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.
Great sample itineraries
From diving deep into the depths of the Amazon to shaking your hips at a samba street party, there are endless opportunities for adventure on a holiday to Rio. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch and we’ll create a unique itinerary, just for you.
Brazil And Argentina Tour
Food Tour Rio De Janeiro
Our favorite 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.
Belmond Copacabana Palace
Explore Rio de Janeiro
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
Best time to visit 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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“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
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.
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