In terms of sheer natural splendor, Rio de Janeiro ranks among the most beautiful cities on earth. Nowhere else will you find a vibrant metropolis framed by acres of rainforest rolling down 1,000-foot mountains, all mere steps from the ocean. The South American city is also imbued with sophistication, generous hospitality and a lust for life.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Do Gooders | Style Mavens | Adventurers
When to goDecember-February | March-May | June-August
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant, bustling city that offers a range of activities for many interests. Indagare can arrange a customized itinerary that includes guided touring, favela visits and art walks. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day 1: Natural Beauty
On your first day in Rio, get the lay of the land by visiting the Jordim Botanico, biking along the beach, hiking in Tijuca National Park and seeing the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue accompanied by an expert guide. In the afternoon, shoppers can peruse the boutiques in the bohemian Ipanema or tony Leblon neighborhoods.
Day 2: Art
Explore Brazil’s contemporary art scene with a top Indagare guide who can provide tours of the MAC (contemporary art museum), independent galleries in the hip Santa Teresa district and Inhotim, the beautiful plein-air sculpture garden with large installation works that is worthy of a day trip.
Day 3: Brazilian Society
For those who wish to understand the complexities of Brazilian society, Indagare can arrange a tour of the Santa Maria favela with a favela resident. Indagare can also arrange volunteer opportunities for community projects in the city.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special amenities, including upgrades, early check-in, breakfast, spa credits and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.
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Belmond Copacabana Palace
Rio’s grande dame, located on famed Copacabana Beach, is a jewel of 1920s resort architecture updated with contemporary touches and 21st century amenities.
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Fasano Rio has spectacular views of Ipanema Beach and one of the sexiest rooftop pools in South America.
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