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Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide

Rio de Janeiro is one of our favorite places in Brazil. The beaches are beautiful, while the people are friendly and very good looking. There are bars and restaurants everywhere, and the city is surrounded by unique mountains, beaches and parks.
What to do and see in Rio de Janeiro?

Visit the Christ the Redeemer: the iconic statue and image of the city. The monument stands on Corcovado Mountain, 700 meters high. One of the 7 wonders of the modern world.

To get to the entrance, there are two ways: van or authorized train. The Corcovado train, travels up a distance of 3800 meters and the journey takes about 20 minutes, or you can take a series of vans up the mountain.

Tip: buy the train tickets in advance.


Spend the day on the beach:  Ipanema Beach and Copacabana are the most famous beaches. Here you can rent chairs, buy a coconut water and watch people playing volleyball or Futebol (soccer) on the beach.Ipanema is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Have you ever heard the song Girl from Ipanema?



Another famous attraction in Rio is the Sugar Loaf Mountain, which rises 396 meters above the harbor.  

The adventure begins with a glassed in cable car ride.  It first stops at Urca Hill, 220 meters above sea level.  From there, you can be see Guanabara Bay and Botafogo Bay.  At the second and last stop, there are amazing views of much of the South Zone, Niterói, and the Santos Dumont domestic airport.

Tickets can be purchased on site.




Watch a futebol game at Maracanã Stadium: It is one of the most important football stadiums in Brazil.



If you like to hike, a great place to hike in Rio is Pedra da Gávea.  A guide is not necessary, but for your safety is better to go with a guide.  The mountain is located between the Barra da Tijuca and São Conrado neighborhoods.  842 meters above sea level, it is the largest block of stone next to the ocean, on the planet.  It is one of the most extreme points of the Tijuca Forest Park, and one of the most breathtaking views of the city.  

You can also try Hang Gliding. It is one of the most popular wind sports practiced in Rio.

Pedra da Gávea Mountain (source)
Visit  the Botanical Garden: It has one of the most magnificent and best preserved green areas of the city.  It is home to 6500 species of plants, including many rare endangered species. All this diversity is distributed in an area of 54 square meters, outdoors and indoor greenhouses.

Visit Santa Teresa neighborhood:  

One of the most popular and frequently visited spots in the neighborhood is the Escadaria Selarón (Selarón Steps).  It has a grand staircase of 215 steps, completely covered with colorful tiles of different sizes and patterns. This was the work of Chilean artist Selarón who used to live in the neighborhood. He did the work alone and with his own money by selling paintings.

 Escadaria Selarón  (source)

Food Tips: It is  perfectly fine to buy and eat food on the beach, try the delicious seafood. 

Do not leave Rio without eating Brazilian barbecue. Porcão is one of the best steakhouses in Rio de Janeiro. 

Try Feijoada, a delicious stew of pork and black beans that’s traditionally served over rice with local vegetables.

Brazilian appetizers:

Pão de queijo (cheese bread)

Coxinha (chicken croquettes) 

Brazilian Açaí  Bowl 

Pastel (a crispy, brownish fried pie)

Brazilian desserts: 

Petit Gateau (chocolate lava cake with sauce and ice cream).

Brigadeiro (Sweetened condensed milk, butter and chocolate).

Beijinho (Condensed milk cooked with butter and coconut flakes, formed into little candy balls).  Brazilian food is delicious!

Brazilian Drinks: Sugar Cane juice, Guarana Soda. Caipirinhas, Local Beer.

Brazilian Appetizers

Brigadeiro Cake 
Learn to dance Samba and have a lot of fun!  Lapa is a great place to enjoy the nightlife.

Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro: May and November, with low temperatures and less rain. It is hot from December to March, while cooler in June, July, August and rainy in December.

Currency: Brazilian Real

Official language: Portuguese





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