Whether or not you visit during Carnival, you may enjoy visiting one of the city’s samba schools. Many of the schools welcome visitors, provide brief lessons and even allow visitors to try on one of the elaborate costumes the samba dancers wear during Carnival.
Rio has some of the world’s most famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema. The beaches are beautiful and the people there can be quite glamorous, but be assured that everyone feels welcome at these public beaches. You can rent bikes or rollerblades, or simply relax on the sand to enjoy the stunning scenery and do some people-watching.
If you would rather spend your time exploring a rainforest, you won’t need to go far. Tijuca National Park, home to hundreds of types of plants and wildlife, is located within the Rio city limits – in fact, it is the world’s largest urban forest.
For more information on cruising to Rio and other Brazilian and South American ports, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.