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Visiting Rio de Janeiro: what are the best things to do and see in Brazil’s most famous city?
For you, Rio may just be his Carnivalits Copacabana beach, its Christ the Redeemer or one of the host cities of the Football World Cup and the Olympic Games… Even if we cannot detach these events and these places from the image we have of the Cidade Maravilhosathey are part of the landscape carioca. But Rio is not just about that. There are many things to see and do in this world famous city. Whether touristic or not, these activities are unmissable!
1. Christ the Redeemer of Rio
Flickr – David Berkowitz
It is one of the symbols of the city. This huge statue of Cristo Redentor perches with outstretched arms on Corcovado Mountain 710 meters above the city carioca. You will learn more about the Christ of Rio by reading some anecdotes about her. You can also find more information in our article for visit Christ the Redeemer.
2. The beaches of Rio
Going to the beach is a must-do activity in Rio for sunbathing and swimming. You will not miss the beach of Copacabana of course, although it is crowded in summer (beginning of the year in Brazil) and as soon as the mercury rises above 20-25°C. You only have the neighborhood of Arpoador to cross to get to the page ofIpanema made famous through song The Girl From Ipanema. Other interesting beaches in Rio include Leblon and Barra da Tijuca.
Wikimedia – Mteixeira62
3. Sugar Loaf or Pão de Açúcar
Rising nearly 400 meters above the mouth of Guanabara Bay, the Sugar bread is a monolith visible from many places in Rio that you can “visit” by going to its top by a glass-walled cable car called ” bondinho ” Where ” cable car“. The cable car leaves every 20 minutes from the base of Morro da Babilonia (hill) and then climbs to the top of Morro da Urca hill. From there you can take a second cable car to the top of the Pao which will offer you a 360° view of Rio, the bay and the ocean.
4. The Lapa district
Flickr – Rodrigo_Soldon
Lapa is the lively district in the center of Rio, it is here that the night life is the most effervescent. It’s an excellent place to drink a caipirinha while listening to Chorus or the samba. It is also a pleasant district to discover because there are several interesting places there, such as the Fundicao Progressothem arches of Lapa (Arcos da Lapa) or theEscadaria Selaron (staircase by the artist Jorge Selarón, 250 steps of all colors, see photo below).
5. Jardim Botânico and Parque Lage
Located west of the Lagoa district, the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden home to more than 8,000 species of plants. Built in the early 1800s, the garden features many mature specimens, including avenues lined with towering palm trees. People also come here to see the 600 species of orchids. The garden also has monuments, fountains, etc. such as a Japanese garden, a pond filled with water lilies and the new Museu do Meio Ambiente, which displays exhibits that focus on the environment. One of the attractions of the garden is the Lage Park which highlights a beautiful residence dating from 1840 whose style is unique and surprising. The house was designed by an Italian architect and the grounds created by an English landscaper.
Flickr – Rodrigo_Soldon
Rio is a city of football with no less than seven teams within the same city. Four important clubs really compete for the carioca championship every year. If you are going to Rio during the championship season, inquire for visit the Maracanã Stadium Where attend a match in one of the stadiums from the city.
7. Churrascarias and feijoada
At Brazil, you cannot miss the local culinary specialties. Take advantage of being in Rio to eat in a churrascaria, that is to say a restaurant where you are served very good meat (at will or not) cooked on the barbecue. Especially try the picanha, a popular cut of beef here. Also taste a feijoadaa dish made with black beans (feijão: bean in Portuguese), rice and pork.
8. The Santa Teresa neighborhood
Flickr – greg.road.trip
Perched on a hill overlooking the bay of Rio, the neighborhood of Santa Teresa invites you to step back in time and discover the vanished elegance of 19th century plantation mansions and cobbled streets. The neighborhood escaped development until 1896 when an aqueduct was built, connecting the neighborhood to the city. It was a haven for 20th-century artists, musicians, and writers, and although trendy clubs and boutiques have since caught up with the neighborhood, it still retains a friendly colonial vibe. Really close, the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura library, which is one of the most beautiful in the worldand the Sao Bento Monasteryare worth the detour.
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