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Rio de Janeiro
Travel Planning
Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro at a Glance

Rio de Janeiro enchants visitors with its mix of mountains, forest, oceanfront and exciting city living.

Go where your spirit takes you in Rio. Enjoy sunbathing on a tropical beach with a cool drink in hand, or surfing the heady waves of the Atlantic. People watch and enjoy the sight of tourists and Brazilians alike, taking in all that the beach has to offer.

If you'd prefer a day in the mountains, hike around the edge of the city in its fascinating, tropical hills and then relax during the evening to the cool beats of samba in an even cooler music club or bar. Rio is famous for hosting the good life and dancing, music, food and warm weather are all part of the city's charm. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists need to acquire a tourist visa from the Brazilian Consulate before entering the country. A valid passport and additional fees will be required. Upon entrance, tourists must fill out and keep an immigration form. Protect this form as you would your passport because you need it to leave the country as well. Residents of all nationalities can learn more by contacting a Brazilian consular office. American citizens can do additional research on the U.S State Department website. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Rodoviária Novo Rio
      • Bus Rio de Janeiro Minivans
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Brazil lies in the equatorial zone and is warm. Nighttime temperatures will drop precipitously, however, and it is wise to have warm clothes to put on at higher elevations. 

      Safety Concerns Muggings, purse snatching and robberies occur in Brazil. Only carry what money you need for your trip out each day and keep your wallet completely out of sight. Phones, cameras and I-pods are hot items so consider leaving those at home or keeping them discretely on your person. Leave valuables such as your passport in the hotel safe. 

      Health Concerns Vaccinations are required to enter Brazil. Check with your doctor as early as you can about vaccination schedules and the international certificate of vaccination that you will need to enter the country. Visitors must purify their water using a purifier or boiling it for 1-3 minute to kill bacteria and parasites.