From the world’s largest art deco sculpture, Christ the Redeemer, to the high peaks of Sugarloaf and Corcovado, this sprawling and vibrant city is quite a wonder from above. Still, the birds-eye-view only captures a fraction Rio’s beauty. Its lavish theatres and museums, millennia-old monasteries, golden beaches and samba clubs mingle effortlessly, demonstrating Rio’s signature flare and drama, which has obviously been here for ages with no signs of letting up. Nowhere is this more evident than the epic and iconic Copacabana beach, where locals gather each night to clap for the sun as it sets.
An application form, passport copies, original birth certificates, declaration of civil status, and single status forms are required. A marriage must also publish in the local paper 15 days prior to the marriage. Divorce and death decrees are required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports and tourist visas are required for entry into Brazil from the US and Canada. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
The official language of Brazil is Portuguese, though English, Spanish and Italian are also spoken widely.
The Brazilian real is the official currency of Brazil.
Climate & Beaches
Rio de Janeiro has a tropical savanna climate and experiences heavy rainfall from December to March. Temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the year, with a range from 73 degrees F to 84 degrees F.
Beach-going is practically a way of life in Rio de Janeiro, and there is an endless assortment to choose from. Of course, a trip to Rio isn’t complete without a stop at Ipanema or Copacabana beaches, where people-watching is a competitive (and fun!) sport. There are also a number of more secluded beaches, like Prainha and Arpoador Beach, which are known for great surf conditions.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Start with an aerial tour of Rio de Janeiro. Whether you hike Sugarloaf Mountain or take a helicopter tour over Christ the Redeemer, this city is impressive and grand from above. Rio is world-famous for its beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema, which are the see-and-be-seen hotspots of Brazil. Within the city there are a number of stunning theatres, museums, and monasteries to explore filled with cultural treasures. The city is also known for its open-air cafes, so enjoy the great weather and sip a caipirinha, a mojito-styled local drink.
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