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FAQ

What are the beaches in Rio de Janeiro?

Copacabana, the most famous beach in Rio and a favorite for sports lovers, Copacabana, where more than 2 million people gather to celebrate the new year, Ipanema, for those who want to enjoy Rio in a relaxed way, Barra da Tijuca, the longest beach in the entire state of Rio de Janeiro. Its attractive waves are ideal for the practice of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, bodyboarding and kitesurfing and also for lovers of sport fishing.

Where to enjoy nature in Río other than the beach?

Tijuca National Park: The largest urban jungle in the world mixes species of fauna and flora only found in the Atlantic Rainforest. It covers an area of 3,200 hectares. In 1961, the Tijuca Forest became a National Park, a privileged scenario where nature and culture harmonize and complement each other. Divided into sectors, the park has historical attractions that date back to the time of coffee production and the Portuguese empire.

Are there museum in Rio de Janeiro?

Yes, you’ll find the Museum of Modern Art, located in Guanabara Bay, it boasts more than 6 thousand pieces. This museum also has a bookstore specialized in arts.

What is Santa Teresa?

A typical neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Santa Teresa was born in the 18th century and occupies a hill in the heart of the city. Symbol of the plastic arts, the neighborhood has dozens of workshops and in its narrow streets passes the old cable cars of the city.

What are the most popular destinations in Rio de Janeiro?

“Christ the Redeemer” and the “Sugar Loaf”. The Christ is the Icon of Rio, it is on the Morro do Corcovado and is the largest Art Deco statue in the world. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The Sugar Loaf was the first cable car installed in Brazil and is one of the most important icons of Rio de Janeiro. On the cable car ride, you can enjoy wonderful landscapes and panoramic views.

When is Carnival in Río?

Normally, it’s between the end of February and the begining of March. It’s usually organize 51 days before Semana Santa (Holy Week, a Catholic conmemoration) which is celebrate between March and April and the dates vary each year. Excepcionally and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 2021 the Carnaval in Río is scheduled from the 9th to the 12th of July.

What to do in Rio de Janeiro?

Rio de Janeiro, often known as the “Marvelous City,” was established in 1502 by a Portuguese sailor. “Janeiro” is the Portuguese word for January and the first month of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. So it comes as no surprise this city always offers sunny days and a constant sense of holiday lingering in the air. After Sao Paulo, Rio has the country’s second-largest economy and remains the country’s financial capital.

Rio de Janeiro is famous for featuring attractions such as the Christ the Redeemer, the art deco statue of Jesus Christ, and Sugarloaf Mountain. However, the city also offers little-known attractions such as the Botanical Garden, the Santa Teresa Tram, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Museum of Modern Art; these places are a must in any tour to Rio de Janeiro. In 2012, UNESCO recognized a portion of the city as a World Heritage Site, naming it “Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea.”

Destinations to combine with tours in Rio de Janeiro

 

  • Buenos Aires

The original name of Buenos Aires was “Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre,” inspired by an Italian virgin. Buenos Aires sits on the coast of Río de la Plata, the widest river in the world. This city is the jumping point for almost any trip to Argentina since the international airport (best known for “Ezeiza”) and a domestic airport (called “Aeroparque”) concentrate the affluent of most of the flights in the country. In Buenos Aires you can visit many historical places like Evita’s Peron resting place, the Colon Theater and La Boca Neighborhood where first immigrants settled down and enjoy a new begin escaping from the European wars. We recommend visiting at least 5 days to fully experience its gorgeous architecture, European-styled outdoor cafés, excellent shopping, resto-bars, wine, steak, and so on.

 

  • Iguazú Falls

The letter I in Guarani signifies “water,” while “guazu” means “big.” The Iguazú Falls is South America’s most impressive waterfalls. Perpetual rainbows, hundreds of butterflies, an enormous green forest, and the intensity of flowing water will leave you speechless. Three countries share the falls: Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. Both Brazil and Argentina have National Parks dedicated to them, and their personalities are distinct enough to warrant a visit to each. Iguazu Falls National Park, a Natural World Heritage Site since 1984 and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World since 2011, is a one-of-a-kind natural world. It features over 250 waterfalls, including the Devil’s Throat, which drops more than 82 meters.

 

  • Iberá Wetlands

These marshlands offer one of the best spots for a nature-lover’s Argentina vacation. With an overwhelming variety of species, the Iberá Wetlands are among the last natural paradises on earth. This nature reserve covers over 5000 mi² of marsh with over 60 lakes. Wandering the reserve you can get face to face with caimans, capybaras, swamp deer, pampas deer, howler monkeys, giant otters, anacondas, greater rheas and over 350 species of birds. Nowadays, Iberá is one of the most off-the-beaten-path destinations in Argentina, and the best place to taste what eco traveling is like. There are foundations working in Iberá to restore native species that were endangered and now can return little by little to the marshlands like de guacamayo and the yaguareté (a native jaguar).

 

Recommended trips including Río de Janeiro

Tour NamePriceDurationDescription
Argentina & Brazil ExplorationFROM USD 16099 DaysIn this 9-day journey, explore Argentine Iguazú Falls and Brazilian rainforests.
Best of South AmericaFROM USD 238012 DaysExplore the ruins of Machu Picchu, travel to Buenos Aires, see the Iguazú Falls, and relax on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
Best of South America for CouplesFROM USD 348118 DaysFrom Peru to Argentina, travel through South America and explore its most romantic spots.
Río to Iguazú FROM USD 8607 DaysTravel from Rio de Janeiro to Iguazu Falls, connect with unique nature and rest on a tropical beach.

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