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From the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the lofty heights of the Corcovado and Sugarloaf Mountains, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is a 24 hour holiday paradise. This city is Brazil’s second largest city, it hardly needs any introduction: it is the home of Samba, spectacular carnivals and beautiful beach resorts which attract almost 3 million international tourists annually. It is a destination that is filled with so much culture and appeal making it a bucket-list holiday escape many only have the pleasure of dreaming about.

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Why visit Rio de Janeiro

  • Spend the day hiking along the trails of Tijuca National Park which is filled with some of the best views of the city along with breathe taking waterfalls which are perfect for hot summer days.
  • The Lapa neighbourhood of vibrant bars, tantalising eateries, colourful architecture and locals that adorn the streets in dance and music is the place that encompasses everything this city is about and should definitely be on the list of places to see.
  • Rio is home to one of The Seven Wonders of the World, the giant 38-metre statue of Christ the Redeemer is a spectacular sight that many tourists travel far and wide to see.
Real (BRL)
Time Zone:
UTC/GMT -3 (South Africa is 5 hours ahead of Rio de Janeiro).
Dialing Code:
00 + 55 + Local Number
Drives on the right
Type N (Voltage-127/220V: Frequency-60Hz)
Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport – GIG/RIO

The best time to visit Rio is between December and March. During this time the weather is warm and sunny enough to enjoy the many glorious beaches that are scattered across this city.

The most spoken language spoken in Rio de Janeiro is Spanish, even though Portuguese is the official language spoken in Brazil.

  • The most famous dance in Brazil is the samba which originated from the African slaves that worked in the plantations in the State of Rio de Janeiro.
  • The name Rio de Janeiro directly translates to ‘River of January’ in Portuguese. This name was given to the city by the captaincy of the Portuguese Empire in 1565.
  • Rio de Janeiro has over 50 kilometres of white and golden sand beaches, making it Brazil’s tourism capital.

Rio de Janeiro is the perfect destination for people who love to have fun, party 24/7, visit tourist attractions, organize a fun shopping spree and then party some more. When it’s finally time for a break, don’t even think about going back to your hotel room. Go for a long walk and admire the perfection of the popular Copacabana & Leme Beach, buy a delicious Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) from one of the many beach kiosks and have fun in the sun.

If you want to enjoy an interactive history lesson, visit the amazing Paço Imperial (Imperial Palace) built in the 18th century, renovated and currently used to host concerts and exhibits. In Copacabana you will find small shops selling all kinds of souvenirs: from football T-shirts to small-scale statues of Christ the Redeemer.

The many exciting attractions to place on your list include:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Santa Teresa
  • Corcovado
  • Ipanema
  • Leblon
  • Parque Lage

Brazilian cuisine is influenced by European, African and Amerindian flavours. Some of the best things to try in Rio would be its coffee, which is also the national beverage of Brazil. This city has an abundance of flavours and great street food which compliments the vibrant culture of this destination, making it one of the best holiday destinations in the world.

The best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro:

  • Aprazivel
  • Churrascaria Palace
  • Bar do David
  • Delirio Tropical
  • Zazà Bistrô

Locals in Brazil affiliate themselves with the Roman Catholic faith. There are plenty of religious statues, like Christ the Redeemer and churches that can be found in Rio. It has been said that there are more Catholics in Brazil than in any other country in the world. The Portuguese locals are extremely welcoming and accepting of every religion, many visitors claim that Brazilians are very free spirited and can not be classified as being very conservative individuals.

Rio de Janeiro is a fairly safe city to visit, it can become overwhelming during peak seasons as it can become extremely over crowded. Visitors should remain vigilant at all times and avoid travelling to certain areas like downtown area alone, especially Saara. If you plan on travelling to Ipanema you will not be disappointed, as it is very safe due to the fact that it is well lit and the police wander along the beach.

South African passport holders who want to travel to Rio de Janeiro for tourism or business purposes do not require a Visa for stays of up to 90 days. Make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after you return from your trip and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Address: Av. das Nações, Qd. 801, lote 6, 70406-900, Brasília, Brazil

Telephone: +55-61-312-9500

Fax: (+55) 61 3322 8491

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Rio de Janeiro
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 116.16
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 28.19
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 25.46
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 9.54
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 33.19

Rio de Janeiro/Galeão–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport – GIG/RIO

Food and beverages:Recharge your batteries with a fresh cup of coffee or a non-alcoholic cocktail served at Gate Zero Bar (Terminal 2, first floor).

Currency Exchange:You have access to a few ATM’s and a wide range of financial services ensured by banks located on the first floor of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 (Banco do Brasil, Banco Santander, Caixa Econômica, Banco Itaú-Unibanco and Banco Bradesco).

Lost luggage:Address your problem by contacting the airport staff from lost and found offices located in each terminal.

Car hire:Companies such as Budget, National, Alamo and Europcar are represented at the airport in Rio de Janeiro.

Airport hotels:For hotels close to the airport, book a room at Hotel Caracas Rio (10 minutes), or Mont Blanc Airport Hotel.

Airport hub:GIG airport is a hub for TAM and Gol.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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