Rio De Janeiro
The home of Samba and the Caipirinha cocktail, Rio is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, nestled among spectacular mountains, lush greenery, and white-sand beaches alongside the Atlantic Ocean. Locals like to say that “God made the world in six days, the seventh he devoted to Rio,” and it’s not hard to understand where that comes from when you stand by the world-famous Corcovado statue or at the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoying one of the globe’s most exciting panorama.
Peak Season: The best time to visit Rio is between December and March when the weather is warm and sunny enough to hit the beaches. The city’s seductive samba beat and incredible panoramic views last year-round but arrive in February to experience Carnival. Between January and March, daytime temperatures can sometimes surpass 90 or 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you prefer more moderate conditions, visit during autumn (April and May) or spring (October and November), when temps fall back to the 70s and low 80s during the day and the 60s at night.
Capital/Largest well-known cities: Brasília is the capital of Brazil however most people think of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
Airlift: Daily and direct flights from New York City, Orlando, Atlanta, Miami, Houston. Flight time averages from 7 hours to 10 hours. Most flights are overnight so you can take full advantage of your time there.
Good to know:
1. Hotel Rates in Brazil have become extremely competitive! Most 5-star hotels are offering group rates below US$200 per room including breakfast, in Rio de Janeiro, Iguassu Falls, Salvador, Manaus, etc.
2. Strong Dollar, Great Value! The US dollar remains strong against the Brazilian Real – and stable at US$1 = R$3 since 2015! This allows you very competitive prices for theme parties, live entertainment, and unique experiential activities!
3. Rio de Janeiro is better than ever! After billions of US dollars of public and private investments for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is shining like never before! A new airport, new 4 and 5-star hotels, new venues, new restaurants, new museums, new subway lines, new security system, new avenues and tunnels and a renewed carioca spirit which makes all visitors feel so welcomed!
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Top Sites to See:
Sugarloaf Mountain is a top destination in Rio. The cable car ride is divided into two stages, each lasting three minutes. The first stage goes from Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) to Morro da Urca (Urca Hill). Each cable car holds 65 people. The views from the top are unforgettable! You are even able to host private cocktail receptions at the top.
Christ the Redeemer: One of the seven wonders of the world, Christ the Redeemer is a monumental statue located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the symbol of the city and, beyond that, of the whole Brazil. Christ the Redeemer is also an important tourist destination, with 600,000 visitors a year. You get to take a 20-minute train ride straight up which reveals the entire city.
Visit a Samba School: Take a private tour behind the scenes of building carnival floats and the strategy that goes into winning Carnival. Groups can learn about Samba and all work made by the samba school during all the year.
BELMOND COPACABANA PALACE: Since its Art Deco doors swung open in 1923, Belmond Copacabana Palace has been welcoming the rich and famous. One cannot miss this hotel, as it is the only one with a grand, carved white-marble facade, making it the matriarch of Copacabana. This opulent hotel was designed by the architect of the Negresco in Nice dates from 1923. Its conscientious renovations continue their slow but steady pace. The hotel guests can sunbathe, swim and socialize in one of Rio’s largest and most attractive swimming pools. The hotel also features some top restaurants, such as the highly acclaimed Cipriani Restaurant, which offers fine Italian dining.
GRAND HYATT RIO DE JANEIRO: Located on Avenida Lucio Costa, the newly opened, 436 room Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro occupies a privileged position in the heart of the prestigious and exclusive Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, famous for having the most beautiful stretch of beach in the city of Rio. The hotel’s stunning beach-front location overlooks Barra’s extensive blue-green Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by the Marapendi Lagoon from behind. Yabu Pushelberg, the internationally acclaimed interior designer, created spaces that integrate with the surroundings to create a seamless bond between the design and the breathtaking natural settings.
SANTA TERESA HOTEL RJ MGALLERY BY SOFITEL: The hotel offers direct access to the economic hubs of the city, such as Avenida Rio Branco, Botafogo beach, Marina da Gloria and Santos Dumont Airport. It is also close to all the main tourist attractions, such as Christ the Redeemer, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema
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