About Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has long captured the hearts of travelers throughout the world, earning it the title of “most visited city in the southern hemisphere.” Known for its beautiful beaches, Rio de Janeiro’s tropical climate offers hot weather most of the year with a rainy season between December and March. Rio is located at the convergence of land and sea, with mountains and rainforests on one side and the Atlantic Ocean and Guanabara Bay on the other. Home to the massive Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and will host the Summer Olympics in 2016. Rio is also home to Carnival, the largest festival in the world. For roughly one week each year, the city is packed with over 2 million visitors who watch and participate in the parade, samba school competition, formal balls, and street parties. Rio de Janeiro is certainly called “The Marvelous City” for a reason!
Rio de Janeiro Neighborhoods
The friendly, fun vibe in Zona Sul (South) makes it a vacationer’s paradise. Within this part of the city are the most beloved beaches and sites, such as lively Copacabana, affluent Leblon, and Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. There is always a game of beach volleyball or a fresh fruit and drinks vendor nearby! Zona Oeste (West), set to be home to most of the Olympic venues, is an increasingly popular beach neighborhood that has a more suburban, laid back feel along its popular Barra de Tijuca beach, great shopping, and a restaurant strip. The Centro district offers the greatest range of activities. In the downtown area are major business headquarters as well as museums and historical sites. On the other hand, the bohemian Santa Teresa neighborhood is renowned for its bold murals, restaurants, and art galleries, and the nearby Lapa neighborhood is known for its vibrant samba clubs and nightlife.
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
It is difficult to see everything in just one trip, but you simply cannot leave Rio without visiting its very own Wonder of the World: the Christ the Redeemer statue. Another Rio favorite is the Bondinho service, a cable car ride up nearby Sugarloaf Mountain that stops at the quaint villages situated along the peaks, Pão de Açúcar and Morro da Urca. Enjoy the coast by sunbathing at vibrant Ipanema Beach or by surfing at remote Prainha. Head downtown to try the popular açaí-flavored treats and to view the iconic Escadaria Selarón steps. Rio also offers many opportunities to get away from the busy city streets with its famous botanical garden, palatial Quinta da Boa Vista Park, auto-free Paquetá Island, and Tijuca forest, the largest urban forest in the world.
Rio de Janeiro Accommodations
Rio de Janeiro is an important place of business and tourism, which results in many transportation options for those trying to get to and around the city. There is an international airport, as well as a domestic one, with four bus lines that lead directly to the heart of downtown. The trip into Rio itself can be a sightseeing opportunity with a train ride starting at the iconic Central Station or a ferry ride from the nearby suburb Niterói. Once in the city, biking and scootering are popular options, though travelers visiting Rio for the first time tend to favor the clean, safe metro system. From castle-style mountain mansions to beach-front condos, Tripping.com’s many Rio de Janeiro rental options will help you get the most out of your stay in paradise!