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Rio de Janeiro Holidays

An adventure in Brazil wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s heady tropical metropolis. Combining city life with natural beauty, rainforest-cloaked mountaintops surround a city nestled between jungle and sea. Once your Rio holiday begins, it won’t be long before you understand why the city’s nickname is Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City).

The heartbeat - and soundtrack - of Brazil, Rio is pumping music and sensuous samba. It’s also glittering beaches, dense rainforests and lofty mountains - with some of the world’s most iconic attractions, such as Copacabana Beach and Sugarloaf Mountain, thrown in for good measure. Bring family, bring friends, or simply come alone - you won’t regret a holiday to Rio.

The city of sand, samba and spectacular scenery

Rio de Janeiro holidays provide ample opportunities for outdoor adventure, whether it’s sailing idyllic Guanabara Bay, rock climbing through the mountains or exploring the enormous rainforest. If you’re looking for rest and relaxation, why not settle down on one of Rio’s world-famous beaches? Indulge in some tropical fruit and watch the vibrant parade that blesses Rio’s beaches every day.

The most important annual event in Rio - and up there with the largest street parties in the world - Rio Carnaval is one not to miss. A kaleidoscope of colour and dance, music and drums, spend your days exploring the samba street parties and elaborate float parades, and your evenings with a cocktail and a spectacular view over the city.

We organise an array of holidays to Rio, and can get you there for February so you can experience the magic that is Carnaval for yourself. South America is the perfect destination for a multi centre holiday, so why not combine your samba soiree with a tango trip in Buenos Aires? Better yet, stop off in Lima, sampling the city’s world-famous cuisine, and continue on to El Calafate for an unforgettable adventure exploring Argentina’s icebergs. The possibilities are endless. Get in touch with our Destination Specialists today.

Destination Highlights
  • Sip a caipirinha on iconic Copacabana Beach
  • Climb Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking panoramas of the city
  • Gaze up at the towering Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
  • Take a train through the jungle to the summit of Mount Corcovado

Our favourite hotels

We’ve found the ultimate hotels in Rio so you can have a truly unforgettable stay in this vibrant city. Here’s a selection of what’s on offer. Get in touch to discover more.

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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 over a body of water

    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….

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    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.

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    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.

Best time to go to Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro enjoys a year-round tropical climate, with temperature highs reaching 24-30˚C. The driest months are between June and August, with February receiving the most hours of sunshine. In October, humidity levels can reach up to 80%.

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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

    “When you’re exploring the city, make sure you take a trip to Boulevard Olimpico, where you can get a feel for Rio’s urban art scene and glimpse some of the city’s most iconic street art. In the neighbourhood of Saude you can try samba for free, and while there visit the Museum of Tomorrow.”

  • “Once you’ve experienced enough of the buzzing Rio city life, head north to the idyllic seaside resort Búzios. Known as the St Tropez of Brazil, this is one of the country’s most upscale resorts, with a variety of boutiques, fine restaurants and classy bars.”

Events & Festivals in Rio de Janeiro

Rio is home to Brazil’s most famous festival: Rio de Janeiro Carnaval. A huge, colourful and chaotic spread of people, music and costumes, the carnival happens every year and is the perfect time to visit Brazil.

  • Rio de Janeiro Carnaval, Brazil

    People flock from all over the world to join the throngs celebrating this colourful carnival from 21-26 February - the world’s biggest street party, clocking over two million attendees. From huge, dazzling float parades to samba street parties, dress in your best and get lost in the drums and the dancing.

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.
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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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