rio de janeiro

Known as “Cidade Maravilhosa” (Marvellous City), Rio is a pulsating blend of cultures and colours.

From the favelas and beaches to the largest urban forest in the world complete with waterfalls and 350 animal species, it’s one of South America’s most vibrant cities. With the magnificent Christ the Redeemer gazing over the city atop Corcovado, below lies the azure sea and jungle-clad mountains that define the landscape. The most popular tourist destination in Brazil, it’s the first port of call for many visitors.

things to do

  • Rio is truly a beach city at heart, home to some of the most famous stretches of sand in the world like Ipanema and Copacabana.
  • With more than 8,000 species of plant life, Jardim Botanico (Botanical Gardens), make for a pleasant escape from the city for a few hours.
  • If you’re looking for something more refined. After undergoing renovations in 2010, the magnificent Teatro Municipal hosts regular theatrical and musical performances.
  • Known as “Brazil’s St. Tropez”, the resort town of Buziós is one of the most popular beach destinations in the country.
  • The Imperial Museum in Petrópolis was built by Emperor Pedro II in 1845, and is home to the pen used to sign the Lei Aurea, which abolished slavery in Brazil.

Hotel Emiliano Rio

A new hotel at Copacabana Beach.Youtube Icon

best time to visit


This is peak season and you could really visit Rio de Janeiro during any time of year, but the festivities of Carnaval are worth the trip alone. The city comes alive in a riot of colour and festivity as the locals (Cariocas) embrace the party spirit. The largest carnival festival in the world, control of the city is handed over to the mythical and party-loving King Momo.

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