Founded in 1565, Rio De Janeiro is the second largest city in Brazil. With its stunning landscapes that lay between mountains and sea, the city brings the senses alive with its amazing vantage points and beautiful beaches. This great city has all the offerings that will make any visit a memory of a lifetime. So let’s take a look at this wonderful city and all of its curiosities sure to please any traveler.
1. Corcovado-Cristo Redentor
Built between 1922 – 1931 this iconic statue has been a standing symbol of Christianity, Rio De Janeiro, and Brazil. This breathtaking statue rises at 30-meters tall not including its 8-meter pedestal and looks over the city. This massive cultural icon is a must-see for any tourist of the country.
- Name: Corcovado-Cristo Redentor
- Address: Parque Nacional da Tijuca | Cosme Velho, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22241-125, Brazil
- Price: R$ 40 – R$ 62
- Opening hour: Sun – Sat, 8 am – 7 pm
- Website: http://www.parquedatijuca.com
2. Maracana Estadio
Watch a football game at the world’s largest stadium. Although the stadium is under renovation for the 2016 Olympics and is closed till then, its massive size will leave you in awe. Even if you are not a fan of football, which may not be something you should express while in Rio or even Brazil, know that the passion for the sport runs high. The sight of this mega structure will make you say wow!
- Name: Maracana Estadio
- Address: Rua Professor Eurico Rabelo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Opening hour: Sun – Sat 9 am – 5pm
- Phone: +55(21)2568-9962
- Website: http://www.maracana.com
If you find yourself in Rio in February, be ready to party in the streets at the world’s biggest Carnival festival. The first of the Rio festivals date back to 1723 and has become a world icon. The street parties, music at every turn accompanied by astonishing costumes, dancers, and parades is a spectacle put on by the 200 plus Samba schools in the city.
4. Ipanema Beach
Ipanema Beach is a picture of perfection. It is a great spot to lounge under the sun while watching the beautiful people of Brazil. Popularized by the song, it has been a destination for locals and tourist alike. Enjoy the vendors and the games that are available or go for a swim in the sea. You may want to hit the gym before going, you know to blend in with the beautiful people.
What once crisscrossed the city of Rio since 1877 is the Bonde cable cars or the Santa Teresa Tram. They have been in operation for a long time, and it is one of the oldest street railway lines in the world. This one-liner tram connects the city center to the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio. With departures leaving every 30 minutes, you can take a classic ride to the hills of Rio and soak up on Rio’s culture.
6. Just Fly
If you are finding yourself in Rio and are in need of a jolt of adrenaline to make your day complete then jumping off a perfectly good mountain may be for you. Take the birds-eye view of the city with a hang gliding tour to get the maximum thrill and the view that will astound you.
- Name: Just Fly
- Address: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22610-095, Brazil
- Opening hour: 9 am – 2 pm Best times for flights
- Phone: +55 21 2268-0565
- Website: http://www.justflyinrio.blogspot.ca
7. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
When talking about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, one name always will come up. The Gracie Jiu Jitsu has been perfected to dominate the art. If training is on the list of things to do while in Rio, then Gracie Humaita is our pick. If you are a beginner or an advanced student, you will be sure to gain the skills that can be carried throughout life.
- Name: Gracie Humaita
- Address: Rua Humaita 52,Humaita, Rio de Janeiro
- Price: R$180 – month, R$35 for one class
- Phone: +55 21-2266 6094
- Website: http://www.academiagracie.com.br
8. Jockey Club
If you enjoy the ponies, then spend a day at the Jockey Club. Place your bets on your favorite horses and partake in the great food and old time feel of the track. The club offers English guides to help translate your betting cards, pick well and enjoy. So, off you go to the races!
- Name: Jockey Club
- Address: Rua Jardim Botanico, 1003 | Gavea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Opening hour: Mon – Thu 8 am – 5 pmFri 8 am – 10 pm Sat – Sun 2 pm – 8 pm
- Phone: + 55 (21) 3534-9081
- Website: http://www.jcb.com.br
Surfs up and in Rio, there are many spots to be stoked about in and around. With guided tour buses and surf shops for your board rental needs, you are sure to find a sweet spot. Catch the perfect waves in one of Rio’s fine beaches and enjoy the ride.
10. Tijuca National Park
There are many ways to enjoy Tijuca National Park. You can hike the trails on your own or have a private tour. A jeep is also available for the rugged terrains. The place is perfect for those who like to be in the outdoors and with nature. The mountainous park offers great views, dense forests, and the experience gives a great workout.
- Name: Tijuca National Park
- Address: Estrada da Cascatinha 850 | Alto da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Phone: +55 21 2491 1700
- Website: http://www.parquedatijuca.com.br
11. Sugarloaf Mountain
For one of the best views of Rio, a must-visit is the Sugarloaf Mountain. Take the cable cars to the top for an exciting ride to reach Rio’s iconic mountaintop. Rides are available for those who would like to see the verdant hills around Rio against the beautiful sunset. Another way to reach the summit if you are adventurous enough is to trek for around 3 hours which by the way involves a little of rock climbing. If you are not afraid of heights, you can also take the Via Ferrata, a climb through the steel cables, which could become challenging.
- Name: Sugarloaf Mountain
- Address: Av. Pasteur, 520, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-240, Brazil
- Price: R$ 38
- Opening hour: Mon – Fri, 8 am – 745 pm
- Phone: +55 21 2546 8433
- Website: http://www.bondinho.com.br
12. Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Head to the bustling city center of Rio to take in a concert or if the opera is more to your tastes. The theater, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro regarded as the most beautiful in the country is also a must-visit. You can even enjoy fine dining before the show at the restaurant Assírius located in the basement of the theater. Be sure to check for reservations.
- Name: Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
- Address: Praca Marechal Floriano, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20031-050, Brazil
- Phone: +55(21)2332-9191
- Website: http://www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br
13. Botanical Garden
Founded in 1808, this 54-hectares of land houses around 6500 different types of flora. The Botanical Garden is the largest botany library in Brazil. Tourists visit this place for its exotic and colorful plants that are unique in tropical places like Brazil. There are greenhouses in the area as well as historical art pieces that speak generously of nature and art.
- Name: Botanical Garden
- Address: Rua Jardim Botanico 1008, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22460-030, Brazil
- Price: R$ 10
- Opening hour: Sun – Sat, 8 am – 5 pm
- Phone: + 55 21 3874 1808
- Website: http://www.jbrj.gov.br
14. Copacabana Beach
Do not forget to have a few sips of Caipirinha when hanging out at Copacabana Beach. Here the drinks come to you with the many vendors. The beach is speckled with small bars and restaurants along the way. Beach bumming is never a bore, this place is a sure stop for a great time.
15. Marina Da Gloria
A day at sea is a perfect way to enjoy another view of the city. Day trips around the bay and coastal area of Rio depart from the Marina on a daily basis. This idea is great for a group party or a romantic outing. The marina offers all the amenities you need to enjoy a day on the water.
- Name: Marina Da Gloria
- Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20021-140, Brazil
- Opening hour: Sun – Sat, 8 am 5 pm
- Phone: + 55 21 2555-2200
- Website: http://www.brmarinas.com.br
16. Joa Beach (Joatinga)
Get off the beaten path and head to the Joa Beach. With no public transportation to get you there or back, Joa Beach is a hidden jewel for beach lovers. A trail leads to the beach that is hidden by two big rock faces. It is a bit difficult to get at well worth the effort. The beach offers sweet waves for body boarding or surfing, a fine patch of sand, and some lesser crowd unlike the other beaches in Rio.
17. Rio Antigo Fair
The Rio Antigo Fair held on the first Saturday of the month is a great place for shopping. This street market is a spot that even the locals frequent. With the array of flea markets, antiques, restaurants, and bars, this place is great for hanging out with friends and of course for shopping. You never know what you will find here, but you will always leave the place with something.
- Name: Rio Antigo Fair
- Address: Rua do Lavradio | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Opening hour: First Saturday of the month, 10 am – 6 pm
- Phone: +55 21 2224-6693
18. Praca Sao Salvador
Hang with the locals and get to know the people, while enjoying drinks, laughter, and music by local artists. Thursday to Saturdays can be very busy when the party scene is in full effect. Vendors, bars, and restaurants are all around the square. So get to know the folks of Rio at this local hangout.
19. Teleferico Do Alemao
Enjoy a ride to the Favelas of Rio. The ride is about 16 minutes up to the hills of the city letting you take in the grand scale of life in Rio. This ride is not for the faint of heart, so bring your camera for great pictures of the city.
- Name: Teleferico Do Alemao
- Address: Praca Das Nacoes | Zona Norte, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Price: R$ 1 – R$ 5
- Opening hour: Mon – Fri, 6 am- 8 pm Sat, 8 am – 6 pm
- Website: http://www.supervia.com.br
20. Pedra do Sal
If you are looking for samba or even if you are not, this local hot spot is an awesome street party based on a big rock in the city center. This rock formation at the center of the city is packed with people especially on the weekends. Food, drinks, live music, and dancing with the beautiful people of Rio, are what you get in Pedra do Sal.
- Name: Pedra do Sal
- Address: Largo do Joao da Baiana | Saude, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21. Instituto Moreira Salles
You may want to have a day of peace and quiet filled with beautiful art, photography, and architecture then, this the place for you. The former home of banker Moreira Salles is a family mansion that has been very well preserved up to this time. This place is a must-visit for every artist.
- Name: Instituto Moreira Salles
- Address: Rua Marques De Sao Vicente 476 | Gavea, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22451, Brazil
- Opening hour: Tue – Fri, 1 pm – 8 pm. Sat – Sun, 11 am – 8 pm
- Phone: + 55 21 3284-7400
- Website: http://www.ims.com.br
22. Escadaria Selaron
As a tribute to the people of Brazil, starving artist Jorge Selarón created what is also known as the “Selarón Steps.” What started out as a renovation project turned into an obsession and now is an icon of the city. The steps are so rich with colors that it has been featured in many films and photos all over the globe.
23. Village Mall
Shopping, dining or even a movie can be found at the Village Mall. All your posh item needs such as IStore, Burberry, and Prada are sold here. Almost all of the high-end brands have a place at this mall, so if you are looking for a perfect gift, you know where to go. You can also enjoy a movie flick in one of the mall’s cinemas. Enjoy your meals and dine at one of the fine restaurants located in almost every corner of this shopping center.
- Name: Village Mall
- Address: Avenida das Americas, 3.900 | Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Opening hour: Mon – Sat, 11 am – 11 pm Sun, 12 pm – 9 pm
- Phone: + 55 21 2430 2550
- Website: http://www.shoppingvillagemall.com.br
24. Catacumba Park
Catacumba Park is a fun place for kids to run and play. The park has hiking trails, zip line, and rope courses. This public park offers places for parties and gives a great view of the lake. It is a nice spot for family fun, relaxing, barbeques or just gathering with friends.
- Name: Catacumba Park
- Address: Av. Epitacio Pessoa | Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Opening hour: Tue – Sun, 8 am – 5 pm
- Phone: + 55 21 2247 9949
- Website: http://www.parquedacatacumba.com.br
25. Claudio Coutinho Trail
This spot is perfect for walkers and runners. Claudio Coutinho Trial has some perfect spots for a good stroll, especially in the mornings. The trail leads you to an open space near the Sugarloaf Mountain, giving a scenic view of the city and the wildlife of the rainforest. The flora and fauna around the trail are something to look at, so ‘leave only footprints and take nothing but pictures’ and go on your way.
- Name: Claudio Coutinho Trail
- Address: Praia Vermelha | Sugar Loaf, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22290-270, Brazil
- Price: Free
- Opening hour: Mon – Fri, 6 am – 6 pm
- Phone: + 55 21 25862200
The beauty of Rio as well as Brazil can be seen in the faces of the people that live here. They embrace the joys of life that their fair city has to offer. With its breathtaking landscapes, the stunning seaside, and the beautiful people you may never want to leave. You will find it inevitable to love the great city of Rio De Janeiro.
Have a good trip and travel!