Aerial of Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is a tapestry of mountains, neighbourhoods, beaches and rainforest. Whether you want to hike up its urban peaks or laze about on Ipanema Beach, this Brazilian city is a dream destination for all travellers. Plan your trip to Rio with the help of our travel guide and prepare to fall in love with this colourful city.

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Frequent Flyer program

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn and use Qantas Points in Australia and around the world and can earn Status Credits on eligible flights.

Places to stay

There are plenty of accommodation options suitable for all travellers in Rio. Feel like rolling from out of your bed straight onto a beach? Stay in the Belmond Copacabana Palace, just across the road from one of Rio’s most famous beaches, Copacabana. After a glamourous hotel stay? Plant yourself beside Ipanema and Leblon beach in the Hotel Fasano in Ipanema or Janeiro Hotel in Leblon.

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the long sandy shores of Barra Da Tijuca or Recreio dos Bandeirantes. Stay in the artistic enclave of Santa Teresa where you’ll find boutique hotels, like Mama Ruisa, amongst eclectic shops and traditional bars. For access to beaches and cultural hotspots, Botafogo and Flamengo are central neighbourhoods with plenty of affordable Airbnbs. From chilled-out hideaways to buzzing beachside stays, you’re sure to find accommodation that fits your budget.

Things to do

From sipping caipirinhas on the beach to samba in the streets, get into Rio’s rhythm by embracing the local way of life. Beat the heat, by setting off for an early morning hike on one of the city’s many trails. Make your way to the top of Morro Dois Irmãos for breathtaking views of the coastline, Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. Prefer chilling on the beach to climbing peaks? Stake out a patch of sand between kiosks on the iconic Copacabana. If you’re not up for the crowds, venture to Prainha Beach—a secluded spot that sun-seekers, surfers and families can all enjoy. Stay hydrated by crushing one of the native fruit juices or açaí bowls at Bibi Sucos.

With as many architectural wonders as there are natural ones, schedule in time for building sightseeing (EAV Parque Lage is a must). Structural marvels can also be found in the precarious stacks of fish, fruit, and other Brazilian delicacies on display at the Feira da Glória, a colourful farmer’s market held every Sunday. Go for a stroll through the boho area of Santa Teresa and hunt down treasures in Tucum. When you’re done collecting trinkets, head to the Leblon neighbourhood for some of the city’s trendiest bars and restaurants. Order a round of chope, Rio’s favourite beer, at Jobi before dinner at Oro Restaurante—the city’s only two-Michelin-starred restaurant. After all that drinking and dining, there’s only one thing left to do—samba. Rio Scenarium is a must, so hot foot it here for a boogie.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

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Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times.

Disclaimer: ± Inflight entertainment varies by route and aircraft.

Disclaimer: # You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions