Top 10 things to do in Rio
Rio de Janeiro IS a destination that is home to a variety of treasures in their own right that must be unearthed. From its mythical beaches to Christ the Redeemer, without forgetting the famous carnival, Rio de Janeiro is a tourist city that makes you dream. That said, here are the top 10 must-see things to see during your trip in this great metropolis.
Christ the Redeemer (Corcovado)
During your visit to Rio de Janeiro, why not take to the skies right away by exploring the famous Christ the Redeemer. A giant statue located 710 m above sea level on the corcovado mountainthis monument is the reference par excellence to admire the city from its summit.
Welcoming thousands of visitors each year, this colossal statue is the symbol of Rio de Janeiro, just like the Eiffel Tower is for Paris. Built during the first half of the 20th century, Christ the Redeemer or Cristo Redendor is one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.
It is an essential place to make the most of the Rio sun, to sunbathe and to swim a little. You can also take a moment to relax on a café terrace while enjoying an incredible view of the ocean. Beach popular with locals as well as tourists, it is a lively place and a privileged spot for surfers. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it comes alive all the more in the evening when the barracas, the beach bars, open.
Visit Sugarloaf Mountain
This is a place that once again asks you to gain height. Located on a block of granite at almost 400 meters in height, the Pan de Azucar is the ideal place from which to admire the sunrise and then enjoy the spectacular view of the Guanabara Bay. An idyllic place! It owes its name to its very particular shape, and it is undoubtedly one of the places to visit absolutely during a stay in Rio de Janeiro.
It’s a favorite spot for climbers in the region, and 270 climbing routes run down its sides.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, a cable car has been used to reach the top of the Pain de Sucre.
The Selaron Staircase
For an unforgettable trip to Rio, don’t forget to take a short detour on the Selaron staircase. It is a local art staircase connecting the Santa Teresa neighborhood to that of Lapa. Designed by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, it includes a total of 215 steps customized by a work of art and South American style painting that has no equal anywhere else in the world. Renovated in the 90s, today it is emblematic of Rio de Janeiro.
The Carnival of Rio presents everything you need to fully immerse yourself in the magic and Brazilian culture through the music, the festivities of a thousand colors and the incredible atmosphere it offers you.
The Maracana Stadium
Among the best stadiums in Brazil is the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Open to the public since 1950, it is a key place in Brazilian sporting life.
To visit it, you can either book a ticket to watch a match and fully experience the atmosphere of football fans, or opt for a guided tour of this legendary stadium. rio city website > maracana stadium section here
Tijuca National Park
Rio de Janeiro is also a city with marvelous nature and an unseen nature reserve in its Tijuca National Park, through its tropical plants and charming waterfalls… Largest urban forest in the world, it arises from an effort to counter deforestation dating from the time of Portuguese colonization.
Taste the local gastronomy
Rio de Janeiro is a gastronomic destination in its own right. Thus, take the time to taste its local culinary specialties such as meat prepared on the barbecue in a churrascaria. Or let yourself be tempted by galletto al primoa dish made with rooster cooked in white wine.
As for the desserts, nothing better than a little brigadeiro, or of tapioca.
Dancing in the Lapa neighborhood
A visit to Rio cannot be done without going to the Lapa district and partying there with the Cariocas. After crossing the mythical Selaron staircase, go to a bar in the neighborhood and let yourself be seduced by the rhythms of the samba.
The Lapa district is known for its large white arches, but also for its bohemian and lively atmosphere. A perfect meeting place when you want to party!
Discover the Botanical Garden
You have always dreamed of seeing the Brazilian toucans and the famous Pau-Brésil, the Rio Botanical Garden will amaze you. It is also a very pleasant setting to get away from the urban environment and enjoy a peaceful and comforting place.
This botanical garden has existed since 1808, and is therefore very old. Ideal for a day in the middle of nature, you can even see little acrobatic monkeys!
If you want a more detailed itinerary of what to visit and see while in Rio, read this article here
All in all, Rio de Janeiro is a tourist destination that reserves many activities to spend with the family. Passionate about works of art, nature, the sea… you will find everything you need during your stays and holidays in Brazil.