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Rio de Janeiro Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro is a city of immense culture and character, and a trip to this vibrant place is a journey to a world of color, celebration and festivities. Your head might be spinning with where to go and what to see. Never fear! We’re about to let you in on the best places to visit during your trip. Let us take you on a comprehensive tour of this vast city with our Rio de Janeiro Vacation Travel Guide Video. This footage is sure to inspire an unforgettable vacation itinerary.

Ideas of places to visit in Rio de Janeiro

These are some of the most popular places to visit in Rio. From iconic attractions to secluded beaches, our video features the best spots to add to your travel itinerary. Each point of interest below is in order of appearance in the video, so you can easily refer info to imagery and plan your journey accordingly.


Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian

(1:12 in the video) Pay a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian and admire the remarkable architecture. The light of faith shines bright through the stained glass windows that span floor to ceiling in the church dedicated to Rio de Janeiro’s patron saint.


Christ The Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Statue of Christ the Redeemer

(1:27 in the video) One of Rio de Janeiro’s most famous points of interest is Christ the Redeemer who stands atop Corcovado Mountain. Take a ride up through Tijuca Rainforest and share a bird’s eye view of the city with the statue of Jesus.


Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Sugarloaf Mountain

(2:22 in the video) The panoramic views continue by the water’s edge where Sugarloaf Mountain rises high above Guanabara Bay. If you’re planning a trip to Rio de Janeiro, you absolutely must take the cable car to the peak. It’s one of the best things to do in this incredible destination!


Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro Brazil

Copacabana

(2:41 in the video) It’s not hard to see in the video why this gorgeous stretch of sand is among the top beaches in Rio de Janeiro – and the world. Locals and visitors flock to its shores and feast at the fantastic places to eat on the promenade that runs parallel to the beach.


Beaches

(2:59 in the video) Beaches can easily fill your Rio de Janeiro itinerary. Prainha Beach provides a more secluded feel than some of the city’s other beaches and is also a great surf spot. Skip the crowds of the south zone with a trip to Barra da Tijuca beach. Another spot making the Rio de Janeiro best beach list is Ipanema Beach.


Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Ipanema

(3:24 in the video) Ipanema is the place to be in the summer months This happening spot often hosts events and celebrations like New Year’s Eve parties and Carnaval festivities. If you’re looking for things to do in Rio de Janeiro year-round, check out the Ipanema Hippie Fair and pick up some vacation treasures.


Cinelandia Square in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Cinelândia Square

(3:47 in the video) Standing proudly in the city centre is Cinelândia Square. Bordering the square, you can spy some of the city’s oldest and grandest buildings. Among these are the Municipal Theatre and the Old National Library. Coupled with the National Museum of Fine Arts, it’s easy to see why Cinelândia Square is one of the city’s most culturally significant spaces.


Public parks

(4:23 in the video) As you can see in the Rio travel video, you can reconnect with mother nature in the city’s public parks. From Quinta da Boa Vista, the formal gardens of the Imperial Palace, to the Parque Henrique Lage – lush natural beauty awaits.


Maracana Football Stadium in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Maracanã Football Stadium

(4:53 in the video) No trip to Rio de Janeiro would be complete without a taste of the thriving football spirit. Maracanã Stadium is the open-air stadium that has seen many high-profile games and hundreds of thousands of football fanatics.


Selaron Steps in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Selarón Steps

(5:17 in the video) Discover a colourful mosaic beneath your feet at the Selarón Steps. The piece, created from over 2000 tiles, is dedicated to the people of Brazil. You’ll find this gem between the neighbourhoods of Santa Teresa and Lapa.


Inspiration for traveling to Rio De Janeiro

Searching for some more travel inspiration? Nothing can inspire can inspire an unforgettable vacation quite like incredible photography. Check out our images of Rio de Janeiro. After all, you never really know whether you want to go to a place until you’ve seen photos of it. Our image gallery features pictures from destinations all over the planet to help you plan the trip of a lifetime.

We also have hundreds of travel videos from amazing destinations around the world. Let them inspire you, because an adventure begins well before the plane takes off.

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