Around Town

Things to do and places to go in Rio

Editor's picks: trails

Parque da Catacumba

Sculpture park and adventure centre in one

Paineiras

Cherished retreat of in-the-know cariocas

Pedra da Gávea

Climb the largest coastal monolith in the world

Kid's stuff

Fazendinha

Children's petting farm and adventure centre

Parque Lage

Wonderful gardens and an aquarium to explore

Planetarium

Gávea's impressive learning centre for young stars

Rio's best beaches

  • Barra
    Barra

    One of the longest stretches of sand in Rio awaits

  • Prainha
    Prainha

    The wild waters are a wave rider's paradise

  • Joatinga
    Joatinga

    A little slice of Beverly Hills in Rio

  • Copacabana
    Copacabana

    The second coming of the world famous beach

  • Ipanema
    Ipanema

    The spiritual home of laidback carioca living

Neighbourhood guides

  • Laranjeiras
    Laranjeiras

    Wedged between the hills of Santa Teresa and Botafogo, Laranjeiras is one of the smaller, more residential neighbourhoods in Rio, but its charms are plenty

  • Santa Teresa
    Santa Teresa

    The bohemian capital of Rio, from up here the beach is a distant memory and bars, cafés and artists fill the cobbled streets, all overlooked by some stunning architecture

  • Copacabana
    Copacabana

    The famous neighbourhood may still feel full to bursting, but Copa is on the cusp of a return to the glory days

  • Tijuca
    Tijuca

    Take a break from Zona Sul and experience all that is magical about this traditional carioca neighbourhood, from its famous rainforest to the constant beat of its samba halls


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