Rio de Janeiro Port of Call

Rio de Janeiro port ©

On the south coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro's sprawling urban high rises spread around the base of steep lushly forested green hills and a long strip of sandy beach.
One of the world's most famous attractions, guarding over Rio de Janeiro, is the impressive, towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, but equally impressive views are also popularly seen from a cable car ride up to Sugar Loaf peak.

Cruise ships berth at the commercial Pier Maua port which can dock a number of cruise liners, all sharing the Emapa cruise passenger terminal. The port and cruise terminal are equipped with medical services, transportation options and shops. The Rio de Janeiro port is across from the Praca Maua district and, although travellers should be safe enough during the day or in groups, it is best not to walk the area at night.


The tourist information centre is located at the Pier Maua passenger terminal.


Shuttles provided by the various cruise companies travel into the city centre and these are the best means of transportation. Taxis can be hailed from outside the cruise terminal but be wary of overpricing. The cruise terminal is a long walk from any attractions and shouldn't be walked to at night. From the city centre the bus system is comprehensive, cheap and easily navigable.


The two most popular attractions of Rio de Janeiro both tower over the city: the giant Christ the Redeemer statue and the high central peak called Sugar Loaf. The beautiful beaches of the city are also very popular with tourists, especially the famous Ipanema and Copacabana, the latter of which also has a popular boardwalk. In the downtown area a number of museums and historic churches dot the area and, if timed correctly, football fans can catch a match in Estadio Maracana, one of the world's largest and most celebrated soccer stadiums.


Brasileirinho - Rural atmosphere with traditional food.

Paladino - Casual locals' haunt with generous portions.

Confeitaria Colombo - Charming colonial lunch venue.

Best Dish

feijoda (black bean dish)


A number of standard shopping centres dot the city but the most interesting finds are along Copacabana and Ipanema. Visiting one of the local weekend markets, like Feira Hippie de Ipanema or the Babilônia Hype Fair, is the best way to find local crafts. There is limited shopping at the port's passenger terminal.

Best Buy

Gemstone jewellery


View Iguacu Falls

Explore Tijuca National Park

Sail to the nearby islands and beaches

Sightsee at the Imperial Museum and Crystal Palace

Day trip to Buzios Peninsula

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