Top hotels in Rio de Janeiro
The Grand Mercure Rio de Janeiro is inside Riocentro and close to the Athletes' Park, which hosts one of the biggest music festivals in the world, and to the Olympic Park, Rio Arena, the Barra da Tijuca, Reserva and Grumari beaches and major shopping centers, such as Metropolitano, BarraShopping and Village Mall. The hotel in Barra da Tijuca has privileged views of the lake and mountains and extensive leisure facilities, with a rooftop pool, fitness center, sauna, kids' space and a small soccer field
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With excellent public transport links, Beija Flor is just one block away from Rio’s famous Flamengo Beach and Aterro do Flamengo Park. It offers free Wi-Fi.
Ideally located in Rio de Janeiro, Hotel Dipomata Copacabana is just 300 metres from Copacabana Beach and a 5-minute walk from Shopping Plaza Sul. It offers with free WiFi. Dipomata Copacabana Hotel offers practical air-conditioned rooms that are equipped with a TV, minibar and private bathroom. In addition, they provide white linens and towels and some rooms offer a small seating area. Fresh fruits, breads and cold meats are served on the breakfast buffet each morning, as well as tea, coffee and juices. Restaurants offering local and international dishes can also be found nearby on Avenida Atlântica. The Cardeal Arcoverde Metro Station is just 4 short blocks away and assists with transport to other parts of the city. The Santos Dumont Airport is 25 minutes away by car.
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Hotels in Rio de Janeiro
The city of Rio de Janeiro, or just Rio, is the second-largest city in Brazil and the capital of Rio de Janeiro, one of 27 Brazilian states. The city is best known for its beaches, carnivals, football, music and its well-preserved tropical forests. With so many well-known attractions, expect an adventure-packed holiday.
A write-up of Rio would never be complete without mentioning Copacabana Beach. The 4.5 km of sparkling coastline is rich in culture, filled with bars, restaurants and upscale Rio de Janeiro hotels. Tourists of all ages will enjoy either sunbathing, drinking in the bars or trying their hand at various watersports available, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding and parasailing.
Christ the Redeemer
One of the modern-day Seven Wonders of the World, the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) has been standing atop the Corcovado Mountain with his arms spread out, since 1931. A journey here by cog train through the trails of the Tijuca Forest National Park is a great attraction in itself, as is the beautiful Corcovado Mountain. Once atop the mountain, arriving early to avoid the masses, find yourself a unique view of the statue and an amazing view of the city. Entry is free.
Tijuca Forest National Park
Covering some 32 km², Parque Nacional da Tijuca is the world's largest urban forest. Hand-planted in the 19th century to repair destruction caused by coffee plantations, the park is home to ocelots, toucans, howler monkeys, capuchins and other endangered species known only to the Amazon basin.
You can book hiking tours of the forest and vehicle tours combining these attractions plus Sugarloaf Mountain and nearby waterfalls through a number of local travel agents. Alternatively you may want to book a day or a half-day Atlantic cruise, to relax and enjoy beautiful Rio views.
Held for six days in February and March, Rio Carnival is considered the biggest carnival in the world, with two million people per day on the streets. The typical Rio carnival parade is all about music, dance and amazing floats and costumes. The most famous dance is carnival samba, a Brazilian dance with African influences, and you can see most of the carnival for free.
Nightlife and restaurants
Of course, being Rio, there are so very many amazing food, drink and entertainment providers. Here are a couple of gems. Located near the world-famous Maracanã Stadium, Aconchego Carioca is a city-famous bar, known for its great atmosphere and amazing bar food. Once seated, after queuing, you can enjoy the Brazilian staple ‘feijoada stew' – little deep fried balls of flavour, and the 150-strong beer menu.
If its live music you want, try Carioca da Gema, where every night of the week bands play and locals dance like they're floating on air.
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