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As if the beauty of the city of Rio de Janeiro wasn't enough, the state of Rio de Janeiro is blessed with an incredible array of places is visit. From Colonial towns to paradise islands - Rio de Janeiro boasts lush green jungled mountains, stunning blue sea, nature reserves, pristine secluded beaches and much much more.
Check out our guide to some of the best places...

City of Rio de Janeiro

1. City of Rio de Janeiro

Just a starting point. The city of Rio de Janeiro, check out our neighbourhoods section to find out all about the city of Rio.

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Paratys amazing beaches

2. Paraty -- TOP PICK

Paraty is known for its cobblestone-paved streets throughout the Historic Center District and it's surrounding secluded beaches. Set amid jutting peninsulas, with a backdrop of steep, jungled mountains plunging into an island-studded bay, Paraty is one of Brazil’s most appealing and well preserve...

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Beautiful island of Ilha Grande

3. Ilha Grande -- TOP PICK

Ilha Grande is a stunning island retreat accessible by fast or slow boat, only around an hour from the city of Rio. Its pristine condition is owed to its unusual history. For almost a century it was closed by the Brazilian government to free movement or settlement because, after being a pirates’ ...

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Niteroi

4. Niterói

Niterói is the neighbouring city of Rio. It lies across the Guanabara Bay and is reached by the huge President Costa e Silva Bridge, commonly known as the Rio-Niterói Bridge. If you decide to visit Niterói you'll find some beautiful beaches that look over to the city of Rio, an amazing site t...

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Arraial do Cabo

5. Arraial do Cabo

Arraial do Cabo is located east of Rio, along the coast. It's a small town with a population of around 30,000. Surrounded by unreal turquoise blue sea beaches, it could be a great little bonus stop off on the way to the more famous town of Búzios further up the coast. There are beautiful beach...

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Cabo Frio

6. Cabo Frio

Sandwiched between sand dunes, lagoons and the sparkling Atlantic, Cabo Frio's naturally gorgeous setting has been seriously stunted by industry and overdevelopment. The city itself isn't the most attractive, however on weekends and summer holidays its bars and beaches continue to draw crowds of ...

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Buzios

7. Búzios -- TOP PICK

Beautiful Búzios sits on a jutting peninsula surrounded by 17 beaches. A simple fishing village until the early ’60s, when it was ‘discovered’ by famous French actress Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend, it’s now one of Brazil’s most upscale seaside resorts, littered with boutiques, fine...

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Teresópolis up high in the mountains

8. Teresopolis

Empress Maria Tereza used to come and escape from the steamy summer heat of Rio to the cool mountain retreat of Teresópolis, the highest city in the state, nestled in the unusual rock formations of the Serra dos Órgãos. The gorgeous winding road from Rio to Teresópolis climbs steeply through ...

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Petrópolis

9. Petrópolis -- TOP PICK

A lovely mountain retreat with a decidedly European flavour, Petrópolis was the summer residence of the Brazilian Emperors and aristocrats in the 19th century when the city of Rio would become too hot and muggy, and was the official capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro between 1894 and 1902. ...

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Itaipava

10. Itaipava

Itaipava is a calm and tranquil district and a neighbourhood of Petrópolis. Known as winter refuge for many celebrities and high society of Rio de Janeiro, the neighbourhood is home to many country clubs, restaurants with fine cuisine and some of the best nightclubs in the mountainous region. ...

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