Stunning natural sceneries, a free-spirited and welcoming people that transform anything into a party, and world-famous iconic monuments. These are the elements that make Rio de Janeiro a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable destination.
The enviable collections in Rio’s museums hold fascinating treasures telling the tale of its 450 years of history. Land of the Carnaval and Samba, the city also offers countless theaters, concert venues, business centers and restaurants open year-round.
But it is the combination between geographical traits – the sea, mountains and forests – and human culture that makes Rio de Janeiro such a unique city. Almost the entire city is surrounded by dazzling landscapes. Rio was the world’s first city to be listed as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
In addition to its most famous attractions, such as Christ the Redeemer – an art deco statue of Jesus Christ – and Pão de Açúcar – a mountain range –, the city also offers endless programs involving nature, adventure, religion, history and culture, such as walks through the Botanical Garden and the Santa Teresa tram, visits to the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Museum of Modern Art, and the possibility of jumping over the Pedra Bonita ramp and flying across the city.
Sports are also very important among cariocas (as those born in Rio are nicknamed). It is really no surprise that the Wonderful City was chosen to host the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games. There are always volleyball, soccer and footvolley matches being played anywhere across the city’s 90 km of beaches. The city is the largest urban climbing center in the world, providing options that accommodate all levels of difficulty, such as Pedra da Gávea and Bico do Papagaio.
The Tijuca National Park – the world’s largest urban forest – is also a great place for walks and other sports, such as rock climbing and free flight. In addition to preserving the Atlantic Forest, the Park protects springs and basins, such as those of the Carioca and Maracanã rivers, which supply water to part of the city.
The Tom Jobim International Airport receives incoming flights from 22 different cities. You can also arrive via the Santos Dumont Airport, if you are traveling from another Brazilian city.
If you are travelling from another Brazilian city, you can take a bus at the Rio Bus Terminal (website only available in Portuguese), which is next to the Downtown and South Side areas. Buses from all main companies arrive at the terminal every day.
Several cruise ships also stop at the Rio de Janeiro Port (website only available in Portuguese). Itineraries vary depending on the cruise company and package. Contact cruise companies for more information.
Rio de Janeiro’s bus lines cover the entire city. Check out bus itineraries to the main city sights (website only available in Portuguese).
There’s nothing quite like talking a walk through the streets of Rio de Janeiro, particularly in the Copacabana, Leblon and Ipanema boardwalks. You have to try it!
Rio’s subway is safe, efficient and easy to use. Tickets are sold at station counters and self-service machines spread across all 36 stations. Rio’s subway is open Mondays through Saturdays from 5 a.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out the subway station map for more information.