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“Just the name, Rio de Janeiro, conjures so many images. The legendary, natural beauty of this city lures visitors year round with white beaches that curl around stunning peaks edged by tropical seas. Add the beat of Samba, beauties on the beach, urban arts both high and low, renowned Caipirinha cocktails and Churrascaria steakhouses. Mix in renowned landmarks that include the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Selaron Stairs and the only question remains – when to go? Here are some tips to find the perfect fit of airline and hotel, timing and transportation.”

Flying into Beautiful Rio De Janeiro

Just the name, Rio de Janeiro, conjures so many images. The natural beauty of this city lures visitors year round with white beaches that curl around stunning peaks edged by tropical seas. Add the beat of Samba, beauties on the beach, urban arts both high and low, renowned Caipirinha cocktails and Churrascaria steakhouses. Mix in renowned landmarks that include the Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Selaron Stairs and the only question remains – when to go? Here are some tips to find the perfect fit of airline and hotel, timing and transportation.
Roundtrip Flights to Rio De Janeiro
Washington (IAD) Rio De Janeiro (GIG)Fri Apr 24-Sun Apr 26$811
Washington (DCA) Rio De Janeiro (GIG)Fri May 22-Sun May 24$774
Hotels in Rio De Janeiro
Casa Amarelo par Robert le Héros
4.5
77 reviews
$81 avg/night
Rio 180° Boutique Hotel
3.9
324 reviews
$87 avg/night
Novotel Rio De Janeiro Dumont
4.4
411 reviews
$109 avg/night
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How to find your perfect flight?

When looking to extend your travel budget, it’s best to start searching for flights well in advance of your departure dates and at least 6 monthsbefore Carnival. Be flexible about which day to leave and consider booking flight and hotel packages for deeper discounts.

Delta and United Airlines report flights from the United States with fares between $800 and $2,000. Peak travel months are from December through March, when flights might cost most.

Galeao International Airport is close to Rio central and about 12 miles from the most popular zones: North (Zona Norte), Center (Centro) and South (Zona Sul.)

The smaller Santos Dumas Airport, also close to central Rio, provides about 20 flights daily for Brazilian airlines within the country and has been steadily upgraded in advance of the 2016 Olympics and World Soccer Games.

What are the transportation options in and out of the airport?

Getting in and out of either Airport is fairly simple. Taxis are plentiful but be aware that White vehicles are Executive Cars and more expensive than Yellow Taxis. Several private and City bus services are available. They are found in front of the arrival terminal. You'll need to purchase a ticket before boarding. Most lines run every 20 – 30 minutes between 5:30 am and 10:30 pm.

When you book your hotel, find out if there’s an airport shuttle service and follow their directions. Renting a car in Rio probably is more trouble than its worth as driving is more art than science for visitors. Go local and enjoy the city more without  a car. Carry a business card from your hotel to show the driver and to help you return easily.

Where to stay?

Rio is one of the world’s most popular destinations with lodging for all kinds of travelers. Prices depend on the hotel, neighborhood, proximity to attractions and the dates of your stay. Expect a range from about $100 to $650, with some Airbnb rooms slightly lower.

Copacabana and Ipanema, immortalized in popular songs from Astrid Gilberto and Barry Manilow, draw crowds with their expansive beaches and amenities. The beachfront hosts some of the most luxurious hotels on the planet but there are more modest rooms within walking distance. Other colorful neighborhoods, like the Lapa District, host street art and vibrant nightlife. Accommodations usually run lower, from quirky small hotels and Airbnb rooms.

What to look for when eating out in Rio?

Eating out in Rio is an inexpensive adventure. Begin at the airport with the ubiquitous Cheese Bread, Pão de queijo. They’re cheap, warm and gluten-free at most concession stands. Be sure to explore the world of Caipirinhas, the national cocktail, made with the sugar cane liquor, Cachaça. If you love beer, Rio is full of Pilsner brews, always served bracingly cold. If you’re with a group look for Chopp towers, full of frothy draft beer in tall dispensers served at the table.

Eating on a budget is simple in Rio. Follow the locals to buffet restaurants where you can fill up inexpensively on a variety of meats, seafood and side dishes. Save room in your schedule to enjoy a leisurely, sunset meal at one of the beachside cafes.

How best to navigate the airport?

As a premier destination, Brazil has prepared for several world sports events construction is everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the airports. Be ready to follow unpredictable paths between airlines and baggage claim, between terminals and transportation. Use bathrooms when you find them as construction can make those harder to find. You may find long lines at meager concession stands. Ask questions and know that your high school Spanish skills will only get you so far. Most everyone speaks Portuguese with a little English. Use Apps like ‘How to Say,’ and phrase books during your visit.

Rio de Janeiro is packed with cultural, culinary and natural options sure to satisfy the novice to expert traveler. While some sites are popular and crowded, they’re well worth the experience. Be sure to take the tram up Sugar Loaf Mountain for views, to see the indigenous monkeys and marvel at the waterfront. The Christ the Redeemer Statue must be experienced. Stroll the signature, wave-patterned board walks along beachfronts. A visit during Carnival season is unlike any other experience as the streets erupt in spontaneous parties, costumes and painted faces. Attend one of the nights in the Sambadrom for a pageant of song and dance that puts Las Vegas to shame while dance school after dance school vies for awards with music, floats and feathers.

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