Rio de Janeiro

9 Must-See Sites in Rio de Janeiro (Including 4 You’ve Probably Never Heard Of)

This guide to Rio de Janeiro’s must-see sites includes all the heavy hitters. But it will also clue you in on the city’s lesser-known spots, like a nearly two-century-old library tucked among the downtown skyscrapers, and a secluded observation deck that provides epic views of the city. Read on to learn more about Rio de Janeiro’s top sites, including four you’ve probably never heard of.

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April 11, 2014 by
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Ipanema beach, Rio. Photo courtesy of over_kind_man via Flickr.

Beach Etiquette in Rio

Home to some of the world’s most iconic urban beaches, you can’t come to Rio without stepping foot on the white sands of Ipanema or jostling for space among the crowds of Copacabana. But before you slap on the suncream and pack up your beach bag, be sure to read these tips on beach etiquette in Rio.

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March 28, 2014 by
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A Local’s Tips for Visiting Rio for the World Cup

Patrícia Leopoldino is a Rio de Janeiro native and Viator private guide who leads customized tours all over the city. She gave us some helpful advice on traveling in Rio and Brazil during the World Cup.

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March 14, 2014 by
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40 Unforgettable Experiences to Have in Rio

Go paragliding in Rio. Photo courtesy of Matthew Bietz via Flickr.

With its cinematic views, white sand beaches and vibrant Carnival celebrations, a trip to Rio is top of many traveler’s wish-lists and the cultural capital of Brazil doesn’t disappoint. From ticking off the sights to getting off-the-beaten-track, cast aside your guidebook and print out this list of 40 unforgettable experiences to have in Rio.

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March 14, 2014 by
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What to Eat in Rio: Açai

Tuck into a bowl of acai, banana and granola in Rio. Photo courtesy of Phillie Casablanca via Flickr.

It might be a globally renowned superfood and a staple of health food stores around the world, but there’s no better place to tuck into a bowl of acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) than Brazil. A low-GI food and powerful antioxidant, the Amazonian fruit has long been celebrated for its nutritional properties and is packed with B, C and E vitamins, omega acids and potassium.

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February 28, 2014 by
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The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Carnival in Rio

Carnival in Rio! Photo courtesy of Leandro's World Tour via Flickr.

For many travelers, a visit to Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with Carnival and the city’s riotous pre-lent celebrations are legendary, with its now-iconic samba parades dating back to the 1930’s. Renowned as the world’s biggest festival and drawing over 2 million revelers, visiting Rio during Carnival is an incomparable experience, so to help you plan your trip, here’s our ultimate guide to celebrating carnival in Rio.

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February 14, 2014 by
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Rio’s Surf Bus

Surfing in Rio. Photo courtesy of laszlo-photo via Flickr.

You’d be forgiven for thinking Rio de Janeiro’s beach scene was all about wild parties on Copacabana or sipping Caipirinhas on Ipanema, but the city is also a stone’s throw from some of South America’s top surf spots. In fact surfing has become so popular in the city that a dedicated surf bus chugs up and down the coast, whisking surf enthusiasts to all of Rio’s best beaches.

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January 31, 2014 by
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Rock Climbing in Rio

Rock Climbing in Rio. Photo courtesy of mariachily via Flickr.

From the rugged mountains of the Tijuca Forest to the omnipresent peak of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio is celebrated for harboring some of the best urban rock climbing in the world, with everything from beginner-friendly scrambles to tricky ascents that will challenge the most experienced of climbers.

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January 17, 2014 by
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Nightlife in Rio’s Lapa District

Carnival time in Rio's Lapa district. Photo courtesy of Rafae Silva via Flickr.

Even if you’re not in the mood to party, you can’t fail to be mesmerized by the rhythmic beats blasting out from the dance clubs of Rio’s Lapa District, a lively alternative to the slick clubs of the city’s Zona Sul (South Zone). The heart of bohemian Rio and beloved by the city’s creative types, Lapa is renowned for its vibrant local music scene and credited with keeping Brazil’s rich Samba culture alive.

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January 3, 2014 by
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New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro

Fireworks at Copacabana Beach on New Year's Eve. Photo courtesy of over_kind_man via Flickr.

Second only to Carnival as Brazil’s biggest bash, New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro—known as Reveillon to locals —brings over two million people to Rio’s famous Copacabana Beach to ring in the coming year with music, fireworks and champagne raining down on the crowds like glitter. The celebrations along the beach are free, while many hotels and nightclubs host private VIP parties, but wherever you choose to party, no place gets down on New Year’s Eve like Rio.

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December 7, 2013 by
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