Rio de Janeiro
As one of South America’s most vibrant and iconic cities, Rio de Janeiro is on everyone’s wish list. It’s a city of seduction, brought alive through the beat of the samba, the infectious Carioca spirit and breath-taking views from Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. It boasts the world-famous Copacabana and Ipanema beaches and is home to the biggest party of the year - Rio Carnival.
From honeymoons to family fun, Rio de Janeiro will captivate your senses and provide the perfect introduction to any Brazil holiday.
Rio is one of the world’s most captivating cities, wedged in between a glitzy coastline and lush-green mountainous rainforest; there’s no location quite like it. With the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer watching over the city and the dramatic views from cable cars up Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro offers city tours like no other. From the stunning botanical gardens to the artistic neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, fantastic museums and the colourful favelas of the city; it’s no wonder Rio is known as the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City).
Marvellous location comes with marvellous people; the Cariocas (residents of Rio) are friendly, passionate and full of life. Rio exudes an energy, which comes out through the city’s love for dance, football, and beach activities, all of which are part of everyday life and form the basis of the local culture. The infectious beat of the samba is the music of Rio and central to Carnival - Rio’s biggest party and one of the world’s most famous celebrations. Held every February, Carnival clearly demonstrates the Cariocas lust for life, and the samba rhythm forms the backbone of the Carnival parade. Samba can also be seen in Rio year round from weekend samba parties around Lapa to Rio's myriad of clubs and venues offering live music.
As well as dancing to the beat, Rio also lives and breathes football. Brazil is known as the ‘country of football’ and all around the city you can see locals playing on favela streets, on Copacabana beach or watching a game at the Maracanã stadium. This undying energy extends to the beaches of Rio. Blessed with a continuous 45-mile ribbon of sand; these beaches are a hub of activity. From volleyball to football, surfing, and swimming, the beaches of Rio are a Carioca playground. People from all walks of life come together to play, soak up the sun and enjoy the picture perfect view.
With so much going on, Rio is a city that doesn’t sleep and so to make the most of your stay we can suggest the best hotels, located near to the best beaches and tastiest restaurants. From samba lessons to football matches, or helicopter rides over the Christ the Redeemer we can arrange the perfect trip for you.