#Cheap Flights To Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular destinations in the world - and deservedly so. Known as much for its famous Carnival as for its legendary beaches, Rio is a city filled with exciting attractions like Sugar Loaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Plus, thanks to cheap flights from most parts of the world, it's more accessible than ever. Add the sunny climate and friendly locals and it's easy to see why so many visitors return again and again.
Brazil's second most populous city was founded by Portuguese settlers in 1565. Its prestigious location on the Atlantic Coast has helped to make Rio de Janeiro the most visited city in the Southern Hemisphere. Part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer that sits on top of Corcovado mountain is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Rio is the best place in the world to shop for beachwear and the city's museums and galleries are world class. Copacabana and Ipanema beaches are adored by locals and visitors while the Rio Carnival is the biggest in the world with over 9 million participants.
Things To Do
Visitors can also relax in magical spaces like Parque Lage, take a ride on the Sugar Loaf cable car or walk up the Escadaria Selarón, an exquisite stairway adorned with hand-painted mosaics by Brazilian artist, Jorge Selarón. Or, discover the largest urban tropical rainforest in the world at Tijuca National Park.
- Essential Sights and Attractions
No visit to Rio is complete without a trip to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain by cable car. The view is beyond impressive and there are cafes, restaurants and a cinema at the top. Christ the Redeemer is one of the most recognisable monuments in the world and the most popular way to reach the top is by funicular train. The 98ft statue is illuminated at night and can be seen from miles out to sea and inland. It's also worth seeing notable buildings like the Theatro Municipal which was built in 1909, the famous Sambadromo and the modern Rio de Janeiro Cathedral.
The spectacular beaches are part of everyday life in Rio and visitors will love discovering their unique features. Copacabana is one of the most famous and at 2.4 miles long it's a great place to top up your tan, swim or try some of the water sports on offer. Made famous by a hit song in the 60s, Ipanema is one of the trendiest in Rio de Janeiro.
Visit the Tijuca National Park for stunning granite peaks and natural vegetation. Popular activities include hiking, climbing, zip lining and paragliding.
Calendar Of Events
New Year: The city's New Year celebration is the biggest and brightest in Brazil. 31st December to 1st January
Carnaval: The Carnival that needs no introduction. The world's biggest carnival takes place from February/March each year (dates vary according to Lent).
Rock in Ri: The world's top rock acts descend on Rio each September to get pulses races and heads banging.