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Rio de Janeiro Holiday Packages

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, a thriving metropolis carved into jungle-covered mountains and set alongside miles of famous golden beaches. The site of the 2014 World Cup, Rio is a magical place to visit—just one look at the city from the top of Corcovado Mountain and you'll know what we're talking about.

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro holidays must include a visit to the beach. Head to Copacabana or Ipanema for surfing, fishing, swimming, volleyball and the national obsession: football. Or just watch the beautiful people as you relax in the sun. Get there in February in the few days before Ash Wednesday, and you'll witness Rio's legendary Carnival. It's a full-on extravaganza of costumes, floats, music and dance.

Gazing over it all is the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, some 710 metres high atop Mount Corcovado. You can hike to this iconic landmark if you're up for the thrill, or if you want to cut straight to the scenery, book one of our Rio de Janeiro car hire options. When you're ready to explore more of Brazil, you can drive about 450 kilometres to the dynamic capital of Sao Paulo.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Rio de Janeiro holiday packages bring you to a city that makes shopping a joy, with native arts and crafts and high-end designer clothing. Local artisans purvey their wares in markets and boutiques, and are renowned for their stylish leather and suede. Street markets are crammed with cheap clothes, accessories and other goodies. Modern and comfortable shopping centres, such as Botafogo Prai, stock the latest pieces by top-notch Brazilian and international designers.

If you're less of a consumer but looking for something to consume, Brazil is a fertile food bowl with a land mass greater than Australia's, and much of its produce goes straight to the restaurants of Rio. Indulge your carnivorous side at an all-you-can-eat churrascaria, or steakhouse, where an endless procession of freshly roasted meats are carved right at your table. Pair your meal with a caipirinha, the national cocktail of the country made from sugar, lime and cachaça--a spirit made from sugarcane juice.

After sating your appetite, get ready to hit the night scene. Brazil comes alive when the sun goes down, and rhythmic samba is its driving beat. Kick up your heels to live music at any of the many casas de samba and gafieras, or dance halls. Don't be alarmed if someone tells you to take it outside—the city is famed for its pumping street parties. Lapa and Gavea are two of the hottest spots. Heading back indoors, Rio's energetic clubs will keep you jumping till dawn.

What's Next?

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Guide to Exploring Rio de Janeiro

Family Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Royal Rio Palace Hotel

Royal Rio Palace Hotel

Rua Duvivier 82 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

    Located in Copacabana, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rua Barata Ribeiro, Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Sugar Loaf Mountain and Ipanema Beach ...

    from AU$110

    Rio Othon Palace

    Rio Othon Palace

    Avenida Atlantica 3264, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Copacabana hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Copacabana Fort. Arpoador Beach and Rodrigo de ...

      from AU$216

      Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

      Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort

      Avenida Niemeyer 121 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Nestled on the beach, this Leblon hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vidigal Beach, Ipanema Beach and Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden. Leblon Beach and Posto 12 ...

        from AU$196

        Orla Copacabana Hotel

        Orla Copacabana Hotel

        Avenida Atlantica 4122, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Nestled on the beach, this Copacabana hotel is steps away from Carlos Drummond de Andrade Statue, Avenida Atlantica and Copacabana Beach. Ipanema Beach and Copacabana ...

          from AU$141

          Romantic Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

          Arena Copacabana Hotel

          Arena Copacabana Hotel

          Av Atlantica 2064 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
            4.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

            Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Praia do Leme and Chacrinha State ...

            from AU$149

            Belmond Copacabana Palace

            Belmond Copacabana Palace

            Avenida Atlantica 1702, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               
              5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

              Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 5-minute walk of Copacabana Beach and Avenida Atlantica. Sugar Loaf ...

              from AU$620

              PortoBay Rio de Janeiro

              PortoBay Rio de Janeiro

              Avenida Atlântica, 1500, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                4.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                Located in Copacabana, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Sugar Loaf Mountain, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Parque Henrique Lage and ...

                from AU$178

                Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery

                Santa Teresa Hotel RJ - MGallery

                Rua Almirante Alexandrino 660, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Santa Teresa, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ruins Park (Parque das Ruinas) and Arcos da Lapa. Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro ...

                  from AU$422

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