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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Embrace the fantastic variety of things to do in Rio de Janeiro. Discover a natural beauty that lies behind the glamourous façade. Live for the moment - hike in Tijuca Forest, surf in Prainha or embrace Lapa’s party spirit.

Boasting a spectacular setting, with its mountains, white-sand beaches and rainforests. Take a stroll along the Copacabana esplanade. Hike to the summit of Corcovado for an up-close glimpse of Cristo Redentor. Or venture beyond the city centre to see frozen-in-time churches, tranquil waterfalls and bohemian hillside neighbourhoods. Be awakened by carnival, seduced by samba and charmed by the idyllic surrounds.

Shopping.

Shopping

Custom-make flips flops at the Havaiana Store in Copacabana, shop for bargains at Rio Off-Price Shopping or lose yourself in the largest mall, Barra Shopping. Pick up traditional handicrafts around Ipanema – the colourful works showcase Brazil’s rich artisan traditions and make the perfect keepsake. Or embrace the carnival feel of Babilonia Feira Hype weekend market.

Sightseeing.

Sightseeing

Sitting atop Corcovado Mountain is Rio de Janeiro’s most famous attraction, the Cristo Redentor statue - a must see for any visit. Soak up the natural beauty as you ride the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain and explore Tijuca National Park. Or get your cultural fix at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes.

Food and drink.

Food and drink

Dine on sizzling platters at Pontinho in Copacabana or stop by Eclipse for juice, pizza and traditional Brazilian cuisine – open 24-hour its ideal for day or night. Goya-Beira is one of Santa Teresa’s gems. A small, intimate bar with great food and views onto Largo das Neves. While Choperia Brazooka, a four-storey beer house in Lapa is a popular hangout.

Nightlife.

Nightlife

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its vibrant nocturnal scene, with pleasing sounds filling the dance halls, bars and open-air cafes. Beco do Rato is one of Lapa’s classic samba spots, with vibrant live music and an outdoor seating. While Saturday night at Casa Rosa in Laranjeiras is a great place to dance the night away and embrace the pulsating clubbing scene.

Beaches.

Beaches

Rio de Janeiro is well-known for spectacular white-sands and picture-perfect scenery - it’s hard to resist the appeal of these glorious beaches. There is lots’ going on at Copacabana Beach. Join in with an energetic volleyball match and then relax with a refreshing caipirinha. Or enjoy a slower pace at Ipanema Beach, with its small bars, chic boutiques and eateries.

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Sugar Loaf Mountain half day tour
Sugar Loaf Mountain half day tour.

This half day experience takes you to one of Rio's most famous attractions and also includes a scenic tour. Spend the morning at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of Rio de Janeiro's most well-known icons. Capture unparalleled panoramic views of the city, Corcovado Mountain and Copacabana Beach. And enjoy a breathtaking cable car ride to the top of the Sugar Loaf, for panoramic views of one of the world's most beautiful cities.

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