Want to visit the most exciting city on the planet? Rio de Janeiro has a lot going on. The host of the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 World Cup, Rio got the world’s attention and everyone is watching. If you want to maximize your time in Rio, make sure to follow our top picks of the most excellent things to do in Rio de Janeiro.
Top things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Book your airport transfer from Galeão International Airport (GIG). Your driver will greet you with a name sign, and take you to your downtown hotel in safety and privacy taking the hassle out of looking for a taxi or other transportation.
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most intoxicating cities on the planet. The landscape alone makes it worthy of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Don’t believe me? Check out all the things to do in Rio de Janeiro.
1. Christ the Redeemer
One of the most iconic things to do in Rio de Janeiro is to visit Christ the Redeemer. It’s one of the most recognized in the world. When picturing Rio, this is what everyone envisions. Christo Redentor stands proudly over the city at the top of Corcovado Mountain. Traveling to Rio this summer? Pick up your Lonely Planet Travel Guide
To visit you can hike up the mountain, take a minibus or enjoy a scenic train ride. Standing at 38 meters high, this is one imposing statue that is not to be missed. We highly recommend going in the morning or at sunset. Midday is extremely busy with tours. Watch our complete video here to see our experience.
For a complete overview of Rio’s most famous attractions, book this full-day city tour with a local guide. Travel through the Tijuca National Park and forest as you travel to Corcovado to see Christ the Redeemer. You’ll also take the cable car up Sugar Loaf Mountain, eat one of the best steakhouses in Rio, and visit the Maracanã Stadium and the Sambadrome. It’s a fast tour, but you’ll see a lot in a short time getting a taste of the best of Rio.
2. Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world and a trip to Rio wouldn’t be complete without spending a day at Copacabana.
This 4 km iconic beach is filled with energy and excitement. Vendors and restaurants line the sand and a wide paved pathway along the road makes for an easy stroll.
What we love about Copacabana Beach is that there are no hotels on the beach, they are all located…
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