One of Brazil’s oldest cities, Rio de Janeiro requires little by way of introduction; a seething mass of energy, the country’s former capital is teeming with life, from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain to the waves that lap against Copacabana. Wherever you may roam in this eclectic city, the statue of Christ the Redeemer will be visible, silently watching the endless flow of humanity below. Seven World Cup matches are scheduled to take place in Rio starting with Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina on 15th June. Spain face Chile three days later followed by Belgium v Russia on 22nd. The final group game sees Ecuador take on France on 25th June. Group C’s table topper will play the group D runner-up on 28th, then, moving into July, a quarter final tie is lined up for 4th, before the final itself is hosted here on 13th.
World Cup accommodation in Rio de Janeiro comprises a wealth of options, with properties scattered across this vast city. For those who desire five-star treatment, there’s the option of a holiday apartment on Copacabana Beach complete with large screen TV, 100 channels, wifi-connected laptop, Apple TV with Netflix and maid service. Humbler but no less cosy is a studio flat with air-con, comfy bedding and open-plan living area. Alternatively, you could just go all out and treat yourself to a 4,400 sq ft luxury house with 55” TV, B&W speakers and spectacular ocean view. One thing you’re certainly not short of in Rio is options.
Rio is well known for its wonderful sandy beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, which are ideal for sunbathing and swimming in the Atlantic. Not only that, but holidaymakers also like to play games on the beaches such as volleyball, foot volleyball and soccer. The water here is also ideal for a number of watersports such as surfing, kite surfing, diving, body boarding and skim boarding. Cycling and hiking are other popular activities along the beaches and throughout the city. Rock climbing is possible on Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains, while visitors can also try hang gliding from Sao Conrado. Golf fans can play at a few courses in the area including the Itanhanga Golf Club and the Golden Green Golf Club. Holidaymakers will find many shops in and around the city ranging from upmarket fashion stores to cheaper weekend markets selling souvenirs. Self catering holidaymakers will be able to purchase food and drink from supermarkets and market stalls. Rio has many bars, cafes, nightclubs and restaurants with a good variety of cuisine from all around the world.
Rio has many fantastic places and sites to visit including the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain. Another well known landmark here is Sugarloaf Mountain at the mouth of Guanabara Bay, which can be reached via cable car. Holidaymakers can take a ferry from Rio Centro to Niteroi on the other side of the bay or to Paqueta Island. Other places of interest include the 1914 fort which now houses the Army Historical Museum. There are many other galleries and museums in the city such as the Carmen Miranda Museum and Museu Chacara Do Ceu. Visitors will find many places of natural beauty such as the Tijuca Forest and the Botanical Gardens. Sports fans shouldn’t leave Rio without seeing the magnificent Maracana Football Stadium, which can accommodate 200,000 spectators.
The weather in Rio de Janeiro is warm all year round with very hot and humid summers between November and March. The warmest time is between January and March when the temperatures reach a maximum of 29 degrees centigrade. July is the coolest month with maximum highs of 23 degrees centigrade and lows of just 18C. December is normally the wettest month with an average of 135mm rainfall.
Rio de Janeiro/Galeão – Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) is the main airport serving Rio de Janeiro. It has flights to and from numerous international cities including Lisbon, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Rome and Washington as well as other major cities in South America. An airport shuttle bus runs hourly with stops at major hotels and beaches in Rio and there are taxis also available here too.