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10 Awe-Inspiring Places to Check Out in Rio de Janeiro

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Thinking of the best places to visit in Rio de Janeiro to make your trip worthwhile? Rio is Brazil’s second largest city and it is situated on the Southern Coast of the Atlantic. This thriving and vibrant city is famous all over the world for its remarkable landscape, fantastic beaches and exciting festivals such as the carnival. If you are planning to visit the country, then you should consider checking out these fine places that make Rio famous among tourists.

1. Theatro Municipal

Ever since it was opened to the public in 1909, this impressive building has become one of the city’s prides. Its architecture was inspired by the renowned Opera Garnier located in Paris. In fact, the Theatro Municipal resembles the chic Parisian avenues when it comes to style and design and it is currently situated on the intersection of the bustling Avenida Rio Branco. Brilliant architects who designed the building include Francisco de Oliveira Passos and Albert Guilbert. This stunning masterpiece has a seating capacity of 2360 seats and a scene that spans 28 meters deep. At the entrance, you will find a staircase made of fine onyx and there are several embellishments you can find such as statues and elegant chandeliers. As for the underground restaurant, it boasts of bas-relief priceless ceramics inspired by the Mesopotamian. It was reported that 600 individuals work in the Theatro Municipal and it also hosts a ballet company and orchestra.


Municipal Theatre Rio de Janeiro

 2. Abrico

If you are fond of unique beaches, then you should include Abrico to your list of destinations in this remarkable city. It is the one and only nudist beach in the city and it is situated beside the Grumari beach. There are no public transports that can lead you to this beach, as can only be accessed by car. If you plan to commute, you can take the Recrejo bus, which passes along other locations such as Ipanema, Leblon and Copacabana. Then, take a taxi when you reach ponto final and expect a travel time of about 2 hours.

 3. Pão de Açúcar

Otherwise known as Sugar Loaf Mountains, this is one of Brazil’s major landmarks that features an aerial tramway of two stages to the peak. One ticket costs R$53 and the way going back is free of charge at 7 in the evening. You can also find an unsigned trail, which leads towards the second station. To reach the peak, you need to pay R$22 and make sure you ask locals for the set of directions on how to get by. There are several options when you need to reach the base station such as by riding busses that are numbered 511 and 512, as well as 591 and 592. You can also take subway buses coming from Botafogo. The Sugar Loaf also offers a breathtaking view of the sunset.

Sugar Loaf Mountain

4. Jardim Botanico

This lovely botanical garden was created in the 1800s and it serves as a scientific laboratory and park. It has a massive collection of exotic and tropical plants from various parts of the world, which makes it quite a treat to visit. The garden has the same name as the neighborhood, so make it a point to take the right turn to the entrance. Admission fee to the park is R$6 and you will realize that the price is worth it because of the stunning views from this lush and well-maintained garden.

Rio de Janeiro Botanical Gardens

5. Parque Nacional da Tijuca

This is a fascinating national park that enhances the ambience of the city. It also features enchanting walks and scenic trails while providing the finest views of the city. Tijuca also features the river’s highest peaks and it is noted as one of the world’s largest parks in an urban setting. Much of the park’s content was repopulated and revived during the 19th century. Although the park was destroyed by disastrous landslides, government authorities has decided to restore its original landscape and issued a restoration project from 1861 to 1888.

Tijuca National Park

6. Bossa Nova e Companhia

Open from 8 in the evening until 1 in the morning, this is one of Rio’s finest attractions, which is located in Garradas’ old alley. This store offers a large collection of bossa nova records and scores and its owner bought the store back in 2006. By visiting this store, you will be able to reminisce the good old days and learn about Brazil’s popular songs, books and stories. You can even spend an entire afternoon at the store just searching for books about the country’s rich history.

7. Bairro de Santa Teresa

These interesting and rickety trams are well-loved by artists, and the suburb has a more refined and distinct style than Lapa. Tourists are attracted to this fascinating neighborhood because of its galleries, museums and restaurants. It is also important to note that the trams are not operational as of 2011 due to an accident, but are supposed to be available again sometime in 2014.

8. Carnival

It may not be a place to visit, but this festival makes Rio famous throughout the world. It is a much-advertised street party that lasts for about 2 weeks and it features the escolas de samba set on a massive structure called the Sambódromo, which parades in the Centro. It is during Carnival when hundreds of spectators gather on the streets to witness the stunning parade.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

9. Copacabana

One of Rio’s well-loved beaches is the Copacabana, which stretches from the Moro de leme hills to the Aproador rocks. It is a famous resort that caters to tourists all-year round, although it is most popular during New Year’s Eve. Prior to the construction works on the tunnel that connects in with the Botafogo, Copacabana was renowned for its picturesque dunes. Now, this place is among the world’s most highly populated areas.

Copacabana Beach

10. Corcovado

Your visit to Brazil will never be complete without a visit to the Corcovado, which is a 710-meter mountain that is found on Rio’s western portion. It is also famous worldwide because the gigantic statue of Christ Redeemer is found atop this mountain and its arms are stretched over Rio’s bay as though it is embracing this beautiful city. The entire project of building this statue started in 1824, along with the train rail construction. However, it was in 1922 when the first stone of the Christ statue was placed and it eventually converted the sculpture into one of Brazil’s finest works of art. In 2007, the statue was voted as one of the 7 wonders of the modern world, alongside other famous sculptures such as Machu Picchu and Great Wall of China. It also holds the record as the tallest statue of Jesus throughout the world.

Cristo Redentor, on Corcovado

Most of all, enjoy your journey to Rio de Janeiro, and if you’re looking for a cost-effective, convenient and safe way to get from the airport to the hotel, feel free to contact us for a quote on an airport transfer.

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