U City Guides
..............................................................
The Ultimate Urban Travel Guides -- What You Need to Know Before You Go

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? SEARCH THE URBAN WORLD:

Rio de Janeiro

Life's a Beach

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio is too busy at the beach to compete with São Paulo or Buenos Aires as Latin America's most stylish and dynamic metropolis. And who can blame it? After all, this is the city of tanned beauties living between lush mountains and golden beaches, so beauty and sensuality wins over urban sophistication.

It is also stunningly beautiful when seen from the top of the famous Corcovado statue or the Sugar Loaf mountain. Its matchless location earned it the name of "the marvellous city" and you'll agree as you lay in Copacabana or Ipanema beaches gazing at the surrounding hills and mountains -- that is, if you're not too distracted by the flawless bodies sunbathing or playing volleyball.

The smart Leblon neighborhood offers fashionable boutiques and restaurants, and in Ipanema you'll find the swankiest bars and shops. Then there's the colonial charm in its oldest districts (from the architecture of downtown to the Lisbon-like pavements), and the more bohemian Lapa and Santa Teresa neighborhoods.

So pack your Havaianas and your sexiest beachwear, and whether you'll be heading to the beach, to a colorful dance venue, or crossing over to Niteroi's contemporary art museum, you'll always be surrounded by an irresistible and constant motion in Rio.


Top 10 Sights and Attractions

  1. Extend your arms at the CORCOVADO.
  2. Overlook the city from the SUGAR LOAF.
  3. Sunbathe in IPANEMA and shop down its Rua Garcia D'Avila.
  4. Lay on the world's most famous beach, COPACABANA.
  5. Check out the "spaceship" building of the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum and the exhibits inside.
  6. Hang out in LEBLON and its Rua Dias Ferreira.
  7. Admire the space inside the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL.
  8. The best of modern Brazilian and Latin American art at the Modern Art Museum.
  9. The mixture of old colonial and ultramodern architecture in CENTRO.
  10. A stroll around LAGOA RODRIGO DE FREITAS.

SEE THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO ALL SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS »


Where to Stay

Look for the hotel or hostel that best matches your budget, type of trip or personality. Here you can guarantee a room but you do NOT pay anything at the time of booking. Payments are only made at the hotel and there are no booking fees. Most hotels allow cancellations with no penalty if done up to 24 or 48 hours in advance. You'll see that information at the time of booking and again in the confirmation email.

SEE ALL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS »


Eating and Drinking

The best way to start the day or to refresh after a day at the beach is with a freshly-squeezed juice. You're in a country blessed with an endless variety of fruits, so take advantage of Rio's cafés which will offer you everything from açaí to coconut juices.
For dinner head to Rua Dias Ferreira in the Leblon neighborhood for the city's hottest restaurants, and also check out the streets of Ipanema for some local and international gastronomic highlights.

Shopping

Brazil's shopping capital may be São Paulo, but it was Rio that defined the Brazilian style. And don't think that simply means thongs and Havaianas. There are sporty fashions and yes, the world's sexiest bikinis.
For the international luxury brands head to Ipanema's Rua Garcia D'Avila. Other major shopping streets where you'll likely find everything you're looking for are Avenida Ataúlfo de Paiva in Leblon and Rua Visconde de Pirajá in Ipanema.
For everything under one roof, visit the Fashion Mall in the São Conrado district.

Gay and Lesbian

SEE THE CITY'S COMPLETE GAY AND LESBIAN GUIDE »


Airport and Transportation

SEE THE COMPLETE CITY TRANSPORTATION GUIDE »


Tours &
Activities

ALL RIO TOURS & ACTIVITIES »



Airport


Car Rental

RENT A CAR IN RIO DE JANEIRO »