Places to Visit in Rio De Janeiro
Get Drenched at Golden beaches of Rio de Janeiro
Nestled between sea and mountains, Rio de Janeiro is blessed with one of the most beautiful natural settings that UNESCO listed it as “staggeringly beautiful location for one of the world’s biggest cities”. One of the best places to visit in South America, it wasn’t listed for natural setting only but also for mix of architecture and urban cultural landscape. With its soaring mountains, sandy beaches and amazing harbor, there is no wonder that this city is known as “cidade maravilhosa” or marvelous city. During carnival season, streets are filled with music and ornately costumed dancers, attracting travelers from around the globe. Here’s rundown of places to visit in Rio de Janeiro:
- Christ the Redeemer
Standing atop 710 meter high Corcovado Peak, Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ and one of the most remarkable landmarks. Crafted by Paul Landowski and built by engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and Albert Caquot, it is made of soapstone and concrete, and is 30 meters tall with arms stretching at 28 meters. It weighs 635 metric tons and there is chapel inside its eight meter high base. Visitors can take vertical cog train to reach base of summit, and from there, visitors have to climb hundreds of steps to reach the top.
- Rio Carnival
Rio knows how to party and Rio Carnival is example of the same. It is most famous pre-Lenten celebrations and is held every year in February month. Considered as biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day, carnival parade is filled with floats, revelers and adornments from various samba schools. It is wild 5-day celebration, which starts on Friday and finishes on Fat Tuesday on Ash Wednesday. The parade here is of 700-meters long and about 13 meters wide.
- Copacabana beach
Only few cities are blessed to have beautiful sand beach at its heart and Rio de Janeiro is blessed with Copacabana beach. It has more active vibe than other beaches, and you can see locals playing volleyball, game of soccer, and more. The monarch of the area is renowned Copacabana Palace, which was built in 1920s and protected as national monument. At the end of the beach is Copacabana Fort which dates from 1914.
- Paquetá Island
With an area of more than a square kilometer, Paquetá Island lies in Guanabara Bay. It is an auto-free zone, so travel is limited to horse-drawn carriages and bicycles. It has 20 baobabs and one of these trees is known as “Maria Gorda”, which residents kiss for luck. There is Solar del Rey is one of the interesting old buildings. It is a palace in which Dom Joao VI stayed frequently. With palm-lined beaches, visitors will find food stands grilling fresh fish.
- Sugar Loaf
Sugar Loaf is a rock peak of 394 meters height and is Rio de Janeiro’s best-known landmark. It sits on a point of land that wraps around its harbor. Its name is said to refer resemblance to traditional shape of concentrated refined loaf sugar. The area is famous worldwide for its cableway and beautiful views of the city. Visitors can take cable car from Praca General Tiburcio to top of Morro da Urca. Visitors can see entire mountainous coast that rings its islands and the bay.
- Tijuca National Park
One of the largest urban forest in the world, Tijuca National Park covers huge area of mountainous landscape. It protects Tijuca Forest and various viewpoints of the city. To explore the park, visitors can leave train up to Corcovado and follow road through forest. One of world’s largest forests within the city, the 3,300 hectare Tijuca Forest was planted in late 1850s and has been destroyed by coffee plantations. Most of the trees here are native species and home to quatis, Capuchin monkeys, hawks, toucans, blue butterflies and other species of wildlife.
- Ipanema beach
One long stretch of sun-drenched sand, Ipanema became famous with popularity of bossa nova jazz song “The Girl from Ipanema”. A long expanse of soft white sand and rolling waves, the beach is considered as one of the most famous beaches in the world. It is bordered by well-organized grid of cafes, shops and restaurants, and array of theaters, art galleries and clubs. Additionally, the area is also known as Cemetério dos Elefantes because of old leftists, artists and hippies.