The best things to do in Rio de Janeiro this winter

By Fareboom Staff, Sun, Jan 7, 2018

In January and February, it’s summertime in the Southern Hemisphere. So head to Rio and leave the cold weather behind!



Despite the weather, Rio does have its share of winter holiday ambiance, and there’s definitely a lot more to do than lie on the beach all day (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing).  Here are some of the best things to do if you’re headed to Rio this (Northern Hemisphere) winter:


Enjoy the classics

Check out some of “the Marvellous City”’s best-known and most impressive sites, including Corcovado Mountain, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer at its summit; Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar); and Tijuca National Park. There’s also great food and nightlife, especially in the spirited Lapa district.  Or yes, you could just hang out on one of the gorgeous beaches. 




If you’re a museum junkie, check out some of Rio’s museums.




THE iconic thing to do in Rio. Street parades, samba, gatherings, parties.  Officially taking place from February 9-14 this year (2018), Carnaval’s exuberance can’t be contained, so even if you arrive a bit before that, you’ll still be able to enjoy local street parades, parties, and more.  Here’s the official guide.



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Alysa Salzberg is a writer and trip planner.  She lives in Paris with an eccentric Frenchman, a train-obsessed toddler, and a dog-like cat. Besides them, she loves travel, books, and cookies. You can read about her adventures here, or feel free to stop by and check out her website.


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