RIO DE JANEIRO

Brasil
24°C Apr

The Cidade Maravilhosa

Fascinating and magical, Rio de Janeiro enchants tourists from around the world. An urban and natural paradise, it never ceases to make one marvel.

9,000 km from Paris, Rio de Janeiro has always been a dream destination. Famous the world over for its gorgeous sandy beaches, its dazzling carnival, and its beautiful natural sites, the city, long the cultural capital of Brazil, is today one of the most influential Latin American economic metropolises.

It is this aura of economic enterprise that is at least partly responsible for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil, and the 2016 Olympic Games, being held here. These events have marked and continue to mark the lives of the 6.5 million Cariocas who inhabit Rio proper.

The main zone for tourists is the Zona Sul including Ipanema and Copacabana, and the night-owl neighbourhoods of Leblon, Botafogo, and Santa Teresa provides many of the postcard settings of the Cidade Maravilhosa, the 'wonderful city' whose secrets are revealed at every street corner.

The beautiful Jardim Botânico and Floresta da Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world, from the Corcovado mountain peaks and famous Christ the Redeemer to the Pão de Açúcar summit, and Pedra Bonita: Rio offers breath-taking panoramas, with a plethora of tropical oases where toucans, marmosets, and hundred-year-old palm delight the eye at every turn.

Rio is also a world of contrasts. The streets and alleys of Centro and its vestiges of colonial architecture, the blossoming of the Vieux Port and its brand new gigantic and futuristic Museu do Amanhã, Lapa and its samba bars, and the villas-castles of Santa Teresa - the city is a permanent living theatre.

Finally, in Rio, everything begins and ends at the beach. From your early morning jog until the magical moment of sunset, this is where tourists and Cariocas like to meet, humming 'The Girl from Ipanema', written in 1962 by Antônio Carlos Jobim the exemplar of the musical heritage that is bossa nova and the vibrant symbol of the magical city that is Rio de Janeiro.

When to go

Apr
24°C
23%
May
22°C
16%
Jun
21°C
13%
Jul
21°C
10%
Aug
21°C
13%
Sept
23°C
17%
Oct
24°C
23%
Nov
24°C
33%
Dec
26°C
39%
Jan
27°C
39%
Feb
27°C
36%
Mar
26°C
35%