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Rio de Janeiro

Few cities embody the personality of their country better than Rio does for Brazil. The Marvellous City has come to be synonymous with laid-back Brazilian beach culture, its contagious and irrepressible spirit, breathtaking scenery and social complexities. Rio is a city of icons; Christ the Redeemer, the cable cars of Sugarloaf Mountain, the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema and the Maracanã stadium. It also enjoys the most envious setting of any metropolis the world over, with a beautiful huge lagoon, flanked to the east by the Guanabara Bay and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean, and extending between enormous granite peaks and wide sandy beaches.

From 1808 to 1821 the Portuguese Royal Family moved to Rio, fleeing the Napoleanic Wars in Europe and making it the capital of the Empire. This move paved the way for a number of royal palaces to be built, both within Rio and the summer residences at Petropolis, and the establishment of the Royal Library, the academy of Fine Arts, the Botanical Gardens and the Bank of Brazil, as well as holding a Royal Wedding and a Coronation. This importance led to Rio remaining the capital of Brazil through its independence, until 1960. This legacy can still be seen today, away from the famous beaches. The 'cariocas', residents of Rio, are a lively, friendly people and the city is constantly buzzing with life.

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Special tour of Rio de Janeiro

Visit Corcovado, the historic centre and lesser-visited areas, for a more in-depth perspective on modern day Rio and its fasc…

Corcovado Mountain

Combine a visit to the famous Christ statue on Corcovado with Sugar Loaf Mountain, historic Santa Teresa or the Tijuca forest…

Sugar Loaf Hiking

Avoid the crowds and reach the summit on a challenging hike up Sugar Loaf, in the company of expert guides.

Botanical Gardens

Discover thousands of plant species from across Brazil and an array of exotic birds at the excellent Botanical Gardens.

Rio's Three Ecosystems

Rio's exotic climate and remarkable setting have created three unique ecosystems, which can be enjoyed on our special tour, p…

Ipanema Hippie Market

Ipanema is known the world over for its famous beach, but its Hippie Market is a wonderful place to people-watch and shop for…

Rio de Janeiro History tour

Relive Rio's rich colonial history on this special tour through the older parts of the city, often overlooked by visitors.

Art & Culture of Rio de Janeiro

Explore Rio's thriving art scene at some of its excellent galleries and museums, on a special tour tailored to your own inter…

Classical Music & Shopping

Visit the beautiful theatre, listen to some live Brazilian or classical music and spend the afternoon shopping at the city's…

Tujica Forest

Discover isolated waterfalls and lush 'Mata Altantica' vegetation in the Tijuca Forest, the world's largest urban forest.

Pedra Da Gavea trek

Take on perhaps the city's best hike through dense forest to magnificent viewpoints, reached by relatively few visitors to Ri…

Rochina Favela

Visit the city's largest favela to see how its huge communities live, in a safe and sensitive tour.

Rio by night

Venture out into the lively Lapa district to discover Rio's famed nightlife and live music scene.

Maracana Stadium

Enjoy a match at the world-famous Maracanã stadium, host of two World Cup finals.

Burle Marx & Folk Art Museum

Get off the beaten track with a tour of the estate of the world famous landscape designer and the charming Folk Art museum.

Petropolis

Head out of Rio to the Imperial City of Petropolis, visiting its palaces, museum and cathedral.

Ilha Grande hiking

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Sepetiba Bay

Board a schooner boat to sail to the tropical islands of Sepetiba Bay, around 50 miles from Rio.

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in Rio de Janeiro

Copacabana Palace

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Fasano Hotel, Ipanema

Imagined by Philippe Starck - the elegant and modern décor includes original artwork from the 1950's and 60's.

Sofitel Copacabana Hotel

Decorated in the modern French style and offering the excellent hospitality you would expect from a Sofitel.

Santa Teresa Hotel

The use of natural materials such as cotton and linen, tropical woods, characterise all the atmosphere of the Hotel.

Porto Bay Rio Hotel

Situated overlooking Copacabana Beach, decorated in modern style with balconies, rooftop bar and side views of the beach and…

Sol Ipanema Hotel

Located in the most trendy point of Ipanema Beach and only block away from bar Girl, the birthplace of Bossa Nova.

Windsor Excelsior Hotel

The upscale modern glass tower with panoramic views with all the luxurious amenities.

Mar Ipanema Hotel

Set on a corner in the buzzy Charm Quarter, this chic, contemporary hotel is also 350m from the legendary Ipanema Beach.

Mar Palace Hotel

This polished hotel is in a glass-fronted high-rise building walking distance from the beach.

Mercure Rio de Janeiro

The Mercure Rio de Janeiro offers versatile accommodation close to the beach and Copacabana Fort.

La Suite Hotel

Very exclusive, cool and chic, La Suite is the perfect place to spend days of pleasure in great company.

Ipanema Inn Hotel

Located in the trendy residential district, surrounded by bars and restaurants, only 300 m away from the beach.

Arena Copacabana

The Arena is an excellent value choice located in a superb location overlooking Copacabana beach.

Ritz Copacabana

The modern Ritz Copacabana Boutique Hotel has a fantastic pool and bar view on the top floor. Located in the heart of Copacab…

Grand Hyatt Barra da Tijuca

A welcoming modern retreat in Tijuca, surrounded by nature and pristine beaches, away from the city centre.

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