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Rio de Janiero

stunning natural landscapes, famous beaches and a sizzling samba-driven nightlife

There is no place quite like Rio de Janeiro. A dazzling combination of stunning natural landscapes, famous beaches and a sizzling samba-driven nightlife, this is the ultimate introduction to your Brazil holiday.

Rio is one of the world’s great cities, defined by its love of football, lush scenery, fun-loving locals and glamorous beaches.

Hop on a cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain to peer down at the chaotic but picturesque city below and the endless Atlantic Ocean beyond. For a great view of the mountain itself and sweeping views of the city, visit the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer which stands majestically atop Corcovado Mountain.

Stroll around the trendy neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, lined with interesting museums and vibrant galleries, and when you’ve had your fill of sight-seeing, take it easy on the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. Filled with sunbathers and locals kicking footballs about, these golden shores are the perfect spot to soak up the buzzing atmosphere Rio is known for.

Music and dance are the lifeblood of the city, and come nightfall the streets of Rio come alive with the sounds samba, funk and bossa nova. Take the opportunity to learn how to samba at one of the many celebrated clubs in the downtown Lapa area.

These are just a few ideas about what a trip to Rio de Janeiro could include. For your own personalised itinerary speak to one of our Brazil specialists.

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Miramar Hotel, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

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Fasano, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

Avenida Vieira Souto runs through the heart of the Ipanema Beach district and is perhaps the most desirable address in the whole of Rio de Janeiro. To do justice to such an iconic setting, Philippe …

Emiliano, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

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Hotel Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

Think ‘designer’ and ‘chic’ and you won’t be disappointed. But don’t forget ‘ethnic’ and ‘tropical’. The creators of Hotel Santa Teresa have succeeded in combining strands of historic coffee and cocoa wealth with …

Porto Bay Internacional, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

Wake up, rub your eyes, and there it is. Through the expansive bay window of your Porto Bay suite is the fine, golden sand of Rio’s Copacabana Beach. As famous and as exclusive as …

Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

Walk through the grand entrance and into the prestigious lobby of the Copacabana Palace and you’ll be following in the footsteps of a varied procession of the world’s most prominent people. Sir Mick …

Marina All Suites, Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janiero

Whether you prefer to venture out of an evening wearing sandals or high heels, you’ll find the right style of restaurant, bar or shopping experience. Marina All Suites puts you in the midst of …


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