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Sunshine, samba, and sports: these three words are pretty perfect when it comes to describing one of the most popular cities in South America; Rio de Janeiro! Though, if I’m honest, these are only the tip of the iceberg of all the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro.

It’s a city that has something for everyone. 

Rio is famed for its beautiful beaches, annual carnival and stunning natural vistas which intertwine with the city. This all means that there’s more than enough reason to find yourself wanting to visit.

This is why I wanted to share some of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro when you visit next. Though, as with all destinations, always listen to local advice on safety and don’t wear anything too overt or mountains of bling. 

Take a look below, at the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro. Have the best trip.

1.) Christ the Redeemer

Probably the most iconic statue in the world, Christ the Redeemer stands at 98 feet (30 m) tall. Looming over Rio de Janeiro at a staggering total height of 2,300 feet, it’s easily one of the best things to see. Plus, talk about a view!

Now, located on the summit of Mount Corcovado, the statue is the result of the combined efforts of three individuals: French sculptor Paul Landowski, Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, and French engineer Albert Caquot.

This all kinda keeps with Rio’s diverse people and cultures.

Now, the statue is accessible by a train that leaves every 30 minutes, from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm. Though, for the best views, sit on the right side of the train as it makes its way up the mountain (plus, it’s the safest way to get there).

Just make sure to book your tickets online before arriving as tickets can sell out for popular times.

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2. ) Sugarloaf Mountain

The 1,300 foot (396 m) tall Sugarloaf Mountain is a rather popular sight to visit in Rio…and one that (understandably) always makes me think food!

A two-part cable car trip to the top offers 360-degree views of the city, as well as the surrounding ocean and lush green forests.

Several fast-food restaurants are located on the top of the mountain,so you can grab a bite to eat up there while taking in the gorgeous views. If you’d rather walk, there is a trail that wraps around the mountain.

3.) Copacabana Beach

Even the name of the beach alone conjures up images of partying, dancing and cocktails! 🙂 Copacabana Beach is without a doubt one of the most iconic beaches in the world.

Located in the Zona Sul area of Rio, the beach has stunning views of both Sugarloaf Mountain and Copacabana Fort.

Beach-goers here can either just chill and soak up those rays, or spend their time enjoying doing one of the many sports located right on the beach (e. g. volleyball)… you’ll probably find me doing the former – cocktail in hand!

4.) Samba City Tour

While being in Rio for its famous Carnival would be AMAZING, Samba-season fun can be had year-round with a Samba City Tour! The tour has visitors explore the venue where the floats for Carnival are prepared, as well as where the dancers can practice their Samba routines.

Visitors will also get to experience a musical performance, and then be able to try playing instruments used during Carnival. Costume making is also on display, allowing visitors to see the beautiful costumes getting prepped for next year’s Carnival. Tours are every day except for Tuesdays and are available in English and Portuguese.

5.) Santa Teresa

For a real treat, wander the picturesque streets of Santa Teresa – one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Rio. The colourful streets are full of charm and are famed for being particularly artsy.

Be sure to see the Escadaria Selaron, an ongoing staircase art project that uses ceramics, tiles, and mirror pieces from around the world. The Convent is also a top sight in the neighbourhood, as well as the only working streetcar remaining in the city, known as the Bonde de Santa Teresa.

Only five minutes from downtown Rio, Santa Teresa has lots of food options, live music, and a lively night-scene (so you know where to find me when I’m in Rio).

Again, with some of the neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, it’s best to always stay as safe as possible and watch out for crime that can be dangerous in certain areas of the city.

6.) Tijuca Forest

Tijuca Forest is to Rio what Central Park is to New York… except, Tijuca is a tropical rainforest.

This 8,300 acre (3,358 hectares) park is home to waterfalls, varying terrain, 1,600 plant species, and over 350 different animal species. Admission is free, and it is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (6:00 pm in the winter).

7.) Feira Hippie de Ipanema

 

The ‘Hippie Market of Ipanema’ is perhaps the best place in Rio to find authentic souvenirs.

What started as a fairly small market (formed by hippies) in 1968 has grown into a 700 stall mini-city. Folk and contemporary art, jewellery, clothing, and crafts can all be bought here, as well as some really delicious food. *licks lips*

This is also a great place to practise your haggling skills while trying to get the best deal possible for your gifts. Plus, the whole beach area is gorgeous and easily up there as one of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro. 

While you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to stop by the famous Ipanema Beach. The Hippie Market is open every Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

8.) Maracanã

Thanks to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, this stadium in Rio has become well known to people all over the world. Built in 1950, the stadium has 78,000 seats and is a popular venue for lots of sporting events.

For the best experience, visit the stadium during a game, when the place comes alive with the energy of the fans.

If you can’t make it for a game, one-hour long tours are also available, ranging in price from R$40 to R$100 depending on which sort of tour package you want.

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9.) Jardim Botânico

The Botanical Garden in Rio, called Jardim Botânico, is perfect for plant-lovers travelling to the city. Actually, that being said, even if you’re not into plants, it’s still a beautiful place worth seeing and spending a few hours in.

With over 8,000 species of plants, it is hard not to be amazed as you explore Jardim Botânico.

Designed in 1808, the garden includes a row of palm trees that were planted in that same year (if you’re looking for ‘that‘ Instagram photo – this is where you need to be 😉 ). There is also the Orquidário: an area with 600 species of orchids.

The Garden is open every day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for Mondays which open at 12:00pm. It really is one of the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro on a relaxing afternoon.  

10.) Rio’s Museums

With so much culture and history in one place, there are bound to be museums everywhere, right? 🙂

Now although you might not think of museums straight away when you think of Rio, it’s definitely worth spending some time exploring the city’s varied museums.

For amazing art, check out the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, or maybe the Museum of Modern Art.

For a look into the fascinating history of Brazil, head to the National Historical Museum or the National Museum of Brazil.

For a really beautiful experience, try the Imperial Museum of Brazil, which used to be the summer palace of Emperor Pedro II.

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Feel the pulse of this thrilling, culturally-rich city with our list of the very best things to do in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro lives up to its reputation, don’t you worry. The Miraculous City is a melting pot of football, samba, carnival, beaches, gigantic statues of Jesus Christ, and all the rest. The food is deliciou, and the parties go all night long. Rio isn’t for the half-hearted.

What are the best things to do in Rio de Janeiro? We’ve compiled the best of the best below, taking in everything from gorgeous hikes to rambunctious street antics, with plenty in between. The Miraculous City? That feels like something of an understatement to us.

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1. Museum of Tomorrow

What is it? One of the 2016 Olympics’ most successful legacies, this groundbreaking science museum poses the big questions about the future inside an extraordinary neo-futurist building.

Why go? Covering everything from geology to human nervous systems to smart cities, this is as far from a dusty, dry old museum as it gets. Immersive exhibits make powerful arguments for sustainability. Seemingly floating above the regenerated port zone, even the architecture is eco: it is powered by solar panels and cooled by water from the bay.

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2. Christ the Redeemer

What is it? You’ll catch glimpses of this 98-feet-tall figure all around Rio, but don’t miss out on ascending Mount Corcovado to admire the iconic statue up close.

Why go? Standing at the base of this concrete colossus, it is hard to know what to gawp at first: the feat of engineering by French sculptor Paul Landowski and Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa or the bird’s eye view of the city sprawling below. Reach the site via a scenic tram ride from Cosme Velho.

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3. Jardim Botânico

What is it? Not all of Rio’s natural wonders are at soaring heights – these 140-hectare gardens are a haven for over 9,000 different plant species, created by Brazil’s Prince Regent in 1808.

Why go? It’s the perfect paradise to chill out in after Rio’s more frenetic, hedonistic times. Among the soaring imperial palm trees, delicate orchids, and Amazonian lily ponds, resident marsupials provide entertainment. Keep your eyes peeled for toucans, tortoises, and sloths, too.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Iuri M.

4. Feira Livre da Glória

What is it? Gloria’s vibrant Sunday morning market is a magnet for diehard foodies.

Why go? Off the tourist trail, this is the place to sample fresh Brazilian produce, from exotic fruits (jabuticaba, anyone?) to fish to artisanal cachaça, the national spirit. Feeling worse for wear after Saturday night? The classic market breakfast of pastels – hot pastries stuffed with meat, cheese, or heart of palm – and a shot of pure sugarcane juice is like manna from heaven.

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 Copacabana Beach

What is it? This world-famous, 2.5-mile stretch of golden sand is the place for fun in the sun.

Why go? You were hardly going to visit the home of Havaianas without hitting the beach at some point, were you? Sun-worshipping locals flock here to play beach volleyball or football, top up their enviable tans and catch some waves. Mobile vendors of everything from grilled cheese to sardines to caipirinhas provide sustenance while you’re a beach bum.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Rogier Want

6. Sugarloaf Mountain

What is it? Here’s the money shot: this tree-covered natural dome rising 1,299 ft above the harbor is one of Rio’s most recognizable symbols.

Why go? The ascent by cable car goes in two stages – first to neighboring Urca Hill, then another steep journey up to Sugarloaf – while the jaw-dropping panoramas of beaches, skyscrapers and hills unfold beneath you. Glorious at any time of day, there’s something extra magical about being there for sunset, as the city lights flicker into life.

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7. Parque Lage

What is it? A rambling 19th-century estate turned public park at the foot of Corcovado mountain.

Why go? Music fans may recognize this opulent mansion, with its exotic jungle and mountain backdrop, from the Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams video for ‘Beautiful’. Caves, a hidden aquarium, free art exhibitions (the palace is now an art school), and palm-shaded pathways await discovery. Feeling adventurous? Follow the hiking trail all the way up to the Cristo.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Rodrigo Soldon

8. Museum of Modern Art (MAM)

What is it? Poised on the edge of Guanabara Bay, MAM is a temple to art from the 20th and the 21st centuries.

Why go? Despite a devastating fire in 1978, the museum’s permanent collection still dazzles – you’ll come across paintings by international modern masters Pollock and Miró, as well as leading Brazilian artists Tarsila Amaral and Hélio Oiticica. The modernist gardens by Roberto Burle Marx and dynamic temporary exhibitions add to the edifying experience.

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9. Bip Bip

What is it? A tiny, eccentric Copacabana bar renowned for its live music.

Why go? If you want silver service and a polite babble of conversation, keep on walking. But to hear authentic bossa nova (Brazil’s ‘new wave’ music style, born in the 1950s) or samba among a carioca crowd, grab a beer from the self-serve fridge and jostle into a good spot for a memorable evening. A local band occupies the main table while photos of musical legends adorn the walls.

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10. Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room)

What is it? This little-known library in Rio’s city center is a bookworm’s paradise, home to a vast array of Portuguese literature.

Why go? The collection is the biggest outside Portugal; even if you can’t read a word of it, the sight of three levels of rare manuscripts and leather-bound novels lining ornately-carved shelves is pretty spectacular. Constructed in the 1880s, its stained-glass skylight and dramatic chandelier would be at home in a cathedral – the library’s façade was even based on a Lisbon monastery.

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11. Pedra do Sal

What is it? Historically known as ‘Little Africa’, this is the best area for immersing in Rio’s vibrant musical heritage.

Why go? You’re walking (or, most likely, swaying) through the birthplace of samba, created by the slave community that once lived here. Live bands draw crowds of music lovers from near and far – especially for the free Monday and Friday night street parties. Cheap caipirinha stalls and colorful street art add to the carnival vibe.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/René García

12. Casa das Canoas

What is it? The former home of iconic Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who designed the building in 1951.

Why go? Resplendent after recent renovations, the building’s curvaceous white contours, slender steel columns, and glass walls are textbook Niemeyer – this is the man who said he “deliberately disregarded the right angle.” While he’s responsible for dozens of iconic public buildings around Brazil, there’s something special about seeing the place he created for his family.

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13. Bar do Gomez

What is it? A quintessential neighborhood bar on the picturesque, cobbled streets of Santa Teresa.

Why go? Take your pick from over sixty types of cachaça or a cold draught beer as you settle down to soak up the laidback atmosphere of this former Spanish grocery. It’s now a century old but as charming as ever. Salt cod fritters drizzled with the house hot sauce, or heartier meat dishes, sustain through languid afternoon drinking sessions.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Pedro Paulo B.

14. Mangueira’s Palacio de Samba

What is it? One of Rio’s oldest samba schools, with 19 parade prizes under its spangled belt.

Why go? Preparing for the world’s greatest party is a year-round operation, so get a taste of the carnival magic even when visiting Rio outside the annual Ash Wednesday celebrations. The school opens its doors for regular evening performances and runs behind-the-scenes tours of its practice halls and workshops, where the dance routines are drilled, and parade floats constructed.

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15. Largo do Boticário

What is it? Tucked away in Cosme Velho, this square of colorful neocolonial houses is a photogenic, fascinating time-warp.

Why go? Visiting Largo do Boticário 100 years ago, you’d have found glittering parties for the city’s artistic and political elite; a scene in the 007 movie Moonraker was shot here. The square later fell on hard times, its grand buildings abandoned and reclaimed by rainforest foliage. Wander through what’s effectively an open-air museum and visit restored properties like number 32, now home to an art gallery.

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16. Carretão Ipanema

What is it? A bustling, hugely popular barbecue restaurant for an all-you-can-eat feast.

Why go? Everyone (okay, maybe not vegans) should sample an authentic churrascaria, aka grilled meat restaurant, while in Rio – they’re a staple of the Carioca food scene. Let the skewer-wielding waiters carve you all manner of grilled meats, and dig into a buffet heaped with salads and sides.

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17. Metropolitan Cathedral

What is it? Designed by architect Edgar Fonseca and built through the 1960s-70s, this may well be the wackiest church you’ve ever laid eyes on.

Why go? If Mayans and aliens collaborated on a building, it would probably look something like Rio’s vast Metropolitan Cathedral. Step inside this angular, technicolor pyramid to admire the soaring stained-glass windows, honeycomb walls and bronze plaques. Visit for Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. to get the full experience.

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18. Aprazível

What is it? Fine dining with a mesmerizing view, this family-run hilltop restaurant comes up trumps.

Why go? Dine in quirky thatched huts while the palms sway and city lights twinkle below. The food matches the setting, hopping around traditional recipes from Brazil’s regions and paired with fruity craft cocktails or house-brewed beer. Leave plenty of time to wander Santa Teresa’s steep cobblestone streets before diner – it’s one of Rio’s prettiest quarters.

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19. Ilha Fiscal

What is it? A neo-gothic palace perched on a tiny island out in Guanabara Bay.

Why go? Once upon a time, this was the managerial home of Rio’s port operations; fast-forward 100 years, and it has been repurposed as a cultural museum. Take a guided tour of the grand lounges and fairytale-like tower for a fascinating slice of city history and a fresh perspective of Rio’s dramatic bay, Sugarloaf, and Christ the Redeemer.

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    10 things to do in Rio de Janeiro

    Fall in love with Rio at first sight. There are thousands of reasons to visit this stunningly beautiful and incredibly vibrant city at least once in your life. Bright carnival, poor favelas, famous beaches and breathtaking views — there is no other city like it.

    1. View Rio from

    The statue of Jesus Christ, 38 meters high, towering over Rio de Janeiro, is perhaps the most recognizable landmark of Brazil. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World along with Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal. A railway leads to Mount Corcovado, from where you need to walk up 220 steps to the foot of the statue. The construction of the statue lasted nine years and was completed at 1931 years old.

    2. Climb the Sugarloaf

    Mount Sugarloaf, or Pan di Azucar, is an integral symbol of Rio de Janeiro. Its height is almost 400 meters, and the name comes from the shape resembling a lump of sugar. The view of the mountain from the ground is impressive, but even more striking is the picture from its top, which can be reached by funicular. It began operating in 1912 and has since carried over 37 million passengers.

    3. Have fun at the carnival

    The Brazilian Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the biggest celebrations in the world. The first carnival in Rio was held in 1723, it was organized by the Portuguese colonists. Now its grand opening takes place on the Friday before Ash Wednesday in early February each year. This grandiose event is accompanied by music, dancing and costumed performances. Every year, up to 100,000 spectators gather at the sambodrome (the arena street where the parade takes place) to see an extraordinary show — the best samba schools in the city compete with each other in dance, platform design and costumes.

    4. Wander around the favelas

    There are many cities in Brazil where you can visit the favelas, but Rio de Janeiro, of course, has the most famous and most visited. Due to the mountainous landscape of Rio, the steep slopes were always empty until houses were built on them — and these “morro favelas” (translated from Portuguese as “slums on the hills” or “hilly slums”) appeared. But still, the word «slums» is not entirely euphonious, so «comunidades» (communities) are often used instead, although residents still like to call themselves «morros», even those whose houses are built on flat terrain. Recently, “favela tours” have been gaining popularity, during which guides take tourists around the favelas and show how these neighborhoods exist.

    5. Lie on the famous Copacabana

    Copacabana is the legendary 4 km sandy beach in Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana is one of the best beaches to enjoy the ocean view, feel the warm sand under your feet and breathe in the refreshing sea air. Ipanema Beach is located not far from it, it has its own advantages: the surf is not as strong as on Copacabana, and the contingent of tourists is a little different.

    6. Climb the rock of Pedra da Gavea

    Between the districts of Barra da Tijuca and São Conrado, Pedra da Gavea, the highest rock in Rio, rises straight from the waters of the Atlantic. «Growth» of 842 meters makes Pedra da Gavea higher than Mount Corcovado. A hiking trail leads to the top, but not everyone can overcome it. Many daredevils are attracted by the opportunity to take a selfie at the very edge of the cliff and become famous in social networks.

    The rock is surrounded by the protected forest of Tijuca with numerous waterfalls and lakes. Lush vegetation, mesmerizing beauty of the landscape, long alleys, beautiful sculptures and fountains make Tijuca a wonderful place for walking.

    7. Take a walk in the realm of flora

    At the foot of Mount Corcovado there is a botanical garden, in which about 6 thousand species of subtropical and tropical plants grow, there are only 900 species of palm trees. At the very entrance, visitors are greeted by the 750-meter Avenue of the Royal Palms. It seems incredible, but all 134 palm trees that make up this picturesque street are the descendants of one tree that died from a lightning strike. Part of the botanical garden is cultivated, but the main territory is occupied by the wild Atlantic forest. Monuments of history and culture serve as an additional decoration.

    8. Enter the palace

    Even a prosaic customs office can be located in the palace, as long as it fits into the surrounding landscape. Apparently, this is exactly what Emperor Pedro II reasoned in the 19th century, approving the project of the French architect Violet-le-Duc. As a result, the neo-Gothic castle of Ilha Fiscal, but with medieval spiers, completed the landscape of Rio. The external facade and internal premises are decorated with German clocks, heraldic images, Gothic vaults. Great ocean views from the second floor.

    9. Look into tomorrow

    The state-of-the-art Museum of Science and Advanced Technology opened in Rio de Janeiro in 2015. The very name «Museum of Tomorrow» speaks of its focus. The expositions cover the themes of space and the Earth, the present and future of mankind. Demonstrations are conducted through interactive installations and audiovisual displays. The futuristic architecture and interior of the museum represent the union of art and technological advances. Externally, the building resembles a spaceship; its total area is 5,000 sq.m. Energy for the needs of the museum is produced by solar panels installed on the roof and turning after the sun.

    10. Join the Brazilian bohemia

    On the hill of Santa Teresa is the district of the same name. In the past, it was built up with luxurious mansions in which the first persons of Brazilian society lived. Now this is a place of attraction for representatives of creative bohemia. Perhaps it would be correct to compare the Santa Teresa district in Rio with Montmartre in Paris. Numerous galleries and art studios alternate here with restaurants and bars.

    After walking along the winding narrow streets, it’s nice to sit down at a table on the summer terrace and drink a cup of fragrant Brazilian coffee, and then buy some as yet unrecognized masterpiece of a local artist. The atmosphere of the area surprisingly contributes to contemplation and lyrical mood.

    Rio de Janeiro Attractions: Top 20 (MANY PHOTOS)

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    A carnival city captivating with a riot of bright colors, hot South American sun and warm ocean… It’s easy to guess that we are talking about Rio de Janeiro, a city generously rewarded by nature itself. Not without reason in Rio they believe that these lands were given to the inhabitants by the Almighty. In turn, the inhabitants of these lands gratefully accepted this gift, ennobled and decorated it so that now the sights of Rio de Janeiro amaze with their splendor, beauty and diversity. Everyone who arrives in this sunny land finds something to see in Rio de Janeiro, choosing something impressive and interesting just for himself.

    What to see in Rio de Janeiro in the first place

    The holiday city is famous for its beaches, magnificent nature, cozy parks, interesting museums and beautiful cathedrals. But what to see in Rio de Janeiro in 1 day, if your eyes run wide from this splendor? Where to go so that even the shortest trip leaves vivid memories for a lifetime? In order to simplify the upcoming choice, the top top attractions in Rio de Janeiro have been compiled briefly.

    1. Statue of Christ the Redeemer

    Statue of Christ the Redeemer with arms outstretched on top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro

    The most important symbol of the city, revered not only by residents, but also by guests of the city, is the 38-meter monument of the Savior, located on the very top of Mount Corcovado. Every year, millions of tourists climb a mountain more than 700 meters high to the foot of the monument. From here you can appreciate all the greatness of the statue, and looking around you can also see how beautiful the surrounding panorama is. The very idea to erect a monument arose in the 16th century, but due to lack of sufficient technical capabilities, it was postponed indefinitely. Only at the beginning of the 20th century, work began on the construction of the monument, and 10 years later its grand opening took place.

    Official website: https://en.cristoredentoroficial

    2. Copacabana Beach

    Coastline of the city beach of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro

    This is a beach famous all over the world. The 4-kilometer strip of sandy beach within the city has become so notable for the fact that it is here, like nowhere else, that the spirit of Brazilian culture is reflected: the beach hosts numerous public holidays and incendiary parties, in which celebrities and simply beautiful people from all over the world participate . This is the place of Rio de Janeiro’s chic restaurants and hotels, luxurious coastal cottages and penthouses, which are so popular with the European elite.

    3. Sugarloaf

    View of the Pan di Azucar in Rio de Janeiro

    Within Rio there is another notable mountain called «Sugarloaf», which has a peculiar shape. It is the similarity of its outlines to a large piece of sugar that gave rise to such a name. The mountain seems to rush up, towering over the waters of Guanabara Bay. An observation deck is equipped on its top, which can only be reached by cable car — the mountain is surrounded by an impenetrable dense forest. From the top, you have an impressive view of the sea, beaches, city blocks, as well as the statue of Christ, which looks especially beautiful from here.

    Official website: http://www.bondinho

    4. Municipal Theater

    The Municipal Theater was built at the beginning of the 20th century on Maréchal Floriano Square in Rio de Janeiro

    Piazza Floriano is located in the very heart of the city, the decoration of which is the building of the Municipal Theatre. The unusual facade of the theater with an abundance of decorative elements is a mixture of architectural styles. Despite its name, the theater does not belong to the city authorities, but is closely connected with the development of the city: the building was erected as an element of the architectural ensemble created in the process of redevelopment of one of the streets. Since its opening at 19In 09, the theater underwent many reconstructions, was equipped with new elevators and lighting equipment. The theater stage has become a venue for performances by famous foreign groups, symphony orchestras and ballet troupes.

    5. National Museum of Fine Arts

    Main facade of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio de Janeiro Dornicke

    The rating continues with the museum, which keeps a valuable collection of works of national art — sculptures, paintings, works of arts and crafts. Despite the fact that the museum itself was opened at 1937, the beginning of the collection was laid much earlier: in the 19th century, the royal court of Portugal moved to Brazil, and the Portuguese king brought with him part of the collection from the royal house. The external architecture of the museum is eclectic, as the architectural plan has changed several times during the construction. Today, the collection includes about 20 thousand works, including a collection of drawings, engravings, paintings by foreign artists, including famous Italian masters of painting.

    Official website: http://www.mnba

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    6. Museum of Modern Art

    Building of the Museum of Modern Art in the public park of Flamengo Halley Pacheco de Oliveira

    When choosing what to visit in Rio de Janeiro from the “young” sights, you should definitely set aside time for a museum of modern art. It is famous not only for its exposition, but for its unusual appearance. The graceful building is decorated in a kind of futuristic style in the form of a giant bowl on a thin leg. Around the entire circumference of this «bowl» are large panoramic windows overlooking the city. A long, curved and slightly sloping road leads to the entrance to the museum. The extraordinary museum opened its doors at 1996, and the basis of its exposition is the collection of the famous collector Joan Sattamini.

    7. Portuguese Royal Library

    Interior of the reading room of the Portuguese Royal Library Mayumi Ishikawa

    This is one of the most recognizable libraries in the city. The institution was founded in 1837, but was opened to the general public only by 1900. The facade in the style of the Gothic Renaissance, decorated with medallions, is complemented by 4 sculptures of the great personalities of Portugal — three navigators and a poet. The interior of the library is represented by an abundance of amazingly beautiful decorative elements made of carved wood, complemented by a luxurious wrought-iron chandelier hanging from a dome lined with mosaics. Even more impressive is the huge number of books that filled the shelves from floor to ceiling — in total there are more than 350 thousand publications.

    8. Ilha Fiscal Castle

    Ilha Fiscal Castle on a small island in the Guanabara Bay off the coast of Rio de Janeiro Diego Baravelli The central facade of the Ilha Fiscal Castle with a 20-meter clock tower Juliana Swenson

    The tiny island of Fiscal is known for its extraordinary castle. According to numerous reviews, many who saw this palace for the first time associate it with fairy tales about princesses and valiant knights. No one would have thought that the Brazilian customs service is located within the walls of a beautiful castle. More than half a million travelers make the trip to Fiscal every year just to admire the spellbinding architecture of the castle. In addition to the customs house itself, within the walls of the castle there is a museum dedicated to the history of the navy. The main tower of the castle is decorated with an illuminated clock, which has become the main reference point for sailors arriving in Guanabara Bay.

    9. Tiradentes Palace

    Statue of Joaquín José da Silva Xavier (Tiradentes) in front of the entrance to the Legislative Assembly building

    The eclectic castle of the early 20th century, built for administrative purposes, was the seat of the Legislative Assembly. This name was given in honor of one of the national heroes — Tiradentes, a fighter for the country’s independence, who was executed after serving in prison. The prison, where the famous figure whiled away his term, was once located on the site of this palace. His glory is immortalized in a monument erected right in front of the building. Today, within the walls of the palace, you can admire French mosaics, see paintings by famous Brazilian painters and antique Portuguese furniture.

    10. Selarón Staircase

    Created by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, the 125-meter multicolored staircase

    Excursions to Rio de Janeiro rarely do without a visit to the Selaron stairs — this creation is simply impossible to go unnoticed. The bright staircase, already attracting attention from afar with its multicolor, has gained worldwide fame thanks to the work of the Chilean artist Selaron. In 1990, he decided to restore the old staircase that started right outside his house. Over time, this modest project grew to an impressive scale and dragged on for 23 years, ending with the death of the artist. The 250 steps of the staircase are adorned with over 2,000 red, yellow, blue and green tiles brought from around the world.

    11. Church of Candelaria

    Church of the Virgin in Candelaria among modern urban buildings Donatas Dabravolskas Interior decoration of the Church of Candelaria in Rio de JaneiroFulviusbsas ​​

    During the colonial period, this landmark of Brazil was the largest Catholic church in the country. The beautiful architecture of the church still surprises with its beauty today. In fact, several styles were involved in the design of the facade at once — from baroque to neoclassical. The very history of the emergence of the temple is connected with the legend of the ship Candelaria, in 1609year caught in the strongest storm. The sailors of the ship during the disaster vowed to build a chapel if the Almighty spared their lives. The storm soon subsided, and the rescued sailors fulfilled their promise and erected a wooden chapel. Later, in the 18th century, the beautiful stone church of Candelaria was erected on the site of a dilapidated chapel.

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    12. Cathedral of St. Sebastian

    Conical Cathedral of St. Sebastian in the city center Halley Pacheco de Oliveira Rectangular stained-glass windows in the interior of the Cathedral of St. Sebastian chensiyuan

    The sights of Rio de Janeiro sometimes surprise with their unusualness — one of the striking examples is the Church of St. Sebastian, located in the heart of the city. Seeing this building for the first time, perhaps, not a single tourist will recognize it as a cathedral — its architecture is so uncharacteristic. The cathedral was erected in a modernist style in honor of the patron saint of the city by an architect inspired by the ancient Mayan pyramids. The construction is distinguished by a large area — 106 meters in diameter, an impressive height — almost 100 meters, and can accommodate up to 2 thousand worshipers at a time. The interior decoration is also impressive: high mosaic windows let in sunlight, magically colored in different colors of the mosaic itself.

    13. Monastery of St. Benedict

    Catholic Monastery of St. Benedict in Morro de Sau Bento Halley Pacheco de Oliveira Interior decor of the Monastery of St. Benedict Halley Pacheco de Oliveira

    The ancient monastery in the historical part of the city was built by the monks of the Order of St. Benedict in the 16th century. A century later, the buildings of the monastery were rebuilt by the Portuguese in a new style of aesthetic mannerism, and it is in this form that the shrine has survived to this day. The monastery still operates today; a number of educational institutions operate on its territory. The austerity of the facade surprisingly contrasts with the interior, which is characterized by an abundance of carvings and gold. Within the walls of the monastery there is also a working museum, which has one of the best Brazilian collections of religious artifacts.

    14. Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden

    View of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer from the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD

    The «Green Zone» of the city, where guides in Rio de Janeiro will take you to escape from the bustle of the metropolis, will give you a long-awaited rest and a boost of new energy. On 140 hectares of the garden, you can see more than 6 thousand species of tropical and subtropical plants, including rare and endangered species. In addition to exotic plants and beautiful flowers, small representatives of the fauna live here — birds, small monkeys, lizards, squirrels, etc. While walking through the garden, you can meet a number of archeological monuments, as well as visit the scientific center, which has the country’s largest library of botanical books.

    15. Flamengo Park

    Flamengo Park — urban recreation area in Rio de Janeiro Eduardo P

    This picturesque park with beaches along Guanabara Bay is very popular with travelers and locals alike. It is a large recreation area with an area of ​​120 hectares, on the territory of which several thousand species of trees grow. Compared to the noisy beaches of Rio, the beaches of Flamengo resemble a real oasis in the shade of sprawling crowns. There is a dense network of pedestrian and bicycle paths, which makes the park ideal for leisurely walks. Not without local attractions — such as the Museum of Modern Art and a museum dedicated to the life and work of Carmen Miranda.

    Things to do in Rio de Janeiro: what else to visit in Rio de Janeiro?

    Rio’s magnetism, its beauty and southern temperament make you want to come back here again. The traveler, coming to the Brazilian capital not for the first time, is looking for where to go to Rio de Janeiro in order to repeat those vivid emotions experienced during the first meeting. And, of course, there are many such places — in addition to those that have already been described in this article. Other interesting sights of Rio de Janeiro, photos with names and descriptions are given below.

    16. Carioca Aqueduct

    It has been planned to build a canal in the city for the delivery of fresh water since the 17th century. Construction attempts at that time constantly turned into technical and material difficulties, and only a century later the construction of the aqueduct began a new round. As a result, after another 20 years, residents already had the opportunity to receive clean water from the Carioca River in several parts of the city. Later, the aqueduct was rebuilt, enlarged, and it began to simultaneously serve as a bridge — today a tram rides on it, intended mainly for tourists who want to see as many city attractions as possible.

    17. Maracana Stadium

    Panorama of Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro Daniel Basil

    The great football nation has the best football stadiums, which are distinguished by perfect technical equipment and large capacity. One of Rio de Janeiro’s best attractions, the Maracanã, Brazil’s largest football arena, is a world-famous stadium, the very heart of the legendary Brazilian football. It is here that the most important events in the history of world football take place. The stadium has a capacity of about 80,000 seats. Although, according to some reports, there were sometimes so many people who wanted to cheer for their favorite team that up to 180 thousand people gathered at the stadium! This made Maracana the Guinness World Record holder.

    18. Ipanema Beach

    The famous Ipanema beach surrounded by prestigious areas of Rio de Janeiro Joonasl

    As for a beach holiday, the next part of the recommendations is for one of the most popular beaches in Brazil, after Copacabana. Luxury cottages, multi-star hotels, museum galleries, boutiques, elite nightclubs and restaurants — all this is concentrated on one of the most prestigious beaches in the city. This is a place of serene relaxation and active entertainment — surfing, football, volleyball and even capoeira. In between games and rest, you can cool off with a glass or two of a soft drink, or go in for cultural tourism.

    19. Tijuca National Park

    Tourists in Tijuca National Park in Rio de Janeiro

    This is a real natural treasure, the largest forest in the area around Rio de Janeiro. It is in the territories of the Tijuca National Park that the most symbolic sights are located — Mount Corcovado, which offers stunning panoramas of the city and its surroundings, as well as the statue of Christ — one of the seven new wonders of the world, located on top of Corcavado. There are also several picturesque waterfalls and one and a half hundred hiking trails, a walk along which will allow you to visit the most stunning beauty, interesting places — observation platforms, mountain peaks with wonderful views, ancient chapels, man-made decorative ponds and bridges.

    20. Carnival

    Huge moving platform at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro Ian Gampon Cars with dancers from the Samba schools at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil Carnival participant in Rio de Janeiro Agência Brasil Fotografias

    In February, when Brazil is at the height of summer, the whole country turns into an extravaganza of magnificent and bright celebration — of course, this is the carnival in Rio. The city, engulfed by the heady rhythms of irresistible samba, makes a procession along a special alley surrounded by spectator stands. Watching this spectacle, full of delight and joy, it is hard to believe that every step of this procession was perfected by the dancers throughout the year.

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