1. Parque Nacional da Tijuca (National Park): Welcome to the Jungle
First time in Brazil and you don’t know what to do in Rio de Janeiro? Head to Da Tijuca National Park. To visit this park is to be outdoors, to breathe fresh air, protected from pollution, surrounded by nature at all times. This reserve protects what remains of the Atlantic Rainforest that was once part of where the city of Rio is today. The ecosystem is tropical. Explore a bit of jungle in the middle of Rio. The park protects water sources, controls erosion, regulates the climate, and many other aspects that keep Rio in balance. Learn more about the park and visit it!
Da Tijuca National Park
Address: Estrada da Cascatinha, 850, Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro
2. Climb to the top of Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)
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Climb to the most impressive view in Rio de Janeiro. See Ipanema, Flamengo, Leblon and Copacabana all at once, just from the top. Be one with Christ the Redeemer who looks after Rio from above. Discover the many neighborhoods and green spaces, highways and people of this incredible city.
Take the time to visit the different areas of the park and be prepared. You will need comfortable shoes, water, sunscreen and light clothing. You can ride the cable car which will take you safely to the main spectator to start your wonderful experience. Enjoy your visit and go up for the sunset.
Pao de Acucar
Website: Pao de Acucar
Pao de Acucar Cable Car
Address: Bondinho Pão de Açúcar, Av. Pasteur, 520 – Urca, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22290-240, Brazil
Website: Pão de Açúcar cable car
3. Spend a day at Copacabana Beach
If you are visiting Brazil, probably one of the best things to do in Rio is to relax on the famous Copacabana Beach. You’ve seen it in movies, on postcards, you’ve heard about it in songs and from travellers. Copacabana tops the list of “must sees” in Rio de Janeiro. Access is really easy and if you don’t mind sharing it with lots of people, which means street food, music, noise and a fun vibe, you’ll have a wonderful time.
Address: Bairro de Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Website: Copacabana Beach
4. Enjoy the sun, sand and surf at Ipanema Beach
One of Rio’s main tourist attractions is certainly Ipanema Beach. This is where you can practice all kinds of sports and work on your tan. It is located near Arpoador beach at one end and Leblon beach at the other end so the beach never stops! This one, in particular, is very popular with families. It’s safe and beautiful and you should make an effort to clean up after you leave to keep it that way. Enjoy a good time on the typical beach of Rio, Frescobol.
Address: Bairro de Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Website: Ipanema Beach
5. See the famous Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer)
The famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World, towers over Rio atop Corcovado Mountain. You can get there easily by taking the Corcovado train. You can be sure that the electrical system of this transport does not pollute. You will see wild and unspoiled nature on the way up. Enjoy the ride, it’s truly unique.
Christ the Redeemer
Address: Parque Nacional da Tijuca – Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brazil
Website: Christ the Redeemer
6. Catch a game at Maracanã Football Stadium
Another landmark of the city which is famous. You’ve probably seen it on TV many times, for the Olympics or a football cup. Well, if you’re visiting Rio, this is your chance to see it in person, with your own eyes – the magnificent stadium. Attend a game or tour. No matter the path, there is no wasted time visiting this place. It’s a great visit to do with family or a group of friends and definitely one of the best places to see in Rio de Janeiro.
Maracana Football Stadium
Address: Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, Portão 3 – Maracana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20271-130, Brazil
7. Discover the bohemian neighborhood of Santa Teresa
One of the secrets of the city is the neighborhood of Santa Teresa. Narrow streets, located on top of a hill, in the center of Rio. One of the main sites to visit is the Escadaria Selarón, 215 colorful steps covered in mosaics by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón. Explore every corner of this region and get in touch with the preserved colonial architecture, enjoy food in some of the best restaurants specializing in local cuisine, have a drink in a modern bar and delight your ears with a samba. Everything is possible in Santa Teresa.
Address: Rua Aurea, Rio de Janeiro, 20240-210, Brazil
8. Visit the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
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In the southern area of Rio is the beautiful Botanical Garden, where you will find a sample of Brazil’s rich ecosystem. It is open daily for visitors to enter and get lost in the nature of the garden. It was funded in 1808 and will continue to protect the various plant and animal species that live there. Become one with them and show them some love too.
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
Address: Rua Jardim Botânico, 1008 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Website: Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden
9. Flamengo Park: the biggest
An exemplar morto de uma das maiores árvores do Parque, a Albizia Falcataria (Paraserianthes falcataria), native to Indonesia/Australia.
If you are looking for green spaces in Rio, you cannot fail to discover the largest public park in the city. Like everything in Rio, this place is amazing. You will also find some points of interest such as the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro, the Carmen Miranda Museum and the “Monument to the Dead of World War II”. Explore the park and enjoy a picnic in warm weather or a sports activity in the great outdoors. .
Address: Praia do Flamengo, 116 – Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22210-030, Brazil
Website: [Flamengo Park (en portugais)] http://www.parquedoflamengo.com.br/
10. Spend time at Parque Lage
Named after the industrialist who once inhabited this place, Parque Lage is a unique and beautiful park surrounded by subtropical forest. As well as exploring the on-site walking paths, you can spend time snapping photos in front of the mansion’s atrium, recognizable by the view from the entrance – you’ll see a swimming pool in the middle and green trees and mountains behind the arches. You might even know this site from Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Beautiful” where this park was featured.
Address: R. Jardim Botânico, 414 – Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22461-000, Brazil
11. Get the best view of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
If you are always looking for stunning natural views, Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon should definitely be on your itinerary. An aerial view will show you the whole lake, but the view from the ground is just as good. The bike path around the lake has paved roads ideal for outdoor activities such as cycling and jogging. As it sits right on the water, you will have a picturesque view of the lush green trees and shrubs while you exercise.
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Address: Avenida Epitacio Pessoa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22471-001 Brazil
The exterior of the Museu do Amanhã does not allow it to be ignored. The futuristic design of this science museum against the backdrop of Guanabara Bay makes for a breathtaking image. The interior is equally impressive – with exhibits that offer a narrative of the universe, from the cosmos to humanity. After visiting the museum, stop at the gift shop to purchase a souvenir.
Museum of Tomorrow including Ticket and Transfer (COVID-19 Prepared)
Duration: 2 to 5 hours
13. Check out the galleries and theater at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro
Located in the heart of downtown Rio, the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro, or CCBB, is a wonderful cultural spot that is a must-visit for any traveler. The impressive neoclassical structure is impressive from the outside, especially at night when illuminated. Inside, it houses a teahouse, restaurant, three theaters, art galleries, and more. Don’t miss the chance to take your own photo of the impressive skylight inside.
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil Rio de Janeiro
Address: R. Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20010-000, Brazil
Business hours: Wed – Mon: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closed on Tue)
The largest marine aquarium in South America is an attraction not to be missed. Give your children the chance to walk through the impressive tunnel of one of the aquariums and admire the colorful corals and the wide variety of sea creatures. AquaRio goes one step further and offers its customers the experience of diving in one of their tanks as well as sleeping in the aquarium overnight.
AquaRio Admission ticket
Duration: 2 hours
Being outdoors in Rio de Janeiro
There are so many beautiful places in the city that you might want to visit, so you better start this itinerary and start making your schedule. Your legs will get tired, but your heart will be filled with love for Brazil and its culture. Be sure to try these things to do in Rio de Janeiro on your next trip.
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