Rio is Brazil’s second largest city and is ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s happiest cities. Although it is best known for its Carnival, it is a wonderful city to visit at any time of year. The fabulous golden beaches with their backdrop of granite peaks, the natural beauty and strong dance culture offer something for every visitor. Rio’s most famous landmark, the 130 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer, overlooks the city from nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. Renting a holiday apartment in Rio Capital e Redondezas provides a great base for exploring this colourful city.
The golden sand beaches lend themselves perfectly for sunbathing, swimming, and watching the beach football, volleyball, frisbee and watersports which are enjoyed by the local families who flock to the beach. At sunset take a cable car ride up Sugarloaf Mountain which is the only place to view the whole of Copacabana Beach as the sun goes down. Dining out is taken very seriously in Rio with sophisticated dining enclaves offering all types of international cuisine, churrasco barbecues and superb fish and seafood dishes. Enjoy the samba music and dance which is an integral part of Brazilian culture with a visit to the Maracana Sports Stadium to hear one of the national samba bands play. There are also guided tours of the stadium and museum for football fans.
If you are visiting Rio outside Carnival, a trip to the Carnival Museum gives a great insight into this flamboyant and colourful parade with plenty of costumes and photographs on display. Other museums of interest in Rio are the Amsterdam Sauer Museum on Diamond Row, which has a replica mine and samples of rough gemstones, and the H. Stern Gem Museum. The Botanical Gardens have over 7,000 plants along with an aquarium and a herbarium. The gardens also attract some colourful native birds such as tanagers and flycatchers. The statue of Christ the Redeemer is one of the most-visited sites and can be reached from your holiday rental in Rio Capital e Redondezas district via a miniature train which rides up the mountain giving superb views of the city, Atlantic Rainforest and Tijuca National Park far below.
Holiday rentals in Rio enjoy very pleasant temperatures all year round. Average daily highs in January are around 29°C (84°F) and from June to September temperatures reach around 24°C (75°F). These are also the driest months of the year.
The nearest major airport serving holiday rental apartments in Rio is the Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International (GIG) Airport which is 10km from the center of the city. Rio has daily international flights from all over the world making it very easy to reach from the USA or Europe.