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Rio de Janeiro

4.4
World heritage site · Beaches · Monuments
Marvelous City
Bustling with samba music and all-night street parties, no city encapsulates the spirit of Brazil better than Rio de Janeiro. It's not just during the iconic Carnaval festival that this city comes to life--you can find wild parties and energetic dancing all year round. Equally known for the lush green hills and world-famous beaches that surround it, the warm city of around 12 million people sprawls across a rugged, weaving coastline. A tour of Rio de Janeiro reveals all the diversity of this "Marvelous City," where colorful old neighborhoods like Santa Teresa juxtapose with Rio's notorious "favelas," known as slums and havens for drug cartels. Whatever your fancy, you'll no doubt find plenty to keep you entertained on your Rio de Janeiro vacation. Use our Brazil trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Rio de Janeiro and any other destinations in Brazil that take your fancy.
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Popular things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Beach
Copacabana Beach
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Praia de Ipanema
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Garden
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Monument
Corcovado - Christ the Redeemer
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

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Beach
Pedra do Arpoador
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
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Beach
Barra da Tijuca Beach
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Praia de Grumari
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Historic Site
Parque Lage
4.6
Duration: 1 hour

Museums in Rio de Janeiro

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Military Museum
Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Museu da Republica
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museu Nacional De Belas Artes
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Rio de Janeiro

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Neighborhood
Santa Teresa
4.1
Duration: 3 hours
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Castle
Ilha Fiscal
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Recreio dos Bandeirantes Beach
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Observation Deck
Mirante Dona Marta
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Rio de Janeiro

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Specialty Museum
Imperial Museum Petropolis
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
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Brewery
Cervejaria Bohemia Petropolis
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Museu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi Niteroi
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Catedral de Sao Pedro de Alcantara Petropolis
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Rio de Janeiro

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Church
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Jerusalem Cultural Center
4.9
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Church of Our Lady of the Candelaria
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Religious Site
Sao Bento Monastery
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Boat Rental
Marapendivela
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Walking tour
Favela Walking Tour
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Private Tour
Rio de Janeiro Tours - Day Tours
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Landmark
Escadaria Selaron
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

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