What to do in Rio de Janeiro
The city of Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer. You can easily spend a week or two exploring the city and its suburbs. See below the main attractions with links to local sites:
There are about 40 km of beaches in Rio. All beaches are beautiful, some are polluted. It is not advised to bath in the Red ones. We recommend that you visit those marked Yellow: URCA, VERMELHA, FLAMENGO, BOTAFOGO, LEME, COPACABANA, ARPOADOR, IPANEMA, LEBLON, VIDIGAL, SÃO CONRADO, BARRA DA TIJUCA, RECREIO DOS BANDEIRANTES, PRAINHA and GRUMARI. Do not miss the New Year’s festival in Copacabana Beach.
at noon, as you will be in a car together with 74 other sweating tourists
(no air-condition / ventilation). Try to be there for the first departure
After visiting the Sugarloaf, it is recommended to visit:
Trilho Claudio Coutinho (Promenade Claudio Coutinho)
Pleasant walk at an ecological reserve, partially controlled by the Army.
Corcovado (Christ The Redeemer)A peak rises 710 meters over the entire city, offering all-round panorama. The 30 meter (plus 10m base) high statue of Christ the Redeemer is a symbol of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. Access by Car/Taxi/Van to the top, or by train (trip duration approx. 20 minutes) through the Tijuca Forest ('largest urban forest in the world').
IMPORTANT: As of August 2013 it is impossible to purchase train or entrance tickets locally .
To reach the corcovado by
train - http://www.corcovado.com.br/ or go to the ticket counter located at Rios city center: Rua Candelaria 6
Van: http://www.ingressorapido.com.br or at the ticket counter at the departure location: Praca do Largo do Machado - Catete.
We recommend to
Mirante do Pasmado
|Address:||Praça Almirante Júlio de Noronha, Leme|
|Open time:||Sat., Sunday and part of the holidays 9-16h|
|Telephone :||(21) 2275-7696|
|Price :||3R$, up to 13 years - Free.|
|Get there from Copacabana :||By foot / Taxi|
|Group Tour Price||N/A|
|Private tour:||Can combine with other activities - contact|
Built in 1914 to defend Guanabara Bay, open to public since 1987 as the Army Historical Museum. A panoramic view of Copacabana.
|Address:||Av. Atlantica - Posto Seis – Copacabana.|
|Open time:||daily, 9-16h|
|Telephone :||(21) 2521-1032|
|Get there from Copacabana :||By foot / Taxi|
on the top of a hill, Santa Teresa has some of the looks and ways of old
Rio, together with the new buildings.
Stroll around and feel special atmosphere of beautiful houses and gardens on narrow streets, and the new constructions of Favelas covering great part of the nearby hills, see views of Guanabara Bay (Baía de Guanabara).
Visit: Museu da Chacara do Ceu, Rua Murtinho Nobre 93, Santa
Phone: (21) 2224-8981 Website: http://www.museuscastromaya.com.br
Open: Daily, except Tuesdays, noon - 5 pm
Get there: By Bus, Taxi or Tram (best option)
Ride on a yellow tram that crosses over Lapa Arches up the slopes of Santa Teresa.
As of October 2011 the tram is out of service untill further notice. Use the bus.
|Address:||Tram Station - Rua Lélio Gama, Downtown-Center|
|Open time:||As of October 2011 the tram is out of service untill further notice. Use the bus.|
|Price :||R$ 0,60. Every Saturday at 10:00 Tourist ride, 4.00 R$|
|Get there from Copacabana :||Buses numbers 206 and 214|
|Group Tour Price||N/A|
|Private tour:||Part of City Tour|
Get there by subway - Carioca station
Built in 1880, once served as the head offices of both this bank and
the Rio de Janeiro Commercial Association. In 1989 it was converted into
a cultural center.
Address: Rua Primeiro de Março 66, Centro. Telephone (21)3808-2020 Open Tues - Sun, 12:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Free Entrance
Casa França Brasil
: Dating back to 1820, neo-classical building by architect Grandjean
de Montigny Address. Rua Visconde de Itabora, 78 - Centro
Time: Tues-Sun, noon-8pm. Entry free
Work began on Monastery in 1617, and expanded a hundred years later.
Address Rua Dom Gerardo, 68 - Centro - Rio de Janeiro -
Telephone: (21) 2291-7122
"This is one of the loveliest churches in Rio de Janeiro" Built in the
18th Century. Lined with marble, its masonry facades feature elaborate bronze
doors, with its entire history painted on the walls.
Address: Praça Pio X, Centro. Telephone 2233-2324
Founded in 1894 and still retains its beauty - this pastry shop/restaurant
is nice to see, have a coffee or a snack. The food in the second floor restaurant
is Not recommended.
Address Rua Goncalves Dias 32, Tel:(21) 2232-2300
Open Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
See also Restaurants
Work on the cone-shaped Cathedral began in 1964 and inaugurated in 1976, with place for 20,000 people. It's worth stepping inside to see its four huge stained-glass windows.
Museum of Sacred art - at the basement of the cathedral
Address: Avenida República do Chile, 245 Downtown
Open: Daily from 7:30 until 6pm
If you arrive to Rio between December and February - you should visit the Sambodromo to see one of the Carnaval parades or the rehearsals. In other dates, pass through the Sambodromo, just to say 'I've been there'... see Carnaval information
Inaugurated on 1889 in the presence of the Emperor. A beautiful building and location - worth a visit
Av. Alfredo Agache, at the end of Praça Quinze (Square 15) Tel: (21)
Entrance: Guided tours Thursday to Sunday at 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.
Price: 8R$, children 4R$, Half price on the second weekend of every month
You may visit at the same time the Navy Cultural Space Located where the old Customs docks operated, hosting permanent expositions: The History of Navigation, Underwater Archeology in Brazil, and the Alves Câmara Collection Brazil, as well as:
This is a floating museum installed at the torpedo-boat Bauru, anchored at the pier. Its facilities hold a permanent exhibition of arms utilized during World War II
During its time in active service, the Riachuelo submarine traveled over 181,000 miles, 1,238 days at sea and 17,700 hours under water . Touring its compartments , visitors learn about its weaponry and machinery, getting a good idea of life on board.
Founded on June 1808 by D. João VI, the Botanical
Gardens were created for the acclimatization of spices brought from the
East Indies. The first plants arrived from Mauritius. Among them was Palma
Mater, one of the oldest imperial palm trees of the Gardens.
The attractions include approx. 1700 bromeliads of different formations, violets, greenhouse of insect-eating plants, cacti collection - one of the biggest in Brazil, and the collection of medicinal plants. The Gardens’ six lakes with species of “vitória régia”, lotus, papyrus and “ água-pé” are really beautiful. We recommend a visit during week days.
|Address:||Rua Jardim Botânico 920 and 1008, Jardim Botânico|
|Open time:||Daily 8 am to 5 pm|
|Telephone :||(21) 2294-9349, 2239-1497 (21) 3874-1808|
|Price :||6 R$, Parking 5R$. Free entrance to children under 7, senior citizens over 65, handicapped and local students|
|Get there from Copacabana :||By car - car park and entrance to the Visitors Center
|Group Tour Price||N/A|
The beach is the longest in Rio, with clear waters and perfect waves for surfers. Lined with bars, kiosks and restaurants.
Bus: 175, 177 or any line with the sign "Barra)
Jump off a 550 Meters cliff - from a mountain called Pedra Bonita down
to the beach.
10 to 15 minute ride offering staggering view of the Tijuca Forest and the beachside resorts below.
In order to take-off you must keep running, so that you push yourself out and away from the cliff. Look at the sky, not your feet, while running...
Some pilots offer a course that will allow you to fly alone. Make sure
your instructor has a license at the local association.
Price: about 90US$ depending on negotiation and availability.
Location: meeting point at Pepino Beach in São Conrado area, driving up to Pedra Bonita.
You may go up by yourself (taxi/car) to Pedra Bonita for a nice view of the area.
Sugarloaf (the easiest) – 5 hours climbing, equipment is only used when crossing the cliff face.
Gávea Rock – 7-8 hours – (The hardest).
A walk up to the summit of Corcovado - gives the most beautiful view of the city. Walking time about 4 hours.
"The largest urban wooded area in the world". Some tracks are suitable
also for children.
Guided tours on Sundays (depending local weather) from the administration office at the park or from another location, as described in Tijuca National Park (PNT)
Get there by Car / Taxi, Bus: Rodoviária Novo Rio - Alvorada - 233, 234
Free entrance. Time: Daily, 8am-5pm
Phone: (21) 2492-2252
are close to 600 favelas in Rio. Mostly placed on former public areas on
the hillsides, they are now home to about 30% of Rio's population. Rocinha
is the largest one in the country, with official population of 60,000.
Unofficial numbers are over 100,000. It may be dangerous to walk or drive
into a favela. If you are interested to visit one - join an organized tour.
The tour operators pay part of their income to the local community, providing
safe entry even with expensive cameras.
Organized Favela tour price: R$50-75 - depending on the tour guide and the favela visited
To watch a football game, check availability here. Tickets are available at the stadium.
In days without games, you may visit the stadium including the upper seats, play-field etc. Note about the entrance fee: the price went up from 8 R$ in 2004 to 20R$ in 2006. It is cheaper and more interesting to enter the stadium and watch a game.
We do not recommend the entrance without the game. you may just visit the entrance of the stadium (no charge, free parking).
|Address||Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, s/n. - Maracanã|
|Open time:||Daily 9:00 to 17h. In days of games, 8:00 to 11:00|
|Telephone:||(21) 2568-9962, 2299 2941|
|Price:||Without game: 20 R$, Games (local groups):15-50 R$|
|Get there:||by Metro (Maracana station) / Taxi.|
|Group Tour Price||Transfer and entrance to games 40-50R$.|
This park in Alto Leblon, with an area of 140,000 square meters offers
dirt trails, a small theater, and a beautiful view of Leblon/Ipanema beaches.
The place is comfort
and safe, plenty of (free) parking place, secured and illuminated.
We recommend climbing the park by taxi/car to watch the sunset.
This large estate out of the city of Rio belonged to one of the most important landscape artists of modern times, Roberto Burle Marx who donated it to the Brazilian government in 1985, before his death on 1994. Here you may find 3,500 plant species, a house that is now a cultural center with art collection and a library with over 2,500 books.
|Open time:||Guided tour up to 35 people - need to reserve in advance.
Tue -Sat. 9:0 and 13:30, Sunday 09:30
|Telephone:||(21) 2410-1412 ex. 226|
|Price:||5r$ (children up to 5 years free)|
|Get there:||Drive South in Avenidadas Americas (Barra da Tijuca), pass Recreio dos Bandeirantes and Grota Fonda, arrive to the intersection with Estrada Roberto Burle Marx 2019|
|Group Tour Price||N?A|
|Private tour:||Upon Request|
This is the new location for the Carnival parade workshops -prepare their Carnival carts.
The visitors can enjoy Performances, drummers, sewing and sculpture and brief shows at 2, 4 and 6pm.
On Thursdays, from noon to 6pm there are workshops at 4 and 6pm and a great show with 100 components starting at 8pm, with a parade in the end with the visitors participation, as well as a firework display. Buffet dinner and Cocktails are also served. See additional information in Samba City page
Reach it by Ladeira da Gloria, or take a cable car.
Address: Praca N. S. da Gloria, 135 - Glória
Tel: (21) 2285-2600
Over 2000 animals (mammals, reptiles and birds) and approximately 300 species.
If you are interested in birds, consider visiting this zoo. Otherwise, there are much better Zoos in other parts of the world, even in Sao Paulo.
Best visiting time: Tuesday - Thursday after 13:00. Too crowded on weekends and public holidays.
|Address||Quinta da Boa Vista, s/nº - São Cristóvão|
|Open time:||Tue-Sun, 09:00 - 16:30pm|
|Get there:||By Taxi, close to Maracana Stadium|
|Group Tour Price||N/A|