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 The colourful, charismatic party capital of Latin America is one of the most vibrant places on earth. The city is watched over by Christ the Redeemer, sitting on top of the city’s landmark Corcovado Mountain. This historic city is known worldwide for its magnificent New Year firework display on Copacabana beach, its explosive carnival, colourful people, and outstanding natural landscape. If you love dancing, shopping, golf, exquisite cuisine or the thrill of fabulous water sports, you will not be disappointed by Rio de Janeiro.

currency

Brazilian Real R$ = 100 centavos

phone

Firefighters: 193
Ambulance: 192
Police: 190
Hospital de Ipanema: +55 21 3111 2334
Hospital Copa D'Or: +55 21 2545 3600

newspaper

O Globo
Jornal do Brasil
Jornal do Commercio
Jornal Copacabana
O Dia
Tribuna da Imprensa
Jornal da Barra

hours

Most shops and offices are generally open from 09:00 to 18: 00h during weekdays and from 09:00 to 13: 00h on Saturdays. Some of the main shopping centers stay open until 22h during the week and from 13h to 21h on Sundays: BarraShopping is one of them. Tourist areas are home to many small shops which often stay open longer. In case of a late-night hunger, corner shops are scattered everywhere in Rioa and open 24/7.
Banks are open from 10h-18h on weekdays.

population

11,8 million

info

Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rua Guilhermina Guinle, 272 / 6ºth floor, Rio de Janeiro
Open: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 09h-18h. Tue 09h-18.30h
+55 21 55 2266 9750
rcvb@rcvb.com.br

Empresa de Turismo do Município do Rio de Janeiro - RIOTUR
Av. Princesa Isabel, 183 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Open: Mon - Fri 09h-18h; Sat, Sun 09h-17h
+55 21 3111 2011

Buildings at the waterfront with Christ The Redeemer statue in the background, Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The City

Rio de Janeiro, which translates to the River of January, sits on the Atlantic coast of Brazil and is the country's second largest city behind São Paulo. For over two centuries it was the bustling capital of Brazil, and it is still, to this day, one of the most important commercial and political centers in the country.

Cariocas' sense of fun is matched only by the spectacular natural environment Rio boasts. There are mountains, nature trails and forests including Floresta da Tijuca, the world’s largest urban forest. Its beaches are among the most beautiful in the world, and its waters are home to an abundance of marine life. Along with Copacabana in the heart of the city, popular beaches include Prainha and Grumari, the beaches of Búzios just along the coast, and the beaches of Piedade and Jurubaíba. Rio de Janeiro has famous landmarks too. Along with Christ the Redeemer, the massive statue of Jesus, there is Sugar Loaf Mountain, the iconic image of the Rio skyline.

The city also has many museums including the ‘living museums’ of Petrópolis and Parati, where visitors can see authentic architecture from the time Rio de Janeiro was founded, while sporting enthusiasts will be captivated by the Maracanã Stadium, one of the largest in the world.

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Do & See

Rio de Janeiro’s attractions are diverse, from festivals and landmarks to forests and nature trails. As a throbbing metropolis, Rio de Janeiro is legendary. Not only does the city host its fabulously outrageous carnival every year, the liveliest and most colourful party in the world to which everyone is invited, but it is filled with dance, music, and the same passion every single day.

Christ the Redeemer

Sugar Loaf

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Mirante Dona Marta

Rio das Ostras Jazz & Blues

The Beaches of Rio de Janeiro

Aventureiro Sustainable Development Reserve

Favelas

Teatro Municipal

Escadaria Selarón

Sitio Roberto Burle Marx

Samba Schools

Hang Gliding over Rio de Janeiro

National History Museum

Picanha

Dining

Rio de Janeiro is a multi-cultural city which is reflected in its varied choice of restaurants. Whether you plan to eat traditional dishes like Feijoada, have a glass of Caipirinha, or prefer Mexican, Oriental, French, Italian or Middle Eastern cuisine, you will find a restaurant to suit your palate and budget.

Cais do Oriente

Amir

Fellini

Hachiko

Braseiro da Gavea

Riso Bistrô

Lagoon

Oro

Zaza Bistro Tropical

Olympe

Polis Sucos

Galeto 183

Org Bistrô

Quitéria Restaurante

Gurumê

coffee

Cafes

In a true Rio de Janeiro spirit, the city’s cafés are often elaborate venues with a wide range of beverages and pastries or light snacks on offer for you to enjoy.

Confeitaria Colombo

Café Hum

Da Casa da Tata

Talho Capixaba

Sofa Cafe

Casa Cavé

Curto Café

Victoria Bakery

Folie à deux - café & bistrô

Confeitaria Kurt

Rio Brazil Samba Cranival music played on drums by colorfully dressed musicians

Bars & Nightlife

Almost all areas of Rio de Janeiro have a lively nightlife scene with samba being the music of choice. If you add great restaurants and sunsets into the equation, such as those at Arraial do Cabo, then you have the ingredients for a perfect evening.

Palaphita Kitch

Rio Scenarium

Bla Bla Champanheria

Alto Lapa

Clube dos Democraticos

Circo Voador

Fundição Progresso

Explorer Bar

Armazém São Thiago

Laughing latin american woman with shopping bags

Shopping

When it comes to shopping, Rio de Janeiro proves to have many heterogeneous opportunities to offer. The city provides a dual shopping experience: modern and international in the big shopping malls, traditional and folkloric in the open-air markets and fairs around the city.

Shopping Streets

Feira do Rio Antigo

Búzios Speciality Shops

Rio's shopping malls

Feira Hippie

Mercado Uruguaiana

Feria de Copacabana

Saara

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Sugar Loaf Mountain - Pao de Acucar and cable car with the bay and Atlantic Ocean in the background. The city is the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Essential Information

International Airport Galeão

Most flights arrive into Rio de Janeiro via International Airport Galeão. The airport is located on Governador Island, the largest one in Guanabara Bay, and is located around twenty kilometers from the city center. The airport is served by a good road network, including the Linha Vermelha and Linha Amarela freeways and Avenida Brasil.

International Airport Galeão has a range of facilities including ATM's, bank, restaurants, telephones, parking and car hire offices.

There are four bus lines (2018, 2101, 2145 and 2918) that run to and from the city center and Rio’s other airport, Santos Dumont Airport. The buses run every ten minutes and journey times, which usually take around 40 minutes. can vary depending on the time of day

For regular taxis there are two companies at the airport, Aerotaxi: +55 21 2467 1500 and Aerocoop: +55 21 3078 5050. There are also VIP taxis available.

Address: Av. Vinte de Janeiro, Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro

Phone: +55 21 3004 6050

Website: www.riogaleao.com

Passport / Visa

Brasil can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Israel, UAE, South Africa and most countries in America.
Visitors coming from most South American countries can enter the country with an identity document instead of a passport. Venezuelan visitors, however, need a visa in case of stays longer than 60 days.
Visa-free entry for a period shorter than 30 days is granted to citizens of Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Singapore.
Nationals of Panama, Malaysia, Namibia, Guatemala, Bahamas and Barbados can enter the country visa-free for tourism purposes only.
Most of African countries' citizens must obtain a visa in advance.

If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country.

Best Time to Visit

Rio de Janeiro is characterized by hot, extremely humid summers and cool, cloudy winters; therefore, choosing the best period to visit the city depends mainly on individual preferences.
Summer is the best period for hot weather lovers and party people willing to tolerate high humidity and frequent rainfalls. From November to February Rio's beaches are invaded by tourists, especially during the famous Carnival.
From March to May, the Fall season offers Rio's best weather: hot and humid but without the drawbacks of the summer. On the other hand, visiting Rio from June to August, during the cloudy Carioca winter will allow you to avoid high temperatures, humidity and rainfalls; in this season, probably the busiest of the year, accommodation prices tend to increase.

Santos Dumont Airport

Santos Dumont Airport, located eight kilometers downtown from Rio de Janeiro, operates only regional flights, connecting the main cities of the country. It has a range of facilities, including ATM's, telephones and car hire offices.

There are two bus lines that operate from the airport: number 2145 runs to Rio de Janeiro International Airport and number 2018 runs to Rio de Janeiro International Airport and Alvorada.

Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Address: Praça Sen. Salgado Filho, Centro, Rio de Janeiro

Phone: +55 21 3814 7070

Website: www.aeroportosantosdumont.net

Public Transport

Rio de Janeiro provides many different means of transportation to get around.
The subway is the easiest, fastest and safest among them. It is open from 05h to 24h from Monday to Saturday and from 07h to 23h on Sunday and consists in two lines (orange and green), linking all the main tourist spots of the city.
Buses are practical, convenient and, above all, needed to get to the many hilly areas of the city. Just remember to be careful of pickpockets during rush-hour! Night buses are also available.
Trams and trains' limited network makes them less useful to tourists. They are, however, used to reach few tourist areas such as Mount Corcovado or Santa Teresa neighborhood.

Website: www.rio.com/practical-rio/buses-rio

More Information: www.metrorio.com.br

Ferries

Ferries connect the mainland with some of the nearby islands. They are a good way to avoid the road traffic while enjoying the view of the city and its bays.
One of the most popular itinerary is the one going towards the tropical Paquetá Island, in the Guanabara Bay. Bicycles are allowed on board if you wish to explore when you disembark.

Website: www.grupoccr.com.br/barcas

Taxi

There are plenty of taxis in Rio. They are usually fairly priced, but you must beware of the unlicensed ones and use only those associated with an accredited company: yellow, identified by stickers on the window and fitted with meter.
Sometimes taking a taxi may not be the best option: Rio is characterized by a heavy urban traffic that may slow you down and make your rate increase significantly; on the other hand, during the night some drivers might quote you excessive rates.
Taxis are usually found in the designated ranks outside hotels and airport terminals. When in doubt, ask the hotel or restaurant to call you a taxi, drivers often barely speaks English.

Nettaxi
+55 21 99292/0947

Aerocoop
+55 21 3078 5050

Aerotaxi
+55 21 2467 1500

Central Táxi
+55 21 3878 8880

Post

There are many post offices around the city of Rio de Janeiro. The name of the national post agency is Correios, which literally means 'post office'. Post office branches are quite easy to locate thanks to their blue and yellow sign.

In Copacabana:
Rua 5 de Julho, 89, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Open: 09h-17h; Closed on Sunday
+55 21 2236 3774

In Centro:
Rusa Dom Manuel, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
Open: 09h-17h; Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
+55 21 2215 4133

Address: Rua 5 de Julho, 89, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

Phone: +55 21 2236 3774

Website: www.correios.com.br

Pharmacy

Rio de Janeiro has a number of pharmacies around the city. Large pharmacy chains to look for are Drogaria Pacheco, Droga Raia, Drogaria Pop and Drogaria Venancio.
These chains can be easily found everywhere in Rio and are usually open from 7h to 23h.

The following pharmacies are open 24 hours a day:
Droga Raia
Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1282, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 2274 8023

Droga Raia
Av. Nossa Sra. de Copacabana, 919, Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 2548 0524

Address: Av. Ataulfo de Paiva, 1282, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro

Phone: +55 21 2274 8023

Website: www.drogaraia.com.br

Telephone

Country code: + 55
Area code: 21

Electricity

In Rio de Janeiro, plugs and sockets are of type N. The standard voltage is 110 / 120 V but many hotels also provide 220 V outlets. Standard frequency is 60 Hz.