Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide & Information

Rio de Janeiro is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil. Commonly known as just “Rio”, the city is also nicknamed A Cidade Maravilhosa, which translates to "The Marvelous City." Rio is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football, music and its well preserved tropical forests. The carnivals of Rio are the most awaited among visitors, the dancing, music and enjoyment that comes along with the festivities makes a worthy stay.

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Travel to Rio De Janeiro, a city well known for its beautiful beaches, great attractions, vibrant night life, and so much more. Flights to Rio De Janeiro are your ticket to Carnaval, beaches, favelas, tourist attractions and endless entertainment.

People flock to Rio, not just because of it musical diversity, beaches and Carnaval and much more. Rio is a city that charms visitors with its phenomenal cuisine, music, entertainment, art, culture and beautiful outdoor activities.

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Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

Beaches:

Rio De Janeiro is home to several world class beaches. The list of beaches is endless.

Ipanema Beach: Ipanema Beach is famously known for its elegance and social qualities. Beer is sold everywhere on the beach, along with the traditional cachaca. There are always circles of people playing football, volleyball, and foot volley, a combination sport of volleyball and football, which originated in Brazil. The beach is divided into segments by marks, known as "postos". The Travel Channel listed Ipanema Beach as the sexiest beach in the world.

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Copacabana Beach: Copacabana beach stretches from Posto Dois to Posto Seis. Hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and residential buildings are lined alongside the promenade. Copacabana Beach plays host to millions of locals and tourists during the annual New Year's Eve celebration and, in most years, has been the official venue of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Leblon:Leblon is one of the most charming beaches and sophisticated venues in Rio. Similar to Ipanema, yet even more exclusive, being home to affluent and famous people. The beach is a bit more quiet and relaxed than the hip and trendy beach of Ipanema. The beach offers many attractions for tourists, mainly families with kids that come here to sunbathe.Prominent Attractions:

Prominent Attractions:

Besides beaches, Rio De Janeiro has numerous attractions and festivities to ensure travelers enjoy The Marvelous City.

Sugar Loaf Mountains:Sugarloaf Mountain is a peak situated at the mouth of Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that stretches into the Atlantic Ocean. The mountain is only one of several monolithic morros of granite and quartz that rise straight from the water's edge around Rio de Janeiro. Visitors can watch rock climbers on Sugarloaf and two other mountains in the area: Morro da Babilonia and Morro da Urca.

The Maracana Stadium: Originally opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup, now it’s mainly been used for football matches between major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama. It has also hosted a number of concerts and other sporting events. Despite the reduction in capacity, it remains the largest stadium in South America.

Carnaval: Modern Brazilian Carnival originated in Rio de Janeiro in 1641. Block parades have become an expressive feature of Rio's Carnival. The Rio Carnaval is not only the biggest Carnival, it is also a benchmark for other carnivals, as it’s one of the most interesting, artistic events in the world. Rio Carnival is a 4-day celebration with dancing, singing and tons of fun.

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Where to Stay in Rio de Janeiro :

The selection of choices is so varied in Rio de Janeiro, choose from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, beach resorts, spas, youth hostels and Bed and Breakfast Inns.

Copacabana : Copacabana is where the most traditional hotels are. Visitors choosing to stay in this area can choose from world renowned hotel chains, like Meriden and Savoy, to name a few. Moving away the beach a bit, there are some great budget hotels to choose from, right in the middle of a fantastic shopping area.

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Ipanema :Ipanema offers a legendary beach, bustling nightlife, restaurants, the most sophisticated shopping in town, cultural centers, museums and some excellent hotels to suit all price ranges. The area is one of the most visited in Rio and features some good, inexpensive options when it comes to hotels. This sophisticated district offers a lively night life with an enticing blend of beaches, bars and boutiques.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available to Rio De Janeiro, here are the following details for passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* A passport and visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Brazil for any purpose.

* There are no "airport visas" and immigration authorities will refuse entry to Brazil to anyone not possessing a valid visa.

* All Brazilian visas, regardless of the length of validity, must initially be used within 90 days of the issuance date or will no longer be valid.

* Visit the web site of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for the most current visa information.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for all Canadians, including children, intending to visit Brazil.

* It is recommended that your passport be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.

* In addition, all Canadians are required to have a valid visa prior to their arrival in Brazil, and the visa must be used within 90 days of issuance.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Rio de Janeiro.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Rio de Janeiro

With festivals all year round, Rio De Janeiro has become a destination of choice any time. However, the busiest time to visit Rio is during Carnaval in the spring. September through October is also one of the nicest times to visit Rio, just before the humidity sets in.

Budget travelers can choose to visit Rio during the winters when city is less crowded and prices are a bit lower.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to February)

Low season: (May to October)

Rio de Janeiro Weather

Rio has a tropical savanna climate and is often characterized by long periods of rain from December to March. The tropical and temperate climate also means high temperatures throughout the year and plenty of sunny weather.

* Summer falls between December and February, often stretching into early March.

* The winter months are from June through August, with especially warm weather and less rain.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

However, US dollars and most major credit cards are widely accepted and can be used to withdraw money from most ATMs throughout the city.

Languages:

* Portuguese is the official language.

* English is spoken in the main tourist areas as well.