Cidade Maravilhosa, the marvellous city, is how Rio de Janeiro is known locally. It’s easy to see why. Rio de Janeiro in our mind is the most beautiful city in the world and an essential part of any Brazil holiday.
Standing on top of the city’s two iconic attractions, Corcovado and Sugar Loaf mountain, you will be sure to agree with us as the views on a clear day are nothing but spectacular. The glistening Guanabara Bay provides an outline to the city and its many beaches from the famous Copacabana and Ipanema to many lesser known beaches to the south of the city.
The city has a huge amount to offer the visitor even if you are not a fan of the beach with the historical centre offering a variety of museums and churches to entertain you for many a day. The arty areas of Lapa and Santa Teresa provide a crumbling reminder of Rio’s Portuguese colonial past whereas the Botanical Gardens allow you a peaceful escape from the holiday crowds. If you only once get the chance to visit Rio on a holiday to Brazil try and do so during carnival.
Most shops and museums shut down for the five days before Shrove Tuesday but this is when the city really comes alive in a non-stop party. We are specialists at arranging holidays to Rio carnival so see our section on carnival for more information.
Whether you visit Rio during carnival or not, be sure to make a visit to this incredible city a highlight of your holiday to Brazil.