Rio de Janeiro

The "Marvelous City" needs no introduction, it symbolises Brazil like no other. The beating heart of samba and bossa nova, it has seduced travellers throughout the centuries with its breathtaking landscape, strong local culture and Rio's vibrant and contagious sounds, colours and flavours.

The city has a unique lifestyle, best defined as a laid-back elegance with an excitable energy. Aside from the stunning scenery, it is this feeling of hedonism and being carefree that makes Rio so special, which is why most people think of "the good life" when they think of Brazil's former capital. With kilometres of beachfront, its characteristic sensual rolling hills and Christ the Redeemer's open arms as your guide, spending time here feels like a constant celebration - it's exciting, cheerful and alive.

Rio has a vibrant cultural scene, where film, music, art and design are major players. The favelas and peripheral parts of town have become breeding grounds for new music movements that have crossed the Atlantic and rock the dancefloor from Paris to Moscow and beyond.

Of course, one cannot think of Rio and not think of Carnaval, the biggest party on earth, which has been copied all over the country and the world - but there is nothing quite like the original.  Nightlife in the South Zone ranges from hipster bars and burger joints in Botafogo, lively draught beer bars in Gávea for the artsy crowd or trendy restaurants in Leblon and Ipanema, to a sprawling variety of bars, nightclubs and music venues in Lapa.

In addition to all the entertainment, the city offers abundant business opportunities, especially in the gas and oil industry and in TV and film. Rio is home to the second largest industrial park in Brazil and is also an important fashion and design hub, setting trends for the entire country.

How to Get There

By Air

The main airport in Rio de Janeiro is Tom Jobim International Airport, also known as Galeão Airport (GIG), located in Ilha do Governador. All major airlines operate regular flights to and from this airport, which is easily accessible by public transport or by car. If looking to book your own private transportation, Uber and 99 Taxis are the most recommended. There is also a second airport, Santos Dumont (SDU), which operates domestic flights to the main hubs elsewhere in the country.

By Boat

You can access Rio de Janeiro by boat from Pier Mauá port, which offers connections to over 150 destinations worldwide all year round. In 2018, nearly half a million people travelled to Rio by boat.

Weather

Spring / Summer

During spring, from September to December, Rio is at its most beautiful, with the omnipresent Mata Atlântica vegetation even lusher than usual. Spring is one of the best times to visit the city, it being less crowded with tourists and with plenty of accommodation options available. Rio's world renowned summer season starts in late December and ends in early March. Days are very hot and humid and temperatures can reach 40°C during both day and night. The rains can appear without warning then, so it’s wise to carry an umbrella, although this weather still doesn’t deter local and foreign beach dwellers. Tourism swells here during these months, so, if visiting, it’s best to book accommodation ahead with Athena Collection who have properties to rent in several areas across the city.

Fall / Winter

March to June is autumn in the southern hemisphere and Rio is usually beautiful, sunny and pleasant, with temperatures around 23°C. It's arguably the best time to visit Rio, with beautiful light, not too many tourists and a very reasonable climate. Plus it's dry season, so there’s a low probability of rain. Winter is from June to September, but average minimum temperatures of 21°C and maximum temperatures of 25°C make it a very mild winter. Sunny days decrease, with clouds making a more regular appearance, meaning the beaches are less busy and cultural centres and shops see a spike in walk-ins.

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