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During your stay in a hotel near Rio, take the time to see the waterfalls in the lush tropical rainforest at Tijuca National Park, ride a gondola up to the giddy heights of the Sugarloaf Mountain, have your photo taken in front of the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, or just kick back and relax on the city’s beaches: you’ll find plenty of attractions and things to do or see around our luxury hotels in Rio de Janeiro.
Most flights arrive at Aeroporto Galeao, which is 15km to the north of the city centre. Our 3 to 5 star hotels are located near Rio’s airport. Some domestic flights will arrive at Aeroporto Santos Dumont, however. Buses and taxis run regular service into the city from both airports. Many travelers arrive by bus, particularly if arriving from other Brazilian destinations. The central bus station is Rodoviaria Novo Rio, where you can take a taxi to your final destination. There's a wide range of Rio de Janeiro transport options within the city. Ferries provide service to Niteroi, while buses are swift and run frequently. There is also a well-organized subway system.
Rio is best viewed from above, and you have several scenic points to choose from. Climb to the top of Corcovado, located in the lush vegetation of Tijuca National Park. At the top of this mountain you can not only see panoramic views of the city, but also visit its most iconic statue: Christ the Redeemer. This statue of Christ with his arms outstretched measures 38 metres high and is lit up brightly at night. For a romantic ride around the city, take the bonde streetcar that clatters through the cobblestone streets of bohemian Santa Teresa, the favourite neighbourhood of local artists. One of the top things to do in Rio de Janeiro is visit Copacabana Beach, with its tanned crowds enjoying the social scene. One of our 4 star hotels in Rio is a few minutes by foot from the Copacabana district.
The city has a vibrant art scene, which you can see in a number of museums and art galleries. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts to see neoclassical works from Brazilian artists and copies of European sculptures, or head to the Museum of Modern Art for a glimpse at complicated modernist works overlooking the sea. Parque Lage is an attractive green space for more things to see in Rio de Janeiro, including opera, concerts, and theatrical performances. The Jardim Botanico was also designed in the 1800's, like Parque Lage.