Set in amongst emerald-green rainforests, mountains, lagoons and miles and miles of white-sanded beaches, there are few cities that can match Rio de Janeiro for location.

Perhaps its greatest attribute however is its people, the Cariocas with their relaxed, easy-going spirit and style that belies the size of their home.

Rio also has a strong cultural force, the city famously being birthplace (and spiritual home) to both samba and bossa nova meaning you are never far away from music during your stay.

Jacada recommends hotels in the very best parts of Rio, where the top beaches, bars and restaurants can be found. In a city of such iconic imagery, there are still many well kept secrets that our local guides can help you discover, be it an intimate samba venue, or simply the best beach food on offer.

What to do

  • Relaxing on the beach
  • Enjoying the rich culture of the city
  • Great nightlife
  • Eating at some of Brazil's best restaurants
  • Visits to Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf
  • Samba lessons

When to go

Rio is a great city to explore any time of year, but visit in the summer to enjoy its beaches or around Carnival to experience the city explode in a cloud of colour.


Rio de Janeiro is one of the most iconic cities in South America. Its location, beautifully sandwiched between lush green mountains and white sandy beaches, combined with the glamour, rhythm and culture of local people creates an experience you’ll never forget.

Lily Bunker
Senior Travel Designer