Rio de Janeiro, in southeast Brazil, is one of South America’s most famous hubs of energy and excitement.
Rio fills the narrow strip between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra do Mar coastal forest, and is home to some sixteen million people.
In Rio de Janeiro, the soft glow of dawn reveals golden shores, and an urban jungle dotted with mountain peaks. At this early hour, the coastline is a sea of serenity, but soon enough energetic locals fill the scene.
Rio’s seductive beaches have a rejuvenating effect that appeals to everyone. With each sunrise, the city readies itself to put on a brand new show. Cariocas, as the residents are known, take pride in expressing themselves in less conventional ways.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian.

cathedral Rio De Janeiro

Even the city’s main house of worship is unorthodox. The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian is modeled after a Mayan temple, a staircase to the sun.

Statue of Christ the Redeemer

Statue of Christ the Redeemer RIO DE JANEIRO

But it’s the statue of Christ the Redeemer that takes center stage on Rio’s skyline.

Corcovado Mountain

Corcovado Mountain Rio de JANEIRO

Take the 20-minute ride through the Tijuca rainforest to the top of Corcovado Mountain, and stand at the feet of this world-famous landmark. With arms outstretched in a gesture of peace, this statue of Jesus gazes down upon all of Rio, from the waterfront neighborhoods, to the poor “Favelas” that cling to the mountain slopes.

Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

Just across the water lays Rio’s most iconic peak, Sugarloaf Mountain. Hang on tight, as the cable car carries you to the lookout, then relax and enjoy the views over the city, bay, and beaches below.

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

copacabana beach Rio de Janeiro

People from all walks of life are drawn to Rio de Janeiro’s most talked about beach: Copacabana. It’s usually packed with sun worshippers, but you can always find room to move out on its calm waters.

Prainha, Rio de Janeiro

Prainha Rio de Janeiro

If you are looking for waves, head out to Prainha. This protected eco-park lacks high-rise hotels and is a nice contrast to Rio’s other beaches.

Barra da Tijuca and Ipanema Beach

Barra da Tijuca and Ipanema Beach Rio De Janeiro

Closer to downtown, Barra da Tijuca, and Ipanema Beach, are great places for people-watching, or a game of volleyball with the locals.

Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro

Praia de Ipanema Rio de Janeiro

In Ipanema, shop for souvenirs at the Sunday Hippie Fair. Or join the dancers during the street parties that often erupt here around Carnaval and New Year.
At times it’s as if Rio is one big parade of Samba,…Capoeira,…and Carnaval!

Cinelandia, Rio De Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil - Cinelandia - panoramio

In the heart of the city, is Cinelândia.

Municipal Theater and the National Museum of Fine Arts

Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro

This historic square is home to the eclectic Municipal Theater and the National Museum of Fine Arts. Admire works by some of Brazil’s greatest artists. And see how the Portuguese left their mark on this city when they first arrived on New Year’s Day in 1502.

National History Museum

Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro 1

Discover Brazil’s pre-colonial times, at the National History Museum. Located close to the port, the building was once part of the city’s defenses.

Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro

Parque Lage - Rio de Janeiro 2

Rio is blessed with elegant public parks, such as Parque Henrique Lage.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace Rio de Janeiro

The formal gardens of Quinta da Boa Vista surround the Imperial Palace, the home of Brazilian royalty before the country declared itself a republic.

Maracana Football Stadium

Maracana Football Stadium

The local lust for life is reflected in the cuisine, whether it be a traditional feast of grilled meat, or simply a cool drink straight from a coconut. But of course, nothing ignites the passion of Rio’s residents like football.
Even between games, a visit the Maracanã Football Stadium will give you a taste of this national obsession.

Selaron Steps


Don’t leave Rio before walking the Selarón Steps. The eccentric artist Jorge Selarón devoted much of his life, paving the way for a more colourful passage from the bohemian Santa Teresa area, to the nightlife district of Lapa. Tiles were donated from all over the world, resulting in a remarkable mosaic.

Guanabara Bay

Guanabara Bay Rio de janeiro

No wonder they call Rio de Janeiro the “Cidade Maravilhosa”,…the marvelous city. Seeing the sun set over Guanabara Bay, is like watching the finale of a spectacular show.
When the curtain goes down, you can’t help but wait, for the encore…