Why visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro is a seaside destination in Brazil that is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world, due to its combination of both natural and man-made attractions. The city is set to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
A fun fact about Rio de Janeiro is that street art is legal in the city. Many of the world’s most loved street artists use the city as a canvas due to the liberal policy there on graffiti. As long as they have permission, painters are allowed to spray away.
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Visitors to Rio can’t miss spending some relaxing time at the famous outdoor playgrounds, Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach. There is also the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue to check out; a cable car to ride to the summit of Sugar Loaf Mountain; and shopping to be done (particularly for big-name Brazilian fashion) at Shopping Sao Conraldo. If you love trying new cuisines, then you should also try the national dish, ‘feijoada’ (black bean and pork stew), when you visit Rio de Janeiro.
Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro experiences warm average temperatures all year round, so can be visited at any time, but it does tend to be hotter and wetter from December to March. Unless you have tickets and have planned well in advance, you may also want to avoid visiting the city during Carnival (held a few days before Easter each year), as millions of people crowd into Rio at this time.
Expect to pay
The currency in Rio de Janeiro is the Brazilian real.
Expect to pay AUD$2.22 on average for a regular-sized cappuccino when you visit Rio.
Arriving in Rio de Janeiro by plane
A flight from Australia to Rio de Janeiro will typically land at Rio de Janeiro Internacional Airport, also known as Galeao Internacional Airport. It is situated about 18km from the city centre.
A variety of airlines operate flights from Australia to Rio de Janeiro. Some of these include Qantas, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Air Canada, Qatar Airways, LATAM Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand.
Australians visiting Rio de Janeiro must obtain a visa before heading to Brazil.
Transportation to city centre
A taxi from the airport into the CBD usually costs between $16 and $21, and takes around 20 minutes. If you’d prefer to utilise alternative transport, you can go online to arrange car hire or airport transfers.
Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro
In Rio, you will find that the city is divided into the Zona Sul (South zone) and the Zona Norte (North zone). The south side is where most of the attractions are located, so you may wish to stay in this area of the city.
Want to find the most affordable Rio de Janeiro accommodation for your trip to Brazil? If so, it pays to book a hotel online.
Useful tips before you go
Note that Brazilians tend to greet people with a kiss or a hug. As well, both men and women frequently touch others as they are speaking, especially on the shoulder or the hand.
For more information and tips on visiting Rio de Janeiro, you should visit Smart Traveller, a trusted source of travel data.
Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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