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Rio de Janeiro travel guide

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You're Going to Love Rio De Janeiro

Best known for Carnival, Rio is also a city of fabulous beaches, beautiful people, fine dining, and music and dance. The samba beat is the soundtrack to this glorious South American hotspot.

It's a great choice for sports fans as well as for beach lovers and there are lots of outstanding events to be found throughout the year. From beach volleyball and soccer to surfing, swimming, and hiking, there are also plenty of activities for all age groups to enjoy.

Add historic sites like the Monastery of St. Benedict and the Candelária Church, Art Deco architecture, and spectacular landmarks like the statue of Christ the Redeemer, and you can understand why visitors adore Rio de Janeiro.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Rio De Janeiro

When to Visit Rio De Janeiro

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The most expensive time to visit Rio is from November to March when peak season rates mark the approach of the city-wide Réveillon (New Year's Eve) celebrations and Carnival. It's also the summer season and high temperatures make the beach a popular spot. If you prefer less crowded beaches and attractions and cooler temperatures, visit from June to July. March and April bring the annual rains, and localized flooding is common.

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How to Get to Rio De Janeiro

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Where to Stay in Rio De Janeiro

Mick Jagger, Princess Diana, and Elton John are just some of the celebrities who have stayed at the Belmond Copacabana Palace on Atlantic Avenue across from the beach. However, there is lots of accommodation to suit everyone in Rio de Janeiro. The city's most luxurious hotels like the Fasano and the Sheraton Grand Rio Resort tend to be near the most famous beaches, but there are also good mid-range hotels like the Windsor Palace Hotel and Best Western Plus Copacabana Hotel to choose from. Or, try hotels in the West Zone like the Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro and Windsor Barra Hotel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro

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Shopping Streets

Try the upscale malls like Shopping Rio Sul and Shopping Leblon in the South Zone or Barra Shopping and Sao Conrado Fashion Mall in West Zone for designer fashions. The city's boutiques and exclusive stores offer an impressive range of bikinis and beachwear, while the Sunday hippie market at Ipanema's Praca General Osorio is the best place for jewelry, trinkets, and souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

Supermercado Zona Sul is popular with visitors and there are several branches in Ipanema, while Supermercado Pao de Acucar is another good option. You'll pay R$7 for 12 eggs and R$4.06 for a quart of whole milk.

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C$ 10.36
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
C$ 69.08
Single public transport ticket
Single public transport ticket
C$ 1.43
C$ 2.32

Where to Eat in Rio De Janeiro

Rodizio restaurants are like Spanish tapas restaurants and a great way for visitors to try various local snacks and dishes from a buffet selection. Try Rio/Brasa, an all-you-can-eat steakhouse and barbecue with a Jewish, Middle Eastern, and Japanese buffet featuring 40 cuts of meat and great cocktails. You'll also find health food shops that sell an incredible variety of drinks and sandwiches. Rio has a large Japanese population, so sushi is popular. Visit Sushi Leblon or Haru Sushi Bar & Caffe for some of the best. Expect to pay from R$109 for a basic meal for two or R$220 for dinner for two with wine in an upscale restaurant.

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