Destination guide

Rio de Janeiro: the Cidade Maravilhosa

Just thinking about the Cidade Maravilhosa conjures up thoughts of samba parties fuelled with caipirinhas, captivating beaches backed by lush granite peaks and an easy worry-free life. Cariocas has a zest for life and it doesn't take much for a drink with locals on the beach to turn into a raucous street party as the night creeps in. When you stay in a Rio de Janeiro vacation rental, it might be tempting to while away your days stretched out on Ipanema or Copacabana beach, but there's much to see including Christ the Redeemer, which watches over the city from Corcovado Mountain.

Things to do

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

The fun doesn't stop with the city's attractions. For a first-timer, it's unthinkable not to head up Corcovado Mountain to get face-to-face with the 38-meter-high Christ the Redeemer. If you're interested in tropical flora, don't miss out the nearby botanical gardens, complete with swaying palms, manicured lawns and swinging monkeys. The 215 tiled Lapa Steps were the life's work of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron, who painstakingly mosaiced the walkway in front of his home until his passing in 2013. For more art, continue on to the pretty district of Santa Teresa and dive into the galleries and studios.


As active as you like in Rio de Janeiro

Whether you're looking for an all-guns-blazing, activity-laden adventure when you stay in a Rio de Janeiro vacation rental, or you want to kick back on the golden beaches and do nothing more than work on your tan or cool off in the sea, the choice is up to you. Those who aren't beach dwellers can hike up through Tijuca Forest, ride along the 250 kilometers of biking lanes, or take to the sea on a chartered yacht. If you're feeling brave, you could see it all from above by taking off on a hang glider, circling on the morning thermals and landing on the beach below.


Jet in to Rio de Janeiro a little winter sun

Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the best time to nab a Rio de Janeiro vacation rental is during the summer months, between December and March. During this time, the climes are warm enough to hit the beaches and the colorful annual carnival transforms the city into the world's biggest street party. The cooler months, between April and May, or October and November, can be, arguably, even more pleasant, with a slightly cooler temperature. You'll also benefit from a serious drop in rental prices, have more room to stretch out on the beaches and have much shorter queues for the city's attractions.

Natural features

Rio de Janeiro: the world's largest urban forest

If you're itching to spot some wildlife, your best bet is Tijuca, the largest urban forest in the world. It can be combined with a visit to Christ the Redeemer and easily reached from your Rio de Janeiro vacation rental. When you hike up through the park, you can expect to spot monkeys swinging through the trees, lazy sloths hanging from the branches and toucans showing off their colorful beaks. Other birds circle overhead on the morning thermals, while lizards scamper around on the forest floor. Get set to spot some of Brazil's most fascinating creatures.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Rio de Janeiro

Fly into Rio de Janeiro (SDU-Santos Dumont), the closest airport, located 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Rio de Janeiro (GIG-Galeao - Antonio Carlos Jobim Intl.), which is 7.9 mi (12.7 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Rio de Janeiro Central Station, Rio de Janeiro Flag Square Station and Rio de Janeiro Sao Cristovao Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Rio de Janeiro by jumping on the metro at Carioca Station, Uruguaiana Station or Cinelandia Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Rio de Janeiro?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,574 vacation rentals near Rio de Janeiro. From 2,115 Condos/Apartments to 269 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Rio de Janeiro are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Rio de Janeiro?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Zona Sul: 1,827 vacation rentals
  • Copacabana: 1,414 vacation rentals
  • Ipanema: 1,046 vacation rentals
  • Barra da Tijuca: 349 vacation rentals
  • Leblon: 1,032 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Rio de Janeiro?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Rio de Janeiro. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Catedral de Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro: 2,437 vacation rentals
  • Leblon Beach: 2,511 vacation rentals
  • Corcovado: 2,506 vacation rentals
  • Sao Januario Stadium: 2,502 vacation rentals
  • Sugarloaf Mountain: 2,417 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Rio de Janeiro listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Rio de Janeiro?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,115 Condos/Apartments in Rio de Janeiro. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Rio de Janeiro include:

  • Houses: 269 rentals available
  • Villas: 14 rentals available
  • Studios: 2,187 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Estates and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Rio de Janeiro?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 687 vacation rentals with pool available in Rio de Janeiro. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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