Rio de Janeiro has a lot to offer; Guiding tours could be expensive but not all attractions are cheap and they can be far from each other so better to go for one tour especially if it is your first time there.
I suggest you stay for 8 days and paln 2 or 3 days on a beach then visiting the Reedemer, Sugar loaf and maybe Favellas (but very carreful).
Rio de Janeiro has so much more to offer with lots of landmarks and beautiful beach. I like this city very much but the only problem I faced was language problem as some people do not speak English at all.
Completely attracted and deeply touched almost fell in love. It has everything from beautiful beach, mountain, cute towns and superb architecture to dangerous downtown and simply cooked tasty food.
If we could live in this city, our life would be very much satisfied and fulfilled. One of the heavenly designated city in a world.
Rio was amazing, although with all big cities you have to be street wise we still felt safe in Ipanema, go to sugar loaf and the Chisto statue, it in itself is so awesome, do not miss it
The former capital of Brazil has a fantastic combination of unparalleled natural beauty, great sightseeing, cosmopolitan atmosphere, and interesting cultural and historical attractions.
The shopping is expensive, but Brazilian crafts are unique and attractive. Recommend avoiding Rio for the New Year and Carnaval celebrations, unless you like masses of people. The beaches are also spoiled by litter during this time, with each wave breaking showing a cross section of the detritus of Rio's casual consumers.
Nice city in general but not very tourist friendly I find. Locals do not really speak English and it is kind of tough to get by without knowing Portugese or Spanish.
Even at the concierge or Village Mall (supposedly one of the largest malls in Rio with a wide variety of international brands) could not understand English. I had to connect to the WIFI there and use google translate. Apart from that, the Jesus the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, and city centre were worth a visit. Some may say something about the crime rate but situations seemed to have improved (or so it seemed) since the crackdown on favelas few years back. I still took some extra precautions when travelling alone. Nothing happened to me during my 3-day stay.
This is my seven stay at my favorite city,(after my hometown, New York). Rio is definetely the most beautiful, in terms of Nature, city in the whole wide world.
The "Cariocas" are one of the most friendly people I have ever met on my non-stop traveling. In a few words, Rio more than deserves its nickname of The Wonderful City, Cidade Maravilhosa!!!
Loved the vibrant city and friendly people with beautiful beaches. The city is fairly dirty and run down and very touristy but its great nontheless.
We visited Lapa for drinks and tapas and local brazilian music which was fantastic, it was buzzing with locals, worth a visit. Unfortunately this was a business trip so I did not explore outside of the city so cannot comment on many of the attractions.
The city is definitely a lot cleaner than I had anticipated. Depending on how much time you have in the city I would not recommend the city tour.
The beaches do not get crowded unless the temps are hot and its sunny.
one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. competes with CapeTown, but has better weather and more friendly people than CapeTown.
You will enjoy it better if you understand some Portuguese
It's called Cidade Maravilhosa, the Marvelous City, and it certainly honors its name, Rio is the most naturally beautiful city in the wold.
The Cariocas, Rio natives, are friendly, warm, sophisticated, elegant and without a doubt one of the most beautiful people in the whole world.
Nice city, great beaches, the food is heavy but extremely tasty, sights like Christus the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf are super nice!
The city is very big. I was in the Copacabana and in downtown. Santo Christ statue, Sugar Loaf and Maracana Stadium were visited.
But ... the city offers a very expensive stay. The food is great but cost a double than in Europe. A lot of poor peoples are everywhere. The see and Copacabana is great. The traffic is very heavy.
RdJ is a lovely city to visit ...two distinct area ..the city centre and the wide beach front areas. Best to spread your stay .
..2 nights in city and 2 nights in beach area. high light will be visit to metropolitian theatre, cafe columbus,christ redeemer,lapa & selaron steps.... then there is copacabana, Ipanema beach , sunday flea market and sugar loaf mountain.Do try the helicopter ride from Sugar loaf mountain & plataforma show.
I enjoyed my visit, I did find that it was quiet expensive, and having chatted to the locals they seem to share the sentiment.
I am not sure if I would go back again. But I did enjoy seeing the sites
The international airport is like going back 50 years to old soviet era , cold concrete, not decent F and B or shopping.
long queues. Traffic is appauling throughout the city and environs. How the city plans to host major sporting events is difficult to see Unfortunaetly the harbour / beaches and city are heavily polluted
A day tour around the city is a must with Cristo Redento and the Sugar Loaf, where you can view the city from high up.
Enjoy the city with the ocean and beach at Copacobana are another must where it has one of the best ocean and clean beach where I visited.
Amazing city with so many things to see, Crist Retendor, Sugar loaf and Maracana is a must see. And beaches of course.
A city with everything, form great beaches to amazing night life, good attractions, good food and friendly people.
... However it is not a cheap city so you have small budgets try to use buses or metro around the city. Airport omni bus is around 26 real for a return trip - while taxi is around 150 - 200 real for a return trip to airport depending how far you are and how good your negotiation skill is.
Statue of Christ the Redeemer is worth the visit and the spectacular Iguacu falls is enjoyable sights and sound.
Lots of tours are offered visiting sights around Rio. These are well worth going on as get to see So so much.
Beach is beautiful but you get disturbed every five minutes with someone trying to sell you things which can be a little annoying.