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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rio de Janeiro is where every heartbeat is a samba rhythm and every view is a masterpiece. Nestled between lush mountains and breathtaking beaches, Rio beckons adventurous travelers with an infectious energy. The nightlife is unlike any other in South America with plenty of Afro-Brazilian clubs to vibe throughout the night. From the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain to the beats of Carnival, the city is a kaleidoscope of culture, color, and celebration. Best time to travel: December to March (peak season), June to August (off-season), September to November and April to June (shoulder season)  Time zone: Brasília Time Zone (BRT) Currency: Brazilian Real, BRL (R$) Noteworthy: Rio de Janeiro Carnival (February), Festa Junina (June), Rio International Film Festival (October), Réveillon New Year's Eve (December) Best for: Couples and Friend Trips, Food & Drink Tours, Beach Getaways, Festival Lovers, Entertainment and Nightlife, History & Architecture Buffs Get Away:...

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  • Rio de Janeiro Carnival (February)
  • Festa Junina (June)
  • Rio International Film Festival (October)
  • Réveillon New Year's Eve (December)
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Gourmet: Places to Eat In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Dida Bar &amp; Restaurant

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the menu at Dida Bar & Restaurant bridges between African and Brazilian cuisine. They also serve delicious snacks and ice-cold beer to complement the live music for a fun night out on the town. 

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Casa Omolokum

Casa Omolokum celebrates African-based religion through food, art, and culture at the Odara bar. The ever-changing Afro-Brazilian menu with Xinxim chicken, abará, House famous acarajé, and more.

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Afro Gourmet 

Afro Gourmet celebrates and honors African cuisine's influence on Brazilian food using tropical ingredients and cultural cooking techniques. The menu includes creamy Canjiquinha with roasted pork ribs, hausa rice, and tapioca dadinho.

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Casa do Nando

Since 2013, Casa do Nando in Rio de Janeiro has served guests some of the city's best feijoadas and chicken. This downtown restaurant embodies the spirit of Quilombo settlements founded by enslaved Black people in Brazil. 

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Lilia Restaurante

Nestled in Rio's artsy Lapa neighborhood, Lilia Restaurante offers a beautiful fine dining experience crafted by Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand awarded Chef Lucio Vieira. The daily menu serves farm-to-table dishes like black Angus chorizo, baked garlic Calabrian potatoes, and chocolate honey caramel mousse. 

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Aprazível

Aprazível features local menu favorites like sea croquettes, Brazilian cheese bread, and carnival octopus with ratatouille. The tropical vibes bring a lighter atmosphere to this indulgent Brazilian foodie spot.

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Stay: Places to Stay In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro

The Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro highlights Brazilian architecture and the Bossa Nova era on Ipanema's captivating waterfront. The hotel includes high-end amenities like an on-site infinity pool, a luxury spa, and the award-winning Baretto-Londra restaurant.  

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Charming Beachside Loft

This charming beachside loft is two blocks from the beach and the subway in the heart of Copacabana. With restaurants, pharmacies, and a supermarket, guests have everything needed for a comfortable week-long stay. 

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Sleek Oceanfront Apartment 

This sleek oceanfront apartment in Rio de Janeiro is a modern and spacious Airbnb with ocean and forest views. As a cozy couple getaway or a friend group trip, the friendly hosts are ready to assist with local recommendations and transportation services. 

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Casablanca Mediterranean Style Beachfront House 

The Casablanca Mediterranean-style beachfront house has a well-equipped kitchen, stunning balcony sea views, and a jacuzzi. In the exclusive Leblon neighborhood, guests have complimentary bicycles to explore Rio's beaches with local dining options.

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Hotel Aproador 

The Hotel Aproador is a sophisticated natural meets urban stay close to the beach and central neighborhoods. There’s an on-site wellness spa, private gym, yoga sessions, triangular pool, and an on-site restaurant overlooking the Ipanema Sea.

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Casa Pedra Bonita

The cozy eco-lodge-style Casa Pedra Bonita Hotel has tranquil rainforest views of the Grumari and Barra de Guaratiba beaches. At this boutique hotel, guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, breakfast, a stunning terrace with a rock pool, and 24/7 security.

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Play: Things To Do In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Boozy Brazilian Cooking Class with Market Tour

Experience authentic dishes and tasty cocktails during the boozy Brazilian cooking class. There’s also an optional supermarket tour and all-you-can-eat food and drinks in a safe air-conditioned studio. 

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Ginga Tropical Brazilian Samba and Folklore Show

The Ginga Tropical Brazilian Samba and Folklore Show blends samba and folklore to bring the essence of Carnival to life. Ideal for newcomers, this famous high-energy live entertainment experience is a glimpse into the colorful chaos of Rio.

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Rio de Janeiro Helicopter Tour of Christ the Redeemer

The helicopter tour of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro showcases one of Brazil's most iconic landmarks. For an enchanting experience exploring the city, this is an unforgettable panoramic flight. 

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Full Day Tour to Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande

A professional bilingual guide shares the history and provides lunch on this Angra dos Reis and Ilha Grande tour. With over 365 islands and 40 pristine beaches, guests can enjoy the crystalline waters, vibrant corals, and diverse marine life.

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Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens

Established in 1808 by Portuguese prince regent D. João, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens is a living testament to Brazil’s biodiversity. Today, the vital research institute under the Ministry of the Environment contributes to global botany and biodiversity conservation. 

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Maracanã Stadium 

For sports enthusiasts, the legendary Maracanã Stadium hosts iconic international and Brazilian soccer moments. With new bars, snack areas, and comfortable retractable chairs, the stadium is a fun excursion to book in advance.

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CCBB Rio de Janeiro

Book a visit to CCBB Rio de Janeiro to journey through cultural art and Brazilian history. Located in the former financial district, this educational center boasts exhibition rooms, theaters, a library, a cinema, and a video room. 

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Baile Charme Madureira 

Experience the vibrant rhythm of Rio at the non-profit dance studio, Baile Charme Madureira. The legendary Brazilian R&B party held at Viaduto de Madureira has the best DJs on the Black music scene with free classes on Rio's historic dance scene.

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