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Explore Rio’s top 10 unmissable sights

Author: Deepak Nangla
by Deepak Nangla
Posted: Oct 09, 2017
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Rio de Janeiro is a massive city on the coast of Brazil in South America, famous for its yearly street Carnival and its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue hovering over the city from Mount Corcovado. And let’s not forget the city’s steamy beaches, which draw visitors from around the globe in their millions. Brightsun Travel has several cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro from locations across the UK, so you can experience all that this incredible city has to offer this holiday.

Pão de Açúcar

Start your tour of Rio by taking a cable car to the top of Pão de Açúcar and enjoy incredible views of the city, its coastline, bays and surrounding forests and mountains.

Copacabana beach

Copacabana beach is one of the most well-known beaches in Rio, if not the world, and is a 4 kilometre stretch of coastline bordering the city, where you can join locals playing football, or beach volleyball.

Ipanema beach

Rio has some of the most spectacular urban beaches on the planet. Head to Ipanema beach, set in the south of the city, and join the crowds at weekends, or take a surfing lesson with a pro.


Thanks to its role as host to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio’s downtown neighbourhoods like Praça São Salvador and Mercado São Jose das Artes now buzz with life, and are well worth a day away from the beach.

Rio Glamour

Head to the recently reopened ‘Hotel Nacional’, once frequented by James Brown and Liza Minnelli, and experience a little slice of Rio glamour smack bang in the middle of the upmarket neighbourhood of Sao Conrado.

Corcovado Mountain

Corcovado Mountain, hovering over 700 metres above the city, is home to the Christ the Redeemer statue, and is a place where you can enjoy fantastic views of Rio de Janeiro.

Niteroí & Itacoatiara beach

Take a short ferry ride from the city and you will reach Niteroí, boasting beautiful quiet beaches, including Itacoatiara beach, which is surrounded by a mountainous backdrop, and a world away from the busy beaches in the centre.

Instituto Moreira Salles

If its art and culture you are interested in, then head to the beautiful Instituto Moreira Salles cultural centre, where you can explore work by some of the country’s most notable artists, and enjoy beautiful landscaped gardens.


Lapa is where to go for all night parties, live music performances and a range of bars, all full to the brim. Go at the weekend and join in street parties that go on till dawn, with live Brazilian music.

Parque Lage

Picnic in tow, head to the Parque Lage, which surrounds Rio’s School of Visual Arts, and enjoy art exhibits and views of Christ the Redeemer and Corcovado Mountain right from your blanket.


Brightsun Travel has a range of Rio de Janeiro flights from UK to choose from. Fly direct to Rio de Janeiro with British Airways from London and enjoy comfortable seating, world-class entertainment and premium dining in Economy and Premium Economy. Or, upgrade to Club World and lie back on fully flat beds.

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Author: Deepak Nangla

Deepak Nangla

United Kingdom

Member since: Mar 23, 2015
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