An estimated number of 5 million tourists both international and domestic visit Rio de Janeiro each year. This part of Brazil which is the second largest is one of the world’s famous destinations. Its tourist attractions seem unique and also known as “cidade maravilhosa”, or marvelous city. The city’s natural setting provides best spots you can visit which include the balneario sandy beaches, the bustling sights and the soaring mountains. Also the fun activities like the carnival festivals, samba and the mountain day tours cannot be excluded.
Here are the 5 best spots for you to visit
Christ the Redeemer
At the top of Corcovado Mountain stands a 710 meters high Christ the Redeemer statue (Cristo Redentor), gazes out right over the city. The open armed statue is visible nearly in any location of the city. It takes 2 different routes to get to the Rio de Janeiro city where the mountain is located. You can travel through a cog train for the awesome views of the cities. Earlier, you have to climb hundreds of stairs to get to the top. Now, elevators have been installed to enable people to visit the top of the Corcovado Mountain with ease.
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This is known to be one of the best in the world. Demarcated by a post, one side is filled with sun-drenched white sand and the other designed with subculture of art galleries, cafes, shops, sun bathers and theaters. Ipanema beach located between Copacabana and Leblon is known for its cleaner sand and water. Better than other Rio de Janeiro beaches. Keep in mind that the word “ipanema” means dangerous water. Because of its high waves, be sure to swim carefully within areas that are safe.
Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf Mountain)
A visit to this part of the city is highly recommended and it’s mostly crowded by visitors and tourist. You may need to visit such place early hours in the morning. The glass walled cable car which departs every 20 minutes to the base of Babilônia hill. From there you can board a second cable car to Pão de Açúcar which makes it possible to view the city beneath it with Christ redeemer statue and Copacabana Beach located to the west and south respectively.
Lapa is located in the downtown part of the city and experiences vibrant nightlife with filled bars and daily street parties. This neighborhood serves as the gathering place for Rio’s creative artist with various artistic works on display. The most iconic visit you don’t want to miss during is the legendary steps of Lapa. Comprising of 215 steps, it was designed by a Chilean born artist called Jorge Selaron. You can enjoy exploring safely by reserving one of free walking tours in Rio de Janeiro.
The Copacabana beach which is 4 km long is separated from Ipanema beach by Arpoador beach. You can really enjoy the beautiful sand sculptures. With several beach bars, you have a taste of the popular caipirinhas. The beach contains several sports facilities provided by the government with volleyball the most popular sport on the shores. The promenade, a walkway designed in a wave-like pattern with black and white stones serves as a route for joggers, skaters and cyclers and also a route to 5 star hotels. Visitors also enjoy strolling along the path.
Rio de Janeiro is one best place in the world which provides unique and fun loving spots for your vacation. Others spots which you can also visit include the Lagoa Neighborhood, the Niemeyer museum, Santa Teresa Neighborhood, Maracana Stadium and Theatro Municipal.