Located along the Atlantic coastline by the famous Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil's second largest city. Other famous Rio calling cards include Sugar Loaf Mountain and the imposing Christ the Redeemer statue, both of which can be seen from the bay. Rio de Janeiro is adored for its iconic beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, which attract travellers from all over the world. In fact, Rio is the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition to its beach tourism, Rio is famous for its natural wonders and strong passion for soccer.
Rio de Janeiro cruises dock at the Pier Maua commercial port, located within walking distance of Rio's downtown business district.
Sights to See
It would be impossible to visit Rio de Janeiro without visiting at least a few of the city's iconic sites. At the top of your list should be a swim or stroll along Impanema or Copacabana beach and a train ride up to Corcovado where the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue sits. Other highlights of Rio include the world's largest urban forest, Forest of Tijuca, the city's expansive botanical gardens and Rio's lively nightlife and dance scene. To truly experience the city's energy and passion, consider timing your cruise around the city's internationally renowned Carnaval.
What's for Lunch
Try the popular feijoada dish, a local black bean and meat stew commonly served with rice, orange slices or collard greens. Wash it down with a freshly squeezed juice from one of the city's numerous juice bars.
If you see only one thing...
Make sure you see the Christ the Redeemer, although the 39.6 metre high statue standing on top of Corcovado Mountain isn't hard to miss!
Adopt the local's habit for saying 'Lindo maravilhoso!' Meaning beautiful, marvellous!
Bring home memories of Rio's iconic beach culture with some surf wear or the infamous Brazilian bikini.