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Bars & Clubs

Festivities and a cheerful culture are what makes Rio de Janeiro a great city. You’ll find countless cafes, pubs, bars and clubs where you can dance until the sun comes up. Pay a visit to one of the many samba schools in de area and learn do the samba! These schools are a big part of Carnival in Rio, because they set up the biggest and prettiest floats and compete for the championship! All of Rio de Janeiro transforms into an even bigger party city. The floats and dancing go hand in hand with drinks, food and continuous samba music. Rio’s nightlife is at its peak and the best parties are held. All in all, celebrating Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is an unforgettable experience!

Events

Rio de Janeiro is a city with a vibrant culture, great music and a lovely atmosphere which lights up even more at one of the events. In 2016 both the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in Rio. The city was devided into 4 zones, namely: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã. Most competitions were held in Barra, here 12 different sport facilities were specially build for the Games. All 4 zones are within the city borders, which is quite unique for such a large event where over 10.000 athletes competed for medals. Immerse yourself in the musical atmosphere of Rio, in the Circo Voador, where national and international artists perform. Another well-known event is (of course) Carnival, which is a major part of Brazilian culture. It goes without saying that it is Rio’s biggest event ever. Every year thousands of people from all over the world travel to Rio to commence in this fun, colourful and joyous event.

Local culture

This colourful city is mostly known for its world-famous Carnival festivities that are held yearly. Carnival is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rio, and vice versa! It is a five-day celebration which takes place 40 days before Easter and ends with the beginning of Lent. Thousands of tourists come to Rio just to the celebrate this wonderful event. During this five-day celebration many parties take place that last all day and night. But besides this vibrant part of Rio’s culture there are many other ways to discover what Rio has to offer. Visit one of the galleries or museums like the National Fine Arts Museum and the Museu de Ciência da Terra, and experience the Brazilian culture. 

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Rio de Janeiro offers you the most beautiful beaches for a relaxing holiday. Rio is a great destination to visit at any time and has some fantastic sights and events. One of the highlights is to celebrate the biggest Carnival festival in the world in Rio!

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Time zone
-5
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
Recommended
High season
December - March
Currency
Brazilian real (BRL)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

Rio de Janeiro is well-known for:

  • The real Carnival 
  • Impressive sights like the statue of Christ the Redeemer on top of the Corcovado mountain.

Keep in mind:

  • Security: be careful in the favela’s 
  • Certain parts of the city might be dangerous at night 
  • Copacabana and Ipanema Beach are very popular and crowded

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Carnival in Rio
Bars & Clubs

Festivities and a cheerful culture are what makes Rio de Janeiro a great city. You’ll find countless cafes, pubs, bars and clubs where you can dance until the sun comes up. Pay a visit to one of the many samba schools in de area and learn do the samba! These schools are a big part of Carnival in Rio, because they set up the biggest and prettiest floats and compete for the championship! All of Rio de Janeiro transforms into an even bigger party city. The floats and dancing go hand in hand with drinks, food and continuous samba music. Rio’s nightlife is at its peak and the best parties are held. All in all, celebrating Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is an unforgettable experience!

Concert Rio
Events

Rio de Janeiro is a city with a vibrant culture, great music and a lovely atmosphere which lights up even more at one of the events. In 2016 both the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in Rio. The city was devided into 4 zones, namely: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã. Most competitions were held in Barra, here 12 different sport facilities were specially build for the Games. All 4 zones are within the city borders, which is quite unique for such a large event where over 10.000 athletes competed for medals. Immerse yourself in the musical atmosphere of Rio, in the Circo Voador, where national and international artists perform. Another well-known event is (of course) Carnival, which is a major part of Brazilian culture. It goes without saying that it is Rio’s biggest event ever. Every year thousands of people from all over the world travel to Rio to commence in this fun, colourful and joyous event.

Women in traditional clothes
Local culture

This colourful city is mostly known for its world-famous Carnival festivities that are held yearly. Carnival is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rio, and vice versa! It is a five-day celebration which takes place 40 days before Easter and ends with the beginning of Lent. Thousands of tourists come to Rio just to the celebrate this wonderful event. During this five-day celebration many parties take place that last all day and night. But besides this vibrant part of Rio’s culture there are many other ways to discover what Rio has to offer. Visit one of the galleries or museums like the National Fine Arts Museum and the Museu de Ciência da Terra, and experience the Brazilian culture. 

Copacabana and Ipanema beach
Beaches

Rio de Janeiro’s beaches are famous around the world. Songs, restaurants, bars and flip-flops have been named after them. The beautiful Copacabana Beach is probably Rio’s best-known beach. To Brazilians the beach is where locals come together, so it just might get a bit crowded on the weekends. Another great beach is Ipanema Beach, which is situated almost next to the Copacabana Beach but is separated by Arpoador Beach. Right outside the city you’ll find Prainha Beach and Praia Vermelha, both beaches are a little less crowded on the weekends, but are great if you just want to go out and spend a day relaxing in the sun. 

Christ the Redeemer
Sights

Rio’s most famous sight is undoubtedly the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which can be seen from out of town. It is quite the journey to get to the top of the 700-meter-high Corcovado Mountain. But luckily it is an easy visit by train or car. Pick a nice day and leave early so that you will have the opportunity to see the top of the statue. Don’t forget to look around and enjoy the spectacular views of the city. To reach the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain, take the cable car. You’ll reach the top within minutes. If you’re more of an adventurous type you can climb to the top which will take about 2 hours. When the night falls you’ll have an amazing view over Guanabara Bay and the luminous city. Be prepared to be amazed! Wish to see more of what Rio has to offer, visit one of the parks in and around the city!

Hang gliding above the Tijuca forest
Outdoor

Rio is perfect for laying on the beach and enjoying the sun. However, if you like to be a bit more active, there are tons of activities you can take part in! For instance, go on a jeep safari through the Tijuca forest, one of the parks in the city. Or if you want to get a helicopter view of the city you can try paragliding or hang gliding. The Tijuca forest is easy to explore on foot, but it’s also possible to have a guide take you to the best spots in the forest!

Market Ipanema
Shopping

It’s probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Rio de Janeiro. However, the city has several large shopping centres and cute boutiques where you can find most of the world-famous designer brands. But Iif you don’t have that much to spend or if you’re more interested in locally produced items, you should visit the little markets at the beach. Often smaller and great to bring home as souvenirs. Every Sunday at Ipanema Beach, is the Hippy Market with lots of artefacts and handicrafts. 

Surfer at Arpoador Beach
Surfing

Right in-between Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach lies Arpoador Beach. It’s the birthplace of surfing in Rio de Janeiro. Many surfers come here because of the amazing waves, it hosts  and it has many surf tournaments each year. You can walk out to the Arpoador, which is the rock that juts out into the ocean. Barra (the Tijuca Beach) is the best part of Western Rio. It is a beautiful 18-kilometre-long sandy beach which is also quite popular because of its high waves. Right outside of Rio’s city centre you’ll find Prainha Beach. Even though you have to travel a bit further it is definitely worth it because of its favourable conditions. From here you’ll have a great view over the sea and the surfers that try to defy the waves. 

Hiking in Tijuca National Park
Hiking

Just 20 kilometres right outside of Rio de Janeiro lies Tijuca National Park. This park is the world’s largest city forest and is really worth the visit. The park consists of 3 areas: The Tijuca forest, the Carioca hill and the remarkable Gavea rock. Have a guide take you to the best spots in the park or go out and explore it on your own. You’ll learn get to know more about Rio’s history when you walk through the city on a nice afternoon. See if you can find the Sâo Bento monastery, it has amazing sculptures and paintings. 

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