Rio de Janeiro

Lots to see and do

Rio de Janeiro is also called 'Cidade Maravilhosa', or the marvellous city. We fully agree with this. The city is a great place to start or end your unique journey through Brazil. There is much to see and do in Rio de Janeiro. Of course you know the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Corcovado and the famous beaches Copacabana and Ipanema. However, there is so much more to discover. Get inspired by our recommendations for Rio de Janeiro below.

Rio de Janeiro: famous for its highlights

Rio de Janeiro is a city with many famous attractions. The city is world famous for its crowded beaches, such as Copacabana and Ipanema, the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the 710 meters high Corcovado mountain and the so-called Sugar Loaf Mountain. Rio de Janeiro is also home to four soccer clubs that play at the highest level. The Maracanã is one of the largest football stadiums in the world. In July 2012, the city of Rio de Janeiro was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Because of the many sights in Rio de Janeiro you can easily stay here for several days. As far as we are concerned, the Santa Teresa district is one of the nicest areas to spend the night, but you will also find great accommodations on the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.

Carnival and New Year's Eve

The exuberantly celebrated Carnival and New Year’s Eve are two events in Rio de Janeiro that are visited by travellers from all over the world. It is extremely important to start arranging your trip in time for this travel period. Availability will be limited for these periods, and especially closer to the date, there will be greatly increased prices for flights and hotels.

The Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro is the stadium through which the carnival parade passes. It consists of the 'Parade Avenue' and on both sides there are stands for the public. The Sambodromo, designed by the world famous Brazilian architect Niemeyer, was officially inaugurated in 1984. A visit to the Sambodromo during Carnival is an overwhelming experience! New Year’s Eve is also a happening in Brazil. Good to know; wearing black clothes during this party is 'not-done'! The Brazilians wear white or coloured clothing, where the colour has a certain meaning. The Brazilians believe that wearing certain colours during New Year’s Eve can have an influence on the 'energy' of the coming year. White clothing stands for peace, yellow for money and wealth, pink for luck in love, red for passion, blue for inner peace, green for hope and balance, orange for financial success and purple for inspiration and stability. This can, however, vary per region. Visiting Rio de Janeiro during Carnival and/or New Year’s Eve is certainly not a cheap affair, but a very special experience!

Travel through Brazil?

Would you like to make a trip through Brazil yourself, including a visit to Rio de Janeiro, and are you curious about the possibilities? Then take a look at the travel itineraries that we have put together for inspiration. You can book these trips directly, but we are also happy to create a personal programme based on your wishes and ideas.

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