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The name of Rio de Janeiro is synonymous with the Rio Carnaval, which is probably the most famous attraction at this destination. However, the natural beauty of this metropolis is also considerable and one of the top lures for nature lovers include Rio's natural harbour, numerous beaches like Copacabana, Flamengo, Leblon as well as the Sugar Loaf mountains and the Caorcovado Peak. The range of urban attractions is also quite extensive and includes Art Deco, Palacio Guanabara, Itamaraty, Casa Franca Brasil as well as numerous museums. Tours of the Favela (shantytowns) are quite popular among travellers who book tickets on Rio de Janeiro bound flights.
The Galeao - Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport which serves Rio de Janeiro is among the largest and busiest airports of Brazil. It features excellent connectivity by air to leading global as well as domestic destinations, making it one of the preferred international entry points into Brazil. Located about 20 kilometres from the heart of this bustling metropolis, it is well connected to the city and nearby areas by shuttle services and taxis. This modern terminal is replete with a range of passenger amenities including numerous retail outlets, snazzy restaurants/cafes, currency changers, ATMs, banks, car rental agencies and much more.
For Britons seeking cheap flights to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's national carrier TAM Airlines is a popular choice, along with British Airways, the flag carrier of the UK. Leading American and European airlines that operate regular flights to the destination include American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, US Airways, Air France, Iberia, Lufthansa and TAP-Air Portugal. Britons can also buy tickets on flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines and Alitalia on the Heathrow to Rio route. Among these TAM operates a few non stop flights on the route, while other airlines feature one or more stopover at their hub airports in Europe or America.
Rio de Janeiro is among the most popular tourist destinations in South America, which is probably the main reason why numerous stay options are available for foreign tourists. Popular high-end establishments in the metropolis include Caesar Park, Golden Tulip, Pestana Rio Atlantica, Atlantico Business Centro, Marriot, Copacabana Palace and many others. There are many other establishments that provide affordable luxury and top picks in the category include Regina, Oceano Copacabana, Monte Alegre, Novo Mundo, Mirasol Copacabana, Scorial Rio, Rios Presidente, Itajuba, Windsor Asturias and Atlantico Copacabana. Alternately one may book any of the numerous private condominium apartments and cheap hostels in the city.
Rio de Janeiro's weather is best described as tropical with only minimal variations of temperature round the year. Summer months are quite wet with early December being the wettest period. The peak tourist traffic occurs in late December and February because of the Christmas/New Year holidaymakers and those visiting for the famed Rio Carnaval. This unfortunately makes it difficult to get cheap flights or accommodations during the period. The shoulder months include the spring and autumn months making these the best travel periods for holidaymakers seeking deals on their hotels and air tickets to Rio de Janeiro.
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