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Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

As the Brazilians say, ‘God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio.’

Rio is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cities on the planet. Nestled between jagged mountains, rainforests and azure ocean, Rio de Janeiro is unsurpassed for its natural beauty. Its magnificent shoreline boasts Sugar Loaf Mountain and the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, while the mountains above Rio play host to the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and the largest urban rainforest in the world, Tijuca National Forest.

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Rio de Janeiro , Brazil

A little more about Rio

The city’s eight million inhabitants, known as “Cariocas”, are friendly and carefree with a strong focus on finding the time for the pleasures of good living. This attitude means that the city never sleeps, but remains alive with the buzz of activity. This is reflected in the exuberant New Year celebrations and also in Rio’s famous Carnival, when, for one week, the city’s residents stop everything to dance and sing to rhythmic Samba music… and to party!

For those looking for a short break, Rio is the perfect destination with direct flights from London Heathrow with British Airways. Combine with the coastal resort of Buzios, a drive north of the city or the lush tropical Green Coast, a drive to the south, where travellers will find the colonial gem, Paraty.


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Christ the Redeemer

Take in the magnificent views from Corcovado’s iconic Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain.

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Attend Rio Carnival

Party the night away during Rio Carnival, the largest carnival on earth that boast colourful displays of dancing, impressive beaded outfits and loud music.

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Experience Rio

Spend a couple of days in Rio de Janeiro soaking up the atmosphere, bustling streets, popular beaches and delicious foodie hotspots.

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Visit Petrópolis

Visit the Imperial House and Museum belonging to the royal family, the former palace of 19th century emperor Dom Pedro.

Hire a Bicycle

Hire a two-wheeler and cycle along the famous beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon, plus the inland Lake Rodrigo.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

The largest country in South America, James has sailed all the way down the Amazon, travelled the length of the coastline and explored the beautiful interiors of the Pantanal and Iguazu falls. However, it is the relaxed and full of life people that make this country so special.

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Roxy Dukes

Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.

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