Visit Rio de Janeiro: what to do, what to see? Here are the best options!
For you, Rio is known for perhaps only its Carnival, the Copacabana Beach, the Christ Redeemer or one of the host cities for the World Cup and Olympics. Even if you can not detach these events, these places and the image we have of the Marvelous City, they are part of Rio’s landscape. But Rio is not just that. There are many things to see and do in this world famous city.
1. Christ the Redeemer Rio
This is one of the symbols of the city. This huge statue of Cristo Redentor is perched arms outstretched on Corcovado mountain 710 meters above the Carioca city. You will learn more about the Christ of Rio reading some stories about him. You will also find more information in our article to visit the Christ the Redeemer.
2. The beaches of Rio
Going to the beach is a must-do in Rio for sunbathing and swimming. You shouldn’t miss the Copacabana of course, although it is full of people in summer (beginning of the year in Brazil) and as soon as the mercury rises above 20-25 ° C. You have the Arpoador neighborhood to cross to get to the page Ipanema made famous by the song The Girl From Ipanema. Other interesting beaches of Rio include Leblon and Barra da Tijuca.
3. Sugarloaf Mountain
Amounting to almost 400 meters above the mouth of Guanabara Bay, Sugar Loaf is a monolith visible from many places in Rio you can “visit” by going to the top by cable car to glass walls called “bondinho” or “cableway”. The cable car runs every 20 minutes from the base of Morro da Babilônia (hill) and then climbs to the top of the hill Morro da Urca. From here you can take a second cable car to the top of Pão that offers a 360 ° view on Rio, the bay and the ocean.
4. The Lapa
Lapa is the lively center of Rio, this is where the nightlife is very vibrant. This is a great place to drink a caipirinha listening choro and samba. It is also a nice area to explore because there are several interesting places like Fundição Progresso, arches of Lapa (Arcos da Lapa) or the Escadaria Selaron.
5. The Jardim Botânico and Parque Lage
Located west of the Lagoa district, Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden is home to over 8000 species of plants. Built in the early 1800s, the garden has many mature specimens, including avenues lined with gigantic palm trees.There are 600 species of orchids. The garden also has monuments, fountains, etc. as a Japanese garden, a pond filled with water lilies and the new Museu do Meio Ambiente. One of the attractions of the garden is the Parque Lage that showcases a beautiful house dating from 1840 whose style is unique and surprising. The house was designed by an Italian architect and patterns created by an English landscape.
Rio is a city of football with no fewer than seven teams in the same city. Four major clubs really dispute the Carioca championship every year. If you go to Rio during the championship season, ask to visit the Maracana stadium or attend a match in one of the stages of the city.
7. Churrascarias and feijoada
In Brazil, you can not miss the local specialties. Enjoy being in Rio to eat in a churrascaria, that is to say, a restaurant where they serve you very good meat cooked on the barbecue. Try eating picanha, a popular piece of beef here. Taste also a feijoada, a black bean-based dish (feijão: Portuguese beans), rice and pork.
8. The Santa Teresa neighborhood
Located on a hill overlooking the bay of Rio, the Santa Teresa district invites you to go back in time and discover the lost elegance of 19th century plantation houses and cobbled streets. The area escaped the development up until 1896 an aqueduct was built, linking the area to the city. It was a haven for artists, musicians and writers of the 20th century, and although clubs and fashionable boutiques have since overtaken the area, it still retains a colonial atmosphere friendly. Really nearby, the library Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, part of the most beautiful in the world, and the Monastery of São Bento are worth visiting.