The dramatic landmarks of Sugarloaf and the statue of Christ that extend over spectacular stretches of famous urban beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema; delicious food and wine with a Latin touch; the sensual movements of samba dance and the rhythms of traditional music that are exhibited every day of the year, including, of course, the bacchanal carnival; and a passionate, cosmopolitan and, above all, friendly people are just some of the ways in which Rio constantly affirms its status as a favorite travel destination. His reputation will only grow when he hosts the Summer Olympics in 2016.
While it is not the largest city in the giant of 190 million residents that is Brazil, that honor goes to Sao Paulo, the six million diverse residents of Rio (called “Cariocas”) are very proud of the stature of their city . They are the most frank, lively and simply fun people you will probably find. The unmistakable joy of living and the welcoming spirit of Cariocas is contagious, since they will gladly share their local secrets on where to go to experience the most important architectural treasures, the most avant-garde art museums, the most action-packed water sports, or the most memorable caipirinha (the national beverage that packs). But this is not surprising. Who would not have an open vision of life in this perpetually sunny, cheerful and fascinating mix of Portuguese, African, European and South American cultures.
Another definite advantage of visiting Rio and Brazil as a tourist is that it remains one of the few true travel bargains left today in this era of the declining dollar. Like its more well-dressed cousin to the south, Buenos Aires, Rio offers the opportunity to live grandly for a day or a week with a much smaller budget than in comparable cities like Paris or London, with reasonable prices for five-star accommodations , good bargain prices for world-class cuisine and wine, and the ability to buy until you drop looking for the latest fashion items and jewelry.
While it is indisputably exciting, visiting Rio is still equated with the word “danger” in some conversations. Actually, there are some security problems if you venture away from normal tourist neighborhoods. But the general situation of visitors has improved greatly in the last decade, and theft and robbery incidents are not common. So relax and relax while feeling attracted to the magnificent orbit of Rio.
Rio de Janeiro Attractions:
The beautiful and glamorous beaches are a great attraction in Rio de Janeiro and are part of the daily social and recreational fabric of all Cariocas. The two most famous, Copacabana and Ipanema, are easily accessible and ideal for hikers who want to immerse themselves fully in this of the most democratic activities (look for scandalous children from the slums or slums, sitting right next to the rich, posing local and hordes of fashionable gay men from the United States and Europe).
Copacabana, a two-mile long stretch, is lined with high-rise hotels and cafes, and attracts more tourists than locals. The mile-long beach in Ipanema, south of Copacabana, has more to do with “the scene” (the tighter the body, the smaller the swimsuit, the better). But everyone, no matter where they come from or how they look, feels welcome on the beaches of Rio. To better enjoy the remarkable beauty of water and beaches (and hone your skills to observe people!), Rent bicycles and rollerblades and just cheer up as locals do.
In the center, there are numerous beautiful churches dating from the 17th century. Among those worth seeing is the Convent of Santo Antonio (Largo da Carioca, 5), dating from 1615; Do not miss their colonial era artifacts. Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Candelaria (Praca Pio X) represents the 18th century of Brazil. In the Mosteiro de Sao Bento (Rua Dom Gerardo, 32), the highlight among many is its intricate altar carved in wood. For those with more contemporary tastes, check out the bold and modern Cathedral of Sao Sebastiao do Rio de Janeiro, which was built in the early 1960s.
Fans of art museums should head to the Flamengo neighborhood of Rio. The main attractions there include the Museum of Modern Art (Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 85) to see a large collection of contemporary works. The National Museum of Fine Arts, also known as the National Museum of Fine Arts (Av. Rio Branco, 199), presents the best artists of Brazil from the 19th and 20th centuries.
And for a fun stop, visit the Carmen Miranda Museum (Av. Rui Barbosa, 560), which commemorates the most famous bomb in Brazil, not to mention the star in the arts of samba, singing, dancing and acting. Another must-see stop on the cultural radar is the Niteroi Museum of Contemporary Art (Mirante de Boa Viagem, Niteroi), designed by Oscar Niemeyer, a contemporary art museum where avant-garde masterpieces meet an impressive “spacecraft” building “with incomparable views of the city.
Corcovado: The Art Deco statue of Christ the Redeemer is the most famous and durable symbol of Rio, perched on the top of the 2,300-foot Corcovado hill. Spectacular views of mountains, bays and beaches await those who take the funicular single; Trains leave from Cosme Velho station every 20 minutes.
Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Acugar): the views from the top of this imposing natural wonder widely demonstrate why no other city in the world can compete with the scenic beauty and surroundings of Rio: a magnificent harbor and incredibly beautiful beaches are pushed against the dramatic Tijuca National Park, the largest urban expanse of tropical forests and mountains on the planet. To get to Sugarloaf, take a taxi to the cable car station at the base.
The Jardim Botanico (Rua Jardim Botanico, 1008) is a lovely and peaceful respite from the always busy Rio. It extends over 340 acres, and its biggest attraction is Avenue of the Palms, part of the world’s largest collection related to the Amazon.
The Burle Marx House (Estrada da Barra de Guaratiba, 2019) is a large expansive property that has been transformed into an art gallery and a museum in honor of the famous Brazilian landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx. The highlight is the elegant landscape and the plants that surround the house.
Attend a “futebol” (soccer) match at the Estadio do Maracaná, the gigantic Rio stadium (the largest in South America), which houses almost 95,000 passionate fans.
Immerse yourself fully in the celebration (and madness) of the world-famous Rio Carnival celebration when you schedule your trip for this unique and joyful party. A four-day event begins on a Saturday and ends on a Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday); The date changes every year.
Rio Scenarium (Rua do Lavradio, 36) is a large nightclub and restaurant with an eclectic decoration that is partly a fun house, partly an antique shop. A rotating selection of local groups plays samba and lining, accordion music from northeastern Brazil, and everyone finally gets up to dance all night.
Take a deep tour of the favelas of Rio (translated as “slums”, but in reality much more lively and diverse than the name implies). Marcelo Armstrong is a local expert who helps visitors navigate the favelas safely and offers a unique insight into the daily lives of most Rio residents.
Best Time is a Visit:
The average temperature does not change much during the year, except in the 20 to 26 degrees Celsius. There is a dry and a wet season in Rio, with a wet season from December to March and a dry season from April to November.
Rio de Janeiro Restaurants:
Rio de Janeiro has its most elegant hotels in the southern part of the city. Here you can find the best and most expensive places to stay, next to the beautiful beaches in the area, with a chain of luxury hotels. In Rio, it is more difficult to find hotels on the cheaper side. Rio is one of the most visited places in the world and hotel rooms fill up quickly.
The Misti Hostel (Tv. Frederico Pamplona, 20) is well located, close to shops, bars, restaurants and the beach. Public transport is easily accessible if you need to get around the city. Private rooms and bedrooms are offered, and the hostel can even pick you up from the airport without charge! Buffet breakfast is included and the chef prepares a dinner at a good price. This place is perfect to meet new people, since the atmosphere is very sociable: go to the hostel bar to have some typical Brazilian drinks!
Lemon Spirit Hostel (Rua Cupertino Durao 56) has the reputation of being the best backpackers hostel in Rio, and it’s easy to see why! It is located one block from Ipanema Beach, the staff is incredibly friendly and it is very easy to socialize and make new friends. Having said that, it’s not a hardcore party hostel, and if you want a quieter and more relaxing time, you can find it here too.
The quintessential gastronomic experience of Rio is eating rodizio (or all that you can eat) in one of the many meat-based “churrascarias”. There are numerous restaurants in the city where delicious meat dishes and grilled side dishes are served. the table until it says “no more!” Most of these popular establishments also have large salad bars. You will be pleasantly surprised at the reasonable prices for a satisfying lunch. There are also many other dining options in this international city, but while in Rio, you should try feijoada, a plate of black beans and pork served with rice, and accompany it with a caipirinha, a typical Brazilian cocktail made from cane rum of sugar. , lime and sugar.
For convenient and easy lunch options, we have been very lucky walking the streets of Ipanema and Copacabana and just going to any local lanchonetes (lunch counters), where you can try any type of fruit juice imaginable, along with a good selection of sandwiches and sandwiches (an example is Big Nectar in 34A Teixiera de Melo in Ipanema). Also, look for restaurants in tourist areas with menus that are posted outside. Most are excellent and offer fresh selections and a good price. Be sure to check if credit cards are accepted. And keep in mind that some churrasco restaurants charge based on what it takes, instead of a fixed buffet, everything you can eat in the American style.
Here are some highly recommended restaurants to sample typical or interesting cuisine in the city:
- Confeitaria Colombo
- Marius Degustare
- Casa de Feijoada
- Bar d’Hotel
Things to do in Rio de Janeiro:
DA TIJUCA NATIONAL PARK: This national park is the only remaining part of the rainforest that once surrounded the city of Rio de Janeiro. This is one of the most beautiful places in Brazil, with incredible waterfalls, many trails and mountainous terrain. This national park also has a couple of restaurants, a chapel, the home of Major Archer and some caves. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit, as it also has a variety of species, including monkeys and iguanas.
REDEMPTIVE CHRIST: One of the most famous statues of Christ in the whole world, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this beautiful statue is located on top of the Corcovado mountain. The mountain is 715 meters above the city, and the 38 meter high statue of Christ is illuminated at night and can be seen from almost every part of the city.
INSTITUTO MOREIRA SALLES: This place is a cultural center that exhibits some of the best works of Brazilian artists and photographers. This place is surrounded by a beautiful garden, an artificial lake and a flowing river. The exhibits almost always have a piece on display about Rio de Janeiro, and there are more works about other famous cities in the country.
NATIONAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM: This museum is located in the Colonial Arsenal. Here you can find some of the relics and stories related to the history of Brazil and its colonization by Europeans. There are beautiful exhibits that show the throne of Dom Pedro II, as well as the pen that Princess Isabel used to abolish slavery. There are also some artifacts, pieces and exhibits about the indigenous peoples of Brazil.
LAGOA RODRIGO DE FREITAS: One of the best places to relax in the city is this beautiful lake that is surrounded by a walking path. Here are options for renting bicycles, or even rowing boats, and going out around the small lake. If you just want to relax, the kiosks on both sides offer drinks and food, as well as live music.
ESCADARIA SELARON: This is one of the most interesting attractions: a set of stairs that lead from Rua Joaquim Silva. The part that has made these 215 steps so interesting is that Chilean artist Jorge Selaron painted murals on the steps as a dedication to the Brazilian people. The mix of colors is a beautiful sight to see.
PAO DE ACUCAR: The views of Rio that are offered from the top of this summit are impressive. The best time to ascend this peak is on a clear day, which gives you the best chance of a beautiful view. There are cable cars that climb to the top of the summit but ascend in two separate stages. First it ascends to one of the lower summits, and then finds the next one that will take it to the top.
MUSEU DA REPUBLICA: This museum is located in the Palacio do Catete, which has been wonderfully restored. It was built between 1858 and 1866. This palace was the residence of the president of Brazil from 1896 to 1954, when former Brazilian president Getulio Vargas committed suicide in the palace. This museum offers a good exhibition of artifacts from the Republican period. The room where Vargas committed suicide is still preserved on the third floor of the palace.
DO FLAMENGO PARK: This park has 1.2 square kilometers and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rio. In this park, you will see that almost all sports are played. From bike trails to soccer fields, there are even courts for other types of sports. This is the park to visit if you like to ride a bike or other sports.
BOTANICAL GARDEN: This beautiful park and garden is a fantastic place to relax. There are thousands of plant species found in the park. Here you can also find a small cafeteria and an outdoor bar. This makes it a great place to enjoy an afternoon.
At nightime: Rio offers a variety of places for all kinds of people to enjoy the night. There are relaxed pubs and bars where you can enjoy a drink, and clubs and parties with dancing and a more optimistic atmosphere. During some parts of the year, parties can sometimes even fill up on the streets and beaches.
For a great night, go to the Pavilhao da Cultura Scenarium River (R. do Lavradio, 20). This place is perfect for dancing: it has three floors, with different bands playing on each stage. The decoration is beautiful and old, the music is varied and the atmosphere is amazing.
If you are a Brazilian music lover, check out Bip Bip (Rua Almirante Goncalves 50) for bossa nova, samba and choro. It is a very small place, and here you only need to consume to enter. This is a popular place among locals, all interested in enjoying music, and the atmosphere is informal. In fact, you even serve yourself: just have a beer from the fridge in the back and pay the owner when you leave, an interesting concept!
-WHAT NOT TO MISS-
Visiting Rio’s famous beaches, and of course, the symbolic Christ the Redeemer statue.
Places to Eat:
Rio de Janeiro offers almost all types of food for every craving. You can find local buffets, which are an excellent option, and places where you pay for the weight of the food on your plate. There are many local-style restaurants, as well as international restaurant chains, excellent places to find cakes and amazing local juice bars.
If you are looking for eclectic Brazilian food, try Bar do David (Ladeira Ari Barroso). This place is located in the favela of Babylon, and here you will meet David, the owner, who is very kind. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, the menu is unique and delicious, and you can expect generous portions: come here for an authentic experience.
L’Atelier du Cuisinier (Rua Teofilo Otoni, 97) is a French restaurant in the center of Rio. Here you can get an entree, a main course and a dessert, and you will be very impressed with the quality and taste of your food. There is also a good wine list. It is mandatory to make a reservation here: it only opens from Monday to Friday for lunch.
For all vegetarians, check out Prana Vegetariano (Rua Erere 11), even if you are a carnivore, you are guaranteed a delicious meal here. The juices are excellent and be sure to leave room for dessert! It is a small restaurant and is located near the train station where you will visit the statue of Christ.
Shopping in Rio de Janeiro:
Combining time on the beach with shopping in Rio is easy because the two most famous beaches are in the best areas of the city for shopping (and eating). Exhausted the areas near Ipanema and Copacabana? Head to the center to make more purchases in the Centro district. Brazil is the world’s largest producer of colored gemstones (hence the presence of as many renowned international retailers as H. Stern), and is also a major gold producer. Other possibilities to add to your Rio shopping list include designer clothes, handicrafts, leather goods and unique fabrics.
Ipanema is the heart of the elegant and glamorous Rio, with many unique and designer boutiques, nice parks and outdoor cafes. The main attraction, where you will find most of the luxury stores, is Rua Visconde de Piraja.
Every Sunday, rain or shine, Ipanema hosts the Feira Hippie, a craft fair held at the Praca General Osorio (an old hippie meeting place in the 1960s). It is a great place to look for jewelry, leather goods, works of art and other handmade items.
Practically adjacent to Ipanema is Copacabana, which offers a more eclectic variety of shopping places. On Avenida Nossa Senhora in Copacabana (and its adjacent streets) you can find the best of bookstores, clothing boutiques, souvenir shops and other retailers in the area. It is also worth visiting the Atlantic Avenue, which offers some of the best jewels in the city and houses the work of Brazilian artisans in the afternoons and on weekends; It is a great place to find local crafts and works of art.
In the center, in the Centro district, there are more affordable places to buy shoes and clothes, as well as many street vendors selling a variety of discount items.
Rio is one of the largest cities in Brazil and one of the most dangerous. There should always be caution here in Rio, as foreigners are the target of violence and robbery. It’s probably best not to leave your hotel at night and stay in a nice city.
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