What Not to Miss in Rio De Janeiro

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The final stop on my Contiki Tour was the much loved city of Rio de Janeiro.

There’s no other city quite like it in the world, and with so much media buzz surrounding Rio in 2014 following the World Cup, I was most excited for this stop on the tour… so if you’re wondering what not to miss in Rio de Janeiro, you’ve come to the right place!

But I’ve always had a desire to visit Rio, which has likely stemmed from pop culture – namely Fast and the Furious 5 comes to mind. The city is indeed as exciting and fast-paced as it appears in the film, and my high expectations were met above and beyond, to the point where I can say with certainty that I will definitely jump at the opportunity to return to Rio!

  Rio de Janeiro

Top 5 Things to do in Rio de Janeiro

 Christ the Redeemer

Let’s start with the obvious – Rio’s icon, a 30 metres high statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the city. You will need to catch a van transfer up to the statue from various points in the city – admission if around $22 USD.

Sugar Loaf Mountain

While Christ the Redeemer is the cities’ main icon, sugar loaf mountain isn’t far off with the best views of Rio – admission is around $25 USD.

Favella tour

A Favela Tour

If you’ve come to uncover the ‘real Rio’, this is an absolute must do. Don’t be a Gringo be a Local run these tours into a safe Favela during the morning time as well as night Favela parties for those keen to see another side of the Favela culture – price: $50.

Attend a local Soccer Match

For a fun (and insightful) day, be sure to head to a local soccer match at Rio’s World Cup stadium – prices vary.

Copacabana Beach & Ipanema Beach

And of course it wouldn’t be a trip to Rio without visiting the two most iconic beaches – Copacabana and Ipanema. Whilst Ipanema is the lesser known of the two, it is a safer and more residential area of town if you’re worried about the horror stories – price: free.


All of these must visit sights are visited on the Contiki tour from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro. A big thank you to Contiki for making this trip possible!

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!



  1. camilasg@gmail.com'


    December 31, 2015

    I just can’t understand what’s the point about visiting a favela.

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    Gabriel dos Santos

    March 19, 2015

    Hello. I am from Rio de Janeiro and I organized this route for people who are coming to my city. I hope you enjoy it and if you need any help you can contact me: http://www.turistaslocais.com/rio-de-janeiro-in-english/

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    January 27, 2015

    Hi Mayra! I am traveling to Rio beginning of March from New York! any good tips you have? Would love to hear about them.


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    January 21, 2015


    I will visit Rio in June and I wanted to ask more recommendations, things to do with low budget, things you “must see” and experience you must have there. I will be only one week and I want to enjoy the maxim of Rio.
    Thank you for this article.

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    September 20, 2014

    Hi, I am Brazilian and I live in São Paulo. As a Brazilian I would suggest to anyone wanting to visit my country we go to the Northeast (Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Fernando de Noronha ..). Many foreigners come to Brazil thinking only in Rio de Janeiro, and sincerely waste time with it. The real beauty of the country is in many other cities, not only in Rio.
    Now for those who really want to go to Rio, I suggest you know Petropolis, Buzios, Angra dos Reis and Paraty, more remote places. And for those who like to have fun in the city, go to my state, São Paulo, is a wonderful urban city. 😉

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    September 19, 2014

    Brooke, I’m from Rio and I’m so happy to realize that you like my city. If you return I’ll be more than please to give some tips from a local.
    Loving your blog!

    Best for you,

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    September 11, 2014

    Hey. I loved your page! I needed to say something because I’m from Brazil. You sure have to come to Rio. It´s a very beautiful place in our cowntry. People are very nice and we love foreing!

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    September 7, 2014

    This looks awesome. I have a couple of friends from Rio but I’ve never made it there myself unfortunately.

    Greetings form LA

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    Miles of Happiness

    September 6, 2014

    Looks kind of great! Thank you for your ideas =)

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    Clipping Path Outsource

    September 5, 2014

    I love Brasil for it’s football. But here are more to love her……….

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    September 5, 2014

    Thanks for the tips! Will definitely keep these in mind! :):)


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    September 5, 2014

    Looking amazing! I would live to visit some day. One of my good friends is from Rio and gave this the thumbs up!


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    September 4, 2014

    I actually have a good friend who is from brasil and she is currently living in rio, so I think a trip there is somewhere in the near future for me anyways. Thanks for the helpful tips. I think I would enjoy seeing a local soccer match 🙂
    Best to you,


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    September 4, 2014

    I just began my own solo-trip around the world and will be going to South America next year. Your advice has been amazing!!! Was there any food you particularly enjoyed or think is a must have?

    Can’t wait to see where you go next!

    xx Taylor


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    September 4, 2014

    are the favela tours dangerous?

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    September 4, 2014

    Rio looks awesome 🙂


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    Michelle | Lights Camera Travel

    September 4, 2014

    I’ve yet to visit South America at all, but like you, I am very excited to visit Brazil! I’m quite surprised at the cost of such high entry fees, but I guess they are major tourist attractions.


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