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Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro holidays


Rio de Janeiro - the ‘City of Marvels' - is one of the world's most iconic travel destinations, full of energy and colour. This seductive Brazilian city is known for its favelas, beach lifestyle, flamboyant Carnaval held in the Sambódromo and a picturesque setting between rainforest-clad mountains and the ocean.

There's a saying among Cariocas - the laidback and friendly Rio locals - that God made the world in six days and spent the seventh lying on the beach at Ipanema. And to truly understand the city a visit to the beach is a must, whether it's Ipanema or nearby Copacabana. On these world-famous strips of powdery sand Cariocas sunbathe in tiny speedos or bikinis, surf, play beach football and volleyball, before heading to nearby street bars for a cold drink. Taking in the beach vibe during a sunset walk along the shore is a particular Rio pleasure, before watching a samba show or partying like the locals until the early hours.

Another familiar Rio de Janeiro landmark is the 38-metre-tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, its arms open wide and overlooking Rio from the top of Corcovado Mountain. Taking in the panoramic city views from beside the statue is a major Brazil travel highlight, while Sugarloaf Mountain provides another lofty viewpoint.


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Top itineraries in Rio de Janeiro

Belmond in Brazil: Rio and Iguaçu Falls

9-day tailor-made holiday from £5,225 pp incl. flights

Experience two of Brazil's most iconic sights as you tour Rio de Janeiro and spectacular Iguaçu Falls, pairing expert-led excursion with luxurious stays at two famous Belmond hotels.

Ilha Grande Island, Brazil, South America

Brazil's Green Coast and waterfalls

12-day tailor-made holiday from £3,430 pp incl. flights

Combine the very best of Brazil's cities, beaches and natural world, from Rio – the home of Carnival – to the golden sands of Ilha Grande, historic Paraty and the crashing torrents of Iguazu Falls.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil: A Celebration of Life

12-day tailor-made holiday from £4,755 pp incl. flights

Join us in celebrating Brazil's rich history and multicultural mix on this unforgettable tailor-made holiday, which begins amid Rio's city icons before heading north to learn about Afro-Brazilian heritage in Salvador and relax on the beaches of Praia do Forte.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £5,710 pp incl. flights

From the wildlife-filled jungles of the Amazon to the icons of Rio de Janeiro, colonial Salvador and the mighty Iguazu Falls, this is the ultimate introduction to the best of Brazil.

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Top places to stay in Rio de Janeiro

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Belmond Copacabana Palace

Guide price from £4,540 pp

A home to the rich and famous since 1923, this beachfront hotel is one of the finest Art Deco establishments in Rio. Expect five-star service, superb dining, an indulgent spa and views out to Copacabana's golden sands.

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