Rio de Janeiro Holidays

With samba ringing in your ears, and the sparkling coastline behind you, you’re sure to fall in love with Rio de Janeiro, the heartbeat of Brazil.

Embrace this intoxicating metropolis that’s lined with golden sandy beaches, rainforest and mountains, and home to some of the world’s greatest icons such as Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Visit during Rio Carnival for the ultimate street party, before relaxing with a cocktail (or two) watching the sun set over this spectacular city.  Join the Carnival for 2019 on our Rio Carnival Package, 3 nights/4 days from 2nd to 5th March 2019. Call our team for further details and prices. 

See more of South America in one trip: after visiting Rio, head to Buenos Aires for a spot of Latin American charm, visit Lima where the culinary scene is like no other or explore the icebergs in south Argentina at Ushuaia.

Destination Highlights
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Lively Copacabana

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,879 pp

Belmond Copacabana Palace
Poolside bar

Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Rio de Janeiro

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,529 pp

Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Time Zone

GMT -3

Flight Time

11–12 hours; direct flights are available from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro. Indirect flights are available from other UK Airports.

Currency

BRL - Brazilian Real

Visa Information

British citizens aren’t required to obtain a visa for travel to Brazil.

Language

Portuguese

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Brazil.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind experiences, you’re going to be glad you chose Rio. This coastal city of seven million people, known for its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue and forest-covered peaks, offers an abundance of intriguing things to explore. Discover its flamboyant carnivals and sweeping beaches to festivals that pulsate with Samba and Bossa Nova beats.

  • Statue of Christ the Redeemer Rio

    Christ the Redeemer

    Standing with wide open arms at the top of Corcovado Mountain, the Christ the Redeemer statue is Rio’s most famous iconic sight.

  • Sugarloaf Mountain

    You won’t regret taking the bondinhos (cable car) up the 394-metre Sugarloaf Mountain as the views you get from the top are incredible. It was the Portuguese who gave this monolith its memorable name and it’s believed to date back 600 million years.

  • Copacabana Beach

    Beautiful Beaches

    The scalloped shores of Copacabana Beach are some of the world’s most famous. So put aside a day to people watch, catch a volleyball game or bask in the Brazilian sunshine. We recommend you enjoy cocktail hour here with a cooling Caipirinha. Because when in Rome….

  • Carnival

    The Rio carnival, Rio's biggest party takes place every year in February or March and is not to be missed. Join the Carnival for 2019 on our Rio Carnival Package, 3 nights/4 days from 2nd to 5th March 2019. Call our team for further details and prices.

  • Rio's culinary scene

    The food scene in Rio rivals the best cities in the world. From delicious street food through to world class restaurants and everything in between.

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
126mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
26ºC
107mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
118mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
25ºC
112mm

Average weather in March

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
125mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
26ºC
74mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
25ºC
101mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
23ºC
83mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
24ºC
78mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
18ºC
129mm

Average weather in June

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
21ºC
58mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
17ºC
103mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
21ºC
39mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
17ºC
49mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
22ºC
40mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
19ºC
67mm

Average weather in September

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
23ºC
65mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
20ºC
97mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
24ºC
82mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
23ºC
127mm

Average weather in November

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
25ºC
100mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
24ºC
109mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Rio de Janeiro
27ºC
135mm
Iguazu Falls (BR)
26ºC
101mm
  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Wake up early and head to the peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain to watch the sunrise. Finish your day with a drink in hand, watching the sun go down over Copacabana Beach from the balcony of your room at the Belmond Copacabana Palace.”

  • Gina, Destination Specialist

    Gina

    Destination Specialist

    “Pre-book your visit to Christ the Redeemer before you travel, as the trains get booked up far in advance.”

  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    "Experience the urban art scene of Rio by taking a walk down Boulevard Olimpico – it’s a perfect place to get that edgy Instagram shot.”

Types of Rio de Janeiro holidays

We offer many different ways to see, explore and discover Rio and the amazing country of Brazil. We will tailor make the holiday of your dreams.

Rio de Janeiro Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Rio de Janeiro take approximately 11-12 hours. There are currently five direct flights from London Heathrow to Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport each week with British Airways and further direct flights with LATAM Airlines and British Airways to Sao Paulo.  Alternatively, there are indirect options from various UK cities. 

Copacabana is the best beach in Rio, partly because it’s one of the most famous beaches on Earth. Set against the backdrop of Sugar Mountain, Copacabana has a particularly striking setting. Though, do not miss Vermelha, Ipanema and Leblon beaches, as these are equally as impressive. 

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