Rio de Janeiro, famous for its carnival, is one of the most tourist friendly destinations in South America. Almost every tourist visiting Brazil will include Rio on the list of destinations to visit during their visit. Rio is a busy city, the second biggest city in Brazil after Sao Paulo, and has a lot to offer.
Here are a few of the things that have made Rio one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. Make sure to include them when you visit this beautifulcity.
Mount Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer
Don’t know why, but the body language of Vin Diesel when he said “This is Brazil!!” in the Fast and Furious 5 movie always succeed reminded me of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil. The statue is an infamous landmark and you just have to visit it! The statue was completed in 1931 and is certainly a must visit when you are in Rio. Some people say that it is better to visit it in early morning as it’s less crowded. The afternoon is still nice though and it’s a great time of day to get a photograph of the city.
‘The girl from Ipanema’ highlights one of the best parts of the city, the many beautiful beaches. Two of the busiest are Ipanema and Copacabana. When it comes to picking the most classy beaches in Rio, then Ipanema beach just might win. This beach has a beautiful setting and the area is one of the richest in the city, with beachside cafes and bars. The area is just the right place to relax, play around by the beach and drink some beers. Just remember the weekends get really crowded.
If you would like to get a birds eye view of the city then visiting the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro is the right thing to do. You’ll get spectacular view from the top overlooking the whole of the city and the beaches and bays. Don’t forget to pack some lunch (it is no secret that its a bit challenging to find a good restaurant up there) and you can spend an enjoyable and relaxing few hours on the hill.
Bars and shops
Up for some live music and dance? Rio Scenarium, which is located in R. do Lavradio, 20 – Centro is one of the most famous bars in Rio. It seems that everyone is guaranteed to have a great time there! Besides the music, the people and the ambiance, you should definitely pay some attention to Rio Scenarium interior design. It is unique and full of antiques.
Visiting Arcos Da Lapa during Friday and Saturday night will give you a very authentic experience of the live music and dance that makes Rio so famous. The party, which usually starts around 9 pm, is going to happen on the street. Don’t worry there are plenty of stores, bars and restaurants nearby if you would like to find a calmer place to sit down.
Cathedrals in Rio
Two cathedrals that are really worth a visit are the Old Cathedral of Rio and the new cathedral of Rio the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian, better known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio. These two buildings are architectural wonders and are to walk around.
These are just a few of the sites that make Rio such an interesting city to visit. If these ideas aren’t enough to get you started you can always check out the Tijuca Forest Waterfalls, do some fruits shop at the local markets, enjoy some random street musicians and learn come capoeira moves straight from the locals on the beach. It is surely one of the best ways to enjoy Brazil!