Rio De Janeiro is a fascinating Brazilian city that is loaded with attractions from the exciting beach life, museums of the future, and unimaginable landscapes. Being established in 1565 by the Portuguese, Rio has since made tremendous stride and recognition for its pure beauty. For instance, a large portion of the city was dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site named: Rio De Janeiro Carioca Landscapes Between the Mountain & the Sea. To be recognized in this fashion is an unimaginable level of beauty. Rio is mainly known for being the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics and we are here to join the hype of this city because there are so many amazing attractions to see. Below we have a list of places where you can start but of course there are much more beyond this list!
Christ the Redeemer & Corcovado Mountain
We must start with the infamous 98-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ, which is the image that everyone sees when they think of Rio De Janeiro. This statue was created as a symbol to embark the message of Christianity throughout the world since 1931. This Christ the Redeemer statue that has been recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, is presented on top of Corcovado Mountain while simultaneously providing a breathtaking view of the city below.
The Tijuca Forest is known to be the world’s largest rainforest located closest to a city’s center, ultimately naming this an “urban forest.” There is a train that travels through this beautiful forest and takes you to the top of Corcovado Mountain where the Christ the Redeemer statue resides. Also upon visiting the forest, you are able to witness the amazing wildlife and plant life that thrives throughout. These forest grounds have been repurposed after once being the grounds to a coffee and sugar cultivator.
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro & Parque Lage
These two popular attractions lie at the bottom of the Corcovado Mountain and in the Jardim Botanico neighborhood. This botanical garden beautifully exhibits over 6,500 species of plants and loads of historical artifacts and monuments that are worth getting to know. For instance, in 1808, King John VI of Portugal initially established this garden as a place to contain and grow spices from the West Indies such as cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper. Parque Lage is a public park located right next to the garden and was originally the residence of a wealthy industrialist, Enrique Lage. The botanical garden and public park are surrounding the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon so if you decide to visit one attraction, might as well see all three.
Ipanema Beach & Arpoador Beach
Ipanema Beach is one of the best places to visit when you want to enjoy the ocean and a bit of fine dining. Right next door lies Arpoador Beach, which is well known for surfing and taking pictures on the peninsula named Pedro de Arpoador. After hitting the beach, be sure to walk about 10 minutes inland to find the Hippie Fair Crafts Market to witness and browse the amazing artisanal goods. If you head east from the Ipanema neighborhood, you will be in the Copacabana neighborhood where there are great restaurants and bars to enjoy as well.
Sugarloaf Mountain & Sugarloaf Cable Car
The Sugarloaf Mountain is located in the Botafogo neighborhood on a peninsula that reaches over into the Guanabara Bay. Sugarloaf Mountain was named due to the fact that it resembles the shape of how refined sugar was transported in. In order to get the full experience, you must travel in the Sugarloaf Cable Car to reach its peak. Sit back and enjoy the views from the cable car of this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Flamengo Park & Catete Palace
Flamengo Park is the largest recreational green space that is found in all of Rio De Janeiro and is sandwiched between Copacabana and the city center. Take a stroll in the park after you visit the Catete Palace, the urban historical palace that once was the residence of several Brazilian Presidents from 1897 to 1960. In this area, you will also find the Modern Museum of Art, Carmen Miranda Museum and a Monument to the Brazilian Soldiers of World War II.
Museum of Tomorrow
The Museum of Tomorrow is a science museum crafted by a neo futuristic architect: Santiago Calatrava. From this being said, the exterior of this landmark is unlike anything you have ever seen so we are certain that the inside is just as incredible. The original museum interactive exhibitions you will experience include Anthropocene, Earth, Cosmos, Tomorrow, and Us. Other museums that we recommend are the Museo de Arte do Rio, Modern Art Museum, and Museu Nacional de Belas Artes. The beautiful art in this city seems to be endless!
The Maracana is an Olympic sized football stadium that was initially established in 1950 to host the first FIFA World Cup, which brought in just under 200,000 visitors. The most recent world event held here were the 2016 Summer Olympics where they sold around 7.5 million total tickets for all the events. Whether you drive by or take a tour of the stadium, we highly recommend this perspective into the city’s history.
Rio-Niteroi Bridge & Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
The Niteroi Contemporary Museum is located on the other side of the Guanabara Bay and to get there you must take the iconic, 8-mile long, Rio-Niteroi Bridge. This museum is known to be one of the city’s most significant attractions with the futuristic exterior design of a flower base and saucer-shaped body. Come view the extravagant views of Sugarloaf mountain and the other side of the bay while you enjoy the exhibitions inside.
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