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Rio de Janeiro
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You're going to love Rio de Janeiro

Best known for Carnival, Rio is also a city of fabulous beaches, beautiful people, fine dining, and music and dance. The samba beat is the soundtrack to this glorious South American hotspot.
Rio de Janeiro is great for culture & adventure.

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A visit to the top of Corcovado Mountain and the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue is a must. While the hike is worth it, keep in mind it’s a challenging trail. You can also reach the top via train or marked vans. Be sure to bring cash, there’s a cash-only entrance fee at the top.
Pão de Açúcar Arcos da Lapa Floresta da Tijuca
6.32 million
largest city in Brazil
Brazilian Real equals $1 USD
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Getting to Rio de Janeiro

The fastest option is to arrive via Galaeo International Airport, which sits just over 10 miles from the city. Find a taxi offering a flat fare instead of a metered ride, or consider using your rideshare app, which may be a bit cheaper.

Median airfare by month

$962 Median airfare from US to Rio de Janeiro in January

Median airfare by time before departure

$980 Median airfare 1 month before departure date
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Staying in Rio de Janeiro

Looking to samba the night away? Lapa is the neighborhood for you. You’ll find traditional bars, live music and dance halls in close proximity.

Median hotel rate by month

$149 Median January hotel rate

Median hotel rate by night

$109 Median Sunday hotel rate

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When in Rio de Janeiro

Must-see in Rio de Janeiro

Cristo Redentor
Cristo Redentor
Copacabana Beach
Copacabana Beach
Escadaria Selarón
Escadaria Selarón
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro

Weather in Rio de Janeiro

Average Temperature (°F)
81° Average temperature in January

Eating in Rio de Janeiro

What should you order while you’re in Rio de Janeiro?

Keep an eye out for food vendors selling sardines, freshly fried with a little salt and lime. Beachside vendors also serve up popcorn made with bacon or caramel.
Rio de Janeiro

What you’ll expect to pay (USD)

Cheap meal
A beer
Nice dinner for 2
Standard tip for good service
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