed the marvelous city

the city owes its reputation to its incredible splendor. Around the majestic Guanabara Bay, which the Portuguese explorers mistook for the mouth of a river (hence the name of the city, literally "River of January"), the city has developed wherever possible, in astonishing proximity to nature, which is omnipresent.

In front of another symbol of the city, the imposing Sugarloaf also called the guardian of the entrance to the bay.
From this point, the beaches open to the ocean begin, with familiar names: Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, Barra, ... meeting places of the Carioca people, and true temples dedicated to the cult of the body.

Main tourist places

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Rio de Janeiro, A big city in South America

It is the largest city in Brazil behind Sao Paulo, world-famous for its carnival, its beaches as well as for its statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Mount Corcovado, and for its Tijuca forest, the largest urban forest in the world.
Located in the southeast of the country, it was the capital of Brazil between 1889 and 1960.

With its 6.1 million inhabitants in the city and more than 12 million in the urban area, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most important metropolises of the American continent.

The Rio Carnival is one of the most important tourist events

in the municipality of Rio and the most popular national holiday in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. It has become a true synonym for the celebration of Carnival in the country and even the world. It takes place every year during the 4 days before Ash Wednesday, which is the day that marks the beginning of Lent.

In 2018, Rio Carnival was held from February 9 to 14, in 2019 from March 2 to 9, in 2020 from February 21 to 26. The celebrations begin after the signal of the Rei Momo. On the occasion of Carnival, the mayor hands over the keys of the city, helping him to find his queen, a young girl chosen for her beauty and her experience in samba. She will rule the city during the three days of the carnival.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro

Where to go out at night in Rio de janeiro ?

  • Lapa
Every night of the week you can go out in the Lapa neighborhood. On the program: dancing, samba, discos, and, of course, caipirinha sold for 5 reals by street vendors. In short, everything is done to have fun.

  • The Centro
This is the business district of Rio de Janeiro. A lot of Cariocas work there and it is a party place on weeknights. If you want to go out, find out exactly where the event is taking place and take a cab there (same for the return trip to the hotel).

  • Santa Teresa
This is our favorite place. Santa Teresa is a very nice neighborhood, a little bit "bobo", popular with the Cariocas themselves and animated in the evening. You will find bars and restaurants. One of them is our favorite restaurant, good and cheap: the Simplemente.

On the spot, in Santa Teresa, you will also find the famous Selaron stairs where many tourists take pictures.

  • Day Tour: Over eight hours A full day tour of Rio de Janeiro, you'll get a good overview of the city, with stops to visit the main highlights, including Copacabana Beach, Tijuca Forest, the statue of Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Escadaria Selarón and the Baroque Monastery of São Bento. The tour also includes a cable car ride to Sugarloaf and lunch at a steakhouse.

  • Corcovado and Sugarloaf Tour: See Rio from the two most important points of the city on the Day of Mount Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Tour. This full-day tour of Rio's most famous landmarks includes a cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf and a trip by van or cogwheel train.

  • Jeep Tour: Explore the huge national park on the slopes of Corcovado on a jeep tour through the Tijuca Rainforest from Rio de Janeiro. Driving through the rainforest in an open-top jeep, you'll have a four-hour eco-tour, with a hike to see butterflies, monkeys, sloths, and birds. Stop to see the Cachoeira dos Macacos monkey cascade and for a panoramic view from Vista Chinese view while you learn more about the flora of the Mata Atlântica from your guide.

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Boa Viagem beach

  4.4 km (2.7 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Niterói Contemporary Art Museum

  4.8 km (3.0 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Monumento Natural dos Morros do Pão de Açúcar e da Urca

  5.3 km (3.3 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Girl from Ipanema Park

  9.3 km (5.8 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  44.3 km (27.5 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Museu Imperial

  44.4 km (27.6 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Catedral de Petrópolis

  44.6 km (27.7 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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Mirante do Soberbo

  53.0 km (32.9 miles) away from Rio de Janeiro

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