Why you should visit Rio
- One of the most iconic, vibrant and beautiful cities in the world
- Fabulous views from Corcovado’s Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain
- Santa Teresa District is a bohemian, colonial gem in the hills overlooking the city
- Party the nights away during Rio Carnival, the largest carnival on earth
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Experience one of Rio’s excellent Churrascarias, Brazilian-style barbecue restaurants which serve up incredible feasts of fresh seafood and meat.
A little more about Rio
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.
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, beautiful beaches and islands like Ilha Grande.
When to go
The hottest time to visit Rio is during Brazil’s summer from November to March. It is also the rainy season with tropical downpours likely and high season with Brazilians taking their main holiday at this time. The dry season from May to October is a lovely time of year weather-wise, temperatures are in the early/mid-20s with cooler evenings. New Year and Carnival (40 days before Easter) are huge events in Rio and across the country, most hotels have set packages so we suggest booking early to guarantee availability.