Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

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See also: Rio de Janeiro CarnivalRio de Janeiro Beaches

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The energetic city of Rio de Janeiro is well known for being the carnival city of the world, and with its fashionable and seductive beaches, stunning scenery and landmarks such as the impressive Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ Redeemer Statue the city will certainly keep you entertained.

Rio summer runs from December to February and often has scorching temperatures of around 40*C , Winter in Rio is during July, August and September and generally sees temperatures that are between 18 and 26 * C. The months which tend to see the most rain are December, January, February and March. Between February and June and October and November the temperatures are usually warm without being too oppressive and are an excellent time to visit, carnival time when Rio de Janeiro has the most visitors.

Transport Guide
The driving culture is chaotic at best and driving yourself around is therefore best avoided. There is plenty of public transport available that can easily take you to most of the city or a relatively safe alternative is to hire a car and driver to take you around.

Rio de Janeiro Sport
Rio de Janeiro is known for many sports such as horse racing, yachting, surfing and kite surfing, hang gliding, rock climbing and not forgetting football which is the most popular. The Maracana Stadium is the largest stadium in South America and is located in the Maracana district which is around 10km from Flamengo. Rio de Janeiro hosted the XV Pan American Games in 2007, was the FIFA World Cup Final venue in 2000 and will be one of the host cities of the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and will be hosting the Olympic Games in 2016.

The Rio de Janeiro Carnival
The main Carnival lasts for 4 days and nights and is when the streets of Rio come alive with dancing, music, floats and some of the most amazing costumes you have ever seen... more about The Rio de Janeiro Carnival

Rio de Janeiro Safety
Rio de Janeiro does have a high crime rate with pick pocketing a common occurrence especially at night, around the stations and at tourist attractions. When travelling by car it is advisable to keep all car doors locked and to be aware of car jackars. Avoid walking around the city late at night especially in the Praca Maua district which is near to the Pier Maua ferry port and in any of the shantytown neighborhoods.

Sites of Interest
Rio de Janeiro has many impressive and world famous landmarks. The Christ Redeemer Statue which stands looking over the city is one of the most well known and Sugar Loaf Mountain with its awesome cable car ride to get there are a must for anyone visiting Rio.

Other treasures include the Maracana stadium, the very modern Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, the Monastery of Saint Benedict, National Museum of Fine Arts and the Imperial Palace are all important sites of interest. If its nature your after then a visit to Tijuca National Park or the Botanic Gardens will certainly offer you plenty of flora and fauna.

Rio de Janeiro has many fantastic beaches which are reasonably close to the city such as Botafogo, Copacabana and Ipanema which are all extremely popular with locals and tourists alike... more about Rio de Janeiro Beaches

Sugar Loaf Mountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain or Pao de Acucar is one of the most famous attractions in Rio de Janeiro. The mountain which is in the shape of the old sugar loaf rises up above the city and offers spectacular views from the top... more about Sugar Loaf Mountain

Christ The Redeemer Statue
In 2007 the statue was named one of the new 7 Wonders Of The World and is one of the most well known attractions in Rio de Janeiro. From the top of the statue you can enjoy amazing views of the city, beaches and surrounding areas... more about Christ The Redeemer Statue

Jardim Botanico
This wonderful Garden is situated at the base of the Corcovado Mountain and contains a wide range of flora such as Palm trees, water lily's and Orchids and fauna such as Howler Monkey's as well as a greenhouse filled with many plant species, several statues, fountains, ponds, bridges and paths and avenues to walk through and explore... more about Jardim Botanico

Imperial Palace (Paço Imperial)
This magnificent building was built in the 18th century and was once a Royal Palace, the building has a wonderful marble portal and is now a cultural exhibition centre... more about Imperial Palace

Monastery of St Benedict (Sao Bento Monastery)
The Monastery of Saint Benedict is richly decorated with carvings and paintings and still holds daily Mass with Gregorian chant... more about Monastery of St Benedict

Maracanã Stadium
This impressive stadium hosts regular sporting and music events and is one of the most famous soccer stadiums in the world, having hosted the World Cup in 1950... more about Maracanã Stadium

Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas
This wonderful lake offers views of Corcavado Mountain, a variety of leisure activities such as walking, cycling and tennis as well as dining and entertainment opportunities, all within the magnificent setting of the lake and surrounding parks... more about Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Tijuca National Park
Tijuca National Park is famous for being the Worlds largest urban park, its outstanding natural beauty and for the landmarks such as the Christ Redeemer Statue and the granite rock called Pedra da Gavea which has the image of a human face... more about Tijuca National Park

The Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro (Catedral Metropolitana)
The Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro is modern in its design and well known for its impressive stained glass windows and cone like shape... more about The Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro

National Museum Of Fine Arts (Museu Nacional de Bellas Arte)
The National Museum of Fine Arts is located in Centro, offers a vast selection of paintings, sculptures and African artwork that have been collected over many years and can now be viewed in one of the most well known Art Galleries in Brazil... more about National Museum Of Fine Arts

Fiscal Island (Ilha Fiscal)
This tiny Island is famous for the green palace which takes up most of the Island which is famous for hosting the final Royal Ball before Brazil became a Republic... more about Fiscal Island