Rio de Janeiro: Best Things to Do

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Rio de Janeiro has the nickname 'cicade maravilhos' which means a marvelous city

 The nickname is well-fitted because Rio de Janeiro has many wonderful destinations such as beaches, mountains, rain forests

This city also has unique events such as the Rio Carnival, which you should see at least once in your life




You can't miss the opportunity to visit the Copacabana or Ipanema beach to relax and tan yourself under the sun. Copacabana and Ipanema are public beaches, so you don't need to pay for entry ticket. Thus you can spend as much time as you want.
Since the beach is always crowded, it's probably a little bit difficult to find a good spot.
But don't worry, if you want a quick visit, sunset is the best time for you to take a quick stroll.

Copacabana Beach

Copacabana is a bairro (neighbourhood) located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Address : Av. Atlântica, s/n - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22070-000, Brazil

Ipanema Beach

he beach at Ipanema became known internationally with the popularity of the bossa nova jazz song, "The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema"),

Address : Av. Vieira Souto, 8 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-002, Brazil


The Passeio Público is a must visit place in the downtown of Rio de Janeiro. Built after 1779, this park is the oldest public park in Brazil, even in America. The history and the old style decorations of the park make this place is more interesting to visit.

The Passeio Público

The Passeio Público is a public park in the historic centre of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Address : Praça Passeio Público - Rua do Passeio - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-280, Brazil


Rio de Janeiro has several good places that will satisfy the shopaholic in you. There are recommended shopping malls like Galeria Astor, Forum Ipanema, and Esquina de Ipanema where you can treat yourself, or simply do a window shopping.

Galeria Astor

A mall in Ipanema

Address : R. Visc. de Pirajá, 351p - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22410-906, Brazil

Forum Ipanema

Shopping mall with fashion boutiques & other stores on 3 floors within an office building

Address : R. Visc. de Pirajá, 351p - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22410-906, Brazil

Esquina de Ipanema

A shopping center in Ipanema

Address : R. Visc. de Pirajá, 540 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22410-002, Brazil


Since Rio de Janeiro has a huge coastline, you can find abundant amount of food, with seafood as the main ingredient. But, if you're looking for other variety of dish, try the Feijoada, a bean stew with beef and fork. The experience of enjoying Rio de Janeiro foods will be complete with a bottle of Cachaça, a distilled spirit made from sugar cane juice.


Rio de Janeiro is known as a melting pot for diverse culture due to the influence of the colonial period in the past. Thus it's no wonder if this city has variety of culture that can attract many travelers.


The best time to visit Rio de Janeiro and its tourist destinations is between December to March. It's a summer time in Brazil where you can enjoy nice weather during exploring the city.


You don't have to worry about finding accommodations in Rio de Janeiro. Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro is a nice place to stay as it's designed with great decorations. You can relax yourself after exploring the city in a comfortable room provided by the hotel. You can also try Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro, located in Rio de Janeiro's city center, four kilometres from the Santos Dumont Airport. This hotel will make you feel like sleeping at home!

Selina Lapa Rio de Janeiro

Trendy hostel in an elegant building is a minute’s walk from the Museum of Image and Sound, and a 2-minute walk from Escadaria Selaron, a landmark stairway with hand-painted tiles

Address : R. Visc. de Maranguape, 9 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20021-390, Brazil

Vila Galé Rio de Janeiro

In an elegant 19th-century palace with a modern annex, this polished hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Escadaria Selarón landmark

Address : R. Riachuelo, 124 - Centro, Lapa - RJ, 20230-014, Brazil


You can try Brazilian culinary at Feira Nordestina São Cristóvão, a restaurant that serves Bahian foods. Another great restaurant is Tradicional Grill restaurant, the right place to enjoy the Brazilian barbecue. You can have a good time with your loved ones or travel buddy while enjoying the foods.

Feira Nordestina São Cristóvão

Feira Nordestina São Cristóvão in Rio de Janeiro offers a window into life in the Northeast of Brazil

Address : Campo de São Cristóvão - São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20291-440, Brazil

Tradicional Grill

Barbecue restaurant in Rio de Janeiro

Address : Av. Lúcio Costa, 1976 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22630-010, Brazil


Visit Curto Café to enjoy quality coffee while feeling the fresh atmosphere around the cafe. The friendly staffs will also welcome you with a warm smile. Another option for you who wants to enjoy good coffee is Café Secreto. This coffee shop also sells homemade deserts and snacks.

Curto Café

Open environment based on trust, serving high quality products at affordable prices

Address : Av. Erasmo Braga, 278 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20020-010, Brazil

Café Secreto

A cozy counter-service café serving stylish fast-food dishes, plus homemade desserts & snacks

Address : R. Gago Coutinho, 6 - Casa 8 - Catete, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22221-070, Brazil


Bar da Lapa is one of the popular bars in Rio de Janeiro. You will definitely spend a good night together with good people.

Bar da Lapa

A lively, themed bar in a 19th-century house, run by the Antarctica brewery, with samba at night

Address : Av. Mem de Sá, 69 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20230-150, Brazil


Christ the Redeemer statue is one of the most famous statues in the world. You can climb the statue and enjoy the beauty of Rio de Janeiro from the top. You can also experience Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable car, a cable car that goes above the Sugar loaf Mountain from Praia Vermelah. You will see the magnificent landscape of Rio de Janeiro while experiencing the joy of the cable car ride.

Sugarloaf Mountain Cablecar

Rising above Guanabara Bay, this stone mountain is reachable by gondola & offers expansive views

Address : Av. Pasteur, 520 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-240, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer

Giant (98-ft

-tall) mountaintop statue of Jesus Christ, accessed by train & offering city views

Address : Parque Nacional da Tijuca - Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil


Boulevard Olimpico will be the best destination which offers a lot of instagramable spots. The mural was made to celebrate the 2016 Olympics that represents the diversity of culture there. There is also this place called Escadaria Selaron, a colorful tile steps created by the artist Jorge Selarón which is the tribute to the Brazilian people.

Boulevard Olimpico

The biggest gravity in the world created to celebrate the Brazil Olympic

Address : Av. Rodrigues Alves, 335 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil

Escadaria Selaron

Landmark public stairway adorned by artist Jorge Selarón with colorful & hand-painted tiles

Address : R. Joaquim Silva, S/N - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20241-110, Brazil