The soaring temperatures of Brazilian summertime might not seem very festive for those traveling from the northern hemisphere, but while dreams of a white Christmas might be smashed, spending Christmas in Rio doesn’t mean giving up on tradition all together. As the holiday season gets underway, Rio unveils its striking festive centerpiece – the Bradesco Seguros Christmas Tree, the world’s largest floating Christmas tree, which towers 85 meters over the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.
Category: Things To Do
November 8, 2013
From the cliff top statue of Christ that dominates its skyline, to the sea of gyrating dancers and bejeweled costumes that take over the city during the legendary Carnival celebrations, Rio de Janeiro is a city that doesn’t shy away from its individuality. This is a city that has always danced to its own beat and it’s no surprise that you’ll find plenty of unique and sometimes downright weird attractions in Rio. So step away from the beach and spend a day taking in these weird and wonderful sights.
October 25, 2013
From hearty Afro-Brazilian stews to sugary Caipirinhas, Brazil’s gastronomic heritage is as vast and varied as the country itself, drawing from its Indian, Portuguese and African roots and maintaining a strong emphasis on slow-cooked, uniquely flavored dishes. This melting pot of culinary influences makes eating out in Rio one of the top experiences among visitors, but those wanting to learn more about the distinctive local cuisine should consider taking cooking classes in Rio, where you’ll a peek into the workings of a traditional Brazilian kitchen.
October 11, 2013
With its riotous carnival celebrations renowned around the world, it’s clear that Rio de Janerio knows how to throw a good party, so it’s no surprise that the city is starting to embrace the American tradition of the costumed Halloween bash. As All Hallows Eve descends on the city, Rio’s bars and nightclubs will be taking on a decidedly spookier appearance, decked out with eerily lit jack-o-lanterns and creepy decorations, and hosting a number of Halloween-themed events in the run up to October 31st.
September 13, 2013
The one-time residence of Brazil’s only two emperors – Emperor Pedro I and Pedro II – Petropolis is acclaimed as the Imperial City of Brazil – a lavish mountain retreat tucked away in the Serro dos Orgaos and now a popular day trip from Rio de Janeiro .
August 30, 2013
Swirling with emerald green ocean and leafy woodlands, the islands of Angra dos Reis, or the ‘Bay of Kings’, serve up some of Brazil’s most unspoiled scenery, as well as housing an incredible variety of wildlife. After cruising the islands of Sepetiba Bay, the neighboring Angra dos Reis archipelago makes another popular day trip from Rio de Janeiro, set along the famous Costa Verde (Green Coast) less than 2 hours from the city.
August 16, 2013
The one-time capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is a melting pot of Brazilian culture, framed by mountain peaks and white sand beaches, but for first-time visitors, exploring the iconic city can seem a little overwhelming. You could easily write a book on things to do in Rio, but to help you make the most of your trip, here’s what NOT to do in Rio!
August 2, 2013
From the powdery sands of Ipanema to the cocktail-fuelled revelry of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro is home to some of the world’s most iconic urban beaches, but step outside of the city and you’ll find plenty of other spots to soak up the sun, sea and sand. A short journey down the coast from Rio, Sepetiba Bay is a hugely popular destination for day trips from Rio, an idyllic stretch of sandy coastline dotted with tropical islands.
July 23, 2013
Squeezed between emerald mountains and the azure sea, Rio de Janeiro lays claim to one of the world’s most stunning natural settings.
May 10, 2013
Known for stunning beaches, exhilarating street life, and exciting outdoor adventures, Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly geared towards activities best served by a warm, sunny climate. Alas, winter does touch the Cidade Maravilhosa every year, bringing a time of meteorological uncertainty, with temperatures hovering in the low-to-mid 60s and 70s F, when one day might be bright and pleasant and the next, gloomy and rainy. In fact, winter – June, July, and August in the Southern Hemisphere – can dampen outdoor-oriented itineraries in Rio, but it shouldn’t dampen your enjoyment of the city. Brazil’s tourism capital serves up indoor diversions aplenty, enough to tide you over until the next mild, winter beach day rolls around.