Rio de Janeiro

Overview

If it's the thought of the 'Girl from Ipanema' that attracts you to Brazil's beaches, when you see the scores of bodies that line the sand along this city, you'll wonder why you'd ever live anywhere else!

With hotels located on the trendier Ipanema to more old-school places in Corcovado, beachside living is really th best choice for Brazilian first timers. Watching the local Cariocas on their morning runs down the boulevard or playing volleyball on the beach, it’s hard not to be sucked into their carefree, outdoor-loving lifestyle. To get the feel for the city, it’s key to visit all the top sites with Lightfoot’s team on the ground so you get to hear all their quirky stories and understand the idiosyncracies of life in this city.

Visit the lesser-known spots in the artsy Santa Teresa District, have a go at Capoeira – local marshal arts, or simply soak in the sight of Christ the Redeemer perched high on the hilltops. By night, we insist that you try your hand at Samba with some of the locals. If you feel like something less strenuous and more food-focused, eat your fill at a Churrascia – Brazilian barbecue. Here you keep the traffic light on your table set to green, ensuring your meat consumption levels remain at a constant high!

Lightfoot Travel creates tailor-made itineraries to Rio de Janeiro and throughout Brazil. Our travel designers have explored the region, sampled the activities, and stayed at the properties we use. So when we make a recommendation, you can trust that it’s based on firsthand experience.

Rio de Janeiro Itineraries

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Belmond Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Belmond Copacabana Palace is a glamorous Belmond Hotel landmark, and is pre-eminent among the best hotels in Rio de Janeiro. Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, it has been wel…

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Hotel Fasano

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Located on Avenida Vieira Souto in the heart of Ipanema beach, Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro combines the glamour and sophistication of Rio’s most coveted address with the Fasano commitment …

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Hotel Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Built on an old colonial fazenda in a historical district, Hotel Santa Teresa is for those who wishing to explore a new side of Rio de Janeiro. Be awed at the magnificent panoramas of the ci…

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Mama Ruisa

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A beautifully restored colonial mansion, once home to the mayor of Rio, Mama Ruisa sits in charming and historic Santa Teresa neighbourhood in the hills above Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara Ba…

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Porto Bay Rio Internacional

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Set on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional is one of our favourites. Whilst it has 117 rooms, it is one of the few on this stretch of beach to feel more bout…

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