Rio de Janeiro is one of the most popular destinations in Brazil, Rio has hosted several world-class events such as World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016. Football, samba, carnival and beaches are some things that come to our minds when we think in Rio de Janeiro. Undoubtedly the picturesque panorama of this city will surprise you.
Though it’s not the capital of Brazil anymore, There’s no doubt that the “Miraculous City” has many things to offer to the million tourists who visit this city every year, in this post I present you 10 things you can do and places to visit in Rio de Janeiro.
10 Things to do in Rio de Janeiro
Anyone who knows a little about Rio de Janeiro must surely have heard about Copacabana.
Copacabana is a neighborhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro. It is known for its 4 km (2.5 miles) beach resort, which is one of the most famous in the world.
Millions of people visit this beach and on numerous occasions it has been the official site of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer, considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, is the most representative monument of Rio.
Located at the peak of the Concorvado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park at 700 meters (2,300 ft) above sea level, it offers an amazing view of the city, although sometimes the clouds cover the city, giving the feeling of being above the clouds.
Escadaria Selarón, also known as the ‘Selaron Steps’, is a set of steps of world-famous in Rio de Janeiro. They are the work of the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón who claimed it as “my tribute to the Brazilian people”.
The steps extend throughout the neighborhoods of Lapa and Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro. There are 215 steps that measuring 125 meters long and are covered by more than 2000 tiles collected in more than 60 countries around the world.
Definitely is a good place to take a souvenir photograph of your visit to Brazil.
As the second beach on the list we have the famous Ipanema beach.
Ipanema is a neighborhood located in the South Zone of the city of Rio de Janeiro, between Leblon and Arpoador.
The Ipanema beach is known for its elegant development and its social life. Two mountains called Dois Irmãos (Two Brothers) are located at the western end of the beach. Beer is sold everywhere, along with the traditional cachaça (alcoholic beverage typical of the region). There are always circles of people playing soccer, volleyball and footvolley, a locally sport that is a combination of volleyball and soccer.
We also recommend visiting the center of Rio, here you will find numerous restaurants, shops, museums, among other places that you can visit. The place can be traversed entirely on foot and will surely attract more than one of the businesses that are there, and if you want to buy a souvenir, surely this is the best place to do it.
Museum of Tomorrow
The Museum of Tomorrow (Museu do Amanhã) without a doubt has an impressive structure, was designed by the Spanish neofuturist architect Santiago Calatrava and built next to the promenade of Pier Maua.
The main exhibition takes visitors through five main areas: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow, and Us via a number of experiments and experiences. This intricate yet captivating museum mixes science with an innovative design to focus on sustainable cities and an ecological world.
The main idea of the museum is that tomorrow is not ready. The “tomorrow” will be a construction and people will participate in this construction.
Take a Tour for a Favela
Surely you have heard that the favelas are dangerous places, and although several are still for tourists, the truth is that many of them have already been pacified and there are even guided tours through numerous favelas where you can learn more about the culture of Rio de Janeiro.
There are around 800 favelas in Rio and many of them are safe for tourists, but I don’t stop recommending that you should visit any of them in a tour.
The Maracanã Stadium (in Portuguese: Estádio do Maracanã), officially Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, is a football stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium was opened in 1950 to house the FIFA World Cup.
Initially the stadium had the capacity to accommodate more than 150,000 people, but after the renovation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, its original capacity has been reduced to the current 78,838. Although currently it is still the largest stadium in Brazil.
This Botanical Garden is distributed in more than 340 acres and houses more than 6,000 species of native and exotic flora. This serene garden houses everything from orchids to heliconias of jasmine and mango.
The gardens are open to the public since 1822 and has become a refuge for locals and tourists. The national park is also known as an important center for botanical and ecology research.
The park also includes a playground, a souvenir shop and La Bicyclette restaurant.
Whether you enjoy much or little of the botanical gardens, you will enjoy the tranquility that this place offers you.
Pão de Açúcar
And we close the list with the Pão de Açúcar peak (English: Sugarloaf Mountain), it’s located at the mouth of the Guanabara Bay on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean.
The peak is 1,299 feet high. From Praia Vermelha, in the residential district of Urca, you can take a three-minute cable car ride to Morro da Urca and then take another cable car to the top of Sugar Loaf. From the glass-enclosed bondi (tram), you’ll get a dazzling view of the city.