In Rio de Janeiro you celebrate the famous carnival, visit the statue of Christ on the Corcovado or use the cable car to climb Rio's landmark, the Sugar Loaf Mountain. In all modesty, the former capital of Brazil is a city of superlatives on the South American continent. Embedded between the Atlantic Ocean in the south, the bay Guanabara in the east and the Serra do Mar in the north and west, there is hardly a second metropolis with a comparable mixture of sightseeings, fiery dances and dreamlike sand beaches.
General information about Rio de Janeiro
"Cidade Maravilhosa" is how the almost 11.9 million inhabitants of the metropolitan region call their home. And also the numerous tourists who travel to Rio de Janeiro every year cannot lie when they talk about their adventures in the "beautiful city" on the coast of Brazil. Rio is a fascination. Both in the city area itself, as well as far away from the tourist attractions, places worth seeing are waiting for their visitors. In the centre of Rio you will find first-class hotels, such as the Copacabana Palace or the Ceasar Park, colourful shopping centres (Barra Shopping or Rio Sul) as well as a variety of restaurants serving traditional local dishes as well as international cuisine. The most famous sights do not require long distances through the city of Rio. A popular excursion destination is the Urca peninsula, where the world-famous Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar) is located. On Mount Corcovado, on the other hand, the famous statue of Christ rises into the mostly blue sky. From both of Rio's top sights you can enjoy a view of the fascinating metropolis surrounded by rainforest, mountains and the numerous beaches. Bathing resorts, dream beaches and tropical islands are worth exploring on tours in the surrounding area of Rio. To the north of the metropolis lies the former imperial residence Petropolis and to the east the holiday resort Buszios with its idyllic natural beaches and the cosy fishing village atmosphere awaits numerous visitors.
Security in Rio de Janeiro
The gap between poverty and wealth is particularly wide in Rio de Janeiro. While in the favelas at the mountain slopes and peripheral areas of the metropolis, the local people live in the simplest dwellings, at the Copacabana, one gorgeous hotel follows the next one. The serious differences lead to a relatively high crime rate in Rio. Enterprising tourists should therefore follow a few tips to avoid falling victim to pickpockets. The most important rule should be: don't stand out. Jewellery, expensive watches and expensive photographic equipment are best left at the hotel or directly at home in Germany. If a trip to the beach is planned, then at best only with a beach towel and swimming trunks. Especially in the evening, tourists should avoid remote and dark corners. For a tour into the Favelas Rios a local guide should be booked in any case.
Highlights in Rio de Janeiro
Along the Avenida Atlantica, tourists stroll from shop to shop on the promenade, kids kick in the white sand and beach beauties in tight bikinis enjoy relaxing in the shade of umbrellas. The beach of the city district Copacabana is legendary and can be enjoyed in full splendor in the early morning hours. When most holidaymakers are still lying in the feather beds of the hotels, the sun rises directly over the sea. With a view of the "Pao de Acucar", true early risers can enjoy the tranquility of the 4km long, deserted beach while jogging. A little later the couches fill up and towels are spread out in the soft sand. The beach kiosks play samba and sell freshly mixed caipirinhas or the popular "Agua de Coco", coconut water. The small snacks on the beach as well as the numerous restaurants on the Promande are convincing in culinary terms: freshly grilled cheese on a stick, roasted cashews and tropical fruit or fresh fish are culinary highlights of the Brazilian lifestyle.
Sightseeing tours and tours in Rio de Janeiro
Beach holidays, sunbathing, good Brazilian food and the classic landmarks of Rio de Janeiro are definitely must do's in Rio. But the real highlights of the city, Brazilian culture and the lifestyle of Brazil's secret capital are experienced by tourists far off the beaten track. The best travel tips for Rio de Janeiro do not appear in any travel guide. Holidaymakers can get the latest news and real insider tips from local guides at first hand. The most popular tours in Rio de Janeiro lead through the favelas on the outskirts of the city. City tours of this kind should always be undertaken only in the company of a local tour guide. He knows the life of the inhabitants here very well and guides the tourists on safe paths through communities like Cantagalo, Pavao or Pavaozinho. During the German-speaking city tour, visitors have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of the Cariocan inhabitants. Along other top sights in Rio de Janeiro, Isabell, one of our guides in Rio de Janeiro, takes the tourists on the city tour through the districts of Lapa and Santa Teresa. The City Theater, the National Library and the Art Museum are attractions that bring together the past and present of the Brazilian city. Besides the popular sights and attractions, museums and exhibitions can also be visited on the guided tours. The guides from rent-a-guidein Rio de Janeiro are popular and are characterized by their numerous positive reviews. They are happy to organise an individual guided tour on foot or a city tour by bus or car according to the wishes of the tourists. On the one hand, they take you to the highlights in Rio, but also show you attractions of the city that are considered an insider tip in Rio de Janeiro. The year 2014 will be particularly interesting in Brazil. For the second time since 1950, the South American country is hosting the Football World Cup. Then the streets, beaches and squares in Rio de Janeiro will be filled again, especially when the final will take place in the legendary Marcana Stadium on 13 July 2014.