Know the best places in Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro was the first city in the world to be named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Situated in the southeast of Brazil, its natural location between sea and mountains makes Rio a unique city that has been able to grow while respecting its lush natural surroundings.
The city’s protector, found atop Corcovado Mountain, which is the symbol par excellence of Rio and all of Brazil, is Christ the Redeemer. In addition to being the most popular Art Deco statue in the world, it is also one of the 7 Wonders. Seeing this impressive sculpture in person along with the panoramic view over the city is a really moving experience that will not fail to have an impact on you.
Along with Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain is another of the city’s iconic spots. The mountain, accessible via cable car, is an exceptional place for gazing over the city. From its peak, the views are beautiful but the sunsets are a truly spectacular sight to behold.
Green areas can be found throughout Rio. Wherever you look, nature blends in with the city, creating incredible spaces. These include the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon right in the heart of the city, the Tijuca Forest, considered to be the world’s largest urban forest, and the Botanical Gardens, that will surprise you due to their size and the amount of species found there.
A walk through the paved streets of the Santa Teresa neighbourhood, also known as the “Montmartre of the Cariocas” is like taking a step back in time. The colonial-style houses and absence of modernity make it one of the city’s most interesting neighbourhoods. The colourful Selaron Steps connect Santa Teresa to the bohemian Lapa district, popular for its entertaining night life and because it embodies the essence of the city.
The famous beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana linked by Arpoador, are where Cariocas meet in the evenings to clap in time to the sound of music. The Rio Carnival and the Sambadrome, the passion for football clear to see at the Maracana stadium, known worldwide as the “temple of football”. Modern culture at the Museum of Modern Art and history at Fiscal City… The Marvellous City, as it is commonly known, can claim to be one of the country’s favourite tourism destinations, and the fact is that Rio has it all.