Things to Know About Rio


Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city and most popular tourist destination. With its six million culturally diverse residents and its rich natural beauty, it is no surprise why its popularity continues to grow. Not only does Rio annually host the exciting and colorful Carnival, but it is also is home to the impressive Sugarloaf Mountain, a collection of world-class galleries and museums, historic colonial architecture and the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. Despite Rio’s continued modernization, it also embraces its natural beauty and diverse past, making it an exciting and distinctive destination.

Getting to Rio

There are many flight route options from major North American cities into South America. The majority of these international flights arrive into Rio or Sao Paulo. For the 2016 Rio Games, flights directly into Rio will fill up first but there is excellent lift from numerous international gateways into Sao Paulo (GRU).

Whether you choose to spend your time in Rio sipping a Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) on the beach, hiking through an enchanting rain forest or shopping in the fashionable Leblon district of Rio, this city has something to offer every type of traveler.

You’ll find more flights and potentially slightly less expensive fares via GRU, just make sure to book your connections at the same time as your international flights. During the 2016 Summer Games, a major international event, there will be high demand for these domestic flights as well. So even though there are many routes, it’s best to book early to get the best price, as well as your preferred routing and schedule.

While Brazil normally requires most visitors to obtain an entry visa prior to arrival, the Brazilian government recently announced that they will waive this policy during the Summer Games for a number of countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, and Japan. If you’re not sure whether you are eligible for a visa exemption, please contact your local Brazilian Consulate or ask the Roadtrips At-Your-Service Desk for details. Visitors still require a valid passport.

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