Rio is a world-class destination with some of the finest hotels and shopping in the world. Some of the better Rio hotels and fine dining venues are quite expensive, and like any tourist destination, shops can be pricey. But there are cheap vacations to Rio de Janeiro to be found. To land one of these vacations to Rio you should first consider traveling during the off-season. The South America summer (winter in the northern hemisphere) is high season.
All Brazil hotels and resorts will have higher prices during this time, which is generally November through March. Though city temperatures are generally hot year round, you'll find that a benefit of scheduling cheap vacations to Rio de Janeiro during the off-season is cooler temperatures by several degrees. There will also be less rain and fewer crowds.
Although Rio is a modern and sophisticated metropolis, Brazil is still a developing nation. Even if you stay in one of the better hotels along Ipanema or Copacabana Beach, you will have cheap vacations to Rio de Janeiro by venturing away from the tourist sites to shop and dine in the less expensive establishments that the locals patronize. You'll also have a more authentic Brazilian experience this way. Another money saving tip, that also provides a more authentic experience, is to forget about Brazil hotels on vacations to Rio and consider some of the many apartment and house rentals available.
Rio de Janeiro vacations have something to offer everyone. It's a good city both for family groups and groups of young partyers. Surfing enthusiasts who follow the sun, sand, and waves flock to the city for vacations to Rio that concentrate on the Rio de Janeiro beaches and surfing-kite surfing, wind surfing, para-surfing, and good old fashioned board surfing. Sports enthusiasts come for soccer, the number one passion of Brazilians, and beach volleyball. Some of the best players in the world, in both sports, hail from Brazil.
There are other things to do on Rio de Janeiro vacations that run the gamut of interests. Consider booking Rio tours that take in its historic colonial center with beautiful architecture and many wonderful museums full of history. Two things that should not be missed on all Rio de Janeiro vacations are the ascents to the summit of Sugarloaf and Corcovado mountains. The latter is topped by the imposing statue of Christ the Redeemer, which has recently been named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. The views from the summit of both peaks is quite breathtaking.
And even if you've spent time in the waters of the Rio de Janeiro beaches, the gentle seas and islands of beautiful Guanabara Bay also beckon. Many yachts, schooners, and other craft are available for luncheon cruises, dinner cruises, and fishing cruises. Spend a couple hours taking lessons at one of the city's many famous samba clubs, then book one of the Rio tours that includes a festive dinner show so you can watch the professionals strut their stuff. Taking vacations to Rio may take a little research, but you will be rewarded with a destination that has everything you're looking for from cheap vacations to Rio de Janeiro to the sky's the limit expense. Just decide when to go and then start your research.