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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.

Beaches

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.

Tours

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.

Carnival

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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