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Unlock the magic of Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s former capital is a place of contrasts. Colonial churches and imperial palaces sit alongside the signs of modernity, in a city that is lethargic, energetic, vibrant, morose and simply a wonderful place to visit. It is a melting-pot which offers something for everyone, and which you can never forget. Join us on trips across this majestic city and experience the welcome of cariocas

Attractions in Rio de Janeiro

Catedral Metropolitana
A huge conical piece of modernism that is heavily influenced by Mesoamerican pyramid architecture
Christ the Redeemer
Global symbol of Rio, this huge statue of Christ hugs the city from atop Corcovado Mountain
Copacabana Beach
The most well-known of the Zona Sul’s beaches, the beach is (to some) evocative of Rio’s soul
Engenhão
This 46,000-seat stadium is home to Botafogo, one of Rio’s top teams.
Fora Beach
A secluded beach beneath Sugar Loaf Mountain where Estácio de Sá and his men founded Rio in 1565
Igreja da Veneravel e Arquiepiscopal Ordem Terceira
Baroque church with ornate interior next to the Old Cathedral
Jardim Botânico
Famous botanical gardens which provide a respite from Rio’s hustle
Ipanema Beach
Popular beach best known for a catchy 1960s hit
Leblon Beach
The local beach for one of Rio’s most cosmopolitan neighborhoods
Maracanã
One of the largest stadiums in the world which has hosted, among other events, two World Cup finals
Monumento Nacional aos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial
Modernist memorial to Brazilian servicemen who died in the Second World War
Sugar Loaf Mountain
396m high, rainforest-covered, mountain which juts out of the sea to offer great views of Rio
Mosteiro de São Bento
Benedictine monastery with an elaborately decorated Brazilian Baroque interior
Museu Nacional de Belas Artes
National gallery which a superb collection covering the many different genres of Brazilian art
Museu Histórico Nacional
Museum covering Brazil’s history from before the arrival of the Portuguese to the 19th century
Praça XV
Historic hub of Rio where Portuguese king João VI chose to have his palace when he arrived in 1808
Paço Imperial
A former palace of both the Portuguese and Brazilian royal families
Old Cathedral
Former cathedral of Rio which hosted Imperial coronations
Quinta da Boa Vista
The landscaped gardens of an Imperial residence which include lakes, grottoes and a Chinese pagoda
Sambódromo
Where Rio’s samba schools have their parade during Carnaval
San Januario Stadium
Stadium which has been the home of Vasco da Gama football club since 1927
Parque Lage
Park in the shadow of Corcovado with a number of walking trails through dense rainforest
Museu do Índio
Museum devoted to the history and cultures of Brazil’s indigenous groups
Museo da República
Museum covering Brazil’s history as a republic which is housed in the former presidential palace
Museu de Folclore Edison Carneiro
Museum containing craft exhibits which shed light on Brazilian popular culture
MAM
Gallery devoted to modern art which rests on striking V-shaped stilts
MAR
City gallery hosting a range of temporary cutting-edge exhibitions
Museu da Chácara do Céu
Charming museum housing the private art collection of industrialist Raymundo Ottoni de Castro Maya
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Candelária
A colonial church with an endearing, if sometimes tragic, history
Museu do Carnaval
Small museum showing the different sides of Rio's Carnaval experience
Cidade do Samba
Area where samba schools can prepare for the next Carnaval
Chafariz do Mestre Valentim
Colonial drinking fountain built to give sailors fresh water
Cobal do Humaitá
Large market where many cariocas choose to hang out
Cobal do Leblon
Produce market with a great range of adjacent bars
Copacabana Fort
19th century fort housing a museum devoted to the Brazilian Army
Palácio Tiradentes
Neoclassical building that housed the Brazilian Congress between 1926 and 1960
Hippie Fair
A weekly market in Ipanema that is a haven for artists
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