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Rio de Janeiro, 15 things to see in the city of the Cariocas

Rio de Janeiro, 15 things to see in the city of the Cariocas


My stay in Rio de Janeiro was more than 6 months ago. I have already told you about a good part of my stay, but I still have to tell you about Rio de Janeiro itself and all the beautiful things I saw there. So, this time, not too much talk, I especially invite you to look at the photos with a few comments here and there. What to warm our hearts in need of sun for this beginning of the year!

Escadaria Selaron

It is the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón who is at the origin of this incredible work. A staircase of a hundred steps covered with mosaics from all over the world. You will certainly have the opportunity to come across the artist with his hat and his red T-shirt painting, sitting in front of his shop which overlooks the staircase.

Rio de Janeiro - Escadaria Selaron

Rio de Janeiro - Escadaria Selaron


Rio de Janeiro - Escadaria Selaron

Copacabana

Ah! Copacabana, its beach – one of the most famous in the world – of 4.5 km. It is a real pleasure to stroll on the promenade which borders it with its black and white paving with geometric curves imagined by Burle Max and which has become famous throughout the world. We walk there alongside the Cariocas who play sports (cycling, bodybuilding, running, skateboarding, rollerblading), who read a newspaper sitting on a bench or who simply walk around. You will notice that the Brazilians make absolutely extraordinary sand sculptures! It is a pleasure to discover them as you stroll along the promenade along the beaches.

Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

Rio de Janeiro - Copacabana Beach

Mirante Dona Marta

In my article on 10 reasons to go to Rio de Janeiro, I told you that one of the things not to miss is the Mirante Dona Marta. This is a viewpoint located in the Parque Nacional da Tijuca, on the road that leads to Cristo Rendentor. This viewpoint offers a magnificent view – the most beautiful I’ve seen – almost 360° over the city! I don’t know if it’s very busy but when I went there, we were only about ten people.

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Corcovado

It is at the Corcovado that the one who needs no introduction is found: Cristo Rendentor. There are two ways to access the monument. For my part, after having bought my entry, I took one of the small shuttles which climbs up to an esplanade from which one takes a staircase which leads to the foot of the Corcovado. Best done in good weather to enjoy the incredible 360° view of all of Rio de Janeiro!

Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado

Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado

Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado

Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado

Rio de Janeiro - Corcovado

Tijuca National Park

Several excursions are offered in this huge national park but I only passed through it on the way to and from Corcovado. We did however make a photo stop at a viewpoint where the Mesa Do Imperador is located.

Rio de Janeiro - National Park of Tijuca

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Ipanema

It is not the most famous beach but it is nevertheless the most chic and trendy since it is located on the edge of beautiful districts. It was she who inspired one of the most famous Bossa Nova songs: La Garota de Ipanema (The Girl from Ipanema) by João Gilberto. The most famous post is posto 9 where – according to the backpacker’s guide – the trendiest Carioca, top models, soccer and volleyball players as well as gays meet. All day long on the beach, vendors of all kinds parade: swimsuits, hats, drinks, Brazilian culinary specialties…

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Rio de Janeiro - Ipanema

Pao de Acucar

Another attraction not to be missed during a trip to Rio! The ideal is to go up there in the afternoon to enjoy the view and to stay there to admire the sunset and the bay immersed in the dark with its sparkling lights. The cable car ride is truly a magical moment.

Rio de Janeiro - Pao de Acúcar

Rio de Janeiro - Pao de Acúcar

Rio de Janeiro - Pao de Acúcar

Rio de Janeiro - Pao de Acúcar

Rio de Janeiro - Pao de Acúcar

Rio de Janeiro - Pao de Acúcar

Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa does not have a good reputation, but this bohemian and authentic district has been renamed the “Montmartre of Rio”. Many tourists have realized that this area is worth visiting and venture into this area – away from the hustle and bustle of the Centro – with its cobbled hillside streets. With this positioning, you will see, the view of Rio is sublime!

Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa

Rio de Janeiro - Santa Teresa

Favela Pereira da Silva

I hesitated to go to a favela because I didn’t want a voyeuristic visit. So when I was offered a tour with a guide who himself lived in the favela and who plans to promote and defend its inhabitants, I took the plunge. With two other travellers, we went to the Pereira da Silva favela which is located in Santa Teresa. Our guide explained to us the history of the favelas, from their creation to the life of its inhabitants today.

Rio de Janeiro - Favela Pereira da Silva

Rio de Janeiro - Favela Pereira da Silva


During this visit, we also discovered the Morrinho project. Young people from the neighborhood have reproduced a favela in the favela with bricks painted in shimmering colors and in which they have added small characters, small cars and other toys with which the children in the favela regularly come to have fun. A project that has been exported to Europe and elsewhere in various exhibitions. More info on this project here: www.morrinho.com/ (in Spanish).

Rio de Janeiro - Favela Pereira da Silva

Rio de Janeiro - Favela Pereira da Silva

Palace of Catete

I went there by chance. This building is the former seat of the federal government which served as the presidential residence between 1897 and 1960. Since then, it has housed the Museum of the Republic. Right next to it is a very pretty park where the Carioca come to walk and rest with their families.
Rua do Catete, 153 – Catete – Rio de Janeiro

Gloria Market

One Sunday, a few hours before reaching the airport to go back to Paris, I went to the Gloria market. It was sublime: stalls overflowing with exotic fruits and vegetables in an explosion of colors: corn, star fruit, pineapple, oranges, bananas, lemons, papayas, watermelon, mangoes, coconuts (of course!) and so on! There were even… strawberries! Spices and peppers are not left out, for the greatest pleasure of the eyes.
If you have a Sunday to spend in Rio de Janeiro, take a trip to a market to stock up on beautiful fruits to enjoy for breakfast or on the beach.

Rio de Janeiro - Gloria Market

Rio de Janeiro - Gloria Market

Rio de Janeiro - Gloria Market

Rio de Janeiro - Gloria Market

Rio de Janeiro - Gloria Market

Jardim Botanico

Another visit not to be missed. In this 140 ha botanical garden, there are thousands of tropical trees and plants representing a total of more than 8,000 species. It seems that it is between September and December that the garden should not be missed with the plants – in particular the orchids – which are in bloom. A nice visit to do on a Sunday morning, at the same time as the Carioca families.

Rio de Janeiro - Jardim Botanico


Rio de Janeiro - Jardim Botanico

Rio de Janeiro - Jardim Botanico

Rio de Janeiro - Jardim Botanico

Rio de Janeiro - Jardim Botanico

Lake Rodrigo de Freitas

A few blocks from Ipanema Beach, inland is the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, more commonly known as the Lagoa. It is bordered by a promenade where the Cariocas come to walk and cycle. If you don’t swim there (I think), it’s a nice alternative to the crowds of the beach for a leisurely stroll.

Rio de Janeiro - Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Rio de Janeiro - Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas

Flea market Praça 15 de Novembro

I believe that this flea market only takes place on Saturdays, which is just in front of Praça 15 de Novembro and the pier for Niterói. If you planned tospend a day in Niteróigo there on a Saturday so you can walk the aisles of this small market and maybe find some nice souvenirs to bring back from your trip.

Rio de Janeiro - Praca 15 de Novembro Flea Market

I hope you enjoyed this little getaway and I wish you a good Sunday!

And you, do you know Rio de Janeiro? Do you have any spots to recommend?

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