Rio de Janeiro is known worldwide as the “Marvellous City”, founded as San Sebastian do Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the homonymous state, located in the southeast of the Brazil. It is the second most populated city in the country after San Paulo.
It is one of the main centers of economic, cultural and financial resources of the country, and is internationally known for its cultural icons and landscapes, such as the Sugar bread, the statue of Redeemer Christ (one of the seven wonders of the modern world), the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Maracana Stadium, Tijuca National Park (the largest urban forest in the world), Quinta da Boa Vista, End of the Year Festival in Copacabana and Carnival.
If you want to know what to do in Rio de Janeiro, do not forget to read this article with jewels to visit in the city:
Christ the Redeemer: nothing better than start, visiting the most important icon of Rio de Janeiro, a majestic 10 meters high statue crowned by the colossal sculpture of Cristo Redentor, a work that required more than a thousand tons of concrete for its construction, in day, it appears in the list of the seven wonders of the modern world. From the top of Corcovado, are also appreciable privileged views of the whole city.
Bread of sugar: the second visit to Rio is the Pan de Azúcar (Sugar bread) another huge hill, which reaches 400 meters high, famous for both its beautiful trails immersed in the rainforest and fascinating views panoramic from the top. The ascent can be by foot or in the “Bondinho of the Sugar Loaf”, glass cable car that manages to cross, 1,400 meters between the hills of Babylon and Urca, every five minutes.
Ipanema: do not miss a visit to the Ipanema neighborhood, one of the most luxurious areas of the city, which due to its small size, can be easily walked on foot, enjoying exclusive shops, restaurants and art galleries. After walking the place, you cannot stop enjoying the sun in one of the posts of its beautiful beach, which was the inspirational material of the famous song “Garota de Ipanema” (Girl from Ipanema) and distinguished by Discovery magazine Travel & Living as the sexiest beach on the planet.
Copacabana: this second neighborhood, although it does not have the glamor of Ipanema, has the charm, to concentrate an enormous amount of services and shops, the reason why a visit allows familiarizing itself much more with the daily life of Rio de Janeiro. You cannot miss sunbathing on the legendary Copacabana beach, an ideal place to enjoy a refreshing caipirinha (typical Brazilian drink) at the beach or in one of the many bars that stretch in front of the sea.
Selaron Stairs: if you are near to Santa Teresa neighbourhood a must do in Rio, is a visit to the Stairs of Selarón, staircase of 125 meters and 215 steps that connect the neighbourhood of Lapa with the Santa Teresa Neighbourhood, famous for its unique decoration based on small ceramic pieces of different colors and sizes. This work, carried out by the Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, continues in a continuous process of evolution, adding new mosaics permanently.
Sambadrome of the Marques de Sapucai: the Sambodromo, corresponds to the place that welcomes each year the different parades that are part of the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, being one of the largest spaces for large outdoor events in the city. The place is recommended to visit during the Carnival itself or the week before the festival when the various Samba schools perform their rehearsals in the facilities and space is open to the public.