Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport Car Rental
Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport is one of the most important airports in Brazil and throughout Latin America.
Galeão Airport is the busiest airport for passenger traffic in Rio de Janeiro. Its construction dates back to the early 1950s and, on completion of the work, it was named after Antonio Carlos Jobim, a famous Brazilian musician.
The main foreign destinations connected by flights departing from Rio de Janeiro International Airport are Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santiago de Chile and Lima, if we consider only the Southern American continent. To these are added New York, Houston, Atlanta and Miami in the United States of America.
As regards the European continent, we can mention the direct flights to Paris, Rome, London, Zurich, Madrid, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. The international destinations with the highest passenger traffic are Buenos Aires (almost 900 thousand), Miami (422 thousand) and Paris (379 thousand). In total, over 15 million passengers pass through Rio de Janeiro International Airport every year.
The airport is about 20 km from Rio city centre and, once landed, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of the car rental service at Rio de Janeiro Airport, guaranteed by RentalUp, and, then, to reach the city centre. The fastest way is through the Estrada do Galeão, after having left the airport. Then, you have to take the Expressa Joao Goulart and continue until you reach Vasco de Gama district. Here you have to take the exit to Centre/Copacabana and follow the driving directions to Avenida Presidente Vargas, which leads to the city centre.
Rio de Janeiro: points of interest
The symbol of Rio de Janeiro (and of all Brazil) is the statue of Christ the Redeemer, which stands on top of the hill Corvocado. The monumental statue, 38 meters high, was realized in the 1930s by Heitor da Silva Costa, a famous Brazilian engineer. Nowadays, it is the biggest Art Deco statue in the world and the third biggest one overall. Reached the top, you will enjoy an exceptional panorama: from here, indeed, the view over the beaches and the districts of Rio de Janeiro, included the legendary stadium Maracanã, is perfect.
Another worldwide famous place is Sugarloaf Mountain, overlooking Botafogo district and part of Copacabana, so called because of the production of sugarcane between the XVI and the XVIII centuries.
You cannot neither miss the beach of Copacabana, among the most iconic beaches all over the world. On this beach the Brazilian New Year’s party is celebrated and many important sport events are organized, among which the football world championships and beach volleyball tournaments.
We recommend you to spend some hours on Ipanemabeach, the second most famous one in Rio de Janeiro after that of Copacabana, to better taste the light-hearted and carefree soul of the Brazilian culture. You cannot miss an excursion on the Arpoador, so that you can enjoy a breath-taking view over the suggestive mount Morro Dois Irmaos.
Thanks to the car rental service at Rio de Janeiro Airport, you will have the opportunity to visit the most beautiful points of interest in full comfort. Among these, we must mention also Tijuca National Park, considered one of the widest urban forests in the world, strongly desired by Pedro II, Brazilian emperor at the end of the XIX century.
Within the Park there are many interesting natural attractions, such as Taunay Cascatinha, Pico do Papagaio and Pico da Tijuca. Lastly, if you love nature, you will have the opportunity to explore the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Garden, among the biggest ones in the world with an area of over 135 hectares: from the wild orchids to the exotic plants, from the Japanese garden to the Tijuca forest.
Rio de Janeiro: art and culture
Taking advantage of the car rental at Rio de Janeiro Airport, you can reach the main places of art and culture in the famous Brazilian city. You must visit the Selaron Stepway, a gift that the Chilean artist realized as a tribute to the Brazilian people.
When we talk about art in Rio de Janeiro, it is impossible not to mention Oscar Niemeyer, who, among other things, also realized a peculiar cultural centre with a theatre and a library. Another cultural site you must visit during a holiday in Rio de Janeiro is the suggestive Teatro Nacional, in the financial centre of the city. If you are looking for a district which can offer a wide selection of galleries and museums, you must choose the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa, not far from the arches of Lapa (ancient aqueduct in Rio de Janeiro).