Rio de Janeiro Travel Information
for a Tropical City Paradise!

If you're looking for a comprehensive Rio de Janeiro travel information and guide, then you have come to the right place.

After many visits to Brazil over the past 20 years, people often ask us what it's like in Rio. We've found that not one word or phrase can possibly describe the place, but the laid back "Cariocas" (Rio residents) aptly refer to it as the "Cidade Maravilhosa" (The Marvelous City)!!

It truly is a marvelous place because of its amazing natural beauty and for its seemingly endless leisure, dining, and entertainment choices.

Whether you plan to stay 5 days or 5 weeks, come for the wild Carnival (Carnaval), New Year's Eve (Revéillon), or visit any other time of the year, this city has much to offer the international traveler.

What awaits you in Brazil are the beautiful Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant nightlife, fantastic restaurants, many outdoor activities, urban forests and numerous sightseeing excursions. Don't miss the famous Ipanema Hippie Fair or weekly Farmers Markets!

Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor)
Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor)

By day, you can swim and surf at one of the many fantastic beaches, shop for trendy fashions in elegant boutiques, ride the cable car up to Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar) that over looks the beautiful bay, or take in the incomparable views of the city from Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor) atop Corcovado Mountain.

Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)
Sugarloaf (Pão de Açúcar)

Or you might just want to enjoy an ice cold chopp (draft beer) at a one of fashionable bars or at a popular Botequim (an open air bar with restaurant table service) and simply watch the world go by.

By night, with a Caipirinha in hand (the Brazilian national drink), you can watch the sunset from a rooftop hotel bar in chic Ipanema Beach. Then enjoy some of the best food the world has to offer in a wide variety of fantastic restaurants, including the popular Brazilian Churrascaria Steakhouses .

Later, hit one of the trendy Rio de Janeiro nightclubs, party the night away in the Samba dance clubs in the bohemian Lapa district, or enjoy live Bossa Nova music or some other rich musical heritage the city has to offer.

You might just find yourself on Copacabana Beach again at dawn watching the sunrise!

Head to some of the other beaches in Rio, including secluded Joatinga Beach, the ultimate surfer beach Prainha, or the pristine eco-preserve Grumari Beach.

Whatever your desires might be, they can probably be fulfilled here...

Joatinga Beach Surfista!
Surfer (Surfista) at Joatinga Beach, Brazil

Every time we leave Rio it's with "saudades" (a melancholy feeling), from which we quickly recover by planning and dreaming about our next visit!

We've created this Rio de Janeiro travel information site, to provide an informative travel guide for the tourist or international business traveler. Rather than overwhelm you with lists of all the wonderful restaurants, and hotels, we've picked our favorites to fit a wide variety of budgets and tastes.

Whenever possible, we share our Insider's Tips to help you enjoy the city like a native and make the most of an unforgettable vacation.

We are very excited about the Rio 2016 Olympics! What a huge boost for both Brazil and South America. Now, the the rest of the world will learn about what we already know - Rio de Janeiro is a fantastic place to visit. Watch the Olympic sports & music video - feel the vibe, the rhythm, the people ... you'll be hooked!

We suggest you start planning your vacation by first deciding in type of lodging best fits your needs. Then find a hotel, rental apartment, or hostel that best fits your budget. From there, plan your sightseeing activities and outdoor adventures.

Find a cheap flight, read our Beach Tips, then pack your bags and your sun block!

Remember to bring your camera, to take photos of the many fantastic sights and beautiful people. Take a look at our Rio de Janeiro vacation slideshow!

Looking for a live view of Sugarloaf and Guanabara Bay? See live streaming video earthTV Camera page!

Allow us to "upload" our years of Rio de Janeiro travel information and experience to help you plan the perfect Brazilian vacation.

Take 2 minutes to watch the Brazil & Rio de Janeiro travel video. You will both see and feel the pulse and rhythm of this fantastic country.

Obrigado e boa viagem!
(Thanks and a have great trip!)

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