Rio De Janeiro – Travel Guide

Planning a trip to the city in Brazil and don't know what to do? Read on to find the top attractions in the vicinity.


This World Heritage site named by UNESCO, is one of the most beautiful holiday destination in the world. This city provides a perfect blend of urban cultural landscape and the mix of architecture and planned green space along with the natural beauty.

Founded by the Portuguese colonists in the era of mid 1500s, this is the second major city in Brazil today and sixth most populated cities in the Americas.

The city is oozing with natural beauty making it one of the most favourite tourist destination. From the soaring mountains behind it to the Sugar Loaf towering over  its harbor to its long crescent beaches this place is one of the best slices nature has to offer.

However to answer the question of choosing some out of the many attractions, we have a list prepared to help you through. So, read along to find some of the must visit places in Rio De Janeiro.

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Sugar Loaf

One fo the best known over the world, this one the best loved landmark in the vicinity. The rock peak of The Sugar Loaf is at a height of about 394 meters above the harbor. It sits on a land projecting out into the bay, wrapping around the harbor, it is connected to the city by a very thin strip of land.

The way to reach the top is by taking a cable car from PraÁa General Tib˙rcio to the top of the Morro da Urca, a lower peak from which a second cableway can be taken to the summit of the Sugar Loaf. The view from here overlooks the  entire mountainous coast that rings the bay and its islands, a view that is once in a lifetime.

However being such a famous landmark, it is recommended to book the trip in advance.
For bookings click here.

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Cristo Redentor

Overlooking the city from the 709-meter summit of Corcovado, this gaint statue of Christ, is a widely known symbol of Rio around the world. Located at Ruta de Villa Nogues a San Javier, San Javier, Argentina, this landmark was erected between 1922 and 1931, taking almost the entire capital help from the Brazilian Catholics.

Created by Polish-French sculptor Paul Landowski, this landmark couldn’t be completed without the help the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and French engineer Albert Caquot. Constituting of of concrete soapstone, the figure rises up to a height of 30 metres and the distance of the arms stretching 28 meters, the total weight of the stature is 635 metric tons.

On the inside of this is a chapel, in a eight meter high base of the statue, which serves as one of the best places of marriage in Rio and happens around the year.
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Copacabana

Around the world, only a few cities are blesses with a beautiful sand beaches present right in its heart. Rio is  blessed with one  one that stretches four kilometers along one entire side of its downtown. Located at a distance of a few minutes from the golden sand beaches is the Avenida Atl‚ntica, Avenida Nossa Senhora de Copacabana, and the neighboring smaller streets, where one can notice appealing century-old buildings on both sides.

In another close proximity are the fine hotels, popular restaurants and cafes making it one of the most well connected places in the world. One of the most famous ones out of the lot is Copacabana Palace. Built in around the 1920s, this is one of the places protected as a national monuments today. This is one of the most chosen location for filming purposes and was features in the 1933 film Flying Down to Rio.

By the other far end of the beach there a the  Copacabana Fort dating back from 1914. The place was the base  of a 1922 revolt of officers, who took over the fort and turned its artillery on the city, making it historically important.
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Escadaria SelarÛn

Present at Rua Manuel Carneiro (off Rua Joaquim Silva), Rio de Janeiro, this is Rio’s newest tourist attractions. Begun in just 1990 by Chilean-born artist Jorge SelarÛn as his gift to the Brazilian people,  until his death in 2013, he covered a long flight of steps present in front of his house with mosaics consisting of tiles, pottery, and mirrors in many of blue, green, and yellow, the colors of the Brazilian flag.

In the beggining Selaron used broken tiles that he was able to salvage from construction sites and demolitions of old buildings. But as soon as his steps drew the attention the tourists, people started him pottery and tiles from all over the world.

Today the place features pieces from more than 60 countries, represented in the 250 steps, which cover 125 meters of stairs outside his house and the remaining vicinity.

The steps play as another famous popular film location and were featured in Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid video.

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Ilha de Paquet·

With an area of a little more than a square kilometer, the island of Paquet· lies in the Guanabara Bay, just a distance of an hour’s trip from  PraÁa 15 de Novembro. It was a fashionable resort in the early 1800s, when Portuguese Emperor Dom Jo„o VI decided to spend his summers here.

One of the most famous and interesting buildings in the vicnity is  chapel of S„o Roque. Also the house of JosÈ Bonif·cio de Andrada e Silva, father of Brazilian independence.

One of the things to note about the place is that no cars are allowed in the premises of the island. The ways of commution can be foot, by rented bicycle, or in a horse-drawn carriage.

Stands of grilling fresh fish can be noticed on the island’s beaches giving one the proper beach experience.

So people what are you waiting for? Plan a trip today.

Originally posted 2017-08-12 11:08:02.

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