Rio de Janeiro Tours and Attractions

Rio de Janeiro is a true melting pot of cultures, home to over six million people with no particular race, religion or creed that dominates, making it a unique gem in the heart of South America where everyone is welcome. In a country of continental dimensions, determining the first destination on your South American vacation could be a daunting task. However, Rio is the perfect starting point. A word of caution though, you might need consider spending more than just a couple of days in Rio as there is much to do and see!
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Rio on Your Own

Looking to explore the city on your own. Read what our experts have to say. Tips on finding the right hotel and advise on the charms only Rio de Janeiro can offer. Check our suggestions within your time frame, on your pace and budget. True Cariocas have put together interesting suggestions for the smart tourist. MORE

There’s More to Rio than the Beach

While Copacabana is truly the mother of all beaches, the seaside city also has nightlife, entertainment and other attractions that will want you coming back for more. Undoubtedly, there is no shortage of attractions lead by the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. There are many more things to see, so after a hectic day you may want to spend time watching a movie, catch a game of soccer at the Engenhao while the Maracana is closed or settle down to an evening of opera at Rio’s Municipal Theater.

Exploring Rio’s Past

A great way to experience Rio’s history and rich cultural heritage is to visit national museums around the city. You have a choice of art, history and other museums dedicated to science, literature and more. These Rio museums are the about the closest you will ever get to experiencing Brazilian traditions and culture. Brazilian artists are well known for their explicit paintings and sculptures, some of which are available at various art galleries in the city.

Sporting Events Galore

The Cariocas are sports lovers to the tee and with the city blessed by mountains, beaches and the sea, vacationers have a choice of sports including diving, snorkeling, hiking and beach soccer and volleyball, to name a few. Chances are, you may soon turn from a ‘gringo’ to a Carioca, once you spend a few days in Rio.